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#012: Mistakes I Made That You Can Avoid

Welcome to Q&A Day on the Profitable Mindset Podcast!

When you’re new to farming and don’t know where to start the questions are endless.

  1. When first starting, what are the best cash-flowing products I should sell to hit the ground running and keep expanding?
  2. What’s the best way to draw in customers?
  3. Can you share your work/personal schedule? What is your week set up like?
  4. How much time do you spend marketing vs. farming?
  5. What are the essential components of setting up a farm store?
  6. I feel overwhelmed and would love a step-by-step process on how to get started.
  7. How do you juggle growing a farm when your spouse is not 100% on board?
  8. If you had to start over what would you do differently?
  9. How do I know if it’s time to hire help or scale back?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could pick the brain of a farming veteran to get the help you need?

the mistakes I've made that you can avoid

Well, now you can. You have questions, I have answers. 

In this episode of the Profitable Mindset podcast, you’ll find the answers to the most common questions I get weekly.

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“It’s for every farmer! I started my farm 17 years ago and I wish I had Charlotte’s advice back then. I still learn so much every podcast — things that seem so obvious when she says them, never occurred to me — and this is a second business I have started. Some things just aren’t intuitive and you can easily find yourself getting sidetracked. Thank you, Charlotte” —Clatter Ridge Farmer

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  • Anita Scheelings August 23, 2019, 9:50 am

    You share such wonderful information and I have a question about hiring help. I have tried to hire help for our most labor intensive parts of the business — running our booth at the farmers market(s) and house cleaning for our b&b. I have not been able to find anyone that will stick around long enough to make an impact? Any suggestions?

    • Charlotte August 23, 2019, 10:12 am

      Hi, Anita – thank you so much! So glad my info helps 🙂

      I do have a whole training on hiring, what to say in an ad, the important things to know — that’s inside the Sales Made Simple course – did you get that course? Many people said that hiring section alone was worth the price of the course!

      It’s based on what I’ve learned in 10 years of hiring.

      Let me know if you want that course (if you don’t already own it). Otherwise – keeping employees around long term to make a difference is something you can tend to while interviewing and of course, your pay makes a difference. We pay $15-$25 in our area. Minimum wage won’t keep people around very long. But there are lots of other factors too.

      Good luck and I’m so glad you made the decision to hire!!


  • Kevin Brooke August 29, 2019, 7:43 am

    I think you hit it dead-on in the podcast of how organization is a learned behavior. We all need to learn to become more organized. Farmers and ranchers are jumping from one task to another. This leads to exhaustion and frustration. Having a more deliberate approach pays off in the end. Your topic was very timely and important to anyone in business!

    • Charlotte August 29, 2019, 2:53 pm

      Thanks, Kevin!! I appreciate your comment!!

      You’re sooo right – lots of farmers are super exhausted and could learn to work smarter… Thank you so much for sharing.


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