Starting and Running Your Own Small Farm Business

Did you know that small farms can have a very big effect to the food system nowadays? So if you have passion in farming and food production, make sure that it will not get wasted.

Through this article, you will know the procedures in starting and running your own small farm business.

For you to start your farm successfully, you just need to have hard work, research and careful planning. As you begin to establish the farm, dedication and research are considered two of the most important things which you need to incorporate. You also need to comprehend the market, obtain the needed skills and make your niche in the market. The following things are what you need so that everything will go smoothly as what you have planned: marketing materials, website, ledger or accounting software, organic materials, compost, seeds, farm equipments, farm land, legal documents and business plan.

Tips in Starting and Running Your Own Small Farm Business

The first tool which you need that will serve as the business’ secret weapon is no other than the business plan because this has all the details that must be followed. In fact, you can also make use of this in seeking for financial assistance. The following are just some of the most important factors which you need to include ion the business plan: financial projections, present financial information, marketing plan, competing strategies, market analysis, business description and mission statement. Researching about your competition and market is also very important because this will give you a hint on what to do and what to avoid in any of the business operational strategies.

Next, you have to establish the farm as a business entity that is legal. You also need to file all the required forms in your local government state which includes business permits and licenses with regard to agriculture and farming. If you have queries, questions and concerns, you can consult your cooperative extension office. A lawyer can also help you in settling all the possible fuss in your business.

After that, you can already set up a reliable accounting system with the use of the computer. For you to get assisted in this business, you can consult the small business administration or a CPA.

Next, you can already find a farm land which you can purchase or lease. Of course, this will be based again on the business model as specified by your business plan. Aside from that, you also need to be guided with factors that need to be considered.

When you have settled the leasing or purchasing transactions you can already buy all the necessary small farm tools and equipments for you to get all the farm work done well. For you to save money, you also need to find the best deals on the materials you will purchase from a supplier.

Lastly, you can already stat marketing your business and the products which you provide.


  • madhu sudhan reddy said on December 6, 2010
    sir/ madam i am keen to start a small dairy farm, in bangarpet, kolar district, karnataka ,india. it would be a mix of cattle farm , a poultry farm and sheep farm with some birds also. can u suggest me how to set up this project. and financial requirements and feasibility of the project. and availing subsidy.
  • M.V.Mngadi said on January 19, 2011
    Buhlebabantu is based at Empangeni KZN South Africa,we are looking for the way start livestock business so i need spot and sponsorship/financial
  • STEPHANIE STOLZ said on February 26, 2011
    i'm a graduated student of college of agriculture, fiji, and am keen to start up a prawn farm in my area. i have resources such as 10acre land.. if i need to start my business small and then grow what would be my financial requirements to start.
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on February 26, 2011
    @STEPHANIE STOLZ, the initial start-up cost will be approximately 3-4 lacs per acre size pond including your pond construction, aerator, gate system. Do not forget you will need another 2-3lacs till the harvesting.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • Prashanth Sundaresh said on April 12, 2011
    Hi, I am based in Rural Bangalore District, ,Karnataka. I am planning to start a Organic farm on a few acres of farm land. Can you guide me in terms of approximate costing of Coloured Bell Pepper on a per acre basis. Also if there is a place where i can gain more knowledge and information on farming in India especially Karnataka.
  • Mr Marea Itaia said on May 6, 2011
    Home based organic farm located in Betio, Tarawa in Kiribati. How to grow any variety of pawpaw and dalo during dry seasons?
  • robinah margaret nanyonjo said on June 16, 2011
    please am a 23 year orphaned female and ugandan by nationality and based in kampala in east africa. i would like to start up a day care center to help me cater for the small babies whose parents can't care for them during the day because they are busy at work. but i don't not have any starting capital. please i would love any well wisher/ sponsor to help me out financially. i already have the proposal budget and how the structure of the home will look like. please i need so financial assistance. kindly, below is my phone number - +256775832082
  • Akshay said on July 12, 2011
    Hi, I am based in pune, Maharashtra. I am interested to start a organic farming nearby pune by lease or contract farming. Can you guide me for setting up a project, financial requirements, feasibility of the project and availing subsidy, etc
  • Sikander said on July 20, 2011
    Sir i'm planning for a good business what will be good for our country and should be natural so i'm interested in organic earning i'm from hospet , bellary dist karnataka. Kindly suggest me.
  • Naribhan said on August 25, 2011
    I have farm land in Rukum Musicot. Please which type of farming is appropriate there.
  • Raymond said on August 28, 2011
    Raymond from Nigeria,I like going in to fish farming and poultry farm, and i don't have a land yet, i will like to use Benin Edo state or asket of lagos state, where i can afford land.. and how much do i need to do this, and what things do I need to get please.
  • Laxmikant Pimpalkar said on September 16, 2011
    Hi, I'm Laxmikant from Dist. Chandrapur Maharastra , INDIA. I would like to start a business which will give me higher profit. My place is an agricultural land , but i don't wish farming & do not have too much capital & exp. pls guide any business.
  • Santosh said on October 14, 2011
    Hi, i am sontosh Shrigonda, ahmednagar, Maharashtra , INDIA. I would like to start a business which will give me higher background from agriculture but due to uncertainty in agriculture i want to start new business. My place as mentioned above , but i don't wish farming & do not have too much capital & exp. pls guide any business for my locality at taluka place. Thanks
  • Mfanakazane Charles Thomo said on December 14, 2011
    BUHLE BUYEZA (DOUBLE Bs) is based at warburton Mpumalanga province South Africa.We are looking for way to start a livestock and maize production so we need spot and we dont have starting capital.if the is a company that are willing to assist can contact me charles on 0745758089/ 0713754351.
  • Chandrakant B Tale said on December 20, 2011
    I m located in Saiwani a small village with a population of 1100(11 hundreds),in Akola district, Vidharbha , Maharashtra , India. With temperature of 45-50 C in summer. I'm interested to start a small scale business specially farming associated. I heard something about Emu farming as well rose farming. Could you please guide me how should I plan and start any of them. Is there any subsidiary plan provided by government? Regards, Chandrakant. My number:9325422044,9322272439
  • KABO CASILDA LEKAGA said on March 27, 2012
    I'm located in BOTSWANA a small village called looking for a way to start a business in farming. my village is still a developing village, so i need to satisfy their human needs and wants. i dont i should make farm based on what? those are the list i'm interested in: fruit and veges ,organizing events like weddings, parties, place of relaxation and fun, and in horses as well. help me to come with a name and which farming practice should i take. regards kabo casilda
  • bushe madziba said on August 30, 2012
    Sir i'm in Botswana,in a town called francistown and i wish to start a business in farming. my biggest interest is on cabbage plantation but i do not know what things needed so that my idea can be successful except from business plan, farm land and organic materials. please tell me how many hectares are sortable for this business(medium plantation).
  • REALCONSTRUPEDIA said on October 16, 2012
    If you need Acres of land/ large spaces of Land for farming in Nigeria or Ghana, pls call me on; +23468069491877, Mr. Joshua.
  • Msawakhe Hlela said on October 30, 2012
    I'm Mr Msawakhe Hlela based in KwaZulu Natal i want to buy banana plants please contact me on +27842890788
  • JASON CLARK said on January 3, 2013
    Bear Lake, PA USA I want to start a business in pig farming but not sure on could you please send me info on how to start the business plan and if there is any government funding that is worth checking into. Please respond via email
  • sandeep said on January 24, 2013
    my self sandeep ready for hardwork, want to start small business at taluka place pls give some idea for
  • Naveenachari g s said on February 5, 2013
    Hi am located in nagamangala is a small village, am like for a poultry business but if i need to start my business small and then grow what would be my financial requirements to start.
  • mit said on March 2, 2013
    hi my name is mitesh. i would like to interest to do farming business. I have a land for farming in India. Gujarat, Baroda. Please give me ideas for business so I can start my own farming business.
  • divyarajsinh said on March 3, 2013
    hello sir i am graduate in IT and i have 10 acre Farm but i want to know better farm based business model i have some kind of knowledge about Internet, Web Development, Software development so how can i use this kind of knowledge in my own land?
  • Pankaj said on March 19, 2013
    I am from Nashik, Maharashtra, India, need to start polyhouse farming and goat farming, need complete guide in infrastructure, Finance and subsidy schemes
  • oduwa said on March 28, 2013
    hello. i need a loan to start a small poultry of 1,000 birds in benin city,edo state,nigeria.pls,get in touch.
  • Himanshu jain said on April 4, 2013
    Recently i completed my Mba And now i want to start a new business in agriculture field at kota rajasthan , So please contact with me on my Email id . Thank You Himanshu Jain Shah, Shah Agro pvt ltd .
  • Shrikant Rakhe said on April 27, 2013
    I am having 12 acre land At Partur Dist.Jalna (Maharashtra) partially irrigated and from last 5 year its is loss making business pl. guide me to make this business as profit making unit.
  • atangathree muwa said on May 1, 2013
    i'm in Chameroon, bamenda mezam north west pro. Have more than 10 acres virgin land i want to start a new business in agriculture field in Bamenda looking for advice on what to produce and partnership
  • Manju said on May 20, 2013
    Hi , I am into Chilli ( Bird eye Chilli) Farming in Kerala. Other products of my farm are Tumeric, Arrow root, Yendra Banana powder , Black pepper , Tapioca powder . I am into organic farming. Need advice as to how to go about marketing the products .Rules and regulations and license to be acquired to do the marketing. Please advise. Regards, Manju
  • madhu said on July 1, 2013
    i want to start in business in karnataka near hassan but i have small money please guide me
  • NYASHA ZVIONWA said on July 30, 2013
    I would like to start potato production project on a one hactare, which type of seed would you recommend and any advice in this type of project.
  • Thanduxolo vunukwa said on August 8, 2013
    I am staying in king william's town in eastern cape, south africa and i would like to start poultry farming, starting with 1000 layers, i need advice on funding and market.
  • mahadevi said on August 21, 2013
    Dear Sir, We have land in karnataka in District Gulbarga-Aland Taluka-village name is Kinniabbas 3 acre land. Kindly give some advice to do some profit making production on the land.
  • honest said on October 16, 2013
    dear sir,am in jorbug sa,i have 10acre land,borehole waterpump.i need an advice on what else must i have to start vegetable farming.
  • sunil said on October 20, 2013
    Dear Sir/Madam, I am not a farmer by profession, but have keen interest to start with a project in small farming. Needs information and guidance how to start from base eg..having a land, ...etc. I reside in pune, would be interested to start the project around pune.
  • mintu pandit said on November 6, 2013
    sir i am mintu from coochbehar district in west bengal, india. i want to start a farming business in siliguri, west bengal. plz advice me if it is good decision or not.
  • saroj das said on November 26, 2013
    Idea for Small business in rural area in odisa. kendrapara, olaver, Odisa, india.
  • brijraj said on December 20, 2013
    pl tell me in detail about the scope of organic farming in Gwalior (MP). and how to start this?
  • Tshepo said on February 11, 2014
    Hi i'm tshepo mphahlele i'm staying in Dennilton i'm keen in agriculture my grand parents left 4hecter land but is a family stand n no1 cares abt it so i'm already trying to plant vegetable but i dnt have enough money to buy pipes n can u plz give me advise for the next step
  • bikram pariyar said on March 11, 2014
    Dear sir/madam, i am willing to start a pig farm and pork meat products at my home town temi bazar sikkim, i need sponsor and please help
  • Scott Pius said on June 18, 2014
    I am a poultry farmer and need an investment company or individual to help me invest in poultry farming in my country Cameroon. I have the plan already. Please help me and you will not regret. My number is +237-720-595-94
  • Ravindra Singh said on June 26, 2014
    Hi I am based in west Madhya Pradesh in malwa region and interested in mixed farming . Needed individual or company to invest for the plan . Huge market worldwide for the products obtained.
  • shiv verma said on August 24, 2014
    sir i have agriculture land i want to do sum new n creative work
  • wakisa ngosi said on October 24, 2014
    I have a big land in my home ,am talking hectares, but I need help in how to start a farming business. any one to help will be appreciated.
  • Ashish said on February 19, 2015
    Hello, i am ashish from akola maharashtra. i need your guidance and help for setting up poultry and fish farming in akola region. i dont have much idea about this whether the atmosphere of akola suits for this business?? please share your views.
  • Luvkesh lata said on March 21, 2016
    I start business of certified seed Production unit I am graduate women age 35years my own land and completed building and new grading unit of seeds but now some financial problem i am pay income tax from 5year I think this seeds production business in invest 50lac but total my bank balance nill i have no any loan from bank please suggest me for easyly loan provide bank Farm license and vat no. And other document completed please suggest me
  • amarjit singh sandhu said on April 4, 2016
    Sir, I have about 20 acre farming land near Chandigarh, India. I am a graduate engineer, retired recently from Factory operation job of health care products manufacturing industry. I do not consider myself skilled & strong enough to do traditional farming & don't have enough finance. Pls. give me some idea of starting agro based business. One of the idea can be keeping egg laying birds to begin with. Suggest resources for detailed project report, finance & required knowhow to start the same..


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