Ready to Create an Income From Your Homestead? Here’s What You Need To Know
A guest blog by Amy Collett
Homesteads have numerous opportunities. Farms can grow rye, oats, barley, and corn, while traditional livestock options include sheep, chickens, pigs, and cattle. However, nearly a quarter of farms also raise other livestock, such as goats, horses, rabbits, donkeys, and elk. Of course, beekeeping and maple syrup production are also popular. If you’re ready to turn your homestead into a business, Equi Cool Down shares a few things you need to know.
Set Up Your Homestead as a Business
You need to set your business up legally. A corporation for limited liability is your best option. If you want to expand your operations throughout the United States, consider an LLC. These options provide limited liability, flexibility, and tax advantages over other options. Although you can hire a lawyer to help form your business, filing the paperwork yourself or using a formation service is significantly more cost-efficient. Remember, the rules for setting up a corporation or LLC vary based on location, so do your research before moving forward.
Find Funding for Your Expansion
There are several ways to fund your expansion. You can take out a loan to get started. Alternatively, you can use your savings or ask friends and family for assistance. However, grant opportunities are the best way to go. Of course, finding a grant can be challenging, so try to be patient and understanding of the process. Speed up the process by creating a detailed business plan and grant application. Seek grants earmarked for your specific industry.
Learn to Market Your Products
Marketing is crucial to your new homestead business. Even if you have the best products, you can’t sell anything if people can’t find you. If you aren’t a professional marketer, you may want to outsource this task. A combination of in-person signage, digital marketing, and word-of-mouth is a great way to get started. If you’re adding images to your marketing materials (or communicating with a graphic designer), consider using a tool to convert JPG to PDF. These converters allow you to compress multiple JPG files into a single PDF, so you don’t have to send multiple images.
If your homestead is expanding, you may need to hire additional help. Perhaps you need another farmhand or two to help ramp up the production of products. Outsourcing specific tasks may prove more cost-efficient. For example, you can hire a freelance marketer to handle digital marketing or a graphic designer to care for your website. You can find freelancers on websites such as Upwork, Freelancer, or Guru.
Expanding your homestead to create an income is an exhausting, time-intensive task. During the process, remember to practice self-care. Self-care is crucial to your emotional and physical well-being. This means allowing yourself a long, relaxing shower at the end of the day or half an hour of uninterrupted meditation before you dive into your workday. Self-care is about whatever makes you feel good, so it can look different for every person.
Create an Income From Your Homestead
With a little hard work, you can start creating an income from your homestead. The information above applies to all homesteads, no matter what you grow or raise.