Have you ever wondered if it was possible to quit your day job and live completely self-sufficiently, entirely off the land without having to listen to anyone else? Doing exactly what you want every day, fulfilling work that brings you joy and fulfillment? With homesteading this is not only possible, but almost guaranteed.
As a homesteader, you will very likely have many activities and chores to tend to throughout your day. Everything from tending to your garden, taking care of pets and livestock, to canning foods or building structures by hand.
While homesteading is truly a simpler lifestyle, harking back to the “good old days” where technology didn’t rule the day today or control everything like gardening, cooking or animal husbandry. But while it is a simpler lifestyle, it is genuinely hard work. And it takes up a lot of time. Tending to chickens or livestock, building coops or irrigation systems for your garden that you also have to tend to every day, plucking weeds and watering. It certainly isn’t an easy lifestyle.
Reducing Your Costs
Through a homesteading lifestyle, you will be able to reduce your cost of living substantially. Maybe even save money! You no longer have to drive to work every day, you’re not spending money on morning coffees or lunch at the office. It really adds up.
You can buy your clothes from thrift stores, instead of brand new from expensive department stores. It’s possible to build almost anything you need out of pallets, which you can get for free. Breeding animals for sustainability is also an option, keeping chickens for eggs and further breeding them to ensure you don’t have to keep buying chicks. When you get down to it, saving money as a homesteader is much easier than the lifestyle suggests.
Learning New Skills
One of the most exciting and rewarding things about being a homesteader is learning plenty of new skills, ones you would be lacking were you still living your “typical” 9 to 5 lifestyle. It is truly empowering to learn how to do something new, working directly with your own hands, mastering a skill that many would view as utterly foreign.
The life of homesteading teaches you many news skills, all of which will benefit you in many ways, from helping you grow as a person to saving you lots of money by doing the work yourself instead of hiring a “professional” with outrageous prices. You can milk your own cows or goats, learn to cut down a tree safely, you can even learn about plumbing and fix your own pipes when problems arise. This lifestyle may not be for everyone, but it is certainly rewarding in many ways.
It’s possible to make money as a homesteader, you just have to get a little creative. If you have a large garden, you can collect and sell your produce at your local farmers market. Have some extra space? Grow trees to sell! All you need to get started is some fruit seeds. Grow them until they’re about 3 months old, then sell them off for profit. If you eat a lot of fruits, it’s practically free to start. Or if patience isn’t your strong suit, simply collect and sell the seeds themselves instead.
In fact, there are many things you could sell for profit. Livestock such as goats, pigs or cattle, produce, chickens and quail and their eggs. Earning a profit as a homesteader isn’t as difficult as it may seem at first. Just look around, you’ll be certain to find something you can earn some extra cash with.