How to make money gardening

I turned gardeninuk garden resource blog photog into a profitable business and want to discuss with you how I made this happen. This article is not a “how to” step by step guide on what to grow and how to grow it, but I will reveal my biggest secret on how I started making great money within 3 months of starting this business and how you can do the exact same thing. First, here’s a little background about how this all started. I began gardening 2 years ago as a hobby just like most people out there and quickly fell in love with the process and wanted to start doing it full time while making some sweet cash doing it. I thought to myself, Hal, you have some gardening skills but you’re not a pro and in order to make money doing this you need to model someone that’s already in the business and making money. KEYWORD, MODELING. This is my secret sauce that I use in all areas of my life including business, relationships, investing, golf, literally everything. I read about modeling other people and how you can accelerate your results by years and years if you do the same things as someone who is already successful in whatever it is you want to accomplish. They say “success leaves clues”, and boy I’m here to tell you it sure does and modeling others can be the best decision you ever make in your life. I called around to every single person or business that gardens and learned as much as I could from them. I quickly found out what fruits and vegetables to grow during what seasons, what problems to expect and how to deal with them, and what products have the best margins on them. Ya I could have googled all this information but to hear it from local people that have been in the trenches and have adapted their practices according to the weather here in Ohio was something special. You’re not going to get these kinds of insights from the internet and they also offered their help if I ever run into any problems, and those connections my friends, are priceless. Now, you should be doing this kind of research no matter what, but modeling someones exact processes  if you’re going to invest any money into gardening you need to know what your doing and the same is true if you’re starting any kind of business. Within a few weeks I had spoke to about 20 people, wrote out a comprehensive business plan, and was ready to start my gardening business. I will be sharing a lot more detailed information on writing a business plan and more about the monetizing strategies involved in gardening, your return on investment, and a lot more stuff in upcoming posts. Please visit my home page, bookmark it, and stay tuned for a lot more gardening tips and tricks. We can all make 6 figures doing what we love and I will make sure to layout the process for you! We actually had a story recently submitted to us from a retired roofing business owner in Glendale AZ that sold his business to start earning money from his passion, growing fruits and vegetables. If you have an inspiration story, please send it to us here!

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gardening business psychology 101

In thmushroomsis post I’d like to prepare all of you that are looking to build and grow a gardening business to have the right mindset. Now some of you have probably started another business in the past and kind of know what to expect, but to some of you building a new business might be a brand new concept. I’m here to tell you that there will be “problems” or things you didn’t think of ahead of time that will come up along the way to growing your business. First of all, let me address the “problems”. The word problem is just another way of saying that a surprise happened, it was just a surprise you didn’t like. To give you an example of one of these so called problems I’ll resort back to when I started growing mushrooms for profit (the edible kind, not the psychedelic kind!). I had just harvested my first batch of mushrooms and had already found a buyer that said he wanted to take them all as soon as they were ready. Once the mushrooms were harvested and packaged, I gave the buyer a call just to find out that the phone number (the only way I knew how to get a hold of him) had been disconnected. I had literally just spent the last few hundred dollars I had in savings setting up this mushroom grow operation and ran into my first real “problem”. See I had researched a ton of information on growing mushrooms so I had a great idea of the process and any problems I might run into, but I was prepared. I actually wound up harvesting twice as many mushrooms as I had planned on! Which was great! Except for the fact that I didn’t have anyone to buy my mushrooms and knew that these babies wouldn’t last too long without being in a refrigerator.  At the time I was sharing a living space with 3 other people and so the thought of asking them if I could completely stock the fridge up with mushrooms didn’t seem reasonable, and I didn’t want to piss off my roommates after just moving in with them 2 months prior. Instead of looking at the situation as a “problem”, I went ahead and thought about how this could be a great opportunity. See, if I would have pouted all day and whined about how other people are flaky, I might have gotten discourage and wanted to abandon the whole operation. Instead I quickly realized that if I could find a restaurant with a refrigerator and used mushrooms on their menu, I could work out a deal, gain trust, and potentially also gain a customer for life. I was shot down by the first 15 restaurants I called! Once again I could have given up, but instead looked for the opportunity in the situation and thought to myself that this is a great chance to try to improve my sales skills and try a new method to find the right restaurant. I loaded up some of my mushrooms in my truck and started cruising around town. The 3rd restaurant I went to literally just had a produce supplier that couldn’t get them any produce for an entire month because of supply issues, and I soon realized this was a huge opportunity. If you read my 2nd post you’d know that I had already talked to about 20 gardeners that grew their own fruits and vegetables locally so I had a mini-network of produce suppliers! If you didn’t read that post, click here to read it now. The restaurant owner was happy to make a deal with me on the mushrooms I had and I told him I could reach out to my gardening friends and see what we could do for him. By the end of the day I made deals with 10 other local gardeners to supply this restaurant with the produce they needed. Not only was I making a profit off the mushrooms I sold them, but I was also making a small profit on all the other produce I had bought from the local gardeners and was selling to the restaurant as well. This really opened up the flood gates to new ideas I had never thought of before, produce brokering, which has made me a 6 figure passive income for the last several years. The point of this story is that a big majority of gardeners trying to start their own business wold have quit after the initial buyer fell through and they experienced their first “problem”. I’m here to tell you that these types of scenarios CAN and WILL happen throughout the course of your business. The first takeaway here is to mentally not get discouraged, find the opportunity in the situation, don’t quit until it’s resolved, and your chances of success and growing as a person will be tremendous. The second takeaway here is that without a big enough motivator, it’s really hard to find the drive to overcome these so called problems that come up. Turning my passion from a hobby into a business, making lots of money to help my family and other people, and also to have the freedom to travel the world is the reason I started the business in the first place. If my reasons were, “ya, I’d like to make a lot of money”, I’m almost certain I wouldn’t have had the motivation to call 20 other restaurants, get turned down, than physically drive to 3 others. That’s a lot of time, effort, and rejection in just a couple days. You’ve got to do stuff for the right reasons to see it through to the end. Even if you’re super motivated to get your business off the ground but it’s for the wrong reasons that at the end of the day don’t REALLY matter, than you might find success but you’re going to feel unfulfilled at the end of the day. When …

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Taking Your Business to the Next Level

Have you ever had someone call into your business and ask you how much your product or service costs? What was your response? If you’re like 90% of businesses out there, you simply told them a price and they most likely said, “OK, thank you, we’ll call you back if we’re interested.” Only to never be contacted by that potential customer again. We’re going to cover a few simple steps in this blog post that will help you convert more customers at a higher level and generate more revenue into your business.

The first mistake in the above scenario is not building up enough value before you tell the customer a price. As an example, if you’re selling oyster mushrooms and a customer calls and asks you how much it would cost for a pound of oyster mushrooms, you should say something like this: “Well sir, the question shouldn’t be how much does it cost, the question should be if these mushrooms are suitable to eat for you and your family. See, we only use certified organic compost while most other companies that grow mushrooms use cheap compost that hasn’t been tested or certified. Next, we only use predator mites to kill any insects or bacteria that might negatively affect the plant, while other companies spray harmful bug killing sprays that are very unhealthy to consumer. Finally, we ensure that the mushrooms are kept at a temperature below 70 degrees which ensures that no mold or bacteria can grow on the mushrooms and we’ve found that many other companies let the mushrooms sit at room temperature for hours before they are put into a refrigeration chamber which can allow the mushrooms to grow harmful fungus and bacteria. For our mushrooms, we charge $15 per pound.”

Right away you can see how building up the value in your product before telling a customer the price can be HUGE in converting more sales. I guarantee you that most of your competition is simply telling them a price without telling them ANY information that has any value to the customer which is why you’re going to start generating a lot more sales in your business. When you build up value in your product or service (this applies to anything you are selling) you literally change the customers buying criteria from price to whatever it is you want. In the mushroom example, the customer was simply calling to inquire about price which is what their buying criteria was. When you tell them about the healthy handling of your product and include the steps that you take that your competitors don’t to ensure a quality product, the customers buying criteria shifted from price to quality and you’ve positioned yourself as an expert and they will feel empowered to buy from you. If you start implementing this simple change into your selling process I can guarantee you will increase sales dramatically. One company that implemented this change into their business and had stellar results was Best Mesa Carpet Cleaning. They differentiate themselves from their competition by explaining to the customer that most carpet cleaning companies don’t really clean carpets, they simply move the dirt around. By explaining their process, they close about 70% of customers that call into their business and most of those customers were simply price shopping around. To see some of the informational marketing that Best Mesa Carpet Cleaning uses, you can check out one of their company directory listings here.…

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