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How to Start an at Home Fresh Herb Business

Updated on May 20, 2013

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Money, income, cash, security whatever you call it we all need it and want it. Far too many people are struggling just to get by; if they have a job, their earnings are not enough to buy what they need or cover the complete costs of food, housing, transportation, clothing, education and so on.


I was reading an article the other day that said there has been a significant rise in the number of people who are self-employed. The article did not explain why this was the case nor what types of activities they were engaged in.


Self-employment is not an easy path and you can work long hours for very little money. I know this to be true because I have been there, now this hub is not going to transform into a how I got rich scheme promotion, because most of those will only drain your resources and damage your dreams.


There are sound business opportunities out there but you do need to do some homework before starting out.


People are taking a renewed interested in locally grown food and in preparing their own meals using the ingredients they purchase at farmers markets, small independent grocers, farm gate sales and so on. Mix in the demand for organic and naturally grown products and there are indeed possibilities.


How well those possibilities translate into valid economic activities is up to you.


Herbs have always been in demand both to grow and to cook with, and a reliable source of fresh, locally grown herbs, year round, can be a sound business venture.


How to get started. First, before you grow a single herb, determine what you are going to grow and how you are going to grow it.


If you live in a climate that does not have a year round outdoor growing season then you may want to look inside your home for the growing room.


It will cost more to start and indoor herb growing business than it will an outdoor one, but you will be able to bring fresh, locally grown, herbs to the market all year round. This could give you a competitive advantage.


Now scout out what is happening in the local herb business. Time to make notes, they will come in handy when you put your business plan together. Even if you do not require financing to get started, a simple business plan will help you stay focused.


You want to know who is selling what and for how much? Which restauarnts buy fresh herbs. What herbs are selling and what herbs do people want but are hard to find.


Is there a niche or market for you, if there is, is it one you want or can fill?


If there is then now is the time to start growing. Pick your market, if you want a stall at the local farmers market on Saturday morning, perhaps the easiest way to begin, then find out what that costs, what time you need to be there and what else is being sold there. I suggest starting small, do well, nurture the business and expand when ready.


Indoor herb growing can produce an impressive yield and herbs will be ready for the market within a few weeks. You will need to set up a basic hydroponic system for growing the herbs and this can be relatively inexpensive, you can even put your own system together.


Lighting may be your biggest expense. Prepare a budget of what it will cost you to set the operation up, work out your sale price and ask yourself if people will pay tht price. Your prior maket research will help you answer that question.



If the price is right, get going, focus on quality and you will be off to a good start.


There are other possible markets, restaurants, for one, but I suggest you gain some commercial growing experience first, before, attempting to break ino the restaurant market.

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  • tritonpackaging profile image

    tritonpackaging 

    8 years ago from Miami, FL

    Hi Bob, great Hub, we can help all those who take the challenge of growing and selling herbs. We offer cost/effective packaging solutions for the spices and herbs industry, from home-based business to high productivity corporations.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Look to a future hub to answer this. Thanks for dropping by.

  • denoonan profile image

    denoonan 

    9 years ago from Boston MetroWest

    I grow some herbs in my Northeast garden. 100% organic. The most successful ones have been Sweet Basil, Greek Oregano and Chives. I've tried air drying them but some of the leaves get discolored. Is there a way to preserve the green leaf color? Thanks.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I am happy the hub was helpful, all the best in your venture and thanks for dropping by.

  • Camping Dan profile image

    Camping Dan 

    9 years ago

    Helpful info! My spouse and I were just talking about raising a couple of very specific niche herbs and selling them to those in our area. We were really wondering how to find those who would want them and that was all that was holding up back.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Good gardening and thanks for dropping by.

  • myawn profile image

    myawn 

    9 years ago from Florida

    I love to cook and homegrown herbs would be so nice in my recipes So I need to get started. Nice hub!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, and thank you for dropping by.

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    wordscribe41 

    9 years ago

    That really is an interesting idea, Bob. I love growing fresh herbs. REALLY love it when my cats don't destroy them. Great hub.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks and thank you for dropping by.

  • awsydney profile image

    awsydney 

    9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Hi Bob, great site! I love cooking as well and you're definitely right about the pleasure of cooking something fresh from your own garden! Cheers Albert

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks and thank you for dropping by

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks and thanks for dropping by

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    Wealthmadehealthy 

    9 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

    As always, wonderful information! In this day and age of rising prices, to have an indoor herb garden would be worth the money you saved at the store! And you are correct, the lighting would be the largest expense, as in the blah winter months with hardly any sunshine, it would be a necessity. Have a wonderful day!!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Ok :-) thanks for dropping by.

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    George Poe 

    9 years ago from United Kingdom

    Nice hub Bob - living in a land with more rain than possibly any other I guess I'd be looking at an indoor environment here in Ireland, but possibly worth the investment I guess.

    I'll let you know when I've evicted the kids and have a few plants in house!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, all the best and thanks for dropping by.

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    suziecat7 

    9 years ago from Asheville, NC

    I loved this - started looking around my house for the perfect place to grow. My problem would be competition as I live in a city that is very back to nature. Thanks for the idea.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    you are welcome and thanks for dropping by.

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    ulisses 007 

    9 years ago from miami fl

    Bob one of the reason i like all about gardening is that i think is vital for human mind, nature is good things to be healthy, and i take care of garden everyday, i thank you for all your advices, and deserve consideration what the earth offer to us. to tell you the true i like also to meditate with nature, and to add more vegetables in my table. thanks again.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Do you have the space to grow the herbs, if yes then it is possible.

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    Georgiakevin 

    9 years ago from Central Georgia

    Great hub! Bob does it seem feasible to start an herb business for my class? (I teach life skills to students who have moderate to profound mental challenges).

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