Often people who dream of starting a co-op have images of fresh organic and local foods, natural soaps and non-toxic cleaners in their head. Plus there's the allure of being part of a business model that values community owned and operated endeavors. The co-op life sounds pretty good. However, starting up an organic co-op can often be extremely hard work and it can be many years before your dreams come to fruition.
This was recently pointed out in a very interesting article, "Food Coops Popular, But Not Easy to Open." The article dives into what it's really like to open a co-op. From the very long hours to the ability to draw members, not to mention the start-up and ongoing costs, this piece looks at all the little inner workings and trials of operating a co-op.
If you've ever considered opening a co-op, this is a do not miss article. To learn more about co-op businesses in general visit International Co-operative Alliance. To get some awesome, in-depth information read How to Start a Food Co-op, an excellent guide by The Cooperative Grocers Information Network.
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