Well.... I hinted awhile back that I was working on something that if it became reality it would change my little family's lives... for the better in my mind.
I finally had to put a name to this... thing, if you will, to complete a proposal to purchase. Well, not purchase exactly, going to try the good old fashion Lease with Option to begin with. Only because of the extreme risk, and current economy is not complaint to small time Jen's goals/dreams.
At the time when I was heavily stressing over naming my dream I discovered this new to me blog, and the very first post I read fit my current topic of thought. It helped. I was thinking of "Heavenly Acres" or something equally fairytale-ish... Ms. Kimmel had a point.. "Would I board my horse at some place that infers 'after death'?" or winged creatures? Most likely not...
I guess now proverbial cat is out of the bag.
J&J Stables has been born... at least on paper. Putting a name to something attaches an amount of emotion. Putting YOUR name on something really makes it yours... makes that dream almost, with-in reach of your fingertips, reality.
The Profit/expense reports are created. The projected Profit/expense reports are created. The market research and comparison has been documented. Everyone who has read it says my "proposal" falls into the "fair value" range.
I've figured out how form an LLC, and I've prayed really hard. I've priced tractors, hay baling equipment, lawnmowers, and trucks. I've thought of every possible expense and then some... I've had nightmares about every possible catastrophe.. including dragons and giants.
I've set 1 year, 5 year and 10 year goals.. all obtainable with good hard work.
I'm waiting on insurance quotes for Property, Commercial Liability and Care, Custody and Control (scary)! These are the last bits then we present... praying.. hard.
My husband is creating a web based application with a database backend for tracking and accountability in the daily care of an equine (or in my case +31). I have design plans for website which includes a boarder portal.
Jodie will be joining my husband and I in this adventure as trainer/teacher and little bit of everything.
So what exactly am I talking about? Well heck.. it's just a 65 acre 31 stall established boarding facility with indoor/outdoor arena. It's full to capacity with a waiting list. There is a beautiful house on the property which over looks a large paddock with run-in-shed for four. Or one cob, and one super sized mare.. Oh and it produces enough hay to feed +31 year round with extra to sell.
Will I get rich doing this? NO! Will it support itself? It already does. Can I add value to this - oh hell yah. I have a life time of equine husbandry behind me. I have nearly 10 years in customer service, and 6 years in Management. Will I quit Corporate America? Not until I retire from it. My husband has 20 years experience in procurement of commodities which will be a huge asset in this venture.
Did I mention I've prayed hard?