Is Your Business for the Birds?
My box, by the way, is super cheap :-); constructed of pine, about 5” wide, 7” tall and 7” deep. It has a slightly slanted roof (15 degrees) and a door flap that can be easily opened for cleaning. I stained it mahogany, with the exception of the doorway, which is an acrylic primary blue with a primary yellow crescent moon accent. The hole is 1.5” round.
The bird box is hung on a 4 X 4 pole that is six feet from the ground at the edge of a hill, next to running water, yellow pontentilla, and veggie garden. It has access to the woods as there is a clearing 50 feet or so away. It’s hung by a thin but heavy gauge rod that extends out two feet from the pole. I clean it out in the winter and place it outside late February/early March.
You’d think this box was the Ritz Carlton. It attracts up to three broods of differing birds species each season. And the new tenants take the time to toss out the others’ nests :-), tenant #1: soft grasses/duff/fur vs tenant #2: tiny pine twigs/grass. So far this spring a brood of seven little chickadees has nested. And now, a repeat species (I’m not sure if it is a thrush or wren) has moved in, singing prettily. If the second brood is set by July’s end, the box should attract the third.
In my opinion small businesses need to be niche, like a bird box. You hang your special box out to deliver a need. Money into the box does not really matter. Your visitors make their home for a short time, then fly off, sometimes returning. Their offspring spread the word for others to come. Good boxes are never empty.
DMC offers accounting consulting solutions for Deltek, Ajera, AccountEdge and Quickbooks software. We provide accounting and implementation/training, custom reporting and database solutions for a focused set of industries. It took many years to hang our box out just right.