How To Make Money With Aquaponics

If you’ve built a backyard aquaponics system, you probably have an over abundance of food and fish.  So why not consider using those left over fish and your extra food for profit?  Aquaponics for profit can be very, very profitable!

Aquaponics is amazing for so many reasons.  The startup costs are very low, the systems don’t take up much space and they require very little labor.  Additionally, fresh organic fruits, vegetables and fish are in great demand and with an aquaponics system you can easily grow food much more quickly than a typical organic farm.  Compared to other types of businesses, aquaponics for profit is a walk in the park.

With an aquaponics system, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing you’re feeding your family only the freshest, safe fish and food and can you can also sell the excess for profit.  Additionally, organic food has a huge profit margin.  Your aquaponics system can be easily expanded as your business grows.

Here are a few things that will help you get to the point of selling your aquaponics food for profit:
  • Learn what types of vegetables and herbs are popular in your local market.
  • Try to focus on the items that are not readily available in the current market.
  • Consider growing off-season crops.
  • Decide who will be your customer.  Will you be selling directly to local residents or will you be selling your goods to the local grocers, fish markets or pet stores?  Selling to the consumer directly will bring you a higher profit margin but selling to a business will be a lot less hassle for you and you will have a steady, predictable profit.  When selling to the consumer directly, you may have some weeks that are slow and you don’t sell as much.  This unpredictability will leave you will a lot of excess product that you’ll have to figure out what to do with.  Whereas, selling to a business, you’ll know each week exactly how much product you’ll be able to sell them and exactly how much you will make.
  • Don’t forget to only use fish and vegetables that you can easily sustain in your local climate.
  • You can easily start small and add on to your system as your business grow.
It’s a good idea to start small when it comes to commercial aquaponics.  Because no matter how much research you’ve done, you won’t truly know how things are going to go or know how much money you will make until you begin and get a little history behind you.  Therefore, you don’t want to invest in a huge system that you really can’t afford, at least at first.  Start small and learn the traits of your local market, then you can expand.  Just make sure you purchase an aquaponics kit that can be easily expanded and converted.

You should take the time to learn all you can about aquaponics.  How the systems work, how to trouble shoot your aquaponics system if something goes wrong, how to do the necessary repairs, etc.   Additionally, you should maintain a good rapport with your aquaponics supplier.  Your aquaponics supplier will be your best friend if you ever run into a problem or have an emergency.

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