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8 Ways to Make Money on a Homestead PART 2
Homesteads provide unique avenues of income primarily because
they are centers of creativity in the first place. Unfortunately this
income potential often goes untapped. If you want to make money, you will have to mark the
idea as a firm goal and
plan to work hard at achieving that goal. You need to know up front that it
takes persistence and perseverance. Whether you homestead in the country or on an
urban homestead city lot, serious potential surrounds you, but you are going to have to focus, create a
plan and then
really make a committment to working on it. The following 8 ideas, based around
services or products, have worked well for many
homesteaders and with a little inspiration, they might point your imagination to an idea that works
for you too!
1. Selling Small Livestock
People are yearning for self reliance more than every before. The difficult, unstable economy we
live in is encouraging both the back to the land and the sustainable living movements which are in turn
creating a high market
demand for the kind of small livestock that
is productive, economical and thrifty. Families want to raise their own food and they
want quality livestock.
If you have a bit of space, raising chickens or
rabbits can create
very good revenue and neither takes up very much room or maintenance time, especially rabbits.
Set yourself up carefully, use the space you have to its best advantage and specialize
in a specific breed or two. Just keep in mind that with animal projects, there are the ongoing
costs of feed, health care and general maintenance to consider. Figure these costs in on the high side
in the beginning and don't cut corners. The highest prices are paid for healthy, content
animals that are well cared for and humanely managed. Be mindful that generally speaking, the
market for purebred livestock is usually better - you will likely get higher prices for purebreds
than cross breeds.
Offering extra free information with your sale can help promote the livestock you sell. Consider taking
time to offer a fact sheet for each type of livestock you sell that gives pointers for general care. People
will really appreciate you going the extra mile and it will make you stand out, easy to remember and possibly
worth recommending to someone else.
Read Some Ideas About Our Experiences Selling Small
2. Selling Garden Produce
It is obvious that tomatoes, beans, squash, peppers, corn and heirloom vegetables of all kinds are great
sellers at road-side stands or
Farmer's Markets. But don't over look ever popular
strawberries. Strawberries sell out quickly at every Farmer's Market I know of, so consider making an
ample amount of room to plant, harvest and market your own. Strawberries are
easy to grow and
the right strains are very, very productive.
Also, if you have room for a large garden,
plant for productive
seasonal harvests that can extend your sales. Study and really understand the climate of your area.
the resources in your community to their full potential to maximize your homestead potential. This includes
exploring the resources at your local
agricultural extension service office.
Make Money on your Homestead