Selling vegetable plants can be a profitable side business and can lead to a full-time career. The key is knowing how to begin in order to grow the business properly. There are things that need to be done before selling that first plant and things that will need to be done to help the business along once it is established.
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Write a business plan, which will be helpful to the business even if a loan is not necessary to begin with. Creating and following a plan will help you to stay focused on your goals. The U.S. Small Business Administration can help to guide you through this process as part of their Small Business Planner. Do the research before tackling this plan, including a market analysis and how to best go about the act of selling the vegetables.
Name the business. Do the research to be sure that the name is not already taken. Create a short list of acceptable business names just in case. Go to city hall and ask them to help with this task. Register the name if it is not already taken. Look into the process of obtaining any necessary licenses and permits while at city hall. Pay for what is needed for the business of choice.
Obtain funding. Look into what materials are already available and put out the word that you are always open to accepting donations of planters, organic compost and whatever else is needed to run the business. Look for items at thrift shops and yard sales as well. Take the business plan to the bank or the credit union if it is determined that a loan is necessary, because it will want a well thought out plan for the business.
Map out the areas to be used for growing and selling the vegetables. Take the amount of sunlight into consideration. Starting everything in a greenhouse is desirable when possible, and a sunny area outside will be needed for displaying the plants. Selling from within the greenhouse can work.
Start seeds in small containers and transplant them to larger ones as they grow. Use seeds that are organic, as well as an organic potting soil mixed with compost for added soil nutrition.
Find sources for the pots, labels and other items that will be needed. Look into local nursery supply stores or look online for such resources. Research other such businesses in your area. Determine a competitive price for each type and size of plant.
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Shannon Buck is a freelance writer residing in the small town of Milford, Maine. Her work has appeared on several sites including GreenandSave.com, where she writes The Green Mom column. She has written on many subjects, including home improvement, gardening, low-income living, writing and homeschooling.