This time of year is all about spooky costumes and haunted houses. Around Halloween, people like to be scared. But do you have some fears that are holding your operation back?
One of the best things about having your own operation is that you get to decide on the direction of your business.There is no boss telling you what to do, which is great! Right? However, we tend to avoid doing things that are scary or uncomfortable…like walking through a graveyard on Halloween. Sure, you can achieve some decent success without facing those proverbial demons, but if you want to go to the next level, you will have to get past those fears.
So what kind of fears are common for producers?
Fear of Technology
Today, technology is changing so quickly that as soon as you are on par, you are behind. There is always something new being developed or a new add-on to an old tool. It seems you will never catch up. But it is imperative to your future success that you try.
Start by learning about available technologies in the agriculture industry. Trust us, there is a LOT out there. If you don’t think you can handle it, consider working with a consultant. Not to toot our own horn, but FamilyFarms Group stays on top of the technological advances in the industry and keeps our clients informed. We want to ensure that our Teams don’t get left in the dust. Okay, maybe there was a little tooting in there, but it was well-deserved.
Fear of Managing
It is easy to run your own operation when it is just family, but as your operation grows and expands, it is crucial to hire employees. It will also be crucial to establish yourself as a leader. It is important that you unload some of your day-to-day tasks to allow more time for managing.
While many people like the idea of being the boss, sometimes the thought of being the bad guy can overwhelm. There is no reason you can’t be a nice and friendly boss, but you do need to establish yourself as the manager.
Fear of Competition
Many agricultural producers have an intense fear of being considered the bad guy in town who takes everyone else over. But you don’t have to assume that persona to grow. Many times there are ways to help out neighbors when they are ready to retire, ways that are beneficial for both parties. There are also ways to get more ground without having to undermine your competitors. You definitely don’t want to do nothing and have them growing all around you.
So, as we head into Halloween, think about your business fears and try to conquer them. After that, you might even be brave enough for a haunted house!
If you’d like some help working through your fears, call us at FamilyFarms Group (1.877.221.FARM) because overcoming fears is our specialty!