When it comes to making a career for yourself, there’s a lot of stuff you can do. Whether you’re a high tech executive professional in your own startup, or you’re working your way up to manager positions from the shop floor and the back room, whatever you want to do is yours to work towards. And yet, there’s still a lot of unfulfilled dreams out there! The rat race of the regular 9 to 5 just isn’t enough for some people...
Sometimes the hustle and bustle of city life can end up being too much for a person, and when you’re starting to see things aren’t working out for you in your office position, or you’ve saved up enough, turning to the country could be a great next step. Here’s some tips on getting started with your potential farming dreams.
Find a Good Place to Start
Buying some good farmland can be quite tricky to do, and there’s a lot of questions you should have prepared to make sure you’re getting the best plot for your money. The number one rule is to always make sure you’ve put plenty of thought into your plans before you settle on anything!
You’ll also need to know how much land you'll need for your plans, as any plots bigger or smaller than the smallholding you’re planning means you’re going to lose money. So to increase your chances, look into any kind of land for sale and do some quality checks on it before you seriously consider investing. You can only make back a double return on your price if you can work off of it after all!
Plant Your Crops
Planting your crops is going to take quite a lot of planning, as you need to determine your soil type and whether any invasive species of plants or animals live nearby. Make sure you take inspiration from farms and land around you, as they can show you just by looking at them the kinds of things you can grow on your own land.
Do your own research and contact experts on what herbicides and pesticides to use to keep your crops safe and growing well. Plus, make sure you know your animals as well!
Remember That It’ll Take Time
When you’re going into the agricultural or dairy sector, you’re not always going to make a return, and you’re not going to make good money straight away. Something like farming is going to take time to pay off, and if you’re impatient, you’re not going to be able to stick it out for the long haul.
You can take shepherding commissions on contracts and set up your own farm shop for anyone passing by, but getting those deals with the local stores and big businesses are going to require some good negotiating!
With many farmers earning the national average and above (with a lot of people making over $100,000 a year!), your business might never be stronger than when out in the field!