Starting a Garden business

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  1. Ashley S

    Ashley S Apprentice Gardener

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    Hello all,

    I am looking at starting my own garden business but not sure how to go about it just yet. We all start of somewhere!

    What is the best way to advertise a garden business? Leaflets, cards etc?
    Would there be much work in the winter? Tree pruning, border maintenance etc?

    Would like to know your thoughts considering a lot of you on here are experts in gardening, winter, autumn and summer. ;)

    Sorry if this is the wrong board section, thank you.
     
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    When we used gardeners, the majority of them had quiet winters so diversified - decorating / odd jobs etc. One that we used had commercial jobs which ticked along during the winter.

    Do you need this to bring in a living wage ? It will take time to build up a client base so factor in a drop in income initially.

    What experience do you have as a gardener ? Some don't know a plant from a weed.

    This time of year wouldn't be an ideal time to start - summer coming to an end and all that. That said, we started a business in the middle of the recession which was another less than ideal time to start a business.

    Decide on the services that you will offer, get business cards and flyers printed and drop flyers off in your local neighbourhood would be the way I'd kick it off.

    Get on local social media and advertise your services on there

    Good luck
     
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      Hi Ashley

      I run a small gardening business and when I started I advertised in my local paper for 2 months. It was March and I did quite well. I’ve also picked up work through the local churches which I was surprised about but one of my customers was a regular and word spread.
      In all the years I’ve been going I spent just £80 pounds on the 2 months advertising and had some cards produced for about £20.
      Round here though there is a shortage of gardeners.
      I branched away from general work and I specialise in turf which is where I do well.
      Winter time is quiet for me and I normally relax after the summer madness but I don’t have too many bills to cover so I’m lucky that way and many customers are not interested in work done apart from the odd few.
      Tree pruning might be quite hard work to start of with. You can’t use a chainsaw without training and round here everything is covered with preservation orders. Shame it’s so late in the year.
       
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        Your level of skill is certainly a major factor in whether you will be successful but it depends on what type of gardening you envision doing.

        Apart from the usual part about deciding whether you're going to start just as a sideline or try to go into it properly you will need to get your paperwork, accounts and dealing with tax sorted out.

        The type of advertising can depend considerably on what type of area you live in. Is it urban or rural? Are the properties large or small? It all contributes to the decisions you need to make. You will also need to decide how your charges go. Do you charge by the job, the hour or the day - size of garden is the important factor here. Also pricing depends on local conditions, competition and demand.
         
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