Top Green Business Resources
If you’re thinking about setting up your own green business and also putting sustainable practices in place when running a business, you’re what’s known as an ecopreneur. As an ecopreneur, you can be at the forefront of the fight against waste, pollution and global warming. Essentially, you’re going to be a hero to the environment and your community, but you’ll need the business resources below from WhosGreenOnline.com to get things started.
Let’s Get Down to Business
We know you’re excited to hear ideas for sustainable businesses and practices, but first we want to go over a few basics that every entrepreneur needs before starting a business.
- Yep, you guessed it: a business plan is highly recommended for staying organized.
- Formation paperwork, which is needed for an LLC, should be included in your plan; research LLC costs and processes.
- Also think about your funding. Maybe you can leverage social media to raise funds!
- And a social media marketing plan is a great way to get the word out about your business.
- If you have employees, you’ll need to learn payroll and all its ins and outs. Learning how to process pay from a mobile phone can make things a lot simpler.
Starting a Sustainable Startup
Try saying that five times fast. Okay, we’re sort of kidding with that one but we’re serious about these ideas and tips for starting a business that will be successful and sustainable:
- Selling sustainable produce was bound to be our first suggestion for ecopreneurs.
- Most products can be made/grown at home, but there are alternate green businesses.
- Reducing and reusing in the office can also help make any startup a little greener.
Other Ethical Tips to Consider
You’ve got the basics for growing your green business. Now we’re going to fill you in on some ways to make sure you are being responsible to both the environment and the community.
- Understanding basics when it comes to business ethics is a good place to start.
- There is also a growing demand for social responsibility among entrepreneurs.
- Being transparent about sustainability and other practices is a way to be responsible.
- It’s also okay to use your commitment to sustainability to promote your business.
- Once you start making a profit, consider donating a portion back to local causes.
By now, we hope your interest in becoming an ecopreneur has grown! Remember, you can always get started by selling homegrown or homemade goods at your local farmers market. If you want to support other local ecopreneurs, be sure to shop for your own produce and other consumer needs with a growers market like the Callicoon Farmers’ Market!