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Dan never knew that he would be orchestrating a ten-man-band five years ago when he packed in his internet sales job in favour of a mower and a van. But since, he has progressively grown his business thanks to acute attention to detail and v

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A recent school grounds seminar held at Charterhouse in Surrey has been hailed a huge success by all who attended.

The event attracted over 50 delegates from all levels as several topical issues were explored and discussed. Supported by…

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Harry@VWGS replied to James's discussion Greetings
"From personal experience a dealer knows very little about machinery outside of their shop, they can sell or push an item but they don’t use them daily so don’t listen to what they have to say about performance, they only know what they have read in…"
4 minutes ago
James replied to James's discussion Greetings
"Hi Andrew,
Thank you for the reply, I have found it really helpful.
I think you're right, I'm working somewhat back to front. I'll reevaluate this weekend."
4 minutes ago
Andrew Watts replied to James's discussion Greetings
"Hi James, there is always great excitment when starting out to think about shiny new kit - it's natural and we all do it. However, step back. Kit is readily available quickly, so no need to rush into it. What's more important is to work out who your…"
22 minutes ago
Jimmy garnett, Jamie Santus and Jack Glover joined Landscape Juice Network
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James replied to James's discussion Greetings
"Hi Geoffrey,
Thanks for the reply. 
Im fairly focused on the items I would like prior to start in a mower, long reach trimmer etc. Just the options and if you go with a kombi system etc, think im just nervous given the prices involved, only have one…"
1 hour ago
James replied to James's discussion Greetings
"Hi James, 
I have next thursday pencilled in as the big day to hand it in, nervous but excited. 
My position of the last 8 or so years has been office management and various different office type things, prior to that retail and liesure management.…"
1 hour ago
Geoffrey King replied to James's discussion Greetings
"Hello James,
I'd say you need to be clear what sort of gardening, you're offering, as it varies considerably.
Maintance or restoration.
All power tools or hand work.
Planting?
Organic, peat & pesticide free?
This will determine who you are aiming at…"
1 hour ago
James replied to James's discussion Greetings
"Hi Ian, 
Thank you for your reply.
Sensible stuff, I am somewhat stepping into the unknown and Im aware the better course would have been working for someone else for a year to learn the business and expand my skills but circumstances dont really al…"
1 hour ago
James Duke replied to James's discussion Greetings
"Hi James I'm in the same position as you only I haven't handed in my notice yet. I was wondering what you current job is and what background you have had in the industry if any? Good luck in you venture and I wish you all the best
Maybe we could hel…"
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James replied to James's discussion Greetings
"Morning Vic,
The pricing thread makes perfect sense to me, just a case of getting my quotes right with no experience but im sure it'll come in time.
I reached out to all local garden business to request general prices as I don't want to undercut the…"
1 hour ago
Ian Harvey replied to James's discussion Greetings
"Hi- and welcome to a great industry and a great forum. 
I would say that the first thing that you should do (as with any business) is to research what your likely market is. This will mainly be determined by your location and working area and what c…"
1 hour ago
Vic 575 replied to James's discussion Greetings
"Hello and welcome to the club. Welcome to life being controlled and dominated by the weather.
The advice I would give the ‘me’ of 29 years ago when I went self-employed is the critical advice I would give to any new start up gardening business.
Get…"
3 hours ago
James posted a discussion
Hello All,I'm new to the forum and thought I would introduce myself.Currently looking to start a small gardening business In March after handing in my notice next Thursday.I'm trying to do my planning at the moment but struggling with the wealth of…
4 hours ago
Billybop replied to Gary's discussion That extra day ....
"not for me, i thrive on unpredictability, the less routine the better lol ... what i do is weather dependent and have elderly parents and young children, i am out pretty much every sunday and bank holiday with my other business, again the results fr…"
5 hours ago
David @ Eastleigh Garden Service replied to Gary's discussion That extra day ....
"That’s a worry when you are in business lol"
6 hours ago
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Hello All,I'm new to the forum and thought I would introduce myself.Currently looking to start a small gardening business In March after handing in my notice next Thursday.I'm trying to do my planning at the moment but struggling with the wealth of…

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Bessertrim brushcutters

Hi all.Our echo brush cutter after 7 years of abuse is now beyond economical repair. I was going to plump for the exact same new model, but knowing parts can be pricey I've vaguely thought about purchasing a different brand. My newest employee…

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