Setting out to create a farm diversification can be daunting. Regardless of what the venture is, there are many questions that you may not know the answers to. For many this is enough to stop the project in its tracks, for others it may mean delays, unnecessary errors and expenditure.
Luckily, you don’t need to hold all the answers to fulfil your aspirations to diversify.
We listened to a CLA podcast on farm diversification. Along with our own experiences, it got us thinking. Too often we see or hear of landowners delaying or abandoning particular ventures, because they are unsure of how to go about making it happen.
Use your advisors
A first, but often overlooked port of call is to speak to your trusted advisors. If you don’t have one in a particular field of expertise, reach out to one! Everyone has a network, so even if you ask an advisor who can’t give you an answer, they’ll likely know someone who can. We pride ourselves on building relationships with many third party professionals and experts for exactly this reason. You don’t have to be an expert in everything to achieve your goal.
Notable advisors to contact when needing help with your farm diversification project could be:
- Planning consultants
- Business consultants
- Farming consultants
- Rural surveyors
Speak to other landowners
Experience is the teacher of all things. Do you know of anyone who has already done what you are setting out to do or similar? If so, leverage their experience. Most people are open to sharing their experiences and contacts which can be invaluable to you. See how others accomplished it, what went well, what didn’t go well, how it can be improved and so on.
Although starting new enterprises and extending your business portfolio can be unnerving, there’s always someone who can help. If you are finding it difficult getting your ideas off the ground, why not give our friendly team a call today as a place to start?
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