If you enjoy gardening and consider yourself an expert, why not try to profit off of a hobby that gives you so much pleasure?
As more and more food companies use more and more chemicals, the general public is turning to the local community for healthier, less contaminated options.
There is a demand for naturally grown, non-modified produce and if you have the skills to produce, all you need are some selling skills to kickstart your own gardening business.
Branding and Sustainable Packaging
The first step is to pick a name and establish your brand.
Branding is everything, and the packaging you choose for your produce has the power to make a good or bad impression. Consulting with a package concepts and materials expert is a good idea to give your brand a solid foundation.
Packaging can range from glass mason jars for homemade jam, to plastic containers for produce, to customized spray bottles for natural insecticides that you plan to sell.
Remember to make your packaging represent who you are and what you stand for as a company.
If you want to sell your produce, you need to find a great marketplace. Local farmer’s markets are great places to start.
Farmer’s markets often open early in the morning and close by mid-afternoon. Some are open late, and some are open only on the weekends.
Call around your community and see what the typical operating hours are for farmer’s markets in your area. Come up with a plan of action to go to the best markets at peak times.
Once there, make sure to smile and be friendly with everyone- not just customers. Part of being a business is being open to new ideas, and you may even learn things from other sellers.
Gardening and harvesting produce are no easy tasks, and if you have the talent to do so, branding, packaging, and selling your produce are easy steps you can take to make profit off of your produce.