16 year old wanting to start a small summer gardening business needs HELP?

16 year old wanting to start a small summer gardening business needs HELP? Topic: Nasa research scientist
June 17, 2019 / By Cady
Question: I am 16 years old and I would like to try and make some extra money, I already have a weekend job but I would like extra money. I thought of a gardening business, but I dont know how the locals and my neighbours will react to me advertising. I am a bit embarrassed to start this business as I don't know what their reaction will be. I also can only do it on a weekend, during holidays and on evenings, do you think that if the neighbours are interested they will be willing to be flexible? I also want to know what I should offer? THANKS!
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Allyson Allyson | 4 days ago
Here's an excellent idea that will educate, go green and make everyone's lives healthier. Live potted plants for home or work. You may want to work with a garden shop or nursery unless you want to do all the work yourself. I'm just wondering how many are aware of "NASA's Clean Air Plant Study" completed several years ago? "Common indoor plants may provide a valuable weapon in the fight against rising levels of indoor air pollution. Those plants in your office or home are not only decorative, but NASA scientists are finding them to be surprisingly useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air inside modern buildings." "NASA research has consistently shown that living, green and flowering plants can remove several toxic chemicals from the air in building interiors. You can use plants in your home or office to improve the quality of the air to make it a more pleasant place to live and work - where people feel better, perform better, and enjoy life more." TOP 10 plants most effective in removing: formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air. Common Name - Scientific Name Bamboo Palm - Chamaedorea Seifritzii Chinese Evergreen - Aglaonema Modestum English Ivy - Hedera Helix Gerbera Daisy - Gerbera Jamesonii Janet Craig - Dracaena "Janet Craig" Marginata - Dracaena Marginata Mass cane/Corn Plant - Dracaena Massangeana Mother-in-Law's Tongue - Sansevieria Laurentii Pot Mum - Chrysantheium morifolium Peace Lily - Spathiphyllum "Mauna Loa" Warneckii - Dracaena "Warneckii" What you can't see, taste or smell can be harmful in your home or work place. I have a live golden pothos plant in my new car to remove the formaldehyde. It grows very well in a glass vase with plain water. I once removed the strong chemical smell from my doctor's office with these plants. Now the office staff have taken these plants home. Your can sell or rent these plants for a fee.
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Allyson Originally Answered: I want to start a small business?
See the Small Business Administration website. You can apply for a low interest small biz loan. You'd have to submit a business plan of which they have the forms in which to apply. Also, you'd want to incorporate so if things go south, you are not held personally responsible. You can see how to do that @ The NC Secretary of State website. I'm doing the same thing, and considering a partner to share the expenses. Good luck to you!

Uzziah Uzziah
So how do you plan on making money from others peoples gardens? You can't clean the garden or such at night. You can't wait for a holiday to do things to plants, etc. Gardening normally means daily work, while the sun is out. Instead of trying to do labor or such for all the others. Why not just plant your own garden and do it all. Then as the items are ripe, turn around and sell them at the farmers market, to local mom n pop restaurants or even in baskets in front of your house. You'll work a lot less and make a lot more. On avg if you spend $400 in the garden (seeds, fertilizer, etc etc), you will get over $2000 in return. So that is 5x's your money put in. That is a good investment. Plus you get fresh food as well, extra bonus. Hint..... run it as an organic/chemical free garden, and you'll get higher prices for the food you sell. go to your local grocery and compare organic carrots for example to normal carrots.
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Uzziah Originally Answered: Does anyone have a good source for grants to start a small business,or a grant philanthropist that gives one?
You may stand a better chance if you look for a loan or investors, rather than grants. Since you are looking for an amount less than $35,000, one approach you can take is to apply for a microloan. Here is information on SBA's micrloan program http://www.sba.gov/financing/sbaloan/mic... and you can find a state-by-state listing of microloan providers here http://www.powerhomebiz.com/vol145/micro... It is hard to find grants to start a business. Unlike the myths that some perpetuate, federal government and even private foundations hardly give grant money for a for-profit business. And yes, grants mean PAPERWORK - lots and lots of it, that is why a cottage industry of grant writers was born. Nonetheless, you can go to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) http://www.cfda.gov and Grants.gov http://www.grants.gov - these are two sites created by the federal government to provide transparency and information on grants. Browse through the listings and see if you can find any grant that would support a for-profit venture. Even if you buy books on "how to get grants" or list that supposedly has information on grants -- all of them are mere rehash of what CFDA has, albeit packaged differently. But still the info is the same - hardly any grants for starting a for profit business. Even SBA does NOT give out grants. From the SBA website http://www.sba.gov/expanding/grants.html... "The U.S. Small Business Administration does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses, although it does offer a wide variety of loan programs. (See http://www.sba.gov/financing for more information) While SBA does offer some grant programs, these are generally designed to expand and enhance organizations that provide small business management, technical, or financial assistance. These grants generally support non-profit organizations, intermediary lending institutions, and state and local governments." Here is a listing of federal grants for small businesses. See if there is any available for individuals for starting a business -- THERE'S NONE. Most of the federal grants are given to specific target groups with specific requirements (e.g. minority business owners involved in transportation related contracts emanating from DOT - Grant#20.905 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Short Term Lending Program Grants are also often given to non profit groups or organizations involved in training or other similar activities (grant 59.043 Women's Business Ownership Assistance that are given to those who will create women's business center that will train women entrepreneurs For private grants, you may want to check the Foundation Center's Foundation Grants for Individuals Online. It's a subscription based website ($9.95 per month) but their opening blurb only says that the database is ideal for "students, artists, academic researchers, libraries and financial aid offices." Entrepreneurs are apparently not one of them, so I take it they also don't have listings of private foundations who give grants to would-be entrepreneurs. I suggest you prepare a business plan and pitch your project to angel investors. CNN Money http://money.cnn.com/2006/02/28/magazines/business2/angelinvestor/index.htm has a very good article on angel investors, what they typically look for, what kind of investments they support, etc. You may want to go and pitch your ideas where investors gather. Here are some places where angel investors come and those looking for funding can come and pitch their business plans. Be sure to have a strong business plan and describe what makes your business idea stand apart: Angel Capital Association http://www.angelcapitalassociation.org Angel's Forum http://www.angelsforum.com Band of Angels http://www.bandangels.com Common Angels http://www.commonangels.com Keiretsu Forum http://www.k4forum.com Launchpad Venture Group http://www.launchpadventuregroup.com New World Angels http://www.newworldangels.com New York Angels http://www.newyorkangels.com Prairie Angels http://www.prairieangels.org (charges $125 to submit idea) Robin Hood Ventures http://www.robinhoodventures.com (charges $250)
Uzziah Originally Answered: Does anyone have a good source for grants to start a small business,or a grant philanthropist that gives one?
Definitely check with imisidro about grants -- she's the #1 Answerer in the Business & Finance section. She has provided great information about grants to others. Associations may be a good avenue to explore. These organizations will address many of the thoughts, questions and concerns you'll inevitably have as well as many you haven't anticipated yet. See the source box for some relevant links. Hope that helps! I wish you much success & happiness in all your ventures!

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