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Starting A Garden Or Landscape Business eBook
Learn from the expert how to get started in a landscaping or garden maintenance/design business. Packed with valuable business advice, horticultural and landscaping knowledge and practical ideas, this book is a must for garden lovers or anyone thinking about or already involved in a horticultural, landscaping or garden business. This reprint is only available as an ebook.
Starting A Garden Or Landscape Business
By John Mason
Starting a Garden or Landscape Business course online. Expert advice on how to get started in your own garden or landscape business! Packed with valuable business advice, horticultural and landscaping knowledge, and practical ideas - this ebook is a must have for garden lovers. It is great for anyone thinking about (or already involved in), a horticultural, landscaping or garden business.
Review by Harriet Walsh in Permaculture Magazine UK.
Starting a Garden or Landscape Business (e-book)
By John Mason
“As you’d expect from a book written by the founder of a distance learning business, it’s easy to read and puts the information across. The first chapter offers down-to-earth advice points for how to build a successful business. I noted that some map easily to a permaculture approach. ‘Don’t rush it’ for example fits well with the Holmgren principle of ‘Use Small and Slow Solutions’, whilst the final point ‘Take Care of Yourself’ reflects the permaculture ethic of People Care.
In the remaining chapters the reader is encouraged to think about how they can describe and offer saleable services, and identify their own specialism. The book is aimed at Australian readers but the majority of the content is applicable to the UK.
This isn’t a specifically permaculture book and the technical information about planting, cultivation and garden maintenance will not always be suitable for a permaculture designer in many cases. Nor is it a detailed ‘how-to’ maual. It would be great for someone who is reasonably confident about their ability to take on a project, for example building a retaining wall or laying a drain and just needs the reassurance of reading through a bullet-point project plan before starting. There’s also good general advice around starting and developing a business.
The final chapter, particularly the notes on costing, would be very helpful for business planning and getting quotes together for clients. There is an example table that could be used as a starting point for working out what your annual costs for a business are likely to be.
With its encouraging and practical approach I’d recommend this ebook to anyone who’s in the early stages of thinking about setting up a garden or landscape business.”
CHAPTER 1 - GETTING STARTED
- Getting Started
- Points to Watch Out For
- Two Ways to Begin in Business
- Starting A New Business Compared To Buying One
- What Sorts Of Records Do I Need To Keep?
- Understanding Contract Law
CHAPTER 2 - WHAT SERVICES COULD YOU OFFER?
- Types Of Service
- Other Options
- Complimentary Fringe Services
- Considering The Options
- What Do You Need To Offer These Services?
- Specialist Niche Areas For Landscape Construction
- Specialist Areas For A Design Business
- Buying Equipment And Tools
CHAPTER 3 - GARDEN MAINTENANCE SERVICES
- Plant Care
- Why Plants Get Sick
- Preventative Medicine In The Garden
- Moving Established Plants
- Providing A Spraying Service
- Starting A Pruning Service
- Starting A Lawn Care Business
- Types Of Mowers
- Tree Care And Tree Surgery
- Tree Surgery Techniques
- Gardening & Landscaping Tools
- Power Tool Maintenance
- How To Manually Handle Objects In The Garden
- Starting An Indoor Plant Service
CHAPTER 4 LANDSCAPING
- Options For Specialisation
- Starting A Garden Design Service
- Starting A Landscape Construction Service
- Improving Soils
- Improving Drainage
- Improving Surface Drainage After Construction
- Hard Surfacing
- Water In The Garden
CHAPTER 5 MANAGING FINANCES & COSTING
- Business Planning
- Landscape Specifications & Contracts
About the Author:
John L. Mason Dip.Hort.Sc., Sup'n Cert., FIOH, FPLA, MAIH, MACHPER, MASA
John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over thirty five books and of over two thousand magazine articles. Even today, John continues to write books for various publishers including Simon and Shuster, and Landlinks Press (CSIRO Publishing).
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