If you are currently a homesteader or if you are thinking about starting a homestead, you may wonder how to make money homesteading. There are several ways to make money homesteading and can range from things that will make a little extra cash to things that could potentially replace your “traditional” job as your income. It is always nice to have a few ways that your homestead is bringing in money in order to support the time and effort you put into all of the endeavors.
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Here are 15 Ways to Make Money Homesteading
- Money Saved. Ok, so this might not be the most intuitive way to make money homesteading. However, it is likely that if you are growing your own food, producing your own meat or other products that your cost for the high quality of these items will be less than if you were purchasing an equal quality product in the store. Most homesteaders will also be using everything they produce which decreases waste. This money saved puts extra money in your pocket. Check out our free guide on how to save money homesteading for more details on saving money.
- Selling Pigs. You can raise pigs to butchering age and sell the processed meat product or sell piglets.
- Selling Milk. You can do herdshares or sell raw milk from your farm (if your state allows). Or sell the milk for pets/animal consumption.
- Selling Goats. You can sell baby goats either dairy, meat or wool. Not sure how to even get started with goats? Check out Raising Goats the Basics to get started!
- Selling Cows. Just like with pigs, you can raise the cows to butchering age and sell the processed meat or sell young cows.
- Selling Chicken. You can sell butchering age chickens or you can butcher and sell the processed meat.
- Selling Hatching Eggs. You can keep breeding chickens and sell their fertile eggs. You will likely want to be NPIP certified for this.
- Selling Chicks or Pullets. You can hatch your own chicks and sell them as day olds or raise them to be old enough to tell their sex and sell the girls as laying hens for a premium price. Not sure how to incubate chicks or even where to start with raising chickens? Check out How to Get Started Raising Chickens.
- Selling Homemade Soap. If you are a soapmaker (or you can learn to be a soapmaker), you can sell your own homemade soap.
10. Selling Eating Eggs. You can get extra laying hens and sell their eggs as eating eggs. This is a great way to make money homesteading that won’t take much extra time. Make sure that you have the right breeds for your flock to get the most eggs!
11. Selling Wool/Fiber. If you have wool or fiber animals such as angora goats you can sell their fiber.
12. Selling Fruits. If you have fruit trees or a berry patch you can sell your extra fruit at local farmer’s markets. Or you can have you pick stand at your farm.
13. Selling Vegetables. You can grow extra vegetables in your garden and sell them at your local farmer’s markets or to local restaurants.
14. Create a CSA. You can take the eating eggs, meat products and fruits and vegetables listed above and create CSA packages where you have customers that pay a price to get a varied supply of items each week.
15. Selling Baked Goods. You can get a certified home kitchen and make baked goods such as pies, cakes or other items.
All of these ideas can help you make money homesteading. Of course, you will want to look into your local laws. Most states have specifics around things like selling processed meat, baked goods, raw milk and the like. This information can usually be pretty easily found by looking at your state’s Department of Agriculture.
BONUS IDEA: Another way some homesteaders make money homesteading is by running an online blog and/or selling ebooks and courses so that they can help others learn the crafts of homesteading. If this sounds good, you might check out this ebook from our friends at A Modern Homestead and learn how to make money blogging.
If you are planning to use some of the ideas to make money homesteading, make sure that you figure out your cost to make the product and then sell the product for more than it costs you. That way you are sure what your profit is. For more information on profits, check out the profitable homesteading worksheets we use to run our homestead like a business!