Make a better life for yourself while building a rural business.
Rural business building is important for all rural communities. Without businesses, the community will have no economy to grow. The success of your rural community can continue with you. If you have a skill or hobby you could turn into a successful business, why not start right now?
What’s holding you back from starting your own business? It’s definitely not easy at first but the further you go in your journey, the more you learn about yourself and business. There are two levels of business you can hope to achieve. The first step is to begin by starting a business from your own backyard.
The options for starting up a backyard business is endless. To make it easy, start with something you love and offer it to your community. Make it authentic. Find a need and a niche.
Some examples might be:
- Livestock for Meat or Show
- Garden or Orchard Produce
- Skill or Craft, such as weaving.
There’s are just a few you could offer. Here is a list of some more.
Most of all, provide great customer service to build a great customer base. Keep those customers rolling in by providing great products and making your customers #1. My grandpa taught me this about business years ago. Your customers are what will drive you to success.
Also, managing your employees are important as well. Treat them like family. Always make sure they are challenged and learning. Give them reasons and incentives to represent your business well and they will.
These are just a few secrets to starting a business. There are many more that you can find in my upcoming eBook (TBA). Once you’ve built and found success in your business, you might want to consider expanding from your back yard.
Here’s some advanced lessons for running a small business.
You’ve covered your bases and grew your business from the ground up. Your customers love you and are helping you grow by providing great referrals. It could be time to expand from the backyard.
Here are some ways you can sell your products more globally:
- Farmers Market
- Auctions (Online or City)
- Home Shows
- Online Store
- In Store
There will be more rules and regulations to follow, so keep that in mind. You’ll definitely want to have a rural business mentor or two for guidance. Your mentor can help you out with any questions or concerns you have with technical problems within growing your business. It’s also a good idea to have a lawyer and tax advisor you trust as legal and taxing issues can arise. It’s always great to have experts you trust in these areas.
While there are many risks to stepping away from your backyard, there are benefits to growth. If your products are still great and needed, you will find business growth easily and steadily.
Grow your business the way YOU want it to grow. Find a successful life you want to live the rural life you want. Set your goals high and move mountains. Please contact me with any business questions you may have. I’d love to help you on your rural business journey.