By first defining your purpose of starting a homestead, it will determine a lot about which direction you should go in with your homestead planning. With these 6 simple questions in this blog post, you’ll be able to figure out your homestead goals and define your true purpose of wanting a homestead in the first place. Do you think you’re equipped and ready to embark on this homesteading journey? Let’s find out!
Starting A Homestead and How To Know If It’s For You
Many people have been dreaming about running away from the rat race and starting their own homestead for years. As more time goes on, it is becoming more and more feasible to do so thanks to the advancement in technology, and even many being able to work from home in many ways.
In this post we will go over everything you should consider before starting your own homestead and whether or not it’s right for you to embark on your homesteading goals.
What Does ‘Homesteading’ Mean And Why Should You Consider It?
So first off, what does “homesteading” even mean?
Homesteading is about living self-sufficiently, with minimal reliance on outside resources. You become more connected to the land and environment.
This is a topic of immense interest to many people these days, as more people are wanting to pull away from society a bit, raise and grow their own, and get back to their “roots”. And there are many things you can do to make your life easier and more sustainable.
However, my idea of homesteading, and your idea of homesteading might be vastly different, and that’s okay! Just choose your own homesteading adventure that’s right for you and your family, whether it’s a large homestead or a small homestead.
Ready to Plan Your Dream homestead?
Define Your Purpose of Starting a Homestead
After going through these series of questions, you will be able to ask (and tell!) yourself your true purpose of wanting to start a homestead for your family.
1. How self-sufficient do you want to be?
Being self-sufficient and homesteading sort of go hand-in-hand.
Whether diving in completely, or doing a little here and there, it’s rare you have one without the other.
How do You Become Self-Sufficient on your homestead?
To be self-sufficient on your homestead, you will need to work with the land and the resources around you.
The Benefits of Being Self Sufficient on your homestead
It may seem like one is inviting a lot of trouble and hard work when they decide to be self-sufficient. But the benefits of being self-sufficient far outweigh the disadvantages. People who are self-sufficient can control what they eat, how they live, and how much they spend on things.
So choose your own path for self-sufficiency!
2. Are you wanting to slow down and live a simpler life?
Is the modern world making you crazy? Are you wanting to homestead to slow down?
The Importance of Living a Simpler Life
The popularity of simple living has increased in recent years. Many are emphasizing the importance of living life with minimalism to have a healthy lifestyle.
One reason why people are adopting this lifestyle is for their own mental health. The less clutter they have, the less distracted they are from their goals. This experience becomes more fulfilling as they start to do meaningful things that make them happy every day.
What Does it Mean to Live a Simple Life?
Living a simple life for some might mean:
- Living without too much stress or attachment to materialistic things
- Be able to make time for simple things like reading, cooking from scratch, etc.
- Their life is not stressed out by deadlines, plans, or expectations of what they should do next
- They don’t need any fancy clothes or all the newest gadgets because they are content using what they have
3. Are you wanting to turn your homestead into an income source?
If so, how will you make money? What are your homestead business goals?
Are you wanting to raise your own, make your own and grow your own to sell?
Homesteading and homemade crafts basically go hand in hand. Homesteaders often make homemade goods to sell, to give, or barter for goods they need.
Homesteaders can sell their homemade crafts at live markets, online, and in retail stores. They also use the skills that they have learned from homesteading to earn a living by making money off of products that they have made themselves or goods that others have made on their behalf.
Ready to Plan Your Dream homestead?
So, what are your hobbies or talents?
What are the things you love making, cooking, crafting? You can turn your hobbies into a business on your homestead to make an income.
If you have a talent in sewing or knitting, sell clothes or hats. Better yet, you can use the wool from your sheep to make handmade knitted goods.
If you have chickens, you can sell your eggs or barter them off for other homesteading stuff.
You don’t have to make an income from your homestead, you can have a hobby farm for your family and call it good!
4. Are you or your spouse handy?
The big question is, will you be able to build, fix, or make things yourself?
Let’s be real here…
Homesteading requires a lot of things.
Fences, milking stands, a chicken coop, feeders, livestock dwellings…
Not to mention the equipment that breaks and needs fixing, the house that needs repairing, the list goes on!
Therefore, if you’re planning this whole homesteading thing, you need to be prepared to use your hands and get creative with your resources.
So I ask you again, are you or your spouse handy?
Because unless you plan on spending a ton of money anytime something breaks, or you need something new for the homestead, you will be forced to build it, make it, or fix it yourself.
Be prepared for this!
5. Are you wanting to raise and grow your own?
Are you wanting to start a homestead so that you can start raising your own animals for meat, growing your own garden, and the such like?
If so, do you have experience with animals?
INSIDER TIP- You don’t technically need experience with farm animals, but it would help! We just threw ourselves into farm life with farm animals without any prior knowledge. There are many great resources online to learn all about raising animals.
Do you have experience gardening?
Again, not a MUST, but of course it would help to have some knowledge on growing things. If not, as I didn’t, you might have many garden fails before growing season success. It’s okay!
Don’t forget to start a compost bin for all your vegetable and fruit scraps!
Ready to Plan Your Dream homestead?
6. Will you have enough time to dedicate to this way of life?
Homesteading isn’t for those who live really busy lives. Of course, it IS possible to have a homestead when you lead a really busy life, however, there will be many projects and animal pens that go unnoticed for a while if you get too busy.
Ask me how I know!
Better yet, you can let the manure piles that need to be picked up right now, tell on me!
If you are too busy in your current lifestyle, what do you need to do to make more time for this homesteading lifestyle?
Or if you are really busy, are you sure you want put on more responsibilities with starting a homestead?