Mike McGroarty on the Economy.
People have Money to Spend!
No matter what they tell you on the news, there are a lot of people who have plenty of money to spend and they are willing to spend it on small plants because plants bring them joy!
People say to me; “Mike, I’d really like to start Growing and Selling Small Plants from Home, but I’m concerned about this economy. As a matter of fact, one of my newer members who bought my system was concerned about the present economy and had concerns for the future economy and this is what I wrote for all of my Backyard Growers.
This is directed at all of us.
First thing we need to do is turn off the TV and go outside and spend that time making baby plants. It’s more productive, it’s less stressful and at the end of the day you know that you’ve done something positive for the world. Every plant that you make improves our planet.
When they say unemployment is at 8% do what I constantly remind my mother-in-law of, that’s means that 92% are still working. Yeah, I know, there’s an argument against that and I will not discuss politics so please don’t try and engage me in a political debate, I just won’t do it. By stating that 92% are still working is just my take on positive thinking. We can swim in a sea of negativity, or we can see the bright side, and yes there is one.
As Backyard Growers this is what we need to do.
If you constantly tell yourself that nobody is working and nobody has any money, then no money will come to you. It’s called money karma. (Not sure where I first heard that.) You yourself will repel money and customers if you buy into that sort of thinking.
Secondly, if the economy tanks again, those that have money will still have money. They’ll spend it a little differently, but since small plants bring them comfort and give them purpose, they won’t agonize over buying a few$4.97 plants. They’ll buy plants because plants makes them feel good.
I Ran into an old friend of mine two days ago, nurseryman of course, this has been his best year ever. Why? Because many nurseries scaled back production when the economy tanked in 2008 and now they are facing serious shortages and are buying up small plants like crazy in order to get back up to speed.
If you don’t grow em, you can’t sell em.
Had Joe scaled back his production like others he couldn’t have had a good year because he wouldn’t have had anything to sell. My neighbor, another nurseryman, told me I should be buying Rhododendron liners from this guy in our local area. So I went to see him. He had none to sell me, told me they cut way back because of the economy.
How can his business improve if he doesn’t have any plants to sell me?
I was looking for Rhododendron liners! Everybody wants Rhododendron liners! And he quit growing them because of the economy???? I promise you this, if I advertised Rhododendrons to my customer list right now they’d be knocking the doors down to get them!
As Backyard Growers we all have a major advantage. We don’t have any overhead! When we sell $500.00 worth of plants we get to keep most of the money because it costs us so little to grow plants.
But anyway, my point is, if you don’t start growing plants now, when will you? If you don’t grow them you can’t sell them which brings to me the case of Tammy H. from Ohio.
Hey Tammy! How’s business? Awe shucks, she won’t see my question. Why? Because she is so busy growing and selling plants she’s too busy to read much of anything. Her, let’s see now, is Rachel 21 now?, daughter is busy selling plants too. Those of us who have been around here for a long time have watched Rachel go from a young child to a homeowner and a successful nursery woman.
How did that happen? I taught Tammy this business, she taught it to Rachel.
Recently Tammy posted that she is having a stellar year, apparently she doesn’t watch TV because if she did she’d know she can’t have a stellar year because the economy is bad. But since she isn’t buying into that she is selling so many plants that she is sold out of many items and has been buying them from Rachel wholesale to fill her orders.
Now here’s the million dollar question.
How can Tammy buy plants from Rachel?
Why does Rachel have plants to sell?
Because she went out in the backyard of the home that she, as 21 year old woman owns, and made baby plants, not knowing for sure that they would sell or not. She just kept making baby plants. I tell my Backyard Growers that all the time. Just keep making baby plants!
If you grow beautiful small plants people will buy them.
Don’t focus on the guy that just lost his job. His world has been rocked.
But the lady across the street from him has some disposable income and if she wants, she can spend a few hundred on plants if she takes the notion.
Way back when Tammy was just starting out she had her kids helping her. At that time as a 15 year old teenager Rachel asked her mom as she was sticking cuttings; “Are you sure this is legal?” Look at Rachel now.
Read this post from Tammy.