6 Alternative Income Ideas for the Homestead (that don't include working online!)

Updated: Sep 2, 2021

Diversifying income on a homestead is important. Why put all of your eggs in one basket? Figuring out how to diversify that income, especially on a smaller homestead, can be difficult. Working online can be great, but it isn't for everyone. That's OK.

There's still tons of ways to bring in that extra bill money. I did some brainstorming and thought up six different ways that homesteaders can bring in an extra stream of income!

1. Airbnb Experiences/Agritourism

Not only does Airbnb offers short term rentals, but they also offer experiences. There are so many people out there that want to experience the homestead life! This creates a market for agriculture tourism. The morning milking, collecting eggs and collecting fresh vegetables can all make you money from farm experiences.

2. Holiday Ducks and Turkeys

This is often overlooked, but can really bring in an income around the holidays. Local farm-raised ducks, turkeys and chickens are in demand for Thanksgiving and Christmas! Remember to check your local laws regarding selling meat. You will probably will need to sell the bird live for the customer to butcher themselves, or drop off at a local butcher shop.

3. Raising "Rare" Chickens

You may could buy Bantam chickens for a dime a dozen in your area, but what about Silkies? With more and more people are keeping backyard chickens, some of the more uncommon breeds are becoming more popular. This opens up a market for an income stream!

4. Christmas Trees

This goes hand-in-hand with #2! Christmas tree farming can really bring in an income for a homestead around the holidays! In fact, some people do this for a living all-together. This can also be a great way to drive traffic to a winter farm stand full of soaps or treats!

5. Pumpkin Patch

A pick-your-own pumpkin patch is another great holiday income. This could potentially bring in an income and traffic to a fall farm stand, as well! A a sunflower patch nearby could become a photo-prop! This is even better if you're a photographer.

6. Events

This one can't be overlooked. By setting up benches in the garden, hay bales nearby the horse fields, or even tables in the barn, there's a possibly of hosting on the homestead! This could bring in income from weddings, receptions or even birthday parties. Don't believe me? Do an internet search for "weddings on the farm."

Besides selling eggs and blogging, there's quite a few ways to make a few extra dollars on the homestead! Look around your homestead at what you've got to offer. Do you have something people would pay to see (a goat that pulls a carriage?) Do you have an old shed that could be turned into a campground? These are all potentials for an income!

Take a walk and do some brainstorming. Write down ideas and scratch off what you don't like. Do some market research and decide whether or not your idea could be profitable for your area! Have you tried any of these ideas? Let us know how it turned out for you!

Be sure to talk to a lawyer about liabilities and how to protect yourself!

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