How Diversified Income Sources Helps Economic Collapse Preparation

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How Americans make money is changing. We don’t save a penny of it but more Americans are pulling income from multiple sources than ever before. This is a very interesting change. For years it was about the big salary. It was about the costly, name brand, college degree and the big salary. That was “success” …

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My Biggest Financial Mistake Will Make You Wealthy

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If you’ve heard me say this once, you’ve heard me say it a thousand times:

True wealth has nothing to do with money.

Which is all good until you need to pay your mortgage, put gas in your car, or buy some groceries, right?

Because the cold, hard fact is …

… that we live in a world dominated by an economic system that runs on money. Dollars (or pesos, or yen, or pounds … you know what I mean) are the currency of transactions for almost everything. They’re how you buy and sell and get things done.

But what if you could improve your quality of life without spending more money … in fact, while spending less?

I show you how in this next video chapter of Grow: All True Wealth Comes From The Ground.

In it, I reveal:

  • Money—Good Or Evil?
  • How To Love What You Do And Still Pay The Mortgage
  • The BIGGEST Financial Mistake Of My Life

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How has producing your own food and medicine saved you money?

What’s your advice to someone who wants to love what they do for a living?

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7 Clever Ways to Earn Money If You Have a Green Thumb

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earn money green thumbI’ve checked and double checked, but neither of my thumbs are green.

I wish they were because there’s money to be made with those green thumbs.

Over the years I’ve read gardening books, joined a permaculture club, and slaved over a Square Foot Garden, managing to grow a few things here and there, but by no means are my thumbs green. If I had to supplement our family income with what I could grow, we’d soon be starving.

However, if you can nurture a nearly-dead, Home Depot 75%-off tomato plant to blossom and produce, these money-making ideas are for you.

1. Sell compost

When I used to live in Phoenix, we would occasionally make a trek out to the far east side of town and buy organic compost from an enterprising family who had a large farm. Customers could bring their own containers, like a plastic bin, for example, and farm workers would fill it with compost. It was a quick way to get our raised garden beds filled with good, healthy soil, and, I’m sure, the farm owner made a killing.

Are you able to produce more compost than you really need? I’ll bet if you got 2 or 3 good compost piles going, you could offer it to neighbors and friends at a low cost, and they would know, for sure, where it came from, unlike the stuff sold at big box stores.

2. Sell seedlings

Years ago when I took a gardening class from a master gardener, she told us that the seedlings sold in a lot of nurseries and the big home and garden stores weren’t the varieties that necessarily grew in the area. They were just what customers wanted and would buy.

If you can grow healthy seedlings and they represent varieties that actually grow in your part of town, not necessarily the grow zones, which can be very generalized. I’d love to buy tomato seedlings, for example, that do well in my shady backyard and humid climate.

3. Sell your garden design services

Not everyone has the knowledge and skills to plan a well-organized garden that takes advantage of the movement of the sun, microclimates, water sources, and the specific varieties of plants that will do well there. If you’re an experienced gardener, bonus points if you’re an official Master Gardener, you just might have a skill that people will be willing to pay for.

About 10 years ago, I befriended a woman who sold produce at a farmer’s market, along with her homemade soaps, and she told me that her garden had been designed by 2 master gardeners. In Phoenix gardening circles, this couple was well known, I guess. I never forgot that conversation because every year when I looked at my own meager harvest, I thought about how nice it would be to hire pros to come and design a foolproof garden.

4. Offer your homegrown, organic produce as a delivery service

Does your garden grow way more food than you and your family can eat? If so, consider starting your own food delivery company, offering a weekly or biweekly basket of fruit, veggies, and herbs to paying customers. If you raise chickens, you could possibly add a dozen fresh eggs as well.

One similar service that I know of has a website that is updated weekly so customers know what to expect in their next basket. In fact, when I filmed this video promo for World War Z, we used that same garden and kitchen for the set. As you’ll see, it’s gorgeous and is a nice side business as well.

5. Teach gardening classes to homeschoolers

As a long-time homeschooling mom, I have paid for all different types of lessons and experiences over the years, including archery, rifle camp, and etiquette lessons. If there’s one thing I know about homeschoolers, it’s that they are constantly looking for learning opportunities for their kids.

Just this past spring, I paid a mechanic $140 so my 2 teenagers could work with him on an engine rebuild of an old Toyota Camry. The kids learned the parts of an engine, helped replace the brakes, and did a whole lot more. With your green thumb, maybe you could offer gardening classes to a homeschool group or individual families.

6. Use homegrown herbs to create products for sale

Herbs grow quickly in the right environment. At one point, my basil and rosemary bushes were so large that I could barely grow anything else in my front courtyard. Are your herb plants going crazy? Well, why not begin harvesting and drying them, and then using them as ingredients in homemade beauty products, preserves, and soaps? One friend of mine has been making the most amazing varieties of jellies and jams and often, herbs like lemon balm and mint are the main ingredients. She even makes jams of marigolds and gardenia.

7. Teach classes for a local nursery

People love to learn and if the pro really knows what they’re talking about, they’ll pay for that education. If you have a favorite plant nursery and are known to the owners and managers, that may be a source of income for you if they are willing to have you teach classes for their customers. The beauty of this arrangement is that you are paid for your time by the owners, but inevitably, your students will turn right around and buy plants and gardening products. You can bet on it.

Many people are looking for ways to earn a little extra money. If you happen to have a green thumb and some gardening knowledge, you may be able to grow money on trees, almost literally!

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Are you prepared to be unemployed?

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Are you prepared to be unemployed? Bob Howkins “APN Report” Audio in player below! You prep for disaster, stock up and fortify. Gain the tools & talent to handle catastrophe. But what if, instead of a bad storm, earthquake, tidal wave, forest fire or zombie attack, disaster comes visiting in a totally unexpected form. What … Continue reading Are you prepared to be unemployed?

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Gold, Silver and Diversifying Income

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Gold, Silver and Diversifying Income James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio in player below! There was a time when your faithful host was just a scared newbie lost in a sea of articles about the impending economic collapse and the death of the US dollar. I knew my history so the idea of wheelbarrows of … Continue reading Gold, Silver and Diversifying Income

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Internet Money on I Am Liberty!

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Internet Money! James Walton “I Am Liberty” Listen to this show in player below! Its very rare we take the time to talk about income but lately I have been looking for ways to change that. The motivation behind this is two fold. One is the fact that I am looking to take control of my world … Continue reading Internet Money on I Am Liberty!

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Fish Farming: The Overlooked Path To More Income, Tons Of Food, And Less Worries

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Fish Farming: The Overlooked Path To More Income, Tons Of Food, And Less Worries

Generating an income that can sustain operations on the homestead is critical for many of us.

Newly established homesteads require a decent amount of income to add acreage, outbuildings and livestock, as well as purchasing many other items or services. Well-established homesteads also require a steady income to repair and replace, upgrade and add on to provide for needs or wants. Perhaps you are looking to replace an income from a 9-5 job; there are numerous ways to make that happen on every homestead.

Homesteaders, especially those who have the desire to be completely self-sufficient, are frequently researching new opportunities to generate a sustainable income on the homestead. We sell fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets, livestock to local butchers, and milk and eggs to friends and neighbors.

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Fish farming, used for centuries in many parts of Asia, is also a good way to generate income on the homestead. Also called aquaculture, fish farming provides not only enough meat for those living on the homestead, but will eventually produce plenty to sell at local markets. It need not be expensive, either. The cost of setting up an aquaculture system can be relatively low for those who already have water sources on the homestead, such as a pond or stream.

Fish Farming: The Low-Cost Path To More Income, Abundant Food, And Less WorriesFish farming is similar to growing plants. Fish require steady temperatures, daily nourishment, and relatively clean water to flourish. Providing these essentials will result in large, firm fish that will make for easier sales in local markets. In my area, we have a couple of fish farms that regularly sell out of each week’s harvest during the farmer’s market season. They have found that aquaculture generates an income great enough to sustain the rest of their homestead every year.

There are several methods for small-scale fish farming, including:

  • The cage method, which can be further modified to include a flow-through component.
  • The greenhouse method, which includes raising hydroponic plants to filter and add nutrients to the water.
  • The contained method, in which one pool or tank is used in conjunction with several filters and aerators to maintain water quality.

Which method you choose depends largely on what water sources are available around your homestead. The cage method, consisting of a system of cages submerged in ponds, is perhaps the least expensive method, as ponds have a natural filtration system in place. A slight variation on the cage method involves using a nearby stream with a system of cages, allowing water to flow freely through each cage and providing nutrients to the fish that are carried to them continuously by fresh water.

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Starting a greenhouse operation is the most difficult, due to the many variables that need to be taken into consideration. In addition to the cost of the greenhouse materials and tanks for holding large volumes of water, you also may need to purchase or produce chillers or other cooling mechanisms in extremely hot weather to keep water temperatures in the range necessary for the fishes’ survival — a considerable financial investment.

A simple pool or even a livestock tank can be used to set up a contained system for aquaculture. Water filters and aerators will definitely be a necessity to ensure healthy fish. This type of system can be quite inexpensive.

Not all types of fish will flourish in your location. Choosing the right type of fish for your homestead’s environment may take a bit of trial and error, but a small amount of research will lessen the amount of losses due to the weather.

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Making money and rural living!

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DJ Cooper “Surviving Dystopia

Making money and rural living HOMESTEADI hear it over and over. Always the same problem and the one big problem many homesteaders struggle to overcome. In a rural setting often times jobs can be scarce. How can you make money to pay for things like taxes and incidentals?

3-2-16 diggingThis is likely the number one issue faced by the self-sufficient aficionado and sometimes it is also the most difficult to navigate because it seems like the options are so limited. Does it seem like no matter what you do the options are so limited that you wonder if you will even make it? Have you tried things like sales or a farm stand and wonder why you end up spending more than you make?

Making money and rural livingThis episode on Surviving Dystopia we explore some of the usual avenues for home based earning but also some unconventional ideas and options as well. There are the usual working options also, like commuting, which is at the least time consuming and can be expensive. How about some kind of transportation that keeps you from home for sometimes weeks at a time? Do these both seem kind of pointless as your goal seems to conflict with the excessive away time these offer? So what is there to do?

I would love to explore a number of options that require only internet. Others that you can use your creative nature and still more, that just require brute strength or simply some good ole’ fashioned ingenuity.

I want to share with you some ins and outs of a few of the options out there. The number one thing you need is desire. A desire to find a way to make your dreams work for you. After that some just run on sheer determination.
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25 Ways People Earned Money During the Great Depression

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great depression earn moneyIn a previous career, I was a history teacher, and I’ve always loved learning about the past and gleaning whatever wisdom I can from the words and actions of others.

A couple of years ago I found an excellent book with dozens of first-person accounts from the Great Depression, We Had Everything But MoneyI’ve spent hours reading through anecdotes, touching, humorous, and poignant, and one thing that struck me was the ingenuity of the Americans who lived through those tough times. Many continued to find ways to earn money, even when their own circumstances were dire.

I put together this list. Feel free to add any others that you know of.

To earn money, people:

1. Caught and sold fish, clams, and crabs

2. Made homemade fudge and sold it

3. Sold newspapers on the corner. Kids earned a little extra if they were promoted to “Corner Captain”, a sort of Great Depression multi-level marketing program where a kid brought in other kids to sell papers and earned a bit extra himself.

4. Started a lunch truck/wagon

5. Grew, picked, and sold berries

6. Road work

7. Shoveled snow on roads

8. Multiple part-time jobs, including housecleaning

9. Chopped wood or harvested driftwood

10. Made and sold handwoven baskets

11. Mowed lawns and other kinds of yard work

12. Door to door sales of things like shoes or sewing notions

13. Made deliveries for stores

14. Made and sold quilts

15. Sold homemade baked goods, like bread or pies

16. Sold eggs for 25 cents a dozen

17. Childcare

18. Rented out rooms

19. Mended or altered clothes

20. Washed windows

21. Would purchase produce and re-sell door-to-door

22. Sold apples

23. Loaded coal

24. Piecework sewing

25. Sold homegrown produce

In every case it was a simple matter of looking around to see what people needed, what they wanted, what made them feel good about themselves and about life. Years ago a hairdresser friend of mine said, “Lisa, even if the economy collapsed tomorrow, women still want to look pretty. I would do business out of my home and probably continue to earn pretty good money.”

This is why some people who have lived through economic collapses say that beauty products, such as lipstick, eye shadow, and lotions, are good items for barter.

In addition to these creative entrepreneurial efforts, don’t forget that many people found work in the various Depression-era works programs as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal, and keep in mind that these people had practical skills that folks today just don’t have. Perhaps some of these might be good additions to your own skillbank:

  • Rendering lard
  • Caring for livestock of all kinds
  • Smoking meat, poultry, and fish
  • Butchering all types of animals from squirrels to hogs, cattle, and other “varmints”
  • Foraging
  • Sewing by hand or with a non-electric sewing machine
  • Raising flourishing gardens
  • Preserving food by canning
  • Tinkering — Knowing how to fix all kinds of things.

As you can see, many of these skills go hand in hand with the money-making ventures of our Great Depression-era grandparents and great-grandparents. Today, so few of us have any of these skills. We are generations removed from farm life and homesteading.

How will YOU earn money in the next Great Depression?

One of the main reasons for studying how people survive, whether economically or physically, is to find lessons we can apply to our own lives and circumstances. For many years, some economists have been predicting an economic collapse here in America. If you are one of the 93+ million of Americans who are out of work, your own personal economy has already collapsed.

Now it’s time to consider how you will earn money, whether or not you are currently out of work. In the days of the Great Depression, it was common for grocers and landlords to provide credit to their customers. Today? That would be a rare occurrence.

From the Depression days there is an abundance of stories of neighbors and church families showing up at the door, laden with bags and boxes of food for a needy family. When one desperate mom was asked by her daughter, “Mama, what’s for dinner tonight?”, the response was, “Whatever the neighbors decide to bring us!”  I wish I could imagine that happening today, but our communities and families have become so fractured over the past few decades that it would be a rare event.

So, what skills do you have that might offer a service during a severe economic downturn? What knowledge do you have that would be helpful, even vital, to others? What products can you produce? What skills can you teach?

Ingenuity is something that can never be stolen by thieves, confiscated by a government, or lost to flood or fire. It is possible to survive during a Great Depression and there is plenty to learn from those who lived through the last one.

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Do You Remember When Black Friday Actually Still Mattered In America?

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By Michael Snyder – The Economic Collapse Blog

Once upon a time, “Black Friday” was a major event in the United States.  Yes, the mainstream media is still endlessly hyping it up, and major retailers are still rolling out their “incredible deals”, but it appears that most Americans are tiring of this particular gimmick.  Or perhaps it is just that U.S. consumers don’t have as much discretionary income as they once did.  As you will see below, retail traffic this Black Friday was “much, much slower” than anticipated.  And expectations were not great anyway – the number of shoppers was down last year, and it was being projected that there would be another decline in 2015.  Yes, there were still a few fights on Black Friday, but mostly the “holiday” was marked by giant piles of unsold merchandise sitting around collecting dust.  The inventory to sales ratio in the U.S. has surged to levels not seen since the last recession, and so the truth is that most retailers were hoping for much more contrived chaos on Black Friday than we actually witnessed.

Personally, I wish that this whole phenomenon would just simply disappear, because it definitely doesn’t bring out the best in the American people.

Who wants to see fellow citizens trampling one another and fighting with one another for cheaply made electronics that aren’t even manufactured in this country anyway?

Black Friday was always a disgusting spectacle, and now it appear to be fading.

Let’s start with Thanksgiving sales.  More stores than ever are opening on Thanksgiving Day itself, and according to SunTrust that was a total “bust” this year…

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About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

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