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

farmergirlboy

Click Here to read-Part 1

 Click Here to read-Part 2

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!icon All 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.

The 10 Commandments For Succeeding On The Farm/Homestead – Part 2

Did You Miss Part 1….You Can Read It Here.

Farmer Boy, Farmer girl

4. INVEST IN MONEY MAKING THINGS.

A livable house is all you need. A car that will get you there is all you need. You don’t need to live in style or drive in style. This can come later.

Stay focused on items that will stimulate your cash flow to make the farm or economically viable. He said he often hears people say that they can’t seem to make a go of their farm and then their trash can is full of soda cans, frozen pizza boxes and empty bags of dog food. He believes that pets must carry their weight. Dogs are used as guards and cats are used for rodent control. He said that pets need to be of necessity, not just because they’re fun. It may sound harsh, but the alternative is a few hundred dollars here & there, and then suddenly the farm is not paying the bills.

5. BE COMMITTED 

What separates successful people from failures is that the successful ones get up when they fall down. You will fall, but the question is “Will you pick yourself back up?” When you have a set back, learn from it, and go on. If you think that something has possibilities, be persistent and work through the learning curves, until it becomes profitable. How badly do you want to succeed? Can you taste a full-time farming enterprise? Can you visualize it? It is up to you to modify your production model, get them under control, and make them profitable.

6. DO SOMETHING

Even if it is wrong, do something. It is in making the effort that you discover the right approach. You’ve heard the old saying we learn by our mistakes. We learn more from our failures than our success. So get busy and fail a few times. Every failure will bring you a little closer on the right option. Don’t complain about having bad luck; we all have our good days and our bad days. The knowing is in the doing!

7. WRITE DOWN A PLAN

You need to have a written goal. Make a plan, write down objectives, and actions plans that can make your goals a reality. Doing this will help you to focus; to see the big picture. Post your plan on the refrigerator, a desk, above the bathroom sink, the headboard of your bed. This is your ticket to a dream fulfilled.

Get A Free Sample of Nestles Free Breakfast Beverage

Most of us living a frugal lifestyle do like to take advantage of a free offer. Here is one I would like to pass along.

IF you qualify, you will receive a Nestle Nesquick stick pack + a coupon for $1.50/1 any size or flavor of Nestle Nesquick powder.

If you have already filed this out within the past 3 months you will not qualify.

It only asked me for the usual: Name, Address, DOB, and then only four other questions about chocolate milk mix. Very easy, took me only 1-2 minutes to fill out. I will receive my free sample in 6-8 weeks.

This is a good product to stock-up on, it is non-perishable. Your kids will love it.

The 10 Commandments For Succeeding On The Farm/Homestead – Part 1

farmergirlboy1-300x292

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  You Need To Stay At Home

If you intend to farm full-time, then you need to park that vehicle of yours. If you still want to live the life of a social butterfly, doing things such little league and dance class then it would be best to stay in town. You need to think like a farmer, allow yourself to thank that your farm is now your life and your job. Trips to town are costly, not just in the cost of fuel but also in the cost of your time. I know for us personally, just running to the grocery store is a half a day endeavor. More if I got other errands to add to it.

Start thinking of your farm as your life, your work and even your recreation. Allow it to energize you and be a place of contentment. Now don’t think that every farmer needs to be a hermit, but balance is what is needed when you partake in activities outside of the farm. don’t get involved in every committee or event that is posted in the local newspaper.

Remember we only have 24 hours in a day, & if you fail to recognize the cost of being away from the farm, you WILL fail.  Success requires discipline. Take a dieter, if they are to lose weight they requires dietary self-discipline. Farming is no different.

2. Luxuries; Be Honest About Them

You will need to separate business from pleasure. A perfect example would be a horse for pleasure riding.  I can speak from personal experience on this topic because I have had horses and I do have to say they are definitely profit suckers. They are extremely expensive. If your farm is already providing a full-time income meeting all your expenses that is a different story.

Hold off on fancy designer labels, toys such as boats, ATV’s, & luxury type cars until your farm is profitable. I know it would be nice to have these things, you may even try to justify that an ATV would be beneficial for your farm.  But remember that all unnecessary items you buy in the beginning will either delay or destroy your chance of becoming successful.

It is not being suggested that you live like a pioneer but don’t live like a king either.

As long as your vehicle is mechanically sound and can get you from point A to point B, is all that matters.

3. Get To Know Your Neighbors

If You just moved to the area, don’t go acting like a Big-Know-It-All! Don’t complain about their unsightly yard and never say a demeaning word against any of your neighbors. I can guarantee that it WILL get back to them. If you live in an area like I do, they’re all related and blood is thicker than water!

Be friendly, invite them over from time to time for dinner. Help them when you can. We never know when we may need help. We’ve help neighbors put up hay, sheer alpacas, make apple cider, pick up groceries when we go to town, take them to medical appointments or what ever else may be of necessity. In return, they have helped us put up hay, dropped off vegetables from their garden when the deer ate our produce, feed our animals when we go out-of-town, cut trees off the road when a storm downed them, lent us a generator when the electricity was out for 9 days!

If you want friends, then you need to be a friend yourself. Be patient, these relationships can take years to build. Even if they never become your BFF, then at least they are close enough that you can call on them when in the midst of a crisis.

Click Here for part 2

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...