How To Make Your Living From Your Land

Guest Post by Suzie Wilson

Many people are foregoing city life to live in rural areas where they can have more space, freedom, and even business opportunities. If you’re a homesteader interested in finding creative ways to make money off your land, your options are numerous. This article will set you on the right path with innovative insights, ideas, and advice on how to make your living from your land. 

Check Your Zoning

Before you start looking into any type of business opportunity, you’ll need to know about zoning in your area. Some zoning prohibits certain commercial activities, so you’ll want to look into that before launching a business.

Also, consider your space availability. If you’re interested in planting a vineyard or a large-scale garden, you’ll need plenty of room and good soil conditions. If you’re thinking about raising livestock, you’ll need adequate space to erect buildings to house them.

Give careful consideration to your business concept. Then practice due diligence to make sure your business idea has the legs to stand on.

Consider Your Skills and Interests

According to Foundr, for any business concept to be successful, you need to have more than just a good product or service. You also have to enjoy what you’re doing and be good at it.

Think about what you’d most like to do. Is it growing fresh produce to sell at a farmer’s market? Raising chickens and selling eggs? Having a few goats to make goat’s milk soap, lotion, and cheese? Perhaps you want to become a beekeeper and produce honey. Or maybe you want to create products like salsas, sauces, jams, and jellies from what you grow.

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The possibilities are all there for the savvy homesteader!

Of course, if you’re diving into something new, be sure you have the skills and equipment necessary to enact your business vision.

Check Out the Marketplace

While you could potentially sell your goods online, if you’re going with fresh and local products, you want to make sure you have a market for what you produce.

In addition, Management Library recommends checking out the competition to see if there are others active in the line you’re considering. If so, investigate their demographics and pricing structure. How do they market themselves? Can you set yourself apart in some way?

At a minimum, you’ll need to think about a website, social media presence, product packaging, and a sales strategy. Building community networks is a good idea too, especially if you want to do some grassroots marketing. 

Getting Started

Once you zero in on your product, you’ll need to go through a few steps to formalize your business.

Create a business and marketing plan to serve as a roadmap and establish yourself as an LLC, or limited liability company. This will protect you from some types of liability, make it easier to file your taxes, and give you greater degrees of flexibility. You can do the legwork yourself, hire an attorney, or your best bet, use a formation service to handle the details. Regulations around LLC formation vary from one state to another, so learn yours in advance.

You’ll also need a business license. You may also need insurance or special use permits. Your state department of business and industry can point you in the right direction.

Once you’ve got your business established and ready to launch, the next step is marketing and promoting yourself. Visit local markets. Advertise in local print publications and online community forums. Consider setting up a roadside stand and/or signage.

Once you’ve got customers rolling in, take good care of them. Great customer service will lead to both referrals and repeat business.

Homesteading How To offers a wealth of resources and information about homesteading and utilizing your land. Explore the site to get educated and inspired!

Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years of experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. You can learn more about Suzie on her website Happier Home.