How to Set Up Nursery Businesses

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How to Set Up Nursery Businesses
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Starting a nursery business can be an easy step for any prolific gardener to take. It does not have to require a large initial investment or even separate facilities. Setting up a nursery business requires a knowledge and love of plants and a desire to share that knowledge.

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Things you need

  • Business plan
  • plants

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    Developing Plans

  1. 1

    Starting any business begins with a plan. Creating a business plan can be done in just a few simple steps.

  2. 2

    Start a business plan for your nursery with a mission statement. This statement covers one to three key points about what the company is today and where the company will be tomorrow. A mission statement helps to guide the decisions for the business.

  3. 3

    Create a budget for the nursery business. Even a business that uses existing materials (like plants from your garden) has expenses. Knowing all of the potential costs helps prepare a nursery business for a journey to success.

  4. 4

    Selling plants means getting those plants to the customers. A marketing plan provides the guide to help find customers and get plants in their hands.

    Selling Products

  1. 1

    Research the regulations for your community to determine what licenses, if any, are needed to purchase to begin nursery businesses. Most cities require the purchase of a business license, but some counties and states may also have requirements.

  2. 2

    Invest in plants to sell through the nursery business. Invest your time and energy by growing plants to sell. A well established flower garden is an excellent source of materials for starting a nursery business. Financial investment can be a second option. Purchasing plants that can be sold at a profit can be a way to start or expand nursery businesses.

  3. 3

    Develop a website. The Internet has opened up the nursery market and made it possible for start up companies to compete with the large, more established names. Create pages for all of the items that will be sold and include pictures to entice buyers.

  4. 4

    Choose a physical location, perhaps something near your flower garden to make it easier to display plants and also to propagate. This allows the benefit of a work from home situation with a nursery business. A different location may be more beneficial (but be sure to include these expenses in the budget).

Tips and warnings

  • Start with plants that your garden grows abundantly and save on the expense of investing in other plants.
  • Begin slow and build a nursery business as recognition for the business and resources grow.
  • Develop contacts within the local landscaping and lawn care companies to create a wholesale market for nursery businesses.

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