Introduction

Introduction to the course and “Terms and Conditions”

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Hello, welcome to “Prices, costings and how to make a profit from your flower growing”

This course has been created by me, Claire Brown, and it draws on my 15 years of self employment in horticulture. I run a flower farm in the Surrey Hills, and before that I had a successful garden design and maintenance business. Before that, I was also in horticulture as a retail manager in garden centres, Including the RHS at Wisley. I have also spent many years teaching adults in a variety of settings, from informal workshops to colleges and universities. I enjoy working for myself, but I don't have the luxury of being able to not pay the bills each month, and I love living in one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in one of the most expensive county's in the UK.

The Course

The prices, costings and how to make a profit from your flower growing is an online distance learning course with lessons and information supported by focused tasks, video presentations, and optional one to one sessions. It is a very different way of learning for a lot of people and may take a little bit of getting used to.

The workshop is available for you to work through at your own pace. You can do it all in one (long) session, or break it up into it’s natural module sections. Some pages have questions for you to answer, and your responses can be seen by all those on the course and will be answered by Claire.

Getting the most from your course

As with most learning, the more you put in, the more you’ll get from it. You can just do the basics, read the information and complete the tasks. That should take between 20 minutes and an hour for each lesson. 

Or you can take it a step further, follow up with your own research, print off the lessons, develop your own workbook and build from the lessons to create your own plans for your business. 

The lessons will remain accessible for you so if you’re too busy to complete it immediately, or want to add to your lessons with more information, you can come back to it later. 

On a serious note

I'm very happy for you to use, reuse and annotate the learning materials produced for in this course for your own individual use. However, please respect the time, energy and experience that has gone into creating this course and don’t copy any of the content or materials for other people or for use in your own workshops. The course and all its materials are protected by copyright and remain the intellectual property of Claire Brown. You must not, under any circumstances reproduce any part of this course without our prior written permission.  Thank you!

That's enough of the Paperwork!

We're going to dive straight in, and get you fired up for this online workshop. 

So what do you call yourself? 

A big part of this course is going to be about knowing your own worth and that of your flowers, so i thought we should start at the beginning with finding out what you think about yourself.  Grab your notebook, and write down what you call yourself / say you do, when someone asks "what do you do?"  Then, go on..... Feel brave and let us all know what you say below.