Here in Brazil they call it a Monguba but its Latin name is Pachira aquatica. This Taiwanese man had been a truck driver but began planting 5 of these trees in pots and braided the trunks. This became very popular, especially in Japan and spread throughout Asia. This is often seen in businesses as a symbol of financial well being. Sometimes it is called a money plant, although now many plants are labeled with this term. This now generates 7 million (US dollars) for Taiwan. Not bad when you think it all began with a truck driver, a few plants and an idea.
The key with any brainstorming session is not to be critical, just write everything down. If you do this perhaps once every couple of months or once a month, you and your family will begin to see potential where you hadn't before.
When you have your list of ideas, you need to look at a few things such as how viable it is.
- Is there a need for what you want to do?
- If there isn't can you create a need?
- Who are your customers?
- How will you get the end product to them?
- What will it take, financially and time wise to get this going?
- How much time can you commit to it.
If you're idea is a product such as an artisan item, these are now considerably easier to get to market. For example, ETSY and Ebay are both excellent outlets for handmade items. Be aware, especially on Ebay you will be competing with cheap imports so you either need to make yours competitive or better quality.
We had a mini-brain storming session a few days ago when I walked back to the house with a half of a coconut shell. It was the right size for an ashtray. This only needed flattening on the bottom to keep it from tipping over.
That is just an example of what natural resources we have on our farm, what do you have on yours?
If you have animals, have you explored all the possibilities with those. If we take chickens for example, they offer eggs, meat, manure, feathers. Obviously you can sell the eggs you don't use and the manure is fantastic for your garden. Although you may think that feathers don't have a value, they do. If you look on Ebay there are people who sell them for crafts. They don't ask a lot of money for them, however. Consider making crafts from them. If you are stuck for ideas, go over to Pinterest, they have so many inspirational ideas. Be forewarned, Pinterest is addictive.