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Evening all, hope you are all well !!

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to run my own business and having grown up on my grandparents farm I have always had an interest in machinery.

I am seriously interested in getting into grounds maintenance, looking after factory units, small schools etc. I have a few savings tucked away that would be enough to buy some equipment to get me going. 

Through a family friend I might also have the chance to take on a few factory sites straight away.

my question is, can this be a lucrative business when done correctly?

i have a young family so it’s a big decision. I am an engineer by trade, so plants will be all new to me but fairly confident that I could quickly pick it up or am I asking for trouble??

any replies would be grateful or a pm if people do not wish to disclose info.

many thanks

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  • Hi Andrew, it's scary to begin with. I was made redundant from an engineering role in 2009, but now I wouldn't ever go back. 

    Drop me an email with any questions and I can let you know how things went for me too, I'm always happy to help new businesses as much as I can.

    I've done all sorts of warehouses, office blocks, residential flats and housing estates as well as domestic work.

  • Thank you Dan, I appreciate that.

    Did you go back to study any horticulture courses following your redundancy?? If I would like to do just maintenance I wonder if this would be necessary? 

    Perhaps one day hands on courses would be better.

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    Andrew - welcome to LJN.

    It is possible to make a decent income off of domestic and commercial maintenance - would I call it lucrative - thats open to interpretation!

    Plant knowledge is useful depending how in depth you want to go with planting schemes etc. 

    Obviously if you are going into commercial works straight off, then you will need to make sure you have your insurances, risk assesments, method statements, spraying and or chainsaw certificates etc.

    Buy decent kit first off (if you can afford it).

    Happy to chat more via PM (you have a friend request pending)

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