How to become a gardener

If you’re a green-fingered lover of the outdoors, starting a gardening business could give you the life you’ve always dreamed of...

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How much can you earn running your own gardening business?

Really it’s up to you how much you earn as a gardener. Provided you make informed decisions about where and how you want to work and are prepared to get out into the world and win customers, a gardening business can blossom into a very lucrative trade. As with any business, do not expect that you will make a lot of money to start with; just take it steady and add just that little extra to your service.

There are a number of ways to charge clients for your work, and the option you go for depends on a number of factors.

You may want to charge by the hour or a fixed price. Clients may be more comfortable paying a fixed price. If you’re going to be providing regular work, week after week and providing exactly the same service, then arranging a set price is easier for both parties.

Alternatively, you could offer a fixed price for different services as some are more demanding, require more skill or equipment, or take longer than others.

“From about £15,000”, suggest Sonvdahl, “however, there is no limit to what you can earn. It depends on the number of projects you take care of and the size of your team […] the quality of your work and your dedication”.

With so many variables it’s impossible to say exactly, but Sonvdahl ventures an average of “between £35,000 and £70,000 per year”, not forgetting that “side jobs get you more cash and bonuses for a job well done”. Another “good thing about gardening is that a happy customer will always call and book you over and over again” he adds, “even getting asked to help with some renovation jobs in their home is common”.

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However much you charge and whatever services you decide to provide, as with any business, a sure-fire way to maximise your income is to provide a consistent and high quality standard of work, maintain good relationships with your clients and always be on the hunt for new opportunities.