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Living the dream

London (North) and surrounding area.

My decision to join Ed's was really a lifestyle choice – a healthy outdoors life and the flexibility of running my own business really appealed to me. I resigned myself to the fact that I would probably earn less money but that it would be worth it for the lifestyle. However the reality has been somewhat different - I do have a great outdoors lifestyle which I love but I am also earning significantly more money that I did in my previous job. Now that's what I call really living the dream! After university, I started working as a manager for a roofing supplies company. When I decided to leave, I looked at several business opportunities and considered going it alone. But having a mortgage and other financial commitments I was a bit worried about the risks and this made franchising the best option for me. Joining Ed’s Garden Maintenance appealed to me because it is a growing business and has a strong brand. I set up my business in June 2011. I put together my business and marketing plans during my training and as soon as I was up and running I started building a regular customer base around my area of North London. It’s been hard work but enjoyable and worth it – especially when I saw that I was not only meeting, but exceeding my business targets. (In my first 2½ months I paid off over 30% of my initial investment – as well as maintaining my previous standard of living!) With one-off jobs from the office, as well as repeat business from my regular customers, I have a strong stable business. The great thing about working with Ed’s is the support I receive. Ed and the rest of the team are always there to help and I know if I need any advice, need to talk something over, I can just pick up the phone. You’re not left out on your own!

13 August 2013

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We all run our own Ed's Garden Services Business.

Living the dream

James / London (North)

My decision to join Ed's was really a lifestyle choice – a healthy outdoors life and the flexibility of running my own business really appealed to me. I resigned myself to the fact that I would probably earn less money but that it would be worth it for the lifestyle. However the reality has been s..

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Escape from the office

Marcus / Wokingham

I joined Ed's because I wanted to take control of my life and get outdoors. I was attracted to running a gardening business because it was something I enjoyed and knew a bit about. I was also comfortable with the scale of the investment to join Eds. I've now got out of the office and am building a s..

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More than hot air

Matthew / Maidstone

Before joining Ed's I worked as a telecommunications engineer. After taking voluntary severance I knew I wanted to run a gardening business as gardening had always been a passion of mine. I initially thought I would go it alone and stumbled over Ed’s whilst doing some research. Having a communica..

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I'm the boss

Ivo / Raynes Park

I was working as an employee in my Eds business when the operator decided he wanted to do something else. It was a great opportunity for me to take over the business. I already knew the work and the customers; I just had to learn how to actually run the business. I took over the reins in August 2011..

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