As far as vegetables are concerned, there are two types of people. There are those who profit from vegetables by eating them—they profit in terms of good health and nutrition. And, there are those who profit from vegetables by selling them to those who consume them. If you are of the latter type, or are interested in starting a vegetable stand of your own, you should know how easy it is to set up a vegetable stand. Not only that, running a vegetable stand is also very profitable because of the high demand of in-season produce. In this article, you will learn some tips that will help you in opening a vegetable stand of your own.
- Check if selling vegetables is prohibited. The last thing you want to happen is for the authorities to shut down your business for lack of permits and licenses. There are actually states that forbid selling of agricultural produce without government authorization. To be safe, get in touch with your state, county, or city authority and inquire about the possible regulation of selling vegetables. If your area requires you to have a license, get one. It’s not hard to apply for a business license.
- Set up your stand at the best location. The best locations, of course, are not those faraway, hard-to-find, obscure, and out-of-the-way places. The best locations for your vegetable stand are those places where there are lots of people, or where many people pass by. Make sure that your vegetable stand is near areas where your customers can park their vehicles conveniently. Good places to set up your vegetable stand in are parking lots of fueling stations and department stores, as well as roadsides. Such areas usually have high foot traffic.
- Ask for permission. If you are setting up your vegetable stand in a place owned by another business, always ask for permission first. Also, make sure that your vegetable stand does not block access to your host business’ entry.
- Keep your vegetable stand and surrounding areas clean. Always ensure that your area is clean and neat because people will always associate the cleanliness of your area with the cleanliness of your agricultural produce.
- Advertise your vegetables. Often, displaying your vegetables on a table is enough to catch attention. More often than not, you’re going to need “louder” advertising. For example, you can use a very large, color-filled banner. Such a banner will effectively make your stand easy to locate by your customers. You can also place road signs that direct your customers to your location. Make sure that the road signs are large enough to be visible to vehicle-riding customers and that the signs stand out from other signs on the road.
- Protect your vegetables. Place them under a shade such as a large umbrella or an open tent. Always keep rotting or bruised vegetables away from the others because the rotting vegetables can accelerate the rotting of the other vegetables.
- Prepare loose change. You don’t want to lose one buying customer simply because you don’t have enough change.
Opening a vegetable stand is not hard to do. It’s not even expensive to do so. Just keep these tips in mind so that you can set up your vegetable stand with the least hassle.