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
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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
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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 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.

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.

Starting and Running a Nursery

Author: Helen Jameson
Publisher: Nelson Thornes
ISBN: 9780748733477
Format: PDF
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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.

Nursery Management

Author: John Mason
Publisher: Landlinks Press
ISBN: 9780643090248
Format: PDF
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Nursery Management second edition is an introduction to setting up and running profitable and efficient nursery businesses covering production, wholesale and retail nurseries at various scales of operation. The book discusses all the practical aspects of nursery management from site selection, production systems, and plant propagation through to materials and equipment. Conventional as well as non-chemical biological control measures for pests, weeds and disease control are included. Management issues for production nurseries, wholesalers and retail nurseries are treated separately for each operation and cover products and services, budgeting, production management, work scheduling and staffing. The chapter on marketing looks at the major changes that have taken place in the nursery industry, particularly the roles that landscapers, garden centres and hardware stores now play in retailing. It covers market research, promotions, distribution and consumer laws and shows the operator how to define the scope of their operation to fit their resources and how to sell their product for maximum return. This accessible guide is essential reading for anyone considering entering the nursery industry, and for those already in the business. Covers production, wholesale and retail nurseries Discusses practical aspects of site selection, disease control, production systems and equipment Explores marketing issues including distribution and relevant consumer law.

Christmas Trees

Author: Lewis Hill
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9780882665665
Format: PDF
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Money does grow on trees, and "Christmas Trees" by Lewis Hill is the essential equipment for anyone who wishes to gain the pleasure and profit of growing and selling trees, wreaths, and greens. Hill, an experienced and skilled tree grower himself, begins with the very basics, providing valuable insights on how to choose the best land and the best species of trees to grow on that land. Here you will learn how to -- Plan for continuous, efficient growth, including interplanting, natural seeding, and stump culture -- Care for your crop throughout the growing cycle, from planting and pruning, right through harvesting -- Propagate your own plants and collect wild seedlings -- Select the proper equipment for the nature and scope of your planting -- Handle problems dealt by weather, pests and diseases, and animals -- Find wholesale and retail markets, maintain a steady supply, deal with tree buyers, advertise and price, and maintain records and plan for taxes An attractive and lucrative side business to that of growing trees is selling greens, roping, and wreaths. Hill shares his experiences with planting and managing a greens orchard, processing greens for both wholesale and retail markets, and making wreaths, sprays, and centerpieces by hand as well as with the aid of wreath-making machines. The complete, clear, up-to-date information is warmed by anecdotes drawn from the author's many years of Christmas tree growing and selling.