Friday, November 11, 2011
Agricultural Business Ideas
Before starting any business, you want to know what works best for you and your situation. The same goes for agricultural businesses. You need to be certain of the venture that you may be engaging in. Agriculture could be things like vegetables and fruits, but could also be animals, flowers, fish, and wood. Choose which industry that will match your skills and materials that you possess. Develop a business plan, of course, which means that it should be systematic, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. Lastly, employ proper managerial and marketing skills, which will help increase your chances of growing your company and increasing your profitability.
So now I guess you want to know what some of those ideas are, huh? Well if you know a lot of information about a lot of different agricultural products, you could start a consulting firm. Give advice to others on how to start their businesses. This really only works best if you've already managed to own a successful business and can give others advice on how to do the same.
Bring your foods to a local farmers' market. These markets are gatherings of farmers that bring in their products to central areas or individuals selling directly from their own property on a road stand. You could also sell your foods to restaurants or community-supported agriculture (CSA).
Have a native plant nursery. Having suitable plants, shrubs, and trees for local soils is favorable. Both environmentalists and horticultural professionals encourage it because native plants provide food and cover for native birds and wildlife. These nurseries can range in sizes from a few acres to large operations. Operators can make money from some lands not suitable for conventional farming and they can plant native wetland plants for gardens in soggy or marshy areas. Smaller nurseries can sell directly to the public or provide garden centers.
Horse boarding is another popular idea. If you are a horse owner and live close to trails or within close distance to state or county parks, you can attract boarders looking for a convenient facility that's close to their home. You can board a few horses on the property to offset expenses to operate a full-fledge training stable as a full-time business.
Going along with that idea, if you have horses and are a well-trained rider, you can offer horse-riding lessons to the public. You already have the horses and the training, why not make some money out of it?
There are a number of other ideas that you can do with agricultural products. Just be creative and have fun. And just like anything else, you want to be sure and do research before diving into any of these endeavors. Make sure you know what you're in for.