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Updated on November 10, 2015
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19 Cottage Industries to help you make money off the grid!

Going off the grid has been on my mind for awhile now. However, one of the roadblocks to going off the grid is the problem of making enough cash/money to pay your taxes, purchase items that you can't get off the grid or just having some cash for a rainy day. Now, since I am a woman, this problem is all the more acute, there is only so much I can do. So after much thought, sleepless nights, prayer and meditation I have come up with a pretty workable list. At least it's workable in my mind and that's all that matters to me. So without further delay here is a workable list of business ideas, methods and jobs for bringing in the cash while living large “Off the Grid”.


1. Spinning homemade yarn and knitted goods:


This is my newest adventure! Recently, I decided to take up knitting. When I made the trek to the nearest yarn shop I was very disappointed. The yarn they had was just your ordinary, ugly, skinny, bland yarn. I had visions in my head of wild, full, vibrant, crazy yarn. I knew I had seen it somewhere but it definitely was NOT in this yarn store. When I asked the clerk about it she didn't seem to know what I was talking about. So I picked up some half-ways decent yarn (because that was all I could find) and started looking online for the yarn of my dreams. Well I found it! It was homemade, homespun yarn that I had seen and it was AWESOME! I had found a new hobby and with a little luck maybe even a new job! Not only is homespun yarn more beautiful than the ugly stuff you get in the stores but it is so much fun to make and really quite addictive. Immediately I started thinking about how I could purchase my own goats and sheep to supply my new endeavor!

2. Selling Organic Fruits, Nuts and Vegetables:


This is a given if you are living off the grid. When I had my boarding house in Portland, Oregon I had two apple trees. One I never had to do anything to and it provided the most wonderful, the most perfect apples I've ever had. The other was so awful that had I not moved I would have cut down that tree. So, the lesson here is plant things that grow easily in your area. That way you wont have to do anything to your trees but collect the fruit and prune them every once in a while. Of course there is a bit more work to growing vegetables but the lesson still applies: plant things that grow in your area. It will cut down on the amount of work and you can get by with little or no pesticides. Eat from your farm, can some things and sell the rest.


3. Freelance Writing:


Well, anyone who has had any experience at all with freelance writing knows that they will never get rich doing this. However, having said that, you don't need to make a lot of money when you are living off the grid...so what you do make stretches further than if you were living somewhere else with real bills. So, freelance writing can contribute to your income and with a little effort might mean the difference between making a tax payment or going into foreclosure. Besides all that, it's fun!

4. Raising and Selling Animals:


Look, you have all that land so you might as well make good use of it! Breeding animals can also be a wonderful experience and a lucrative small business. I have a friend who bred seeing eye dogs for the blind, she did this for many years and found it very fulfilling. There are all kinds of animals that you can breed and sell, farm animals, seeing-eye dogs, police dogs, if you like certain breeds you can breed them or you can even venture out into birds. If you already have farm animals you might as well breed them and sell the off-spring. And while were on that topic you might as well milk the cows or sheep and sell the cheese too! Raw milk is delicious and becoming quite the rage. I drink raw milk and I will NEVER go back to drinking swill milk again. Each state is different but to "sell" raw milk you might have to sell cow-shares which is just a legal machination in order to make it legal. The upside is that you don't have to be licensed by the state in most states (again check your state). Selling raw milk is actually cheaper and easier than selling the crap you buy in the stores. Now, I can hear some of you saying that you don't have the space to raise and sell animals, well have you ever thought about raising rabbits? Rabbits can be raised even inside a building, they are quiet and the breed..well like rabbits! Also, let's not forget about fish, if you have a decent sized pond you can raise catfish, tilapia or trout. And even without a pond you can build an aqua-ponics greenhouse and have as many fish as you want! Another idea was put out there by fellow hubber Billybuc and that is raising and either eating or selling quail. Quail are quite delicious, they are quiet so you could have them even in a city and they are ready to be... umm dispatched... is the word, in 5 weeks. I have included a link to his article about raising quail below. There are so many possibilities here that I couldn't possibly address them all.


5. Selling Eggs:


Depending on how many chickens you have selling eggs can be an industry all it's own, especially if they are free range organic eggs. Most chickens lay one egg a day, at around $3.00 a dozen, it's possible to make some extra cash just selling eggs, if you don't want to go full hog (or chicken) then you can just sell eggs to your neighbors to make a little here and there.

6. Daycare:


This may or may not work depending on how far out you are. However, if you already have children of your own why not add a few more and make some extra money. Children love farms and two or three more at minimum wage could bring in an easy thousand a month or more. This is a great small business if you have connections through a farm club or church.

7. Making and selling solar ovens and dehydrators:


Solar ovens and dehydrators are pretty easy to make...it's not like building a house or something! I included this because even I could make a solar oven or dehydrator and they are such neat contraptions. They can be as artistically designed as you like, easy to build and practical since they use no electricity and provide a useful service. Advertise in the local paper and see who gives you a call.


Seeds used to be used as money & may well again

8. Selling Heirloom Seeds and Plants:


With all the GMO frankenfoods out there this industry is making quite a splash. Anyone who knows anything about all the crap in the grocery store wants to start growing their own food. Since you already have the seeds and plants why not harvest extra and sell them from your farm? It's very easy to do and costs little to nothing since you already have the plants.

9. Selling Fertilizer:


I read once that some guy started a small business selling chicken manure and made over $500,000 a year doing so. If he can do it we can do it! You have the animals, all you have to do is advertise, maybe you or I won't make $500,000 a year but really do you need that much?

10. Starting an “Off-Grid” School:


This is something I've been knocking around in my brain for sometime now. The old ways of spinning, cooking on a wood-stove, chopping wood, building cob houses, making maple syrup from ...MAPLE TREES, has been lost. We go to the store and we buy what we need, never thinking about where it comes from or what's in it. I think a small business school like this that teaches people how to survive off the grid and independently would really make it. Of course, with this idea you would have to have a good sized area and facilities to house your students and teachers. But, I think it would work and it has the potential to bring in quite a bit of money.

11. B&B:


I read somewhere that ENTP's (Meyer's Briggs personality tests), of which I am, create their own world and then charge people rent. Well if that doesn't describe me I don't know what does. For over 10 years I ran a boarding house in Portland, Oregon. It was a lot of fun and it paid my mortgage. I would think that there would be a lot of people who might be interested in spending the weekend at your “Off-Grid” farm. I know I would! So why not build a home that is large enough for guests and put out the shingle! It's quite a wonderful experience to meet people from all over the world and the money would be more than enough for your needs.


12. Cultivating Bees and Selling Honey:


This could be done in a yard, you wouldn't even need an acre and I don't know if you've noticed but the price of honey has skyrocketed lately. You can also use the beeswax for your candles!

13. Make Candles or Soap:


This is something you can do off the grid and most of the ingredients you can get on your land. You could also sell these items over the internet or you could even have a little “gift shop” along with the B&B.

14. Upholstering or Refinishing Furniture:


I personally know of one person who does this for a living out of his home (and you know who you are!). This is one field that you would have to live close to a city in order to drum up enough business.

15. How about making Art:


There are so many things around the farm that you can make art from. For example pressing flowers and framing them, paintings, how about taking old windows and making pictures from them. Etsy has all kinds of stuff like this, the only limit is your imagination!

16. Sell Firewood:


If you have access to a forest why not make your own firewood or lumber and sell it? You don't have to have a lumber mill all you have to have is a portable lumber mill. You could also make furniture if you are so inclined.

17. Maple Syrup!


If you have maple trees you could tap them and make your own syrup. Have you seen the price of maple syrup lately?

18. Bamboo:


You can do a myriad of things with bamboo. Here is an article I wrote:

50 Things to Do with Bamboo:

http://brie-hoffman.hubpages.com/hub/50-Things-You-Can-Do-With-Bamboo

19. Or...All of the above! :)


Finally, I don't think that is is completely unfeasible to do or at least to try all of the above mentioned ways to make money. Some areas might be more to your liking than others but hey you'll never know until you try them and just think of all the fun you'll have giving it a whirl!

As a people we must start thinking for ourselves, we must stop depending on government to house us, give us jobs, provide food, energy and water. As Americans we have a heritage of independence but I'm afraid we have lost our way and have become dependent upon the state. I read a story awhile back in the book “The Creature from Jekyll Island”. It goes something like this: There was a farmer who noticed a lot of ducks on his farm and hungered for a duck dinner. But, every time he tried to catch one of the ducks they flew away. Finally he got smart and started leaving bits of food around. The ducks started eating the free food and therefore started becoming fat. The farmer started trailing the food to an area with a trap door and eventually the ducks became so tame that they just followed the food right into the trap. So the farmer was able to have a duck dinner anytime he wanted.

We have to learn from this lesson that cheap energy, free food or housing that is given by or supplemented by the state can be taken by the state. To really be free we have to strive, innovate, create, and just say NO to the trail of crumbs that leads to the trap. Living Off-Grid, having your own small business and being independent is the way to avoid becoming someone's duck dinner!

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      Edie 11 months ago

      We have buy and sell Etsy craft supply businesses. As long as you have access to a post office and can get internet, this is a great business! We currently live in a small town, but we are looking at buying land and building off grid. Looking into solar and generators for electricity, internet options, and how far to the post office! It could be a great life! Hubby is looking for ways to "retire" early. :)

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      Brie Hoffman 23 months ago from Manhattan

      Thanks M L Morgan!

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      M L Morgan 23 months ago

      What a fantastic hub! I have shared it on the UK off-grid FB group :)

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      You're welcome "Jeannieinabottle", thanks for commenting.

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      Jeannie InABottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      These are all good ideas. It would nice not to rely on someone else for my paycheck. Thanks for the suggestions!

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Kenneth..the same to you and yours.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Brie,

      Just wanted to wish You and Yours a "Very Happy New Year and All Good Things Coming to You."

      Kenneth

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Good suggestion "GetitScene"!

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      VERY cool hub. But you forgot Handyman. I live on a boat, as far off the grid as a person can get and that's what I do for income.

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      ooo piza 2 years ago

      there are many ways of getting money eg selling food

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Brie,

      Firstly, I am sorry for not responding sooner. Inbox means Email on our Profile Pages at mid-way toward the bottom in bold type it will say to your right Fan Mail. Click it and you will see in blue,

      "Send Kenneth Avery an email" and simply click on that and fill out the form and desipher the text and hit Send Mail.

      Again. I am sorry for being so late.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      I know. Awful stuff to work with.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Yep, there's a lot of money in that ahem..stuff!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      You have some interesting ideas here. I remember a thing on the news one night several years ago about 2 boys that were selling horse manure. The horse stables loved them taking it away. Together they had earned over a million dollars and the IRS was after them. They were only 14 or something. So that is a good one.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Thank you..I've definitely been called worse ;)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      You are an out of the biz thinker, and I like it! Great list of creative ideas.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks "PegCole17", I'm just an out of the box kinda person ;).

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      These are some really creative ideas for self sufficiency, Brie. I believe I may have tried a few of these over the years, like raising birds, for instance. You're really thinking outside of the box with the spinning your own yarn idea.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks for the tip "Country-Sunshine", although I am not sure I could get into worm..but hey that's just me!

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      Country Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

      Good ideas! I have 35 chickens, and have no problem selling the eggs. Another idea is to raise & sell fishing worms. It's easy to do, and like chickens, they'll eat just about anything!

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks "ologinquito" and thanks for stopping by.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      Hi Brie, these are all great ideas. I especially like the one about selling organic fruits and vegetables. There will always be good demand.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Me too, spinning is so much fun. Thanks for commenting Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Oh I love knitting and spinning! Just thinking now about buying a used spinning machine!

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks, "NanaPhyllis", glad you liked it.

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      NanaPhyllis 2 years ago

      Fabulous article, full of good ideas, voted up and shared!

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      LOL, I'm too old to be a hipster I guess!

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Brie,

      Just what you did--email. I should have said email, but most hipsters say inbox. LOL.

      Kenneth

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Kenneth..what does inbox mean?

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Brie,

      Nice hub. Very good writing. Excellent to be frank. Voted up and away on this. I am always looking for new ways to make extra cash. And you have named some that I can do.

      If you will inbox me . . .I will share another one with you that another hubber emailed to me and it looks great.

      Keep up the fine work.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Rebecca, good luck to you.

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      Rebecca Sutton 2 years ago from Rock Hill, SC

      Great hub with great ideas. I love the freelance idea. I am looking into that right now while I am in school to get some income. I'm writing anyway lol. I also LOVE the one for beekeeping. Also something else I would like to explore. I wasn't even thinking about money, I just want to save te darn bees!

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Yep..it's starting to really take off, people are sick of eating frankenfood!

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      I love the idea of living off the grid. I have 3 pet chickens but have never sold their eggs (I give them away to neighbors and friends). But I have heard of people getting $5 a dozen for theirs!

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      You could definitely do these things on your farm, Rachel!

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      Rachel Koski 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Hey, I love this hub! I'm not off the grid, but what a goal. I sold soap for a while and it was nice to make the extra cash here and there. The solar oven, that's something I have to try. I like your conclusion - why not try it all? Take care :)

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks for stopping by "Austinstar"

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      Austinstar 2 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I have tried some of these. The best one for me is HubPages and Bubblews. But I also paint and make dream catchers for sale on my Etsy store. Thanks for the great ideas!

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks, let me know if you make one.

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      suziecat7 2 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Great Hub with some unusual ideas. You've piqued my interest with the solar ovens.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Awesome..what state do you live in?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great list. We actually do four of these already. We get $5 per dozen eggs, and we have a waiting list. The quail you know about...we sell veggies and berries....busy months for an urban farmer. :) And oh, yes, I write full-time. :)

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Thank you so much Mekenzie!

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      Susan Ream 2 years ago from Michigan

      Brie, What a wonderful compilation of money making off the grid ventures. You've got my creative juices flowing.

      Only questions is which one. Thanks for a GREAT and useful article. Shared HP and Shared on my FB writers page (found on my profile) and Up +++

      Mekenzie

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks "Faith Reaper", you might like some of my other articles about off-grid living as well.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Useful hub here full of great ideas to live off-grid! While back I was thinking of making soaps and candles, but you have provided many more ideas that are doable for sure.

      The more self-sufficient we become the better, especially now!

      Voted up +++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing (This one needs another round out there)

      Blessings

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      I've made and sold goats milk soap and all natural body butters. I am looking forward to trying more things soon.

      And, I have recently started making more videos and of course I am still writing.

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      There are a lot of things we can do when we set our mind to it. I love your ideas. Which ones have worked best for you ? Growing the right flowers might be easier than vegetables and they start from seed. With the right time and effort the money can come rolling in. At least for the summer months. It is time we all gave it some thought how to live off the grid and be self sufficient.

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      Frank: You should be able to become a "fan" and then you will get articles as I publish them. Look at my profile or it used to be on the top(ish) right side.

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      Frank 3 years ago

      Brie, I love your hub but, I need advice on how to know about and access new articles as you publish them.

      Thanks,

      Frank

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      Ultimately living off the grid means independence/freedom..it means not owing anyone and therefore making my life my own.

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      jennifer west 3 years ago

      I really enjoyed your article . But what is living off grid to you? I in vision a nomadic life without electricity and a social security paper trail. I am "very do it yourself " so not sure if that is off grid but I would sincerely like to know what that refers to.Thanks!

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      Wow, that's great.

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      marion langley 3 years ago from The Study

      I'm with you on all the above!!! What great Ideas. My family and I just bought six little week old chicks from a local farmer and she sells chickens from newly hatched to full grown. Some of her specialty breeds are going for $75 for one chicken! I thought about selling eggs someday...now i'm thinking about selling whole chickens!

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Deepak.

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      A good and informative hub which could be helpful for those who looking for new avenue of earning.

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      Rambo Fen 3 years ago from Raipur

      I would prefer freelancing work.. It's simple and easy and one can make good money there..

      Thanks for the post...... All the options were really good..

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      I'm glad you liked it; please feel free to repost on your facebook page.

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      PattyJane 4 years ago

      Loved your hub! I am looking to eventually live off grid and be able to earn a moderate income without being dependent on an employer. You give some wonderful suggestions on ways to make money if you live off the grid. Thanks!

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      Eva 4 years ago from Tucson

      ROFL--Hey, I'm trying :-). It was nice seeing happy 'pacas--just made me miss mine, though *sigh*. Oh, well--fortunes of war and all that, they are in a good home with people I know--and maybe I'll get them back someday.

      Besides, you had 8 views when I stole it ;-)

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      I'm glad..maybe I'll get more than 4 views now :)

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      Eva 4 years ago from Tucson

      I grabbed your you tube video for my new hub on starting a hobby farm--thanks brie! It's COOL--and they are sooo cute :-). Just gotta love the 'pacas!

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thank you "barbat79"

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      B A Tobin 4 years ago from Connnecticut

      What an interesting hub! Lots of great ideas! Thank you!

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Lisa, I love it when people confirm the ideas I have here.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Brie, This is a wonderful hub with so many great ideas! We actually do have access to a forest and sell firewood closer to the FALL. We also make deck furniture as well. It helps to pay the bills and save us for the gas bill during the winter. Very informative and very well written. Thank you for the ideas and sharing. Vote up +UI and shared! Lisa♥

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      seanorjohn 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips. Firewood and making honey are something easy to start with. Voted up and useful.

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Feel free, you will probably be the only one :)

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      Eva 4 years ago from Tucson

      Cool! My Next hub on alpacas I Might grab it LOL.

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Good luck to you. I put up a video on You Tube (just a short one because I didn't have time to do a long one) of my visit to the Alpaca farm in Hudson, Ohio. If you want to see it you can find me on You Tube at Brie217

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      Eva 4 years ago from Tucson

      Just finished it LOL--and published it too. We have a lot in common--I have decided to start writing more hubs about mother earth news type subjects, tightwaddery, crafting, and living the self sufficient life! Glad I Met You!

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Ok, I will definitely keep an eye out for your article.

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      Eva 4 years ago from Tucson

      You Have inspired vme to write a hub on the issue--so watch for it LOL. I am an alpaca NUT-- I love any livestock that doesn't require barns, only has to be shown something 3 times, can't bit (no upper teeth, you know), and manages to have it's young with no assistance :-). Not to mention the value of the meat and fiber, and low feed costs/high feed to food conversion factor!

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Wow, thanks for the advice. It is something I would really like to look into. I just visited an alpaca farm last week.

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      Eva 4 years ago from Tucson

      Alpacas can be pricey--or very cheap LOL. I got one of mine free, as a matter of fact. If you are breeding for show, then yes--they are pricey, but the tax advantage is enormous. If you are breeding for fiber, then you look for color and fiber quality, they don't have to be registered--just have good histograms (fiber measurements). If you are breeding for fiber and meat, then you can take anything, even rescue animals. All of the fiber is valuable, but the finer, the better. I have also had one of my unpapered girls with decent fiber bred by a good herdsire with excellent fiber--it cost me 1/10th what buying a papered animal would, and the cria has fine fiber. When she is old enough to be bred, I will repeat the process. I don't go for show animals, as I only want the fiber (and maybe the meat, it's very valuable--though I wouldn't eat anything with a name LOL)

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks "mercuryservices"

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      Alex Munkachy 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Interesting and creative ideas. Voted up.

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Rose, glad you stopped by!

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      Rose Anne Karesh 4 years ago from Virginia

      This is really interesting, I had never considered the idea of living "off the grid" but what a practical group of ideas for making a little extra money to support your dreams. Good for you!

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      I agree "Onlinestrategies".

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      Onlinestrategies 4 years ago

      These are all great ideas. In these days of uncertainty, learning some skill is very vital. Rather than theoretical knowledge, these kind of practical ideas can make one successful. One who enters into something that he or she has passion at an early age in life will surely be successful than who spend most of the time in higher studies and still feel not ready for any serious business.

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks for writing "Chrytalia". I also love Alpacas but they are a bit pricey especially when you are just starting up.

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      Eva 4 years ago from Tucson

      Other than working online (I write for websites, and I DO make a danged good living) I have been working off the grid for years--thanks to Mother Earth News! I own all the Mothers back to issue 4, and they are full of wonderful crafts, ideas and businesses. I would be lost without my Mothers! By the way, the best livestock to raise, hands down--ALPACAS. Easy on the pasturage, almost no medical care required, gourmet meat and the fiber is 5 times more waterproof than wool and hypoallergenic. They come in 26 natural colors, and they are a joy to breed and raise :-). So glad I found your hub, will definitely be back-- and will probably start writing about my off the grid experiences and tightwad adventures myself some day!

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      That makes me so happy. Good luck Kevin.

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      Kevin Peter 4 years ago from Global Citizen

      Great hub! I was thinking of some ways to make money at home. Your article has helped me a lot. It has provided me with a lot of practical ideas. Thanks a lot.

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thank you so much "Insightful Tiger".

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Great hub and such practical tips! I am definitely sharing this one!

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks John-Rose and good luck.

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks "VAMPGYRL420" how fortunate are you to have an aunt who has so much knowledge. Thanks for voting it up too.

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      John-Rose 4 years ago from USA

      Love the info that you presented to people in this hub. My wife and I have been trying to slowly get ourselves off the grid for some time, while living within a city. I'm sure that you will open some eyes with this story. You gave me some ideas.

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      Windy Grace Mason 4 years ago from The Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, U.S.A.

      Voted up, useful and awesome! Wonderful work, Brie Hoffman! I'll be forwarding this to all of my Facebook friends, who are into the survivalist mindset. My auntie is currently working on a plan to assist others in learning to live off the grid. Having been Amish for more than 30 years, she is not now; and I am absolutely certain you offer at least 2-3 things here that she hasn't thought of yet. Thank you so much! You're amazing!

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks "Blond Logic"

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      You do have some great ideas, some may be more profitable than others. For instance, animals some will have a better return for the outlay. If you breed dogs, opt for a small breed that doesn't eat much but one that commands a higher price like Yorkshire Terriers and such.

      With regards to the state handouts: Does anyone remember JFK's speech?

      ....ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

      Food for thought, I hope you inspire many. I will be sharing.

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Good Luck with that Emmanuel, let me know how it goes. And...Thanks for sharing!

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      Emmanuel Kariuki 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Great ideas. Will try out some of them, like furniture which I have thought about for a while and you don't need acres to do it. Shared!

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Barbara, I also want to spin. I took a few lessons but the spinning wheel and carder that I want will cost about $2,000 and I just can't afford it now..someday though..someday!

      And thank you too Ronna, the whole issue of frankenfood is why I started looking into going off-grid in the first place. Who wants to eat and feed your family poison?

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      Ronna Pennington 4 years ago from Arkansas

      I LOVE your term "frankenfoods." They are a constant worry to me. Thanks for the inspiring Hub"!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      You remind me of Carla Emery. I've been trying to live like that since the 70's. My husband just isn't into it. He keeps telling me all my gardening, fruit trees, canning etc is just extra work. I keep doing it anyways.

      I need to learn how to spin though. I dream of the yarn I'm going to crochet something out of and it is never available. I wish spinning wheels weren't so pricey though. Nice hub.

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks "lorddraven2000", I appreciate it.

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      Sam Little 4 years ago from Wheelwright KY

      Very enjoyable and informitive read. Voted up for sure.

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Ken, you're the best!

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      KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

      The list is awesome & all we need is the motivation and desire to do it. It might be hard when getting started but things eventually become easier as time passes. You know most people can come up with multiple reasons not to doing what should be done (that's include me).

      The duck story at the last is great, I love it. We are all ducks now and the government is the farmer.

      Voted up & shared! Useful, Interesting, Beautiful & Awesome.

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Yes it is, thanks for commenting "neophonic".

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      Gail 4 years ago from Small Town Tennessee

      This is like a sister hub to the other one! Great stuff here too! Thanks again!

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      Jakub Dubec 4 years ago from Europe

      I would love to remember Yours knowledge.

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks "Free2writ3".

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      Free2writ3 4 years ago from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania

      Wow, great tips...thanks for sharing.

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks "pallen4" let me know how it goes.

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      pallen4 4 years ago from Little Falls, New York

      Wonderful Hub! Some great ideas, I have been wanting to live off-grid for some time now and have been given a great opportunity to do so. I may have to implement some of these great ideas. Thank you for such good information!

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks "hutura".

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      hutura 4 years ago

      Brie Hoffman:

      Excellent advice from someone who obviously knows what time it is to those who may or may not be aware of the 'real' state of our existence.

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      Oh to be in that galaxy far far away! Thanks for commenting "Highvoltagewriter".

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      William Benner 4 years ago from Savannah GA.

      When I was young ( long, long time ago in a Galaxy far far away) I lived off the grid, but I was living on a ranch in a very small town (population 58 during that time). Some of the things I did to make money I can no longer recommend, for they are not legal! :0 Any way, I also made money as a worm farmer, trapper, tree planter and taxidermist! However, that was then and this is now and many of the ways you suggest may be difficult if one lives in the city, as I do!

      Besides all this, you do have some great ideas!

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      You're very welcome "moxiemagpie". I'm always looking too so I figured I would share what I have found, please vote up and share the article since you like it.

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      moxiemagpie 4 years ago from western Massachusetts

      Creative ideas with little to no start up cost are what so many of us who are wishing for greater financial independence are looking for. Thanks for the insightful resources!

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      Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

      No, I'm not familiar with it MaxLucas, I'll look into it.

      Thanks Plussizepixie, raw milk is illegal in many states here as well, I think we should ignore those kind of stupid laws. In any case, that's a good idea..the thing is there really are so many ideas when you are on your own land, the real problem is deciding on one :)

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      plussizepixie 4 years ago

      Another great hub Brie. Another income earner is to sell raw goats milk to dog breeders for their puppies as you can't sell raw milk for human consumption in the UK any more.

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      MaxLucas 4 years ago

      Hello Brie,

      Are you familiar with the Moringa Tree? The most nutritious plant on the planet? Most people are not.

      I would appreciate a comment on the project I am working on to bring the tree to wider attention.

      http://youtu.be/IAHrKAeud18

      Cheers

      max

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      marketingbloke 4 years ago

      500k from chicken manure? that's some good s***

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks "nancynurse", I appreciate your comments.

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      Nancy McClintock 5 years ago from Southeast USA

      Love it I HAVE always been interesting in living independently. Very well written and thought out hub .Thanks

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Me too. I owned and ran a boarding house for 10 years in Portland, Oregon and I would love to do something similar or even a B&B that is off-grid...maybe someday :)

      Thanks for commenting and becoming a fan.

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      Jennifer Arnett 5 years ago from California

      I like idea #11 about starting an off grid boarding house. I think people, including myself, would enjoy and benefit from learning how to live simply and with their own hands.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks FirstStepsFitness, you're a pal!

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      FirstStepsFitness 5 years ago

      Yet another well thought out Hub ! Nicely done , many ideas worth trying too . Shared your Hub on face book and pinterest .

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Pandula77, feel free to share it.

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      pandula77 5 years ago from Norway

      Hi, This is a great hub and worth sharing! Thanks.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      It's actually more feasible and has a greater potential for success than a lot of on-grid jobs! Thanks for commenting.

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      GDiBiase 5 years ago from Portland, ME

      Hi Brie,

      Great informational hub, lots of useful information. It gave me much to ponder. Making money off Grid, hmmmmm sounds feasible.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      You are indeed Super Mom! That's great! Thanks for sharing.

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      My daughter and I tried several of these. Did we earn any money? Yes!

      Here are a few we tried. I cared for children from my home. Convenient because I had my own children. She made her own jewelry out of yarn. She's a vegan, so she bakes vegan goodies and people buy them. Currently, I make money online. I do it on my own time, wherever I want with the help of my laptop or netbook. Gives me a lot of freedom. ;)

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Great idea, thanks Brenda.

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      Brenda 5 years ago

      I wanted to add homemade cosmetics like lipgloss and lotions, bath salts, oatmeal masks are so easy and sellable.

      Also making and selling canned goods is something we have done for a while in addition to our eggs.

      http://Growitsaveituseit.com

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Susieq, I'll look into it.

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      Susieq 5 years ago

      Visit John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. They offer hundreds of all of these kinds of classes weeklong and weekend. They have an awesome Fall Festival on the grounds every year the first full weekend of every October. You can check them out online as well. They have free catalogs of their classes. Check them out.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Vianasys, yes writing is a love hate relationship isn't it? Thanks for commenting and becoming a fan.

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      vianasya 5 years ago from Indonesia

      Hello Brie Hoffman, nice to meet you. This hub is great! I like the way you write. It's very clear and right to the point. Freelance Writing is my favorite. Even we both agree that somehow we can't be rich by doing that, but still can be fun isn't? :)

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Ania, thanks and thanks for becoming a fan.

      Imperalis, I'll take a look as soon as I can but in the meantime go on the forums you will get a lot of free advice and help there.

      Flightkeeper, In fact I wrote a hub about how to retire early by going off the grid. Thanks for commenting.

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      Flightkeeper 5 years ago from The East Coast

      Wow, these are all great ideas and all involve a life change. I might think about them more once I'm retired. Thanks.

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      Ania L 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fantastic hub, many great ideas! When I started reading I didn't even know what off-grid means but I got the understanding of it before end.

      From all the ideas I like making colorful yarn the most, maybe because I basically love to do anything that's related to handicraft.

      The story at the end is very true, we are so used to relying on help that we are not capable of living without it. Like animals in the zoo, used to be free and wild, but after years in the cage they wouldn't survive outside.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

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      Dana 5 years ago

      I hope you realize it isn't just government that people are dependent upon. We're dependent upon the industrial commerce system as well. You can't just tell people to stop depending on government because until they become totally self-sufficient they are still going to be at the mercy of Big Business, the big banks, etc., and that is not any better. At least you can vote for a good chunk of the government.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Xenonlit, spread the word or post on your facebook!

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      Xenonlit 5 years ago

      I like this hub. You have presented some unique ideas that most people would never think about. Cheers!

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Glad you liked it Don, thanks for commenting.

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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Good Read! I had a Mother Earth flashback for a moment!

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Lael8, I hope you voted it up!

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      lael8 5 years ago from Rapid City, SD

      Hi Brie,

      What an interesting hub. My husband and I have been looking into things to do to get less dependent and more independent...This give me lots of ideas...I am already a freelance writer, knitter/crocheter (though I have not made my own yarn), and have made my own soap and candles...So I'm well on my way! :) Thanks!

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks J Burgraff...who knows I might just return to Portland one day..it's a great town. Thanks for commenting.

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      J Burgraff 5 years ago

      Love all of your articles about living off the grid. I live in Portland, Oregon, so I particularly love your references to it. The cost of living is not as high as Manhattan, yet, but it's getting. I look forward to reading more of you.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Lyric, please post it on your facebook too, it helps me get coverage...thanks again.

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      Lyric 5 years ago

      This article is on point and informative. I have only recently discovered the joys of spinning and can attest to the yucky, uninspiring (overpriced) yarn at the popular craft stores. As a family preparing to go off grid and establish a homestead, articles like these help keep hope alive and contribute to our "can do" attitude.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      I know someone who makes them but here is a video about one..just google it or find someone to make it for you. The video looks pretty easy.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aofrh-bjCvQ&fea...

      And, yes NO Electricity!

      Please post the hub on your facebook if you like it.

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      aslanlight 5 years ago from England

      What a brilliant hub! You have a creative and imaginitive mind. How do you make a dehydrator? Now I'm living without a fridge and freezer it'd be very handy. And do you mean one that doesn't use electricity?

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks happypuppy please post them on your facebook too, I get a lot of new fans that way :)

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      happypuppy 5 years ago

      Many good ideas. Thanks for sharing them. I enjoy gardening so I especially liked the idea of selling organic nuts, fruits and vegetables. Looking forward to reading your other hubs. Voted up and useful.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks R Talloni and thanks for becoming a fan..2 more to go till 1000!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Interesting...lots of food for thought...

      Voted up.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      I'm so glad Rosa; please feel free to post it on your facebook.

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      Rosa Marchisella 5 years ago from Canada

      Very cool ideas! I never heard of solar ovens before and I know my SO is really into these off-the-grid topics. It's sparked a whole new line of conversation for us. Thanks for sharing.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Diana I really appreciate that.

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Many good ideas. Voted up.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Prasetio30..post it on your facebook too!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow... I got many ideas to make money from you. Thanks for share useful tips. Actually there are many opportunities outside. I learn much from you. Vote it up!

      Prasetio

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks FabLiz86, I hope you rated it up!

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      FabLiz86 5 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

      Great ideas! Especially selling heirloom seeds and plants.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Noted Leaderless!

      Umm McWhirt..just so you cut me in on the royalties..I'm game!

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      McWhirt 5 years ago

      I love it!! This is a reality TV script in the works. I'm not sure what genre it would fit in: horror? comedy? adventure? Certainly not romance. Up at dawn, to bed at dusk. The fresh air punctuated by the call of the babbling brook. Excited voices of optimism sitting near a crackling campfire. Before long, hoswever, the ducks start laying trails of food for the humans who are overcome by mind-numbing fatigue. I'll start working on the concept tonight and contact the networks shortly. Unless, of course, you change your mind.

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      Learderless unity now!! 5 years ago

      Given the times, many of you gals can be survival/preparededness consultants and teachers. How does one live on 50lb bag$ in a depression/global food shortage? How does one bake bread with no storebought yeast? How does one cook pinto beans tender in 18 minutes? (hint:pressure cooker) How does one sprout grains to get vitamins and minerals.... United we stand, divided we fall! (I'm a guy posting this)

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Sounds like a good plan, good luck to you and thanks for writing fulcherben.

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      fulcherben 5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      I really would like to go off grid. There is something so rewarding about providing for yourself. I have made candles as a business venture and my close friend gives me fresh eggs from his chickens... But I have wanted to build a capital reserve where the interest would pay the taxes for my land etc. and I wouldn't need to be involved with it and it could be there for emergencies.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks jjmyles

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      jjmyles 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      greatr Idea's! I voted up.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Your the best!

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I came back to rate this Up. There are six (at least) in the Foxfire series.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Avamum, I'll look into it, please rate it up if you like the article.

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      Sarita Harbour 5 years ago from Canada

      I so enjoyed reading this hub. If you haven't already, try to find the Foxfire book. From what I remember, there was a project carried out in the sixies and seventies where elderly rural Appalachians showed younger folks how to do things the old-fashioned way ie. spinning, weaving,quilting, soap-making, woodworking, etc. Their memories were first documented in a magazine format, then turned into a book. Lots of useful stuff for anyone with off-grid aspirations. Great work - and good luck with the spinning and knitting!

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks mckbirdbks, I think ...if you really think about it the possibilities are endless! And, yes flea markets are great areas to sell your homemade items.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I haven't tried this but assuming access to a flea market, one gallon flower plants have a low cost of entry and in early spring should find a ready market. Many flowers are easily started from seed.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Breakfastpop, your comments inspire me! Oh and post it to your facebook page if you like it..plleeaazee.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      I love this piece. You inspired me and I want to say thank you. Up useful, awesome and beautiful.

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      CJamesIII 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      The solar oven idea is great! I hadn't thought of that one yet.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks David, I hope you rated me up!

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      David Managhan 5 years ago

      This is a really good article Brie. Keep them coming.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Everything starts with a dream!

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      Bail Up ! 5 years ago

      Ocassionally the thought of living off the grid enters my mind. How wonderful if I could quit my day job, sell my house get rid of most my wordly possessions and enter an all new self sufficient lifestyle mode where less is more. I'm still in the dreaming stage but your hubs encourage me and give me hope it really can be done.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      I'll let you know what it's like I'm going to take some lessons soon!

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      SUSIE DUZY 5 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      It would be awesome to be able to spin you own yarn. I would love to do that and use it for my knitting.

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      RobMcNulty 5 years ago

      Awesome ideas Brie! I have another idea for the people that many did not think of. Hemp!! Hemp can be used to make all the things you mentioned like the thread, yarn, clothes, textiles, candles, oils, medicines and at least 25,000 more! You can get creative. A friend in my hemp food business is making hemp hammocks and upside down hanging plant holders out hemp to sell at flea markets and other outdoor events like that! People are really interested in industrial hemp and all it's uses. If anyone is interested in learning more feel free to contact me for details and ideas. I sell 100% raw, organic hemp based food so if anyone is interested in learning how you can also get in on making extra money with God's wonder plant they can email me at robmcnulty@comcast.net or check out www.hempatriots.com and have a look at the products.

      Thanks for the great ideas!

      Love and light!

      Robert

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      I've always been disappointed by the color choices yarn has. Spinning your own is a great idea and selling some is even better.

      There are a lot of good ideas here. A couple I've thought about and just never got started at.

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      gracenotes 5 years ago from North Texas

      Great hub. I like the idea of keeping goats or sheep to supply wool for yarn-spinning.

      If they're the right kind of goats, you can use the milk for goat cheese. Fresh homestead goat cheese is out of this world -- so much better than buying some commercial brand at the supermarket. In fact, I just ate some fresh goat cheese for lunch. Yum, yum.

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Yeah, I'm pretty excited about the whole yarn thing.

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      Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

      Hi Brie, I love your ideas and always follow your articles...God gives ideas to people.

      I think the one about a school for teaching the old ways is cool. I also think it is pretty neat that you are teaching yourself to make yarn. I know a lady who lives not so far from us who has a sheep farm...I wonder if she makes her own yarn. I think the dyeing part should be interesting. I have been working on teaching myself some new skills.

      Blessings from Enlydia in Ohio

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      There are actually quite a few that I didn't put in this article because I didn't want it to be overwhelming. But, thanks for the information Earth Angel.

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      Earth Angel 5 years ago

      Dearest Brie,

      Another good way of generating income, and food source, for living off-grid is bee-keeping!

      Blessings, Earth Angel!

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Frugalfamily: The way I usually attack something is to take it one step at a time. All of the things I mentioned are pretty basic and can be found on You Tube or the internet (with may be the one exception of upholstery). I usually just ask questions until I get the answers and go from there or I use the trial and error method. But, I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks for writing.

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      lbidd54 5 years ago from The beautiful Jersey Shore

      Once again, a great hub. Thanks!

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      Looks like you have a long list of additional hubs to write. I expect you to give me details on how to do all of these things! I am a city girl, but my neighbors child is shearing sheep for a school project. If you do that hub first, I'll let you know how I make out! I'm glad I found you..up, useful and awesome!

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      Brie Hoffman 5 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks Earth Angel, I'm so glad you like it.

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      Earth Angel 5 years ago

      Dearest Brie,

      This is a GREAT Hub! I think so many would take one look at your beauty, notice that you are from Manhattan, and think, "no way could she live off the grid!"

      I wholeheartedly agree with you! There are many of us who live very comfortable lives who are beginning to realize the huge price we pay for our "illusions of comfort!"

      In response, we want true comfort, true freedom and are breaking out of the molds we have accepted through "conditioning!"

      I love the "duck" story! It fits so very well with where we are as a society today!

      People take one look at me and say the same! "No way!"

      Yet I do know how to garden, how to can, how to collect and clean water, how to work with the weather, how to raise chickens for eggs, how to make soap and candles and keep a fire going! I can change my own tires and change my own oil! I can operate a generator! And I am quite happy with very little!

      I still have much, much to learn about living off the grid and how to make it economically! I love reading Ghost32/Fred here at HubPages who, with his lovely wife, have lived off the grid and built their own home!

      It is do-able! I admire your tenacity! I look forward to following your ideas!

      Blessings always, Earth Angel!

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