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The best time to start up?

Hello everyone. I've been a member on here a while now and previously I was in the process of starting up. The start up last year got put on hold due to the youngest being a tad unwell during her first few months of being here (totally fine now).So now I find myself wanting to start up again but a potential lack of funds is holding me back. I currently am employed working an awesome shift pattern which gives me loads of time off. So i feel it's perfect to slowly build up a business with clients etc.I have level 3 nvqs in horticulture and amenity horticulture sports turf with most of my time spent green keeping and golf course construction. I have done some small projects hard landscaping recently for friends and a couple of community projects. I left the industry in 2008 when the recession hit and I got made redundant. I'm currently working in the energy from waste industry which is great but I'm bored.So the main question is when is the best time to start up and what should I aim to do? Obviously it's June now so should I just go for it, go get a petrol mower and strummed and start from there? Got alot of the necessary hard landscape equipment already.Sorry for the elongated post.

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  • PRO

    I would almost say it was better to start off 'out of season' to some extent. That way you can get a few jobs under your belt, make a few mistakes, get your charging sorted out - all before the mad rush of a full spring start. I started my business fully in a September which gave me three months or so of part-time work before kicking off again the following spring a lot more experienced than I might have been. 

    You will probably need to unsure that you have some form of alternative income source to see you through the first winter. Things do tend to die down between Dec to Feb, particularly for people without an established client base. 

    I would say no time like the present. February is 8 months away!

  • PRO

    If you've spare time now just go for it. One VERY important thing- keep full accounts, but avoid registering as self employed until you have to, or you give up the day job. From HMRC:

    "Register as soon as you can after starting your business. At the latest, you should register by 5 October in your business’s second tax year."

    So you've got ages. If you register straight away, you will end up on an emergency tax code at your PAYE gig, which will really eat into your take home needlessly.

    Hope this helps.

    • PRO
      Thanks for all your info everyone. I have a Ltd company still set up and running from when I used to work in golf course construction. Which was standard for me to subcontract for other companies.

      Right best start looking at new mower and strimmer then. Anyone able to recommend what they feel is best for them.
      • PRO
        Depends on your budget mate!
        Decide on a budget for them and then ask again loads of choices will be talked about. Don't forget the blower :-)
      • There are dozens of threads on hardware. Some quite new. Just have a read.
  • PRO

    A Little advise on kit dan if your taking the plunge

    go into your nearest dealer and speak with the workshop guys, ask about machines they not only sell but hold plenty of parts for and know inside out.

    this will greatly reduce your downtime from repairs, most of our dealers for etesia will stock your basic blade / belt and filters and the long time dealers will also have a few other bits n bobs on hand.

    to start with spending 1k+ on a mower you need to wait 5 weeks to get a blade belt for is going to cost you the price of the mower in lost work and this comes if the shop is not a main dealer for something so always check what is sold in your area and work out a budget on that.

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