Are You A Farmer or Business Owner? Expand Your Work to be Both
Have you stopped to think about your farm from a business perspective?
No? That's ok. Most of us don't start that way.
It's not too late to change that.
As a farmer, we get caught up in the daily chores, animal care, sales and overall workflow. It's what we fell in love with to start our journey, after all.
But, do you know your numbers?
Do you have a plan to market your products and make a profit?
That's where it becomes a business, IMO.
If you're like me - desk work is mediocre, at best, and second to all the animal and farm work. And yes, sometimes, it should be that way. Animals must come first some days.
However, if you're not sitting down, reviewing your costs, sales and marketing, you're missing a gigantic piece of the puzzle. A piece that will likely dictate your success....or lack of meeting your goals.
True success is marrying both business intelligence with the love of farming, positioning yourself for success.
My farm is too small for this! Why should I track costs?
Farming is expensive. I often hear the joke, "Not everyone can afford to farm!" And there's some truth in that. Ultimately, it's your farm = your choice. Ask yourself what you want to achieve with your work. If that's simple enjoyment and financially, it's not effecting you...Cool! Maybe you don't need to track your money there. But, if you aren't happy where you're at and want to know how to be better at your work, start with the costs....and you'll likely learn how to improve from there.
Thank you for reading! If you'd like to share your thoughts with me, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
~laura, aka The Pig Nerd