Sargent's Solutions

Alan Sargent is an independent gardens consultant. His latest book, The Landscaper's Survival Manual, is available from www.alansargent.co.uk.

Sargent's solutions: How to create the right impression

Honesty, research and forethought are all essential when applying for a job in this industry, says Alan Sargent.

Sargent's solutions - how to make a successful landscape business acquisition

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.

Sargent's solutions - tips on how to optimise your application for a gardening job

Making your job application stand out can be key to landing a senior or head gardener position, Alan Sargent explains.

Sargent's solutions - how to avoid the traps of 'professional non-payers'

Be wary of unscrupulous clients who may look for loopholes to avoid settling up at the end of a job, Alan Sargent warns.

Sargent's solutions - avoiding potential pitfalls when accepting extra landscaping work

Taking a considered approach can help prevent welcome requests for extra work becoming a curse, Alan Sargent explains.

Sargent's solutions - take care of the T&Cs to ensure contract clarity

Clear terms and conditions and contract security can help smaller operators to avoid payment issues, says Alan Sargent.

Sargent's solutions - how to attract the best staff for your business

There are ways to find quality candidates for horticultural jobs if you widen your search parameters, Alan Sargent suggests.

Sargent's Solutions: What is the difference between a head gardener and gardens manager? Part 2

In the second of a two-part article, Alan Sargent looks at the functions of today's gardens manager.

Sargent's solutions - the benefits of CPD for your business

Continual learning is an essential part of the job and professionals should embed it in their work process, says Alan Sargent.

Sargent's solutions - what you need to know and do before becoming a sole trader

Careful preparation is essential for anyone moving from a full-time job to being self-employed, says Alan Sargent.

Sargent's solutions - self-employed vs employee status? The pros and cons

Think long and hard before deciding to switch from self-employed status to a full-time position, Alan Sargent advises.

Sargent's solutions - protecting your professional integrity

There is a way to ensure your clients appreciate that you are more than just a general dogsbody, Alan Sargent advises.

Sargent's solutions - this issue he works through the pros and cons of rebranding

Rebranding can be very useful but avoid confusion or clients could think that you have ceased trading, Alan Sargent warns.

Sargent's solutions - pay attention to detail to avoid contractual pitfalls

A focused and thoroughly professional business approach can help to prevent potential disputes, says Alan Sargent.