If you’re the kind of person that hates working a normal 9 to 5 job in an office and you’re looking to start your own business, have you thought about agriculture? When people are looking for business opportunities, it isn’t always the first thing that springs to mind but a lot of people find that it’s a good fit for them. You can work outside in nice countryside surroundings and you won’t have to set foot in an office again. But starting an agricultural business can be tough and the industry is going through a lot of changes right now, so you have to be careful. If you think that an agricultural business might be for you, these are the things that you will need to get it started.
The first thing that you need is a specific niche, and that can be harder to decide on than people realize. You need to think about what you want to grow on your farm or what livestock you want to raise. But you need to think about where the demand is for certain products and how you are going to sell them. Demand for livestock is going down at the moment and more people are switching to plant-based diets, so now might not be the best time to start a cattle farm. Even when it comes to crops, you need to consider whether there is demand in the local area for those particular foods. If there isn’t, where is the demand and how will you transport your produce there? Picking the wrong niche could put an end to your business dreams before you even get started, so do your research first.
Once you have decided on your niche, you need some land. When it comes to choosing land, it’s important that you test the soil before you agree to buy. If you don’t, you might find that the land you buy is completely unsuitable for growing the crops that you want to grow, which leaves you in a tricky situation. If you’re really unlucky, it might not be suitable for growing anything at all. If you are raising livestock, you need to make sure that there is enough space for them.
Now that you have some land, you need to start adding some infrastructure in the form of buildings. If you are starting a livestock farm, you will need to invest in a metal barn to house them all. You will also need somewhere to store their food. If you are growing crops, you will need somewhere to store them once harvested, and also somewhere to store things like fertilizers and tools.
Finally, you need some equipment for your farm. People often underestimate just how much equipment they will need and they struggle with the startup costs. You may need agricultural pumps to prepare the land, irrigation systems for watering crops, and machinery for harvesting. If you are just starting out, you should consider buying second-hand to reduce your initial costs.
Once you have all of these things, you’re ready to start your farming business. But the last thing that you will need to make it a success is a lot of hard work and dedication.
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Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.