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10 Homestead Passive Income Ideas

 
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Hello everyone!!  

Gaining personal freedom and liberty for our family has always meant not having to work for someone else and not trading hours for dollars.  

In today's video from our daily Vlog I go over 10 ideas to add Passive Residual Income straight from your Homestead.

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Here is the 30-second skim-read text version of this video:

1 -- make YouTube videos
2 -- sell stock video footage of your homestead situation
3 -- network/multi-level marketing
4 -- tree propagation
5 -- ebooks
6 -- online courses
7 -- make and sell a documentary about your homestead
8 -- affiliate sales (Amazon re the tools you use et cetera)
9 -- leverage your real estate (build a tiny house and put it on AirBnB, build/rent storage units, et cetera)
10 -- Patreon ??? (he's uncertain about it)
 
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I wish permies would be interested in ACTIVE income ideas. There is a ton of opportunity to make outside income:

  • Building fence
  • Planting trees
  • Building and filling raised beds
  • Building chicken coops
  • Building chicken tractors
  • Building greenhouses or hoop houses
  • Grafting trees
  • Assisting people with planting
  • Leasing out goats for land clearing
  • Tractor work or hauling
  • Selling what you raise (poultry, meat, produce, livestock, etc.)
  • Teaching people: how to find wild edibles, canning, etc.

  • The list may be endless. The few people who know how to build stay so busy they don't have down periods.

    And many of the rest only want a fast buck to go get stoned (which means you better be careful where you find them and ask around before you let them know where you live)!

    That type will steal anything not nailed down - or maybe what IS nailed down.
     
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    Gail, in the Homesteading forum there is a catagory for Farm Income.

    By the way, I love your suggestions. They're great ideas.
     
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    Su Ba wrote:Gail, in the Homesteading forum there is a catagory for Farm Income.

    By the way, I love your suggestions. They're great ideas.



    Thank you. These are all things I've seen people make money doing -- and they stay so busy it is hard to hire them! Interesting: Wild Homesteading. That pretty much describes my goals for where I am. I wish I knew where they were as location does make some difference.
     
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    Gail Gardner wrote:The list may be endless.



    My sister and her husband are not permies or even organic gardeners, but they do have more land than money and they've been looking for several kinds of plants and trees that they just can't source.  Every "seller" they can locate in a three state radius has been out of business, out of stock, out of contact, or so completely flaky that they weren't able to do business.  So frustrated have my sister and her husband become in their search that they are now threatening to set up commercial propagation operation for several species; they figure they can't be the only people in the state who want the stuff, and so there's an opportunity there.  And I think they very likely are right.  I know plant propagation was on that video list (not that it's remotely passive income) but I think there's a huge amount of opportunity in it, especially by picking just a few hard-to-find things and specializing.
     
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    Dan Boone wrote:

    Gail Gardner wrote:The list may be endless.



    My sister and her husband are not permies or even organic gardeners, but they do have more land than money and they've been looking for several kinds of plants and trees that they just can't source.  Every "seller" they can locate in a three state radius has been out of business, out of stock, out of contact, or so completely flaky that they weren't able to do business.  So frustrated have my sister and her husband become in their search that they are now threatening to set up commercial propagation operation for several species; they figure they can't be the only people in the state who want the stuff, and so there's an opportunity there.  And I think they very likely are right.  I know plant propagation was on that video list (not that it's remotely passive income) but I think there's a huge amount of opportunity in it, especially by picking just a few hard-to-find things and specializing.



    Being unable to find a source you like is a great reason to start a business. With the growing interest in homesteading, permaculture, and gardening, there will gradually be increased demand. Some started so early that they gave up before they saw that demand.

    With the amount of land various members have, it would be possible to get wild edibles growing in quantity to supply others. I contacted a seller of wild edible seeds and suggested they sell bulk seed assortments.

    My thought is that you plant an assortment in random areas and see what takes hold. Then you can let it spread gradually, or buy the specific seed that works in that spot and plant it more heavily.

    It is also possible to tell a lot about your soil by what grows where: ph, deficiencies, etc. Examples:
  • Common Garden Weeds: Identifying Weeds By Soil Type https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/what-the-weeds-in-your-lawn-are-telling-you.htm
  • Weeds that Indicate Soil Conditions https://bcfarmsandfood.com/weeds-that-indicate-soil-conditions/
  • USING WEEDS TO READ THE SOIL: SOME BASIC CONCEPTS TO GET STARTED https://permaculturenews.org/2017/04/14/using-weeds-read-soil-basic-concepts-get-started/
  • Weed Identification Control: Weeds As Indicators Of Soil Conditions https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/soil-types-and-weeds.htm
  • Weeds are Indicators of Soil Problems https://www.toddvalleyfarms.com/PDF%20Files/Weeds%20are%20indicators%20of%20Soil%20Problems.pdf [PDF]
  • What Weeds Tell Us https://www.gardeners.com/how-to/what-weeds-tell-us/7935.html


  • So Permies members could become experts on reading the weeds as a consultant and advising people how to amend their soil and what to plant where. This could be a gateway gig to getting them interested in a permaculture plan.
     
    Seriously Rick? Seriously? You might as well just read this tiny ad:
    It's like binging on 7 seasons of your favorite netflix permaculture show
    http://permaculture-design-course.com/
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