This is my first forum post and I do apologise in advance for any faux pas I might make.
A few years ago, my partner and I have decided to save some money and buy a self sufficient farm. We both work 9-5 jobs in a major city and are a bit tired of the noise and fumes. We’ve also decided, we don’t want a boss anymore and once we have enough money to buy land and build a house on it (we want to buy land by the end of this year and then build a house and stables on it within 3 years), we’ll work for ourselves.
The house will not use gas or electricity from the grid, only renewable energy, there will be a well and massive rainwater tank, so we don’t have to buy water and we also plan on building a reed bed system for treatment of sewage. I know it’s a bit crazy to solely rely on renewable energy, but I like to think that as the technology and batteries improve, we’ll be able to store surplus energy and if things get really bad, we’ll have a biodiesel generator. Maybe it’s a bit naive to think we can pull this off, but we’ll certainly try. And it’s not all about cutting costs, but mainly to be environmentally friendly. There will also be a few chucks, goats and everything we consume will be grown on the farm or foraged.
Despite all this, we’ll still need to pay health insurance, some sort of retirement money, there has to be a car and with that comes road tax/rego/car insurance and costs just build up. There is no doubt that we will need to get around $400 every month. The obvious thing would be to sell our produce and I plan on selling gourmet goat’s cheese and surplus farm produce in a little shop on site, but what if the crops fail/ animals get sick?
I’ve decided I want to try alternative ways of earning money and despite being opposed to the idea for a long time as I just didn’t believe it would ever work, I have signed up for affiliate programs with Amazon and Clickbank, and also started writing an e-book about homemade cosmetics, that I intend to sell online. It might fail terribly, but could also just solve our problem. So last month I’ve started a blog about our journey to self sufficiency at www.onthewaytoselfsufficiency.com, opened an amazon and clickbank accounts and stuck some ads on my blog. I don’t have many visitors, but the number is steadily climbing up as I tell my friends and family about it. I intend to create a few websites and do product reviews. I know it’s not that easy and I have to work hard to get decent audience. But then again I’m not trying to make millions, ‘only’ $400 a month. The book I got my ideas from is called The Laptop Millionaire and despite the massive, unbelievable success story I finished it and focused on what I liked about it (I have always been veeeery sceptical about internet marketing and found it hard to believe). There are many helpful hints in this book, although for an average person I think the success stories should be taken with a pinch of salt. I like to think that my blog might help people as going self-sufficient will be a steep learning curve for us both and my e-books will be on what I believe will help people live a more healthy life. It will cost me about $12 a year to get 1 website up and running and then an hour of my time on the train to work. So not the most expensive ‘start up’, but I think it’s worth exploring as a business idea. The author of the Laptop Millionaire claims it’s possible to make millions online and maybe it is if you work hard enough. It certainly doesn’t look to be an overnight money machine, but as I said, worth looking into. If this works our dream of the eco self sufficient life will come true, without doubt.
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