36 Ways To Make Money On The Homestead

Many of us have the dream to live and work on the homestead full-time.  After all, that is the sign you've actually "made it", isn't it?  It can be downright scary to make the jump {we're halfway there!} but there are endless ways in which to earn an income while homesteading.  Of course, check with your town/city and state prior to selling anything.

Here is a list of some of the ways:

Things You Can Sell:
  • Eggs
  • Extra Milk
  • Seedlings/Plants
  • Cheese
  • Meat (raise chickens, rabbit, cows, goats, pigs, or sheep for meat)
  • Tilapia or other farmed fish
  • Extra veggies and/or fruit
  • Home-Baked Bread
  • Home-Baked Sweets

  • Jams/Jellies/Preserves
  • Mushrooms
  • Honey
  • Beeswax
  • Homemade Pasta
  • Maple Syrup
  • Herbs - fresh, dried or plants
  • Egg-laying chickens or pullets
  • Farm Animals {breed and sell}


  • Handmade Soap, Lotion, etc.
  • Handmade Candles
  • Home-sewn items
  • Hand-knitted items
  • Handmade Furniture
  • Christmas Trees
  • Christmas Wreaths
  • Spice Mixes
  • Soup Mixes

Things You Can Do:
  • Offer U-Pick veggies or fruit
  • Turn your home into a B&B
  • Offer a Fall pumpkin patch
  • Rent space on your land to photographers
  • Teach Classes
  • Blog for an income
  • Write & Publish a Book
  • Board Dogs, Horses, etc.
  • Pet-Sitting

Think out of the box with some of these items to offer things not currently found in your town or at local farmer's markets.  Example:
  • If you have a brick oven, offer brick oven baked pastries and/or breads
  • If you are going to sell preserves, make flavors not currently found such as adding herbs to fruit jams and jellies or selling low-sugar preserves.
  • Sell regular honey and flavored honey {i.e. chili peppers added, lavender or other herbs added, etc.}
  • If you can find a reasonably priced cotton candy machine, offer maple cotton candy in addition to your other maple products
  • Offer veggies or fruit not typically seen {i.e. paw paw fruit, Asian pears, Lemon cucumbers, Cucamelons, daikon radish, etc.}
  • Offer a CSA plus sell excess at a farmer's market or open your fields for u-pick to sell the remaining veggies or fruit

What are you doing to earn an income on your homestead?

Additional posts on this topic:
Selling At A Farmer's Market, Part 1
Selling At A Farmer's Market, Part 2
How To Start A Blog
25 Ways To Add Extra Income To The Homestead
10 Tips For Starting A Home-Based Business


  1. This is a really nice list, and I'm in love with the photos!

  2. So many things to consider. I am thinking of starting a native nursery when we move to our final property. It's one of the things on my list! ;0D


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