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40 Clever Ways to Earn Money From Your Homestead

Living on an old-fashioned homestead eliminates many employment opportunities by design. The environment forces you to carve out a living for yourself however you can. Although you primarily live off the land, you still need some money to expand and improve your home.

There are many clever ways to earn money in the country and increase your independence. You have a ton of money-making opportunities at your fingertips. Here are 40 of the most profitable income sources homesteaders can pursue.

Livestock

Aside from the land itself, your homestead’s collection of livestock is your most valuable commodity. You should have a few different animals to broaden your potential sources of income. Even some unorthodox creatures like rabbits, ducks and bees can be profitable. Here are some creative ways to make money through your livestock.

1.     Sell Your Livestock’s Meat

Raising animals for slaughter isn’t for the faint of heart, but it pays the bills. Cows are the most profitable meat livestock, followed by pigs and chickens. You need plenty of pasture land and butchering equipment for the job, so make sure you’re financially ready for a big investment.

2.     Sell Newborn Livestock

Another practical way to make money off livestock is by selling newborns and hatchlings. People starting their own farms and homesteads need a trusted vendor for their first animals. Smaller livestock like chickens and rabbits breed like crazy, so it could prove to be a consistent income stream.

3.     Sell Chicken and Duck Eggs

Fowl are the best livestock for homesteads because they’re low-maintenance and produce a ton of eggs — sometimes too many. Why not sell your extra supply to get them off your hands? Determine how many eggs your family needs for personal use each week and set the rest aside for sale.

4.     Sell Fresh Dairy

Depending on your state’s raw milk laws, you can sell milk, butter, and other pasteurized products to neighbors or local stores. Get some goats and hair sheep along with your cows so you have enough milk to work with.

5.     Cow or Goat-Share

If you live in a state that prohibits individuals from selling raw milk, you can skirt around this rule by joining a cow-share or goat-share with some neighbors. Rather than selling and buying the milk, you’re simply sharing the milk with other “owners” for an agreed-upon price.

6.     Sell Wool From Sheep

Hair sheep are better for meat and dairy, but wool sheep are more valuable overall. Wool is used in clothing, carpets, blankets, upholstery, insulation and many other things.

7.     Raise Rabbits for Meat and Poop

Because of their diets and lifestyles, rabbit meat has more vital nutrients and less fat than other varieties. It’s also rarer than other types of meat, so it sells for a higher price. The rabbit’s greatest income source, however, is poop. Rabbit poop’s high nutrient contents and small size make it the perfect base for manure.

8.     Tan and Sell Hides

Hides from livestock draw a pretty penny, especially from cows and sheep. The tanned skins are used in clothing, upholstery and all kinds of leather goods. It also allows you to make use of the cows and sheep that don’t provide quality meat, dairy or wool.

9.     Make Your Own Jerky

Every homesteader should learn how to make their own jerky. The best cow parts for beef jerky are the top round, bottom round and lifter cuts, though you can use others if necessary. You might even strike gold with a hit recipe.

10.  Start a Fish Hatchery

Assuming your homestead sits near a water source, you can start a small fish hatchery and help people stock creeks and rivers on their own properties. Start with some trout and perch and then work your way to less common species.

11.  Start Beekeeping

Beekeeping has several income sources: honey, beeswax, honeycomb and the bees themselves. Even if your homestead has minimal pasture space, you can still keep thousands of bees at a time.

12.  Sell Turkey on Thanksgiving

Add turkey to your list of livestock and sell them to other families on Thanksgiving. Grocery store shelves have been barer than usual lately due to supply chain issues, so you might end up having a monopoly on turkey sales in your area this year.

13.  Become a Dog Breeder/Trainer

Dogs are essential for protecting and herding your grazing animals. If you feel a close connection with them, try becoming a breeder or trainer. People are willing to pay extra for pretrained dogs.

Crops

Each of the fruits, vegetables and other items grown on your homestead has profit potential, including the wild plants. Here are some creative ways to earn money from your various crops.

14.  Sell Your Fresh Produce

Instead of throwing your extra produce on the compost pile or feeding it to the pigs, sell it at a local farmers market. Make sure your stand is clean and organized to attract more buyers and maximize sales.

15.  Sell Seedlings

If you have a green thumb, consider starting a small nursery on your homestead and selling the plant seedlings. The hardest part of gardening is keeping them alive. Most people would much rather buy a healthy seedling than start from scratch.

16.  Sell Your Flowers

Although they serve no practical purpose, flowers are just as popular at farmers markets as fruits and vegetables. We all could use some more color in our lives. A colorful bouquet brightens any room it enters and makes for a great gift.

17.  Sell Homemade Baked Goods

Another item you can sell at the farmers market is homemade bread. Throw some pastries and cookies into the mix if you’re an experienced baker. Bread and sweets will always be in high demand.

18.  Sell Mushrooms

Mushrooms often sell for a high price, but it’s not because they’re difficult to grow. Not many farmers think of growing them, so they’re in shorter supply than most other crops. Shiitake and oyster mushrooms are your best options for a small-scale operation.

19.  Sell Fresh and Dried Herbs

Basil, oregano, parsley and many other herbs are great additions to your product line. You might even make something creative with them, such as an herbal tea recipe or natural medicine.

[Editor’s note: You could also purchase a freeze dryer and freeze dry food to sell. They’re all the rage these days.]

20.  Make Jams and Jellies

Your farmers market stand wouldn’t be complete without a few jars of jelly and jam. If you have a few berry bushes and fruit trees on your property, you have everything you need to make custom recipes from scratch.

21.  Start a Berry Patch

Instead of collecting your homestead’s berries and bringing them to market, allow the customers to pick the berries themselves. Make sure you have enough space to plant at least a dozen large bushes.

22.  Sell Manure

We’re willing to bet you have some leftover manure lying around. Why not bag it and sell it? You might also sell it in bulk and have people haul it straight from your property to make the transaction easier.

Other Money-Making Ideas

Aside from your livestock and crops, an established homestead has numerous random passive income sources. You just have to use your imagination. These ideas will get you started.

23.  Pick up a New Trade

Homesteaders should practice at least one trade besides farming. Electricians and plumbers are in higher demand, while carpenters and blacksmiths are more beneficial for off-grid living. You can’t go wrong with any of these ideas.

24.  Become a Trapper

Your homestead likely has some unwanted critters running around, namely coyotes. Set a few traps around your property during the hunting season and sell the furs. Coyote hunting and trapping have no restrictions. Once big game season starts, you can catch as many as you want.

25.  Sell Firewood

The prospect of buying firewood might seem crazy to you, but most people don’t have a consistent supply of wood. If you split the wood for them, they’ll be happy to take it off your hands.

26.  Make Bird Feeders and Houses

Use your leftover timber to make beautiful bird feeders and houses to sell at local shops. There’s a surprisingly large market for bird feeders, as they help people in urban areas form a closer connection with nature’s sights and sounds.

27.  Patch up Clothes

Every homestead needs at least one capable sewer who can patch up clothes. They can show off their skills and make some money by starting a patchwork service. People’s clothing needs minor repairs all the time, especially out in the country.

28.  Sew Clothes From Scratch

You could take the sewing idea a step further and make clothes, blankets, upholstery and other fabric products from scratch. There might be great profit potential if you live in a cold area where warm clothing is in high demand.

29.  Make Your Own Soap

You can make high-quality soap from goat’s milk or a cheaper soap with soy as the main ingredient. Add lavender, pine, cucumber or whatever natural scent you want. They are always popular in the cosmetics industry.

30.  Make Skin Care Products

You can also make lotions and other skin care products. People want as many natural ingredients in their skin care routines as possible. Your 100% organic products could be a huge hit and develop quite a following.

31.  Make Scented Candles

Natural odors are also big hits with candles. You can either make them from beeswax or soy and create unlimited scent combinations. Candles are top sellers at farmers markets and make for great gifts.

32.  Collect Bait for Fishing

As long as people are fishing, bait will stay in high demand. Collect worms, insects and crayfish and sell them in large quantities to the fishing enthusiasts in your area. You should have no shortage of options if you live near a body of water.

33.  Start Pet-Sitting

Your neighbors likely have some livestock and pets. You can take care of their animals when they leave for extended periods. You will make some money and also build trust with your neighbors, forming a closer community.

34.  Write a Book

Sometimes uninteresting people think their life stories would make a good book. Unlike those individuals, you actually have something worth writing about. Write a book about homestead life to educate people about the lifestyle’s challenges and benefits.

35.  Start a Blog

If writing a book seems too intimidating, start smaller with a blog. Build an online community of like-minded people and spread the word about homestead life. Just make sure you don’t reveal too much personal information. Privacy is one of the main reasons you chose this life, so don’t do anything to compromise it.

36.  Become a Photographer

Another way to spread positivity online is through photography. Post pictures of the beautiful landscapes surrounding your property — without revealing the exact location, of course — and show them off so everyone can appreciate their beauty.

37.  Teach Homesteading Skills

Opening up your homestead to strangers might not tickle your fancy, but it’s the most straightforward way to educate people about the lifestyle. People need hands-on experience to understand what it takes to live off the land. Give them lessons on farming, hunting, gathering and all the other essential skills homesteading requires.

38.  Host Seasonal Activities

Each season brings a unique set of activities. You can open up a pumpkin patch or hay ride during the fall, a berry-picking business in the summer, and gardening classes in the spring. Your homestead could become a popular destination families return to time and again.

39.  Open Your Land to Hunters

Serious hunters are more than willing to pay for private land access. With no annoying public land hunters around to scare the animals, they have a higher probability of getting a kill. We’re willing to bet you know some hunters in your area, so let them onto your property for a few weekends during the hunting season to make an extra buck (pun intended).

40.  Buy and Sell Used Goods

If you have a lot of spare tools and equipment lying around, sell them on eBay, Amazon, OfferUp and other similar apps. You can also use these apps to buy and resell goods for profit. Put your sales skills to the test and make money off things you own but no longer need.

Homesteads Need Income, Too

Homesteaders are more self-sufficient than the average person, but they need income, too. You have your family, land, animals and crops to look after. Each income stream, no matter how small, brings your property that much closer to perfection. Add some of these money-making projects to your plans and make your dream paradise a reality.

[Note: This was a guest post.]

By Damian Brindle

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