Hold it a sec, Homesteader!
You need to know the 3 major ideas about Homesteading...
The Homesteading Double Duty Series
(Double Duty on the Homestead means that your payoff is double your effort; you get two actions for every one input. You have to be more than resourceful on the Homestead.)
Hi I’m Peter Lind. I grew up on a Homestead as did my parents and their parents. We called it farming but it was really Homesteading - sustenance living. Today, now more than ever, people want to go back to the days of Homesteading.
1. Money and the Homestead
I’ve been on both sides - a. Homesteading and, b. living like most people do - in a neighborhood in the city or suburbs. Let me tell you, Homesteading was and is a full-time commitment. It’s full of hard work, long hours, no vacations and little to no money. I’ve been there. Homesteading is the greatest thing in the world or it will be your worst nightmare if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Homesteading has brought people freedom, independence and more than one reason to leave their lives behind. Homesteading has sparked new life into people who are trapped today.
Today there are many types of Homesteading. In just a few moments I’m going to show you how you can get on your Homestead by doing a few simple things today. You can choose just what type of Homestead you want to live on and develop. Then, as you gain more knowledge you can deepen your Homestead landscape and develop it further.
You can literally transform your life right now as you prepare for your Homestead journey.
Let me show you...
One of the biggest reasons people are hesitant to Homestead or once they get on the Homestead, fail, is because of MONEY PROBLEMS..
Here are three questions that will show you how you will do Homesteading:
If you answered all three questions with YES then you are well on the way to succeeding on the Homestead.
However, even if you answered NO to any or all the three questions, I have a way for you to change all this.
If you are not in control of your money now - before you do anything else about getting on the Homestead - you must have a money plan. Your Homestead isn’t going to last long if you can’t control your (or anyone else’s) money.
Here are three things you can do right now...
#1 Debt. You are going to have to start paying off debt and stop accumulating debt. Start paying more than is required (more towards principle) on the lowest debt you have. If it’s $10 then put it towards principle. How to get out of debt: whatever you need, put on a list and don’t buy it until you have the money saved for it.
#2 Budget. Your monthly income should equal your expenses. A budget keeps your money balanced. Your budget tells you what you can spend. Don’t be alarmed, you are the one that sets up the budget. But you are the one to follow the budget once its set up.
You can use any kind of budgeting tool that will help you stay on budget.
My wife and I use an app called Mvelopes. There is an income amount that can be distributed into all of the “mvelopes” that you set up. Whatever income comes in is distributed into each of the “mvelopes” that we set up. We always know at a glance how much money is in each category.
I encourage you to find a budgeting program and stick to it. Work it every week. Know how much money comes in and how much money goes where.
#3 Reserve. If you don’t have money set aside as a reserve you will never get a handle on your money. When the pump fails, when the fence breaks, when the gun stops firing; you’re going to need money in reserve that you can get to quickly and pay for what you had not expected without upsetting anything else on the Homestead. It’s not if, it’s when things fail.
If You Think You'll Make It On Your Own You Will Fail!
Your reserve is an emergency fund that you will most certainly need so why not plan on it by setting some money aside just for when that day comes along.
See, you can start getting your money in order right now, regardless of where you are on your Homestead journey. Get in control of your money and keep with it.
Get my free Homestead Money Guide...value $19
Homestead Money: Get Out Of Debt
Here is a free ebook that will help you become more in control of your money on the Homestead. I used to make a lot of money but my expenses still outpaced the income. I became a serious student of money and money management. I put this ebook together for myself years ago so I could understand my own money problems. I know it will help you too.
I value this ebook at $19 and I know if you follow most of what I say, it will help you also. Please read it carefully and put some of your ideas from it into action.
After MONEY the next most important issue facing Homesteaders is FOOD.That’s what I’m going to bring up next...How to keep food on the table.
That’s what I’m going to bring up next...
How to keep food on the table.
2. Food and the Homestead
Just as MONEY is one of the biggest obstacles to both people who want to Homestead and those who Homestead today, Food is what most Homesteaders spend the most time working on. There’s an easier way than having to deal with food all day long.
But before we talk about food, remember why this is called the Homestead Double Duty Series. On the Homestead you have to make good use of everything; your time, your money, your skills, and anything else that you have responsibility for. Smart Homesteaders do double duty.
Double Duty: two results for one task
Always try to make one task double as two. Getting your money on track will help you get out of debt AND move you closer to the Homestead. Growing more food will feed you AND provide an income or feed your animals. Double Duty anything you do and you will get further ahead.
Let’s take Growing Food and see how we can Double Duty it.
Food is on the top of the list for Homesteaders.
Whether you’re just starting out and have never grown anything before or you are a well-seasoned five acre, non-till farmer, selling $100,000 each year at the local Farmer’s Market, there are many ways to approach food on the Homestead.
Many Homesteaders think that they will hunt and gather. While hunting and gathering can be part of Homesteading for sure, it is not practical. Hunting is seasonal and most times, difficult. Hunting should be supplemental to a well-established food source that you already have in place. Same for gathering wild food.
Many Homesteaders supply most of their own food. That means growing a garden and raising livestock. This is the most likely way a Homesteader will provide food for themselves and their family. But there are many ways to supply food. There are ways to plant and grow food that don’t require tilling, harsh farming techniques, chemical fertilizers, or expensive equipment. I don’t have time in this Part 2 of Double Duty to get into farming techniques but rest assured there are many different ways of growing food.
No land, no problem
What if you don’t have land or not enough land to grow what you want? Rent it. Seriously, find a land owner and ask if you can rent a plot of land and in return you’ll supply them with something you’ve grown, or raised.
Or if you’re new to Homesteading, seek out another Homesteader and ask them if you could work on their Homestead in exchange for food you’ve helped grow or animals you’ve helped raise. Work for food. What Homesteader would refuse that offer? You get on-the-job Homestead training and they get a good, dependable worker. Then, after a few years, you’ll be Homestead neighbors helping each other out equally. Sweet deal.
Before you get too excited about growing acres of garden and raising all kinds of animals, start small and become proficient with a little. Don’t do more than you can handle. And, don’t get into debt. We talked about Homestead economics and you want to keep a tight budget, especially when it comes to food.
Your Double Duty Homestead step is to grow something more than what you’re growing now that you can use. If you’re not growing anything, start. If you’re growing 5 acres and you are not profitable, grow some food that you can sell.
Get my free Homestead Food Guide...Value $19
Homestead Food Series: Edible Landscape
This ebook will take you through a very simple and easy process of planting food right where you are.
The mystery about growing food is in life itself, all you have to do is apply a little hard work. Take time going through this guide and you’ll be an accomplished gardener in no time. Then, as you gain knowledge and experience, your food plot will become larger and you will be adding more food to grow.
I value this ebook at $19 and if you follow it you will be able to grow edible landscape; the Homestead Double Duty in action once again.
After Money and Food, the next important Homestead issue I want you to know about is...
3. More Success On The Homestead - The Homestead World Membership!
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If you are in debt, getting your money in order is one of the first things to do. You won’t get very far on your Homestead if you are in debt and don’t have any money. Learn how to get out of debt, find ways to save money, and learn how to trade, barter, and sell your Homestead products.
What you grow and raise for food is going to be a time-consuming project. Securing food will be one of the most important chores you will do on your Homestead. Learn how to raise food, what kinds of food are the best on the Homestead, how to harvest and preserve food..
Raising animals for food will take time and talent. Learn the best kinds of animals (and fish) to raise on your Homestead. The better you are able to raise animals, the more secure your food sources will be. You want to spend your time and money only raising animals that produce the most meat .
You have to be your own doctor on the Homestead. There are some things you can do now to minimize your risk of injury and steps you can take to improve your health.
You are going to need several sources of energy. Whether you are on grid or off grid, your energy decisions are going to be important. Your energy sources have to be affordable and efficient.
The fun of the Homestead comes after your chores are done; getting the produce ready for market, the guns and gear ready for hunting, the needlecraft stitches in order.
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