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When women look for home business opportunities they sometimes neglect to pay attention to the things that are right in front of them. For instance if you are an avid her gardener than it is very possible to use your experience and skill with growing herbs to begin a very successful home business. Herb farming is an excellent home business choice for mothers who want to be able to remain at home while their children are young but still want or need to produce an income.
To begin you simply need to gain some knowledge of growing herbs. If you already grow and dry your own herbs then you are basically ready to get started. A few supplies that you may need, if you do not already have them are potting soil and other equipment needed for growing plants. You should also have a home office setup for organizing your business. File cabinets for keeping records updated, receipts and other important papers are an excellent idea. A computer with internet connection is a must, particularly if you plan to advertise your business online. You can also invest in some inexpensive software program and print up labels for your herbs. A good idea is to print up a small informative piece about each herb that you sell and include that with all your shipments. It will give your customers the feeling that you are going the extra mile with your business. A homey touch is worth a thousand words and can do wonders for keeping your customers happy and ensuring that they return again and again.
When you are marketing your herbs you should be sure to travel to your local gourmet stores and health food stores. Caterers also make excellent customers for this home business. You may want to consider making up small sample packages to give to local restaurant and store owners. This is also a personal touch that will help you to grow your customer base. You can have a press release written up, or write it yourself if you are experienced in writing and have it printed up in your local papers and online when you are ready to launch your herb growing business. Be sure to attend any farmer’s markets in your area to mingle with other growers and learn more information about the market in your region.
The main thing with herb gardening as your home business is to make it fun. It takes some time to maintain an herb business but not near as much as some other home businesses and this is one that you can do completely from your home. You can even enlist your family’s help with the growing and packaging processes. Small children love working with their hands so if you have school age children then you can give them tasks to do and give them monetary rewards for helping you with your business. Be sure to check on any licenses that you may need as well as any zoning requirements in your neighborhood before you open your home for business.