So many people are wondering how to move from the office to the homestead in hopes of embracing a more simple frugal lifestyle. Fast life in the city causes a lot of stress to many, but living by the rules of modern world forces us to it.
In some way, we have to keep pushing just to provide ourselves enough for home, food, cars etc. Not that long ago some people decided to give up living the capitalist dream and started their business away from the offices and city madness. Without any previous knowledge, few brave, enthusiastic individuals decisively started farming. Their success led the way to others and you could be one of them if you follow few simple steps.
1. Find your passion
Before you start your new project be sure that you will like your new work 100%. If you can’t enjoy what you’re doing you are sentenced to failure. So think hard about which sector of farming you would like to be in the most.
2. Find your focus
Don’t start with the idea you will become a millionaire overnight just because you are doing something different. Fact is that big corporate farms are holding the biggest part of the market, but nowadays people are interested in healthy, organic products and are ready to travel miles from their home just to get the best for their families. That’s why you need to start with only one thing you will work on and make a name for yourself to make some real money. For instance, some egg types can cost up to 35$ a dozen in the right season.
3. Be informed about every detail
Books and the internet are good things to start with, but the best option for every newbie is to find a real mentor, someone with great experience and knowledge about farming of any kind. Besides tips and advises, the real person could give you a better perspective of what you are doing wrong and how to overcome your errors.
4. Open your doors to everyone
Once you start with your thing the best way to lure your customers is to invite them to your farm. Let’s say you have just started a goat farm, kids like goats, they are cute. Organize a barbecue where kids could play with your goats and promote your cheese and milk to the parents. You’ll get a lot of attention and for sure you’ll get some good leads on your future customers.
5. Sharing is caring
It is highly possible that people around you will also be farmers. Maintain your relationship with them and share your experience with them. For sure they will return the “favor” and help you out whenever you need them.
6. Get certified
One more way to get yourself well promoted on the market is to get a certificate that your product is organic. People like to have a written proof of what they are getting, so please that desire. The process is not complicated at all. Local authorities will send their officials to check out your land. Once they are sure everything is clean you’ll get what you need.
7. Manage your money wisely
Be sure to track every expense on your farm, especially in the beginning. You have to know the basis of the economy so you can make a good assessment of your investments that will bring you some income at the end of the day.
It is always hard to start something new, but it’s not impossible. Yes, you’ll have to sacrifice some things to make your farming career grow, but with time there will be enough room for other activities as well. It’s all up to you and your organization skills. Don’t sit and wait, if you see yourself away from the ruckus, surrounded by clean air and healthy environment farming is your future.
Here is a youtube video of interviewing 10 homesteaders and their experiences of starting a small homestead. The pros, the cons and advice how to make it happen even in the city…
Getting back to the basics and becoming more self sufficient in hopes of getting out of the consumerism (constantly buying corporation made crap) way of life. When a group of people lose the hard earned skills handed down per generation, they become forever dependent on company to supply it to them at a higher price.
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