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You have to spend money to make money?

March 30th, 2006 at 09:02 pm

Is this true?



I know our $20 challenge is about making money without spending much, but can we do it without spending anything? With using only what we have already?

This is where I'm getting hung up.
DH loves to teach. His working on weekends has been giving talks. They're part of his job, so he can't get paid for them, but it's something he likes and is good at. He wants to be an adjunct professor, but can't without a grad degree. This sucks.

I'm thinking that right now the only thing I could do that wouldn't require spending money is growing produce. And even then, I'd have to pay market fees to sell at the farmers' market (but I'm going to volunteer for their committee, so I'll see if I can get space for free or discounted).

DH also wants me to develop a market gardening talk. The only way our farmers' market is going to take off is to get small, "backyard", gardeners. The large scale operations are locked into contracts with wholesalers. And truthfully, the average backyard garden can produce enough produce to allow you to have a small retail stand. If we could get enough growers, and get them to branch out from tomatoes and peppers and go for diversity, we could have a great market. But people need to be taught.

Did I mention I suck at public speaking? That the thought of even calling in to a radio show leaves me in tears and shaking? Yeah.

3 Responses to “You have to spend money to make money?”

  1. baselle Says:

    Do you guys have a teaching extension service? We call it UW extension or cooperative extension. Basically its a teacher teaching a subject for a small fee that the student pays for.

  2. cercis Says:

    Yeah, we have the cooperative extension, however teaching there is considered part of his job (he works for the state). Actually, he's teaching a class to the master gardeners tomorrow.

  3. baselle Says:

    So he's already trapped. Smile I think that teaching at the farmer's market is a marvelous idea, especially if he has a number of talks - some for spring, some for summer, some for fall...anything to keep himself fresh.

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