Saturday, November 21, 2015

The 10 Commandments For Succeeding On The Farm/Homestead - Part 3





8. FULLY UTILIZE YOUR RESOURCES

Mr. Salatin advises people to not dismiss things that they think may be unusable. A junk pile just may be the beginning of invention. He mentioned that he had went to other people’s farms and the dilapidated buildings that the owner labeled as “An Eyesore” could be turned into a ranch vacation cottage, craft sales building, drying shed for flowers and herbs etc… I know there are companies out there that will purchase the lumber from old barns. (I added a link for you to click on, doesn’t hurt to check it out!) If your barn can’t be purchased for the lumber, you never know when a pile of old boards may just come in handy for a new building project.

9. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH COMPETENT COUNSEL

You are who you hang-out with. Spend time with people who are successful at doing what you want to achieve. Don’t waste time with naysayers and grumblers. Not getting bad counsel is just as important as getting good counsel. I was listening to Robert  Kiyosaki  in You Can Choose to Be Rich (12 CDs): 3-step Guide to Wealth (Rich Dad Book Series) [AUDIOBOOK] (Rich Dad Poor Dad) and he says that many of our dear family & friends may give us what they feel is good advice, based on their opinion, and not really what they are knowledgeable about. This wrong advice is worse than no advice. Actually, it can cost you a whole lot of wasted time and money.
10. BE CONSISTENT
Do not start and stop endeavors. Offer your product or service for the long haul. On-again, off-again enterprises never get anywhere. If you say you are going to produce eggs, produce, meat, or whatever, then devote your attention to never turning anyone away. OK, so a predator got in, then next time plan to spend your night in the chicken coop to get that little critter. I”m speaking from personal experience. We have spent a night or two out in the coop. We’ve had many predator issues to contend with, chicken hawks, owls, raccoon, possums, neighbors dogs, even a weasel once. If the building got cold and your ladies (hens) quit laying, then heat up their building!iconAll of this is part of a learning curve. Try really hard to overcome these glitches so they don’t become repeat offenders.  You need to build trust with your customers. Be a person of integrity, a man/woman of your word. People want reliability. Do what ever it takes to fulfill a promise. do what ever needs to be done to make good on your product or service. By practicing these principles, your market will respond accordingly and your farm/homestead will gradually begin to show a profit.

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