Want a side business that can net you some extra income during the spring, summer, and into the fall? Think about a flower or vegetable plant business. You can set up your plants for sale at yard sales, farmer's markets, and other places either cheaply or for free. Advertise them online in free community papers and online. If you've thought about this for a side business, you'll want to know how to maximize your profits on selling flowers and vegetables at a farmer's market.
Plants have a good margin for profit if you grow them smart. While you are able to buy fancy pots and expensive additives for your plants, you may also just get by with careful weeding and water. With a startup cost of seeds, soil, and your own labor, you can get a flower or vegetable plant business underway.
Propagating Your Plants
To keep your overhead costs way down, remember to propagate your plants for the next season. While you may have to buy seeds or plants for your first growing season, if you propagate the plants you will not have that cost for the next season.
Save, Recycle, Reuse
Keep the plastic pots and containers that the plants you purchase come in for reuse. They can be washed and reused to start seedlings in season after season. Some containers you get during the process may be able to be recycled. Even if you do not get any money back for your recycling (and you should, depending on where you are), you are still giving back to the environment.
Consider a Compost Heap
Compost heaps are a way that you can theoretically reuse your plant clippings, leaves, grass, and other items. Keeping a mound of soil, clippings, and other additives, you can use the compost to feed and mulch your plants. Compost creates rich plants, full of nutrients and vitality, making for plants that people want to buy. You can get more information on creating a compost heap here as well as learning what not to put in a compost bin.
Incorporating Seed Swaps
Seed swaps are a good way to get rid of the excess seeds you have of one type of plant and get different seeds of other varieties. Organizing a seed swap can be a great community event while expanding the variety of your merchandise. It can be a good way to take your flower seeds that you have more of than you need and gather new plants, such as heirlooms or vegetables. Seed swaps are free ways to get your business expanding without the need to buy extra seed or plants.
Whether you use all or none of these ideas, those that are interested in setting up plants for sale at a local farmer's market or yard sale can use these topics as a step in the right thinking direction. Find ways to get more for less, or better yet free. Expand, diversify, and grow with your business.