Parttime or fulltime

It doesn't matter if you want to work part-time, full-time or run your business alongside your current job, gardening offers as much potential as it does flexibility. While there's no business in the world that is completely fail-safe, the concept of being paid for gardening is not new. It's been tried and tested for centuries. Gardens do their own thing regardless of recession, depression or whatever. Without our intervention gardens quickly become unruly, overgrown and even dangerous. So our world is full of opportunity.

Make your lifestyle your living - enjoy the freedom it brings. See uncertainty as something positive and remember that the greatest thing about working for yourself is that the only person who can make you redundant is you.

My hope is that within these pages you will find answers to the questions that bother you. Take inspiration from the stories. But above all learn as I did that there's no right or wrong way. Running a business is not a 9-to-5 job. It's not something that you begin on a Monday morning and forget on Friday. It's more than that. It's a way of life. But if you're not careful it can become your life.

In writing this book, I have provided a framework on which to base your new venture. Gardening businesses will differ depending on where in the country you live, whether you aim to work part-time, full-time, seasonal, or year-round, and on your gardening skills and knowledge, but the problems we all face are the same.

  • How much will it cost to set up your business?
  • Where will you find your customers?
  • How much should you charge?
  • How can you survive throughout the winter?
  • What about employing staff?

And all the other questions that might make you worry and prevent you from getting started.

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