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How to Start a Vegetable Farming Business - Free Book

Are you considering starting a Vegetable Farming Business? if yes, you'll find this free book to be extremely helpful.

This is a practical guide that will walk you step by step through all the essentials of starting your business. The book is packed with guides, worksheets and checklists. These strategies are absolutely crucial to your business' success yet are simple and easy to apply.


Don’t Start a New Vegetable Farming Business Unless You Watch This Video First!

Checklist for Starting a Business: Essential Ingredients for Success

If you are thinking about going into business, it is imperative that you watch this video first! it will take you by the hand and walk you through each and every phase of starting a business. It features all the essential aspects you must consider BEFORE you start a business. This will allow you to predict problems before they happen and keep you from losing your shirt on dog business ideas. Ignore it at your own peril!

For more insightful videos visit our Small Business and Management Skills YouTube Chanel.


Here’s a Valuable Free Gift for You
This is a high quality, full blown business plan template complete with detailed instructions and all related spreadsheets. You can download it to your PC and easily prepare a professional business plan for your business.
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The Single Most Important Ingredient for Business Success

The first and most important thing you need to acquire in order to succeed in a small business is... knowledge.

Sounds exaggerated? Listen to this...

According to research conducted by Dun & Bradstreet, 90% of all small business failures can be traced to poor management resulting from lack of knowledge.

This is backed up by my own personal observations. In my 31 years as a business coach and consultant to small businesses, I've seen practically dozens of small business owners go under and lose their businesses -- not because they weren't talented or smart enough -- but because they were trying to re-invent the wheel rather than rely on proven, tested methods that work.

Conclusion: if you are really serious about succeeding in a business... If you want to avoid the common traps and mistakes... it is absolutely imperative that you acquire the right knowledge.

"Why Invent Mediocrity, When You Can Copy Genius?"

That's an excellent quote I picked up from a fellow business owner a few years back. What this means is that you should see what is working and try to duplicate Printing Business. Why go through all the trouble of inventing something new, that you don't even know will ever work, when you can easily learn from and duplicate something that has been a proven success?

[ Note: One of the BIGGEST mistakes almost all new businesses make is that they WASTE tons of valuable time, energy and money on trying to create something "new", that has never been tested or proven... only to find out later that it was a total loss. Don't make the same mistake! ]

Hi! My name is Meir. I'm the founder and president of BizMove.com, a successful internet based information business. I'm also the author of numerous books, mostly in the area of small business management.

I've been involved in small business for the past 31 years of my life, as a business coach, manager of a consulting firm, a seminar leader and as the owner of five successful businesses.

During my career as a business coach and consultant I've helped dozens of business owners start their businesses, market, expand, get out of troubles, sell their businesses and do practically every other small business activity you can think of.
You see, I have been there .... done it ... and bought the Small Business t-shirt! -- This free book contains techniques and strategies I've learned during my 31 year small business career.

Here's what you'll discover in the 'How to Start a Vegetable Farming Business' book:

How to determine the feasibility of your business idea - a complete fill in the blanks template system that will help you predict problems before they happen and keep you from losing your shirt on dog business ideas.

A detailed manual that will walk you step by step through all the essential phases of starting your business

A complete business plan template. This fill-in-the-blanks template includes every section of your business plan, including Executive Summary, Objectives, SWOT Analysis, Marketing Analysis and Strategy, Operations Plan, Financial Projections and more (a similar template is sold elsewhere for $69.95).

All this and much much more.

Success Tip: Setting Goals

Good management is the key to success and good management starts with setting goals. Set goals for yourself for the accomplishment of the many tasks necessary in starting and managing your business successfully. Be specific. Write down the goals in measurable terms of performance. Break major goals down into sub-goals, showing what you expect to achieve in the next two to three months, the next six months, the next year, and the next five years. Beside each goal and sub-goal place a specific date showing when it is to be achieved.

Plan the action you must take to attain the goals. While the effort required to reach each sub-goal should be great enough to challenge you, it should not be so great or unreasonable as to discourage you. Do not plan to reach too many goals all at one time.

Establish priorities. Plan in advance how to measure results so you can know exactly how well you are doing. This is what is meant by "measurable" goals. If you can’t keep score as you go along you are likely to lose motivation. Re-work your plan of action to allow for obstacles which may stand in your way. Try to foresee obstacles and plan ways to avert or minimize them.

Click here! to download your Vegetable Farming Business book for free (PDF version)


Management Skills Video: How to Become a Great Manager and Leader

Learn how to improve your leadership skills and become a better manager and leader. Here's how to be the boss people want to give 200 percent for. In the following video you'll discover 120 powerful tips and strategies to motivate and inspire your people to bring out the best in them.

For more insightful videos visit our Small Business and Management Skills YouTube Chanel.


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Here's a Sample 'Executive Summary' for a Vegetable Farming Business plan:

[Company Name] is led by owner [Name], who has considerable experience in running an effective business. [Name] has a strong farming background due to his family's farming tradition that dates back to the early 1900's. In 2007 [Name] Farms became [Company Name] after forming a general partnership. The Company is headquartered in Dexter, Missouri where it serves as a row crop business specializing in popcorn, cotton, rice, wheat, soybeans and purple hull peas.
The focus of this business plan is to put forth objectives to make our business stronger, implement new technologies to focus more in detail on financial exponents, to justify payroll for experience and become a role model family farming operation. [Company Name] is ready to elevate to the next step. The Company is seeking grant funding in the amount of $560,000. The funding will be used to purchase trucks and trailers, purchase GPS equipment and purchase new tractors.
Based on the detailed financial projections, [Company Name] future sales for 2010, 2011 and 2012 are expected to be $2,203,949, $2,270,068 and $2,338,170, respectively.

1.1 Objectives

[Company Name] has four main objectives:

  • To make our business stronger
  • To implement new technologies to focus more in detail on financial exponents
  • To justify payroll for experience
  • To become a role model family farming operation

1.2 Mission

[Company Name]' mission is to become a strong and self-sustaining farming operation with an interest in educating and offering training and guidance to newer operations; therefore, allowing the Company to give back to the community.

1.3 Keys to Success

[Company Name]' keys to success are:

  • To have the ability to grow and strengthen the business to allow proper marketability
  • To supply the farming operation with sufficient equipment to allow efficient farming, planting, maintaining and harvesting.  

[Company Name] is headquartered in Dexter, Missouri.

Company: [Company Name]
Name: [Name]
Address: [Address]
Phone: XXX-XXX-XXXX
Fax: XXX-XXX-XXXX
Email: [Email Address]

[Name] Farms was established in 1996 by its owner [Name]. [Name] has a strong farming background due to his family's farming tradition that dates back to the early 1900's. In 2007 [Name] Farms became [Company Name] after forming a general partnership. [Company Name] is a row crop business specializing in popcorn, cotton, rice, wheat, soybeans and purple hull peas. The farm headquarters is located in Dexter, Missouri, which is 25 miles west of the Mississippi River; therefore providing a fertile and well drained farmland.  
[Company Name] main crop is cotton, which is very suitable for the area. The farm uses popcorn as a rotation crop because research shows that cotton/corn rotation produces the best yields. Additionally, the farm uses rice on the poorly drained soil and soybeans for that rotation to help on weed control.  The wheat and peas are used as a double crop to maximize profit on the un-irrigated land.  

2.1 Company Ownership

In 2007 [Name] Farms and [Company Name] formed a general partnership to increase profitability. The owner [Name] controls all interests of the partnership.

2.2 Company History

[Company Name]' sales for 2007, 2008, and 2009 were $856,335, $1,651,482 and $1,472,218, respectively. Earnings for this period were ($104,118), $470,898 and ($23,015), respectively. 

2007 was the first year of the partnership, which allowed the Company to double its farmable acres. [Company Name] raised popcorn on all of the new acreage and had an unbelievable yield; therefore, the income in 2008 was the 2007 profit. However, the Company experienced some loss during 2008-2009 due to extreme winds damaging the popcorn crops.

Table: Past Performance

Past Performance

 

 

 

 

2007

2008

2009

Sales

$856,335

$1,651,482

$1,472,218

Gross Margin

$85,634

$165,148

$147,222

Gross Margin %

10.00%

10.00%

10.00%

Operating Expenses

$1,095,069

$1,184,187

$1,633,406

Collection Period (days)

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

Balance Sheet

 

 

 

 

2007

2008

2009

Current Assets

 

 

 

Cash

($153,345)

($136,670)

($139,875)

Accounts Receivable

$12,668

$40,522

$75,121

Other Current Assets

$685

$685

$685

Total Current Assets

($139,992)

($95,463)

($64,069)

 

 

 

 

Long-term Assets

 

 

 

Long-term Assets

$1,400

$1,400

$1,400

Accumulated Depreciation

$0

$0

$0

Total Long-term Assets

$1,400

$1,400

$1,400

 

 

 

 

Total Assets

($138,592)

($94,063)

($62,669)

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities

 

 

 

Accounts Payable

$0

$0

$0

Current Borrowing

$0

$0

$0

Other Current Liabilities (interest free)

$34,474

$460,842

$406,433

Total Current Liabilities

$34,474

$460,842

$406,433

 

 

 

 

Long-term Liabilities

$0

$0

$0

Total Liabilities

$34,474

$460,842

$406,433

 

 

 

 

Paid-in Capital

$300

$300

$300

Retained Earnings

($69,248)

($1,026,103)

($446,387)

Earnings

($104,118)

$470,898

($23,015)

Total Capital

($173,066)

($554,905)

($469,102)

 

 

 

 

Total Capital and Liabilities

($138,592)

($94,063)

($62,669)

 

 

 

 

Other Inputs

 

 

 

Payment Days

60

60

60

Sales on Credit

$0

$0

$0

Receivables Turnover

0.00

0.00

0.00

3.0 Products

[Company Name] is a Dexter, Missouri farming service specializing in grain and fiber production. [Company Name] is a high quality row crop business that produces popcorn, cotton, rice, wheat, soybeans and purple hull pea’s crops. [Company Name] offers superior products that are suitable for sale and exportation.
Learn The Leadership Skills The Pros Use

Leadership is a quality that most people respect. If you are a good leader, you can get people to support you and follow you almost anywhere. You may not think that you have what it takes to be a leader, but that couldn't be more from the truth. If you use the tips here, you will find your inner leader.

Effective leaders are inspiring. You need to develop the ability to inspire those who work under you, motivating them to work toward a common goal. You can use public speaking to achieve this, but there are also videos, blogs, articles and other methods to convey your uplifting message to your audience.

Allow ample opportunity for your employees to offer feedback and new ideas. Although group meetings are the ideal setting for exchange of information, some employees may not feel confident offering opinions in such a public forum. Work with employees individually as well. This will help you gain trust and get some honest feedback.

Walk the talk. Leaders don't say one thing and do another. That is confusing to employees, and demotivating in many ways. Instead live by what you say. Follow through and lead by example. Then you'll have more than employees, you'll have champions who believe in your business and your leadership too.

Offer incentives to employees who continually perform well. You can use a standard model with known rewards or surprise good employees with some type of recognition and bonus. Be sure you don't make promises that you can't keep. Always encourage your employees to do their best work and make sure each one understands their role in your organization.

Be sure that you spend some time each day out of your office, and in the midst of the workforce. Try to be a part of the group, while maintaining your leadership role. You can use this time to get to know your employees, ask questions or even join them for lunch.

Being a good leader doesn't just mean that you lead others. You also need the skills to lead yourself. Leading yourself by staying motivated and focused can also set a great example for others. Make an effort to become a working part of your organization and not just delegate tasks to others.

To be an effective leader you have to know your own strengths and weaknesses. Delegate responsibilities in areas that you are weak in to the members of your team that excel in them. You'll give your team members a chance to shine, while ensuring that the job is carried out effectively.

Set goals for everyone under you. Use annual goals to motivate your employees to strive for greatness. Don't just set them up and let them disappear over the year. Meet on the goals at least monthly, and hold everyone accountable as a team for reaching them.

Adopt an eternal attitude of learning. While this article has great tips in it, there's always something more to learn. Business changes and evolves and you need to keep up with it. Always be reading books, newspapers and blogs. If possible, attend classes and workshops. Those are chances to learn and network.

As a leader, it is necessary to maintain an optimistic attitude in the workplace. Displaying a lack of confidence and expressing doubts about your team's chances of success is not the way to motivate your team. You can't expect to receive their best effort if they feel they are doomed to fail.

Be a good example for your team. Just like the parents of a family, you are who your team looks up to in your organization. Do not talk negatively about the company you work for or your bosses to your team. It sets a horrible example and may come back to haunt you.

Have a vision. Planning for the future is important. Things might be great now, but will it still be a year from now? What about ten years from now? Try to keep abreast of any change that might be relevant to your business. Shape your plans and your vision accordingly.

Leaders should never be alone. Let others help you; teamwork is essential. As a leader, you should bring many people together to collaborate, make decisions and offer individual perspective. Then you, the leader, will be free to do the job you do best-lead.

Being a good leader means being clear with what you expect from your employees. They aren't mind readers, and neither are you. A good team thrives on structure which you can provide. Tell your employees what's expected of them. Be clear in your goals. Don't be vague about outcomes.

The difference between a charismatic leader and a self-aggrandizing leader is the former's ability to back up his or her claims. While the charismatic leader does take pride in these accomplishments, the key reason for sharing them is to inspire others. Try to use your past successes and experiences to give others the confidence they need to achieve their own goals.

A leadership role can sometimes make a huge demand on certain people. This can cause your work-life balance to shift negatively. Well-rounded people make the best leaders. Do your best to enjoy other areas of life.

When you find yourself in need of inspiration, remember that good leaders are all around you. Many people immediately think of CEOs and politicians when asked for examples of leaders. Look to the groups you most admire, such as your favorite sports team, teacher, or charity. Who is in charge, and what are they doing that makes their respective organizations so appealing? Use these insights as you develop your own leadership style.

It is hard to be a leader all of the time. However, being a leader affords people great respect. That is why you must find the leader that is in you. Make use of the information laid out in this article, and you will be able to lead your business or organization in ways you have not yet considered.

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