Land is always valuable. Ask anyone who works with real estate and they will tell you that it is one of the oldest, best and most reliable ways to make money. But if you live on a homestead or a working farm, you probably have a different idea about how your land can make money for you.
But chances are pretty good that you aren’t maximizing the return on investment that your land is capable of.
Whether you want to squeeze every cent of income out of it or or just looking for a way to put a little extra back, there are countless ways to make your land work for you beyond growing crops and raising livestock.
In this article, we will share with you 37 ways to earn extra income on your home property or any other land that you may own. From small scale side hustles to legitimate small businesses, there’s something on this list that everyone will be able to make use of.
Breed and Sell Rabbits
Yes, rabbits can be very profitable to raise. In fact, rabbits are among the best and cheapest of livestock if you want to start making extra money off of them quickly.
Chronically overlooked species of livestock, particularly for those who are already raising larger, more typical breeds of livestock or people who just don’t have that much land to work with.
Rabbits have a lot to recommend them when it comes to making extra income from raising them.
As you already know, they reproduce and mature very quickly, but they also take up very little room, are generally hardy, are easy to care for and can be sold for a variety of purposes, including their meat, as live breeding stock or pets, for fur and more.
Even rabbit droppings are valuable as specialty manure.
Raise Turkeys to Sell
Turkeys are another unconventional breed of livestock that can nonetheless command significant premiums to the right buyers.
Turkey meat, particularly organic, free-range meat is increasingly popular, and both turkey feathers and legs are purchased as decorative, novelty or ceremonial items.
Believe it or not, in some sectors turkeys are actually becoming fairly popular pets! Considering these large birds are of generally good at health, easy to keep and easy to raise, these might be just the ticket for getting a little extra income off of your property.
Breed and Sell Goats
For many farmers in homesteaders, goats are often thought of as a b-tier species of livestock, or even kept around as pets or novelties.
As you might have already guessed, they can be quite profitable to raise and are one of the better midsize breeds for those who don’t have a ton of room.
Goat products, particularly milk, are valuable and highly desired in some quarters, very particularly by people you have an intolerance to cow milk.
Other goat related products include soaps and cheeses made from their milk as well as fabric made from their hair.
Goats are an especially good option for people who are raising animals for the first time. Not big enough to do much damage, but large enough to give you substantial returns on your investment.
Raise Dogs and Offer Dog-related Services
Man’s best friend can turn into one of your best investments if you play your cards right. Most obviously, with some skill and expertise you could breed dogs for health and temperament and sell puppies.
Make sure you follow all local laws and regulations, and always strive to be an ethical breeder if you want to go this route.
Beyond this, if you have a good way with dogs or previous professional experience as a canine handler dog training and dog boarding are highly profitable ventures even at the local level.
If you can break problem pooches of their bad habits or serve as a reliable, trusted boarder of beloved pets when people go on vacation you can make a killing with a very small investment in facilities.
One of my fondest memories growing up was going on a long ride through the country with my grandfather and happening upon A roadside stand or patch selling plants, flowers, ornamentals even small trees.
The hand-painted sides in the informal nature of the business seemed so charming to me it left an indelible impression.
As it turns out, you can be that person and make some pretty good money if you properly position yourself. The trick is knowing what can easily and reliably grow in your area that people want year in and year out.
Raising a large quantity of plants is a fair bit of extra work, but so long as you set yourself up for success it is something you should be able to count on for extra income.
This goes hand in hand with selling flowers and decorative plants above. Whether your garden has a bumper crop are you actually grow fruits or vegetables as your primary source of income, you can always make a little bit of extra selling artisanal, farm fresh produce by the side of the road or at a farmer’s market.
With increasing concerns about interference and adulteration in our food chain, more and more people are looking to get much closer to the source where their food comes from.
This is a perfect opportunity for you to leverage anything you can grow on your property and sell it for a premium.
Sell Farm Fresh Eggs
Anyone who already has chickens know that they have a tendency to lay more eggs than you could possibly ever hope to eat on your own, unless you really, really love eggs!
It makes perfect sense to sell a surplus of eggs to others, again at a farmer’s market or even on the side of the road at your own produce stand.
If you don’t raise chickens but other birds instead, you’ll be happy to learn that specialty eggs are similarly increasing in popularity among consumers, particularly duck, goose and even ostrich eggs.
A unique flavor and enhanced nutritional profile of these eggs means they always fetch a premium.
Chickens are one of the hottest growing commodities for homesteaders, prospective homesteaders and anyone who wants to get a little more self-sufficient.
It is surprising that even people who are firmly planted in suburbia want small flocks for their backyards, either for the novelty or just to get those fresh eggs for themselves.
but any new chicken buyers have to get their chickens from somewhere, and that somewhere could be your property.
If you take the time to raise chickens and prepare them for rehoming, you could earn a profitable reputation as the chicken seller in your local area.
Chicks, adults and all of the associated items that needed for their care could be part of this side hustle.
Sell fertilized eggs…
Yet another chicken product, or one for any other commonly kept livestock birds, is that of fertilized eggs. Some people who dream of raising their own birds want to start truly from scratch, incubating and hatching their birds as the Genesis of their own flocks.
But that brings us to the timeless question of what came first, the chicken or the egg? In this case, a prospective buyer will definitely want to start with a fertilized egg, and that’s where you come in.
Selling fertilized eggs perhaps along with incubators and other supplies could be a profitable niche in a poultry livestock sector.
Teach Homesteading Skills
It has been said for some time that we live in an information economy, and while you might feel like that you could never be further away from that and you are living on a farm or homestead, that isn’t quite true.
Your skills, expertise and life experience are valuable so long as you can transmit them to others in a meaningful and useful way.
I bet, it might sound silly when you feel like you don’t have all the answers yourself, but if you have been homesteading successfully for any length of time the skills that you just call life could be valuable enough to others who want to learn they will pay you for it.
You could teach classes online, at your home, or elsewhere on your property on every topic from baking and canning to taking care of animals, tending to crops and much more.
It is even likely that you’ll make some lasting friendships in the bargain!
Far and Away one of the easiest and most profitable ways to make money on your land when you have very little to spare is to sell herbs.
Fresh or dried, culinary or medicinal, herbs are big business, and though you might think they are easy enough to grow in containers on your porch or in your kitchen, all you need to do is take a stroll down the spice rack at your local grocery store to see how precious some of these spices can really be.
Sell Wild Blackberry Bushes
There is one crop I’ve noticed it seems to hold universal appeal, and that is berries. Blackberries, raspberries, huckleberries, strawberries- all kinds of berries. There are delicious, healthy and especially wonderful when turned into a pie or other dessert.
There’s just one problem: they are expensive, and even if you want to grow your own the plants themselves are fussy and temperamental.
You can make it easy for people who want to grow their own, while making it profitable for yourself my potting and selling young bushes that you grow on your property, or even preparing cultivars.
No matter where you live, except perhaps in the hottest environments, there will be a popular variety of berry bush suitable for growing.
Make and Sell Soap
Another sector and a personal wellness and hygiene category that seems to be exploding is old-fashioned, hand cut soap.
Made the old fashioned way with real ingredients instead of synthetic detergents, and usually including additives like coffee grounds, walnut hulls, and essential oils, these soaps definitely smell wonderful. They’re also expensive and people seem like they can’t get enough of them!
With just a small investment in supplies and equipment along with a little bit of know-how and some patience you could craft, press and cut your own small batch, artisanal soap and sell them for a bundle at flea markets, festivals or even roadside stands.
Sell Honey and Candles
The one thing that all beekeepers love is the honey they get as a reward for all of their hard work and diligence. Honey is extremely popular and increasingly expensive, and you can probably sell the honey from your hives for a small fortune if you are a beekeeper.
Beyond this, your products can make you even more money. Beeswax is commonly used in all sorts of cosmetological products, foods and for the making of wonderfully scented candles.
You can double the return on your investment by selling both to manufacturers or enthusiastic amateurs.
Sell Baked Goods
If you are a wiz in the kitchen when it comes to pastries, cookies, cakes, homemade bread and more, there is no reason why you can’t crank up production and sell your goods to eager buyers.
This isn’t a great option for everyone, especially if you aren’t a very good baker, but if people are always raving about the things you bring to parties, church, fundraisers and other gatherings you might be onto something.
There’s no reason you can’t share your famous family recipe with the world and make some extra money at the same time!
Wooden Crafts and Toys
Homemade wooden crafts and decorations are another item that is turning into big business. It seems like people increasingly want things that are made by real people, people that they know or at least people that they could know, instead of faceless factories.
If you are handy in the wood shop you can turn your passion into profitable products. Door hangers, signs, frames and other decorations along with traditional wooden toys are charming, inexpensive and highly adaptable to mass production.
County fairs and advertising in a local market places both on and offline is an ideal way to get your products out to customers.
Sell Paintings and Crafts
I’m pretty handy with a paintbrush and love to make crafts, but again, it is so time consuming, and who has TIME?
Develop and Rent Campsites
If you own a large, scenic parcel and don’t mind people pitching tents or pulling campers on your property, this could be a fun way to make some money.
This is an especially good idea if you live in an area where camping is popular, or near a frequently traveled nature area. Your property could be the well-kept (or not so well kept!) local secret for vacationers.
Offer Space on Your Property for RVs or Boats
And not just for use on site. Boats and RVs alike are large, bulky vehicles that are difficult and expensive to store at usual places like marinas or rental storage lots.
If you have a safe, secure place to keep them most people will be happy to pay a premium to keep theirs in a low traffic, protected area. This is a great way to make money if you live near a large body of water, or have easy access to RV hookups nearby.
Hold Special Events on Your Land
Believe it or not, all sorts of people, particularly city dwellers, like to hold events in charming, rustic places. Your barn or field might be the ideal location for somebody’s dream event, whatever it is.
If you have enough space, and your land is suitable, you could offer it as a venue for weddings, birthday parties, or other events. It could be anything from organized games of hide and seek or paintball and anything that you, or someone else, can imagine. The sky’s the limit!
Graze Livestock on Your Land
If you have a lot of pasture, brush or overgrown areas on your property, you could rent out space or time for other owners of livestock to give their animals a new space to roam and graze in.
This is especially helpful for the owners of the livestock because they might need to get the animals off their land for a time for any reason or just to give them a little variety in their naturally foraged diet.
Rent out your land for four-wheeling
This is a great option if you have established trails or open space on your land. with a little bit of improvement, you could even put in a dedicated four wheeling track with hills, mounds, ruts and other obstacles.
This will create quite a bit of noise pollution for you and possibly your neighbors, but you could host everything from dirt bikes and ATVs to full size trucks and SUVs.
Considering the increasing amount of restrictions on this activity found in public lands, this is a great option for making extra money if you live in an area where the pastime is popular.
Rent a room or in-law suite
A place to live is always valuable, especially for those dealing with special circumstances. Sometimes people need a short duration stay, or cheap, out of the way long-term living arrangements.
Whatever the case, if you have an extra room in your house, or a guest cottage, you could advertise it for rent on Craigslist, Facebook or through local sources.
Open a bed and breakfast
If you love the idea of having regular guests on your property and have a larger home, you could open it up as a bed and breakfast. This is a great option if you live in a tourist area, have a charming home or a particularly beautiful property.
Even people who are just passing through get sick of living in the same brutalist, concrete architecture found at major chain hotels night after night.
Lease land for a trailer
If you have a spot on your property that would be suitable for a mobile home, you could lease it out to someone. This is a great way to make money if you have extra space on your land and don’t mind installing a septic tank and running electricity to the location.
A good tenant won’t be much of a bother at all, and you can collect a monthly rent as a landlord.
Offer Livestock Services
If you have a working farm and a thorough knowledge of any common livestock species, you could offer services like boarding, breeding, or training.
Special skills and amenities with expert care, especially for short-notice or after-hours clients, are always in demand. look around and see if there isn’t a shortage of certain skill sets and services in your area, and you might find a highly profitable niche for your land.
Lease Land for Crops
This is a great way to make money while also keeping your land in good shape. Sometimes local farmers need just a little bit of extra land for a given crop, or want to give one of their usual plots a rest for a season.
If your land is suitable for their purposes, you can lease it to them so they can sow and harvest on it. You might charge a flat fee for a percentage of the value for the harvested crops. You can also get a portion of the crops yourself, a great way to make even more money if you can repurpose and resell them.
If you have the nerve, the time and the skills you could raise bees and sell their honey, their wax and even the bees themselves to other beekeepers. But there are even more ways to make money by keeping bees.
Beekeepers often take their hives on the road with him to help farmers naturally and reliably pollinate their crops year in and year out. It is surprising how much money you can make off of your hard-working bees once their colonies are established.
Rent Advertising Space
See those big billboards on the side of every highway and interstate? That land belongs to someone, and that someone could be you!
Whether you own the billboard or just want to lease space for advertisers to build on it you can profit by allowing advertisers to do what they do best on your property.
Keep in mind that your land could be particularly valuable if it is adjacent to a high traffic road or highway. More eyes on the advertisement means that it is more valuable!
Host a Farmers’ Market
This is a great way to get to know your community and offer fresh, local produce. A centrally located, easy to access property is the perfect place for a farmer’s market. Keeping an area for the market stalls clear will make it even more appealing, as will providing plentiful and easy parking for customers.
Grow Christmas Trees
This is by far the jolliest way to make money with your unused land. If you have the space, the right climate, good soil and a little bit of know-how you could grow Christmas trees and sell them during the holiday season for excellent profits.
A few years of this and you’ll soon be known as the local destination for purchasing real Christmas trees, and this can become another reliable way to capitalize on your land.
Plant a Pumpkin Patch
Another great way to make seasonal money. You can sell pumpkins by the barrelful, hold a pumpkin-picking event, or host Halloween parties and hayrides.
Obviously this is one of those things where climate and soil will make the difference in your success, but so long as you can grow pumpkins you can bet there will be plenty of people who want to buy them.
“Sell” Solar Power
If you have a sunny piece of land in a climate with a high UV index, you could lease it to an individual or company that wants to build solar panels for their own purposes, be that to power existing infrastructure or to get solar credits back from the power company.
You can do the same thing if you want to install the panels yourself, as many states incentivize the use of solar power and some power companies will even give you a substantial discount or write you a check if you allow them to tie into your solar farm.
Build and Rent a Cabin
Extra land and a bit of construction experience will allow you to build a cabin that could be a long-term rental property, vacation destination or seasonal retreat for writers, artists, guides and more.
Lease space for a community garden
If you don’t mind neighbors coming and going at all hours you can make money and make sure that all of your neighbors have access to fresh, homegrown fruits, veggies and herbs by hosting a community garden space on your land.
You can charge a small fee for access and general upkeep if you want, but the point of the community garden is that the community helps take care of it, so it wouldn’t be a lot of extra work for you.
It is a stinky chore that you might not want to mess with yourself, so wouldn’t it be great to get paid while you let someone else haul off the waste from your animals?
Depending on what type of animals you have, their droppings can be in high demand when put to use as a component in fertilizer.
You might need to collect the manure, and put it in a designated place for later pickup, but not much more than that. Pigs, cows and chickens are your best bet if you want to go this route.
Lease Hunting Rights
A surefire way to make some extra bucks (no pun intended) during hunting season, particularly if your property is large and peaceful enough to serve as a haven for animals that are feeling the pressure from surrounding properties.
Figuring out a good price can be tricky, as you need to know a little bit about hunting and a lot about the local hunting scene to know for sure.
If your land regularly harbors monster bucks or other trophy animals, a hunter could be willing to pay a pretty penny to get a crack at them.
Do Your Homework!
This is a mild disclaimer reminding you to, as always, do your homework on any applicable laws, rules and regulations at the local, county, state and, if applicable, federal level before taking up any of these money making ideas.
Thanks to rampaging government overreach, things just aren’t as simple as they used to be, and then most of the people you’ll probably deal with will be happy to do business on a handshake and a promise, you might have other responsibilities legally.
Particularly as it pertains to land rights, leasing of land or dwellings and potentially even things like hunting rights you’ll need to do your homework and make sure you’re staying within the letter of the law if you want to avoid costly problems down the road.
It would be a shame if you set up a tidy little side hustle only to have your profits eaten up by fines and legal fees! This shouldn’t stop you from pursuing any money making ventures using your land, but you must be aware of the law, as always.
Well, that’s all I got. What do you think? Can you think of anything else we could do to make a little money from our land? How do you bring in extra cash from home?
last update 04/29/2022
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.