Tuesday, 12 July 2016

How to start a garden service business

Gardening suDo you love gardening and being outdoors? If so, starting a gardening service may be ideal for you.

What Does a Garden Service Business Do?

A garden service can provide a variety of services – from grass cutting and weeding to full garden design and planning. The services you provide will be up to you, your areas of expertise and the amount of energy you have. However, it’s a good idea to decide ahead of time just what you’ll be providing.

Start by writing a list of the services you feel able to offer. Do you have experience with garden design and a great eye for detail? If so, you may want to help people plan and design their dream garden. Be aware that potential customers may ask about your qualifications and ask for samples of gardens you have previously designed.

If design isn’t quite right for you, you may want to simply offer maintenance and/or planting services. In this case, you may advise clients about certain plants, and help them choose new plants and then plant them and care for them. Or you may simply want to offer light maintenance on existing gardens such as scheduled grass cutting and weeding. Again, the services you provide are entirely up to you.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’re going to get started as a one-person business then you simply need all the relevant equipment. Of course, you’ll have good knowledge about gardening and plants. If you’ve never taken a formal course that’s usually fine; you can always brush up on your skills as necessary with a home-study course or by studying gardening books.

Once you have all your equipment, you need to ensure you’re meeting all the legal business requirements. If you're in the US, your local county office can advise you and help with this step.  If you're in the UK, you can just go ahead and get started!

How Do I Find Clients?

This is a business that will largely depend on word of mouth. If your customers are happy with your services, they will likely recommend you to their family and friends. Ensuring you do a great job is the important thing!

To gain your first few clients, sending flyers out locally, as well as placing a magnetic sign on your car (which has your logo and details) is an easy and inexpensive way to start.

You may also want to place an ad in your local paper. Building a relationship with a local garden nursery or garden center is a good idea as well. You can commit to buying your plants and equipment from them if, in exchange, they tell their clients about your services. Most garden centres will be okay with letting you place a flyer on their bulletin board.

If you love gardening and have a great knowledge of plants and their care, starting a garden service business may be ideal for you. This is a flexible business with a lot of potential.