I'm a professional tree decorator & charge people to assemble the tree & add lights – I make £2k & it pays for Xmas | The Sun
MEET the professional Christmas tree decorator whose service is so popular she started taking bookings in July – and is set to make up to £2k this festive season.
Janine Ralph, 30, decided to turn her love of interior design into a side-hustle and advertised a Christmas tree decorating service on Facebook last year.
The mum-of-two was shocked when she found herself inundated with responses expressing interest.
This year, knowing how popular she'd be, she has upped her prices and started taking bookings in July.
Janine is fully booked now with 27 clients desperate for her services – which start from £40 for a 7ft tree.
She has now began working through her bookings which began as early as November 6.
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Last year she ended up making around £300 profit – but this year she is aiming to triple that, and will use the money to cover the costs of family presents.
Janine, who also runs an independent gift business, from Withywood, Bristol, said: "I've always loved interior design and decorating my own house.
"All my friends said I should do it as a service – and I never looked back.
"I thought I'll give it a go again this year because I really enjoy it.
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"When I announced my books were open back in July, loads of people booked in straight away.
"It's half way through November and I'm fully booked up."
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Creative Janine charges different prices depending on services – starting at £40 for a standard-sized, pre-erected tree.
She ups the price if the client needs her to assemble it and string up the lights.
Janine has had no formal training but thanks to online inspiration and a creative eye, she always makes them look spectacular.
She either uses clients' own decorations or charges an extra fee to buy some to bring with her to use – including more unique items such as mesh and ribbon.
Based on her current 27 bookings starting in early November, she's forecasted to bring in around £1,500 – after exceeding her original goal of £1k.
Now she hopes to hit £2,000 this year and says that will "completely cover" the cost of her family's Christmas.
She said: "The extra cash will help out loads – it will cover the cost of Christmas this year.
"I love doing it as well – I get a little kick out of it when people compliment my work.
"I'm very fussy – if I don't think it looks right, I'll move things around.
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"Every tree I do needs to look perfect."
She added: "I've already got people asking when I open my books for next year!"
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