Small Business For Dummies
...that I found this book overwhelming & confusing. Okay fine. Roll your eyes & laugh all you want. I guess I'm dumber than a dummy. This year I took the leap into the small business world. In case you missed it, I run a small ahem micro Eco-Farm. I don't have employees, I have livestock aka critters, crops & my husband. I am what is known as a general farm. What this means is that I don't mono-crop or grow/raise only one thing. For example 100 acres of soy or have a poultry farm. Instead, I have a little of everything. Things like apple & peach trees, blueberry bushes, chickens, turkeys, guineas, cattle, rabbis, cotton, vegetables, flowers, herbs & what is known as value added products such as pet toys, milk soaps & more. All grown, raised & produced with consideration to the environment. No GMO's, no chemicals, Certified Organic seed, etc.
My problem with the book is that even though it is for small business, it was too big business for me. So many situations didn't apply & had me sweating bullets. I started to over think everything & bury myslef in endless amounts of paperwork, getting little else accomplished in the day. I tried talking to other local farmers for business advice but didn't get much out of them. It is as if it's a tabo topic or a dirty secret nobody wants to talk about. I've even tried talking to an out of state friend & when they understood all the crazy I had going on, they were only willing to help a very little by explaining a few things to me. This individual runs or ran their own business, so again, it really felt like a tabo topic. It's rather odd & frustrating for a new business owner. Thankfully I am now on a somewhat smoother path but feel I can never be too careful.
Despite my lack of understanding, I didn't feel it was fair to pick on the book too much. As I get a better grasp on some things, sections of the book are more clear to me. Also, some of the IRS speak became much more clear thanks to reading the Dummies book.
I hope that as time goes on things will work more seamlessly. I intend to hold on to this book for reference. I imagine it will become more helpful to me the more all this business stuff takes root in my brain & isn't in one ear & out the other.
When I called my local help center for small business's I was very glad to have read this book. The woman I spoke to mentioned many of the things the book mentioned & thankfully I understood what she referred to & didn't feel stupid. How about that! It took me a few months to read the entire book while setting up my small business - which still isn't finished but getting there. It is amazing how many little things there are to do. I look forward to the day when having my eco farm as a business comes to me as naturally as just plain ol' farming!
Edit: After 8 years I have to say, it does all come naturally in time. Of course there are always changes to try to keep up with & I am always learning, but thankfully the business end has become much less scary & smoother as each year progresses. 😊
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