A Christmas tree lot can be a good way of raising funds for your nonprofit organization. Before starting a Christmas tree lot, you should consider the following factors.
The first consideration is whether your organization has the finances required to start a Christmas tree lot. For you to cover for the cost of wholesale trees, lot and supplies, shipping, advertising expenses, and payroll, you will be required to have financing in place or cash on hand. You may want to think about pre-selling the trees if you will not be able to finance. You can eliminate numerous hindrances of operating a Christmas tree lot if you opt for pre-selling. Instead, you can use full-color brochures with prices indicated for your own organization with a personalized effect . Having an established tree lot requires a lot of work. But, your profits might probably be maximized after you get the optimal number of trees you can sell. If you consulting the sales manager for your target tree grower, you will be able to determine how much money, if any, that you may require to make sure that you have enough trees to sell. Besides, the sales manager may help you to estimate the cost of shipping.
When starting a Christmas tree lot, you should also consider whether you have enough personnel for staffing. You may want to organize a tree lot committee, where a group of people takes on particular roles like accounting, operation, and logistics.For instance, you may need people to unload the truck, help customers to load trees on their cars, and take care of the trees. You will need some people at a time to do the job.
The location of your lot is also something you should consider.Having a good location can do most of the advertising for you. You can find a very good location from school parking and church lots. You can also set up your tree lot in shopping area parking lots that are busy. Find out whether setting your tree lot will require permits and insurance. It is essential to have some security, lighting, storage, water, garbage cans, and racks for leaning the tree up against in whichever location you choose.You will possibly want to rent a lighted sign to advertise what organization you represent and your hours of operation. After some time, it may be necessary to water the trees to keep them fresh.
You will come across many more things that you will need before starting a Christmas tree lot. However, if your organization is willing to put more effort the profits can be great.