Make Money Homesteading: 85 Ways to Get You Started

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Are you looking for ways to make money homesteading? Do you live on one income? Are you looking to supplement the income you already have? Then this is the post for you!

 

I have compiled a huge list of the many ways you can make money homesteading over the last two years. I have organized them by category to make it easier for you. Most of these ideas involve tasks and materials you may already have or use. I hope you find these suggestions helpful. Here we go…

 

farmers market

 

Make Money Homesteading: 85 Ways to Get You Started

 

 

Make Money Homesteading with Animals

 

These options to make money homesteading include everything from livestock and poultry to bees and mealworms.

 

Chickens

  • Sell fresh eggs. Brown eggs sell here where I live for sometimes $3.50 a dozen.
  • Collect fertile eggs and sell them.
  • Sell day old chicks.
  • Sell Pullets
  • Too many chickens? Sell your adults as layers if still producing well.
  • Sell older chickens as stewing hens.

 

Chickens

 

Rabbits

  • Sell rabbits for meat.
  • Sell specialty breeds like Angoras for their fur.
  • Breed and sell those babies.
  • Sell their droppings! Yep, people love bunny poo!

 

rabbits

 

Lamb/Sheep

  • Sell for their meat.
  • Breed and sell those babies.
  • Raise hair sheep and sell the hair for fibers.

 

sheep in the pen

 

Goats

  • Sell specialty goats for their hair.
  • Breed and sell the kids.
  • Sell their milk. This is very profitable where I live but check first. We can sell goats milk but not for human consumption.
  • Sell the adults for the meat.

 

baby goat eating hay

 

Turkeys

  • Sell feathers to crafters.
  • Breed and sell the babies.
  • Sell turkeys for meat. If you time it right, Thanksgiving could be a very profitable time!

 

turkey

 

Pigs

 

piglets

 

Cows

  • Sell those calves.
  • Sell the adults for their meat. Black Angus is very popular here, and profitable!
  • Sell your excess dairy.

 

cow

 

Worms

  • Raise worms and sell for bait if you live near a fishing source.
  • Start a worm farm and sell to others wanting to start one.
  • Teach people how to do vermicomposting.

 

worm

 

Mealworms

  • Raise these and sell to chicken farms, they are a treat for chickens!

 

bird and mealworm

 

Fish

  • Tilapia and other fresh-water fish can be sold to local families and even restaurants if you practice aquaponics.
  • Aquaponics vegetables are big sellers too!
  • Sell shrimp or clams you raise in saltwater ponds.

 

tilapia

 

Bees:

  • Raise bees for honey!
  • Sell bees and starter colonies to others wanting to raise bees.
  • Get paid to remove hives for others.

 

bees

 

 

Make Money Homesteading with Plants

These suggestions are few in number compared to the endless possibilities to make money homesteading.

Seeds

  • Sell your leftover seeds.
  • Collect seeds from your plants at the end of the season and sell them. (especially heirloom seeds)

 

seeds in a bowl

 

Starters and Potted Plants

 

hemp plant

 

Fruit Trees and Berry Bushes

  • Take cuttings and sell once established.
  • Have plenty of berries or an orchard? Start a u-pick business seasonally
  • Have an overabundance of berries or fruit you have no room for? Sell the extras.

 

elderberry

 

Vegetable Garden/Herb Garden

 

squash

 

Flower Garden

  • Sell those beauties to florists.
  • Sell floral arrangements.
  • Dry the petals and make potpourri to sell.
  • Sell the edible petals.

 

flowers

 

Miscellaneous

  • Have vines? When cutting them, wrap them in a circle to make wreaths and sell.
  • Too many bulbs? Sell the extras.
  • Do you grow mushrooms? Sell them.

 

mushrom

 

 

Make Money Homesteading Selling Products

There are so many products to be made with just a little talent and ingenuity. Try your hands with these suggestions to make money homesteading.

Handmade

  • Create handmade furniture for inside or outside.
  • Make your own DIY cleaners, place in a pretty sprayer, label and sell.
  • Make your own candles and soaps.
  • Design yard signs or custom signs from scraps of wood and a little bit of paint.
  • Make and sell a craft your good at, ie…crocheting, sewing, wood burning. Endless possibilities here.
  • Learn to make a craft from a tree stump.

 

soap

 

From the Kitchen

  • Make and sell cookies and cakes for special occasions.
  • Sell homemade bread! Everyone loves homemade bread!
  • Bake and sell homemade pies.
  • Make your own jellies and jams and sell them.
  • Make fudge, chocolate candy and sweets and sell them.
  • Try bottling your own DIY vanilla extract. People will pay good money for this here!
  • Create spice blends in pretty jars with labels and sell them.

 

jam

 

Natural Resources

  • Sell Firewood. Make sure it’s split and seasoned for one year!
  • Sell manure.

 

firewood

 

Make Money Homesteading Offering Your Services

All of these suggestions are ways to use your skills to make money homesteading.

On Your Homestead

  • Start a bed and breakfast if you have the extra bedrooms.
  • Offer a scenic spot to be rented for pictures for weddings and other celebrations.
  • Offer paid tours of your homestead.
  • Teach classes at your homestead on animal care, cleaning hooves, etc…
  • Do you butcher your own animals? Why not offer to do it for others and get paid?
  • Pet sit.
  • Rent pasture land.
  • Rent stalls.
  • Raise animals til butchering time for people who can’t do it themselves.
  • Make a corn maze and offer hayrides in the fall.
  • Freelance
  • Offer photography services if that’s your talent.
  • Start a blog.
  • Do you sew? Offer alterations.
  • Have a yard sale!

 

corn maze

 

Off the Homestead

  • Start an Etsy shop.
  • Sell items on Craigslist or eBay.
  • Get paid to talk at an agriculture center in your town.
  • Offer classes at a senior center.
  • Work with a 4-H club to provide their animals.

 

There are so many ways you can make money homesteading! You need to stop and take a look around your homestead. Think about what you can do, sell, and/or make that would bring in more income. I have a friend that sells books she finds from thrift stores on eBay and she makes a fortune sometimes. I have others that sell honey from their hives.

 

How do you make money homesteading? I would love to hear what you do and would love some more suggestions too! Just leave a comment in the comment box so other readers can learn too!

 

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About the author

I'm a mama to four and grandma to six. Yankee born with a love of the south. I love old-fashioned ways with modern thinking. I'm a homesteader, gardener, blogger. I enjoy “from scratch” cooking, consider myself a crafty do-it-yourselfer, and animal rescuer.

17 Comments



  1. There is something here for everyone to make extra money off their homestead. Found you on Natural Living Bloggers Blog hop

    1. Author

      There are so many ways to make an income and I am sure there are more than whats here. What’s important is to find what works for you, your family and your homestead and find more than one so you are not limiting yourself. Thanks for stoping by!

  2. This is a GREAT post that I’ll be referring to again and again, since I’m wanting to make money with my homestead. Thanks for all the fab ideas! Visiting from Homestead Blog Hop. 🙂

    1. Author

      Making money is a lot easier when you have more than one source of income. Just don’t put all your eggs in one basket! Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  3. I totally agree with Kristi…I certainly will be referring back to this post! I am in process of making salves, lip balms, deodorants and soaps. I love all these ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  4. So many ways to make money homesteading. We do several of these you listed.


  5. Hey Annie…I added a link to this article in my recent post about 50 ways to save money on your homestead. 🙂





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