So You Want to Start a Nursery

Author: Tony Avent
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 1604690186
Format: PDF, Mobi
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When Avent announced that he was quitting his job to build a specialty nursery, his former horticulture professor begged his student to reconsider, telling him he couldn't possibly make a profit "without doing something illegal." More than ten years and 20 nursery catalogs later, Avent owns a thriving national business with nearly 30 employees. He wrote So You Want to Start a Nursery to debunk myths about the ornamental-plants nursery business and what it takes to succeed, whether you're a backyard hobbyist or a wholesale grower. (And he still has a clean arrest record.) Assuming that the reader has some basic knowledge about how plants are grown, Avent focuses on the business and planning concerns of the nursery owner. While recounting humorous stories of his baptism by fire as a beginning nurseryman, Avent also provides a primer on the nursery industry as a whole, with discussions of the merits and disadvantages of retail, wholesale, mail-order, and liner operations, to name just a few. Readers of this book will obtain the tools they need to make a business plan of their own. This book is a must-read for horticulture students, industry insiders, and advanced gardeners who dream of turning their passion for plants into a job they love.

So You Want to Start a Nursery

Author: Tony Avent
Publisher: Timber Press (OR)
ISBN: 9780881925845
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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"Avent's approach to the nursery business is witty, wise, and decidedly irreverent. Far from being a dry recitation on business practices."--Pg. [2]--Cover.

So You Want to Start a Nursery

Author: Tony Avent
Publisher: Timber Press
ISBN: 1604690186
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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When Avent announced that he was quitting his job to build a specialty nursery, his former horticulture professor begged his student to reconsider, telling him he couldn't possibly make a profit "without doing something illegal." More than ten years and 20 nursery catalogs later, Avent owns a thriving national business with nearly 30 employees. He wrote So You Want to Start a Nursery to debunk myths about the ornamental-plants nursery business and what it takes to succeed, whether you're a backyard hobbyist or a wholesale grower. (And he still has a clean arrest record.) Assuming that the reader has some basic knowledge about how plants are grown, Avent focuses on the business and planning concerns of the nursery owner. While recounting humorous stories of his baptism by fire as a beginning nurseryman, Avent also provides a primer on the nursery industry as a whole, with discussions of the merits and disadvantages of retail, wholesale, mail-order, and liner operations, to name just a few. Readers of this book will obtain the tools they need to make a business plan of their own. This book is a must-read for horticulture students, industry insiders, and advanced gardeners who dream of turning their passion for plants into a job they love.

Growing Profits

Author: Michael Harlan
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780965456777
Format: PDF, Docs
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A backyard nursery is a great business opportunity for the person seeking some level of self-employment. It can be a full-time operation for the entrepreneur, or a part-time enterprise for a stay-at-home Mom, the retiree who wants to supplement a pension, or the landscaper who wants to make additional income by both selling and installing plants.

How to Open and Operate a Financially Successful Landscaping Nursery Or Lawn Service Business

Author: Lawrence C. Matthews
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
ISBN: 1601382286
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Book & CD-ROM. If you enjoy working outdoors and want to incorporate your creativity into your work, operating a small nursery, landscaping, or lawn service may be the perfect business for you. In fact, many operators combine all three of these elements to make an ideal year-round business. This is an ideal home-based business and can be started with just a few thousand pounds. This guide provides readers with an understanding of the basic concepts of starting their own service business. The book offers a comprehensive and detailed study of the business side of the nursery and landscape business. You will learn everything from the initial start-up decisions to working with clients. If you are investigating opportunities in this type of business, you should begin by reading this book. If you enjoy working with people and working outdoors, this may be the perfect business for you. Keep in mind that this business looks easy but, as with any business, looks can be deceiving. This complete manual will arm you with everything you need, including sample business forms; contracts; worksheets and checklists for planning, opening, and running day-to-day operations; setting up your office; plans and layouts; and dozens of other valuable, timesaving tools of the trade that no business should be without. While providing detailed instruction and examples, the author leads you through every detail that will bring success. You will learn how to draw up a winning business plan (the companion CD-ROM has the actual business plan you can use in Microsoft Word) and about choosing a name, equipment, equipment maintenance, selling your other services to your present customers, how to attract and bid on residential and commercial accounts, contracts and billing procedures, advertising, insurance, legal matters, basic cost control systems, market research, getting new clients, tax laws, pricing, leads, sales and marketing techniques, and pricing formulas. You will learn how to set up computer systems to save time and money, how to hire and keep a qualified professional staff, how to manage and train employees, how to generate high profile public relations and publicity, and how to implement low cost internal marketing ideas. You will learn how to build your business by using low and no cost ways to satisfy customers, as well as ways to increase sales and have customers refer others to you. You will learn about basic accounting and bookkeeping procedures, auditing, successful budgeting, and profit planning development, as well as thousands of great tips and useful guidelines. This manual delivers innovative ways to streamline your business. Learn new ways to make your operation run smoother and increase performance. Successful entrepreneurs will appreciate this valuable resource and reference it in their daily activities as a source of ready-to-use forms, Web sites, operating and cost cutting ideas, and mathematical formulas that can easily be applied to their operations. The companion CD-ROM contains all the forms found in the book, as well as a sample business plan you can adapt for your own use.

How to Open and Operate a Financially Successful Child Care Service

Author: Tina Musial
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
ISBN: 1601381158
Format: PDF
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Book CD-ROM. There are nearly 12 million children under the age of five in child care each week in the United States. The trend is to move away from large operations and turn to the small services. This increase in small day care operations creates a huge opportunity for someone who loves children and wants to create a business dedicated to their care. A child care service makes a ideal part -time or home-based business with low start-up costs. You need an office but no costly specialist equipment. All that is needed to get started is an approved facility and a desire to succeed. This book with CD-ROM contains all the relevant forms as well business plan to adapt to your own use.

Starting and Running a Nursery

Author: Helen Jameson
Publisher: Nelson Thornes
ISBN: 9780748733477
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Written for people who are planning, starting or running a nursery, this book provides an integrated approach to relevant business and child-care issues. It includes advice on market research, planning and acquiring premises, promoting the nursery, finance, banking, and managing a nursery business, including the management of staff. There are chapters on providing for children and working with their parents, and regular check-lists for the development of action plans.

Secrets to a Successful Greenhouse and Business

Author: Ted Michael Taylor
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780962867811
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This NEW 2005 edition, 11-section guide was written by T.M. Taylor, one of the nation's quality growers, to encourage & facilitate the environmentally beneficial & profitable home business of growing herbs, vegetables, trees & flowers. Edible flowers, tropical fruits, hydroponically-grown vegetables--pesticide-free, native trees & aquatic plants for air & water purification are just some of the interesting reasons why greenhouse growers are becoming one of the most important business occupations in the environment movement. Organic, pesticide-free vegetables are in huge demand nationwide, mainly because of the popular selling appliance, "the juicer." Specialty vegetables, fruits & herbs are becoming great items to grow & market for the rural or urban gardener because of a 200% sales increase last year. Native tree seedlings are being sold by the millions & many growers are needed. Demand has skyrocketed for aquatic plants for water treatment; sales of bedding & foliage plants have steadily increased. Equally important, it is being used to encourage & help develop greenhouse programs in schools to give students a hands-on experience in biology, agriculture & business while producing a profitable crop. It includes: what are suitable greenhouses for a business venture; the equipment needed; a list of plants to grow for the highest profits; the best way to grow plants; natural pest control; wholesale pricing; list of buyers & suppliers; marketing tips & much more. 280 jam-packed pages, generously illustrated & produced on recycled paper

Easy Plant Propagation

Author: Michael J McGroarty
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 142598570X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Growing your own plants from seeds or cuttings is much easier than you think. The plant propagation techniques that you’ll learn in this book are simple to do and easy to learn, and they work incredibly well! If you already have a green thumb you’ll love this book. If you don’t have a green thumb, be prepared, you are likely to amaze yourself. Finding a beautiful plant and being able to reproduce that plant as many times as you like is a thrilling experience and it can be quite addicting. Since gardening is very therapeutic, that’s a good thing. Learning how to propagate your own plants can result in a great deal of savings and/or earnings. Everyone in my family, from nieces and nephews to grandmas and grandpas, spent some time dabbling in our nursery. Our two sons learned work ethics and the value of a dollar. They also learned to appreciate, and at times be awed by, nature. It took me 35 years of crawling around in the dirt on my hands and knees to learn what I share with you in this book. Reflecting on those years I cannot think of a more rewarding way to spend the better part of my life. It is my sincere hope that you share what you learn in this book with the children in your life. Kids love to garden, and there is no better way to spend quality time with a child than teaching them how to garden. Plants are the heartbeat of the earth. If we can teach kids how to propagate plants, care for them, and admire and respect the plants of this planet, you and I will leave this earth in very capable hands. Jump in, get dirty! Get lost in the magic of plant propagation.

Plants for Profit

Author: Francis X. Jozwik
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780916781217
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A greenhouse and nursery businessman provides information on starting and operating a horticultural business; finding a job working with plants, trees, and flowers; and performing field studies in ornamental horticulture in order to evaluate real businesses and institutions in operation and scout for business opportunities.