Are you thinking of starting a landscaping or gardening business? This book poses some of the questions that you should ask yourself, and helps you find the answers.
While being your own boss in the open air will give you huge enjoyment and satisfaction, starting a new career with your eyes shut is just asking for failure.
Written by Phil Voice, who runs the specialist forum for the landscaping and gardening trade, Landscape Juice Network, this short e-book presents the realities of running an outdoor business, posing the tough questions that will help you focus on your dream. Will it bring you the income you need? How will you cope when the weather is bad? Can you hack the business side, however good you are at the job itself?
Helping with the sums and giving an insight into the realities you’ll have to consider before taking that exciting first step, How to Start a Landscaping or Gardening Business provides a firm foundation on which to make your new career a success.
The landscape and horticulture industry, whilst not immune from the recession, probably has a great deal more going for it than many other sectors. Fears about the environment mean we are planting more trees and plants than ever and our wild-flower meadows are now on the increase, bringing benefits to wildlife and insects, especially bees.
The downside for our industry is that everyone seems to want to start a business but there just isn’t the room to cater for all.
Whilst this book will not tell you everything about starting a landscaping and/or gardening business, hopefully my tips will help you in the process and give you a stronger grounding. The upside is, through the Landscape Juice Network forum, there are over 2,600 people either in a similar position to you or who have, at one time, had to go through the process – do drop in and ask questions.
Let’s get started
To start, we'll take a look at your reasons for wanting to go into business in the first place. We’ll also look at how to consider some of the tough questions, such as, Am I physically and mentally prepared for the weather and the financial aspects of being my own boss?
This first chapter is geared to those people who are thinking about or have recently started to trade, but I hope some of the points may be of help to anyone who has been trading for a while.
Don't worry if this doesn't answer all the specifics, as we'll go into greater detail shortly.
Why start a gardening business?
A plethora of TV gardening programmes have tended to create a misty and romantic notion that a garden makeover or a complete landscaping project is quick, easy, fun and may be achieved on low to modest budgets. This has unfortunately led to the unrealistic and undeliverable expectations of the consumer, who is now under the impression that gardens are quick and easy and that employing a gardener or a landscaper is cheap.