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Starting my own business

Hi my name is Kingsley.I am 21 years old I was working in drainage/civil engineering/ flagging ground works, till around a year ago. My manager at this drainage firm had. Decided to set a landscape gardening business (he had no experience of this). I followed as he offered me a place so me and him. Built the business up and worked really hard. He was my fiance's father and was 56 and very overweight so he could only do so much, I have recently broken up with my fiance for good. Why I come to you today is I have found my talent, my Passion. I want my own landscaping business I want to pick your brains of everything I need and need to know.

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  • Hi Kingsley,

    Good luck with starting your business. There's a huge amount of things to learn and it'd be quite hard to list out everything you need to know in one go.

    I guess the most important thing once you've got the right kit, is to find clients. My advice is research your local pricing, do a flyering drop in your patch, and set up your social media. Badger friends and family for recommendations to get going.

    One thing I think others may question is experience and qualifications - personally I belelive you can learn practically anything on google or youtube, and of course this forum ;).

    Lastly if you've not already done so, make a financial plan - both for the business and for yourself.

    Hope it goes well for you.

  • is it just hard landscaping you want to do ? P/L/Insurance register as self employed with hmrc a book keeping system, possibly a accountant , builders merchant trade account then know your job what mix for different concreate  footings then sub base all to BS if you intend employing someone that is another thing  you have to go into before you do as to the costs above the wage you pay them and your legal obligations but that is another ball park

    then you have to have tools to do the job which will incur brake downs and servicing more insurance just in case they get nicked  the list goes on  

    • Thank you, it seems alot to take on at the minute but I am going to take one step at a time
      • Don't worry about taking on staff for now. Do as much as you can on your own. Find people you can sub contract for the things you can't do and hire equipment you don't have. Build the business that way until you are sure you have enough work to employ someone.
  • Don't worry about taking staff on currently, you're going to be doing a lot of the work yourself.

    Without being too harsh on your ex-future father-in-law, you do have contacts that you would've built through that work and you won't have a non-compete clause in any contracts I imagine. Use what you already have. This business relies heavily on word-of-mouth so start with what you've already got and work from there. 

    Good luck!

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