This guide will go though how to set up a self employed gardening business from home. Specifically covering what services to offer, how to advertise, make those important sales and gain repeat business.
Option 1: Offering gardening services to households
Offering to carry out gardening tasks for individuals is the quickest way to make money from your abilities. However it also requires the most time investment, so you have to be prepared to put in a lot of work. Depending on the type of work you are willing to offer, you can charge small hourly fees or a larger project/job fee.
If you have the skills and equipment you can also offer more specialist gardening services for sale. There is growing interest and demand in high end professional gardening providers. Lawn care & repair is one of the most sought after provisions as it provides fantastic visual results (and is hard to get right). Some of the most effective and low cost lawn care activities to offer are scarification and aeration. Scarifying a lawn helps to remove unsightly moss and thatch whilst promoting healthy growth. Whilst aeration allows the ground to breathe, drain water and intake nutrients. If you combine these two practices with good soil nutrition and fertilisation the results will keep your customers very happy.
Finally there is the option to offer garden consultation and design expertise to people looking to improve their outdoor spaces. A lot of people are willing to pay for the expertise of someone with experience and a track record of results. Offering small garden design, garden planning and modern garden landscaping tips can be a big ‘hands off’ earner.
Option 2: Growing plants, shrubs and flowers to sell on
Many people all over the UK are making extra income selling off plants from their nurseries, gardens and allotments. This could be as little as generating some cash for surplus plants or purposefully growing for profit.
There are many different types of plants, flowers, shrubs and even trees you can grow to sell on. Some are in high demand, others not so much. But remember demand doesn’t necessarily equal take home pay; it just makes your ‘stock’ easier to find a buyer for. If you’re going to plan out what you grow it would be advisable to have a mix of different plants to sell. Try and find a balance between steady regular sellers and higher value specialist items.
Here is a list of common garden plants you can grow to sell:
|Bulb plants||Potted Plants||Flowering Shrubs|
|Flowering Plants||Perrenials||Evergreen Shrubs|
|Bedding Plants||Ferns||Hedging Plants|
How and where to sell your plants
Community fayres / Cat boot sales are one of the most lucrative places to sell plants. People are often in the mood to pick up something nice for their home when browsing round these types of events. With good presentation, reasonable prices and a friendly approach you should sell out with ease.
You need to put yourself in the buyer’s position and deliver what they will respond to. This means you should focus on small domestic/indoor plants for these events. The reason being is that these are easy to shift, have mass appeal and are not too much hassle for buyers to carry around with them. If you’re selling larger outdoor plants the buyer will likely have to drop by your stall last. This is because they won’t want to carry a large cumbersome plant around whilst shopping with other vendors.
Relying on customers to stop by your stall before they leave is a risky business model. Buyers may forget or have already spent their money at other stalls. That is why it’s best to focus on small, portable and fast shifting plants. Catch the sale when the buyer first sees your products; this is the best way to profit through growing plants.
Other outlets to sell through include small local stores, community adverts in local newspapers or even just having a sign in your garden asking people to enquire. Getting yourself known as the ‘go to person’ for quality plants in your local area is valuable. If you can build up a reputation for being a breeder of quality well cared for flowers, plants and herbs business will naturally come your way. Many people distrust the large ‘shed’ stores like B&Q and Homebase. This is because it is hard to care for the health of plants on such a large scale.
One less practiced way to sell these excess plants is to call up local nurseries. Usually these companies buy in large quantities, but you will be surprised how often owners are interested in being able to buy smaller lots. You are offering them the flexibility to try out new stock without committing to a massive order. If you’re selling rarer plants or something a little different to their main stock they are more likely to be receptive. The reason being (as mentioned) is that they can test out how the plant sells without committing to a bulk order.
Overall you have to brand yourself as a personal/caring breeder of plants; this will enable you to grow a solid sustainable hobby business.
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