A little initiative pays off a lot. After being made redundant twice from jobs in the city I'd had enough of office life. I started my Ed's Garden Maintenance franchise in 2009. My office skills have proved transferable - part of the job is having a good rapport with people and cross selling to generate work - it's a very competitive environment. I have 50 customers and cut about 400 hedges a year which I love. From being the smallest gardener locally I am now the largest in terms of work load and customers.

02 September 2011