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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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    Thank you for the kind words folks. The important thing I have learnt is to be willing to turn your hand to whatever comes your way to start with. Then when things get busy you can become more fussy as to what you will or won't do

    • PRO

      Also never underestimate how much waste there is!

       

      I still get it wrong. 

  • Craig, its lawn and general gardening. But she wants her lawn reshaped and some landscaping done too. Plus she wants me to plant up her garden. Then it will be just regular maintenance.

    She has also let slip that her neighbour wants a full makeover too and has had 1 quote of 10k (apparently) Im going to pop round for a chat i think. 

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      £10K - that must be a big garden!

      Mind you I had one last year at about this time, and someone had quoted her over £5K and I did it all for literally half that at my top rate - and there was at least £500 worth of materials in that cost too... and she now regularly calls me to do other work. Chatting to her she says that she never would have paid anywhere near £5K.

      So I suppose the moral of the story is to cost out the job before you quote

      • Her garden is the same size as mine, 70' x 25' so not huge.

        Totally flat, nice and tidy with good access and parking. 

         

  • When I started out 4 years ago I used all my old, fairly cheap, gardening equipment until they broke or wore out and then replaced them with better stuff. The biggest decision was what strimmer to go for and I eventually decided on a Stihl Kombitool which, at the time, I thought was a fairly pricey piece of kit. While I was in the shop buying the Stihl a guy walked in behind me with a chainsaw he wanted servicing. He was impressed with the kit being taken out of the boxes so we got talking and it transpired that he had 12.5 acres of land that he was struggling to keep under control. He invited me round to have a look and now, 2 years later, I work for him 2 days per week and he's my best customer! 

    I often think that buying that new Stihl strimmer kit was one of the best business decisions I ever made!

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      Nice one Graeme , I know there is a saying  '' fail to plan''  and you '' plan to fail ''  obviously some truth in this but I have found in business the best opportunities and catalysts which have come my way have been down to chance meetings and finding myself in the right place at the right time .   

      Certainly was a very good business decision in your case :-)

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