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80+ Ways to Make Income while Living Off Grid


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Last Updated: March 27, 2021

Contrary to what many think, it actually costs a lot to live off-grid.  There are a lot of initial expenses.

Even after you are setup, there are lots of ongoing expenses like property taxes, repairs and supplies.

Unless you happen to have a huge amount of money saved up, you’ll need a way to make money while living off-grid.

Luckily, there are actually a lot of different options for making an income when living off-grid.

Below are some ideas. Also, see our post on the Off-Grid Living and this Off-Grid Equipment and Supplies list.

Sell Things You Grow, Raise or Find

Once your property is producing a surplus, you can sell extra to make an income. These are common things you can sell to make extra income.

  1. Produce from garden
  2. Fruit from orchard
  3. Home-canned or pickled goods
  4. Dairy products
  5. Meat, sausage and jerky
  6. Eggs
  7. Hatchlings
  8. Breeding animals for sale
  9. Feathers
  10. Firewood
  11. Seedlings
  12. Compost
  13. Manure/rabbit poop/natural fertilizers
  14. Wool
  15. Honey
  16. Maple syrup
  17. Natural medicines (teas, tinctures, essential oils, etc.)
  18. Foraged mushrooms and plants
  19. Baked goods
  20. Tanned hides or furs
  21. Worm farming
  22. Breeding dogs
  23. Mulch

Crafts

There are a lot of crafts you can do on your off-grid property and then sell online or locally to make income.

  1. Furniture
  2. Small greenhouses
  3. Animal cages
  4. Ceramics
  5. Knitted items
  6. Quilts
  7. Soap
  8. Natural cosmetics
  9. Woodworking (wood toys, walking sticks, birdhouses…)

Tourism and Income on Your Land

  1. Hiking tours
  2. Fishing and hunting
  3. ATV rentals
  4. Horseback riding
  5. Cabin rental
  6. Turn part of the land into a campground
  7. Event hosting
  8. Farming/permaculture classes
  9. Educational workshops (woodworking, composting, straw bale building…)
  10. Yoga retreats
  11. Shooting range
  12. Renting out pastureland

Trades and Services for the Local Community

If your off-grid home is somewhere near a town or city, there are many ways to make money locally. Just bear in mind that you may need to drive long distances to do these jobs, which means more time and money spent on gas.

  1. Sewing
  2. Carpentry
  3. Blacksmithing
  4. Plumbing
  5. Landscaping
  6. Renting out
  7. Mechanic
  8. Equipment repair
  9. Dog training
  10. Construction (homes, outbuildings, etc.)
  11. Clearing snow
  12. Yardwork
  13. Drone photography
  14. Tombstone carving
  15. Fence building
  16. Building rock walls
  17. Firearm training
  18. Bulldozing
  19. Backhoe rental
  20. Other equipment rental
  21. Tree trimming
  22. Pest control
  23. Animal/livestock breeding
  24. Pollination (with your bees)

Online Jobs

There are literally hundreds of different online jobs you can do while living off-grid.  Even some jobs which were traditionally done in person (such as healthcare or interior design) have now moved online.  Below are a few of the many possibilities.

  1. Programming
  2. Teaching
  3. Tutoring
  4. Secretary/virtual assistant
  5. Therapist/psychologist
  6. Notary public (in some states)
  7. Graphic designer
  8. Accountant
  9. Consulting
  10. Customer support
  11. Proofreading
  12. Data entry
  13. Grant writer
  14. Marketing (SEO, social media, content, etc.)
  15. Your previous job, just done remotely

What other ways can you make income living off-grid? Let us know in the comments section below.

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