I’ve spoken already about how it’s possible to save money with your preps, but preparedness can be taken one step further – it can actually earn you money if you use your skills as a prepper in the right way.
For those of you who don’t struggle with finding money in your budget for prepping because your full time job leaves you plenty of wiggle room to fund your preps – this article probably isn’t for you, but if you fall in one of the following camps of people, you’re likely to really benefit from using your preps to make money:
- You don’t earn enough from your day job to feel comfortable spending a lot on preparedness.
- You have extra time in your day that you don’t mind spending on side hustles that will earn you an extra income or even just a little extra cash every once in a while.
- Your spouse doesn’t like you using up your regular salary on prepping, though you’d like to have some money to fund your preps (if you’re in this camp, by the way, check out this article: My Spouse Doesn’t Like Me Prepping: What Can I Do?)
Is earning money from your preps easy? Depends on your attitude towards it.
Some of these suggestions could earn you a quick and easy pretty penny every once in a while – whenever you found the time to spend on them to earn a little extra on the side. Others are a bit harder to work, but could actually turn into full-time gigs if you’re looking to replace a full time job, or want to basically have part or full-time employment even in retirement. It all depends on the approach you want to take.
But enough of an introduction. I think you get the picture here. There’s ways to make serious cash with your preps. Now let’s address how.
How Preppers Can Use Their Preps to Make Money
1. Sell some of the items you bought for your stockpile.
This is one of those ways of making money I think is a lot harder to do en-masse, but if you’re looking to make a few extra dollars on the side here and there, it’s an excellent way to go, especially if you’re particularly good at couponing, or getting items for free for your stockpile.
Have too much of a certain thing? I suggested bartering or trading these items in my article about saving money prepping, but you can use these items to sell to friends and family and others who may want them as well. Cheaper for them to get them through you, and a little extra padding for your own wallet as well.
2. Learn a labor-related self-sufficiency skill and find work using that skill.
There are so many self-sufficiency skills you could teach yourself that would be beneficial for you to know as a prepper. So many. Want a visual? I wrote up a huge list of these skills here, and I’m sure there are plenty more I’ve forgotten.
Some of these skills are more profitable to teach yourself than others. If you end up being interested in the right one, your knowledge could earn you a healthy side income if it’s something you’re interested in pursuing for money on the side. Eventually, your side gig can even replace your day job entirely, if that’s the direction you want to head in, or if you’d prefer – become a part or full-time gig during your retirement.
Examples of these self-sufficiency skills: carpentry and woodworking, electrical and plumbing, car repair. Knife sharpening is also a great one for transforming into a side business.
Want some ideas for which self-sufficiency skills to dive into that could help you make or save a lot of money in the long run? Check out these articles:
- 10 Self-Sufficiency Skills That Will Save You a Bundle
- 10 More Self-Sufficiency Skills That Can Save You a Killing
3. Learn a crafty or creative self-sufficiency skill and sell your creations.
Think this is ridiculous? It’s not! In this day and age where everybody and their mother loves looking up DIY posts, staring enviously at the result, and yet never doing anything of the sort themselves, there’s plenty to be made from a crafty self-sufficiency hobby that you picked up from your grandmother or originally learned to be more prepared.
Some examples of these types of self-sufficiency skills that translate into lovely creations that can be sold for a good sum on sites like Etsy: knitting, soap making, clothes making, leather working, and yet again – carpentry.
Even if you didn’t originally learn your skill to make money, doesn’t mean you can’t capitalize on your skill. You could even end up with a healthy small business on your hands in a few years time.
4. Sell hunted or fished meat to friends, family, and neighbors who are interested.
Meat you can grab at the grocery store just doesn’t taste the same as hunted meat – it’s not even half as good at the grocery store, at least not to me. There’s a quality about the taste of hunted meat that makes it worth so much more in my, and many other people’s, eyes. Same with fish you’ve fished yourself – rather than the farmed fish you often find at the grocery store.
If you have friends, family, neighbours, or acquaintances who don’t hunt and fish themselves, but love the taste of hunted and fished meat – you can stand to gain if they’re willing to pay you for what you’ve snagged in your spare time. With enough people interested, and going out often enough, you can really make a healthy side income doing this.
5. Sell excess fruits and veggies from your prepper garden to anyone interested.
Just the same as hunted and fished meat is infinitely more delicious to many than anything you can grab in a grocery store, home-grown organic fruits and vegetables are ridiculously better tasting when compared to their non-organic supermarket counterparts. I don’t think anyone in their right mind would deny this.
If you’ve already got a prepper garden started, you can try selling your fruits and veggies as is, or if you can or jar the fruits and vegetables yourself, can try selling them that way for extra as well. Make jams? Same as if you made homemade soaps – your handy DIY creations up for sale could result in you having a very healthy side income, or even a booming small business. All depends on what you want and how far you’d like to take things.
If you’re not comfortable selling these home-grown foods to friends, family, or neighbours, you can always try trading or bartering them for items they have that you need. It won’t help you make money prepping, but it sure will help you save money, since you save yourself the bill of paying for the items you traded for.
Want to Save Money Prepping?
Interested saving money while building up a prepper stockpile & prepping in general? Take a look at the following articles for some tips & advice:
- 14 Ways Prepping Can Actually Help You Save Money
- Hate Budgeting? How to Build Killer Savings Anyway
- How to Stockpile Items for Free or Next to Nothing
- 10 Tips for Building a Stockpile on a Budget
- How to Stockpile Food and Other Goods Cheaply
More Ways to Make Money Prepping?
As usual, I’m sure I’ve left out a lot of ways to make money with your preps that just haven’t crossed my mind.
Have an idea I didn’t list here? Leave it in the comments down below!
Ever tried any of these (or other) ways of making money with your preps? How’d it go? Was it a success or not worth the effort? Would you do it again, or do you still do it until today?
Let me know!