If you want to make money on your homestead, I can help you get their without making you feel like you are working for someone else. Don’t just throw in the towel on your dream and pick up a dead end job, lets start turning a profit together.
I have created a list of the most common ways to make money on a homestead. I have personally done, or currently do, everything that is on this list and can tell you it works. Hopefully it will get your mind working and you can think of something that you can do to turn a profit.
The key is to pick a few ideas and focus entirely on them. If you decide to try everything on this list, you aren’t
If you have a few minutes a day, you can grow some extra produce and sell for a profit. Depending on where you live, you can sell produce at a farmers market or even just set up a stand in front of your house. We have had great success selling produce in from of our house, trusting that people will be honest and leave the money they owe.
Did you know that you can easily sell Japanese Maple seedlings for between $2 and $3 a piece. My husband purchased a bundle of seeds on eBay one year claiming it would make us rich and I thought he was nuts. Eight months later, he sold 500 seedlings, at $2.50 a piece, to a local bonsai farm that needed stock!
Another great thing about trees is that they continue to grow, and increase in value, if they don’t sell.
Everyone has to purchase seeds when they get started, there is no way around that. Once you are established and can sustain what you need for seeds, you should have an abundance of extras you can sell.
Whether you raise chickens, ducks, emus, or quale, people are always interested in naturally produced eggs. He sell our eggs on a farm stand in front of our house and they sell as fast as we can get them out there. We actually have reason to believe that our neighbors are tracking what time we restock the stand and come empty us out before anyone else can!
The demand for naturally produced eggs has skyrocketed and so has the demand for backyard chickens. Hatch a few extra chicks this spring and try and sell them to people looking to get started. If they don’t sell as chicks, you can easily sell them as hens that are already producing. People are always willing to spend a little extra money so they don’t have to wait!
If you have large backyard animals at your homestead, breed them and sell the babies! This is the single highest source of profit on our homestead and it can easily be on yours too. All you need is a little space and time and you can start to make money on your homestead today.
Whether you have cows or goats, people are always looking for healthy milk to feed their family. They are willing to pay a little extra to purchase that milk from someone they know than from the commercial production farms.
If you are producing milk on your homestead, you should be producing cheese as well. Cheese is a great way to make money on your homestead with just a little extra effort.
It is harder to grow just enough herbs for your family than it is to grow enough to sell! If you have ever grown herbs, then you know what I mean! Dry the extra’s and sell them to people that don’t want to grow their own. This is another hot product that sells quickly on your farm stand.
Organic beef jerky is a very popular product right now, and it is very simple to make. Take advantage of the craze and learn how to make it now!
If you grow extra produce and can them, it will fly off the shelves all winter. People that didn’t prepared themselves as well as you did will be very happy to purchase the products from you instead of the big bad grocery store. In other words, you will be making money off people that didn’t prepare as well as you did.
Jam is another great product you can sell in your farm stand. It is very simple to make and store, and people love it. This is another one of our top sellers!
If you have maple trees on your land, you should be tapping them and selling the syrup. There is no logical reason not to, so don’t let them go to waste.
Dehydrate the foods that you grew too much of and sell what you don’t need. It’s just going to take up space anyways, you might as well make some money off it.
If people know that baked goods are freshly made from scratch, they will be glad to buy them from you. If baking is your thing, you should take advantage of this money maker!
Most homesteads have an abundance of trees and the need to clear out new grazing areas. Go ahead and clear that lot, then cut up to logs to sell. Selling cord wood is one of the most common sources of income for homesteads.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and people are usually willing so they can learn from your mistakes. Figure out which homesteading skills you have mastered and offer classes to others that might need help in those areas. This is another one of the most common ways to make money on your homestead.
I wont tell you that a homesteading blog is going to make you rich, but it can help make a little extra money while sharing experience with others. I will also admit that I have learned just as much as I have taught others though this blog.
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