How much can I earn?
If you're spending the day overhauling someone's garden, without being radical, then you may charge up to £100. This will include the costs of taking garden debris to the tip. Petrol costs may be around £100 a week, depending on how much you use your vehicle and your machinery.
It can be difficult to gauge how much you will be working since weather can have a massive affect on your schedule. Roger Davie, owner of Roots, a landscape gardening business in Norwich, admits that the weather can play havoc. "On those days you just have to get on with things like garden designs or bookkeeping. Obviously, you try not to delay to avoid a backlog but customers tend to be understanding."
Davie says the weather means he has around four days off a month. If we take four days as an average for the number of days per month you are unable to work, the figures below should act as a rough guide to how much you may be able to earn
While you may not work on the same level throughout the year, if you take one month as an example, then the total you may potentially be able to earn in a year can be seen below.
Your ingoings and outgoings
Days worked: £100 per day
20 days per day
Total earned (approx): £2000 per month
Petrol costs (for vehicle and machinery):
Insurance: £100 per week
£20 per month
Total costs (approx): £500 per month
Total income (approx): £15,000 per year