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Successful Homesteading, Issue # 58, Disaster Proof Jobs That Thrive in Any Economy
October 17, 2016

Issue #58, October 17, 2016

Disaster Proof Jobs That Thrive in Any Economy

Disaster proof jobs allow you to thrive in any economy. They require skills essential to daily living and which aren’t typically taught in most colleges.

Are you surprised? I'm always mystified at the lack of respect toward blue collar professions. It is the welders, the mechanics, the carpenters and plumbers who have more job security and who are flat-out needed no matter how bad times become.

For years my brother worked repairing printing presses for a large newspaper. He'd tell us about the guys in upper management who got laid off. They'd be sitting on the curb outside the building, a box of their belongings in their arms, waiting for a ride because they lost the company car. But lay off my brother? No way. They needed his skills too badly.

Start a home business focusing on the blue collar skills, and you’ll fare even better; the real money is in blue collar professions because they're so valuable. My grandfather, a plumber, never lacked for work even during the Great Depression. When disaster strikes, you don't need that portfolio manager, but you do need the guy who can fix your broken pipes.

I'm a homeschool mom, and I meet a lot of parents who focus on getting their kids into college. Not me. Granted, you do need a degree if your heart is set on becoming a doctor, a lawyer or an architect, but otherwise, a college degree just doesn’t have the value it once did, especially now since tuition costs have skyrocketed. A lot of young men and women are graduating with loads of debt and no jobs in sight. I'd rather my children learn a trade or two and develop their own businesses.

Developing a home business that provides a valuable commodity or service will help you ride through any economy. I discuss this in my new book, Say No to the Rat Race: How Homesteading Can Set You Free, and the following is an excerpt from that book:

Company loyalty doesn't mean much in today's ruthless economy. You hear all the time of people working for a company twenty five years or longer and then being replaced by others with less skill who are willing to work for cheap.

And even if they don't get laid off, people working for others often spend decades slaving away for a company, lining someone else's pocket with their hard work. And at the end of it all, the reward for their devotion is a small pension. Is that really what you want?

You are much better off starting your own business now and gradually building it up so that in a few years you can quit the day job. Of course, by learning to live on less and getting out of debt, you won't need to earn nearly as much to achieve financial independence. But it won't happen unless you start.

What Can You Do?

Think about building a home business that will weather any economy, that provides goods or services people always need, whether it's fixing a broken door, providing good quality food or healing others.

Looking at the most basic human necessities, such as food, clothing, shelter and medicine are a good start. Your home business can and should be as unique as you are, but also functional. Offer people something they need, and you're a step ahead of the paper pushers who live in those large houses.

Say No to the Rat Race: How Homesteading Can Set You Free will be coming in October, 2016.

Are You Ready to Flee the Rat Race?

I am so excited to announce that my new book, Say No to the Rat Race: How Homesteading Can Set You Free will be coming out in October, 2016. This book will provide you with crucial information you need to get out of debt, save money and acquire your own hand and home mortgage free. My new book will cover the following information:

  • Getting Rid of Debt - helpful steps to become debt free
  • The Simplistic Mindset and how to achieve it
  • Learn to feed your body to right way to protect your health and gain energy
  • Saying no to the grocery store
  • Tips on natural healing
Not only that, but I'm also including:

  • A Budget Battle Plan
  • At-home income ideas to live off your land
Look for my new book to come out in October, and until then, may all your homesteading efforts be joyful!

Sue Merriam

What's New?

Do you long to have chickens, but they're not allowed in your town? Learn how to change your town ordinance here.

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Do you have a few extra acres? You could consider raising cows for your own healthy meat and an income.

Read about one woman's homesteading journey here.

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