When I first started homesteading some of my favorite posts were the “How to Make Extra Income” posts. When you’re on a homestead, extra income covers things like better quality feed for your animals or the resources to extend you animals grazing lots, etc.
I loved all the suggestions in the posts I’ve read.
Some of my favorites are:
•“52 Ways to Make Money on a SMALL Homestead” by Anna at Celebrating a Simple Life – This is a great post because it is specifically for small homesteaders, which is what I am and why I liked it so much. I really loved the garlic seed idea because I LOVE garlic, come from a family who loves garlic, and has a mother who’s somewhat of a “garlic brat”.
•“32 Ways to Earn Money From Your Homestead” by Sarah at The Free Range Life – Sarah mentions “services” in this post which I thought was pretty clever and something I’d never seen anyone suggest. Although they would be long-term goals for me, some of them are things I look forward to trying one day.
•“39 Ways to Make Money Homesteading” by Jill at The Prairie Homestead – Again, a lot of these are long-term goals such as raising bees or breeding sheeps, goats, cows, etc. The short-term goals I have to fulfill off of this list is “25. Put your knitting or sewing skills to work and create homemade hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, and more” and “37. Start a blog or website” which is what I am actively doing at this very moment (THANK YOU for reading!)
***NOTE: I am not being compensated in any way by mentioning the bloggers above. They’re just a few of the homestead blogs I’ve found that much of my inspiration rooted from.***
HOW TO MAKE EXTRA INCOME ON A HOMESTEAD
Some of these are ways I maybe haven’t used myself but would absolutely take advantage of if I saw a neighbor offering the service! Let’s get started.
- Trash Removal – Do you own a truck? A trailer that can attach to your vehicle? Put it to use! I can’t tell you of the constant pile of “trash” (Ex. Feed bags which I COULD repurpose, as mentioned in Celebrating A Simple Life’s post) I have in my front yard and slowly shove in garbage cans for pick-up. The previous owners burned everything in the fire pit but I’m not keen on burning plastic around my precious animals.
- Build and Install Garden Beds – I have to hand over credit to my mom for this one. Have to ever built an above ground garden bed? I’ve built a lot of them, even in my short two years of homesteading. They can be so easy to build (depending on the design). There are people who want to have a garden but don’t want to put in the work to start – you can access that market and make a pretty penny doing so. I plan to possibly utilize this idea within the year!
- Wreaths – You might be thinking “What?” on this one but hear me out! Do you own grape vines? If you do, you know the major pruning jobs that you do yearly and the product of those pruning sessions. Vines make beautiful wreaths. You can order simple things to decorate them with from Etsy or sell them undecorated. All you have to do is loop the dried wines around and around and Voila! A handmade wreath. This would be a big Spring and Christmas seller if you added some sunflowers or mistletoe!
- Pine Needle – This idea might be location sensitive but I wanted to mention it anyway. I live in Central Florida and we have some really amazing pine trees here. Actually, when my husband and I bought our home the previous owner “gifted” us her pine needle picking business. She picked pine needles and sold them to basket weavers! We did this for a short time but soon realized our time would be better spent learning about animal husbandry and gardening. You can also gather pine needle and sell it for mulch! It makes a beautiful addition to walkways in a garden space.
- Selling Eggs – An idea that is on almost every list, but such an easy one that I’m adding it to mine…and come to think of it that might be why it’s added to all the others, too. We sell our eggs to friends and neighbors. The income isn’t large but it does cover the cost of feed, which is so helpful in the long run. If you have extra eggs, you can make extra money!
- Clearing Debris – Do you have a chainsaw? A tractor? Again, a truck? I recently put my husband to work clearing our side lots to prepare for any animals we might add to our home in the next year or so (*cough, cough – goats*). I’m so thankful he is doing it because I didn’t want to and I might or might not have been searching to hire someone to do it for me, you’ll never know. You could make decent money clearing, weeding, chopping down small lots for people and extra money if you haul it away for them in your truck!
- Installing Hoop Gardens – We installed hoops on our gardens this year to extend our growing season and deter pests since we don’t use spray our crops. Installing hoops on a garden bed is really quite easy and not to time consuming. You could market it alone or as an add-on after you finish building all your neighbor’s garden beds.
- Sell Hatching Eggs – This is another one often seen on all the “Make Extra Income” posts. We’ll be applying this service to our homestead list of “Services Offered” next year as we are currently raising our breeding stock of Dixie Rainbow Chickens. They’ll be “pure bred” birds and their eggs will be offered as hatching eggs.
- Pet Sitting – The Prairie Homestead mentions this one, also. We have two dogs that we adopted from shelters and only want to provide the best care for. Luckily, currently that care comes from my wonderful mother-in-law (who reads all my blogs and is super supportive, Thanks Ma!). BUT if we didn’t have The Ma then I would be seeking a good pet sitter. If you already have a homestead I bet you already own animals and know how to properly care for them. Monetize that expertise!
- Irrigation – Let’s go back to the hoop garden bed idea. Some people hate installing irrigation. Alright, I hate installing irrigation, I’ll admit it. Although I don’t look forward to installing it I still do because it is just a wonderful addition to my morning chores. Irrigation can save time, energy, and if done right can even conserve some water. I used the black pipe irrigation at first but replaced it with PVC pipe. If you’re good at irrigation I bet you’d be good at making money installing it for people.
Well, there you have it.
There are so many ways to make extra income. My current focus is my blog but in the future, I hope to be selling wreaths and hatching eggs and installing hooped garden beds.
Do you make extra income on your homestead? I’d love to hear about it and even see pictures! If you ever utilize any of the ideas mentioned above, tell me about that, too.
Keep on keeping on, folks, and happy homesteading!
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