Failing to carry out a thorough external site assessment at the start of a job can lead to big problems, warns Alan Sargent.
Honesty, research and forethought are all essential when applying for a job in this industry, says Alan Sargent.
Buying another business can increase your own offer but there are important questions to consider, says Alan Sargent.
Sargent's solutions - regulations and legislative requirements underline the professional status of landscape contractors and gardeners
Regulations benefit individual gardeners and landscapers as well as the wider industry, Alan Sargent explains.
Making your job application stand out can be key to landing a senior or head gardener position, Alan Sargent explains.
Be wary of unscrupulous clients who may look for loopholes to avoid settling up at the end of a job, Alan Sargent warns.
Taking a considered approach can help prevent welcome requests for extra work becoming a curse, Alan Sargent explains.
Clear terms and conditions and contract security can help smaller operators to avoid payment issues, says Alan Sargent.
There are ways to find quality candidates for horticultural jobs if you widen your search parameters, Alan Sargent suggests.
In the second of a two-part article, Alan Sargent looks at the functions of today's gardens manager.
Continual learning is an essential part of the job and professionals should embed it in their work process, says Alan Sargent.
Careful preparation is essential for anyone moving from a full-time job to being self-employed, says Alan Sargent.
Think long and hard before deciding to switch from self-employed status to a full-time position, Alan Sargent advises.
There is a way to ensure your clients appreciate that you are more than just a general dogsbody, Alan Sargent advises.
Rebranding can be very useful but avoid confusion or clients could think that you have ceased trading, Alan Sargent warns.
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