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All-Natural Ventures: How to Break Into the Hemp Business.

August 9, 2020 by  
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( Do you have a passion for all-natural products and solutions? Make your mark in the hemp industry! Launch your hemp business with these tips and tricks.

Entrepreneurs need to always have their eyes on the prize. Opportunities are abundant, and the hemp industry is one of the key areas of growth that you can hone in on.

Cannabidiol (CBD) right now is valued at close to $5 billion and is on the rise. If you have a passion or interest in this wonder plant, you should learn the steps that’ll help you get involved.

Here’s what you should know about getting into the hemp business.

  1. Research the Substance to the Best of Your Ability

We are in the midst of a green rush both for hemp and cannabis, so there are about to be a lot of pretenders getting involved. Pump your brakes and do your research to make sure you understand the plant rather than just trying to get rich.

Learn as much as you can about cannabinoids and the different kinds of CBD.

This means understanding the differences between full-spectrum CBD, CBD isolate, and broad-spectrum CBD. With full-spectrum CBD, you’re getting every aspect of the plant, to include the terpenes and cannabinoids. This gives you more of the plant and the health benefits that come with it.

With CBD isolate, you’re just extracting the CBD part of the plant and leaving behind the other compounds. Broad-spectrum CBD contains a mixture of both full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate.

There are countless hemp products you can sell that will generate profit. Get to know CBD flower, edibles, vapes, topicals, and more. When you understand the market and why people use CBD you will be able to produce it and turn a profit.

  1. Learn About the Hemp Industry and the Available Opportunities

Starting a hemp business requires you to get to know the opportunities first and foremost.

There’s a piece of the pie for you no matter which segment interests you. You can get into growing, investing, CBD oil, or any other kind of hemp.

The best thing you can do is carve out a niche that will let you capitalize on a specific segment of the market. Consider attending some teleseminars and paying for courses that will help you learn as much as possible about hemp and the many different available opportunities.

  1. Explore Your Interests and Draw Up a Business Plan

So what interests you about hemp?

When you can answer this question you can build a business around it. Start with your passion and find a way to execute and provide for the market.

From there you can start working out a business plan that will get your hemp company started.

Check with the Small Business Administration (SBA) for resources to learn more about what goes into a business plan and how you can get your enterprise off the ground. Reach out to other people in the hemp industry to see how they got started and what you should know.

  1. Handle all Your Licenses and Paperwork

Though hemp is legal in most places, it’s still considered a high-risk business to many banks and payment gateways. As such, you always need to have your ducks in a row in terms of licenses and paperwork.

The last thing you would want is to have your business halt production because you failed to get your paperwork in order. Apply for a business license, hemp cultivation license, and any other applicable logistics that will let you operate legally.

  1. Link Up With Some Growers and Learn all You Can

When you learn how hemp grows you’ll know a lot about the plant and the business as a whole.

Seek out some growers who can show you the ropes. This is a valuable step whether you intend to grow or just want to see it in action. When you can touch and observe the plant you will know more about it and will be able to craft strategies based on applicable knowledge and not just theory.

Be a fly on the wall for the hemp and CBD production process so that you’re ahead of the game. They can teach you the hemp extraction process and the cultivation techniques that work.

  1. Get Your Hands on Some Business Capital 

It takes money to make money, so put together some business capital that will get you started.

Look into small business loans or grants that can help you get your hemp business off the ground. There are several minority grants and loans and financial opportunities for women who want to get started in the hemp industry.

Shop for the best interest rates and terms so that you’re starting your business on the right note.

  1. Open Bank Accounts and Hire Professionals That Can Assist You

Look into hemp-friendly banks and financial institutions that can store your money. Keep a separate business checking account to keep your records clean.

Consider hiring both a certified public accountant (CPA) and a business attorney with knowledge of the hemp industry. When you have a solid team around you, you’ll be able to get the results that you’re looking for while also avoiding mistakes and missteps.

  1. Market Your Business and Network to the Best of Your Ability

Finally, take the time to market your business to the fullest. Networking will expose you to allies who can help you combine resources.

Marketing and networking are neverending pursuits that will give you new opportunities and to get new customers.

Break Into the Hemp Business on Your Terms

No matter how you slice it, the hemp business is ripe with opportunity. Jump into the green rush with the right information by using the tips above.

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Staff Writer; Fred Brown

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