We survivalist / preppers spend a lot of time worrying about a national or worldwide collapse scenario, giving little thought to collapse on an individual level. The fact is many things can happen to YOU personally, sending your life into turmoil creating a personal collapse.
You can be laid off from your job or fired. Your employer could move or company close. You could become sick or injured, no longer able to work at your present capacity or industry.
You should consider starting a home business. With a home business you have a hedge against unemployment and become an asset to your neighbours.
No doubt many of you have thought of starting your own business but lack the willpower to actually get it going.
Every home business started with an idea followed by action. You have to put your ideas to work, if not you’re guaranteed to fail.
Starting a home business or cottage industry, need not be expensive or time-consuming. Many can be started part-time with little resources or cash outlay. A good book that has been a great resource for me is Small Time Operator by Bernard B. Kamoroff.
Some Ideas to consider:
- Mail order or Internet Sales
- Craft Sales (can be combined with above)
- Freelance Writing
- Auto Repair
- Computer Repair
- Knife Making
- Greenhouse / Produce Sales
- Firewood Sales
- Odd Jobs / Handyman
I’m sure you have many other home business ideas and I can’t wait to read about them in the comments below. Just remember ideas should have low start-up costs that the operator can run from home.
Now the bad news. Even a home business can falter. According to a recent – 50% of all home businesses fail within the first year. This may sound discouraging but one thing is guaranteed – if you never start you will never be included in the 50% that make it.
Steps To Success
- Consider your Skills
- Make a plan
- Avoid entering a saturated market
- Don’t go into debt
- Set a work schedule and stick to it
- Consider customer needs
- Look for a “recession proof” business
- Prepare to work long hours for little pay
- Don’t quit your current job (if you have one) until you’re established
Having a home business is just another step toward survival and self-reliance. Think about it; how can you be self-sufficient if you depend on others for your livelihood?
Do you run a home business? What is it? What advice would you give others starting out?