When I tell people that I am making money with earthworms I I quite often see a frown on their forehead. They are not sure if I am telling the truth or am trying to pull their leg. Although
I have been a professional worm farmer for more than 17 years now and know of many successful worm breeders all over the world the worm farming industry is still widely unknown to large sections of our society. Worm farming is a viable sustainable business idea and can be done virtually anywhere. It can be done on a large scale and support millions and millions of worms or as I described in my book "How to start a profitable worm business on a shoestring budget" be started in a store room, garage or a small backyard.
In tough times where many people are struggling to make ends meet worm composting can be a viable way to generate some extra income from the convenience of your home. The future for the worm farming industry is looking bright. It is environmental friendly, assists in recycling organic household-, garden-, food- and animal waste, reduces the production of harmful greenhouse gases like "methane and Co2" and produces worm castings and worm tea which are amongst the best natural plant foods and soil conditioners know to man.
Making money with earthworms
There are many different markets that you can tap into as a worm farmer. Some of the most obvious ones are
Building and selling domestic worm farms
Worms for worm farms
Worms as life food for many kinds of animals
Worms as bait for fishing and
Worm castings as fertilizer for nurseries.
Those markets are potentially huge but there are many other ways to find your place in the growing worm farming industry.
Share your knowledge as a worm farming consultant with people and organizations that want to start their own worm composting projects. Offer workshops for hobbyists, start a waste collection service...!
These are just a few of the ways you could be making money with earthworms.
If you are looking to generate some additional income but don't have a lot of money you can invest, than a worm business could be the right thing for you.
is the result of my personal experiences of many years as a commercial worm farmer.
Starting a worm business and making money with earthworms
I got my first batch of compost worms in 1997 and started my first worm business "Global Worming" in 1998. Although already a multimillion dollar industry, worm farming is still a niche market and the demand for worms is still outstripping the supply till this day.
I was working from home and started my worm business from scratch. I started with just one worm bin initially and consistently multiplied my worm herd in my backyard.
It took less than 2 month before I started to make some money. Not a lot initially but my worms where breeding like crazy and there where a lot of keen fisherman and gardeners who wanted worms to support their hobbies.
Within a year I had developed my own range of worm farms and was selling worms, worm castings and worm tea to private customers as well as to retail outlets.
I've worked in many different companies but I must say that compost worms are by far the least demanding colleges or employees I have ever had :-). They don't moan, don't demand a salary, work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are happy if i just supply them with some organic waste and keep their home moist and cool.
I've run a worm business for more than 15 years and it has been my only source of income for a long, long time now.
In 2013 I decided to write down all I had learned during this process and published my book
believe the book with its detailed step by step descriptions will enable you to start your own worm business and will help you to be making money with earthworms from home or wherever you choose.
Once you have worked through the book you should be able to:
Raise and multiply earthworms
Build your own functional and commercially marketable worm farm(s)
Know what to feed your worms and where to get the food for very little money or possibly for free
Protect your worms against the elements and their natural predators
Produce and harvest worm castings (potentially the world’s richest organic fertilizer)
Produce worm tea and worm leachate (liquidized worm castings)
Know how to package, price, brand and deliver your worms and worm related products
Offer work-shops to the public and potential clients that explain the basics of worm composting
Build a range of commercially marketable worm farms
Market your worm farms, worms, worm castings and worm tea to millions of potential customers, i.e. nurseries, garden centers, fishermen, gardeners, pet owners, private households (that want to recycle their food and garden scraps), restaurants, guesthouses, hotels, zoos...! The list goes on and on!
Be making money with earthworms and run a profitable worm farming business
If you are looking for an affordable way to generate extra income from your home or backyard than worm farming can be a great solution for you! The industry is still growing and my book will teach you all you need to know to start making money with earthworms and get your profitable business of the ground.
Here is what customers had to say!
"This is a great book! It's well written and has great information for starting a worm business. If you are just interested in increasing your worm herd, it has a section on that too, with detailed instructions on how to do that. No crazy tricks, just straight forward, useable information."
Kimberly from the United States
---------- "This book is the best I have read on worms. Everything about building a worm farm is described."
Hubertus from Germany
"This is a great book. The author has written a step by step, easy to read book on worm farming. I found the book informative, well written and oftentimes humorous. It is clear that the author knows his product.
I would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in starting a business in worm farming or to avid gardeners and those wishing to do something that is positive for the environment. It is a very cost efficient and simple business"
Dinisha from South Africa
The Book covers the following:
Can one really be making money with earthworms?
ESSENTIALS FOR WORM FARMING
How much space is required?
What will I need to get started?
PLANNING THE WORM FARMING PROJECT
The 4 basic components you'll need to start a worm business:
What can be used as bedding
How can it be obtained or prepared
What do worms eat
Where to get worm food
How to get worm food for free
Getting paid for collecting worm food
How to prepare the food
Worm bins /boxes /farms
What are worm bins
What requirements do they have to fullfil
The different kinds of worm bins on a worm farm
What kind of worms should be used
Amazing multiplication of worms
Breeding cycle of compost worms
How to get hold of worms
Different ways to harvest worms
PROTECTION FROM THE ELEMENTS
Protection against extreme temperatures
Protection against the sun
Protection against flooding
Protection in Summer
Protection in Winter
NATURAL ENEMIES OF WORMS
Potential predators of compost worms
How protect worms from their natural enemies
PESTS AND OTHER WORM FARM RESIDENTS
Creatures that might live or invade a worm farm
How to deal with other worm farm residents
When worms want to escape
Acidity in worm farms
Overcrowded worm bins
Worms migrate in wet weather
A simple way to rescue worms from the sun
An amazing natural plant food and soil conditioner
How to harvest and package worm castings
Liquidized worm castings
Positive attributes of worm tea
How to brew worm tea
Detailed list of many potential markets where you could be making money with earthworms.
Markets for worms
Markets for worm farms
Markets for fertilizer mixes
Markets for worm castings
Markets for worm tea
Markets for worm tea brewing kits
Potential wholesale and retail markets
Making money with earthworms online
SETTING UP PRODUCTS
How to package and sell your products
Worms for worm farms
Worms for freshwater fishing
Bottling worm tea
Worm casting bags and labels
Producing your own range of commercial worm bins
Choosing a business name and developing some promotional material
Finding out who your competitors are and what products, services and prices they offer
How to find potential customers
Entering the market
Internet marketing with or without a website
The backbone of a business website
Interacting with potential customers
PACKAGING AND DELIVERY
Choosing the right way to deliver your products
Making sure your worms arrive alive
SHOW ME THE MONEY
Choosing the right payment terms
RULES AND PERMITS
Set up and maintenance instructions for 2- and 3 tier worm farms
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT WORMS
GLOSSARY OF TERMS AND TOOLS
This comprehensive book will show you step by step all you need to know to start a sustainable and profitable worm business and start making money with earthworms.