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Are you looking for ways to make money on a small homestead? You might think that, since you only have a few acres of land, there is no way to make a profit. You are wrong! There are so many ways to make money on a homestead, no matter the size!
Those of us with only a few acres of land typically can’t have too much livestock, but that doesn’t mean we are incapable of making money while homesteading. There are so many fantastic ways! Homesteading CAN be a money maker.
This list is FAR from exhaustive. These are just a few ways I know you can make money on a homestead. Many of them I have tried myself successfully!
35 Ways to Make Money on a Small Homestead
1. Sell Chicken or Duck Eggs
Chances are you will have extra eggs if you have chickens. Remember to always feed your family first. People love to purchase farm eggs. You can easily sell them for $2.50 to $4.50 per dozen, depending on what they eat and your location.
2. Sell Chicks or Fertilized Eggs
If you have a flock of chicken, you can sell your own day-old chicks. If you have space, you could also wait a few weeks and sell them for more money.
Chicks sell for between $2 and $5, depending on breed. You could sell a started pullet for $7 to $10.
If you have the market for it, some farmers prefer to purchase fertilized eggs. People work to create lines of chickens that lay different colored eggs. You can create a flock that lays a variety of colors and sell “rainbow fertile eggs” for $30 a dozen – the same eggs that you sell for $4 to eat!
3. Raise Quail & Sell The Eggs
Quail is a specialty poultry that produces small, speckled eggs that are adorable. Specialty eggs sell for more per dozen than your average chicken eggs.
Raising quail is great for those who have a small homestead. You could raise triple the amount of quail in a standard chicken run.
4. Sell Your Surplus of Veggies & Fruit
More than likely, you produce some or all of your fruits and veggies your family needs. Once you have secured all of your food for your family, you can sell your surplus at a farmer’s market or a CSA. People love to purchase veggies from a fresh source!
5. Bag & Sell Compost
Compost is expensive in the stores, priced between $6 to $10 per bag. If you create too much compost for your garden, try bagging and selling the compost. Make sure you do it correctly. No one wants to end up with tons of weeds because you created the compost wrong!
6. Sell Cut Flowers
Believe it or not, cut flowers sell just as well at farmer’s markets as veggies and fruit. People love beautiful bouquets of flowers.
If your passion is flowers, don’t fret. You can easily sell create a flower garden instead. There is a fantastic book about this, called The Flower Farmer. You’ll find great information there.
7. Sell Fresh & Dried Herbs
If you are at the market selling vegetables, try selling bundles of fresh herbs. Basil, parsley, oregano, sage and more do wonderful at farmer’s markets. You could also try drying and selling your dried herbs. Medicinal herbs sell great as well, so don’t forget the lavender and chamomile!
8. Sell Started Seedlings
The average gardener goes to a store like Lowe’s or a local nursery to purchase their started seedlings. Instead, try selling your seedlings.
I don’t know about you, but I always tend to start more than I need. Take advantage of this. If your plants are organic and heirloom, you can price each seedling between $2 and $4, a great price if you are selling over 100 seedlings each year!
9. Save & Sell Seeds
Once you have the whole gardening thing down, it is time to start saving those seeds. You will want to make sure you use heirloom seeds for this. Not only does saving seeds help save you money while gardening, it also can earn you a profit. Each seed package sells between $2-$3.
10. Grow Specialty Crops
Some gardeners like to focus on specialty crops. That means you sell varieties of vegetables that often aren’t found in the store.
You might want to sell special bulbs of garlic or super-hot peppers. My husband visits a lady at our local farmer’s market who sells unique versions of hot peppers. He’s an absolute hot pepper fanatic.
Grow and sell these specialty crops that aren’t found too often. People will flock to you for these veggies.
11. Start a U-Pick Berry Patches
People love u-pick berry patches! It’s a great spring and summer activity with your family.
If you have space, consider planting a few dozen berry bushes. Raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, elderberries, blackberries – you have so many choices.
Then, you charge individuals by the pint, quart, or pound! People flock to u-pick patches during the summer because they are sources of healthy fruits and great for kids.
12. Grow a Small Fruit Orchard
If you have space on your property, consider planting a small fruit orchard. Apple orchards are a popular pick for families to visit in the fall.
Our family seeks out apple orchards each fall. We love to go pick apples to make applesauce and more since we don’t have space for them.
You don’t have to do apples. Try peaches, cherries, pears, or whatever else you love. Then, you sell the fruit on the trees by the bushels or half-bushel. Whatever you want!
13. Fall Seasonal Activities
Another huge hit with families is fall activities. Do you have space to grow a small pumpkin patch? Perhaps you have space to make a corn maze. You can be creative, but families love fall activities before the weather starts to get cold!
A local small farm to me has a small pumpkin patch that they open each weekend. They also offer fresh donuts, small pumpkins for crafts, a tiny corn maze for kids and big bails of hay for kids to play on!
14. Teach a Class
Learning new skills can be hard if you don’t have a mentor. Once you feel confident with your skills, offer classes. People will pay to learn with a hands-on instructor to properly can their foods or how to start seedlings at home. Make sure they have something to take home with them as well!
15. Offer Classes for Homeschool Families
One of my friends had a small homestead, and she offered classes for homeschool families. She had a family cow, so she offered classes about cows – milking, cheese making, and interesting facts for little kids. All of the kids could milk the cow.
She also offered horseback riding on her property, mushroom growing, birdhouse creating, and more. She priced them affordably for families with several kids. This is a fun and unique idea!
16. Make and Sell Herbal Teas
For those of us who use herbal remedies, try to sell your own homemade herbal teas! There are a few steps involved, such as growing the herbs and drying them. However, people love herbal teas and you might be surprised how much you truly sell, especially at farmer’s markets!
You can make herbal teas blends for different ailments and situations, like:
- Sleepy Time Tea
- Sore Throats
- Upset Stomach
17. Sell Homemade Jams & Jellies
Customers LOVE homemade jellies and jams. I sell a huge range of variety, from simple recipes like strawberry jam to more creative kinds like dandelion jelly. Remember to check your state’s cottage laws before selling jellies and jams.
Here are a few of my jam and jelly recipes.
18. Make Homemade Soaps
You don’t need a goat to make soap, even though goat’s milk soap sells wonderfully. Using melted soy, you can make your own soap. Best of all, you can find ways to use items from your homestead in the soaps, such as herbs (lavender) or cucumber.
If you want to learn how to make soaps, I love the Nerdy Farm Wife’s Soapmaking Ebook. It’s all about making natural soap with infused teas and oils, perfect for beginners – I swear!
19. Sell Freshly Baked Bread & Rolls
Another item you can sell at a farmer’s market is bread or rolls. You can also make fruit bread, like banana bread, or cookies. Customers will buy homemade bread. You can price between $2 to $4 per loaf, depending on your location and ingredients used.
If you’re considering this way to make money on a small homestead, check your state’s cottage laws to be sure it’s legal!
20. Try Growing and Selling Mushrooms
If you are looking for crops that sell for higher prices, mushrooms will be on the list.
Most farmer’s don’t grow their own mushrooms. Because you can grow specialty varieties, you can make a large profit on mushrooms. Not too many people think of growing mushrooms when thinking about how to make money on a small homestead.
21. Sell Crochet or Knitted Items
In all that spare time you have, try selling crochet or knitted items. I crochet, and I find that many people love handmade items, especially close to Christmas. While I do sell some throughout the year, I try to make sure I have a large stock available to sell to customers around Christmas.
What could you sell? So many ideas, such as:
- Hats for adults and kids
- Bonnets for babies
- Face scrubbies
- Baby blankets
- Stuffed animals
22. Tap Trees & Sell Maple Syrup
Not everyone can sell maple syrup; you clearly need maple trees on your property. With only one acre of land, we typically produce just enough maple syrup to last our family a year. However, if you have a bigger piece of property, you can easily have a surplus.
Maple syrup is pricey and eats up some of your time, but you will make a profit! A gallon sells for $40 to $50, but it also takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup!
If you want to try tapping trees, check out my list of supplies needed for tapping maple trees.
23. Woodwork Projects
If you love to create things with wood, woodworking is for you. People LOVE handmade items like tables and benches. Those take time. For quicker items, try making shelves and signs.
24. Raise Bees & Sell Honey
You may or may not have bees. If you do, you have the option to sell the honey and any products from the bees, such as beeswax. If bees intimidate you, remember it is legal in most cities. Bees are natural and important for our food cycle!
You can make things with the beeswax as well. People love beeswax candles and lipgloss made from beeswax.
25. Sell Bees!
Yes, you can sell bees as well! You won’t want to do this until you are very familiar with beekeeping, but selling bees is just like selling any other livestock. The best thing is that you can have plenty of bees on a small property.
26. Start a Blog or Freelance Writing
You can start a blog like the one you are reading right now. I won’t tell you that blogging is a way to make money fast, but it’s a great side-gig. Yes, you can make a full-time income blogging, but that takes time.
If that’s your dream, expect to take some time, but it can happen. Invest the time and you’ll reap the rewards.
Freelance writing is one of my main sources of income. It can give you some confidence with blog writing while making thousands of dollar at home.
27. Start a YouTube Channel
Instead of a blog, you can consider starting a YouTube channel. People love to watch YouTube videos; who can blame them? What you show on your YouTube channel might depend. Some people want to create gardening videos, preservation videos, or whatever you want!
28. Raise & Sell Meat Rabbits
On a small homestead, you can raise and sell meat rabbits. You have to be sure that your state allows you to do this; you might have to have them processed at a certified butcher. The other option is to raise and sell them alive so that the purchaser can butcher them.
29. Rabbit Manure
Rabbit manure is like gold, perfect for gardens. If you raise rabbis, sell their manure as well. Consider selling rabbit manure in bags to local gardeners and farmers.
30. Breed & Sell Heritage Pigs
Pigs are an animal that you can raise in relatively small spaces. You need shelter and a place for them to do their business. Pigs are incredibly intelligent and won’t go to the bathroom where they sleep.
Heritage pigs can be bred and raised for a considerable amount of money per pig. Jut be sure to take the time to really study fallowing and the logistics of breeding and raising heritage pigs. If you figure it out, it’s a great way to make money on a small homestead.
31. Take Pictures and Sell Stock Photos
Do you have a talent for photography but don’t want to invest the time in a photography business? You can sell stock photos! Websites need pictures, so you can sell the photos that you take to be used by others. You can take pictures of different flowers, animals, locations, and more.
32. Raise Worms
Have you ever considered raising worms? You can sell worms for those who practice vermicomposting, those who want more worms in their garden, or local fishermen! Raising worms can be done in a small space, like your basement or garage.
33. Make & Sell Homemade Candles
Similar to making soap, you can make and sell homemade candles. People love candles, and I do too. Learning how to make candles is on my bucket list, perhaps for 2019. You can even make soy wax melt for those who prefer warmer rather than candles.
34. Create Unique Metalworks
Another option is to make metalworks. Now, you have to have the equipment and skill to do this, but people pay a premium for unique metal art. I love fun and unique metal decorations for my landscaping and garden beds. You can sell them at fairs and craft shows.
35. Try Other Homestead Crafts
While I didn’t list them all, there are dozens of homestead crafts you can make. Try selling wreaths from your pine trees. You can make potpourri, rugs, blanket, and so much more. The best thing is that you get to use your creativity to produce works that other people will love.
Make Money on a Small Homestead
Don’t let your mall homestead feel limiting to you. You can make thousands of dollars on a mall homestead if you plan appropriately. You might not be able to breed and sell cattle, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have multiple streams of income available to you.
How do you make money on a small homestead?