B. Jane Gardens is a full-service landscape design and build group. Read on to find out how B's business got started.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.
I studied Landscape Architecture at North Carolina State University’s School Of Design as well as Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture at the School of Art at the University of Georgia and The Cooper Union in NYC.
How did you fund your business?
I built my business slowly with what I could afford as I could afford it. I've waited tables, cleaned houses, and took odd jobs to fill in the gaps as I grew my client base and reputation.
How many hours do you work a week and how much is spent in your home office?
Landscape design + build is typically a seasonal industry with spring being beyond busy, fall a bit hectic, and summer and winter a little more mellow. With that said, I’ve been consistently working 70 hour weeks for quite some time now. I’d say half that time is spent in the studio and half out in the field.
How would you rate your success?
I rate success by the overall satisfaction I get from my business. And that is incredibly high.
What has been your biggest business struggle as an entrepreneur?
Not having several clones. Seriously.
What advice would you give to a new entrepreneur?
Remember the value of customer service. Managing client expectations well is critical. Also, depending on the business, you may need to make it your life for a while, so you really have a passion for what you’re doing.
How do you manage all of your personal and business activities?
I do my best to prioritize and when I start to feel overwhelmed, I just take one thing at a time. Making a prioritized list that I can work from helps tremendously.
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