How to Make Money Homesteading

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If you need ideas on how to make money homesteading, have we got a list for you! From selling what you grow to writing about it all, there’s tons of ways to make money homesteading!

Tending crops, raising animals, preserving foods, making things from scratch… it’s all a lot of work. I mean, sure, homesteading is fun, and it’s definitely fulfilling. But imagine doing all that work and getting paid for it, too!

At that point, you’re not only homesteading to help your family eat healthy foods and be self-reliant, but you’re also doing things that can make money while you’re homesteading. That’s when you get double the payout from your efforts!

Making Money While Homesteading

It’s not hard to get started making money homesteading as long as you know your limits. Some of the ideas below are obviously not “one size fits all” methods. The size of your homestead will come into play for some of the bigger ventures.

Know Your Limits

None of the ideas on this list will be “one size fits all” situations. Limitations such as size of homestead, age, health limitations and other responsibilities factor in to what you can do versus what you won’t be able to attempt.

Size of homestead

Large homesteads will be able to do more just based on the amount of land they own. However, even a “micro-homestead” can make additional income without even having a full acre.

Age and health

Taking your age and health into account will help determine what you can and cannot do to make extra money while homesteading. If you’re older or have physical limitations, you may decide not to take on some of the more physically taxing money-making tasks.

We have the drive and motivation to do way more now than we’ll be able to handle in the future. We’re no spring chickens, and we’re not getting any younger. So we’re planning for a mid-sized homestead that we can manage, including side hustles that won’t take all the starch out of us!

Other responsibilities

Your family structure will also come into play when determining what extra income opportunities you can do. Taking care of babies, elderly family members, or people with special needs means you’ll probably have to do less. Working a full-time job may put a damper on your plans, as well. There are side hustles in this post that you can surely work into any home schedule, though.

Ways to Make Money Homesteading

Regardless of the limitations you may be working with as mentioned above, there are things listed below that will help you supplement your family’s income.

Start a Backyard Plant Nursery

One of the easiest ways to make extra money homesteading is by selling seedlings. Many people buy seedlings and plant starts each year instead of starting their own seeds. If you plant from seed, be sure to plant more than you need. When the seedlings begin to sprout, you can sell them.

Don’t let seedlings be the only thing you think of, either. Aside from starting seeds, you can propagate plants, as well. Research what plants you have that can be propagated, take clippings, and build your army of plants.

You can sell plants at farmer’s markets and list them online (ie- Facebook Marketplace). Eventually you’ll be so good at starting new plants, you can even approach local stores about them stocking your plants.

Read More: Starting a Backyard Plant Nursery – The Complete Guide

Sell Your Extra Seeds

Once you have an established garden that produces without fail season after season, you should be saving your seeds. Replanting from generation to generation (specifically heirloom varieties) is a great way to know what to expect from your garden.

When you have that down to a science, and you know the plants you grow are proven producers, why not sell some of the seed you save? Most homesteaders will already be saving seeds from year to year. However most also have more seeds than they’ll be able to use.

Selling your extra seeds can be a good source of extra income. Heirloom and non-GMO seeds are particularly in demand.

More At: Gardening 101: Selling Your Seeds

Growing and selling microgreens to restaurants and grocery stores can be a viable way to make lots of money on the homestead.Grow and Sell Microgreens

Microgreens can be one of the most profitable ventures to make money homesteading. You can sell most microgreens for prices between $20-$35 per pound to local stores. With a low start-up cost, the profit return is amazing.

You can start growing microgreens in your greenhouse, garage, or even a spare bedroom in your house. All you really need is seeds, growing medium (like potting soil), and seed starting trays. If you want to take the next step, get yourself some grow lights and a water mister to keep your sprouts watered.

Microgreens are one of the smartest plants you can grow, because they have a low startup cost but often earn a high price. You don’t need a large area in which to grow microgreens. In fact, I recommend starting small. If your microgreen business becomes a full-time operation, you could even turn your basement into 24/7 microgreen growing rooms.

Check Out: Microgreens – How to Grow Microgreens for Fun and Profit

Make Homemade Soaps, Salves and Candles

Making homemade “self-care” items is not only profitable, but it’s fun! You can really let your creativity shine with different color and scent combinations.

If you have bees on your homestead, you’ve got a ready supply of wax for candles and salves. With enough garden space, you can grow flowers and herbs for tinctures and creams.

Bath products like sugar scrubs, body butters, herbal bath teas, lotion bars, and soaps sell like hot cakes at craft fairs and online.

Read More: How To Make Beauty Products To Sell Or Gift

Sell Homemade Cottage Foods

If you enjoy time in the kitchen, you can make and sell yummy goodies. Check your state and local laws to ensure you’re following all the rules and regulations as well as what you can and cannot sell.

Here in Georgia, we can sell loaf breads, rolls, biscuits, cakes, pastries, cookies, candies, confections, fruit pies, jams, jellies, preserves, dried fruits, dry herbs, seasoning mixes, trail mixes, granola, nuts, vinegar, popcorn, and cotton candy. I’m pretty sure our homemade peach salsa would be a big seller!

Cottage food sales can be very profitable if you have a reliable source of materials (jars, bags, etc) and grow your own ingredients.

(This one is something we’re working towards right now as a way to make more money.)

More At: 31 Awesome Cottage Food Business Ideas You Can Start Right Now

Write a Blog

Blogging is a great way to keep a journal of the things you do around your homestead. By taking note of things that detail your successes and failures, others may learn how to better do what they do on their own homestead.

The amount of money you make from a blog won’t be much at first, but over time, it can be quite a lucrative source of passive income.

Great Information: Start Your Own Blogging Business

Make a YouTube Channel

Like blogging, you’re not going to strike it rich overnight on YouTube (or any other video or livestreaming platform, for that matter). Deliver as much value as you can with your content. Make videos from which people can learn.

Often times, you can niche your content down to specific areas of expertise and garner more attention from people looking to learn. Videos about raising chickens, growing a summer garden, and building your own homestead structures are a great way to chronicle your homesteading journey while teaching and encouraging others to do become more self reliant.

We’re building our own YouTube channel up as well as our blog. We’d love it if you would visit the channel!

Read This: YouTube Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Following and Making Money as a Video Influencer Kindle Edition

Create an Online Course

If you have lots of experience in one or more areas, you can create an online course. Using a platform such as Udemy, Thinkific, or Teachable, you’re able to create a course online that allows you to put your skills into course form and bring in additional income.

But don’t stop there! Leverage all your knowledge on a broad variety of topics, set up multiple online courses, and you’ll be set to teach the world!

Check Out: 10 Steps To Creating A Wildly Successful Online Course

Write an eBook

Speaking of leveraging your knowledge, writing an eBook is another great way to compile your information into a money-making side job. The best part is, after the work is done, and the ebook is available on multiple platforms (including your own website), it will continue to generate passive income.

You can even go through a publisher to create a print-on-demand paperback for your eBook. KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing), owned by Amazon, allows you to easily create and sell an ebook that costs you nothing to produce, plus a paperback copy that only cost you money when it sells. This may be a great option to start with if this is your first book.


Write Freelance Articles

Another way to put your writing skills to work for you is by writing articles for other blogs, websites, and publications. Check out sites like Freelancer and Upwork to advertise your writing services.

Alternatively, you can talk to other bloggers to see if they have written for sites that pay writers. A lot have, and they’re more than willing to point you in the right direction.

Learn More: The Complete Guide on How to Start Freelance Writing

Raising bees can be a fun way to earn more money on the homestead.Raise Bees for Honey

Raising bees can be a fun way to earn more money on the homestead. You can sell their honey, use their wax for candles and other products, and even rent the bees out for pollination once you’re accustomed to their nature and habits.

The fastest and easiest way to earn money from your bees is by selling honey. You don’t have to have fancy plastic bear squeeze bottles (though, they are super cute). Jelly- and pint-sized Mason jars will work great!

Check Out: Beekeeping for Beginners

Sell Fruits and Vegetables

You can make some good money homesteading by growing more of what you’re already growing. There are a number of ways to make this happen.

Selling your produce at your local farmer’s market is a great start. There will be a little overhead renting the space, but you know the spot is there for you, and you don’t even have to maintain the land. (You will have to have a business license, though.)

Build your own veggie stand and sell produce from your front yard! You can get as creative as you want with the stand design, it’s on your property, and it can stay up year-round if you like. Check local city and county ordinances, though. There may be some additional steps to this method.

Start a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and sell directly to “members” who buy a “share” of your backyard farm. You sell these memberships to friends and family to get started, and regularly throughout the growing season, you deliver them a box of prepackaged produce that you’ve grown.

Start a market garden to make extra money on the homestead.
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Start a Market Garden

Speaking of selling what you grow, a market garden can be very profitable. Flowers, herbs and vegetables can be sold directly to stores and restaurants (much the same as microgreens) in your local area.

Granted, you’ll have to grow quite a bit extra over what you’re planting for your family. If you have the garden space available, there’s no reason why you couldn’t. Seek out smaller grocery stores and locally owned restaurants to talk to about buying what you grow. Take them free samples to start the conversation the right way. If they like what you have to say, and love the flavor of your produce, you may be in business!

More Information: Starting A Market Garden: The Complete Beginners Guide

Run a You-Pick-It Farm

A fun activity to do with kids is take them to a U-Pick-It patch to let them see where food comes from. They get to experience picking the food, and you usually get a great quality (and quantity) for an amazing price.

Grow things like strawberries, blueberries, watermelons, and even orchard tree fruits. Let people come to your property to pick them. The great thing about this idea is the only work you have to do is growing the food. They pay you and provide the labor of harvesting what they want.

I see this one as a win/win all the way around!

Read More: How to Start a Pick-Your-Own Farm Operation

Grow pumpkins for people to pick on your homestead for money.Pumpkin Patch

Every year when fall rolls around, people are chomping at the bit for pumpkins. A pumpkin patch is a novel idea if you have plenty of open land to plant pumpkins. It’s a great seasonal way to make extra money homesteading.

People can come, buy pumpkins that you have picked and take fall pictures in the pumpkin patch. You could even set up a stand to sell home baked goods, coffee, hot cocoa, and homemade apple cider.

Also Read: Start A Pumpkin Patch To Increase Small-Farm Profits

Host Weddings and Events

A lot of small homesteads may not be able to do this, but mid-range to large ones could host weddings and other events.

My brother- and sister-in-law had their wedding at a farm, and it was absolutely gorgeous!

Using seasonal elements and plants found on your homestead will create an ambiance that your guests are sure to remember (and recommend to their friends and family). You can grow flowers specifically for this part of your business, or let the happy couple do and get everything on their own.

Your level of involvement will depend on what the bride and groom require, so be ready to do almost anything necessary to accommodate. You could even pair up with local restaurants, catering companies, florists, photographers, and bridal shops to create a “bundle” deal of discounts for your patrons!

Check Out: 14 Ways to Host an Elegant Farm Wedding

Renting space to a photographer can make some extra money on the homestead.Rent Space to a Photographer

I mentioned photographers in the last item, but why not go ahead and rent out a scenic view on your homestead to a photographer? Especially if you have cute farm animals!

An old friend of mine who is a photographer does baby goat pictures every year. Families can go to her studio for pics with the baby goat(s), or she can meet them at the goat owner’s land to have more natural pictures made with the goat kids.

(Side Note: You could just take your goat/pig/chicken/whatever for portraits like I just mentioned. That would require you or someone from your homestead to stay with the animal to continue to care for them during the shoots.)

Read: Want Extra Money? Follow Our Guide on How to Rent Out Your Home for Photo Shoots

Teach Classes on Your Homestead

Maybe you’re really good at teaching people. Suppose you have expert (or near expert) level skill on a few homestead chores. Set up a dedicated area on your land to teach people how to do what you know how to do. Even if that means hopping from place to place around the farm.

People can sign up on your website, Facebook page, or via email to take classes on your homestead. Teach them skills such as raising animals (and dispatching them humanely), gardening, composting, permaculture, basic carpentry, foraging, and anything else about which you’ve got a ton of knowledge.

More Information: How to Use Skill-Teaching as an Income on the Homestead

Start a Cow or Pig Share

If you’re looking to raise a cow, but the cost has you a little set back, you could sell part of the cow in a “cow share.”

Someone would pay you upfront for the season to get a part of the meat from the cow. They might buy a quarter or a half a cow, and when the butchering is done, they’ll get their portion of the meat.

You could also find multiple people to buy shares of each cow you raise. Then when it’s time for slaughter, all of the meat is already sold or claimed (except for your portion, of course). The same can be done with pigs, as well.

A bonus to having a cow share is, it’s a legal way to get people raw milk. If someone buys shares of a cow, they technically would own a share of anything that animal produces, including any of the milk.

Great Resource: Top 10 Herd Share Questions Answered

Carving Out a Living on the Land: Lessons in Resourcefulness and Craft from an Unusual Christmas Tree FarmGrow a Christmas Tree Farm

Christmas tree farming is much like the pumpkin patch idea with the exception that you’ll need way more land (and more time to grow the trees).

Trees typically grow 1 foot per year, so this is a long-term venture for making money homesteading. It’s something you have to plan way ahead for and get started planting well before you’re ready to start selling.

The plus side to this venture is that you’ll most likely get repeat customers year after year. Good quality live trees at an affordable price are highly marketable on Facebook Market, Craigslist, and even in your local newspaper.

You’ll have to provide a good bit of labor for this one when the time comes to sell the trees. There will also be a little more cost per year to maintain and sell the trees. You’ll need things like netting and rope to tie the trees up and secure them to your customers’ vehicle. You’ll also need at least one good chainsaw (unless you plan on going old-school with a bow saw).

Learn More: 10 Tips to Start a Christmas Tree Farm to Make Extra Money

Rent Land for Pasturing

If you have more land than you can use profitably, you might think about renting some of it out for pasturing. Pasturing is where you put animals into a pasture so they can graze.

Maybe you want to use that land down the road for larger garden plots or fields of specific crops. Pasturing animals in those fields will benefit the land more than you may think. It allows for more rainfall to be soaked into the soil so that less runs off to nearby streams. The manure also helps add rich nutrients to build healthier soil.

Read More: Leasing Cattle Land | What You Need to Know

Set up stables on your homestead to earn extra cash.Setup Animal Boarding Stables

If you live in an area full of people who own animals, you can potentially start a boarding business. To begin with, you have to determine if you could potentially have enough customers to make it profitable.

If you already have unused barn space available, this is a no-brainer way to make money homesteading. However, if you will end up having to build something new (especially a large structure) to accommodate the animals, you’d better be sure you’ve got clients lined up and ready to go.

You’ll also need the knowledge of how to care for the animals and be comfortable around them prior to boarding any animals. If you’re timid around horses, it won’t be in your best interest to board horses.

Curious Reading: Should I Start a Boarding Operation?

Grow a Corn Maze

This one could go hand-in-hand with the pumpkin patch. People love a good corn maze. Grow your corn field full, then carve out a maze for people to get lost in find their way through!

Check Out: Thinking of Starting a Corn Maze? Read This First

Womens Fall Autumn Quote Flannel Hay Rides Hot Cocoa Bonfires Smore: A5 To do notebook, 112 pagesHayrides to Make Money Homesteading

Hayrides, the corn maze, the pumpkin patch, and selling cottage goods can be a very lucrative business idea. If you’ve got plenty of land in a rural area, it’s calling for you to do it now!

Don’t just think linear when it comes to hay rides, though. Hook up your tractor to a trailer filled with hay and drive them around? Yeah, that’s cool and all, but what if you put a spin on it? Make the hay ride a themed event. Halloween is the most obvious idea here. Having a “haunted hayride” will likely draw a lot of people. But don’t just stop there! There are tons of holidays and seasonal events you could use to theme your hay ride.

The best part of running a hayride is you don’t even have to own a lot of land! You can take your hay ride to an event that’s already set up. You can be a vendor at just about any event that has plenty of room for a hay ride.

Ideas: 15 Hayride Ideas for Your Party the Kids are Going to Love!

Sell Extra Firewood

One of the easiest, yet most labor-intensive ideas on this list is to sell firewood. It may also require the most land.

If you’ve got good hardwoods on your property, you can use them as firewood in your wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. You can also sell the wood to people in your area. They can come pick it up, or you can offer to deliver it (for an extra fee, of course).

Firewood is usually sold by the cord, which is 128 cubic feet. You can also sell smaller bundles of firewood, if the market is right. Think about all the local gas stations and supermarkets that carry bundled firewood. They need inventory, and you have it!

Great Resource: Firewood Delivery Service Start Up Sample Business Plan

How Do You Make Money Homesteading?

I’ve covered as many items as I feel like are prudent ventures when it comes to making money homesteading. However, I’m sure I’ve left off some that you’ve already thought of (and maybe you’re already doing).

Please leave a comment and let me know how you make extra money on your homestead (even if it’s listed above). I’m honestly curious how other people grow their income using their own natural resources.

15 thoughts on “How to Make Money Homesteading”

  1. So many great ideas! And these ideas would all work over here on the other side of the world in Australia where I am.

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  2. This was such an interesting read! Thank you for posting. You really know what you’re talking about! This post is so detailed and informative. It makes me want to start a homestead of my own!

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  3. An interesting post! I had no idea what homesteading was before reading this. It’s good that you can make money from this!

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  4. Absolutely fascinating! It sounds like the dream life but I know it doesn’t fit into my particular situation, but I wish it could!! Fantastic article!!

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  5. Hey Patrick,

    Great post and a delightful read too! It’s so detailed, I would probably call it, The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading!

    So much to take away, but my pick would be blogging, simply because that’s within my comfort zone! Am I being lazy?

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Best,

    Pedro

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