The Farmer’s Edge – On-Line Business Course + Consulting Collective

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This 3 month, online course is designed to give farmers the skills and tools needed to cultivate financially sustainable businesses.

Whether you struggle to understand the economics of your business or just want to increase your farm’s profitability, this course is for you! Each week, you will delve into specific business topics that will help you maximize your farm’s profitability.

Group sessions begin in November and meet on-line for 2 hours each month. The first hour is devoted to a specific business topic, such as QuickBooks or Cash Flow Budgeting. The second hour is an open discussion for participants to ask specific questions about their businesses. The remaining portion of each class is an open discussion for participants to ask specific questions about their businesses.

This “consulting collective” combines the benefits of a business workshop and one-on-one technical assistance, with the added value of peer-learning:

  • Get the business support you need, when you need it, as challenges arise.
  • Cut travel costs and save time by meeting online.
  • Sessions are recorded, so you can catch-up and re-listen later.
  • Learn from your peers AND get one-on-one consulting.

Space is limited; reserve your spot now! Register before October 15, 2017 and receive $100 off the membership price. Just enter in the discount code: TFEearly

 

Develop Financial Systems

  • Learn comprehensive bookkeeping systems designed to help you manage your business.
  • Create systems for understanding all the costs in your business

 

Manage Your Business with Precision

  • Create cash flow budgets and learn the tools to help you stay on track
  • Learn system to manage cash and cash flow

 

Plan for Growth

  • Build a strategy to grow your business profitably
  • Learn how to analyze your numbers so you know how to focus your business

 

At the end of the year participants will have:

  • Comprehensive bookkeeping systems designed to help them manage your business
  • A cash flow budget and the tools to make sure they stay on track
  • Systems for understanding all the costs in their business
  • A strategy for how to grow their business profitability in the coming years
  • Financial analysis to decide where to focus their business

In other words, you will have a plan to increase profits!

Topics

topic covered in The Farmer's Edge course

 

Here are more details:

The group meets on Tuesdays, beginning on November 28, 2017.  We will offer two sessions: in the morning (10am – 12n ET) and afternoon (3pm – 5pm ET).

 

Tentative Schedule of Topics
(subject to change based on participants’ needs)

November 28, 2017 (Tuesday): Business Basics and Accounting Overview

December 5, 2017 (Tuesday): Getting Started in QuickBooks

December 12, 2017 (Tuesday): QuickBooks Part 2, Review day to day transactions, and systems for using QB to manage cash.

December 19, 2017 (Tuesday): Crop Profitability: Tracking expenses to better understand the cost of production

January, 9, 2018 (Tuesday): Sales and Inventory: Systems for tracking sales and understanding which sales channels are most profitable

January 16, 2018 (Tuesday): Managing Cash in Lean Times

January 23, 2018 (Tuesday) : Comparing Sales Projections to Actuals, are you meeting your goals?

January 30, 2018 (Tuesday): How to Read Financial Statements

February 6, 2018 (Tuesday): Channel and Crop Profitability Analysis

February 13, 2018 (Tuesday): Creating Cash Flow Projections for the coming year

 

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