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Design Grow Sell: A guide to starting and running a successful gardening business from your home (Country Living) [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Davies
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Book Description

This book is aimed at garden lovers and anyone keen to turn their gardening talent into a business.
It's for those who, while stuck in an office, have always dreamed of making a living outdoors, for second career-ers who have a flair for gardening and want a job that makes them happy and for anyone who would like to combine a love of plants of gardens with the freedom of being their own boss.
Uniquely, the book looks at the diverse opportunities that exist in gardening, from running a nursery to building a garden maintenance business, and from training to be a landscape designer to writing about gardening for a living.Taking the reader through how to pursue each type of business successfully, it looks at everything from researching the competition, training and internships, to how to get your first job, develop a network and grow the business.
As well as all the practical information required to start a gardening business, this essential guide profiles 20 individuals and tells their inspiring stories - from the doctor who became a garden designer and whose work ended up on national television, to the high-flying fashion director who gave up the rat race to make a living from growing traditional roses.
Packed with advice, tips and resources, this book offers everything you need to start your own successful gardening business.


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"It contains much of relevance to those of us already in the industry, and if you are thinking of becoming self-employed it could prove particularly useful...One of the most valuable aspects of the book is that it contains a number of case-studies from well-known people who have grown successful businesses..." --The Professional Gardener

"It gives you the basics for everything you need to know - from the technicalities of starting a business, conducting extensive market research through to actuvely marketing...An unitimidating read for those who love their gardens and want to turn their passion into a successful business...All in all, this is an absolute must-buy for anyone looking to start a gardening business." --Start Your Business Magazine

"Clear and organised, refreshingly clean and uncluttered, simply laid out, easy to read and follow..." --ProLandscaper Magazine

"It gives you the basics for everything you need to know - from the technicalities of starting a business, conducting extensive market research through to actuvely marketing...An unitimidating read for those who love their gardens and want to turn their passion into a successful business...All in all, this is an absolute must-buy for anyone looking to start a gardening business." --Start Your Business Magazine

"Clear and organised, refreshingly clean and uncluttered, simply laid out, easy to read and follow..." --ProLandscaper Magazine

About the Author

Sophie Davies is a gardener, writer and landscape designer who trained at the English Gardening School, before setting up her own practice in London. She now lives and works in West Sussex, gardening and designing, writing books and magazine articles for publications including The English Garden and The Horticulturist. Her website is www.sophieinthegarden.co.uk.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 306 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Brightword Publishing (3 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ABZNJB6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #293,802 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring but needs more of the practicalities 10 Mar. 2013
By Wiltshire Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Design Grow Sell is one of a series produced by Country Living magazine in which it describes how to start a gardening business from home. They also have a corresponding Kitchen Table Talent website designed to support and encourage those who have (or are thinking of starting) any small business.

Many people dream about starting their own gardening business. This book aims to show how it can be done. Having just filed the first tax return for my freelance writing income, does this book tell me the things I wish I'd known when I started out? The answer is well yes, ...partly.

Strengths

1.It's easy to read and relatively short compared with most books I've read of this kind
2. Inspirational - there's a positive 'can do' message. It's definitely one for those who want to take their daydreams about starting a small business a step further
3. It focuses on how to start a gardening business, so it puts what can be a dry subject into an understandable context
4.Real people and case studies from a cross-section of horticulture are featured. This shows some of the breadth the industry has to offer.
5. It features those reaping a business success, so the message is a positive one
6. There's a good list of further references, resources and websites etc., though with some surprising omissions

I did pick up some useful tips, though I'm itching to add some of my own.

Weaknesses

1. It needs a section on how to decide whether a starting a business is for you - a long, hard look at the positives and negatives
2. The book needs to beef up the practicalities of running a business. It's great for inspiring someone to start, but having started they will soon leave behind what this book can teach them.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Handy Little Read 11 July 2013
By Olivia
Format:Paperback
I am a big fan of Country Living magazine and love the idea of the lifestyle.

This cheerful little book by them did not disappoint. It is packed full of good advice on getting your gardening business started. I especially liked the can-do section on the importance of marketing, networking and PR.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for would be gardeners 8 July 2013
By Kirsty
Format:Paperback
My partner bought this book for me recently and I read it in a couple of days. I thought it was great. It is packed full of good advice and inspiring stories of successful gardening businesses and has given me the push to finally enrol on a local horticultural class. A really useful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great. 27 Nov. 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book, Very informative, fast delivery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 18 Jan. 2015
By Aileen
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Quite good.
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