How to Make Money Homesteading Book Giveaway


Since many people are looking at New Year’s goals, I try to recommend a few books this time of year that could help Living Largers achieve their dreams. Many people have asked for ideas on how to make a living from home while living a simple, rural life.

Tim Young put together some of those ideas in his e-book, “How to Make Money Homesteading.”

Tim is also giving one Living Larger a chance to win a download of the book for free. Read the short Q&A, make a comment on this post on why you would like to read the boo and like Living Large on Facebook (if you haven’t already). Comments to this post must be made before 5 p.m. CST on Thursday, December 11. I will draw a winner and announce it on the blog on Friday. You must leave an email address where we can reach you if you win.


Living Large: How did you come up with the idea for the book, what  is the purpose?:

Tim: Like a growing number of people in the past decade, we are first-time farmers/homesteaders who moved from urban life to rural life. There’s a ton to learn when you make that kind of transition, much of it related to how to grow food, tend to livestock and develop skills that enable you to produce what you need rather than consuming and buying, as most people do. However, there’s another very real need that most new homesteaders realize when they take the leap, and that need isn’t written about as much. It’s the need to make money so that you can enjoy the freedom of living independently off the land. In the decade we’ve been homesteading and farming sustainably, we’ve explored numerous income producing areas that range from offering meats and dairy to classes and events and, of course, writing and online ventures. With How to Make Money Homesteading, I wanted to share some of our experiences, but really wanted the content to be broader than our own personal story. So I researched and sought out 18 other homesteaders/preppers/small-scale farmers, such as yourself, and shared their stories as well. Taking the leap from a world of suburban convenience and comfort is daunting for most people, so I wanted readers to see how many others have done that…and lived to tell about it. The primary aim of the book was to offer ideas of how income can be produced, rather than to show in step-by-step detail how to make money in any particular endeavor. In the end, each person has to consider their own markets, experiences, resources and desires to choose the best path for them. It is my hope that this book can give them the inspiration and ideas they need to get started.

Living Large: What is one of the most interesting stories of how a person is making a  living homesteading?:

Tim: I was surprised to see how many people, including yourself, are supporting their homesteading life through what many would refer to as “non-traditional” homesteading activities. These include freelance writing, consulting, blogging, e-commerce sites and DIY manuals, selling essential oils and so on. Sure, there are many examples in the book of folks selling wood crafts, cheese, soaps and more “normal” homestead products, but technology has bridged the gap between many people’s life experiences and distant markets, enabling them to take the leap with increased confidence.


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15 Responses

  1. Avril MacNaughton says:

    This sounds like a really useful tool for the prospective or new homesteader.

  2. Sean Epperson says:

    I would love to read the book. I am trying to break out of the cube farm, and begin a life on a real farm. The challenge is of course, trying to make enough money to pay the bills from the farm.

  3. Natalie M says:

    I’d like to read to plan for our future, we plan to buy a piece of land, build a small home and raise as much of our food as we can, so this would be useful

  4. Dawn Newton says:

    I to like the rest of these comments share a dream and goal of off the grid, tiny home self sufficient living. I especially have needs to start my life over from nothing. As a self employed house keeper with no benefits or retirement was injured a couple years ago leaving me jobless, destroyed credit, medical bills loosing every thing I own. To top that off I lost my moble home that I have live in for 25 years due to owner of trailer court deciding to close the park to build apartment buildings. It was to old to move and I had no finances to deal with it so now I am also homeless. I have only a couple of months where I am staying. My daughter is trying to buy a home in which I will be able to have a one room cabin our tiny house on wheels in her back yard. Im 51 years no retirement or education. Its would tickle me pink to receive this book

  5. Patti says:

    Would love to check out this e-book! I grew up on a farm in an extremely rural location, but have been living in cities for almost a decade…and am tired of the rat race! Within the next 6 months, we’re planning to buy a house in the country and are really intrigued by the many ways “homesteaders” are finding ways to sustain a comfortable, enjoyable life (particularly when it’s on just a few acres…hops farming, dexter cattle, rare heirloom fruits & veggies, etc.)

  6. I am working toward a life like this and would love to read this book for ideas on how I could have some income and live and work from home.

  7. Marianna Harris says:

    My husband and I just made the biggest change of our life. I resigned from my job and he had already stopped working due to some medical issues. We went from 4000 sq. ft. city life to 400 sq. ft. on two unimproved acres. We are working on improving the acreage now. We definitely are looking at something to make some money for an income in our small home!

  8. Rosemary says:

    good ideas are always welcome and shared here. Thank you

  9. Missy says:

    I have been wanting to do this, but didn’t know how to get started. This book would be very beneficial to me for my next phase of life.

  10. Maggie Bailey says:

    My daughter and I have this dream as well. Right now we are looking for a home as weust move. Sure wish we could do this now!

  11. Maggie says:

    Sounds really interesting and it seems the time, my time has come for it! (y)

  12. Lexi Chester says:

    My boyfriend and I are in our twenties and trying to lead our lives in this direction. We’re working for the California conservation corps now and eventually want a living large homesteading lifestyle with a small house! But – naturally our main concern is money cuz as of right now, we’re dead broke! This book will be good inspiration and good help for us to come up with ideas for a path to follow. Thanks!!

  13. Julie says:

    We are in the process of doing this. I just retired and am looking for a way to generate supplemental income from home.

  14. Sarah says:

    Sounds like a great read! I’m working toward an early (earlier than typical) retirement from the school system and will definitely want to work from my tiny home after.

  15. Joan Zulkosky says:

    I’m ready for this – My little spot of heaven on Earth.