First post here. After a number of years within the IT industry, I understand that it's no longer for me for various reasons (long hours, being on call etc) and I'm going to start up a Gardening & Maintenance Service business.
I've done garden maintenance on and off over the years for my family and also some gardening when doing seasons abroad and it's something that I enjoy, also the freedom of being self employed is something that, although daunting going alone, excites me. I've never ran a business before so I will have lots of learning to do, especially on the accounting side of things. I'm not looking to become a millionaire off this, just comfortable. My current IT job pays quite a fair bit and I don't have many outgoings or debts. I also repair Macbooks on the side which can get me anywhere between £150-£400 a month. (Although this may go up as I may have more time to do it)
I wanted to start off small by doing maintenance / clearing / weeding / hedge trimming to start with, then possibly branch more onto planting & landscaping. My only main experience is with Maintenance. I don't have the best of knowledge with plants / shrubbery at the moment but this is something I'm going to be learning. I haven't left my current job yet, but I was also thinking of trying to get a part-time job and try to build up my business. I was aiming to try and get some Saturday / Sunday work with making some business cards (circa 200) and posting them around the area and posting on Facebook Groups etc. I have done research on my area and I think there will definitely be work for me. I also have seen many times to quote by the job, and not the hour. Is this still true?
Looking at equipment to start off with, I was looking at;
Hand Mower, Petrol Mower, Backup Mower, Digging Spade, Garden Trowel, Petrol Strimmer, Petrol Hedge Cutter, Brush, Rake, Sacateurs, Trowel, Blower, Loppers, Knife / Cutter
Does this sound like a good start?
Also what are peoples experience using QuickBooks as opposed to an Accountant? I will definitely consult with an accountant first but would be good know how people have got on with acccounting softwares.
Thanks for reading all, I look forward to the feedback!