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Realized that I actually have a couple of the commerce BBs already, so I’m going to try to get the proof together over the next couple days!

I made a denim whale from old hole-y jeans and a combination of a couple patterns I found online just for fun and posted it on social media. A friend of mine saw it and commissioned another from me! The original designer requested that people not sell items made from their pattern, and I wanted to alter the way the tail was attached anyway, so that worked out.

I don’t have in-progress photos of the second whale being made, but I’m hoping that’s enough to prove it.
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We had a few extra Ducks, Rabbits and small Mushroom logs. When folks buy our animals or produce we always include a short pamphlet telling them all the cool things that what they are buying will help them out with. Ducks are great mousers, help build ponds and keep smaller predators away , Rabbits are Friends you can eat, but also make you little compact balls of fertilizers for easy placement in your house plans or garden plots. We also include basic care instructions, our email and phone number if they happen to have any questions. Included below is one transaction that day via square.
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I make and sell soap!


Mixing oils & lye solution


Pouring soap


In the mold


Cut and ready to cure


On the website - $5/bar or 3 for $14


Sold!
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Hi all,

We run an Etsy store, LittleSproutingSeeds, from which we sell natural jewelry, crocheted crafts (using wool rescued from the waste stream via charity stores, home clearance, etc.) and plants that we have cultivated on our property. All of our products are as sustainable as we can realistically make them. Etsy seems to be a good outlet for these products and we have had some really positive feedback so far. As we acquire a large plot (in the works) and free up some more time, we hope to expand this venture with home-spun wool, additional plants and items made from timber that we have grown on-site.

To clarify, "we" is my partner and I. I am responsible for the jewelry and she is responsible for the crocheted products. We make all of our products, however. I've attached another image showing the sales for just the lemon thorn tapers which, alone, exceed $50.
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I sold an original watercolor painting to a friend for $50. It was inspired by a picture of a llama that she took on her trip to Peru. We had some great conversation about the permaculture like practices of the indigenous people who like and farm there currently as well as the amazing agro-forestry that was practiced by the ancient civilizations of Peru. This painting, as is true most of my painting subject, is of something that could be found on a permaculture sight. I also give a nod to permaculture values by using Daniel Smith watercolor paints which is a brand that does not use the heavy metals found in many paint brands. They have the highest environment standards in the industry.
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This is a software alpha sale (pre-pre-presale) of a mealworm breeding/production calculator, for generating mealworm goodness intended to be used as feed treats for chickens, etc.  The package that the client purchased was an early alpha + fully supported beta when the software is open, and the lifetime of the software's support. It's actually kinda nifty software, too. Lot of research went into it. The cost was 30 USD, but the client is from Germany, and had issues with the processing fee to round it to an even thirty, so gave me a few dollars tip. haha

EDIT: I accidentally missed Client name blocking in the original screenshot. I also added a preview image of the  alpha calculator, per request.
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my neighbor started a new diet and wanted to only eat steak and eggs. I cannot yet oblige the steak, but hope to be able to next year. He wanted only the best eggs. This conversation happened in person, so it may seem contrived, but i needed proof somehow since it'd be hard to show the actual transaction without compromising my OpSec. Gave him a discount for using my favorite form of capital: crypto!
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I knitted a hat and hand warmers set for a commission and sold it for £40 (~54USD). The set was made using all natural materials (100% British wool).

I've attached photos of the yarn, knitting process and the messages between me and the buyer to show the agreed price and collection by the buyer. They paid cash so I haven't attached a picture of payment (I still have the exact notes used if pictures are required?)
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Please can someone clarify what would be considered appropriate evidence for a cash transaction? Thanks :)
 
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I had to show a picture of me and the customer exchanging the cash...  https://permies.com/wiki/115132/pep-commerce/Sell-goods-grew-foraged-PEP#1006792

Not sure if that's the only way but that's how I got it done.
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:I had to show a picture of me and the customer exchanging the cash...  https://permies.com/wiki/115132/pep-commerce/Sell-goods-grew-foraged-PEP#1006792

Not sure if that's the only way but that's how I got it done.



Thank you for replying Mike, I don't post pictures unless faces are blurred/out of frame for privacy reasons.

I had hoped agreed price and collection time would be sufficient, as a picture of two people exchanging cash for a box (the items were packaged up because Scotland is always rainy) would be easy enough to fake so you would have to trust that I was honest about that. If not then I will have to wait until I can set up an online business and have a digital transaction which is easier to evidence. :)
 
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Thanks to the above discussion with Mike around how I wouldn't be able to prove a cash transaction, I remembered I had sold a knitted item a while back and got paid by bank transfer, hopefully this will qualify!

The job was a colourwork jumper sample, in 100% wool, and the agreed price was £55 plus postage at £6.50. I have attached the invoice and a screenshot of my bank statement showing payment received.
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Construction of this casserole dish was made with ^5 clay, terra red, from aardvark clay company. I'd like to harvest my own someday. Sold this for $125.
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I have developed a steady income from producing jams, relishes and pickled vegetables from and selling through a co-operative.  WE try to source the fruits and vegetables in season to cut down on food miles and reduce the risk of poison sprays being used as opposed to commercial, chemically agumented produce To ensure that I can maintain my learning for PEP and add more information, I write a journal.  The journal and required photographs are shown below for consideration.  The production record shows consistent production over 12 months of 2021 including a downturn during COVID-19 lock down.  The two direct deposit (DD) transfers show that there is a consistent income generated greater than $US 20 per month.
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So we (me and my partner) hold bees and sell honey. Incomes are split 50/50 between us. The honey is exclusively sold via Vipps, a payment app that everyone in Norway use, and of course, all information and transfers are in Norwegian. So making the sales "provable" here have required some thinking and translation... please bear with me

Permaculture nod:
- all hives are wood only (no plastic - except the grey feeding trays which we got used and hope to replace with something wooden if possible)
- the honey jars are mostly re-used/repurposed (not new), and designed to be easily re-used by the customer (no glue). Also, the customer pays 10 Nok (about 1 dollar) for the glass itself, and will get this deposit back if they ever return it to us - again, to promote re-use.
- the bees are brown bees - hardy and the least domesticated/most "wild" honeybee type here.
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Our Instagram account. You can see it's ours by the text "Rediger profil", meaning "Edit profile"
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An ad post we had for our honey
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Our latest Vipps sales. "Kr" = NOK. All we sell so far is honey, so these are all honey sales.
Our latest Vipps sales. "Kr" = NOK. All we sell so far is honey, so these are all honey sales.
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Here's 20 us dollars in NOK
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These BBs need to be done fully by the person submitting for the BB.  So a team effort like this isn't allowed.  It's been approved so I'll let it go this time but I wanted to mention it so that people looking at this one understand it isn't the way things are supposed to be done.

 
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Oopsie.

I thought of this kind of like a LIC (Labor Investment Collective, chapter 53 in the SKIP book). And thought it would be okay, as I documented over twice (thrice, actually) the income needed for the BB. Perhaps the person who approved the BB thought likewise. But reading over the specific requirements for the LIC BB just now, I see that a LIC needs to be at least six persons, so then me and my partner in crime won't qualify. And I should probably have documented that even though we were two persons, *I* have practiced all the tasks involved, from getting the bees to selling the honey...?

And - I can imagine the same issue popping up with several other BBs. For example, if we do the hügelkultur BB, we will likely help each other out with the other person's hügel. Would it qualify if we documented that each of us had done all the tasks involved? Or would it still not qualify, as we are just two persons collaborating, and not six?

Just poking a stick into some possible snags in the system

(or giving an example of how a newbie like me might miss something that is explained eminently well somewhere else on the forum)
 
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Hi Ane!  The challenge with these is proving that you did all the little bits.  Often people specialize (for instance, I'll do the online payment stuff if you process the honey).  So it's really hard to prove you can do all the parts when you team up.  

When you do the hugel, just build two in a row.  Then you can each build your own, together, at the same time.  If one needs a hand with a heavy log, no biggie.  But that way we know that you have the gumption to build a whole hugel by yourself (and so does your partner when they submit their BB)
 
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Yeah, I can see what you mean. So...would that also mean that doing the BBs solo is a requirement for the Commerce BBs, but not necessarily for BBs in other PEP aspects?
 
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Doing any BB anywhere in PEP needs to be done solo
 
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r ranson wrote:This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Commerce

Sell "goods" (something you made, grew, or foraged) for a total of at least $20.  Must include a tip of the hat to permaculture values

To get certified for this BB, post the following:
- show that you made, harvested, grew, or foraged the item(s)
- show the price is at least $20
- provide proof that it sold



Thanks for this. It looks really interesting. I’ve started selling food and drinks made from produce I’ve grown on my organic allotments.
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I held a workshop for foraged goods and charged for it. It was $15 a participant. 11 people registered. That makes $165 in one ordeal.

The proof I am showing of sale are text message invitations being accepted. Then vemno shows 3 of them paid me through vemno, so it's more than the required total for the bb.
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I sell rabbits and their meat. Sold a carcass to my neighbor the other week and we've got kits growing in hutches with a list of folks waiting for them to get weaned.


Packaged & frozen meat.



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Rabbit income over this year - we had some breeding hiccups at the beginning of fall, but we're back on track!
Rabbit income over this year - we had some breeding hiccups at the beginning of fall, but we
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Not sure if editing a post is allowed... Here's some specific transactions!
Not sure if editing a post is allowed... Here's some specific transactions!
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I started making beef jerky to reduce the snacking I was doing at work. I let some friends try it and decided I would start selling at least enough to break even. Well now I’ve made over $500 in just a few months. Most of what I’ve made has been bottom round from the local deli down the road.
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I (and my mom) make cat toys and sell them! These are almost exclusively made from discarded materials that I get by dumpster diving. Any stuffing comes out of tossed pillows and most of the fabrics are cutoffs from my mom's sewing projects (she also gets a lot of fabric free or cheap from friends or at garage sales, etc.). Socks and other articles of clothing are also used.

We have been selling primarily at local craft shows, but I have added them to one of my websites and am working on marketing the website so hoping to start getting sales that way soon.

Here's a link to my shop page where I have all the cat toys we have for sale: https://catlovercentral.com/product-category/toys/

Including pictures of me at one of our craft shows and some sales we made where people paid via Venmo (including the one with the pizza emoji, though I'm not sure why the customer added that as the note). Most sales were cash, but I think I have enough proof here for this badge!

I don't have pictures of us making them, so please let me know if I need more proof and I can make sure we get pictures next time we're making products.
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Note: Yes, one of the requirements is showing proof that you made them.  And we need to know that you are doing all the work to make and sell them.  Having a partner in the effort doesn't count.

 
Sam Russell
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Second attempt with better evidence: I started making beef jerky to reduce the snacking I was doing at work. I let some friends try it and decided I would start selling at least enough to break even. Well now I’ve made over $500 in just a few months. Most of what I’ve made has been bottom round from the local deli down the road.
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Dehydrating beef
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Record of $25 in sales
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I crocheted a “dog snood” and sold it for $25+ shipping.

Forgot to get a good “halfway” picture of the creation process, but hopefully you can see that I did it myself. Also including pictures of the conversation between myself and the buyer along with her payment via Venmo.

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Starting the project…
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Almost done!
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Conversation with buyer finalizing the sale…
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Proof of payment!
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