Going Green: Starting A Compost Business

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Compost Business Business Overview:

If you want to help our environment and have been looking for a green business, you should consider starting a compost business. Starting a composting business is a great way to go green and be a successful entrepreneur at the same time. These days everyone is looking for a way to save money and help the environment. This business idea has been around for ages but was previously only utilized by rural populations. Today, with the popularity of environmental friendliness, more and more urban and suburban gardeners are interested in using compost in their organic gardens. The only problem is they don’t have the time or space to make it themselves. Compost has to sit for at least six months in order for all the microbes to be killed by the heat of the heap. Naturally, finding space for a rotting pile of compost could be problematic for your average gardener. But if you have some space you can designate for a large compost heap, the compost business may be perfect for you. But before you start collecting organic material in your back yard, you really need to have a composting business plan. This plan will help you decide how much compost you will be able to maintain, what types of containers you will store it in and how you will transport it to your customers. There is also a scientific component to the compost business. It is very important you don’t sell compost with any microbes present. You will need to inspect your compost regularly before packaging it for sale to ensure it is microbe-free and ready for use. This old practice can be a great new green business for the environmentally friendly entrepreneur. You could even decide to sell purely organic compost—something many environmentally conscious gardeners really want. You could carve out a niche for yourself selling only high-end organic compost and have a web site that explains the uniqueness of your product.

A Day in the Life of a Compost Business Owner:

This article brought to you by Business Ideas! If you enjoyed this article, make sure to subscribe to the Business Ideas Newsletter to get ideas sent straight to your email inbox.You will need to check on compost that is nearly ready to sell. You will examine it for microbes and package it for transport. You will work with a drop-shipper or other delivery service to ship your compost to your customers. If you’re starting to run out of room, you will need to purchase more containers and get them set up. You will regularly add organic material to your newest batch of compost. Finally, you will spend some time marketing your business in green magazines and on the Internet. If you have a website, you’ll also want to check for new orders and ship out the product to your customers.

About Your Customers:

Your customers will be gardeners looking for organic compost for their gardens.

What You Need to Start:

  • Business plan
  • Marketing plan
  • Space to set up your compost bins
  • Compost bins
  • Organic material
  • Relationship with shipping company

The Good:

  • This is a relatively simple business to start.
  • The startup costs are low.
  • The demand for organic compost will continue to rise.
  • There are tax incentives for operating a green business.
  • You can set your own hours and work only when you want to.

The Bad:

  • There is a storage issue to consider.
  • Organizing shipping can be costly if you don’t work with the right carriers.


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