One of the questions I get ask over and over is “How do you find the time/energy to do this?”. The answer is that I don’t do it alone. I never could. Without having some kind of network to help me I would be ran down and burned out in a week or two tops.
My family has done more to help me get started in milling and farming than I could have dreamed. My wife has been so supportive going back to 3 years ago when we lived in a small coal mining town on a 1/10 of an acre and I told her I wanted to get into doing famer’s markets and such. Now its not uncommo0n to see her sitting at the table with me on market day after spending the night bagging flour. My son has stepped up while he is only 8 he is always quick to help me clean up or do anything he can. My mother has been so supportive both in encouragement and in helping to produce/ sell our product.
I have the best bunch of friends I could ever want. They helped me move in and never stopped helping. From product development notes, helping with farm chores, finding markets and encouraging me to keep going after the first rough few weeks. The friends I have made along the way are also remarkable. Whether they are the people I setup next to every week, returning customers who support my products, or kindly merchants who agree to carry my goods I would not be this far along without them.
The point I am trying to make is twofold. The first that anyone thinking about starting the adventure to vend needs to understand the support network they have and be grateful for what it can offer. The second is that there are a number of ways to support someone’s small business. It can be as simple as buying there product or as easy as sharing a Facebook post. Right now you loyal readers are helping to support me by reading this. Remember that any help you can offer is good help and the small business owners in your life will be grateful for it.
Thanks for reading!