Have you noticed the rise in  female farm bloggers or homestead honeys?  You know who I mean those seemingly sane but quirky women who have relinquished their well-paid  corporate career and bought a dilapidated house with acreage smack dab in the middle of nowhere? They have traded in their kitten heels for mucking out boots. 

It's you isn't it, you've chucked in the job and moved to the country. Whether it was a joint decision or  you were dragged  by your ponytail kicking and screaming, the point is you're there and it is your homestead. 

Once the initial joy (or shock) wears off, you'll find yourself asking the question. How are we going to make money from this place. Sure you could try and 'live off the land' growing your own fruit and veg, have a few chickens and maybe even get a milk cow.  Heck if you  married  Davy Crockett, he can go out a huntin' and bring back a coon for you to skin and cook into a mighty fine stew. 
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Okay, calm down forget about skinning that raccoon. Just stick with your vegetable garden, orchard and non-rowdy farmyard animals. 

How Homesteaders Make Money 

According to the USDA 91% of the farms in America are classed as small farms.¹ 
Even if this sounds like an idealistic lifestyle, you still have to have money, I mean chocolate doesn't grow on trees does it? Okay, technically it does, but growing that just to feed a midnight chocolate craving might just be too much for an upended urbanite.  
 
Many small farmers often need to  earn money outside farming activities in order to make ends meet.  This results in the best of both worlds, a income and a better lifestyle for their families. So let's look at other ways to make  extra cash to add to the homestead kitty, whilst still retaining a reasonable quality of life and a little bit of sanity. 

According to those flashing ads you see in the sidebars of many webpages, you could make a whopping $56,000 in one week from your kitchen table, who knew it could be so easy! I guess that problem is solved. 

Just in case that doesn't pan out though, it's good to have a back-up plan. 

Create a Homestead Blog 

To have a successful farm blog, you don't have to be perfect to be the homestead honey, you just have to have heart and show you're not a quitter. In fact, showing the flaws and the mistakes in your plans will get your blog more loyal viewers. An audience loves it when plans go pear shaped. What's more, this leads to interaction with the reader as many will leave you comments of support or advice about how it should have been done. 

Here's an example. 

 Let's say you're baking a cake and plan to put  the recipe, and accompanying video, on your farming blog. The cake  comes out  lopsided because your husband hasn't fix the oven, even though you've gently reminded him 4,000 times. Yup, there is a definite lean to it, which if this had been  in the center of Italy,  tourists would pay  to  see it. Alas no one is going to pay to see your wonky cake, or are they?

This mishap of a misshapened cake is not a disaster, it's an opportunity. You can explain to your blogging audience there are choices of how to proceed.

  1. 1. Cut off the high side and eat it. (My personal choice)
  2. 2. Pile on the frosting on the low side until it's level.
  3. 3. Feed it to the chickens

Listen Sister, don't kick yourself, your readers love problem solvers and clever  life hacks such as this. You're  showing them you can think on your feet, and also that you aren't perfect and you're okay with that. 

Homestead blogging topics

Some of your readers will be other homesteaders or small farm owners,but not all. There will be people who will read for the enjoyment and to see   how your farm deals with various problems. There are people who love to read and cheer on those who are in essence braver and have made lifestyle choices which they've always dreamed about but were never confident enough to make. 

Your topics could include:

  • Gardening tips
  • Recipes incorporating home grown vegetables
  • Raising and home schooling children 
  • Rearing farm animals
  • Dealing with farm related bureaucracy 
  • Adjusting to life on the farm
  • Ways to make money from your homestead
  • Farm crafts

If  the expensive tweezers which once, plucked your eyebrows into a perfect curve are now used to yank ticks from the dog's ears, don't sigh and feel sad. Rejoice in the fact that you are using the tools you've got and making it work for the betterment of your small farm. Don't worry if you've got enough dirt under your fingernails to plant spuds and  you can't remember the last time you shaved your legs, you're there and you're going for it. Your readers see you as a modern day pioneer and are cheering you on. 
How do I know this? Because I am a homestead honey too and I say, go out and show them what you've got, warts and all. (That's just a figure of speech, no one likes to see warts.)


¹https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2007/Online_Highlights/Fact_Sheets/Farm_Numbers/small_farm.pdf
 
 
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Because we all know that making money on a small farm isn't easy, I try and find sites which will allow me to build up multiple streams of income. Some of these include designing sites and others include writing. 

I have just started on a writing site which I am excited about, it's called Niume, and it is causing quite a stir among the writers who I know. The reason for this, is the community spirit is still there where on some of the other sites, it isn't. 

The writing posts don't need to be long but the minimum is 5 lines of text which is nothing in comparison to many of the sites I write on. In essence you write on a topic you know or love and one which is useful to other people. 

You pick a category (they call it a sphere) and then you can promote it on any of the social network sites. The pay is currently $1.00 per 1,000 views. Yes there are sites which pay better but the requirements are more stringent. 

If you have never written online, this could be a good site to cut your teeth on, as it is simple to use. 

I would suggest you upload a profile image and a bit of information about yourself before you start writing. People like to see an image of the author I believe. If you don't like to use your own image, an image will be better than the blank default icon. There are free images to use on a site called Pixabay. 

Why not head over to Niume and take a look. Just to let you know, when you sign up using the link I am providing, I will receiving compensation for it and so will you. We each will earn $1.00 to add to our coffers.

 

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