Building my tree care business with the assistance of the Tree Care Industry Association has been the secret to my success. TCIA provided me with resources, training and support. Here are some steps you can take to build your tree business with TCIA.
- Research and join TCIA: Start by visiting the TCIA website (www.tcia.org) to learn more about the organization and its benefits. Joining TCIA will give you access to industry standards, best practices, educational programs and networking opportunities.
- Obtain necessary licenses and certifications: TCIA staff can provide guidance on the certifications needed to establish your credibility and professionalism.
- Attend TCIA events and workshops: TCIA organizes events, workshops and conferences throughout the year. These events offer valuable opportunities to learn from industry experts, network with other professionals and stay up to date on the latest trends and techniques in tree care.
- Take advantage of TCIA resources: TCIA offers various resources to its members, including safety guidelines, industry standards and business tools. Utilize these resources to improve your business operations, enhance safety practices and streamline your processes.
- Seek TCIA Accreditation: This program evaluates and recognizes tree care companies that meet specific industry standards for safety, ethics and quality of service. Pursuing Accreditation can boost your business’s credibility and differentiate you from your competitors.
- Connect with other TCIA members: Engage with other TCIA members through TCIA events, or work with your local TCIA manager of member engagement and get introduced to a mentor – often the owner of a successful TCIA member company – to help you refine your business practices. Building relationships within the TCIA community can lead to partnerships, referrals and valuable insights from experienced professionals.
- Stay up to date on industry advancements: The tree care industry is constantly evolving. Stay informed about new technologies, equipment and techniques by actively participating in TCIA events and educational programs. This will help you deliver high-quality services and remain competitive in the market.
After 38 years of being in business, I have found that building a successful tree business takes time, dedication and a commitment to ongoing learning. By partnering with TCIA and leveraging its resources, you can enhance your business operations and establish a strong presence in the tree care industry.
As an added bonus, I have made some of my closest friendships through TCIA!
Tad Jacobs, CTSP, QCL, is president of Treemasters, an accredited, 15-year TCIA member company based in San Rafael, California, and is a member of TCIA’s Board of Directors. He also is a former member of TCIA’s Peer-to-Peer Networking Group.