Want to make money doing what you love on your homestead?
You can do it -- by combining what you love with proven digital marketing strategies!
But you need to do it the right way!
In this course, you'll learn ...
- Simple and profitable ways you can earn money on your homestead
- Must-have requirements you need to start earning from your homegrown products
- How to market your products for free without spending a dime on ads or a marketing guru (and without asking your niece or grandson to help you)
This is for you if
- You want to explore the multitude of ways you can earn money on your homestead doing the things you love
- You're new to homesteading and want to start a business without leaving your farm
- You already have a business but you want to earn more
These are just a few of the questions covered in the course:
Do you need a sales tax license?
Do you know if your liability insurance covers everything in your business?
Do you know how many pigs (or chickens or eggs or goats) you'll have to sell to make a living?
Do you know how to market your farm products for free?
Do you know the right way to engage with your customers on social media?
This course takes you through the practical and legal aspects of starting and running your business. Plus you'll learn about modern marketing so that you can get your amazing products into the hands of people who will love them.
In 2002, Deborah and her family moved to 32 acres on a creek in the middle of nowhere to grow their own food organically. With the help of goats, sheep, pigs, and poultry, they produce 100% of their meat, eggs, and dairy products, as well as a large percentage of their vegetables, fruit, and herbs. Deborah is the author of six books, including Homegrown and Handmade, Ecothrifty, and Raising Goats Naturally, as well as her latest book, Goats Giving Birth. She also teaches sustainable agriculture courses online for the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She has been teaching Raising Dairy Goats Sustainably since 2013 and Pastured Poultry since 2015.
StartHomesteading business intro (4:14)
StartHow can you make money on the homestead? (2:00)
StartWhere to sell (14:31)
StartLiability and government regulations (5:37)
StartMaking money with milk (12:58)
StartManure and Compost (1:54)
StartSelling Meat (13:21)
StartMaking money with fiber (6:19)
StartLeather and sheepskin (1:40)
StartSelling fruits and vegetables (2:22)
StartSelling breeding stock (2:50)
StartEducational and "Edutainment' on the farm (2:43)
StartHomesteading Business Q&A (31:40)
Frequently Asked Questions
When we moved to our farm in 2002, I had such grand ideas for one business after another. And one after another, they were getting shot down. I couldn't find insurance to do classes on the farm for children. I didn't have enough money for the infrastructure and commercial kitchen equipment to start a dairy. I couldn't get insurance to have a bed and breakfast.
After we started raising pigs, I did the math, and I realized we'd have to raise 51 piglets to slaughter weight every year to make $36,000 gross -- and that doesn't even include feed and labor costs. After having 21 piglets at one time, we realized we didn't have room for more piglets unless we wanted to fence in a lot more pig pastures.
And I could go on and tell you about more of our "failures" -- but I don't really think of them as failures. They were all learning experiences. And you might already know that I love to share my lessons learned with you so that you don't have to make the same mistakes I did! That's true whether I'm talking about goat health or homegrown businesses.
I'm not a lawyer or an accountant, and laws vary from state to state, but I do know the questions you need to be asking those professionals! And I debunk a few business myths that could wind up costing you a fortune if you don't know how to protect yourself.
Through the years, we have sold homegrown products from our goats, sheep, cattle, pigs, and poultry, as well as vegetables, fruit, and herbs. We've had a CSA and sold at farmers markets and special events, as well as online and in a grocery store. We've even taught classes and had a sleepover children's camp on the farm!