Contents

Chapter 1 Do You Really Want a Part-time Business? I

Chapter 2 Cash from the Square Foot Garden II

Chapter 3 The Basics of Square Foot Gardening 21

Chapter 10 Garden Size, Location, and Layout 131

Chapter 16 Year-round Production (well, almost) 211

Chapter 17 Expanding Fast: Go Big But Don't Dig 219

Chapter18 Expanding Slowly: Stay Small But Stand Tall.. .231

Chapter I

Do You Really Want a Part-time Business?

Anyone who picks up this book is going to say, "Sure, I'd love to have a part-time business. Why, I can picture it now—my very own piece of the American dream. I'd be my own boss, with no one to answer to, no one to take orders from, no one to tell me what to do or how to do it. And, to top it off, I'd have a separate source of income. This could mean financial security and, with a lot of hard work and a little luck, financial independence.

"Think of all the things I could buy with that money, of all the places I could afford to visit."

If you'll come down to earth for just a minute, I'll repeat the question: Do you really want a part-time business? I mean, really. Are you willing to spend the time and effort necessary to make it work? Can you discipline yourself so things will get done without a boss checking up on you? Do you have the "stick-to-itiveness" to give your part-time business attention long after the first flush of excitement fades? It's like adopting a new pet: someone will have to feed and bathe it, train it, take care of it when it's sick, let it in and out of the house — all the things we don't think about when we're cuddling it on the way home from the pet shop.

If you're willing to put in the time and want to earn extra cash, then I'll show you how to start the perfect home business. I'll explain in detail how you can earn several thousand dollars a year working in your spare time (just a couple of hours a day) right in your own backyard.

And, what's more, you'll get paid for doing something you love to do: garden. It doesn't matter whether you're a beginner or an expert, young or old. whether you live in the city or the suburbs, own your own home or rent an apartment, live in the North, South, East, or West, this program works everywhere and for just about everyone.

You Decide the Terms

I'm going to show you how to start a part-time business on your own terms. In other words, you will be the boss. You will decide how many hours you want to work. You will choose the days of the week and the times of the day. You will decide how hard you want to work. Just think, instead of accepting a part-time job on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights from six to eleven. when they want you and having todo whatever they want you to do. now you can be the boss and make the decisions. In effect, you can write your own ticket to freedom and happiness.

And if, after starting, you aren't makingenough money and want to expand, there's no problem. You can spend as much spare time as you desire with direct, profitable results. On the other hand, if you find yourself spending more hours than you really want to, it's just as easy to cut back to a more comfortable level.

If you find it hard to imagine getting paid for something you do for enjoyment, imagine harder. Believe me, you will soon get used to the idea of earning money for something you love doing. Soon, with a little effort and direction, you will be turning your spare time into cash-big cash.

Why Square Foot Gardening Is the Ideal Busiiess

Close to home Little cash required Enjoyable

Run business yourself Product is high in demand Little waste

Flexible hours

No expensive equipment

Easy to manage

Few supplies needed

Profitable

Uncomplicated

"But I have no spare time," you say. Nonsense. Everyone has spare time. Pick up any magazine — especially one for working women — and I guarantee you'll find an article on how to use your spare time. Some will advise you to set aside the first and last hour of your day to pursue a special interest; some recommend taking three or four fifteen—minute breaks during the day for exercise or relaxa— tion. All this can be done without interfering with your daily sche— dule or your productivity. In fact, it's supposed to increase your production by giving you a new lease on life. Well, your part—time business can be handled that same way, and if you take those other few hours a day everyone has available — you know, a little before or after work, after dinner, or even later in the evening — that's all you need.

In fact, with a cash garden, you don't have to set aside time every day. Some people set aside two or three days during the week, while others use their weekends. Remember, you're the boss now. It's up to you to decide how you want to divide your time.

Tax Advantages

Your part—time business will also bring you another reward at the end of each year (more accurately, around April 15) in the form of several big income tax deductions. The federal tax laws not only allow, but actually encourage you to deduct from your income all the expenses of running your business. A portion of car deprecia— tion, repairs, insurance, and gas; garden tools and supplies such as peat moss, pails, pots, planting six—packs, vermiculite, and fencing; special clothing such as gloves and boots; harvesting equipment and containers; electricity, water... why, even the seeds and plants you buy can be deducted. In addition you'll even be able to deduct office equipment such as a calculator and a typewriter.

You'll even be able to write off a portion of your house and garage expenses. That means really big bucks for heat, electricity, and water. It's all very legal and legitimate, too. The government wants you to be successful in your part—time business. After all, that's what America is all about, isn't it? Everyone deserves an opportunity to be successful and happy. Besides, if your business is successful, it will ultimately generate more tax revenue and increase the gross national product.

Even if this were to be classified as just a hobby business, you can deduct all of your direct and indirect expenses 'for three years without making a profit. Then you must make a profit the next two years. The years don't have to occur in that sequence. If you claim

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deductions on your return, you have to earn a profit in two out of every five years.

But you're going to do better than that, I just know it. I am going to show you how to have a profit every year.

Your Qualifications

Are you qualified to run a part-time business? First of all, don't get scared and jump to the conclusion that-you aren't qualified. Read on and let's see whether any fears you might have can't be easily resolved.

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