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I have spent most of the evening browsing this forum reading everyone's posts and taking information in. I am in the process of starting up because I have always had a life goal to own my own business. I am coming back into the industry after a hiatus. The business plan, website and social media pages are pretty much finished. Next month the business will have been registered with companies house. A few questions I have are 1. Is it worthwhile leasing a van or buying one out right. 2. Should I aim for a mix of commercial and residential business. 3. If there is one thing you should have done when you started up what is it?

A bit about me. I have a nvq level 3 in amenity horticulture (sports turf) with approx 8 years experience in sports turf maintenance, sports turf construction. I left the industry in 2008 when the credit crunch hit and was made redundant I have recently moved to Cornwall and I am starting a BSc in horticulture (garden and landscape design) at Plymouth uni in Sept. It is time to get back into the industry I love.  

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      Hi stuart. Did you find it was a struggle to do both or could you come to a healthy balance. My intention is to grow the business and diversify into other sectors.
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    Good luck in your new venture Dan, Cornwall would be a lovely place to work.  Where you are based, would the holiday/second home market might be a good place to look maybe ?

    Have confidence in your profession but don't be afraid to turn down a job if the kit/job/money/customer/spider sense isn't right.  All the best !

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      Thank you Russ. I am based in between newquay and padstow on the north coast. I am planning to especially as the holiday season is just kicking off.
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