17 Ways To Make Money While Living Off Grid
While living off the grid the question to "How will I earn a living" always comes to mind. This article will show you and give an answer that question on "how you can make money while living off grid?" This list is designed to give you some ideas and inspire some creative thinking on ways to make a living from home while living off grid. There are many reasons for this, the first and perhaps most important is it frees you up to move just about anywhere you want. No more being tied to a certain location, city, county, state, etc just to be close to your job. The only other issue is schooling for your kids if you have any, and access to food, supplies, and entertainment.
This article assumes you pick an off grid homestead location which is close enough to a populated area to generate revenue through local sales and services you offer to local residents.
The Internet – You can also do a large portion (if not all) of your business on the internet by selling products and services on your website. This is an extremely powerful marketing method and opens up many avenues and income opportunities. As such an entire book can be written about the many different ways to make money online, and in fact they have. Which is why this article will focus on the local sales, with some emphasis on internet sales and online marketing of your tangible products as well as digital products.
Ok, so without further ado, here are 17 things you can do to make money from home while living off the grid.
1) Selling Food Fruit & Veggies – Farming & Gardening
Growing your own organic food, fruits and veggies is perhaps one of the most sensible and lucrative ways to make money off grid. Not only will you be able to feed yourself and your family, but if you grow enough, you can turn it into a small business by selling fresh produce to your neighbors and at your local farmer’s market. If there’s no farmer’s market in your area, you can start one.
Or, you can also do what Curtis Stone does by selling fruits and vegetables to higher-end restaurants in nearby towns and cities. There are certain health regulations that govern this kind of business, but it is doable and worth the extra effort.
“Curtis Stone, founder of Green City Acres, grosses $80,000 to $100,000 per year working 3 seasons out of the year, while taking winters off. The most amazing part of this, is that he farms on only about 1/3 of an acre.”
2) Cabin Rental
You can build small cabins on your land and rent them out to vacationers and outdoorsman and nature enthusiasts. Even in the “off-season”in the winter, many resorts, lodges and cabin campgrounds rent out their cabins for $35 to $50 per night. In peak season small one room cabins can rent for as much as $250 per night or more, and I’ve seen some 2-3 room cabins rent for over $500 per night. One good season could provide enough income for you and your family to live on the rest of the year.
As with anything it takes money to build something like a campground, and there’s regulations and ordinances that you have to consider. All in all, it’s a great way to make a good income, even part time if you only open for business part of the year.
3) Hiking & Camping (tourism)
You can cater to the hiking world if you have quite a bit of land. Or if you don’t have lots of land, if you pick a property that borders a National Forest or National Park it opens up all kinds of adventure types of outings that you can sponsor and sell.
4) Hunting & Fishing (tourism)
Outdoorsman and nature enthusiasts number in the millions. If you have a property that’s located near good hunting and fishing areas, or your land is large enough to support hunting and fishing, then it’s can be a nice income during hunting seasons. Fishing is pretty much years round, but will slow in winter.
5) Educational Workshops – Organic Growing, Primitive Survival Skills, Off Grid Lifestyle, Natural Building, etc.
Workshops are basically miniature “How To” courses where you teach someone a skill in exchange for small (or large) fee. Now this could be very fun and if you’re knowledgeable and know how to teach people, enjoy speaking in front of groups of people, or like the one on one type teaching environment, educational workshops have the potential to make you a good solid supplemental income.
6) Hosting Events – Weddings, Reunions, Parties
If you own a sizable property or land in a picturesque area then hosting events and parties might be another way you could make some extra income.
7) Permaculture Classes
If you’re into permaculture and are very knowledgeable you can host permaculture workshops.
Aquaponics is the growing of fish and veggies together in a closed loop system. The fish provide nutrients to the plants, and the plants act as natural filters for the water. Once you perfect the growing system, you can build and sell more aquaonics systems themselves, or sell the fish and veggies grown in the systems. Either way it’s a good way to make a little extra money.