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...
- What is a gardening business and who is suited to?
- What should you include in a gardening business plan?
- Are there any rules and regulations to setting up a gardening business?
- How much does it cost to set up a gardening business?
- How much can you earn running your own gardening business?
- Starting a gardening business: Tips and useful contacts
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”.
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.