Nothing gets done until you take a first step
It was a cloudy Tuesday afternoon….and I feverishly waited to hear the tooting of a horn. The compost bags I had ordered two or three days earlier were to be delivered to me at home by my supplier. I was excited, feeling great and ready to settle into my new position “an entrepreneur” after several months of planning and running-around.
Then I heard a Car screech to a halt
One young guy in a blue Toyota saloon car motioned for the gate to be opened. He drove right in and parked in front of my cropping house just as directed. The compost bags I had ordered were safely packed in the boot and back sit of the car. I couldn’t hide my excitement any longer
After we both talked, he helped in offloading the bags and we stocked the cropping house in no time at all. As if that was not enough, he supplied twenty extra bags for free I was grateful for doing business with him but that was not the end and till date, he is one of the reliable business partners I know.
Anything is possible if you believe…
Up until now, everything seemed to be working just fine and all I had to do was go along with the flow but there were other milestones to be achieved and I needed to get myself ready for those tasks.
My greatest challenge was how to strike a balance so that no one task suffers at the expense of the other. It was barely a week after I opened the first set of bags and I had to work hard to get clients who will buy my mushrooms.
Ideally, the mushrooms are supposed to flush on the sixth day after the bags are opened and even though this was just a humble beginning with a temporal shed for cropping house and three hundred and twenty compost bags to begin with I couldn’t think of taking the marketing aspect for granted. After all that was where all the money was going to come from as far as generating revenue is concerned.
What do you Make of Small Beginnings?
More than just a mere passing interest in mushroom production, I had a passion for making the project work. The first harvest and sale was fairly easy but now I had to grapple with fruit flies that had started to invade my cropping house. What was I going to do now?I was completely ignorant of mushroom pests and this occurrence came as a sort of “welcome to the real world”. I had to act fast- mind you this farm in question is supposed to be an organic one so you can already understand why it was s difficult for me but I searched and got the answer “Neem leaves”.
It’s been almost a month since I started this project and I haven’t had any regrets. So my question is what do you make of small beginnings?
It has been a great learning process for me since my first small beginning – in the early stages, you’ll feel overwhelmed especially when the challenges start to rear their ugly heads but once you take that first step the rest as they say becomes “history.”
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