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39+ Actionable Out Of The Box Income Ideas For Your Hobby Farm

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Trying to find more income ideas for your hobby farm?

You get the basic idea of breeding and selling the offspring from the livestock you raise. But like anything else that money is seasonal. You are at the mercy of nature and that can leave you with less income than you planned.

You need to have more than one stream of income to create “padding” if you will on your income in order to have a sustainable business.

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Yep, Your hobby farm is a business. I mean if you love throwing money down the toilet faster then you can flush then this post isn’t for you.

But who WANTS to do that.

No body.

Why not get paid for doing what you love to do.

4 key points to making money on your hobby farm.

Before We get into the income ideas for your hobby farm let me give you three key points to help grow your business.

So, how do you add more income to your hobby farm?

You might be tempted to try to do everything at once. Fight it friend, fight it…

But doing that you won’t be able to focus your energy on one thing and get it working. Listen to see what people like and what they don’t like.


Write down your top 5 ideas that interest you. Then make a list of all the steps you would have to take to get that income stream started.


Don’t just jump into the one that seems like it will make you the most money. Make sure you are able to sell the product or service whether it is digital or in person and it is worth your time and net PROFIT.

Think About Your People

I want to make this as easy to understand as possible so let me see if I can simplify this.

Think of the mindset of a person who is willing to pay $10 for a rabbit vs $75-$200 for a rabbit.

  • Mindset #1: You are not going to sell a high-priced animal to someone who just wants an animal for a backyard pet or possibility even to produce meat.
  • Mindset #2: Then put yourself in the shoes of someone who lives in the suburbs and wants a sweet pet for their family. They are willing to pay quite a bit more.
  • Mindset #3: The same goes for show rabbit raisers. You are not going to get them quite as easily with the tug of a heartstring but you will still command a higher price with good quality animals.

Taking the time to think of the people you are intending to sell to and what they want to see. Figure out what they care about is going to dictate the way you market yourself.

For people who want a pet, they don’t care about the images of the animal being stacked or posed. But you could include those images on your site or listing for the people who do care.

Impress With Presentation

Depending on the avenue that you plan to go, you will also need to think about how you present yourself. Whether that is in person or online. If you want to make more money with less product or livestock sales then you are going to have to take your presentation to the next level.

That does not mean you have to spend more money. It can be as simple as putting in a little elbow grease.

  • Make sure your pens are neat and clean.
  • Pull weeds that are showing up where they are not supposed to. Or use our favorite thing… Roundup!
  • Make a few small pots of flowers and put them where your buyers will see them as they pull up.
  • Keep things painted.
  • If you have a website make sure it looks clean and neat. BUT not tacky or unprofessional.
  • Take nice images for social and edit them in the same way. (Lightroom Mobile app and presets are a great way to do this. Here are some of my favorite presets for supper cheap on Etsy)
  • and lastly, just find ways to be different and go out of your way to make people smile and answer their questions.
Pot of flowers to make your hobby farm look nice.

Get creative with the space you have.

If you don’t have enough land to raise animals on a larger scale your income will be small. So you have to get creative. Like many hobby farmers or homesteaders you probably less then 10 acres and raising cattle is out of the question.

Maybe you are an urban farmer and you don’t have much land at all. So raising several goats, sheep, cows, or other types of animals is out of the question.

So what can we do?

Well, have no fear. This post overs unique, out of the box ideas to generate income with just a few smaller animals, a small garden, or none of that at all.

If You Are Crafty

You don’t need any land or have to raise animals for these. If you like to work with your hands and making this is fun for you then why not make a little extra on the side doing something you love?

  1. Make and sell cheese and soaps. (Even if you can not raise a dairy goat, you could ask around and see who would be willing to sell you excess milk).
  2. Hand paintings.
  3. Home decor items.
  4. Baskets.
  5. Knit/Crocheted items.
  6. Jewelry – Find Supplies Here on Amazon
  7. Beauty Products.
  8. Furniture.
  9. Candles – Find all the supplies you need on amazon.
  10. Handmade decor for weddings.
  11. Birthday themed baskets.
  12. Gift baskets.

Income Ideas For The Gardener

These income ideas are for those who have a garden. You don’t need to have a big one. Even if you have a few pots on your patio you could do a lot with them.

  1. Plant extra in your garden and sell fresh produce. (especially if you are in the city and can have a patio garden City people eat that stuff up no offence)
  2. Start extra seedlings in the spring and sell as mature plants. – Here are 100 Pcs 4″ Plastic Plants Nursery Pot from Amazon
  3. Split your overgrown plants and sell them. These same posts will also work well for that. 100 Pcs 4″ Plastic Plants Nursery Pot from Amazon
  4. Heirloom seeds at the end of the season.
  5. Sell your own dried herb blends, tea/tincture blends, dip mixes, teas or salves. – Food Dehydrator Machine – This one has temperature control and a timer.

If your town allows, you can set up a small produce stand on your property.

Selling at a Farmer’s Market {check fees and requirements including insurance and licensing}.

Start your own website or Etsy shop and mail plant starts and seeds. You will be surprised where your orders will start to come from.

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Income Ideas For Poultry Raisers

You can raise chickens in many large cities but you do have to keep it small and only have hens. Roosters are not allowed in most cases.

  1. Raise chickens for eggs and sell the extras. (In this scenario be willing to pivot and make a change if prices of eggs go down, markets change and they will not always hold their value).
  2. Raise broilers for meat.
  3. Sell the old chickens as stewing hens.
  4. If you have a rooster, fertilized eggs for hatching. (This will work best and you will make more if you can have one rooster to the same breed of hens so you know what breed then chicks will be).
  5. Raise chickens to laying age and sell them as layers. (Personally, I would start selling them at 6-12 weeks old. If you hold on to them any longer then that you will start eating into your profit very quickly).

Other Out Of The Box Income Ideas For Your Hobby Farm

Most income is made by simply being creative. If you look around you will see income ideas all around you. The one word of caution I would give you is to start with one idea. Validate it and get it working well before you add another one.

It is so easy to want the money now. But building a business just does not work like that. It is a slow burn and you need to be willing to do the work or it won’t last.

  1. Flip items you find at yard sales or second hand.
  2. Raise worms, sell their “poo” or castings. It is the dirt that they have processed as fertilizer. You can also sell extras for composting or warms as bait.
  3. Raise fish, such as tilapia or catfish.
  4. Grow mushroom logs and sell homegrown mushrooms.
  5. Allow photographers to use parts of your property for photoshoots.
  6. Have a few different livestock options for people to rent the animals for photoshoots. (chicks and bunnies at Easter time and so on)
  7. Rent out farm space for weddings, receptions, etc
  8. Teach classes. (In-person or online)
  9. Take pre-orders for Holiday pies, cakes, and candies, people can pick them up at your home.
  10. Make and sell preserves.
  11. Beekeeping and sell the honey and beeswax.
  12. If you have a lot of trees, cut and sell firewood.
  13. Make and sell compost using your animal’s manure.
  14. Sell wool/fiber from animals such as sheep, alpacas, angora goats, angora rabbits…
  15. Cut down trees for people or offer to take away the wood for payment.
  16. House sit for someone. If you have experience with animals other then dogs this is gold.
  17. Animal training.

Affiliate Income For Your Hobby Farm

Don’t forget to share the products you love with your readers. That is one of the easiest ways to “sell” something and make a little extra cash. While it may not be as much as if you would have sold a product of your own, selling someone else’s product is far less stressful and easier to do early on while your audience is small.

There are many different programs out there. Rather then signing up for 30 different programs before you even get started, think about the top 5 things you will talk about the most and see if there are affiliate programs for those.

Related post: How To Make Money With Affiliate Products Without Feeling Salesy

Teach Others

Don’t be so quick to dismiss the online world because you make products or are in the country and want to teach about the animals you raise or skills you have. There is so much you can do to make money from home. You just have to get creative with it. Don’t be afraid to try things out and give it time to work. Start a blog and make money selling online. Start an email list and create a relationship with those people who will eventually buy your products.

Set up a class that people will pay for through thinkific. Just like you would teach someone how to do something you start at the very beginning and move forward.

  1. Teach people how to care for the animal you own. Even if you have 1 horse you can teach people how to ride.
  2. Have a dog you have trained? Teach people how to train their dogs.

Everyone has a skill they can teach others. You might have to think for a minute to figure it out. But I am sure you have something.

Build a business you enjoy. The money is nice but if you don’t like what you are doing then you will burn out and get sick of the work and people can tell when you don’t at least “like” what you are doing.

P.S. Did you skip all the way to the bottom? Go back up and read a couple of income ideas for your hobby farm😉 You’re missing all the good stuff.

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