Carmic, I've had sveral careers, all dealing with people. I still find things to learn when dealing with them, people are the most complex things on this planet.
Ryan could do with a mentor and many of the wonderful people on this site coiuld be of assitance.
You issue of international sales is very relevant and a perfect suggestion as a future market for Ryan.
International sales were an integral part of my business, and I fail to see why T&M wont deliver too you.
There are no import or export restrictions on certified disease free stock, to say it takes too long is a cop out!
Have you tried a dutch supplier?
No Monsieur Morgon I have not tried a Dutch supplier...9as yet)...any suggestions of a reasonably priced with a decent selection Dutch one, kind sir.
Ryan,I had my first greenhouse when I was 10. I started selling plants to neighbours. I offered to put them in for them and then charged for them. You get more in at 4 inch spacing than 6 inch apart. The neighbours seemed quite pleased. I started growing tomato plants and then advertised in the local paper. At that time it was very much Moneymaker and Ailsa Craig. I sold out. The following year, I grew more varieties. Each year I grew more and sold out. I semi retired from the business at 18(because I went away to Uni), but taught my mum how to prick out. 40 years on,she still sells bedding plants and tomato plants(and my surplus perennials) from the house.
My advice is to keep your overheads as low as possible. You may have to cost in electric for greenhouse propagation/frost free. Use good quality compost (I recommend levington M3) Grow your plants as well as possible and provide a quality product. Advertise locally and on Gumtree and Ebay. Once you build up a ood reputation, people will turn up whether you advertise or not. This is what happened when I went to Uni and my mum took over. I would not get into posting unless you are very sure of the added costs and problems.(methods of payment etc.) Keep good records of costs, and sales as the tax man will want his cut. I would not go nationwide unless you have a rare plants nursery, supplying plants that people cannot get from the local garden centre. You may get into one type of plant as you develop. A lot of specialist nurseries attend plant fairs to sell their wares.
I don't have anything much to add Ryan but just think it's lovely to see so many people trying to help you.
I get quite a bit on e bay. Lots of fuchsia- which are supposed to be easy to take cuttings from.
I wish you all the luck in the world
Fidget- Thnakyou for sharing that with, that's definitely given me something to live upto, may I ask what you're doing now asin job wise? Luckily I don't have to pay for electricity at the moment, as anything s that need warmth goes in my conservatory or my plant room (formerly my bedroom, but the plants took over). I usually use John Innes seed and cuttiing, but ill definitely give Levington M3 a try, in fact, I'gonna buy some tomorrow. I'm shall also get a the necessary business equipment tomorrow too ( well the things I don't already have). I have fallen in love with echinacea particularly, but close second are veronicastrum and achillea. Although I do like every plant really.
Potty- I know, everybody has been so great to me, so a massive THANKYOU! And I tell you what, if anyone knows how to boost someone's motivation and mood it's you guys, I've already done a lot of research beforehand, but now it's time to look up a final few bits and then put my skills to the test. Potty, if you ever want anything grown or propagated for you, let me know and then I can pop them upto you ( as you're not too far away)
Hi Ryan - really good to see you back and so good to hear that your health problems are behind you
No real advice to give that the others haven't already given except keep records - keep really good records, of all your expenses and all you takings. Even if you don't earn enough to be liable for tax, it's a really good habit to get into early on.
And don't forget, that if it really does take off, you'll need to take advice about the special allowances you can set off against profits in the first year - there's bound to be someone on here who can advise you better, but great big oaks from little acorns grow, and it's best to be prepared!!!
Best of luck
Ryan, I have PM'd you.
Dove- Thank you very much, still on various medications and shall be for Atleast the next year apparently, as I still have down days, but I have never been more motivated in my life (short as it is so far haha).
Would you suggest I write what I sowed and when and when I pricked it out and everything Too?
Thnakyou Verdun, every little helps (sorry couldn't resist, even though it does make me sound like tescos haha)Thy olive highlighted my main problem, doing it slowly. This phrase hasn't found its way into my vocabulary yet, although I'm working on it. Everyone's always telling me to slow down, but ai think if I don't do everything now then it won't get done. And yeah I definitely think I'm gonna give the farmers market a go sometime in the near future, just hoping they'll take pity on a lone 16 year old with his homegrown plants and give me a stall at a discounted price :P