Pay and Keep Plants

An article on "Plant Rental Business"

By S. Gupta


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It's quite a delightful experience to have plants as objects of interior decoration at homes and offices. Plants are not only sources of oxygen but they also help in enhancing the visual appeal of the room they are placed in by giving that room a feel of being in touch with nature. As most people don't have the time or expertise to procure and maintain such plants, plant rental businesses have sprung up here and there to assist in providing and maintaining such plants.

A plant rental needs a lot of planning. Obviously, some knowledge of plants and a good grounding in interior decoration is necessary to embark on a plant rental business.

The target customers for a plant rental business can be indoor venues like corporate buildings, offices, lounges, shopping malls and conference halls. And why would anyone rent plants from a plant rental firm rather than buying them from a local nursery. That's because buying isn't enough - the plants need maintenance which owners or administrators of don't have time for.

There's scope for a plant rental business to extend its services beyond indoor venues. Fairs, city parks, sports complexes and open air events are also potential customers for a plant rental business. A reception hall that hosts wedding ceremonies might also be a potential customer.

Before starting a plant rental business one would need to research the market thoroughly. Visiting corporate offices and public places and talking with their administrators would help entrepreneurs in assessing the market before entering it. For a budding plant rental businessman, it is also essential to study the competitors in the business. After knowing what sort of services other plant rental firms offer, and at what prices, an entrepreneur may come up with something innovative or different.

A plant rental business may forge partnerships with nurseries - for getting quality plants at reasonable prices - and other businesses like event management firms for getting clients.

A plant rental business would need a proper climate-controlled storage area for keeping the plants in good condition after buying them from the nursery and during the interim period between taking them back from one client who had rented them temporarily and dispatching them to another who had just placed an order.

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