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Right, im aware of what you CAN do. The real world is a little different: You have to look into things like getting rid of your product in different states as to not flood one market, bulk price reductions, cutting off a connection that has been compromised etc. Who here does it big?
Re: Who here makes a living off mycology? [Re: Anonymous #1] #7774378 - 12/18/07 06:02 PM (5 years, 5 months ago)
I've made a decent complementary income from legitimate, taxed, gourmet production. i have made even better from the less legitimate variety. I've not cared to sink so much time into illegal production as to make a full living off it. fuck that. I've got better things to do than hide my entire home life and live in a constant state of paranoia. My everyday job pays well enough and allows me the freedom to do as I please.
Re: Who here makes a living off mycology? [Re: Anonymous #4] #7775441 - 12/18/07 10:35 PM (5 years, 5 months ago)
I don't grow or sell, but mass production is kinda hard, and like the above poster said, its alot of stress to worry about.
If you have a normal job, and sell a little to friends on the side, it can be a VERY nice supplement to your income, and take care of those little things here or there....but to make a career out of it you will become a wreck in no time.
Not only are there very few buyers to make that serious cash, but then you worry about taxes, and neighbors, and all kinds of weird shit.
Keep it as a hobby. Cause when you get a heads up that you are gonna get busted, and flush everything down the toilet, and feel like the greatest man in the world for evading jail, you will still be unemployed and not able to pay rent.
Re: Who here makes a living off mycology? [Re: Anonymous #1] #7775535 - 12/18/07 11:01 PM (5 years, 5 months ago)
Gourmet mushrooms are where the real money is at. If you are serious about it, do the proper business planning, test your market before making any heavy investments, and can innovate inexpensive solutions to production issues or needs that may come up, then you too can make legal money from mushrooms.
Study the market. Produce a small crop (50-200lbs. FRESH weight oysters) using a commercial quality spawn (this should be relatively cheap). Once you have your high quality mushrooms, you need to have outlets lined up, as your product is perishable. Investigate specialty produce retailers and farmers markets first at this point. Selling to restaurants, unless they are close to you, or on a normal route you are already driving, may be too costly for the returns, especially with gas prices.
Take 5 to 10 lbs to each grocer and leave them on consignment (get a receipt!), and also realize that most grocers pay on credit (15-30-60- and even 90 days, make sure you are agreeable to their terms before going into business with them.)
Farmer's markets are going to be good, as you can be directly selling to the end user. You can sell mushrooms slightly cheaper then super markets, and still be taking in a nice profit. Currently grocery stores are selling 100gr packages of oysters for about $3.50. If you sell yours at $2.50-$3.00/100gr, that's be about $10-$12/lb. for you. Your cost of production should be no more than about $2.50 including your gas, licensing, marketing, etc.)
You need a business plan and a farm plan. if you want to go organic, you will be subject to a lot tighter record keeping requirements and all kinds of stuff, but your production costs are usually lower than conventional farming methods.
It takes time, knowledge, dedication and persistence. The game is not for the unprepared. Just investigate what you are doing thoroughly before doing anything. Don't cut costs on substrate or spawn. Get good quality. Garbage in - Garbage out.
Also there are many other fields where mycological interests can be of use. Dye making, food safety, housing (molds etc.), pathogen studies (plant pathology people usually are the mushroom people, but some I've met love them and others , well not so much...)
Hope that gives you some food for thought if not inspiration.
Re: Who here makes a living off mycology? [Re: Anonymous #14] #7806607 - 12/28/07 07:02 AM (5 years, 4 months ago)
Yer I have been thinking along similar lines. I'm the kinda guy that likes to think things out before going ahead with them and I've run numbers and realised unless you can get a mad setup and a great connection that can move weight, its really not worth doing. If your interested in a slight income supplement then by all means give it ago, but don't forget that in alot of countries moving cubes is alot worse than moving weed. The only way to make good money is if you get rid of the middle man, all profit at street price, but thats WAY to risky.