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Course Overview: Foundations of a Garden Design Business

By: Mardi Dover

An interactive course that provides a practical and tested foundation for starting, growing, and maintaining a successful landscape design business.

A Course Designed for:

  • Students and recent graduates of design programs

  • Emerging professionals

  • Garden and landscape designers

  • Landscape architects

  • Design-build professionals

  • Current designers who are experiencing overwhelm

  • Creative entrepreneurs who want to grow their business

  • Designers who are ready to launch their own firm

The Course Overview:

Week 1- Defining your Core Values: How they impact your business model.

Week 2 - Creating Processes: Systems that will save you.

Week 3 - Defining your Business: The what, who, how, where and why?

Week 4 - The Workday: Schedules, time blocks, tracking work.

Week 5 - The Design Proposal: What to include, determining pricing, invoicing.

Week 6 - Clients: Evaluating fit, maintaining engagement, red flags.

Week 7 - Business Framework: Structure, licenses, insurance, accounting.

Week 8 - Creativity: Making time for design work and inspiration, staying motivated, dealing with overwhelm.



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