Monday, October 10, 2011

How To Make A Worm Farm Work

So you want to start a worm farm and you want it to succeed.  Success means your worms stay alive and reproduce and you make a profit.  Maybe you have a job or business and just want to supplement your income.  Or, maybe you want to leave your job and make your income entirely from worm farming.  Either way,  successful worm farming requires much the same as any other business endeavor.

Anyone who ever starts a business, or anything else, and created a success at it does the same thing.  He or she:
  • Makes a Decision
  • Makes a Plan
  • Sticks to it
  • Remains flexible - Change what's not working.
Here are some of the keys to successful worm farming:

Build It and They Will Come - NOT

1.  Marketing
Forget "Build it and they will come".  Don't expect to build a worm farm and wait for the customers to find you.  Whether it's driving around a 50 or 100 mile radius of where you are located and calling on bait shops, pet shops, specialty chicken farmers, etc., or building a website and marketing your worms online, you have to actively market your worms. 

The more repeat buyers you can acquire, the better.  Once you establish a customer who purchases worms from you regularly, please, please, please, do whatever is takes to keep that customer happy.  A repeat customer should be cherished above all things.

Realistic Expectations

2.You must be realistic. 
This is not a "get rich quick" scheme.   To make your worm farm a success, be realistic about how much work is involved, how much time is required, and how much money you can make.  Do you know the biggest cause of failure in worm farming?  Neglect.  Worms are living creatures and required tending to.  If you aren't paying attention, if you get distracted, problems arise (and I assure you they do).  If you are paying attention, these problems can be address before they do any damage.  Take care of your worm business and it will take care of you.

Small is Better

3. Start small.
If you have no experience with raising earthworms, I implore you to start small.  You can learn a great deal by building one worm bed and stocking it with a few pounds of worms.  Once you get a little experience (and I'm not talking about a great deal of time here, maybe a month or two) you can add more beds.  It's a whole lot easier to deal with unfamiliar problems when you only have a few pounds of worms.  Give it a month and I guarantee you will learn how to care for worms and be better prepared for multiple worm beds in no time at all.

Make Your Worm Farm Work

Save time, money and stress by arming yourself with all the information you can.  Use my Worm Farm Manual as your guide to worm farming

Worm Farm Resources:
Raise Redworms and Raise European Nightcrawlers

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