Thinking about opening an organic farm? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Writing Tips for an Organic Farm Business Plan
We know - writing a business plan can be a daunting task for a new entrepreneur.
There is nothing magical about a first-rate organic farm business plan. In its simplest form, a business plan is a document that describes your company's goals and your strategy for achieving them.
Once your business plan is in place, you can use it for a variety of funding and planning functions.
Before you begin, we recommend reviewing a few sample business plans.
Look Over Competitors
Well in advance of opening an organic farm in your area, it's a good idea to find out what the competition looks like. Use the link below to get a list of local competitors in your city. Simply enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of organic farms in your town.
How tough is the competition in the market you are considering? If the competition is too tough, you may need to think about starting the business in a different area or even start a completely different business instead.
Studying the Market
Once you've finished assessing the competion, be sure to have a conversation with someone who is in the business. If you think your local competitors will give you advice, you're being overoptimistic. Why would they want to educate a future competitor?
But, a person who owns an organic farm outside of your community may be more than happy to give you a few tips, given that you don't compete with them in their area. Many business owners are happy to give advice to new entrepreneurs In my experience, you may have to call ten business owners in order to find one who is willing to share his wisdom with you.
How do you locate an organic farm manager in another city who you can speak with?
Here's how we would do it. Try the useful link below and key in a random city/state or zipcode.
How to Buy an Organic Farm
Many experts advise against starting an organic farm if you can buy an established operation. Yet the process of buying an organic farm introduces a new set of challenges.
As you would expect, there are a number of steps in buying a business. To stay on track, you'll need to enlist the services of a business broker.
Although you could buy an organic farm on your own, you'll save time and money by recruiting a reputable broker with industry experience.
Franchising May Be a Better Way to Go
If you are a newbie entrepreneur, your best bet may be exploring leveraging the success of an established franchise network.
If you planning on starting an organic farm, you would be wise to assess whether there are good franchise opportunities available that might be worth investigating.
The link below gives you access to our franchise directory so you can see if there's a franchise opportunity for you. You might even find something that points you in a completely different direction.
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