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  • 1. How  to  Start  a  Garden  Service  Business Do  you  love  gardening  and  being  outdoors?  If  so,  star6ng  a  gardening  service  may  be  ideal  for   you.   What  Does  a  Garden  Service  Business  Do? A  garden  service  can  provide  a  variety  of  services  –  from  grass  cu=ng  and  weeding  to  full   garden  design  and  planning.  The  services  you  provide  will  be  up  to  you.  However,  it’s  a  good   idea  to  know  ahead  of  6me  just  what  you’ll  be  providing.   Start  by  wri6ng  a  list  of  the  services  you  feel  able  to  offer.  Do  you  have  experience  with  garden   design  and  a  great  eye  for  detail?  If  so,  you  may  want  to  help  people  plan  and  design  their   dream  garden.  Be  aware  that  poten6al  customers  may  ask  about  your  qualifica6ons  and  ask  for   samples  of  gardens  you  have  previously  designed.     If  design  isn’t  quite  right  for  you,  you  may  want  to  simply  offer  maintenance  and/or  plan6ng   services.  In  this  case,  you  may  advice  clients  about  certain  plants,  and  help  them  choose  new   plants  and  then  plant  them  and  care  for  them.  Or  you  may  simply  want  to  offer  light   maintenance  on  exis6ng  gardens  such  as  scheduled  grass  cu=ng  and  weeding.  Again,  the   services  you  provide  are  en6rely  up  to  you.   How  Do  I  Get  Started? If  you’re  going  to  get  started  as  a  one-­‐person  business  then  you  simply  need  all  the  relevant   equipment.  Of  course,  you’ll  have  good  knowledge  about  gardening  and  plants.  If  you’ve  never   taken  a  formal  course  that’s  usually  fine;  you  can  always  brush  up  on  your  skills  as  necessary   with  a  home-­‐study  course  or  by  studying  gardening  books.  
  • 2. Once  you  have  all  your  equipment,  you  need  to  ensure  you’re  mee6ng  all  the  legal  business   requirements.  Your  local  county  office  can  advice  you  and  help  with  this  step.   How  Do  I  Find  Clients?   This  is  a  business  that  will  largely  depend  on  word  of  mouth.  If  your  customers  are  happy  with   your  services,  they  will  likely  recommend  you  to  their  family  and  friends.  Ensuring  you  do  a   great  job  is  important! To  gain  your  first  few  clients,  sending  flyers  out  locally  as  well  as  placing  a  magne6c  sign  on  your   car  (which  has  your  logo  and  details)  is  an  easy  and  inexpensive  way  to  start.   You  may  also  want  to  place  an  ad  in  your  local  paper.  Building  a  rela6onship  with  a  local  garden   nursery  or  garden  center  is  a  good  idea  as  well.  You  can  commit  to  buying  your  plants  and   equipment  from  them  if  in  exchange  they  tell  their  clients  about  your  services.  Most  garden   centers  will  be  okay  with  le=ng  you  place  a  flyer  on  their  bulle6n  board.   If  you  love  gardening  and  have  a  great  knowledge  of  plants  and  their  care,  star6ng  a  garden   service  business  may  be  ideal  for  you.  This  is  a  flexible  business  with  a  lot  of  poten6al.