Making money ideas comes from my own experiences as a person that moved to a rural area of Kentucky from the suburbs of New York. These ideas will work in other sparsely populated areas of America as well. since I live in Kentucky I will show some examples from this area.
The economy is tough so jobs are scarce for those in the city but even tougher in the rural areas of the state. Country people have ways to make money that metropolitan areas don’t.
I am frequently asked, “how do people make money outside of a city?” Farming is the first thing that comes to mind, but there are other options.
Manufacturing positions are usually available on a seasonal basis, with long 12 hour shifts on your feet. The summer work season is short with minimum pay with no benefits may help some, but it usually isn’t enough. Waiting tables, short order cooking, marina help,cleaning houses, farm crop planting and harvesting are not high paying jobs. People have to be resourceful and country people are the most resourceful around.
Since I moved here over 8 years ago I’ve discovered how resourceful and hardy the people are here. It’s also helped me to become more resourceful. Money is not a luxury and the weather plays a large part in a farmers life. Here are some ways to make ends meet in rural Kentucky
Raising animals provides a steady income
1.Raising animals on a farm or small plot of land is not new in rural areas. This is probably the number one way to earn a living.They can have many uses and provide different streams of income.
I’ve seen an increase in the number of farmers now raising cattle on their land. The animals such as sheep, chickens, goats, llama, alpaca, rabbits, beef cattle all serve more than one purpose. Their fleece or hair is sheared for yarn. The wool is washed, dyed, spun into yarn and then sold at fairs, on line stores or at the flea market. Many enterprising people make sweaters, caps, mittens and scarves to sell on line.
Baby chicks are raised for eggs and meat. They are fast becoming one of the easiest ways to make some money for their owners. Chickens can thrive in a small space and their eggs are nutritious. Selling off the extra ones when they are older is a good source on income.
Goats are becoming the second most popular livestock behind cattle in Kentucky. They are easy to raise, are good sources of milk and meat and are bought by people all over the world.
The beef cattle are brought to market and slaughtered for the meat and the hide is sold for leather. When the fleece or hair is no longer good, then they are butchered for their meat. Every part is used; even the hooves. The hooves and bones make good ‘Ole Jell-O, a gelatin dessert everyone loves.
You may have heard people joke about pigs feet. Well there are people that think this is a delicacy. Not me.
Gardening and farming
2. Another idea to make some extra money is to grow vegetable gardens and sell them at the local farmers market. My mother told me that all her neighbors had “Victory gardens” during World War 2 , and now there is a return to the basic gardens. This is a Godsend for those with a market in town. It can make or break a family’s chances to survive a long, cold winter.
Canning vegetables and fruits is becoming popular again. These, too can be sold for some extra cash.
Flowers are also a good money maker. There are far more farmers growing plants for sale now in this economy.
Fruit trees farms are a good tourist attraction. They like to get out in the country and fresh air to pick their own fruit.