That first year of entrepreneurship can be rather daunting, no matter what your business is. Fortunately, Sarah Beth Aubrey walks you through the process in ten steps.

Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm Business

The ten steps outlined in Aubrey’s book, Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm Business, are:

  1. Build a plan.
  2. Test the waters.
  3. Get the money.
  4. Choose your business type.
  5. Follow the rules.
  6. Protect your assets.
  7. Price your products.
  8. Select your selling venues.
  9. Spread the word.
  10. Reflect and revise.

Every step of the way, Aubrey explains your options, recommends more resources, and provides examples, often from her own natural meat business. Each chapter ends with a summary of the key points covered and a profile of a small farm business, including the business owner’s tips for a successful first year.

If you are unfamiliar with the principles of how to run a business, take some time to weigh your options and pull your ideas into a concise plan. Starting & Running Your Own Small Farm Business outlines pros and cons for many of the countless decisions you will have to make in your first year of entrepreneurship.

Helpful Resources

Grow a Business
More tips on starting and growing a country business of any type.

The Business
Our archive of business resources will help you work through the steps in this book.

Building a Sustainable Business
This free book offers a less formal, more vision-directed approach to writing a business plan.

Farm Fresh

Farm Fresh
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