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.
A focused and thoroughly professional business approach can help to prevent potential disputes, says Alan Sargent.
Any request from a potential client for a 100 per cent clean and tidy job should set alarm bells ringing, Alan Sargent warns
There are solid business reasons for improving efficiency by investing in new equipment.
Training for gardens staff can be arranged through colleges or by bringing in skilled artisans on-site, Alan Sargent explains.
Being asked to look after a garden on a part-time basis raises many issues that need to be addressed, says Alan Sargent
Care should be taken when expanding a rural business to win more work in lucrative larger towns, says Alan Sargent.
Gardening Team Leader
Garden Transformation North London
Kings Hill Nurseries Coventry, West Midlands
Grounds Maintenance Contract Manager - Hampshire / Berkshire
Ground Control Bracknell, Berkshire
Grounds Maintenance Contract Manager Preston
Ground Control Preston, Lancashire
Grounds Maintenance Contract Manager Sheffield
Ground Control Sheffield, South Yorkshire