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Cambridgeshire – Becoming a Self Employed Gardener Workshop




Making the transition from being a WRAGS trainee or employee to a self-employed gardener can be daunting. How do you find customers, what exactly can you offer and how do you decide what to charge? Do you feel you lack the knowledge or confidence to take on responsibility for someone else’s garden or wonder which jobs you should accept and which it would actually be better to turn down?

On top of that there are the legal requirements to consider, such as tax, insurance and record keeping, as well as the expense of getting kitted up with tools and possibly transport. You may be wondering if it’ll be worth the trouble and whether it is possible to enjoy the work, make a profit and give yourself guilt-free days off.

In this workshop we will show you that it definitely is! We will look at the practical steps you can take to start a successful self-employed gardening business that works for you and brings in a regular income for the majority of the year. We will give you practical advice drawn from our personal experience and suggest ways in which you could develop your business over time.

Meg Cobley retrained as a gardener with the WRAG scheme after a career as an editor, teacher and school principal. For the past seven years she has been working as a self-employed gardener and garden designer and now also manages teams of gardeners in and around Cambridge. Meg will be joined by Stephanie Boyd who also retrained with WRAGS after a career in publishing and education. She gained experience as a gardener, working in a Cambridge college for several years, and now works as a self-employed gardener and garden designer.

The cost of this workshop is £55 per WFGA member and £65 per non-member. Tea & Coffee will be available.  Please bring a packed lunch.


Event Details

Date: January 29, 2022

Start time: 10:00

End time: 15:00