10 Things You should Do as a Farmer in the New Year
Happy New Year! We are excited about this year to achieve great success and help meet your goals. We hope you enjoyed the festive period and spent time with family and friends.
We are sure that you have made resolutions for the New Year on improving on the past year and planned new goals, and we want to share some advice on what you should do in the New Year.
New Year resolutions are always made with great intentions to ensure that they are met, but most times these intentions are short-lived because they are very difficult to compromise on bad habits and stick to new behavior.
You can, however, make a difference this year, and because we are very concerned about our farmers, we created a list of what farmers should do in 2018 that will make a positive difference.
1. EAT HEALTHIER
As farmers, we learnt that it is not totally easy to stick to diet because you are always surrounded by food and most times livestock. Sticking to a specific diet is very important as it will ensure that you are healthier and smart in any season. We implore that you control eating without caution and make research on how you can create a diet from what you have around you.
2. ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN
Farmers always have plenty to do due to the nature of the job. Most times, the results gotten from a particular farming season are not encouraging because farmers tend to go all traditional and do what they know best without making a plan. Making a plan on how to go through a farming season is very important, it ensures that time is well spent and results are very encouraging.
3. SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY
Farms are sometimes located far from home during the farming season for a period. In 2018, you should spend more time with family and make plans on how to mix work and family time as it serves as a motivational hack.
4. CREATE ANOTHER INCOME STREAM
Farmers have diverse opportunities to create other income streams. Some examples are investing in livestock, working on a new plantation and so on. Do not be overwhelmed by the thought of creating a new income stream. Start small and get the right people and resources, you will eventually get used to it.
5. READ MORE
Farmers sometimes are poor readers, because they are apparently always busy. Take time to read this year, if you can’t read a book, you can start with anecdotes, articles.
Knowledge is key, there is no limit to what you can learn.
6. CREATE A FINANCIAL PLAN
The difference between the rich and poor is that one knows how to be financially savvy and the other does not. Create a financial plan that will help you save and invest wisely, this will help to increase overall income and sustenance of wealth.
7. MEET NEW PEOPLE
In 2018, farmers should ensure that they create a network that encourages discussion, plans and sharing ideas. Farmers should not be stuck on their farms with problems when the solution is several yards away in a neighboring farm. Meeting new people is very helpful. It increases mental strength and confidence.
8. IMPROVE RELATIONSHIP WITH CUSTOMERS
This is very important when you have direct customers. Learn to relate to your customers in a very polite way and listen to them carefully. You should also learn more about your crops so that you are not taken aback by some questions. Make them laugh, offer discounts and make them want to come back again.
9. COMMITMENT TO SAFETY
Farming is not the easiest or safest job, however taking precautionary measures will help farmers to avoid hazards. Train workers to use machines properly and fix every technical issue.
10. TAKE MARKETING SERIOUS
Most times, farmers record incredible crop yield but poor profit returns. This is due to lack of a proper marketing plan. So ensure you connect with the best market for your product through meeting people or other forms of marketing.
There we go! We hope that we have been able to help with some ideas on how to achieve greatness this year.