We can't begin to cover all the issues involved in mushroom growing here. We have an entire site dedicated to the topic, and we have an entire site dedicated to selling mushroom spawn.

Consulting may cover naturalization of new mushroom species on your property, assessing the habitats on your property, helping you learn to ID mushrooms already growing there, assessing potentials for commercial operations, helping you obtain spawn for rare types of mushrooms, developing markets for mushroom production, and much more.

Our Mushroom Spawn Store - Be sure to look at the menu on the right side (scroll down!) to find information on growing mushrooms. We also have a book on Starting a Mushroom Growing Business on a Shoestring, which is in the books section on that website. Once you've seen what we offer there, you'll know whether or not we are the people you want for a consultation on how to start your own mushroom growing business, or how to find a mushroom product that you can produce yourself that will be manageable and profitable.

Consultations for this fall under Phone, Email, or On-Site Consulting pricing and policies.

Be sure to read our article on Just For Beginners on our mushroom site if you are a rank newbie in the mushroom world. Oh, there is no shame in being a rank newbie, or in admitting it! Everyone has to start somewhere, and this article will tell you just how to go about finding out something about mushrooms, and how to decide whether you would even LIKE growing them.

There are all kinds of ways to earn from selling homegrown or wild foraged mushrooms, and there are all kinds of ways to grow them in the home, in the garden, in the yard, or in the woods, so while the topic may be a little overwhelming at first, it is NOT discouraging because there are so many ways to do it affordably.

Mushroom growing is one of the things you CAN build into a successful business from a shoestring budget.

So go dive in and see what you can learn from our Mushroom site, and then give us a call or email us if it sounds intriguing.

 

The key to a profitable business is not always in the product! It can be in the style or materials, the way it is presented, the packaging, where it is sold, and who is doing the selling. The key to a profitable business is not always the product either. Sometimes it is the WAY you are doing business.

We offer Product Viability assessments, and Business Profitability assessments, and anything else that involves these two areas or an overlap between the two. Even if you don't know what kind of product to sell from your farm to earn well, we can help!

Your product or service NEEDS to make money!

If it is not making money, or if you want to ensure the best possible foundation before you invest and launch a new product or service, a product or profitability assessment can increase your profits by very significant percentage points.

These two types of assessments look at what you have to offer, and aid you in pinpointing the things customers want within that arena. We look at how you produce your product or service, how you present it, and how the customer sees it. We look at pricing, markups, overhead, and all of the other aspects which contribute to the cost of your product and the amount you keep!

Whether it is STARTING a business, or REVITALIZING a business, having these areas assessed by a professional whose goal it is to SAVE you money and time (rather than get you to spend more) can be a huge help! We never recommend a purchase to a client unless we can show you ON PAPER how the expenditure will MAKE MORE MONEY for you. We have many tools in our arsenal, and recognize MANY right ways to do things, so we can offer you choices and explain how those choices will affect your business.

To increase profit, you have to either CUT EXPENSES, or INCREASE PRICE. Those two things are absolute. We can help you in spotting creative ways to reduce the workload and expenses in operating your business (or making your product), and we can help you in spotting value points that make your product WORTH MORE, so customers are WILLING to pay more for the product. We don not advocate outsourcing overseas, we do not advocate costly automation, and we do not advocate anything deceptive or unethical. We offer straight-up creative and logical recommendations that really work.

We have always believed that it is better to EDUCATE a client than to make a choice for them. So our recommendations will be based on solid experience, but they will always leave the final choice to you. Empowered business owners make the most motivated business owners.

Your business NEEDS a healthy profit! This service can help you know how to help that happen faster.

What we don't know to help you, we can find out. We not only have a large base of experience and knowledge, we also know how to rapidly and accurately research potentials and possibilities, so we can offer you methods for improving your sales and profits that are actually based in reality. No fantasy charts, no suggestions that are not based solidly on genuine human behavior. If we offer a suggestion and enthusiastically support it, it means that it is something we would get behind if we were not already up to our elbows in our own dreams.

We'll never compromise your ideas, or steal them. Honestly, we have enough to do to realize our OWN dreams, and if we tried to steal yours, we'd just end up driving ourselves crazy. We already have enough on our plate, and it is working. We'd rather help YOU realize your dream, because when you do, it helps us realize our dream.

$200 gets you a complete Assessment in whatever area you request, with a written report with findings and recommendations, and email follow-up to help make sure you are able to make use of the information (we'll even check your changes and give you our opinion).

Call or Email us to request a Product or Profitability Assessment - or to tell us you don't know which one you need (we often overlap the two for people who need parts of both).

Ask about our First Time Consulting Discount for very small businesses.

 

Do you need help in outlining a good startup plan for your farm? Are you in need of a lucrative business plan for your small farm?

The money you pay a good consultant to get the ball rolling may be some of the BEST money you ever spend on your farm.

We'll help you focus on the things that matter most. Rapid return on your investment, cash outlay where it pays you to do so, sweat equity where you enjoy it most (and less so on the tasks that are less enjoyable), and weighing the revenue generation options so that you sell what earns you the most with the least overhead costs and regulatory burden.

Whether you sell online, at the farm, at farmer's markets and trade fairs, or from a truck on the side of the road, there is a marketing and presentation plan that will help you sell well, even when other people are not doing as well as you. You need the edge up over your competition, and a little brainstorming with a pro who has a broad range of experience can really give you a significant boost that increases your sales and profits long term.

All consulting and training that we offer is PERSONAL, and takes into account your preferences, resources, location, and needs, while providing you with valuable information and statistical norms that help you have the knowledge to go forward with a higher success rate and more confidence.

The cost of a single call or series of emails will pay you back over and over. Consultation fee is $200 for a 1 hour call or 1 week of emails (plus follow up questions for either option). On-site consulting is also available.

NOTE: ASK FOR YOUR "First Consult Discount" and we'll give you the initial consultation for $100 (one time per client).

It starts with a call or email to request the assistance you need, and to schedule the consultation. Go to our Contact page to proceed.

 

When you've been working your business, and customers are not coming, something is wrong! A Website Assessment or a Marketing Assessment can help you to know where the problem is, and give you valuable suggestions for turning things around. We can even offer you some marketing training or talk you through making changes to your website if you need (or refer you to a pro if you need that).

Your business NEEDS to make money! This service can help you know how to help that happen faster.

A website assessment means we take a look at your site, and check all of the basic factors that a customer sees on the first few minutes in the site. Typically, these are the factors that determine whether the site earns or not. We also look at your Search Engine Optimization, and at a few little technical things. Most changes recommended have to do with wording (to make it more logical), and site organization (to make it easier to understand and find things).

A marketing assessment looks at what you are doing, your marketing response goals, and if you have a website, we will do a traffic analysis on your site (if stats are available). All of this gives us a good idea of what is happening, and gives us the ability to recommend to you some specific strategies and changes to make BETTER things happen! Before we were Firelight Heritage Farm, we were Firelight Web Studio, and taught Small Business Marketing classes at night through the University of Wyoming.

We know just how much traffic a website needs to get to make 1 sale per month, and the factors that stop them from making any sales at all (or too few sales). We know how to find out where the customers are that you need offline, and how to market without sinking money into it, both offline and online. We won't tell you the same useless stuff everyone else is saying either, everything we recommend is tested on our own network of websites, and has stood the test of 18 years of testing on our own and our clients' websites.

These are things we are HAPPY to share with you, once we have isolated the specific things you need to know.

This is probably the MOST VALUABLE thing a struggling business can do.

$200 gets you a complete Assessment, with a written report with findings and recommendations, and email follow-up to help make sure you are able to make use of the information (we'll even check your changes and give you our opinion).

Call or Email us to request a Website or Marketing Assessment - or to tell us you don't know which one you need (we often overlap the two for people who need parts of both).

If your website or business is less than 2 years old, please ask for a discount.