Wed, 2 June 2021
How many of us have racked our brains trying to figure out a business we could start that would set us on our path to independence? I know that I am in that group, and I spent years trying to come up with the idea that would work. This is why I love interviewing FFA students. Sometimes they make it look so simple that it is an excellent lesson for the rest of us.
Elliot Scheaffer has a great business. He cuts up firewood, splits it, sorts onto 1/2 chord pallets, sells and delivers it. He has enough business that he has actually pulled down his Facebook ads because he doesn't want any more orders at this time. And, all of the firewood that he sells is obtained for free.
Elliot's business is brilliant and simple all at the same time. As he drives around the countryside in his area of Iowa he sees people who have trees down on their property. He will contact them, offer to clean up the downed tree in exchange for the wood, and voila! he has a product to sell. Then Elliot cuts and splits the wood stacks it onto pallets and delivers it to his customers where he will stack it for them.
While so many of us are driving around wondering what kind of business we could start, Elliot is driving around finding things to sell and starting. There is so much that we could learn from his example.