gary gregory wrote:
Is the 5 acres already yours?
Not yet but this is our minimum. A larger size may come but we aren't counting on it.
gary gregory wrote:
So how do you deal with zoning [US term] issues as to what's allowed on the land in the business plan?
Hello all. My wife and I are in the process of writing a business plan for the startup of a permiculture homestead/B&B/Kennel operation. Realistic financial information on activities posted throughout this and other forums is somewhat difficult to find. I will list below the information I have gleaned on types of income streams. What I am hoping to get is the benefit of experience this community has to put some realistic numbers to things. I am asking because here in Ontario there is a program for Employment Insurance (government unemployment benefits for people not used to the euphemism our province currently favours) to get wage support for a year in starting a new business but it requires a full business plan. If you do, have done in the past or personally know someone who does these things please fill in realistic values for materials needed, tools required, space needed (building or land), startup and ongoing costs, 1st year income vs established annual income, time input required and anything else you can that would help.
In return I will compile the information and post a copy of the finished business plan for others to use, as well as a full compilation of what is shared so everything is in 1 place. We will be setting up on 5 acres of land so if something isn't do-able, ie cannot be downsized, in that space please indicate that but post anyway for the benefit of other community members who might have more land. To simplify things for you just post your experience and allow me the headache of resizing things for our projected business. If your experience was in the past please give a date so I can factor in inflation. Also, please don't worry about tools/skills we might have, if an idea is good tools can be bought and skills developed. Some of the list are broad categories, eg organic vegetables, if you have info on specifics, eg edamame, feel free to give the specifics. Here's the list, feel free to add anything I might have missed and I will edit this list periodically to have the complete list here at the start.
2) Boarding Kennel
3) Pet item sales (high quality food, homemade dog/cat treats, collars, leashes etc...)
4) Writing/photography (sell articles to magazines such as Mother Earth News)
5) Wood Working (twig furniture, pallet bird houses, scroll saw bookmarks etc...)
6) Homestead construction seminars
7) Organic foods and herbs
Partnerships with other business (eg we have a local specialty book store, sell their books at our location)
9) Used book store
10) Old style flea market (NOT selling modern cheap junk!)
11) Fresh/dried flowers
12) starter plants (eg heirloom tomatoes etc)
13) Craft Co-op (selling space for local artists)
14) 10 kW clean energy (Ontario has a feed in tariff program, solar is 83 cents per kWh, 13.8 cents for biomass etc.
16) sell personal carbon offsets (http://www.myemissionsexchange.com/Default.aspx)
17) Sell "fair trade" items such as coffee
18) coffee/tea house
19) specialty micro livestock (eg quail, angora rabbit, goat etc)
20) treen (wooden utensils)
21) paper crafts (eg homemade paper, cards etc...)
22) rag rugs
23) DIY wine, beer, mead etc
24) dried foods/ preserves
25) fresh eggs
26) tree removal/wood waste processing (eg can be made into firewood, tween, rustic furniture etc)
27) handmade soap
28) Maple and Birch syrup
We're looking for property in what is called an unorganized township. In other words what zoning issues?
I am not very rural so may be unaware of this kind of districting but what rural areas - agricultural - I know around here have directives about how many residences per property, sq. ft. size requirements, intended use of the land, etc. ...
Do you really have no such issues in a habitable area?
Max Kennedy wrote:Here's the list, feel free to add anything I might have missed and I will edit this list periodically to have the complete list here at the start.
Alicia Winkler wrote:I have never written a business plan. About a year ago, I started on one, but stalled out. I am so lost, so I will come back and read, carefully, through these tips. I wish there was a place to look at really good small farm biz plans, so I know I am even going about it right.