Side-Hustles For The Green-Thumbed
Do you love spending your time in the garden or on the plot? Is there nothing more satisfying to you than watching something grow after you’ve put all the time and energy into ensuring that it does so safely?
People invest a lot of time in growing gardens, herbs, and vegetables. You may already be putting in the effort to keep them safe from pests, weeds, the seasons, and more. So, why not make a little money off what you’re already investing? You could make a business that’s eco-friendly, engaging, and profitable with these green-thumbed ideas.
Selling your produce
Whether it’s herbs or vegetables, selling what you grow is the most immediately obvious way to profit from the time you’ve already put in. There’s a lot of demand for food, obviously, but it takes a little more investment and effort to make your hobby fit for business.
The right equipment from places like fertilizerdealer.com can help you get a lot more productive and grow enough to profit. Unless you’re dealing in niche foods, it takes a certain volume to make the enterprise profitable. You need to seriously consider what market you’re selling to, as well. You can sell to retail stores, restaurants, or on the farmer’s market, for instance. If you grow a highly-sought after commodity, however, you could build your own market, such as starting an e-commerce store for deliveries of certain ingredients.
Getting into gift baskets
If you grow a multitude of products on your plot or in your garden, or you grow flowers, then there’s a specific business that could benefit from that variety. Gift baskets are less of a part of the food industry and more part of the gift-giving industry.
Businesses in these fields rely not just on growing your products successfully but rather marketing them effectively, as well. Entrepreneur.com takes a closer look at what goes into a gift basket business. You have to carefully consider what you’re growing, too. Potatoes, for instance, do not make for an attractive component of a gift basket.
Profit off your expertise
You don’t necessarily have to sell what you grow, however. You can just as easily sell your talents. Starting a gardening business, as shown at smarta.com, can involve a wide series of skills. You may simply start a business helping homeowners provide upkeep for their garden if you have the tools available. Other businesses might include helping them plan out and design gardens, doing some landscaping or providing arborist services to help them keep their trees healthy.
You may need accreditation or certification to be able to work in some of these fields, depending on where you’re setting up business, as they help to demonstrate to homeowners that you know what you’re talking about. Running a successful gardening business of any kind is also about customer skills as much as it is about the work on the garden itself.
Hopefully, the ideas above give you some inspiration of how to turn your talent, land, and hobby into a money-making business. Just make sure you know all the industry standards and legal requirements before you go selling anything.