There are a few things that have been shown by researchers to have a positive influence on our happiness levels. One of them is having pride in our work, another is freedom. One that’s less commonly discussed but which is important is being outdoors; just fifteen minutes of being in nature is enough to boost our mood. So what if there was a job that combined all of these things? Well, there is, as it turns out. It’s called being a freelance gardener. Below, we take a look at five tips for becoming one.
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Know Your Stuff
You’re not going to jump straight into being a freelance gardener, of course. You’ll like have years of experience as a keen enthusiast under your belt. There’s a big difference between toying around in your own garden and getting paid by someone else to improve theirs, however. Before you embark on this journey, make sure you really do know your stuff. You don’t want to be on your first job and realize that you didn’t know as much as you thought you did. Have a think of every problem that you might encounter, and make sure you can come up with a solution.
Get the Right Tools
You’re going to need more than what’s in your shed if you’re going to be working on other people’s gardens. The reason is that your tools are designed for the conditions of your garden; someone else’s yard might be completely different. So you’ll want to invest money into making sure you have every tool that you might need. You’ll also have to think about how you’re going to transport your items around. A reliable vehicle, and a trailer that has new trailer brakes will be essential; when you’re spending so much of your time on the roads, you need to ensure that your transport is as safe as possible. It’ll be getting all of the tools that take up the bulk of your start-up cash.
Once you’ve got everything you need, you’ll need to begin finding clients. This is going to take some time; it’ll start out with friends of friends and other word of mouth referrals, though you’ll want to advertise your services too. The key thing is to avoid getting too focused on the number of clients you have. They will come. In the early days, just focus on doing a great job.
Account for Low Seasons
You’ll need to be aware that you’re not always going to have work. Very few people will employ a gardener in the middle of winter, for instance. As such, you’ll want to make sure you’re putting enough money away to ride out these lean months.
Finally, make sure you have insurance! There are of things that can go wrong when you’re working with gardening tools, and since this is, after all, your livelihood, you’ll need to make sure that you’ll be financially OK if something happens that forces you to stop working.