Monetizing a Homesteading Business

If you’re a homesteader, you likely got started with a goal of living a holistically healthy life, consuming what you grow and produce on your own land. If you’d like to monetize your hobby farm as a way to generate an income while also providing others with healthy organically produced goods, you’re likely to find a wide-open market. The Olive Leaf can serve as a point of inspiration with its holistic, personalized, wellness solutions focused on natural healing. 

 

What Will You Do? 

 

There are a number of different ways to monetize what you do on your hobby farm. You need to think in terms of not only volume production, but costs involved, and the type of piece you need to charge in order to make it a viable venture. For example, if you have a vineyard and you bottle your own wine or make your own jams and jellies, you’ll need to factor in how much it costs to produce, package, transport, and sell your items, and set prices accordingly. Crunching those numbers will be important to understand whether or not what you have can be a viable venture, and, according to Successful Farming, will help you assess your tax obligations. Writing a business plan can help you factor in all of the different elements that go into taking a home-produced product to market. 

 

Where Will You Sell? 

 

If you’re selling freshly butchered homegrown meat, fresh produce, handmade goods, or artesian products like homemade soap, candles, or clothing, you’ll need to think about the best market for your goods. Farmers’ markets, local co-ops, and even selling to small independent restaurants and other service providers and boutiques can be good avenues. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, you can find markets across the nation with this search tool. You may also sell from your own property, or even an online store if your product is something you can transport and still maintain quality and freshness. Either way, developing a marketing strategy will be key to your success. 

 

Website and Social Media Needs 

 

It’s critical that small businesses have an engaging website to promote their products and services. You should also have an active social media presence as a way to reach your target demographic, generate repeat business, and have interactive exchanges with your customers. It could be well worth the investment to hire a social media management professional to help market your products or services. You can find this type of pro through freelance job boards, where you can read reviews, weigh delivery time, experience, and cost before hiring someone. Simply search “social media marketing pricing” to get an idea of appropriate degrees of cost. 

 

Managing Your Business 

 

Once you have your product and inventory established, your market identified, and your online presence front and center, management of your business will be important. In addition to providing quality customer service, you’ll also want to keep good books to ensure you’re taking advantage of deductions for business expenses. As your operation grows, you may need to hire freelancers, independent contractors, or even a staff to help you run your company. The business plan that you create at the beginning of your launch can be regularly revisited to ensure you’re meeting your goals and objectives and pivoting and re-calculating as necessary. 

 

Living off the land is a healthy lifestyle, one that can be shared with others if you decide to monetize your hobby farm. Always stress your ingredients, your organic approach, your freshness, and the quality of your goods when you’re selling them. You’ll likely be pricing things a bit higher than large retail chains, so focus your promotional messaging around the quality of your products and their positive impact on overall health and wellness. 

 

The Olive Leaf offers a wide variety of services, ranging from testing of underlying metabolic and hormonal problems and nutritional imbalances to eating for your blood type and discovering natural weight loss solutions. Visit the site today to learn more or reach out for a consultation. 

 

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Healthy Eating Habits for Busy Women: A Guide for Total Beginners

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When it comes to eating healthy, most of us are completely lost and confused. A recent study found that over half of all Americans are so overwhelmed when making healthier food choices, they would literally find it easier to do their own taxes. No wonder 1 in 4 people consume fast food at least one meal per day!

 

Unfortunately, one fast food meal alone can contain an entire day’s worth of calories – or more! Not to mention, diets consisting of large amounts of fast food and junk food have been contributing to a wide range of chronic (and even deadly) health conditions.

Here’s just a handful of the diseases, illnesses, and other medical conditions that have been associated with poor eating habits:

  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • obesity
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • breathing problems such as sleep apnea and asthma
  • reproductive and fertility issues
  • certain types of cancer

 

According to CDC data, many of the diet-related health conditions above can also be found on the list of the top 10 leading causes of death among American women. In addition, women in particular are at risk of certain reproductive problems, such as endometrial cancer or breast cancer, and fertility issues, including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

Given the impact our diet has on our health, it’s understandable that many people are interested in healthier eating habits. Of course, many of these same people have no idea where to start.

If you’ve ever felt perplexed by food and nutrition, this article is for you. Here are some tips for any busy woman on how to overcome the daily grind by finding small ways to gradually improve nutrition and overall health:

Nutrition Issues

As we all know, healthy eating habits play a big role in improving our overall health and wellness. One very simple way to start improving your overall health is by making sure you are drinking enough water. Another tip is to make wise choices in swapping foods. For instance, you can reduce your caffeine intake (and save money) by skipping the Starbucks latte and drinking a cup of herbal tea instead. You should also avoid fad diets and instead focus on making small lifestyle changes each day at a time, which lead to more permanent behavior patterns.

 Other Ways to Boost Your Health

When in comes to improving your overall health, it’s important to realize that there are many factors to health and wellness. Nutrition is just one piece of the puzzle. You should also consider how your mental health, emotional well-being, stress from work, exercise habits, and any possible relationship issues might be impacting your overall physical health. Try to work on any relationship issues and begin implementing stress-reduction techniques to gradually improve your overall health in all areas of your life.

In Conclusion

Even if you currently feel unsure of where to begin when it comes to making healthier decisions, remind yourself that we all start somewhere. It’s never too late to begin down the path to better overall health – and by incorporating the small steps listed above, you’ll already be on the right track to a healthier lifestyle.

 

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