I have a nasty migraine, a combination of stress, no smoking and working in the sun.
I have been thinking a lot on the business side of things. I have gone back to the drawing board. It is really difficult to get business when you aren't allowed to advertise for it, grrr. . .
Having a business today means you have to be the best. And I have been around several others that do what I do, and I have a plan. I have to do it all with no extra money, but I think I can do that, at least it looks good on paper.
First to re organize a few things. I have some friends with working refrigerators that they are willing to give me, and I have good gossipy people around. Time to buckle down a bit and work every angle that I can legally.
Starting next week I should have an entirely new business plan, and if all goes according to what I have put down on paper, I should start turning a profit by the end of the month.
However, the move will put a damper on a few things, but I think I have found ways around it. And even though I will be an hour away from the homestead, I shouldn't lose too many customers (have a plan for that) and should pick up new customers out there. I did a little looking, and there isn't any one out there that does what I do and sells directly to the public. ah ha!
I say things are looking up, don't question it, be happy for the optimism.
I hope it works out in real life like it does on paper! That would be a good thing, indeed!
Good luck and best wishes...
Hey Phelan, does "not selling directly to the public" also mean no online advertising? You could definitely go that way...
Same here Jim.
Zan Asha, not selling directly to the public means they are going through a co-op. I am not, so I can sell directly to the public. By law the only advertising allowed is a sign on my property or word of mouth. If my customers want to tell others they can, but I can't advertise in any way except for the sign. Makes things a little difficult when you don't live on a major road.
Can your customers tell others about you via word-of-mouth via online?! Curious minds want to know and help promote you. Also, I'm in the Goddard famer's market. I've never seen milk/cheese at market before - what's the scoop on that?! Also, sorry to hear about your headaches/no smoking/too much sun. I know the feeling. I'm working on pictures for you - should be later today. Sorry for the delay. Life interfered (plus I lost the charger for the camera. Sigh. I'm so disorganized.)
Starting a new project is always a challenge at first, but it sounds like you've worked all of the angles. Best of luck to you!
I'm hoping this time next year, we'll be selling honey and shitake at the local farmer's market. So far, none of the other vendors have either of those products, and I'm hoping, we'll be the only ones next year, too ;).
Sounds like you got a plan, good luck with your business!
Good luck! Hope everything works out the way you want it to. And the no smoking thing gets better after awhile.
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