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I'm a 47yr old gardener who's been trying to build up a gardening round part time in the face of impending redundancy at my full time job. Its now looking like the redundancy is imminent, and I've enjoyed working outside all year and hope to make something of it full time soon. I've learnt tons from the numerous, valuable and experienced folk on this great forum, however the thought occurs; you all seem so "pro" - are there any beginners/learners out there, like me? I'm taking a distance learning course and am reading as much as my old brain will absorb for now, in an attempt to bring some academia to peoples gardens, rather than merely mowing and hedge trimming, and although difficult, it's fun. Id love to hear from other fresh starters and share experiences if possible. I'm also keen to approach local, established gardeners with the pipe of peace, as there's plenty of work around so why not work together rather than opposed to one another? Am I just being naive?

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  • PRO

    Chris, you would be surprised how many are in your situation on LJN, although some may not openly admit it.

    Some have been through the ups & downs in recent times so maybe able to share experiences with you.

    Feel free to ask obvious questions :)

    Always something to learn..even for old dogs :)

  • cheers Gary RK, appreciate the feedback fella

  • PRO
    One thing would be prepare for the unexpected. When I started in 2013, I bought a vehicle in my budget, 1 month down the line it needed a new gearbox, splashed out £1,000 in all on it and it got written off 2 months after. I got next to nothing from the insurance company, so bought another van, 3 months later the turbo went! Save as soon as you can, even from little jobs, put a % away.

    I would advise joining the BOG. The people in there really helped me grow my business and there is a lot of useful paperwork and info which would benefit you
    • good advice, thanks Daniel, although I'm confused about who the BOG are? Am already stashinf money aside, primarily to tide me over the winter months, as I've not yet developed the winter business

      • PRO
        Sorry, if you go to the menu, under forum there is a"BOG" it's the premium part of the forum. Members there are happier to share documents, information and advice to others. It's around £40 a year but people are more likely to give you more help and business advice than in this part of the forum. Mainly because this part of the forum is open to everyone on the net. Hope that makes sense!
        • PRO

          Chris, the BOG (Business Objective Group) is part of the forum where like minded members can ask business questions, discuss delicate subjects, look for specific guidance, discuss costs, wages etc away from the open forum which is accessible to all (including the whole WWW).

          It also has a growing document bank provided by other Pro Members which you can download, edit and use in your own business.

          There are some fantastic business threads as well that can help you now and in the future.

          You will also gain from increased SEO by linking your website and social media back to LJN (but there are many better to explain that side than me :)

          The crux is that people can feel more comfortable discussing their specific business issues here........

      • PRO
        Whereabouts in the country are you? If you live within 50 miles of Heathrow we can provide excellent work opportunities when there is little else about.
        • I'm in Southampton

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    • Daniel, Gary and Harry - many thanks, just what I needed and so good to hear, many many thanks. Will go and look at premium membership right now ...

  • PRO
    Welcome! Old dogs new tricks? Phuut I say. I'm 46 and learning new stuff daily. It's a great job even when it's minus 2 degrees as it was this morning. Expect the unexpected especially with costs and build yourself a decent client base. Where are you? I'm sure there are people who will advise re local trends.
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