Homesteading Income Ideas- Sustaining before you are Sustained

“How can I make any money if I move into the country”? That is the question that kept me dreaming about a self-sufficient life for years, instead of actually living one. It was difficult to find homesteading income ideas that would allow me to make a little money while giving me some freedom to dedicate to the home.

This is a far easier question to answer today than it has ever been, but you still need to make a plan if you want to get to the point of having the freedom to not be completely dependent on the mainstream economy for your success.

I’m going to give some ideas for how you can begin to make some additional income that will eventually to give you the time and space to create an atmosphere conducive to living a more self-reliant lifestyle.

Depending on your goals you might develop some of these ideas into a full-time city level income, or it may just allow you to reach the tipping point to get out of the typical 9-5 death cycle.

Whatever your goals, I can promise you that with a little planning, some dedication, and a little bit of help you can take these ideas to any level of success that you wish for yourself.

Don’t Go Cold Turkey

Homesteading is something that is very difficult to practice. You may be able to raise a couple of chickens and grow tomatoes in your suburban, or urban, yard and I love that! If that’s as much as you ever do, I applaud that effort.

Growing tomatoes and raising a couple of laying hens is a great place to start, but there is far more to homesteading. It would be more than a little naive to think that one day you are going to just up and unplug from the mainstream, quit your 9-5er, move to the country, and live off the land.

I know it’s naive because that is the very idea that I carried in my head for years. To make the dream a reality you need to take some calculated planning steps and then execute that plan.

My idea didn’t begin to become a reality until I thought of how I might support the homesteading dream with other work in the beginning. Developing a homesteading endeavor is going to take a few years, and unless you simply buy a turnkey operation you are going to need to support the operation before the operation supports you.

The Importance of Having Income off the Homestead

The idea of homesteading, at least in my eyes, is creating more so that we can buy less. Ultimately we can create everything that we need, and maybe even everything that we want, through our own efforts. Getting to that point takes time, though, and you’re going to have to make a plan and stick to it if it’s going to happen.

It is important in the beginning that you have some money coming in from somewhere other than the homestead. Selling eggs at the end of the driveway is likely not going to bring in enough money to cover expenses that you are going to have. But it’s not a bad place to start.

The Waiting is the hardest part

The most difficult thing to balance in the beginning is finding a way to make money that allows you the time and place to begin living the homesteading life. Finding property suitable for a homestead is likely going to put you outside the city limits, and generally speaking, income declines as we move into more rural areas.

If you are commuting an hour to a 9-5 job every day, it’s not likely that you’re going to be able to maintain the routine of tending to the homestead in the early morning and evening hours. To create a homestead, you are going to have to carve out some space to be able to spend adequate time working on the homestead.

Going Online: 3 Homesteading income Ideas

Earning an income online is an amazing way to earn extra money. The top goal of any homesteading income idea is to create both time and income. Any amount of income you earn online accomplishes that goal.

1- Affiliate marketing– This, in my opinion is by far my first choice. I hadn’t even heard of it until not too long ago. If you are unfamiliar with what affiliate marketing is, it is basically blogging with a more defined purpose. You’re website can be about anything your interested and have information on products associated with that passion, and if anyone clicks a link on your site and makes a purchase, you get paid.

2- Blogging– If affiliate marketing doesn’t sound like your thing for some reason, creating your own completely independent blog can prove to be a solid source of income once you are generating enough traffic. If you have enough activity on your website you will be able to sell ad space to companies targeting people who are interested in your content.You’re probably going to want to invest in some blog training that covers things like search engine optimization, tags, and you will need your own website.

3- Freelance Content Creation. There are all sorts of companies out there looking for content they can use for their websites, promotional materials, email templates, etc. Writing, web design, photography, and graphic design are the easiest paths to find freelance work online. This is third on my list because it can take a while to develop a network of clients willing to pay, and you don’t get to create the content that you may be passionate about. This falls more into the

If you’re not web Savvy- Don’t fret

Don’t worry if you aren’t a web savvy person. I knew next to when I started down this path, and all the training and tools needed to be successful in any of these endeavors is easily attainable for little, if any, money. You can build a decent website in just a few minutes these days.

If you want to make significant income you need to get some training, but due to the wonder of the internet you can get college level training in online business development for unbelievably short money.


The dream of living off the beaten path and creating a more self-reliant existence is attainable for anyone who is willing to put in some planning and work hard on executing that plan. Finding a way to make extra income from home is a huge step in the right direction towards having the freedom to create the kind of lifestyle you want.

I will get more into the specific resources that I use in my own work shortly, but if you have any questions before I get around to it, please feel free to leave them in the comments area, and I will get you an answer as soon as I can.






4 thoughts on “Homesteading Income Ideas- Sustaining before you are Sustained”

  1. Thanks for the great post about a great topic! Income during transition is the important part many people tend to left out of their day dreams. Be it moving to the country, traveling the world, starting a business or just quitting the rat race to work from home. You need to have enough income to not end up in too much debt. I would like to point out that even if you want to start affiliate marketing it takes time to start getting income so the best thing is to keep your day job until you are getting money from somewhere else.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jukka. I went through this myself when I was trying to transition from being completely reliant on someone else’s business to create my income and living in the city because that’s where the work was.

      I remained stuck because I felt like I had to cut the cord completely right out of the gate, and that isn’t the case. Particularly in today’s world, we can start to supplement our income through an online business, and ease the transition significantly.

      Creating an income online also gives us tremendous flexibility once we are ready to transition.

  2. Hi Haven, this is a fantastic post. I think so many people are desperate to ditch what you refer to as the “death cycle’ and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Either they go into it not prepared enough and it fails of they are too scared to make the leap because they think it could fail. By setting out these income solutions, you provide people with methods that really do work and can help people make their dreams become a reality. I am currently making this journey myself and I think it is probably important to mention that although affiliate marketing is also my favourite option, it does take time to get started. Because of this, people looking to make this leap should aim to spend a couple of hours a day for a few months building their website before handing in their resignation. Thank you for sharing Haven and have a great day.

    1. This is so true, Catherine. People who have that dream, myself included, often remain stuck because they fear making the leap. If you can start to create an income online for yourself while working a “day job” you can reach the tipping point much faster and with more confidence than trying to save up to make the leap without much of a safety net.

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