I am getting ready to post a summary on each of the last six years of my business. I thought it would be good for me to review and also might help some newer growers out there avoid some of the mistakes I made. In looking back, I am realizing how far I have come and how far I still have to go. I really want this to be a sustainable and profitable life for me and my husband. I have learned that having a small business (especially a farming operation) really does make your work life and your home life become involved in a very intimate way. It is all about finding the balance that works for you.
I have notions about how the future will go but I am proceeding with eyes wide open. I have met so many people along the way and learned that flower growing is good supplemental income for a lot of people and families. There are some who are making it work on a full time, main income level but I don’t feel like they are the majority . Most of them have other parts of their business that help to make it profitable. Many do weddings and design work, some are writers, landscapers, nursery growers, or farmers of another sort. Some even have full or part time jobs that are unrelated. I am confident that I will find the best fit for me in the coming years.
So please read, learn, and ask questions along the way. It is the only way to figure out the right fit for you.
3 thoughts on “a look back”
Hi there, I just found your blog yesterday and ummmmm might have read the whole thing. Ahem. Im stuck in a (good) job that I dont like very much (eurgh office time) and am dreaming of growing flowers. I think your insights are going to be very valuable to me – even all the way over in Australia here.
Best wishes and good luck for your future
I look forward to reading those summaries. I am poised to take over my in-laws cut flower business with a friend and I love reading other people’s experiences with it. Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned and good luck with the growing season this year!
I am considering adding flowers, for more than just bee enhancements, to our small farming operation. Having this to come back, along with a few other flower growing sites, have become a great source.
Thanks for taking the time to do this.