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How did you start?

As someone who is looking to start up in the future, I am interested to know how some of you guys got set up.

Did you get all the top gear from the off?

Did you arrive at jobs in your hatchback with tools bursting out?

I was a landscape gardener for three years back when I was 17. And ever since I lost the job due to injury I have always wanted to get back out into the gardens as a job, but responsibilities came my way and I had to settle for whatever supported my family. Now im coming up to 30 I want to make that a reality after all these years.

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  • Pushing my dads mower through the streets at 16. Im 45 in a couple of weeks.

  • Started off with a hatchback Datsun Cherry........ took all the seats out other than mine. Had an old Suffolk Punch cylinder mower and a Stihl hs61 hedgecutter + the usual hand tools. All fitted in quite nicely.

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    Made redundant from garden centre landlords sold for housing so set up to be my own maintenance round and be my own boss at 30 

    used my own tools and spent my redundancy on second hand mowers and other machines 

    good advice don’t buy new incase it’s not your bag or doesn’t viably work out 

    invest in new when u know it’s working for you 

    bought an old transit for £1600 lasted 18 months 

    with life skills and a passion to make it work I sailed through 

    ten years later best decision ever and now cracked commercial market too 

    go for it it’s worth the effort 

    • Thanks for the advice, I will have to start small as I will still need to work full time in the beginning to support my family untilI have enough regular work to sustain us. Not sure how I am going to manage that yet until I get the work but I'm determined and willing to fit it in wherever I can. Maybe just doing lawm cuts to start with.

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        Where in West yorks vare u 

        • I'm from Wakefield, are you local?

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            I grew up in Garforth 

            worked as a voluntary  ranger at temple newsam at 13 and worked strikes garden centre at 16 

            set up as a student in my ford fiesta at 17 -19 

            then moved Swindon and retail until 30 

            now in Chippenham area j17 m4 

            do you cover Garforth Wakefield east ardsley 

            • I actually haven't got set up yet but yes they would be areas that I could cover after I've got going.

  • I’m currently on a 1.2 vw polo a free champion push mower a b&q strimmer made by homelite which was also free and I’m very impressed with homelite nice power compares to low end stihl, a robin blower starts first pull no choke or priming it’s old and ace

    got a low end stihl kombi hedge cutter and a hs 81 second hand

    last year me and a mate done a job in a hatchback and took away a double mattress a single mattress a rocking horse a paddling pool two prams and all the green waste from a small over grown garden I had to put the mower box in the footwell put my feet in it and ride passenger with a stuffed tall bucket of grass clippings on my lap while my mate drove us to the next job 

    • That is brilliant. When did you start? If you dont mind me asking. Have you found anyone is put off when you arrive in a car? I ask because I would probably be starting out in a Mondeo myself, just interested to know if customers are that bothered?



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