Starting a hydroponics crop farming business is a good trade. It represents a viable business that entrepreneurs who are well focused and properly trained can do well at. In starting this business, adequate market research has to be carried out as well as drawing up a detailed business plan. The Hydroponics business plan is a map that will help you keep walking straight towards success.
Hydroponics Business Plan
Hydroponics crop farming is the line of farming that is classified under hydro-culture; it is a technique of cultivating crops by making use of mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without the support of soil. Actually, crops that are cultivated on terrestrial soil can effectively be grown with their roots in mineral solution only, or in a torpid medium, such as perlite or gravel. This section of the business plan will explain the business model, its potential customers and how money comes in.
The hydroponics crops farming business is a vast opportunity available in the agriculture industry. It contributes in the quota on growing the country’s economy, in national food production, raw materials production for industries, and exports. This part of the plan describes the hydroponics industry and its different markets and it outlines the strategy to position the company in the pre-established segmentation.
The operations plan of the hydroponics business focuses in the cultivation of crops via hydroponics farming method. The business will secure the required space and most of the farming equipment and machines, and will also hire some key employees who are currently undergoing training to be able to fit into the ideal picture of a 21st century hydroponics business workforce. This section will further explain the logistics, processes and the operational plan of the company.
In this chapter the business plan will present the tools that will help to communicate the company’s top competitive advantages to the marketplace; including promotional and pricing strategies that will serve effectively to lure new clients into the business.
Most households consume products from hydroponics crop farms such as vegetables, and fruits. Also, a large portion of manufacturing companies depends on hydroponics crops farms for some of their raw materials. In essence, the hydroponics business will sell his or her farm output to as many people or businesses as possible. In this section you will discover who these potential markets are and which one suits you the most.
Some of the promotional strategies included in this section include sending introductory letters and brochures to key potential clients within the agricultural industry and advertising the business in industry-related magazines and websites, along with listing the farm on the yellow pages and attending agro-related fairs, conferences and events.
The number of hydroponics businesses is projected to grow. As a matter of fact, it is observed that most hydroponics crop farmers will focus exclusively on growing organic fruits and vegetables to help meet the demand of groceries stores and fresh food markets. This chapter of the business plan presents the financial projections of the company as well in order to understand how the business will sustain itself and grow during the next three to five years.
A close observation of the hydroponics industry shows that the revenue generated in the industry has maintained positive growth due to the fact that more people are embracing this type of farming. In recent times, a growing number of households shifted to healthy eating and consuming organically produced food, resulting in high demand from hydroponics farmers. This section will further detail the main sources of revenue and financial assumptions undertaken to estimate them.
This part of the plan outlines the operational expenses for the hydroponics business including seeds, seed plugs, utility costs (water, gas heating, and electricity) and nutrients. Also, a guide to keep these major ongoing expenses in line to maintain the business’ profitability.