Starting a new business can be a daunting thing for anyone to do. There are currently around 5.5 million small businesses in the UK and once you start your own, you’ll be competing with them all. To be successful, your business must take into account many different features.
Gardening was a pastime that many people grew fond of during the coronavirus pandemic. With little to do outside of the home, many people began to focus on their gardens. Stores such as B&Q and Homebase were listed as essential so, people could get the tools and equipment they needed to make a difference to their garden. Many then found that they had a knack for it.
These gardening skills combined with the fact that 7 in 8 UK homes have a garden meant that a business idea started to bloom. The market for a gardening business is huge and there may be a gap in the market for one in your local area.
Here’s what you’ll need to know before starting your gardening business.
Create a business plan
Your business plan is everything when starting your own company. It highlights what you will set out to do, how you will finance it and potential issues that may arise. Your business plan will be referred to constantly and without it, your business is destined to fail. Ensure you know how to write a business plan and set time aside to take it on.
Register your business and your employment status
Your business must be registered with the government before you can start trading. After this, you will need to register yourself as self-employed and file your tax report accordingly. Failure to do these things may disrupt your business down the line and you could be hit with fines.
Get your equipment
As a gardener, we know you’ll know exactly what gardening tools you need. But often people can forget the other items you’ll need for a successful business. These include:
Get your name out there
Marketing is one of the main factors of any business. It doesn’t matter how good you are at your job if no one knows about you. Fortunately, marketing comes in many forms and can be done for free a lot of the time – although if you throw some money at it, you’ll reach a wider audience.
The best way to start is to build a website. Ensure your website shows off your great work, has client testimonials and your contact information. From here, build your brand on social media. There are currently 53 million people on social media in the UK according to the most recent data, which highlights the potential audience you could reach.