One question that is frequently asked when it comes to starting a garden maintenance business is whether it is better to start an independent business or to buy into a franchise. Franchises are appealing because they come with everything that you need; you will get a space to operate out of, you will get all the equipment that you need, you will get trained employees, a ready brand and you will even get an operating manual. The downside of a franchise is that you don’t get to take home all the profits – in exchange for all the things that the franchise company gives you you must pay them a certain percentage of your earnings every month. You also don’t get to develop your own brand.
Starting you own business, on the other hand, can be appealing because you take home all the money that you make and if you work hard enough and do the right things you will develop a strong brand. The problem with this is that you may not have the money to start your own garden maintenance business. Does this mean that you are stuck with a franchise? Not necessarily; if you find a source of funding it is possible to start small and then grow your business over time. You can take a loan from a bank, borrow it from a friend, sell off an asset or even save a portion of your earnings every month until you have enough money to get started.
The only way to stay in business is to get every job done right, and for that to happen you have to get the proper training. Garden maintenance requires you to know everything there is to know about taking care of different types of plants as well as soil and how to keep it healthy enough to support them. You should find a school that has a reputation for providing solid education in garden maintenance. Whether you are a beginner or you already have some experience with garden care they should be able to impart the skills that you need to run a successful business. They should also teach you about how to run the business, not just about garden maintenance. You should learn an introduction into things like accounting and branding.
One of the best places to get this kind of training is at Pro Lawn Care in Cambridgeshire. They have a well established curriculum and people come from all over the country to learn about garden maintenance.