A real concern for many would be homesteaders is how to make money. In past posts we've looked at ways to live cheap, now what about making cash to cover the stuff we can't live without. As most of know, I pay most of my bills by milking a small herd of jersey cows. This isn't for everyone, you really have to love it. No matter what you do, you need to love your work. Find something you love to do, and you can find a way to make it work. If you grow your own food, make your own power, cut your own wood and then work a 9-5 job punching a time clock....You still won't be happy. Having a seflsuffiecent homestead requires self employment, at least it does for me. I thought I might offer some ideas on homestead money makers. None of these supports a family on there own, but you can use them to help cover bills never the less.
Trapping-you can sell your furs to country buyers or auctions. Nuisance trapping is a great money maker. Suburbanites will pay top dollar to have coons and squirrels removed from the attic.
Mushrooms-the woods is full of them and people, usually those from "the olda country" will always pay cash.
Extra eggs, milk, berries and other things you have a surplus of.
Pastured chickens sold for meat-don't need a lot of acres and health food folks can't get enouph.
Reselling junk-We do real well buying stuff at yard sales and reselling it on ebay. Sell stuff your farmiliar with. We like to buy stuff for 25 cents and resell it for 5 bucks.
Well, I got to scoot. Any other ideas are welcome in the comments, I'll put some more of my own there when I get time.