To all the dreamers who want to start a nursery
Whenever someone comes to this forum with the dream of starting their own nursery the most commonly suggested starting point is "So You Want To Start A Nursery" by Tony Avent. Well, I have read Mr. Avent's book and now I would like to offer some of my own observations.
First of all, 95% of that book is geared towards operating an extremely large scale nursery. It assumes that you want nothing less than for your nursery to grow into a six-figure-profit producing giant monster of greed. It covers such subjects as multiple massive greenhouses, administrating an army of employees, and having a fleet of tractor-trailers. I'm sure this information is quite helpful to anyone seeking to establish a horticultural empire, but to the man or woman who is content with just maintaining a small business or hobby, all of this information is irrelevant.
I will go on the assumption that it is not the intention of most people to rival such powerhouses of plant production as Jackson & Perkins. I will assume that your success and happiness is not measured by how many sports cars you can fit into your garage or by how much jewelry you can afford to waste money on. For you, I will recommend another book: "Growing Profits: How To Start and Operate a Backyard Nursery" by Michael and Linda Harlan.
This husband and wife team made their living for more than a decade on a mere half-acre of land. I had the priveledge of meeting them last year when I attended their one-day class at the local community college. They are good down-to-earth people and the advice they have to share is perfect for those who simply want to earn some cash by doing what they love.
If you're looking to start a corporate empire, listen to Tony Avent. If you're looking for something else, listen to the Harlans.
Good luck in whatever you choose to pursue.
Here is a link that might be useful: Growing Profits: How to Start & Operate a Backyard Nursery