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HOMESTEAD INCOME….Ways to Make Money Homesteading:
Think of things that you have to offer in ways of gardening, construction, farming, livestock, extra services in sewing & mending, maintenance like lawn care, specialty skills like furniture making & repairs, watch & clock repairs, etc…….this is our story:
We have been a self-employed, homeschooling family for over 35 years. Our family ran a small log home company in western Wyoming. As a single-income family and with me being a stay-at-home mom, we found there were times that we needed additional income. We have incorporated raising animals, growing our garden, hunting & fishing, preserving food all the while raising our family on our land.
We were always on the lookout for ways to make money while homesteading. Some of these ways are small but some of them are large enough to add a viable source of income. Some of suggestions can be worked from home and some are worked away from home all the while with the focus being able to live a more self-sufficient and self-reliant lifestyle on our land.
Living the simple life still costs money……..“Money is not everything but it is right up there with air!!!”
Our family has implemented all of the following ideas while still living on our homestead and doing some of those homestead type things that homesteaders do!!
First of all, creating some type of blueprint of your ideas, thoughts and actions for your homestead is imperative. Having a Homestead Seasonal Planner is ideal. Remember to “Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan” as valuable advice. That said, let’s begin exploring ways to create, fund and keep up your homestead financial plan. Saving is as important as earning so do both for financial health!! Learn to Make Money from Home……while living on your homestead!
Several years ago, we started a small lawn mowing service called The Lawn Rangers……….talk about on-the-job-child-training! Running a family business is a remarkable way to help instill responsibility, work ethics, finances and social skills in your children while actually having a lot of fun!
We developed a multitude of wonderful relationships in our small community with our clients. Super valuable experience all the way around! This proved to be very valuable as some of our children still have side jobs mowing plus they learned how to take care of properties, established lasting relationships with community residents and made some money.
Consider the following ideas to make money homesteading:
Earn Money Money from Livestock, Poultry and Animals
•Raise Chicks and Laying Hens for your Family and Sell your Extra Eggs. When you order chicks or hatch eggs, consider ordering or hatching extras to sell.
•Raise and Keep Dairy Goats or a milk cow for your Family and Sell your Extra Milk
•Have Sheep or Goats and sell the lambs and kid goats
•Raise Sheep or Angora Goats for their wool. Specialty wool fiber can be a very lucrative business.
•Start a Dog Walking Service
•Board pets while people are on vacation
•Raise Stock Dogs or Livestock Guard Dogs and Sell the puppies
•Raise Organic Beef, Pork or Lamb and sell shares of meat
More Home Business Income Ideas to Make Money Homesteading:
•Create a Sewing and Mending Service from home or Simply plan on doing all your own sewing and repairs to save money
•Start a Small Catering Business, specializing in an area of your expertise like desserts, cheesecakes, breads, etc……
•Hire out to asset with events and parties as set up or take down crews (work around your homesteading schedule)
•Hire out to asset as kitchen help for large gatherings, parties or events (can be scheduled around your homestead activities)
•Offer in-home childcare as appropriate around your homestead schedule
•Ask neighbors, church members or club members if they need any jobs or chores done for Cash or Trade
•Create a Winter Time Snow Blowing and Snow Plowing Service
•Become a Certified Weed Sprayer and start a Weed Spraying business. This is an ongoing need in all parts of our country. Consider working closely with your local conservation district on this.
•Offer your expertise in construction or carpentry work from income or trade
•Build Fence or make fencing parts such as buck sticks for Buck-n-Pole Fences
•Do Farm and Homestead Chores for the Neighbors for Cash or Trade
•Offer to Farm Sit or Homestead Sit while the owners are away for Cash or Trade
•Haul and Stack Hay for Cash or Trade
•Split and Stack Firewood for Cash or Trade
Creative Income Ideas to Earn Income from your Land:
•Set up short-term or long-term RV Storage, Vehicle, Snow Machine, Boat or Trailer Storage. You would need to offer a safe spot and could even build a 3-sided, covered shed.
•Rent or lease your property for seminars or classes of some type
•Offer your property for temporary event hosting or for temporary construction projects
•Look into Earn Homestead Income through Vacation Rentals through VRBO and AirBnB
•Research for Movie and Music Video sets, and rent or lease your property. We did this for the music video, “Where Cowboys Ride” by Sarah Darling. The Wyoming Office of Tourism commissioned Sarah Darling to make this music video for Wyoming. Our barn, tack shed, pastures and corrals are in this music video.
• Open an eBay account and a PayPal Account. Sell items that you no longer need. You can run this extra business from home. This is a very user-friendly system.
• Grow and Sell Horseradish on eBay. Use the Flat Rate Small Priority Boxes for Shipping.
•Grow and Sell Milk Kefir Grains on eBay. Use the Flat Rate Small Priority Boxes or First Class for Shipping.
•Grow and Sell Water Kefir Grains on eBay. Use the Flat Rate Small Priority Box or First Class for Shipping
•Sell your Garlic for both eating and planting on eBay. Use the Flat-Rate Small Priority Mailing Boxes to ship.
Note: You can order Free USPS Mailing Supplies from the USPS.com website.
Rent, Lease or Start a Business
•Take on Online Herbal Studies Program withHerbal Academy of New England and start a home business selling herbs
•Rent or Lease Pasture for Payment or Trade. This is an excellent way to create some passive income if you have vacant fenced land or pastures. In our area, horses bring about $75 each per month without supplemental feeding. Consider leasing pasture for cattle, horses, pigs, sheep and goats. Your responsibility will be providing pasture, water and adequate fencing. Research Craig’s List to find pasture rates in your area.
•Start a House Cleaning Business. This is an excellent way to earn more income from your homestead as you can work your own hours and schedule. Rates in our area are about $15 to $25 per hour. Again, research your local newspaper or Craig’s List for your local house cleaning rates.
•Starting a Family Business with your Kids is a great way to Make Money from Home!
As mentioned above, we had started a Family Lawn-care Business called The Lawn Rangers! We ran this business for several years and had a multitude of clients. While my husband was building log homes and after homestead chores, the kids and I mowed and weeded a few lawns during the week. We limited our business to just mowing and weed eating as this was the most profitable use of our time.
We ran one Husqvarna Riding Mower and 4 smaller push-type Husqvarna Mowers plus had 2 weed eaters. Our rule of thumb was one dollar a minute or $60 per hour. We provided all the equipment, labor and fuel. Billings were sent out monthly. The Lawn Rangers proved very cost-effective and lucrative with the added bonus of teaching and training our kids on how to work.
Our family developed many great business relationships as well as friendships with our clients. A family business offers many positive teaching and training opportunities!
Note on our family lawn care business:
Since Federal taxes are favorable for family businesses, this is a very definite benefit to starting a home business. Make sure to talk to your CPA. Yes, I said CPA…….we do use an accountant. Proper tax preparation is very important. I know the DIY mindset is also very important but we have decided to Do-It-Yourself in the areas that we feel the most confident in and taxes are not one of them!!!
We have always run Husqvarna equipment from Husqvarna Chainsaws for our log home company to all Husqvarna Mowers and Husqvarna Weed Eaters for The Lawn Rangers…..oh, I guess one of the kids liked his Stihl straight shaft string trimmer but other that one, it has been Husky’s all the way!!!
•Market a Product from Home: We have taken a great nutritional supplement for over 15 years called Body Balance from Life Force International. Life Force is an international company that offers superior products that make differences in daily living.
Body Balance is a whole-food liquid nutritional food made from Sea Vegetation. Body Balance has vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and essential fatty acids in a synergistic whole-food supplement. This is a great company that pays well. Plus, you simply promote their products and they drop-ship orders to your customers.
Earn an Income from your Garden:
Gardening: Research your growing climate, soil condition and local weather patterns
• Start by planning and growing a small garden. Lettuces and Greens are super easy to grow and super nutritious plus you can sell extra at your local Farmer’s Market or Truck Stand
•Growing Seedlings to sell. Start them indoors with a Compact Tabletop SunLite® Garden
•Grow Herbs and Sell at Local Farmer’s Market
•Grow and Sell Fresh Flowers: I have grown Statice and then dried the flowers on whole stems. I sold these at a local gift shop.
•Hire yourself out to plant someone else’s garden. Think in terms of Planting, Weeding, and Harvesting for cash.
•Buy a Chipper/Shredder and shred mulch on site. Mulch for other people.
•Build or buy a small Greenhouse and seedlings. Contact your local NRSC Office about cost-sharing programs. We were able to find a 50/50 Cost Share Program for our Greenhouse.
•Go to the Library and Check out Gardening Books or buy you own. Plan a Garden, plant your garden and market extra produce
Here are my favorite Go-To Homestead / Gardening Books:
Learn to Freeze and Can Garden Produce:
Home Canning saves money
Freeze Your Own Garden Produce: Fresh To Freezer
Make your own compost…….Rustic Compost Crock
Create a Blog in Your area of Expertise: here is a list of my favorite services that are the Top of the Top in Quality!
First: ⇒Secure your Domain Name and Website Hosting Service: I highly recommend SiteGround Hosting Service .
The SiteGround people are superb……and, their website is super easy to navigate……especially for all us older people!!! The younger generation just seems born knowing everything about the tech world, websites and blogging!!! Some of us older folks need extra help and SiteGround has it all…….believe me, I know!!!
So, set up a New Hosting Service with SiteGround and decide which hosting plan is most affordable and best fits your needs. I would recommend that get the site monitoring and privacy package if you are able. This offers extra needed protection for your new website.
Next, this steps involves 2 purchases:
I bought this eBook from A Modern Homestead and it has been a lifesaver. I have printed this manual so I have a hard copy to refer to when I need review. Victoria has spelled everything out in such a thorough format.
Related Post: How to Start a Blog for Everyone
Work these income savings ideas from and around your Homestead
Some ways to save money are as simple as learning to take care of your health. Research natural remedies that can help with maintaining your families overall health.
Related Post: On Saving Money on Your Homestead, Farm or Ranch
Household Budget Ideas and Credit Card:
Create a Budget – develop a simple budget of earnings and expenditures. Simply make two columns on a sheet of paper titled Income and Expenditures.
Build a “Rainy Day” Savings Account ; listen to the Six Month Fund for Emergencies. This is vitally important. Most Americans do not have at least $500 on hand in a savings account. Being self-sufficient means taking care of yourself. Having a “Rainy Day” Savings Account is so important. Start building that today!
Have only one Credit Card and pay the balance off each month. Plan to have a card that offers points for things that you need. Do not get Air Mile points if you do not travel. We have a Cabela’s Credit Card that earns points for things we need and want for our lifestyle. Get free boots, socks, tools, things for hunting & fishing……Things that matter to you for your lifestyle.
Use Smart Coupons and all types of coupons when possible but only buy those items that you really need!!
Household Insurance Saving Tips:
Revisit all Insurance Policies and shop around for the best rates and deals. Combine all policies such as Homeowner’s, auto and a PULP with one carrier for multi-policy discounts. (A PULP is a Personal Umbrella Liability Policy) Combining all policies including a PULP can actually be less expensive than just having one auto policy or one homeowner’s policy.
Make sure all your policies are up-to-date. This is asset protection. Your simple lifestyle needs protection, too!!!
Review Healthcare Coverage: we are members of Christian Healthcare. This is such a blessing as the membership fees are extremely affordable compared to normal Health Insurance. Plus, CHM offers a referral program called “Bring-A-Friend”. When you tell a friend about CHM and they join, you receive a premium holiday which means CHM waives one month’s membership cost for your family.
Each new member that joins and stays for three months qualifies you for this premium holiday! This is fantastic as your family can save up to $450 a month just for referring Christian Healthcare to others that you care about!! Christian Healthcare Ministries is compliant with all government regulations. This is a “must do” for your healthcare coverage!
All the Best to You as you Make Money Homesteading while living the Homesteading Life!!