45+ ways to earn money on your homestead!

November 11, 2013

Don't we all just want to quit our jobs and live off the land? We know, we do.. Although it may seem like just a dream for now, there are many ways to earn enough income to homestead with out seeking work off the land. If you haven't already, check out this post on things to consider when purchasing your homesteading land, now it's time to see how you can earn money from your homestead! Here are a few I have come up with!

  • Sell your fruits and vegetables at an adorable road side stand.
  • Join a farmers market and sell veggies and fruit there!
  • Use your land as a venue for events like weddings and reunions.
  • If you have chickens, sell your extra eggs.
  • Sell fertilized eggs to raise chicks, or raise the chicks to sell.
  • Raise chickens for meat.
  • Hens that aren't producing can be sold as stewing hens.
  • Create a beautiful arboretum attraction full of native species.
  • Charge photographers who want to photograph weddings here (must be beautiful to get away with this one).
  • Create a Wildlife Friendly Habitat to attract birds, hand feed chickadees and birdwatchers.
  • Keep bees and sell honey you have harvested
  • Render and sell beeswax.
  • Sell home made beeswax beauty products or salves.
  • Make beeswax candles to sell.
  • Create a beautiful u-pick wild flower garden your bees need and will appreciate.
  • Sell your flowers at a road side stand or market.
  • Divide and pot your large perennials to sell.
  • Give gardening classes.
  • Seed save and sell extra seeds
  • Grow and sell fresh herbs.
  • Dry and sell dried herbs.
  • Grow sunflowers to sell bird seed.
  • Tap your maple trees to sell maple syrup.
  • Grow grapes and make wine!
  • Have goats? Sell goat cheese or milk.
  • Make goat milk soap!
  • Raise cattle, lamb, pigs, ducks, quail, rabbit or turkey for meat to sell.
  • Use your farm animals as studs.
  • Sheer sheep for wool to sell
  • Or spin yarn yourself.
  • Sell handicrafts, knitted or crocheted items.
  • Sell hand crafted furniture.
  • Have farm pets? Open a small petting zoo!
  • Have a pick-your-pumpkin patch!
  • Corn maze if you have a field of corn.
  • Road side fall attractions with games, and hay rides!
  • Sell compost or manure if you have enough animals hah!
  • Create an Orchard and sell apples, and apple products.
  • U-Pick apples!
  • Make your own strawberry jam and pickles to sell.
  • Grow a U-pick strawberry, or raspberry patch.
  • If you have a green house, sell seedlings in the spring.
  • Host workshops or classes on how to homestead!
  • Start a blog and earn income from it, one day!
  • Use your skills to start a home based business!
  • Rent out land for farmers!
  • Rent out grain storage!
  • Start a doTERRA business with me!
Most of these we are planning to do ourselves to earn enough income that we can both work on the homestead. I am sure there are many other ways to earn income, these ideas I have come up with focus on using what is around, already there at your disposal. Imagine if you had skills like tractor repair, or could give riding lessons?

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