How to start Garden Tilling business successfully guide for individuals want to quit their jobs and start their careers as an entrepreneur are as follows:
DESCRIPTION OF JOB
• Using a power rototiller or similar equipment, turn over a garden patch at
the start of a season to prepare it for planting.
• Mix fertilizer, lime, or other garden chemicals into the soil.
• Cut down plants at the end of the season and compost the greens or haul
• Turn over the earth at the end of the growing season to prepare it for the
Have rototiller, will travel.
Many homeowners love to grow their own little patch of tomatoes, green
beans, onions, and flowers. They look great and taste better than anything they’ll
find in the supermarket. (So what if the tomatoes end up costing them several
dollars apiece or if the massive zucchini squash quickly outpace their ability to
eat them, give them away, or use them as doorstops?)
For many gardeners, the most difficult part of the process is tilling the earth:
breaking it up to a depth of six inches to a foot to allow easy planting and faster
growth. Doing it by hand is a major chore, and purchasing a power tiller does not
make sense for the casual gardener.
Your appeal is that you will bring a heavy, commercial rototiller or small
tractor to their property and make quick work of a job that is beyond their abilities,
interest, or equipment.
This is a seasonal job, with most of the work coming in the spring; jobs in the fall
will be less common. You’ll need to amortize the cost of the machine and trailer
over a fairly short period of time.
KNOW THE TERRITORY
Tillers come in front-tine, mid-tine, and rear-tine designs; in general, rear-tine
machines are the most powerful, and front-tine devices are more maneuverable.
Mid-tine tillers claim to balance power and maneuverability. Spend the time to
research (and test, if possible) various designs to find the one that suits your
The horsepower of the engine varies; the larger the engine, the more powerful
the churning of the earth and the movement of the wheels. Some designs use
the rotating tines themselves to move the machine forward; many commercial
designs apply power to a set of wheels that help pull the heavy device forward
while the tines concentrate on breaking the earth.
Many lawn tractors with a power takeoff can be adapted to add a tiller; they
may have sufficient horsepower to do the job, but may not be as maneuverable as
a special-purpose tiller.
HOW TO GET STARTED
Post flyers and ads at garden centers and community centers. Place ads in newspapers
and shopping guides.
Ask satisfied customers to recommend your services to others; offer a bonus
or discount for new business they refer your way.
Commercial-grade rototillers cost in the range of $500 to $1,000 or more.
Lighter-weight and less capable units intended for casual gardeners sell for as little
You may be able to find a reconditioned used machine through a dealer or private
seller; either way, you will need a reliable source of parts and maintenance.
Other up-front costs include a trailer and hitch and a vehicle capable of
pulling the tiller from place to place; you may be able to use a ramp and openbed
of a pickup truck to transport the device.
You’ll also need to pay for advertising and promotion.
HOW MUCH TO CHARGE
Charge an hourly rate, taking into account the cost of the equipment, wear and
tear, gasoline, and your travel time to the site. Add a surcharge for especially distant
travel and for especially difficult access to the property. Add the cost of fertilizer,
lime, or other garden chemicals tilled into the ground.
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