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
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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- article on how to make honey straws.
To learn more about Beekeeping.
- 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
Ways to Make Money From Your 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? We offer a comprehensive guide to gardening for beginners.
- Cut herbs
- Herb plants
- Dried herbs
- Tea blends
- Herb Crafts, like this herb necklace we sell.
- Essential Oils
- Sell herbs to Asian Stores and or Alternative Medicine Doctors
I love herbs and everything you can do with them.
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
Ways to Make Money 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
Make Money With Hand Made Goods
- 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, like this neck cooler that is perfect for gardeners!
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.