I'm interested in the experience of those who have started small, to look for pointers on doing the same. Haven't quite seen what I'm looking for in the articles and posts so far, so apologies if I've missed something.
I've been making mead for the last five years, and would like to pass the threshold to sell legally. The business goal is to be able to operate roughly around revenue neutral wrt gross expenses after some one time expenses.
It appears that the biggest recurring expense bottleneck is whether or not zoning will permit production of any type on my property. I need to find out my options are with the county, but thought it would be worthwhile to check here if there was anything to take advantage of by being a small-production facility.
If there are other financial gotchas (I am aware of at least some of the one-time expenses), I'd be happy to hear that as well.