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May 2019 Update: Where Are We? What's The Plan?
 
Tiffany Davidson Eric Smith Washington State Off Grid Homesteading Blog

Hello everyone~

First of all, I want to say a big thank you to those of you who have followed along on this journey so far. I know you were probably expecting more to happen and sooner, but as life goes… priorities shift and we have to make the best decisions we can.

For us, right now, this means living in western Washington (on the Olympic Peninsula) and working to pay off debt, save money, get Eric working online, while I continue growing my online business(es).

Our property in the Okanogan Highlands sits peacefully waiting and we dream about it and miss it every single day.

Oh do we miss northeast Washington!

Washington State is, in my opinion, the most beautiful state. And where we live now is unparalleled in grandeur. Mountains, rainforest, and sea all meet and it is just incredible. I mean, look at these views from our living room window…

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The beauty all around us here on the Olympic Peninsula is truly astounding.

But yet… we miss northeast Washington terribly.

NE Washington is a land of extremes — feet of snow for 6 months of the year, summers that are as dry as a tinderbox with roaring wildfires, a place where you have to drive for hours to get what you need, a place where you must always be prepared because there simply aren’t other people around. A place that demands hardiness.

But it is a place of such beauty, and it is a type of beauty that is distinct, a feeling I have not felt anywhere else. There is something in the vastness, the quiet, something embedded in the very landscape that has gotten inside us. We love northeast Washington for the lifestyle it promotes, how it feels like a place lost in time. A place where you can truly feel free.

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The problem all along has just been that we are not yet prepared for that kind of lifestyle.

We have to live someplace with Internet because I rely on it for my income, and the local marketplace is just not adequate for Eric to find a good job (without having to drive an hour and a half one way, twice a day to work and back).

So it’s a real conundrum, and one that we have decided to solve by moving away and living a “normal” life for a while.

While we’re over here living this “normal” life, our focus is on making money, paying off personal debt, transitioning Eric to online work alongside me, and I am working on transitioning myself to diversifying with passive income streams.

We’re looking at a two year timeline before we can get back out to northeast Washington and live this homesteading lifestyle we are soooooo longing for.

So you probably won’t see many updates on our homesteading journey on this site for quite a while.

I wanted to let you all know and be straightforward about what’s going on.

I plan to maintain this website, but I’ll be writing more objective posts for a general audience until the time comes to share our homestead progress. The progress we’ll be making over the next year or two is nothing to write about here— no structures or gardens being built, no off-grid water systems being figured out, just working and making money and planning for it all. More “behind the scenes”. Not the most interesting subject matter :)

I think that to live an off-grid homesteading lifestyle in a remote area, online income and passive income are absolutely the best routes to go. So if you’re interested in learning more about working online, you can follow my professional blog where I write a lot about this kind of thing.

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Meanwhile, I will be looking forward to the day that I can show you gardens being built and saunas and cabins too, and tell you about the adventures we’re having far out on our beautiful property. But for now, we must remember that this too is part of the journey. All things take work and time and planning. We must remain steadfast, and we will!

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Wishing you all the very best,

Tiffany (& Eric)

 

Welcome!

Tiffany Davidson Eric Smith Washington State Off Grid Homesteading Blog

My husband and I are working to build a Nordic-inspired homestead in the Washington wilderness slowly with cash and no debt. You can follow the journey here!

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • gift guides for like-minded folks

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


My hope is that you will find some nugget of inspiration here.
Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany

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How To Begin Homesteading? Create Passive Income & Work Online! [3 Ideas That You Can Begin Now With No Money]
 
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Many of us in the homesteading community want to get out of the rat race, move to a rural area (or even the wilderness), grow our food, work on the homestead everyday, and enjoy a simpler way of life.

This is hard to do if you have to commute away from the homestead every day though. You never really get into that homestead state of mind when this is the case.

How to escape the rat race, then? How to wake up and be able to stay on the homestead, working on projects, enjoying our animals, nature, the land, the comfort of home, and our loved ones? That is the question so many of us feel daunted by.

We may get the acres, build the cabin, plant the garden… but, somehow it doesn’t feel complete when we have to leave every single day to go sell our time and get pulled back into that hectic state of mind that is the norm of modern Western industrial society.

We begin to believe it isn’t even possible and this is just the way it is nowadays.

I’m here to tell you that it is possible to earn a full-time income without having to leave your home(stead).

And no, you do not have to have some university-granted skill set to be able to do so. In fact, if you are truly motivated and driven to achieve this lifestyle, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to achieve it in one year.

Just think - your life could be completely different this time one year from now. You could be working from home everyday or - even better - not working every day from anywhere, but generating passive income online instead! Freeing you to work on your homestead, on creative projects that are truly fulfilling, spending more time with those you love, and just enjoying a higher quality of life all around.

I know because I did (and am doing) it myself. So I wanted to share some personal advice if this sounds like a path you might be interested in taking yourself.

I’m going to share information about transitioning to working online from home followed by two passive income strategies - all that you can begin working on now!


Teach Yourself A Valuable In-Demand Online Skill So That You Can Work Online From Home or Anywhere


One way to go about this is to transition your career into an online work from home (or anywhere) position.

It doesn’t matter what you do right now for an income - you can 100% teach yourself a valuable skill so that you can work online and make a legitimate income. I know this is possible because I did it.

I taught myself how to design websites. I knew nothing about web design, knew no code, none of that - but I saw that it was in demand on a freelancing platform I was reading through and figured I’d give it a go. Fast forward one year and I’m making a full-time lucrative income as a web designer. The best part? I got paid to learn, rather than paying to learn.

But - this strategy does require drive and self-motivation. I worked full-time while listening to podcasts about self-educating and came home in the evenings and put in several hours designing my first website (for myself). I would’ve much rather gone for a hike or a walk on the bay, but I sat in front of the computer until bedtime. I was setting the foundation for a future I knew I wanted.

Over the months, I kept dabbling and learning and working on projects, then finally it all paid off and started to come together.

I created a profile on a freelancing platform, got my first client, and have not been without work since!

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The best part is that with every new job I take on, I learn new things (while getting paid) and my portfolio and skill sets continue to grow and grow.

Now I am able to live in a wilderness area with only three people per square mile (as we build a homestead from scratch) and make a full-time income from home (thank goodness for satellites!).


Here’s what I recommend you do: go to a freelancing platform like Fiverr or Upwork and read through the job listings. This will give you an idea of the type of work that’s in the highest demand as well as pay rates. This is the strategy I used to hone in on what I felt I could learn and provide as a service.

JavaScript developers were in high demand and at a very good price point, but I had tried to learn JavaScript before and found it very difficult, so I knew that wasn’t a realistic path for me. I settled on web design using a content management system that I had experience with already.

This isn’t to say that you can’t teach yourself to do something that right now seems impossible to you - in fact, most programmers out there in the world right now are self-taught. Many of them work everyday for big companies like Intel, getting paid six figures, and still feel like imposters. One of my close friends who is a self-taught senior software engineer still laughs and jokes that he essentially gets paid everyday to Google (meaning - he doesn’t know how to do something, so he just Googles until he finds the solution).

Freelancing platforms offer a variety of ideas: web design, writing, graphic design, voiceovers, audio work, etc. etc. Let’s use graphic design as an example - download Adobe Illustrator, go to YouTube and look for “Adobe Illustrator Tutorials” or “adobe illustrator logo design” and start doing these tutorials. Not only do you get experience, but by jumping in and working on actual projects like this, you’re building a portfolio that you can show clients later. Then, market yourself as a logo designer- ta da!


Now let’s talk about passive income.

What is passive income?
”Passive income is income resulting from cash flow received on a regular basis, requiring minimal to no effort by the recipient to maintain it.”

In a nutshell: you aren’t selling your time anymore. You get that most wonderful resource back!

BUT… passive income does require a lot of upfront work. Atleast the methods I’m familiar with do.

Guess what, though? If you get started right now, in one year you could have a substantial passive income stream flowing. Imagine the ways this could change your life - freeing your time for other endeavors and removing any need to be location dependent (or live near a populous).


Passive Income Idea #1: Write & Publish E-books


I believe that every human being has a story to tell or something to teach.

Think about what you know well that you could teach - a process, a skill or craft, a cookbook, a travel guide to your area, a natural history of a place you love, how to have a passionate marriage… really the possibilities are endless. Just get creative. (If you suspect you would go the non-fiction route, I recommend reading the book On Writing Well: The Classic Guide To Writing Non-Fiction).

Or - write a story rather than a guide. Maybe something similar to this: Go North Young Man: Modern Homesteading in Alaska which is just a man’s account of his first four years as a homesteader on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula in the 1950’s.

Write what you know. Figure out what knowledge or experience you have that might be valuable or enjoyable to someone else.

Compile your E-book over time with a clear outline and strategy, design it how you wish (I recommend using Canva which is free and easy), turn it into a .pdf and put it on Amazon or on your own blog/website (which I’ll talk about in a second).

Here are some great resources for further brainstorming:


***I would also recommend browsing Amazon’s Bestselling Ebooks. Pay attention to the list of categories under Kindle Ebooks to get ideas for what you could write about.


Passive Income Idea #2: Start A Niche Website / Blog


This is one strategy of mine that I’ve already seen start to pay off, despite being in the very beginning stages.

What is a niche website?
A niche website is a site that focuses on a target audience with common specific interests.

For example:

Honestly - most websites are niche websites, meaning they have identified a target audience and strategize how to provide content to attract that target audience.

This website that you’re on right now, mine, is a niche website. Target audience: homesteaders (fortunately that includes a large array of topics that can be covered - good for me since I have a ton of topics I enjoy writing about!).


How To Monetize A Niche Website / Blog?


There are several different strategies you can use:

  • Affiliate links - these are just links you share on your site and when a visitor to your site clicks a link and ends up making a purchase from the site you’re an affiliate with (Amazon, RStyle, Carhartt, the list goes on and on and on, but most people begin with Amazon), you get a small commission. The commission is tiny - about 3 to 4 percent so the goal is to get a lot of click-throughs and purchases so that your affiliate income grows and grows. How do you get more click-throughs? More traffic to your site. How do you get more traffic to your site? By creating more and more quality content (blogging).

  • Digital Products - It could be Ebooks like we just talked about, online courses, etc.

  • Ads - I don’t use ads, so I can’t speak much on them, but many people rely on ads for a big chunk of their monthly passive income from their niche website.


So no matter what your current situation is, these are all ideas you can begin working on right now.

You might not see financial results until next year, but guess what? Next year will be here before you know it, so why not make steps in the direction of your goals?

I work a full-time job, but here I am, on a Sunday afternoon, creating a blog post which is a single little brick in the passive income house I’m working to build, if you will. I’d much rather be outside doing something away from the computer, but I know that this is work that must be done now so that eventually I do get my time back. (Plus, I really enjoy working on this website so that sure does help!).


I once heard success defined as being anytime you take an action that contributes to your goals. So, success isn’t just in achieving the goal, but in every single small step you take toward it.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions - I’m more than happy to help!

 

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My husband and I are working to build a Nordic-inspired homestead in the Washington wilderness slowly with cash and no debt. You can follow the journey here!

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


My hope is that you will find some nugget of inspiration here.
Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany


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The Route We're Taking To Begin Homesteading With No Debt (& Our Progress So Far)
 
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It’s the first of October, and I figured probably time for an update since our last one!

The purpose of sharing these updates is to show glimpses into our homesteading journey, so that when someone visits this site years from now and sees us living on our land, working from home, with beautiful plants and animals and hand-built structures dotting the landscape, living the dream essentially, and all with no debt… they can go back and see the beginning, they can see the steps we made and the time that it all took.

Not only does this make things more realistic, but I think it could also help people brainstorm ways of accomplishing similar dreams for themselves.

SO WHAT HAVE WE ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR?

It was this time last year that we really started to get serious about things. At that point in time, all we knew was that we wanted to live in this very wild and remote place where we could enjoy the slow pace of life and the inspiring landscape. Since then, our plan has ripened and become more and more clear.

The lifestyle we’re working to create is so far from finished, it’s just in the beginning stages really, but we have made progress toward it and every single day we continue to inch a little closer.

Let’s take a look back at what we’ve accomplished in the last year toward our off-grid homesteading goals!



BEGAN NEW CAREER PATHS [SUCCESSFULLY] THAT ALLOW US TO LIVE WHERE WE WANT

It was around this time last year, having just returned from the wilderness of northeast Washington (where we now live), that I sat in a coffee shop in a little town in Kentucky wondering how in the world I would ever be able to live in that remote wilderness that I loved so dearly full-time. How could I really make a life there, and a good life at that? With three people per square mile, jobs are few and far between.

I had no idea that just a couple of months later, I’d be making a full-time income online. It’s amazing what could be around the next corner if we’re willing to give it our all. You really just never know…

Read more about how I self-educated to be able to work online from anywhere here. I’m slowly working on an Ebook that will outline the details of exactly how I made this happen, so sign up for the newsletter to make sure you don’t miss out when I publish it.

Here’s a little coffee shop I found just north of here in Canada a few weeks ago where I can go get some work done when I need a change of scenery.

Here’s a little coffee shop I found just north of here in Canada a few weeks ago where I can go get some work done when I need a change of scenery.

The September view from my desk. What a difference a year can make!

The September view from my desk. What a difference a year can make!

 

A few months later, in January of this year, Eric decided that getting his CDL would be the best (and quickest) way to be able to live and homestead in a remote area. The few jobs that do come available out here often require a CDL, and at worst he could always go over the road then return here on days off.

He signed up for a really reputable CDL school which ended up being only a few miles from my father’s home in Wisconsin, ironically, and in February of 2018 we transitioned there for a few months while he completed the schooling and training.

Now he works for a wonderful local company and has probably one of the most beautiful routes that a truck driver could have - driving through the beautiful Washington and British Columbia mountains all day, then returning home to me each evening. We expected he would have to go over the road and we wouldn’t see each other for weeks at a time, but things worked out in the very best way they could have.

Does he want to be a truck driver forever? Of course not. Eventually, Eric plans to write music again and to hone a craft— he’s especially drawn to woodworking and blacksmithing— and turn those things into his full-time work. But, for now, our lines of work allow us great freedom to live where we want while making lucrative enough incomes to save for buying land and building a homestead in the near future.

Check out my blog post How To Make A Full-Time Income From Your Off-Grid Homestead for some more ideas to help your brainstorming.



RELOCATED OURSELVES & ALL OF OUR BELONGINGS TO THE AREA WE PLAN TO HOMESTEAD

For us, this meant going across the country, from the South to the Northwest. We moved 2,300 miles away!

This was a big move and took a lot of planning and preparing on our part, all while beginning entirely new career paths.

Living for a full year in an area before buying land in it is very important - I realize this now more than ever.

The specific places we now know we want to buy land near have evolved since we’ve been here and we’ve met local people who tell us about certain areas and point us in the direction of land for sale that is not listed on the Internet.

So moving here was essential, even though we aren’t yet ready to buy land or start building.

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ARRANGED A LIVING SITUATION

At the beginning of summer, I wrote an update to let you all know about our current setup. We’re still in that same setup and plan to stay in it until we’re ready to start building.

It is essentially an RV on our friends property that they’re letting us stay in as a kind of work-trade, and out of the simple goodness of their hearts.

We’ve been tempted many times this summer just to rent our own place, but were able to talk ourselves out of it each time remembering that all of the money we would put toward rent could be put into our little savings box instead! Besides, actually finding a rental home out here is… not realistic.

I have to say that one of the biggest sacrifices we’ve made throughout this whole journey so far is not having our own place - we both miss it terribly and long to have our things and our aloneness and more space. But this is a crucial part of the journey to having our own homestead — saving money! So, if it doesn’t contribute to that goal, we try to steer away from it.


WINTERIZED OUR LIVING QUARTERS

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We just finished winterizing the RV, using strawbales, and we still have to purchase a few hundred dollars worth of supplies to insulate the water hoses. This winter might be a little difficult - living in an RV with paper thin walls in a climate that sits under feet of snow for six solid months. Our biggest concern is the above-groud external water source…but we’ll see how it goes!

Again, sacrifices like this might have to be made while you work to save enough money to buy land outright and build your own house, which is what we plan to do within the year!



ACQUIRED HUNTING & FISHING LICENSES

This will help cut down on food costs while familiarizing us more and more intimately with the landscape.

In fact, as I type this, my husband is out with a friend hunting deer and grouse! After working sixty hours this past week, and not getting in bed until after 11 last night, he was up at 4AM to go hunt. Let’s hope it’s fruitful!

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Here’s our to-do list between now and next Spring:

  • Sell the 2wd Honda Element

  • Purchase two 4wd vehicles (one rugged truck and one that is better-suited for travel)

  • Save money! This means working a lot and minimizing expenses as much as possible

  • Start milling lumber to build the house with (this will require buying an Alaskan sawmill & appropriate chainsaw)

  • Find land

  • Build a small livable cabin so we can transition full-time to the homestead!


    It might not sound like a lot, but these are pretty great feats. The route we’re taking —to build a homestead slowly with cash— requires a lot of time and patience before the rewarding payoffs start trickling in. Once this list is completed, we will have a home (with no debt or monthly payment!) and land to build sustainable systems on that will feed and nourish us in all kinds of ways. From there, we can install off-grid power systems, huge gardens, build more structures for personal shops and studios, and just have fun with it!


SO YOU WANT TO BEGIN HOMESTEADING BUT AREN’T SURE WHERE TO START?

I would suggest doing the following:

  1. Figure out the area you want to live long-term on your off-grid homestead

  2. If work options aren’t available in that area, or you want to be able to work from home, start researching how to make a full-time income from your homestead. I’m not talking about filling out surveys and making a little here and there, I’m talking about self-educating and really skilling up, then beginning to do work for people, thereby building a portfolio slowly, and taking it from there. I managed to do this in under a year, and so can you. Check out:
    Self-Educating To Be Able To Work From Anywhere and How To Make A Full-Time Income From Your Off-Grid Homestead

  3. Minimize expenses and save money - if you don’t have a budget and you live paycheck to paycheck, you’ve got to do better. Sorry. Even if it’s $20/week, you can do without something and put that money back. Saving $1,000/year is better than zero. Going through life with no budget, making impulsive buys for short-term dopamine release, will not get you anywhere. Sit down and list out your monthly expenses (including bills of course but also food, gas, miscellaneous things that tend to come up, etc.), then subtract that from your monthly income. Whatever is left is what should be going into a Savings envelope. Seven months from now, you might come across acreage for sale with owner financing available but they want $1,500 down. Budgeting and saving now could be the difference in whether or not you can buy that land then.


A goal this big doesn’t happen overnight (which is why most people have 30-year mortgages). But it can happen in a year or two, and debt-free, if you start educating yourself now and outlining a solid plan of action.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below. I’m more than happy to help in any way I can. We’re all on this path together, after all.

Until next time ~

x
Tiffany


 

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My husband and I are working to build a Nordic-inspired homestead in the Washington wilderness slowly with cash and no debt. You can follow the journey here!

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


My hope is that you will find some nugget of inspiration here.
Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany


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Self-Educating To Be Able To Work Online From Anywhere (The First Step I Took To Homestead, Live in the Wilderness, & Have More Freedom)
 

Less than one year ago today, having just returned from the wilderness of northeast Washington, I sat in a local coffee shop in a small town in Kentucky, perusing the Internet.

I had just returned from spending the summer in the Washington wilderness and I was hell-bent on figuring out how to live there full-time.

Not just live there, but live there in a certain way - I wanted land, a homestead, not to be crippled by the intense winters from lack of proper equipment, I wanted to be able to make a lucrative income so that I could establish an off-grid homestead in the wilderness and enjoy daily life on this landscape I loved so dearly, without it always feeling transient.

In a place with only three people per square mile, jobs are few and far between. Especially good ones.

But even if there were jobs available, I wanted to escape the morning alarm ritual, living life by a clock, wearing busy-ness as a badge of honor, commuting to work each day feeling like a cog in a machine.

To build out the dream that existed only in my imagination, though, was going to require money.

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I wanted a small but cozy home that felt inspiring, I would need water systems, power, high-speed Internet, 4wd vehicles, snow plows, a sawmill, I would want to design long-term food growing systems and have animals…

The cold hard truth is that homesteading requires capital.

You can, of course, live in the wilderness in a tent and carry on in the hunter-gatherer fashion (something I’ve considered many times, and did a bit a couple of years ago while recovering from toxic mold exposure), but even then you’ll need some money. It’s just the way society is setup nowadays. We rely on it for a lot, but that is the topic of a whole other conversation ;)

The upfront work that has to be done and the money this requires both allow for long-term relaxation and enjoyment. Eventually, you won’t need nearly as much money because you have all of these systems in place that allow you to be more self-sufficient.

For anyone looking to actually enjoy living a peaceful life in the wilderness, on land that is theirs, in a home that they own, with systems in place that are sustainable and off-grid and reliable, there is a lot of initial work that has to be done. And most of that work is far from dreamy.

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I have spoken with so many people, and I used to be one myself, who state how they want to live in a cabin away from it all, reading, writing, photographing, spending plenty of time outdoors, growing their own food, and so on. The off-grid, wilderness living dream.

But I don’t often hear about the details of how they’re actually going to pull off this dream, and most importantly - sustain it.

And so, dreams remain dreams and they carry on conventionally, not getting much satisfaction out of their days, or always dreaming of a different way of life…

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Not this gal.

I had a clear vision of what I wanted, and after courting this dream for many years, I finally started getting serious about it that September day in the coffee shop.

I wasn’t willing to let a lifestyle that felt so deeply right in my heart just remain a dream.

If other people had achieved this way of living, so could I.

 

Digital Nomad Stories

In the coffee shop that day, as I sat sipping my breve latte, watching the urgent traffic pass by outside, and despairing at my situation, I came across a new (to me) phrase: digital nomad.

Simply put: these folks were working online from anywhere in the world, and many of them were doing so using skills they had taught themselves. I read story after story of success and my brain began to churn…

I had been redesigning my website that day (I was a freelance health content developer at the time with a far-from-lucrative income, so I was also working at a local craft shop), and I had just finished a digital nomad story about a lady who was a web designer and who was living and working in Bali that summer (saving money because the USD stretches a lot further there!) and would be heading to Austria (or somewhere) later that year to live for a while.

Wait… a web designer? With no college degree in computer science or…. something?

I switched tabs at lightning speed, logging into one of the main freelancer sites I used to connect with clients. In the search bar, rather than typing in “health writer” or “nutrition blog posts,” I entered a new query: web design.

Oh!

But I didn’t know any programming languages at that time…

So I did a more specific search for web design on the platform I had used to build a couple of my own websites on in the past.

This returned projects in the $1,000’s instead of projects in the $50-$300 range I had been draining myself dry with.

Light bulb moment? Yes.

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All Aboard The Self-Education Train!

I spent the rest of that week and the subsequent weeks learning so…many…things about how I could develop better web design skills, really learn the platform I had chosen, seeking tips and advice from other self-taught web designers, researching my target audience and client base, and redesigning my own website in a big way!

I put blinders on to the rest of the world during that time and learned as much as I possibly could.

Looking back to that week brings a huge smile to my face, mainly because right now I sit typing this in a whole other coffee shop - the only coffee shop in the nearest little town to where I now live, in the wilderness of northeast Washington!

It’s safe to say: The work has paid off!

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I’m still within the first year of being a self-taught web designer and I definitely didn’t expect things to go as well as they have.

Am I rich? Nope. Not even close.

Do I generate a decent full-time income? Yes.
Do I do so with significantly less hours of my time than the standard full-time employee? Yes.

The best part? I started generating a worthwhile income right away.

It turns out web design is in big demand (and a lot of other online skills are, too). And nowadays I have a larger toolbelt of skills I can offer my clients, more skills that I’ve taught myself which continue to prove valuable in the marketplace.


How To Make Money Online

I still have a long way to go, and hopefully my business just continues to grow.

I’m still learning rapidly in order to boost my chances of success and produce high-quality work, but I feel that I already have a lot of valuable insight to offer others who want to follow along this same sort of path.

For this reason, I’ve decided to write a small E-book which will delve far deeper into my story. In this E-book, I’ll be explaining the exact steps I took to get to where I am now.

I’ll share personal information and tactics used, how I self-educated, how to get clients as a beginner, how to build a portfolio, how I got paid to learn instead of paying to learn, and yes - even details on first year earnings.

I’ll also help you brainstorm ideas for other self-taught professions, not just web design.

If you’d like to be notified when this E-book becomes available, sign up for the newsletter here to be notified:


Something else that would be really helpful, since I’m writing this Ebook right now, is if you have any specific questions for me, let me know! Please!

Just leave a comment below here and feel free to ask me anything. I’ll try to make sure the E-book answers your questions.

Thanks so much for your input.

Until next time ~

x Tiffany

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My husband and I are working to build a Nordic-inspired homestead in the Washington wilderness slowly with cash and no debt. You can follow the journey here!

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


My hope is that you will find some nugget of inspiration here.
Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany

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How To Make A Full-Time Income From Your Off-Grid Homestead: A Comprehensive List of Ideas
 

I can't tell you how many people I've talked to who would love to move to the wilderness (or someplace rural) to live a slower life, more connected to the natural world, but ONE thing prevents them from making the leap.  One thing.

You can read articles about the hardiest breeds of chicken, how to grow food, and how to install off-grid solar power all day long, but there is a fundamental step that precedes all of this homestead knowledge, something you have to figure out first...
 

How to make money from your off-grid homestead?
 

Homesteading requires money, particularly in the beginning stages.

Honestly, the startup is the hardest part. 

One you've been on your homestead for some time, a snowball effect will probably start to happen and you'll find more and more ways to generate cash as you get systems established on your property. 

The real struggle most people have is transitioning from a modern 9-5 setup with reliable income to a remote area that offers very few jobs, and the jobs that are available typically pay less in rural areas. 

But, I have good news: solutions do exist! You don't have to be confined to the rat race for the rest of your life.

 (Thank goodness, right!?)

With proper planning, you can absolutely make a legitimate income from your off-grid homestead. 

I've developed a comprehensive list of ideas for off-grid homestead income. They primarily fit into two categories: local and online. 

The strategy you employ is up to your own wits - maybe you jump on one single idea and really give it your all, or maybe you weave together two or three ideas in order to secure a full-time income capable of supporting your homestead dreams.

The ideas below are real; I've seen them work for other individuals and families, which means they can work for you if you play your cards right.

And remember, if you're serious about wanting to live the off-grid homestead life, the sooner you can begin establishing these income streams, the sooner you'll be on your land. So let's get started!


LOCAL INCOME IDEAS IN A RURAL AREA

 

  • BUILD A RENTAL PROPERTY ON YOUR LAND

    This can be a bed and breakfast style Inn or a stand alone cabin. You don't have to get fancy! Airbnb's most popular listing last year was a treehouse with no bathroom and no running water.

  • DEVELOP A CSA

    CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.They work like this: You, the producer, will determine what you can offer in your CSA package. Maybe it'll contain so many pounds of organic produce, a jar of honey, a dozen free-range eggs, sauerkraut, butter, herbs... whatever it is you're producing on your homestead.

    Do the math to figure out how many members you can sustain and at what kind of intervals -- one box a week per member, one box bi-weekly? -- whatever the terms are, you and your buyers will agree and they'll sign up for your CSA!

    There are people in America making six figures from this type of setup!

    If this is appealing to you, you'll definitely want to read The Market Gardener.

 
  • BECOME A HUNTING GUIDE

    If you're an experienced hunter and you live in an area with the right kind of demand, you can become a hunting guide.

    If this sounds appealing, but you aren't an experienced hunter, you can start learning now and within a year have a lot of experience under your belt. Guide schools are available, too.

    In Western America or the far Northeast, this can be especially lucrative as hunters travel from all over to hunt big game like bears, moose, and elk.

    Do a Google search for "hunting guide jobs" to learn more about which areas have the highest demand.

    (This is how Erik Salitan from the TV show Life Below Zero made his income in the far north Alaskan bush).

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  • PLOW SNOW

    If you plan to homestead in an area with significant winters, snow plowing is very in demand. We know this first-hand.

    Investing in a snow plow for the front of your truck makes you instantly valuable.

    This is an excellent way to make money in the depths of winter in a rural remote area.

  • LEASE PART OF YOUR LAND

    The two ways I've seen this done that have worked are to lease land for hunters to hunt on and for people to graze their animals on for a season.

    But there are more ideas too, like offering space for campers to camp or farmers to grow crops.

  • SELL AT A FARMERS MARKET

    Once you start producing goods from your land, take the weekly haul to the farmer's market!

    Pro tip: You can make even more money if you sell value-added products like sauerkraut, kimchi, baked goods, and other homemade goodies.

    Friends of mine used to make a decent income from their delicious kimchi which they sold out of every Saturday at the local farmer's market.

    Again, read The Market Gardener. Trust me. And read about my gardening method, which produces a TON of organic veggies in any climate.

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  • BECOME A TRAPPER

    Running a trapline is still a way of life in many parts of the US and Canada.

    Marty & Tom from the TV show Mountain Men both trap as a means to support their families while living in the deep wilderness.

    Google "how to become a fur trapper" to start learning the steps you need to take.

  • OFFER A SERVICE LOCALLY

    If you have experience with a rural skill like landscaping, fence installation and repair, or irrigation system installation and maintenance, why not start a local business?

    My husband Eric has a lot of professional landscaping experience, for example, and in the area we live there was only one other landscaper in the county (a county twice the size of Rhode Island) and she was looking to retire. So Eric saw an opportunity and jumped on it! Now he has local businesses in town and even real estate companies calling on him to complete projects for them this summer.

    This is one lucrative stream of our diversified income living in the middle of nowhere!

  • SELL FIREWOOD

    This is something else Eric has done in the past.

    We love to go explore the beautiful wilderness we live in, so we started taking along a chainsaw and coming back with a truckload of firewood! In our area, this sells for a couple of hundred dollars, plus we got to enjoy a day together while getting exercise in the beautiful wilderness.

  • START SEEDS & SELL VEGETABLE STARTS

    Think about it: a seed costs a few pennies, and a vegetable start costs anywhere from $2-$4. Turning a few pennies into a few dollars sounds pretty smart to me.

    It doesn't just have to be veggies, you could start hard to grow perennials for increased retail value or even fruit trees.

    If this interests you, definitely check out my post detailing the most productive way to grow food because every single seed I started in my hoophouses using that growing method turned into a healthy veggie producing plant!

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  • START A NURSERY

    Take growing veggie starts further and begin your own plant nursery!

    I'm a little biased because this is something I want to do in the future, but hear me out.

    Greenhouses and hoophouses can be very cheap to build. Combine that with the cheap cost of seeds, build your own soil, catch your own water, and you've got a profitable business with relatively low startup costs.

    Not to mention - what a dream! Being a plant nurturer, from your own property, as your "job!" Pfft. Yes please. I used to operate two commercial greenhouses and it was the most pleasurable work.

    If this sounds like an attractive route to you, you'll want to read So You Want To Start A Nursery.

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  • RENT OUT VALUABLE EQUIPMENT

    If you have valuable equipment, consider renting it out to local residents. 

    This could include anything from chainsaws to excavators. 
     

  • ROAD MAINTENANCE

    Again, if you have the right equipment, grading roads is a great way to make money in a rural area where many roads are not paved. 
     

  • BECOME A WILD GAME PROCESSOR

    Rather than butcher the animal and package it themselves, many hunters will take their kill to a local wild game processor.

    If you're already familiar with butchering wild game, great! If not, this is definitely a skill that can be learned. 

    Another big benefit to this sort of work is that many hunters aren't interested in certain parts of the animal so this would give you access to furs and bones which have plenty of potential to be crafted into valuable items. 
     

  • MASTER A CRAFT

    Maybe you have a homestead skill that you're just naturally drawn to - knitting, making honey, growing vegetables, woodworking, making sauerkraut, baking, horseshoeing, making goat milk products, etc. 

    Go full force into it! Get so good at that craft that people can't help but take notice. 

    Someone who comes to mind right away is Mark from Honey Grove, who started baking bread casually many years ago, began selling it at the local farmer's market, and eventually his breads were so loved and in such high demand that he opened a brick and mortar. 

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  • INVEST IN A SAWMILL AND MILL LUMBER

    It's a big upfront cost, but with a huge payoff over time.

    Not only does a sawmill enable you to mill lumber to build a home and other infrastructure around your own property, but it's endlessly valuable to everyone in your community. Especially if there isn't a good lumber yard in the vicinity.

    (Eustace Conway from Mountain Men milled lumber for cash).

  • TEACH CLASSES & HOST WORKSHOPS

    As a homesteader, you probably have a lot of skills that others want to learn. Why not offer classes on your property or at a local venue?

    Go even more in-depth and offer workshops! Most workshops last a few days so you could host a workshop over the weekend and make several thousand dollars depending on how well you market yourself.

    What you offer is up to you and your skill set, but some ideas are: how to build a chicken tractor, how to grow a no-till garden, bushcraft and survival skills, how to tan hides, how to sew your own parka from a raw fur, and so on.

  • HAUL FREIGHT

    Truck driving isn't exactly on the homestead, BUT it's a great way to be able to live anywhere while having a reliable income.

    The down side is that you might spend a lot of time away from home (unless you secure a local driving position), but the up side is that usually you get several days to a week off at a time.

    CDL schools cost several thousand dollars, but if you don't have the cash upfront you can go to a company-sponsored program and all of the costs will be covered upfront and paid back from small deductions off your paycheck over time. Google "company sponsored CDL trucking school" to find out more.

    A CDL license is a great thing to have if you live in a rural area.

 

MAKE MONEY ONLINE FROM YOUR HOMESTEAD

Making money online is a great route for anyone who wants to live in the middle of nowhere and work from home(stead). 

In fact, this notion is gaining such momentum that a new phrase has been coined: digital peasant.

A digital peasant is someone who combines old-fashioned skills and lifestyles with modern technology. 

I first heard the term used by Steve Maxwell, who makes a full-time income from home while doing things he loves on his homestead. 

If you're a casual internet user but don't have in-depth computer skills, that's ok! 

These things can be taught. Trust me. I more than quadrupled my income from one month to the next by self-educating and "skilling up!" (I'll have to write in detail about that sometime if anyone is interested?). 

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Here are some online income ideas for you to start thinking about, researching, and perhaps learning:

  • FREELANCE WRITING

    Freelance writers can make a great income online.

    If you are experienced in a certain topic - writing recipes, online gaming, finance, travel, photography, yoga, etc. - start writing articles and building a portfolio.

    From there, you can connect with clients on freelance forums throughout the Web.

    The key is to pick a specific niche and excel within it.

    Jorden Makelle was a helpful mentor for me when I began freelance writing years ago, check out her YouTube channel to start learning about freelance writing as a business.

  • GRAPHIC DESIGN

    Maybe you're already experienced in graphic design - great! If not, but it does sound appealing, simply download Adobe Illustrator, hop on YouTube to watch tutorials, and start working on projects.

    This is the best way I've found to learn.

    Google "freelance graphic design business" and learn about how others have made a full-time income this way from home.

  • WEB DESIGN

    Have you ever designed a website from scratch or using Wordpress or Squarespace platforms?

    Websites are in high demand nowadays; every business needs a website to compete in the online marketplace and get noticed.

    I started building a website for my health writing portfolio back in 2016 when I was working full-time at a greenhouse all day (very hot, sweaty, and tiring work). I loved designing using the Squarespace platform. For some reason, it didn't click until more than a year later that I had way more fun designing my freelance writing site than I did actually writing content for people!

    From there, I delved deep into teaching myself web design and SEO and I've never looked back. I still learn every day to increase my skill sets and be able to offer more value to my clients.

    If anyone is interested, maybe I should write a step by step of exactly how I made this career happen because it is what allows me to work from anywhere (so long as there's WiFi) which has enhanced my quality of life more than I could ever explain and made my off-grid homesteading goals a reality!

  • START AN ONLINE DROPSHIPPING BUSINESS

    A dropshipping business basically means you set up an online storefront (Shopify is good for this) and instead of investing a lot upfront to purchase inventory, you purchase the product and get it automatically shipped to your customer after they have made the purchase on your site.

    Does that make sense?

    So, essentially, you work with a dropshipping supplier like Alibaba or Aliexpress, linking from their site to your storefront. You market the products in a creative way on your site, retail the products at whatever price you decide on, and when someone makes a purchase on your site, you fulfill their order paying the lower wholesale cost to your supplier and keeping what is left over as your profit. From there, your supplier ships the product to the customer - "dropshipping."

    In my first month of trying this business model, I had 6 sales and I didn't even know how to market and use SEO back then!

    I learned about this method from Tim Ferriss' book The 4-Hour Work Week, which I highly recommend if you're wanting to escape the rat race.

 
  • BLOGGING

    You can make a full-time income blogging and work from home(stead) by starting a blog and gaining a following.

    This blog can be about anything - homesteading, parenting, food, travel, specific lifestyles, and so on. The more specific you get, though, the more success you're likely to have. Niche is the name of the game in most online endeavors!

    Set up a Squarespace or Wordpress site, or hire someone to do it for you, and start creating content. Market your content through social media platforms like Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and use SEO strategically to build a following.

    Once you have an audience, you can make income from affiliate links, ads, and by selling digital products (or other creative ideas you come up with!).

    Many homesteaders that I know have taken this route in order to work from anywhere.

  • SELL YOUR ARTWORKS OR CRAFTS ONLINE

    Last but not least, if you're an artist (painter, sculptor, woodworker, photographer, etc.), you could set up an online store using a platform like Shopify or Etsy and sell your products online!

    This allows you to tap into a global marketplace, rather than just relying on your local community to make purchases.

    Someone who comes to mind right away is the painter Rima Staines, whose blog I've followed since 2009. She built a home from a horsebox and was able to travel around Scotland and England by selling her prints at festivals and maintaining an online storefront.


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This is a long list of options, but I'm sure there are many more! Please share any ideas you have in the comments, and if you have any questions at all - feel free to ask! I'm happy to share what knowledge I have on the topic. 

I'll leave you with this: Start now

Though the beginnings of any big endeavor can seem clumsy and overwhelming, you must begin.

Think of it this way: one year from today, you could look back and think: "Wow, I did it! I learned ____ and made ____ happen!" OR will you be in the same scenario as you are right now, wishing you had a way to live the life you dream of living? 

Without sounding like a motivational coach, I want to tell you personally that you can make something out of anything listed here. If you commit to teaching yourself and learning all you can on the topic, in one year who knows what your life could look like... 

I hope this had been at least a little bit helpful. As always, thank you for taking the time to stop in and I hope you'll come back often. 

x- Tiffany

 

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My husband and I left the rat race and moved to the Washington wilderness to build an off-grid homestead from scratch. You can follow our journey here!

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


My hope is that you will find some nugget of inspiration here.
Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany

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