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Over 150 Ways to Make Money Homesteading
The Homesteading Dream, to live off the land and be completely self-sufficient. But how will you pay the bills? Believe it or not, there are many, many ways to make an income off your land and by the fruits of your labor. I have a list of over 150 Ways to Make Money Homesteading to get you started!
You weren’t born just to pay bills and die, It’s time to start making a living by Living.
150 Ways to Make Money Homesteading- Livestock
Here are a variety of the ways you can make money off your livestock on the homestead for a truly sustainable life:
- Eggs- selling eggs. We sell ours for $5.00 per dozen retail and $4.50 a dozen wholesale
- Fertilized Eggs- sell eggs to schools, youth groups, or others who want to hatch their own.
- Feathers- people buy feathers all the time for crafts, fly fishing, and jewelry
- Egg Layers- you can charge a lot more money for a chicken who is already laying.
- Day Old Chicks- sell baby chicks
- Meat- Farm Raised all natural chicken meat sells for a lot of $$
- Dead Chicks- some reptile places buy small dead animals to use as snake food.
- Breeding Chickens- do you have a sought after breed? You can sell breeders.
- Animal Husbandry Lessons- many people want to have back-yard chickens. Offer classes to educate others.
- Chicken Coops- make coops and sell them.
- Chicken Treats- all natural chicken treats are all the fad these days
- Meal Worms- Grow and sell meal worms for chicken treats and other uses.
- Make Crafts with the feathers to sell at Markets or Bazaars
- Chicken Poop- sell chicken poop to gardeners for organic fertilizer
Would you like to add chickens to your homestead? Check out my latest chicken articles.
- Fiber- there are several goat breeds that produce an amazing fiber you can sell for top dollar.
To read more about fiber goats click here
- Milk- Goat milk is highly sought after. Many people who can’t drink cows milk can drink goat milk.
- Goat Milk Cheese- yummmm
- Kids- Sell the kids once weaned.
- Goat Husbandry Classes- Offer classes to educate others on the proper care of goats.
- Meat- Goat meat commands a higher price than other livestock meats.
- Boarding- Offer boarding to other goat owners.
- Goat Berries- AKA Goat Poop. Goat manure is great for gardens, you can directly sow the manure without waiting.
- Hide- Sell the hide to glove manufacturers
- Buck Service- offering your bucks for breeding. I paid $50.00 each time I hired buck service.
Just getting started with goats? Check out our latest goat madness here
- Meat Shares
- Milk and milk shares
- Cheese Making Classes- I’ve hosted several Cheese Making Classes and charge $40.00 per person.
- Animal Husbandry- Animal Husbandry Classes cost around $125.00 per person for private training here.
- Hide- leather
- Dead Kits: some reptile places buy small dead animals to use as snake food.
- Honey- I sell my honey for $9.00 for 12oz
- Packs- The last pack of bee I bought cost $100.00
- Nucs- Nucs cost $150.00 in SC
- Hives- a basic standard langstroth hive can sell for $100.00 +
- Propolis- Propolis can sell for $45.00 per ounce
- Queens- our Bee Association sells queens for $35.00 each
- Swarm Removal
- Beeswax Candles
- Honey Straws- click here for my article on how to make honey straws
To learn more about Beekeeping, Click Here
- Sheep Care
- Sell Lambs
- Composting Worms- worms are fairly easy to raise and multiply quickly in the right conditions.
- Composter- worm composters cost a lot of money to buy commercially but can be made pretty easily.
- Compost- worm compost is very expensive
- Compost Tea
- Peacocks and all other fowl
- Livestock guardian dogs
150 Ways to Make Money Homesteading- From the Garden
- Roadside Produce Stand
- Farmers Markets
- Local Restaurants- Chefs love to buy direct from the farmer
- Mom and Pop Stores- many local stores want local produce to offer their customers.
- Wholesale to Food Hubs
- Seeds- heirloom, non-GMO, organic
- Plant Starts
- Pick Your Own Farm- Pick Your Own Farms are gaining a lot of popularity.
- CSA’s- Consumer Supported Agriculture.
- Canned Goods
- Dehydrated Snacks
- Flowers- cut flowers
- Dried Flowers
- Mushrooms: selling spawn, mushroom logs
- Make Garden boxes
- Growing Systems: aquaponics, raised beds, hydroponics, gutter gardens, hanging baskets
Want some good gardening tips and how to’s? Click here
- Cut herbs
- Herb plants
- Dried herbs
- Tea blends
- Herb Crafts
- Essential Oils
- Sell herbs to Asian Stores and or Alternative Medicine Doctors
I love herbs and everything you can do with them. From medicine to soaps, click here to see all my articles about herbs.
150 Ways to Make Money Homesteading- On the Farm
Other creative ways to make money Homesteading are:
- Petting Zoo
- Farm Tours- schools, groups, churches.
- Boarding animals either for the day, when other farmers go on vacation or long-term
- Lessons- teach riding lessons, how to trim hooves, how to butcher an animal, whatever your skill, pass the knowledge down.
- Agritourism Bed and Breakfast- very popular in many states. People are paying $100- $500 a night to stay on the farm.
- Become a Learning Farm- Offer Classes to Local colleges, extended learning facilities, and culinary schools
- Farm To Table Meals- team up with local chefs and make this a big community event.
- Photographers many photographers pay $50.00 and hour + to do photo shoots on your farm
- Hunting- lease part of your land to hunters
- Start a hunting club. Where I lived in SC hunt club memberships started at $1000.00 per person a year to use their land to hunt.
- Holiday Events; Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Christmas Village (sleigh rides, pictures with Santa), Berry Festival
- Movies Under the Stars
- Lease Your Farm Land- lease a portion of your land to Market Gardeners or other farmers.
- Compost- for gardens and plants
- Compost tea- made with manure from your livestock to be used in gardens and on plants
- Hay Rides
- Syrup from Trees- Maple, Birch, Walnut and more
- Nuts from trees- acorn, walnut, hazelnut, pecan, hickory
150 Ways to Make Money Homesteading-From the Kitchen
- Breads- Over 13 Homemade Bread Recipes
- Spice Mixes
- Soup Mixes
- Flavored Salts
- Infused Sugars
- Extracts: Vanilla, Mint, Almond, Cinnamon, Stevia, Lemon. Learn How to make Extracts
- Cooking Lessons
- Dehydrated Snacks
- Compound Butters
150 Ways to Make Money Homesteading-Hand Made
- Lib Balm
- Knitted Items: hats, scarves, sweaters, wool socks, mittens
- Crocheted Items: wash cloths, pot holders, cup holders, hats, blankets
- Sewn Items: aprons, quilts, alterations, napkins, place mats, hand towels
- Lessons- share your knowledge. People want to learn what you know.
- Feed Bag Crafts- reusable bags, purses and more.
- Iron Works
- Carved Wood Items: wood spoons, kitchen utensils, cutting boards
- Cleaners: window cleaner, scrubs, kitchen and bath cleaners, laundry detergent
- Paintings, Photos, Sculptures
- Pottery: cups, mugs, platters, tea pots
I love sharing tips on how to make things to sell and for gifts, check out some how to’s here
150 Ways to Make Money Homesteading-Online
- eBooks- write eBooks and sell online in places like Amazon.
- Blogging- not the quickest way to make money but thousands are blogging full-time.
- Vlogging- video blogging
- Workshops- teach workshops online
- Virtual Assistant- every big online blogger has a Virtual Assistant who helps them with social media.
- Write for Others- you can write articles for bloggers, magazines, newspapers and get paid per article.
- Sell your products online: Amazon, Etsy, Craigslist, Woocommerce
- Sell Stock Photos- sell your photos for others to use.
Before. BEFORE, you do ANY of the above:
- Check with your state and local laws.
- There are many laws in place allowing you to sell your goods. Look up your states cottage laws.
- Contact your county Building and Zoning to make sure your activities are allowed.
- Farmers Markets each have their own rules to abide by. Ask the market manager for their list of rules.
- I highly recommend you purchase the necessary liability insurance before you invite anyone on your property or sell items from your homestead.
- Remember to keep good records on all monies made, including bartering, for tax purposed.
Do you have any ideas that aren’t listed above? I would love to add them to our list and share your ideas with others in the community.