Forgive me if you think I've come to the wrong place, but it feels like me of you have been around for a long time so might have some handy advice for me.
I set myself up as a self-employed gardener earlier this year when I was let go from a small private estate gardening job (last one in/first one out, cost of living etc, etc).....
Rather than general maintenance or landscaping per se, I see myself as more of a grower than a mower - specialising in productive (veg, fruit, flowers) and ornamental (large herbaecous borders) gardening and have managed to get myself a couple of really good clients that I visit on a weekly basis (large gardens, with plenty to do and some projects that should hopefully keep me busy during the winter with a bit of luck). But I'm struggling to grow the business any further. There are a lot of more generalised garden maintenance companies in the immediate area - there is a lot of lawn and hedge cutting work - but as I'm offering something a bit different I am unsure where best to look for additional work. Word of mouth, does not seem to be working too well right now, and I'm having trouble converting vague offers of potential work into something a bit more tangible.
I'd be really grateful for any ideas/suggestions - and again, if I'm in the wrong place, and you know where I should direct my efforts, then please let me know!!