How to Start a Plant Sitting Business

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Many individuals and businesses need someone to care for their houseplants on occasion. Too often plants sustain damage, or die, when left without care while their owners are away. There is a growing demand for qualified plant sitters.

Things You'll Need

  • Basic record keeping forms
  • Filing system

Start a Successful Plant Sitting Business

  • Contact your local small business organization and chamber of commerce. They are familiar with your area and your local and state laws regarding small businesses. They provide free advice and guidance. You can also join these organizations for a fee if you wish to reap the many benefits they provide, including open houses and advertising.

  • Check with the IRS to determine which tax laws your business will fall under. Your tax requirements will vary, depending on the size, income and assets of your individual business.

  • Purchase record-keeping supplies. Regardless of the size of your desired business, you will need to keep accurate records of expense pertaining to the business. Check with your office supply store to determine which supplies are offered. You may also choose to use a computer program specifically designed for small businesses.

  • Start using a filing system. Get this in place at the very beginning to stay organized from the start. You may choose to use a small filing cabinet or just an expandable file folder at first. Label the individual sections to include client information and advertising materials.

  • Educate yourself on the many different types of houseplants you may run into. You will need good reference materials to look up less familiar species down the road. You will need to know the water requirements of many types of plants, since this will be your main activity. However, you will also need to be able to recognize plant diseases and conditions in order to deal with situations as they arise.

  • Spread the word that you are starting a plant sitting business. Advertising is the key to success when starting any type of small business; your local newspaper and radio stations are already reaching your potential customers and are a good place to advertise. Brochures can be inexpensive for mass mailings. Take business cards to local businesses and organizations. Add satisfied references to your advertising as you proceed with your plant sitting business.

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