A Homesteaders Guide to Monetizing a Hobby Farm

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Many people dream of living off the land. If you’re a homesteader with as little as one acre, monetizing your hobby farm is an achievable goal. “Homesteader” generally refers to someone who farms their land to live self-sufficiently, while hobby farming is often viewed as a recreational activity, but the fact is that homesteaders and hobby farmers exist on the same blended spectrum. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, with branding, marketing, and careful management, your homestead can become a profitable business, thanks to these tips from Horizon Structures.

Branding Your Hobby Farm

Regardless of the scale of your farming operation, branding is a critical part of building a successful business. Branding differentiates the products and services you provide from those provided by your competitors. Your brand image plays an important role in your ability to set premium prices for your products and inspires loyalty when it resonates with your customers.

There are four main tools businesses use to build their brand image.

  • Logo. This is the biggest identifier for any brand, and it represents the personality of your business.
  • Slogan. Short messaging statements communicate the mission and features of your hobby farm.
  • Colors. Color schemes evoke emotions and influence customer perceptions of your brand.
  • People. The mannerisms and behaviors of anyone who represents your business have an impact on how your brand is viewed.

Marketing and Running Your Hobby Farm

Marketing covers not only promoting your farm-raised products but also conducting market research. The marketing process begins by researching what other farm businesses are doing in your local community and seeking to understand the buying habits of your target customers. Ask yourself which farm products are in high demand in your area and which products are in oversupply. Then choose your product offerings accordingly.

The next marketing step is to set a price point that is appropriate to the quality of your products and provides a sustainable profit margin for your business to thrive. Then you can start working on promotional strategies. The most cost-effective promotional channels are social media, blogging, and email marketing. Your business can maintain a website or social media page through which you can tell the story of your hobby farm business, post updates, and advertise your products. Other options for promoting your business include in-person marketing and paid advertising.

In terms of day-to-day operations, you can streamline your business and save yourself lots of time by taking advantage of high quality pre-made structures – and Horizon Structures can get you set up with everything from chicken coops to greenhouses.

Last but not least, consider adding custom labels as part of your brand. Luckily, you can use this free online label maker to keep everything clearly marked and avoid confusion down the road.

 

Managing Your Hobby Farm

If you’re looking to add more fresh air to your life while doing what you love, a hobby farm is the way to go. Every homesteader’s hobby farm business is unique but they all require careful management and planning. Building collaborative relationships with other farm businesses can help you learn from their successes and mistakes, as well.

 

Homesteading Tips for Retirees Who Want a Bigger Place

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Homesteading is a wonderful way to live a more sustainable lifestyle by growing your own crops, raising animals, and participating in self-sufficient living. For older adults, finding a larger home on a good-sized piece of land also means having more room for family and friends to visit or even live, but there are several details to iron out before you can settle in.

For starters, you’ll need to figure out what sort of home is right for you, as well as which location you prefer. Here are a few paths you can take when you’re ready to start a homesteading lifestyle.

 

Think About How Much Space You Actually Need

Before you begin the search for your new home, it’s crucial to think about how much room you’ll actually need. If your main goal is to start farming, the size of your land will obviously be important, but you can also consider whether you’ll use some of that acreage to build on; for instance, if you want to have a separate space for family members to visit or live in. This will help you determine the size of your new home, which will in turn help you figure out a realistic budget. Check your credit to make sure it’s in good shape, then get pre-approved for a loan so you’ll have peace of mind that you’ll be able to secure the property you want when you find it.

 

Start your own business

With a bigger house and more room, you can finally start the business you’ve always wanted to run. Whether it’s related to your homesteading project–such as selling fresh, homegrown vegetables or animal products–or something altogether different, you can use this as an opportunity to build a home office or storefront.

 

 

Consider forming an LLC before you get started, as it comes with tax benefits and will protect your personal assets. If you’re unsure of how to get through the filing process, you can hire a formation service, which will also save you money on attorney’s fees. Be sure to look up the guidelines for Pennsylvania.

 

Look to the future

Whether you’re going to want a space for a business or just more room for your loved ones, it’s important to think about how to make your new home sustainable. Will it need modifications to ensure that it’s eco-friendly? Will you be subsistence farming just for your own family? If so, you may need room for a barn or plots to hold crops, as well as irrigation planning. Think about how you can plan for the future now in order to make your new homework for you for years to come.

 

Research the area

Once you’ve got the house and land of your dreams, it’s essential to do some research on the area’s climate and soil as well as on common wild animals that may give you trouble without the right precautions. Reach out to other homesteaders to get tips and tricks for creating a sustainable lifestyle, especially if they live in the area, and can provide insight into the process.

 

Make the home your own

Once you’ve purchased your home, it’s time to start making your homesteading dreams a reality. For example, if you want to raise chickens, you’ll need a structure that keeps them safe and healthy. There’s no better choice than Horizon Structures’ Amish-Made chicken coops.

 

 

We offer a variety of styles, colors, and sizes of American-made prefab chicken coops to provide a safe haven to your flock and an attractive addition to your yard. Visit our site or contact us toll free at (888) 44SHEDS to learn more.

Buying a larger home and a piece of land can be daunting at first, but by creating a good plan for the next couple of years, you’ll have peace of mind as you start this next chapter of your life. Make your new home as eco-friendly as possible so you can save money and do your part for the planet.

 

For the highest quality prefabricated horse barns, dog kennels, and chicken coops, get in touch with Horizon Structures today. Call (610) 593-7710 to learn more!

 

Budget-Friendly Tips for Keeping Pets Healthy This Fall & Winter

It’s already fall, and winter will be here before you know it. So if you have pets, you should start making plans right now to make sure they stay healthy, comfortable and safe during the busy months ahead. From soothing aches to preparing for fall road trips, there’s actually quite a bit to think about, but these tips can help you get started.

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dog kennels, greenhouses, chicken coops, and more! Call 1-888-44SHEDS today.

 

Start by Scheduling a Check-Up for Your Pet

If your furkids tend to get stiff as the temperatures drop, they may be suffering from arthritis. Arthritic pain and inflammation can worsen during the cooler months, and this is just one of the many ways that cold weather can affect your dog’s health.

The best way to minimize these impacts is to schedule regular wellness exams with your vet, so that you can address any seasonal concerns. Younger pets should be seen at least once a year but senior pets should get checked out every six months or so.

If you are worried about how the fall and winter weather will affect your pets, you can schedule these checkups during October or November, when symptoms may start to pop up. Your vet can prescribe medications and treatments to alleviate any discomfort your dogs may be experiencing but you can also try more natural remedies like CBD treats. CBD has shown promise for treating pain, inflammation and anxiety, but you should research dosage and ingredient guidelines, and read through reviews of CBD pet products.

 

 

Find Ways to Keep Your Dog Warm & Active

Depending on where you live, the weather may make it difficult to get out for walks with your dog during the fall and winter. This reduction in activity can lead to weight gain for you and your furry family members. While a little extra fluff may not be harmful for you, a few extra pounds can be dangerous for your pet.

If you notice your pup’s ribs tend to become invisible during the colder months, or any other signs of seasonal weight gain, you may need to find alternative ways to keep him active. Agility toys can be a fun way to get your pup moving inside, so think about picking up tunnels, rings and hurdles to help your dog get the physical and mental stimulation needed to stay healthy. You can even set up an agility course in your backyard, which can also help keep you moving during the fall and winter.

 

 

If your pup is going to exercise in your yard, it’s wise to have him run around in an enclosed space. A fence around your property’s perimeter will prevent your dog from escaping and wandering into neighbors’ properties. If you have any dead tree limbs or branches, you’ll want to have these removed as well before any winter storms hit. Visit Angi to find reliable professionals who have the knowledge, experience, and equipment necessary to remove potentially dangerous branches. Always ask for an upfront estimate and customer referrals.

Make Sure Your Pet is Prepared for Holiday Travel

If you plan on traveling with a pet during the holidays, you will want to make sure you have a few essentials as well, including car restraints. Seatbelts are a must for your pets, even if your pup is used to roaming free and sniffing while riding shotgun. For one, all of that bouncing around can be a distraction for drivers, but you also want your pets to be secure in the event of an accident. Otherwise, your pet could be thrown around the car and injured, or he could even get scared and run away. So before you buckle your own seat belt, ensure your pets are buckled in.

 

 

You should also double check that you have visible and updated tags on your pup’s collar. If you need to pick up a new collar or tags, you can find many customizable and stylish options. You can pick up other pet supplies on this site as well, including new leashes, toys and beds. It’s also good to keep a pet first aid kit in your car at all times.

Cooler weather can bring more adventures for you and your furry family members! Schedule a checkup and stock up on supplies so that you can make sure your best friend stays cozy, safe and healthy during the months ahead.

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