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50+ Ways to Make Money from your Homestead

Fifty ideas to make money from your homestead, whether you want to generate a full-time income or a little cash on the side!

A lot of homesteaders, whether they live on a backyard farm or a full-sized homestead, want to find a way to make money from their homestead.  We work very hard on our homesteads and it would be great to be able to see some sort of a monetary return on our investments, right? We also produce some amazing products and skills and we want to be able to share those passions with others! Well, here’s the good news: There are many ways that you can make money from your homestead!

Whether your goal is to create a full-time income or just some extra side cash, it can be quite challenging when you first start out. However, it absolutely can be done! Prepare yourself for a lot of challenges and a lot of trial and error as you work to find a good process to produce profitable products. When you first start out, it can be helpful to try out different products and different marketing avenues until you find the one that works best for you.

These ideas are designed to jumpstart your brainstorming list of possible products and services that you can use to make money from your homestead. Always check with your local and state laws as you develop your products and services.

Fifty ideas to make money from your homestead, whether you want to generate a full-time income or a little cash on the side!


Money making ideas from animals & animal products

  1. Sell chicken eggs
  2. Sell duck eggs
  3. Sell quail eggs
  4. Sell chicks (consider specialty breeds like silkies)
  5. Sell fertilized eggs
  6. Sell meat chickens
  7. Sell ducklings
  8. Sell raw milk (if legal in your state)
  9. Make and sell cheese
  10. Make and sell yogurt
  11. Raise, breed and sell goat
  12. Raise, breed and sell small breed (or full-sized!) dairy cows
  13. Raise, breed and sell rabbits
  14. Raise, breed and sell lambs
  15. Raise, breed and sell fish (such as tilapia)
  16. Grow and sell composting worms (such as red worms) and worm farm starter kits
  17. Sell manure and aged compost
  18. Sell honey
  19. Sell herb-infused honeys
  20. Sell starter swarms
  21. Make and sell beehives
  22. Create custom organic grain and mineral mixes for livestock

50+ ways to make money from your homestead!

Money making ideas from your garden and property

  1. Sell extra produce at a farmer’s market or roadside stand (for more ideas of products you can sell, check out our post: Eighty-Five Things You Can Sell at a Farmer’s Market that aren’t Produce!)
  2. Grow a specialty crop and sell to local restaurants
  3. You-pick orchards
  4. You-pick berry patches
  5. You-pick pumpkin patches
  6. Sell berry starts
  7. Sell fruit tree starts
  8. Propagate and sell succulents
  9. Propagate and sell herbs such as rosemary and lavender
  10. Sell vegetable starts
  11. Start a CSA with friends, family and coworkers
  12. Grow and sell mushrooms
  13. Set up a small seasonal organic nursery
  14. Partner with local photographers and allow them to use your farm for photoshoots
  15. Allow organizations and individuals to host events (such as weddings) on your farm
  16. Harvest and sell firewood if you have wooded land
  17. Explore agritourism options, such as petting zoos, corn mazes and bed & breakfasts

50+ ways to make money from your homestead!


Money making ideas from services

  1. Hoof trimming services
  2. Garden planning services
  3. Garden and yard maintenance services
  4. Pet sitting/farm sitting services
  5. Offer educational classes (canning, gardening, aquaponics, knitting, etc.)

50+ ways to make money from your homestead!


Money making ideas for those who are handy with tools

  1. Make and sell chicken coops
  2. Make and sell chicken tractors
  3. Make and sell rabbit hutches
  4. Make and sell milking stanchions for goats
  5. Make and sell hay mangers for goats
  6. Make and sell raised garden boxes

50+ ways to make money from your homestead!


Money making ideas from handmade products

  1. Sell spun or raw wool
  2. Make and sell goat milk soaps and lotions
  3. Can and sell salsas and marinaras
  4. Can and sell jellies and jams
  5. Ferment and sell ciders, beers and wines
  6. Create and sell herbal tea blends
  7. Create and sell handmade craft items and hand-sewn items (wreaths, pallet signs, etc.)

For even more ideas, check out our post: Eighty-Five Things You Can Sell at a Farmer’s Market that aren’t Produce! We would love to hear your ideas for making money from your homestead – share in the comments below!

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  • Kaylee Vaughn

    Kaylee is the Founder of She has set up and run two homesteads, a one-acre in Idaho, and her current two-acre dream homestead in the Pacific North West. Her qualifications include a Permaculture Design Certification from Oregon State University, and she is a Gardenary Certified Garden Coach. Kaylee currently produces at least 80% of her own food. She contributes to our site through articles, training and coaching to our clients. You can read more about her at

Liane Dubreuil

Saturday 9th of June 2018

I grow my own herbs as well and have started making teas to sell at the farmers market. I have found that mason jars are getting quite expensive, so I like the idea of tins.

I have started putting loose tea in paper bags with our farms label on it, and also putting loose tea in those empty teabags and then putting our logo on those as well. I am attempting to think of various ways to package them to draw customer attention. I don't feel I have hit on the proper way, quite yet....

Project Zenstead

Tuesday 19th of June 2018

Packaging is always such a struggle! It's really hard to find packaging that is sustainable and low waste that is also functional and efficient. I do like the idea of tins - I know I'm more willing to buy something if it's in a container that I can reuse. The paper bags work well too as long as you are moving products out the door quickly since they don't keep things fresh as long. Keep us posted if you find something that works really well! I'm always grateful to hear from other people as they "work out the kinks" with their farm products. Best wishes to you and your farm business!


Thursday 28th of December 2017

Hi Kaylee! I wish I was as organized as you are! I am interested in selling herb tea mixes. What is the best way to package them? I'd rather not go to the expense of packing the mix into tea bags - I thought I'd sell them loose. Should they be put into plastic baggies? Any input will be appreciated. I grow my own culinary and medicinal herbs.

Project Zenstead

Friday 29th of December 2017

Hi Sheryl, Loose herbs and teas are very popular! One of my favorite ways to package them is in mason jars so that the container is reusable and completely waste free. You can also vacuum seal mason jars easily using the attachment from Food Saver. Tins can be another great option for zero-waste packaging and they look really professional. Another great option (and a very good option if you are shipping your products) is to use brown bags/pouches which you can buy in bulk - some even have ziplock or twist-tie closures on them. Amazon is a great place to check for options. I also use, bulk and


Friday 22nd of December 2017

Absolutely wonderful!!! You have so many great ideas that are down to earth and doable. Thanks soo much.


Thursday 22nd of June 2017

Just found your blog. I love it ?! We are just getting started on our homesteading journey, I will definitely be putting that homesteading management binder to good use, Thank you! I can't wait for bedtime to read some more!

Project Zenstead

Sunday 25th of June 2017

Hi Shelby! That's fantastic! I hope you enjoy every step of the journey! It will be an adventure for sure! Keep us updated from time to time - I love to hear about everyone's homesteading experiences.

Cheers! Kaylee