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Homesteading can get a little expensive. If you’ve been hit with unexpected bills or weren’t able to make ends meet selling your wares, it can be tough making it as a full-time homesteader. But don’t fret! As a homesteader, you have valuable knowledge to pass on to others. There’s a simple way you can have fun and make money without leaving the homestead: teaching classes.

The best part? You can charge a nominal fee ($5 – $10) per class to score extra cash, make friends, and share your knowledge. Try teaching these courses either from the comfort of your barn or even through an online site like Teachable.


Canning and pickling is truly an art. Sure, you could learn how to preserve peaches or ferment vegetables in a cookbook, but there’s nothing like learning from a pro.

If you grow your own produce, consider bundling the class with your food. For example, you could charge $20 for a canning class where they not only get to make peach jam, but take fresh peaches with them, too.

Consider turning this into a series. You can try canning different fruits and vegetables each week.

As far as where to host this, since it involves food, you may need to check with local regulations to make sure it’s okay to host in your home. If not, consider teaching the course online or in a local kitchen.


Sewing is a dying art that many people want to learn. If you’ve been making your own blouses for years or can mend a ripped jean in 10 minutes flat, you should teach sewing classes.

The great thing about sewing classes is that you can teach them anywhere. You can do this at home and form a sewing circle, or teach at church, craft stores, or community center.

Chicken 101

A lot of people want backyard chickens but have no clue where to start.

You’ll need to host this course on the homestead so you can show people the basics of chicken care. Cover how to incubate eggs, care for hatchlings, feed and house the chickens, and how to cull them (if applicable).

You have skills that people want to learn. Share your knowledge with others and make a living doing it. It’s time to work your homestead hustle!

More for you:

Livestock for Profit: How to Make Money with the Animals on Your Farm
How to Make Money from Your Homestead Kitchen with Cottage Foods
8 Creative Ways to Make Money with Your Homestead Chickens
Make Money By Selling Your Produce

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Teaching a group at home sounds like a good way to earn extra funds and meet new people. It’s not uncommon for rural homesteaders to homeschool and another way to earn money is to take on more than just your children as students. This works particularly if you’re knowledgeable about an advanced subject. You’d be helping the other parents out and giving your child some company too.


This is a great idea I hadn’t thought of. I know a lot of people who’d like to start canning and don’t know how. I love imparting my knowledge to others, so I may just have to give this some serious thought.

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