How much rural homestead income are you generating—probably none because you don’t know how to leverage your knowledge and skill set.
With gas, food and medical prices escalating and nearly half of American homestead women admitting that they have more credit card debt than savings, many of you are feeling the pinch.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
That fact is, with crisis, there is always opportunity for you to leverage your knowledge, skills and abilities.
If you can HELP PEOPLE SOLVE PROBLEMS, you will make money.
The first step is to find a need or GAP in your own rural area and fill it.
Then, there is no need to wait for your next raise.
You already have the knowledge, the knickknacks and the skill set to increase your cash flow.
Besides, seven months remain in this year.
However, don’t waste this time by allowing the beach, ballparks and other activities to vamp your focus.
Use this time to show and prove that you can make an extra $500 or $1,000 this year with one of these savvy strategies to make rural homestead income.
Earning Potential: $350 And Up Per Bag
If you own so many designer bags that one or more are collecting dust, cashforpurses.com will buy them and offer a pretty penny in return.
While average payouts are $350 for Gucci, Hermes and Michael Kors, they have paid more than $15,000 for a bag according to site cofounder Trent Silver.
If you are good at sewing, you can custom design hand bags and sell them at local craft fairs and/or consign them at high-end boutiques.
4 Steps To Cashing In On Your Designer Bag:
Earning Potential: $400-500 Per Month Part-Time
Are you a singer, dancer or creative type?
Make money by entertaining locally.
Busking is the act of performing in public places for tips.
Depending on where you live, you can earn $350 to $450 per month singing and playing your guitar where big crowds hangout a few times a week or on weekends.
It is a surprisingly fulfilling way to practice your art while earning extra cash.
You don’t have to be a songstress.
Buskers can be comedians, jugglers, mimes, poets, sidewalk artists or any other type of street performer.
Some rural towns require a permit to busk, while others only allow it in certain areas.
Call your local police department or your local transit authority before setting up shop.
If you choose to earn extra money this way, it may also leas to bigger opportunities.
Singer Tracy Chapman got her start busking in Cambridge’s Harvard Square.
Earning Potential: Thousands Per Month
If you have a spare room or even a spare couch, tiny shed, etc., list it on airbnb.com and rent it out to short-term visitors.
You can host medical students and business travelers who stay between a week and three months at a time.
Charge $50 to $60 per night and you will make $7,000.
The site offers insurance against theft or damage, and user profiles include reviews from previous “landlords.”
If you are a single homesteader, then one of your criteria must be positive reviews or a reference.
3 More Ways To Rent Your Space:
Earning Potential: Unlimited Depending On You Audience
Everyone is an expert at something.
As a caterer, a naturalist, an educator or even a recent divorcee, you are knowledgeable, and people will pay a premium for information that is helpful and easy to digest.
Selling infoproducts on the Internet can be lucrative, whether you peddle a $3.99 e-book on amazon.com, a $9.99 downloadable audio file via your company newsletter or a $27 Webinar.
While there is plenty of free information online, the sheer volume can be overwhelming, says Broussard, who provides a step-by-step guide to start an infoproduct business in The Jet Set Girl’s Guide to Building a Million Dollar Online Business (thejetsetgirl.net).
As long as you package the information in a simple yet practical way, people will buy.
3 Ways To Get Started:
Earning Potential: Thousands Depending On The Merchandise
One man’s trash is STILL another man’s treasure.
Sites such as Amazon, eBay and Etsy let you sell your books, toys, clothes, crafts, jewelry and practically anything else you can think of.
In fact, you can make $3,500/year selling used books and housewares on amazon.com.
You can also make money by anticipating what items people will be looking for and filling that need.
For example, this is a great for finding and filling a gap in the market: When Crystal Washington, a 31-year-old social media consultant in Houston, noticed that people typically search on Craigslist for moving boxes at the end of the month, she would pick up 30 to 50 boxes from people who were giving them away.
Then, she would post them on Craigslist for $1.25 each, which was a great way to earn an extra $50 to $100 per month.
Earning Potential: Hundreds Depending On How Much You Hustle
Mason jar recipes are phenomenal because you can sell beverage mixer (include dry ingredients and a small shot bottle of whiskey, etc.), desserts and gifts to share.
The ever-popular Mason jar is perfect for serving, storing and preserving recipes to eat now or enjoy later.
RuralMoney.com highly recommend the Tiny Book Of Mason Jar Recipes.
It has more than 60 best test kitchen-approved recipes.
This little book is simply fun to use for any menu or celebration on your calendar to increase your rural homestead income.
Mason jar recipes are quick and easy to serve, or just to make ahead; your customers will find delight in every jar!
Posted by Doctor of Rural Money, Tonza Borden.