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Our Business Model

A man’s heart plans his way, But יהוה establishes his steps. ~Proverbs 16:9

Continued from our Project Plan series.

Even though we are working with three very different industries, they all have at least two things in common.

  1. Business management
  2. Project management

It does appear that the industries we are in are not connected, but they are. Before I get into our business model, I would like to explain, briefly, how Wesley and I ended up where we are today.

Our business ventures in a nut shell

In 2008, we liquidated the contents of a friend’s home in Georgia during the Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae fallout era. At that time, we didn’t know what we were doing was an actual industry. That is, until we visited my mother in Tennessee about a month later.

We were asked if we wanted to work with an estate liquidator while we were on vacation and since it was a company my sister worked for, we thought it would be fun to help. The estate sale was in Oak Ridge and it was about a negative 4 degrees and we were freezing! Wesley and I spent [Click headline title to read more…]

Our Vision Defined

Our vision is to open a coffee house, on a homestead that has a market garden, supplying affordable nutrition to our customers. There is a stage for musicians, and a koi pond park where people can sit on porch swings and fellowship with each other. Booth tents are set up along the walkway on Homestead Day and people can sample local produce, baked goods and made from scratch meals that are seasonal. Locals can bring their homestead crafts and other products to sell.

Writing down our vision was the first step, but defining it, simply, like above, has been the most difficult part of coming up with a project plan that can be followed.

I have a love / hate relationship with Pinterest.

Let’s say I want to build a chicken coop. I do a search on chicken coops and find a really neat looking one that is on Pinterest, for instance. No problem. Click the image and off I go to Pinterest. That’s where the real issues begin with me.

That coop looks nice! But then Pinterest shows you at least 20 more coops that are equally as nice, and then [Click headline title to read more…]

Step 1 – Write Down The Vision

Every project starts with an idea. It doesn’t matter if it’s a loaf of bread or the tallest building in the world. Someone got an idea of what would be a tasty loaf of bread and they penned out a recipe. Someone got an idea of what would be an incredible building, and they created a plan. It was 2008 that Wesley and I sat down in a coffee house in Macon, Georgia, and we jotted down our idea for a homestead and a coffee house, even though neither one of us was serious.

It was about nine years ago that Wesley Crawford and I sat in Joshua Cup, a small coffee house in Macon, Georgia, and began hashing out plans that I didn’t understand why we were even making the plans.

I didn’t understand the plans because it was not the direction I wanted to go. It certainly was not Wesley’s direction either, and perhaps he was only helping me with the plans to be supportive.

We spent many hours…countless hours…at the coffee house; and a lot of times we would be leaving while the coffee house was closing. Granted, we were not the type [Click headline title to read more…]

New Chapter – Learning homesteading by walking through it

Learn homesteading by walking through it

Only 6 chickens are allowed and it is illegal to have them without a permit. The police are leaving notices but we have never taken on an estate sale like this before. Still, we are determined to turn this estate sale into a beautiful project with a happy ending. We came back to Tennessee to stay, but now what?

It’s more than a new chapter for us. There are critical and urgent matters to figure out how to solve. What to do with 19 chickens, 4 turkeys, 9 ducks, 15 bee hives, two koi ponds and a lot of rabbits all on a city lot, is what we have to solve!

I was slowly losing sight of Tennessee as my home. We would normally be living in a reddish brick home in Clinton, Tennessee but we are never there.

Working in Maryland, staging houses for others, is how we were making money, but that didn’t help our company in Tennessee. All it did was give us a relatively steady income.

I wasn’t where I wanted to be and neither was Wesley. We had given up hope of having a company in Tennessee and we grew more and [Click headline title to read more…]

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TO DO LIST

  1. Add all the September and October journal entries.

  2. Member page.

  3. Set up Market Garden section.

  4. Finish adding content to the Action Plan.

  5. Add inspiration photos to the action plan > to schedule

  6. Set up bee binders.