Among the top reasons people become backyard SPIN farmers is they want to be their own boss. But that doesn’t mean they are good ones. Managing yourself requires a different skill set from managing employees, but it’s a skill set just the same.
What are the signs that you’re not being a good boss of yourself?
Vague commitments: “I want this to flow into a full-time business some day.”
Frequent excuses: “No one will buy a CSA share from me in my first year in business.”
Cop-outs: “I can skip the market just this once.”
Indulgences: “Acquaponics is so cool, and I have the space.”
Complacency: “As long as I can cover the bills, I’m ok.”
To be sure you're ready to start your own backyard farming business follow these 7 steps:
1) quantify your goals
2) be sure they are realistic
3) write them down
4) share them with someone else
5) break them down to specific tasks
6) create a timetable for completing them
7) meet regularly with someone who’s been over much the same ground to review your progress
Where there is a way, there is not always the will. Beginners and pro’s alike can benefit from having someone other than themselves to be accountable to, whether that be a SPIN-Farming coach or a mentor. Look for someone who is experienced enough to know what is possible, so that you don’t under or overachieve, and what is practical, so that you work towards being effective rather than perfect.
So go ahead and start up that business to declare your s-mall p-lot in-dependence, but don’t always go it alone.
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