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Low risk ways to start a business: Gardening

Green fingered? If you’re willing to put in hard graft and have a creative eye, a gardening franchise could provide you with a good return on investment…

Type of business: Gardening and grounds maintenance
Minimum investment: £10,000 + VAT

The opportunity:

Best suited to those with a passion for gardening and working in the great outdoors, a gardening or grounds maintenance franchise can be started as a one-man operation with the ability to expand as you grow.

Big names in the UK franchise sector include Greensleeves, Envirocare, and Weedman; all focused on grounds maintenance, alongside Ed’s Gardening which has a wider focus on gardening and landscaping. These chains will often give you access to both residential and commercial jobs.

A mobile business opportunity, starting a gardening franchise allows you to get your hands dirty and demonstrate creative flair but you’ll need to have patience and preparation. Gardening and grounds maintenance is often weather-dependent so you need to be willing to work in all conditions and you should be open to physical activity.

As well as being low-risk, a gardening franchise gives you a great deal of autonomy. For instance, if you started an Envirocare franchise you would be able to offer grass cutting, weed control, hedge cutting and pruning, maintenance of flower and shrub borders, winter maintenance, and even snow clearance and gritting.

And you aren’t expected to be a gardening expert either – most franchises will offer horticultural and lawn care training so you can hone your skills.

One of the biggest draws to starting a gardening or lawn care franchise is the ability to scale the business quickly; one franchisee for WeedMan now runs over 50 production vehicles and services over 100,000 customers.

Find gardening and grounds maintenance franchise opportunities here.


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