Sarah's gardening business
Sarah ran her business from January 2007 to 2012, and successfully grew her business into a multi employee and vehicle business. This was her profile before selling her business on. "Starting with Ed's was a wonderful opportunity to break into a competitive industry and take control of my earnings. It also reduced the risk of starting on my own as a rather young and inexperienced 23 year old, whilst still giving me the flexibility to develop my own angle on the business and drive growth in the direction I wanted to go. One of my initial concerns was about coping physically with what is a very demanding manual job. The job is all about investing in quality tools and taking your time however, and this gives me complete reliability to all my maintenance customers. I now have a small team of three employees, with a part timer who we can call on during the busiest spells. I have concentrated on expanding the business sustainably, maintaining a personal relationship with my clients, and trying to provide the same level of service they have come to expect as we grow as a team. Happy customers make it all worthwhile, and my favourite part of this job is when a customer says to me "You've transformed my garden, I love it!" There's no better incentive to keep on doing what we do.'
17 October 2012
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Since joining Ed's I've moved my Ed's business twice to suit my personal circumstances. Ed's systems and the Office team have supported me so well through my moves. I'm now running my Ed's business in Christchurch and I'm just as happy and motivated as I was when I started almost seven years ago.
Maybe life does begin at 40. At 39, my career as a salesman in the motor industry was going nowhere. I loved gardening so I invested in an Ed's Garden Maintenance franchise. I liked the relatively low start-up costs and was given support in accountancy, marketing, business management and training. Within..
Ed's Garden Maintenance is the best thing that I have ever done. I ran my own gardening business but I couldn't get to the next level, so Ed's was made for me. The standard of the website is higher than I could achieve myself, and marketing isn't my strength so Ed's helped. I had a few customers working..
I'd often thought it would be great to have my own gardening business but part of me was scared of the responsibility of it. The idea became even more attractive when I started working for an Ed's Operator and got to see first hand how successful those guys can be. When my boss decided to move abroad,..