Business Planning

The bottom line for me is, I want you to be successful as the operator of a cottage carding mill. If you are thinking about this type of operation, I encourage you to do your homework. A sound business plan is essential. I will assist you in any way that I can. Some of the first issues to consider are local zoning, waste water disposal, and a building to house the equipment. Lack of humidity and hard water can create severe problems for a fiber processor.

I encourage you to visit our mill as well as other mills. The initial investment that you will make in machinery and the wash operation will approach $135,000 to $150,000. I also recommend that anyone entering into this type of business have a strong fiber background. The learning curve in operating a mill is significant and your timely delivery of a quality product will be the key to your success. We will send people to train you at your location once you have the machine in place.  The cost of this visit is included in the sale price of the machine, provided you are in the 50 US states.

I will be glad to answer any questions that you may have regarding the equipment (see our contact page). I will also provide you with a financial history of my wife’s business and the costs you may incur processing 1500 plus pounds of fiber a month.

I strongly recommend you call rather than email. I will need to ask you questions about your situation in order to be able to give you useful answers. With a phone call I can immediately find out exactly what you’re looking for, and be able to give you information tailored to your needs.

We have compiled a list of possible monthly expenses incurred by a cottage carding mill processing 1500 pounds of fiber a month. These costs will vary depending on location and other factors. These particular figures are averages based on a eighteen-year operating history and have just been updated as of January 2015.

Other mill operations may have different opinions on how to do things.  We are not saying that this is right or the only way.  This is what has successfully worked for us.

Important Points to Consider Before Starting

  • Business planning
  • Building(s) to house the mill and fiber
  • Your knowledge of fiber and its processing
  • Local zoning
  • Utility costs
  • Water source and quality
  • Waste water disposal
  • Trash disposal
  • Likely labor needed
  • Managing employees
  • Cost of labor
  • Cost of taxes, Workman’s Comp
  • Cost of insurance
  • Shipping issues
  • Projected cash flow
  • Bookkeeping skills
  • Accounting
  • Your health, energy level, and commitment