53 Ways To Make An Income On Your Homestead

53 Ways To Make An Income On Your Homestead

You don’t need a lot of property to make this happen. Get your ideas flowing about making a living on your homestead. These 53 ways will help you get started.

Living a simple life to your liking, contrary to the cookie cutter mold that the majority of society is following, may require some strategic planning and creativity, but it is very possible!

My family and I embraced an off-grid traditional homesteading life in 2010. Living such a lifestyle is a breath of fresh air and provides a freedom beyond your imagination!

There are many things that you can explore as you start to make income on your homestead, remember, you may need to progressively work your way into living your dream. That may require you to work away from home for a while as you get everything in order on your homestead. Making a plan, having goals, a budget and working toward both will help you move forward.

Early on in my life God was lining and setting things up so that I would be well prepared and set to live the life we are living. I grew up in a home without a computer and never really got a lot of time on computers, but felt very driven to learn how to program while I was in high school. Directly out of high school I was hired by a programming firm where I was apprenticed for a year and continued working with them for 11 years prior to having my children. Then once I had children, through my knowledge, I was able to create my own web design business in an effort to enable me to be home. My profession is what allowed us to embrace our off-grid lifestyle because as long as I had an internet connection, I could work from anywhere.

As we lived in an 8’ x 14’ canvas tent for 8 1/2 months on our raw wilderness land while we built our home and homestead. I was able to keep the business running via satellite internet and either a small solar panel, the truck, or a generator. The internet is an amazing source of income or extra income which we will talk more about later.
The varied skill sets that you bring to your homestead may be a very viable source of income which was also true of my Mountain Man.

Become a Jack of all Trades

My husband Glen is a “Jack of all trades and a master of many”! He is my MacGyver – I always say he could make a pistol out of a paper clip. He has a very mechanical mind and is a very gifted man. This allowed us to be able to build our home ourselves and save a lot of money. Keep in mind it is not just the income you are bringing in, but the amount of money you can also save for yourself by doing many of the projects yourself. Glen is also a blacksmith and makes many of the things we need in his smithy, but he is also known to fabricate things such as our homestead plow and our sawmill, just to name a few.

Consider ways that you can incorporate your hobbies and the things you do for pleasure. Once you have identifies a market, these can be a great means of extra income.

Contrary to many peoples beliefs, bartering is still alive and can be a great help for achieving goals on the homestead and saving money. When I say bartering, I am not just referring to good, but also services.

20 ways we make a living on our homestead

  1. Web Design Business
  2. Writing – for freelance magazines, blogs, and your own books
  3. Selling things on eBay and Etsy
  4. Selling by-products from our animals such as meat, eggs, and goats milk
  5. Selling Metal Art
  6. Contracted to make varying metal wares and custom furniture
  7. Milling Lumber
  8. Backhoe work
  9. Educating on our lifestyle
  10. Making custom paracord items and leather items
  11. Making soaps, candles, recipe cards, woven coasters and gift baskets
  12. Host a Weekly radio show (Mountain Woman Radio)
  13. Selling ad space on our blog and websites
  14. Data entry work
  15. Welding & fabricating
  16. Crafted items
  17. Trapping – selling the hides
  18. Selling natural health items, dried herbs & things from our garden
  19. Traditional Cabin Building (this took us off the homestead but for limited times)
  20. Construction Work (this took us off the homestead but for limited times)

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Gluten-Free Cookie Baking Tips + Recipes

Gluten-Free Cookie Baking Tips + Recipes

Being in my kitchen and going after my family’s hearts via their stomach is a passion of mine.

A gluten-free and dairy-free diet was recommended for my son thirteen years ago when he was diagnosed as high functioning autistic with Asperger tendencies. In all honesty, that put me into a tailspin when I started looking at all the labels of the food we consumed at that time and realized how much gluten and dairy are used as fillers in food along with many ingredients I could not pronounce and had no clue what they were.

That was when I decided that if I could not pronounce it, we likely shouldn’t be eating it and it was also the time when I started to transition to all home-cooked food rather than processed foods. What a life changer!

At first cooking and baking gluten-free and dairy-free was quite the challenge until I really dug in experimenting and researching. I also spent a whole year taking the time to learn how to make all my son’s favorite foods both gluten-free and dairy-free WITHOUT giving up flavor and texture. I have to say with great excitement, that year was a success and that is why I enjoy sharing my knowledge and tips with others so their journey will be successful and fun.

I love making my families favorite dishes and a sweet treat always seem to be high on the list. I have conquered a gluten-free and dairy-free pumpkin roll which is a family favorite and you can find the recipe in my book The Trayer Wilderness Cookbook (Homesteading The Traditional Way) Amazon. You will also find some of our favorite cookie recipes in the cookbook as well. My cookbook shares a lot of the tips and tricks I have discovered and learned over the years as well as our favorite recipes for our homestead.

Choosing Flour

Let’s first talk about some of the tips and tricks when working with gluten-free flours. Unlike regular flours, gluten-free flours like being beaten very vigorously. There are many different types of gluten-free flours and flour blends available.

When we first started this journey, gluten-free foods and flours that were available were quite expensive and even hard to find, but now as many more people are in need of specialty diets these flours are much more readily available. Because things can be costly to experiment with the different types of flours I often recommend using blended flour such as these Gluten-free flour blends (found on Amazon) to get started. This is a non-GMO flour blend that can be used cup-for-cup like regular flour which makes using family favorite recipes a breeze and also makes transitioning from whole wheat and gluten flour cooking and baking to gluten-free so much easier and less stressful for beginners.

When using a gluten-free flour blend that you can use cup-for-cup like regular flour, you will not need to make any adjustments to your current favorite cookie, cake or dessert recipes.

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Grieving A Loss

Grieving A Loss

Grieving A LossIt is a fact of life, we are made from dirt and we will return to dirt. We were born and are destined to die at the time God has planned for us.

“All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.”  Ecclesiastes 3:20 KJV

As a Christian, it does give us great comfort in knowing that we will meet our loved ones again in heaven and that they are in a better place with no pain. This is a promise we hold onto, but when you lose a loved one it is a bitter sweet time. Part of us is not ready to see them go while the other part is thankful they are promised that better place.

As some of you may know, we just experienced the loss of the Mountain Man’s grandfather Trayer. It was quite the emotional roller coaster ride as the physicians and medical staff continued to change their prognosis.  Grandpa beat the odds several times sharing God’s miracles with those still questioning Jesus.  Grandpa was completely at peace, knowing after 83 years of reading God’s word, that he was blessed and would be coming face to face with his creator.

Our prayer was that he would go peacefully and with no pain and God answered those prayers completely and he passed while holding his son’s hand.

We truly never know when our time will come, but it is important that we know and have accepted our savour into our hearts and have asked forgiveness of our sins, so that when that time comes we are blessed with the promise of everlasting life. Because we do not know when our time will come or if it will be sudden and unexpected to which we would never get another chance to accept him, it is best to do this immediately. Trust me when I say the rewards will be so great. He will truly add so much to your life once you accept his gifts on this earth and you will receive the blessings of life everlasting.  If you ever have questions, help or are in need of prayers, feel free to email us at prayers@trayerwilderness.com.

Grieving the loss of someone or even something such as a homestead animal or favorite pet is not an easy task. Many people feel that crying is a sign of weakness, but I am hear to tell you it is a sign that you have a heart, feelings and felt love for something special in your life. Crying is a form of therapy allowing your body to release your anxieties, feelings and stress in a healthy way. Do not hold back your tears, whether you are male or female, allow them to flow and your emotions to release. To me, it is the sign of a strong male who is willing to express his feelings and his tears. This is healthy and will help you grieve.

Please keep Grandma Trayer in your prayers while she works through this process of grieving. Her alone time is going to be the hardest after spending everyday for the last 63 years doing everything with Grandpa.

If you are currently grieving a loss or know someone who is, I recommend that you check out griefshare.org and subscribe to their daily devotional email. You will not regret doing so, their emails are very helpful. They are short and will not consume a lot of your time, but their sentiments are powerful and helpful.

“Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually”. 1 Chronicles 16:11 KJV

Many struggle when they are alone and have too much time to think.

Here are some simple things you can do that may make a difference and help you through this time:

  • Find ways to keep yourself busy – such as taking up a new hobby, gather with friend’s, local bible studies, etc.
  • Listen to music that will help you to heal – Moody Radio, K-Love, etc.
  • Take care of yourself, be sure to eat healthy, rest and be good to yourself.
  • Exercise is a great way to keep your mind off of things, get your endorphins, de-stress and just help your body overall.
  • If you ever feel hopeless, lost or having feelings of hurting yourself – contact 1-(800)-273-TALK (8255) or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
  • Read your bible
  • Surround yourself with good people
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help
  • If you have children that are struggling from a loss, I feel it is very important to keep the lines of communication open (when my son was little we expressed to him prior to getting any animals that there is a chance they will die at some point to help prepare him and help him to understand)

These are just a few ideas of things that may be of help to you.  I also just read the book Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over by Anita Agers-Brooks which I feel will be very helpful to you as well.

I love how my fondest memories pop up in such amazing and unusual ways.   I think of my grandparent’s every time I am canning or in my garden.  Concord grapes, apricots and coconut macaroons make me think of my Grandpa.  It is those fond memories that will be with you forever and that is why I always encourage people to take time with your loved ones.  Often, the simplest of things will provide the best memories – make those memories, cherish them and hold on tight to them!!

Sending love and prayers to those of you that are grieving and my hope is that you have found something within this post that will help you progress and heal…

God bless!

Tammy Trayer † ♥

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Featured: Essential Friday’s at Mom Prepares

Are You Trying To Be Super WomanToday I was very humbled when I went to MomPrepares.com to enter one of my natural health posts on her new weekly blog hop, when I entered her page to find my image and her kind sentiments!

 

My post “Ladies, Are You Trying To Be Super Woman?“, was written in an effort to share with other women exactly what I have learned and experienced.  My hope was that I might reach others in the same boat and offer them guidance and help.

 

I was totally honored and humbled to see Erica had featured my post.  Erica, thank you for making my day and allowing me the opportunity to reach more women with my message!

 

Be sure to check it out at MomPrepares.com.

 

Coffee With Our Creator

Coffee With Our Creator

Coffee with our CreatorAH HA!!  I caught your attention and I am SO glad!

So often we get caught up in life… It sweeps us away and we don’t even realize it. We are so totally consumed with responsibility, care-taking, our work, our struggles, even our joys…

We turn around and the 7 am is now 7 pm – did we blink – have we hit a warp time zone? I wonder that some days here in the wilderness. It goes by so fast and then we worry – worry about the todo list that seems as though it grew today instead of lessening. We worry about finances, our children, the repair bill for the truck…

Sometimes life is SO good that we neglect to think that we need God…

I have found a solution my friends…

I’d like to ask you to join me over at FaithHappenings.com where I contributed this devotional.  When you click the link below it will open a new window so you can read my devotional there and when you are completed, would you take the time to leave me a comment below…  Will you join me in the mornings?

Coffee With God

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Protection On The Homestead

Protection On The Homestead

Protection on the homesteadHere on our homestead, it is a requirement to not only be prepared for ANYTHING, it is also a necessity to be protected!

We live in the northern Idaho wilderness along with the wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, bears and even the Momma Moose who has a reputation for being very violent when you get to close to her young (can’t blame her – I’d be the same way)!

When I dress in the morning, I include a Kel Tec P3AT .380 as part of my normal attire as well as a Buck Knife Vantage Large pocket knife. These are part of my everyday attire along with a paracord bracelet made by my Mountain Boy and a cigarette lighter for emergencies.

I also carry one of three other knives dependent on what I have going on. I have a knife that I received as a Christmas present from my husband that he hand forged in his smithy and he handmade the wooden handle and the leather sheath – this is a prized possession.

I also have in my arsenal two different knives from L. T. Wright Knives: the Genesis which sports our MultiFlame Mini Tool in the custom sheath that was made especially for me as a gift from L. T. Wright himself and the additional piece I can choose is the Coyote also custom made by L. T. Wright knives. These are my go to knives.

The Genesis is my field knife more often then not and the gift from my Mountain Man and the Coyote are great all around homestead knives with the Coyote being extremely universal for my skinning projects this fall while hunting for our meats.  The Genesis and the Coyote are extremely durable, well made knives to which I highly recommend.  These knives are great for belt carry as well as concealed boot carry!

I also have the Gerber Ghoststrike Fixed Blade and the Ghoststrike Punch. These two knives are a great concealed carry knife for both around the neck, in the boot or around the ankle. I highly recommend these knives for the ladies in the city that really need to be extra careful. If I ever have to go somewhere that does not permit my firearm (which doesn’t happen too often), I prefer to carry the Gerber Ghoststrike.  This is a super light weight, quick release, easy access knife that easily adds comfort in just having it on my person.  I also like to utilize this knife for my survival needs because of the holes in the handle which makes it easy to attach to a stick to use as a gig, spear, etc. providing me with a useful tool for hunting in a survival situation.

A knife is something simple in your pocket that could easily save your life and also be a life saver. It is a required piece of our attire.   My Buck Knife is used daily to open packages, cut baler twine on the hay bale, etc.  It is really something wise to have on your person for daily uses.

All the knives I have mentioned have SO many uses here on my homestead and in our survival training.

The Genesis is a great field knife and I use it regularly to gather punk wood and fat wood for my fires when out in the wild.  Our family takes a lot of treks into the wild to practice and hone in on our survival skills.

Something else each of us carries regularly is a Rossi Trifecta.  The Mountain Boy and I have the .22 long rifle,  .20 gauge and the .243 and the Mountain Man has the .22 long rifle  and the .20 guage.  You can read more about these in the current issue #186 of The New Pioneer Magazine.

It is important to have the right gear for the job, utilize the gear, and to be protected.  Many people own the gear, but keep it tucked away.  What good will a knife or gun do tucked away in your sock drawer?

I feel it is just as important to have a good knife as it is to have good firearm!  I also feel that it is a necessity for a woman to be protected today and to not only carry, but also know how to use well, her weapon of choice!

Do you have the right protection?

Parts of this post were shared at MomPrePares.com in her post titled: Best Knives For Women.

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