If suddenly you find yourself with excess plant material and think you might like to sell it to provide a little extra income, or if you are contemplating your retirement from business and feel you would like to fill your days with profitable activity, consider all the aspects carefully, and approach the project slowly.
It is one thing to find that you are growing more than you can possibly use for your own pleasure and enjoyment; it is an entirely different thing to be faced with the necessity of delivering on a promise to produce 100 geranium cuttings, 100 pots of begonias, or dozens or hundreds of annual seedlings for a market that is governed by the calendar. You may feel sure now that it is just as easy to grow dozens or hundreds as it is to grow a few and that to meet the challenge will be sufficiently rewarding to make the extra effort worth your while. But there is a very real possibility that when you have to produce, your joyous hobby will become an overwhelming burden.
If you really feel that you would like to try your hand at selling, consider carefully what plants you can grow easily, quickly, and inexpensively. Decide upon the most appealing way to offer your material to your potential market. Consult the local office of the Better Business Bureau regarding pricing for a profit. If they cannot help you with this phase of the marketing, perhaps they will be able to suggest someone who can. Talk to your local florist no one is more alert to market trends than he, and his advice will be sound and sensible.
Additionally, consider your own location - might it be ideal to offer a weekend market? Would your local zoning permit a home-based business? Do you get enough local traffic to make such a possibility feasible? Would you need insurance to offset any potential losses or injury to customers? These questiona and more should become part of formulating a plan if indeed you do go the route of starting a small business with this hobby that you have fallen in love with, the hobby of growing plants.