On Tuesday I handed my notice in at my PAYE job. It felt amazing.
I've only been employed 10 months but it was enough to know it's not for me and I'm out. Prior to that I was self employed for 18 years; it's what I know and love. However, those 18 years were spent cleaning. Mainly building site work with a bit of domestic thrown in.
I've joined the website and paid for my Pro membership as I'd like to transfer my hobby into a job. They say never to do it but I'm definitely not going back to cleaning!
This website has been incredibly useful so far and I'm wondering if you can help me further? I feel I've hit information overload.
I understand that I'm starting this at the wrong time of year so would appreciate any advice that will keep my head above water.
My questions are:
• Should I go to college and complete a one day a week RHS course whilst working? The £1000+ for the course could be spent upgrading my gear instead. Is it worth it?
• I'm wanting to do basic garden maintenance (no hard/soft landscaping). Starting off, is a PA1 & PA6 license necessary? I'm not adverse to acquiring them but wondered how it'd affect business initially.
My experience is watching and helping my parents design and landscape their gardens since I was a child and then my own. I wouldn't call myself a novice gardener but I'm no expert, hence my question regarding the course.
I'd like to hit the ground running. I hope that having previously been self employed and running a business has given me a head start. I just need some guidance into how to do it so late in the year.