When you start homesteading there are a million things to consider. Most of the stuff you figure out as you go along, and that’s the fun side of it. It can be stressful though, problem-solving all the time. To make life a bit easier at the start I have compiled a list of 5 important essentials of homesteading you need to get started with your homesteading lifestyle and keep it on the right track.
Money is one of the most important essentials of homesteading. This one seems obvious but it is very important for homesteading. You don’t need to be rich, but you must at least have an income and some extra to do the spur of the moment things that often take place while homesteading.
Just having money on hand is not enough. Saving money and being frugal by budgeting and using what money you have wisely is important too. You can find a useful Income and Expense sheet at The Farm Wife that can help you keep your financials in order.
Similar to money, land is another one of the important essentials of homesteading. With a piece of land you can build freely on it and you often do not require permission and permits to build other structures depending on where your homestead is. You can build an off-grid home there to get started or build a barn for your horses.
Acquiring the right land is not always easy but it is possible if you do your research and wait for the right land to become available. Since it is your dream lifestyle you don’t want to compromise on location. Take the time and find the right location for what your needs are.
Not every homesteader will require a barn for animals, but they can be useful on the grounds for storage or for business. Barns come in all shapes and sizes and can be used for a variety of purposes, including small businesses that support the growth of your sustainable project.
Barns can also be rented out for weddings and events to bring additional income to your homestead. They can be rented to others to house their horses monthly.
Many homesteaders keep horses and as a result, they need equestrian pole barns. The ones at the link can be quickly and easily set up, they are designed to be functional and affordable so you can get your equestrian business going without delay.
Another one of the important essentials of homesteading you will need will be some boots, especially if you want to be an equestrian homesteader. Walking around the fields all day is a muddy business so you will require a good quality pair of boots. The sooner you buy these the better.
If you are an animal lover you might want to avoid leather boots. Luckily, there are many non-leather options on the market now that are just as robust and long-lasting. You can even buy boots for homesteading that are repairable and replaceable.
If you want to live a sustainable homesteading lifestyle another one of the important essentials of homesteading you will need will be to invest in a good composter. Since you will be growing much of your own produce you will need a composter large enough to turn your household waste into excellent fertilizer for year-round use.
There are several types of composter you can buy. Some are for inside use, others are permanently outside. Some homesteaders have a combination of both, it is up to you what you go for. You might even build one yourself using old pallet wood and some self-taught DIY skills.
Final Thoughts on the Important Essentials of Homesteading
Homesteading is a lifestyle you can really enjoy and prosper from. However, having the essentials of homesteading in place from the beginning can be a huge help and make for a better, less stressful journey.