Starting a home gardening business
Hey green thumbers, I decided months ago that what I want to "be" when I grow up is a professional vegetable gardener. I am passionate about it, have years of personal practice, will become a Master Gardener this winter, live in a small (8,000) ideal community of affluence and an appreciation for local, organic, sustainable, etc. I don't think anyone else is providing other than landscaping. I am in no hurry (currently staying home with my 2 kids ages 3 and 3 months). My questions are really about things I should ponder in the next year or so before I launch my business. I have a BS in Biology and a MS in Env Ed. I don't figure the start up costs will be much (although as much as possible I'd like to start all of my own seedlings, so will need the means to do that effeciently). I can start slow ( my wife is the breadwinner). I am ignorant of business or management issues, but have several close friends with successful start ups (in other fields).
As far as I can tell, the hardest part will be figuring out the ranges of pricing for various needs (basic consultaion vs. complete maintenace, etc.). Also hiring help is a bit overwhelming to me. So, what should I do now to assure that when I am ready, I feel confident about this endeavor and feel that I have my ducks in a row?