Ready to start growing your homesteading business? What about learning how working with nature gives you more freedom as a homesteader? This month’s Wild Homesteading and Business Advice Newsletter by Daron with @wildhomesteading is all about 4 business podcasts/sites that can help you manage/grow an online business and how working with nature can provide you more freedom as a homesteader.
Ready? Let’s dive in!
4 Business Podcasts that You Should Check Out
Learning from these podcasts has let my business grow steadily since launching back in November. This chart shows how my email list has grown since launching. This gives my business a great foundation to build on.
Before I started Wild Homesteading I spent a lot of time researching what it meant to run an online business in an ethical way that focused on content marketing and creating value for your customer.
I will talk more about content marketing in a future newsletter, but basically content marketing focuses around letting your content do the marketing for you. I like this approach to marketing and I think it is much more ethical than a lot of marketing approaches since it only works if you create content that is of a high value to your audience.
But when I started this was all new to me and there is so much to learn about running an online business. Here are the 4 business podcasts/sites that helped me get started and that I still listen to.
- Amy’s podcast provides a lot of great advice especially around email lists and online courses.
- Pat’s podcast is broader in topics than Amy’s but in many ways very similar. Lots of great interviews and advice episodes focused on helping entrepreneurs.
- If you are wanting to start a blog or already have a blog but struggling to get traffic and to make an income from your blog then Darren’s podcast and site are a great place to start. The podcast has not been updated for a few months but the archives are filled with great episodes and the blog is still being updated regularly.
- This one is a bit different from the others since Joanna is focused on helping independent authors. So, if you are an author or an inspiring author this is a fantastic podcast for you. But Joanna tends to focus on the business side of being a successful author and I have learned a lot from her podcast despite only being an inspiring author at this time.
There are more great podcasts out there but these 4 are a great place to start. My business has been steadily growing since starting last November and these are the main sites I have used to learn what I know.
Do you have a business podcast you like to listen to? Please share in the comments!
Gain Freedom as a Homesteader by Working with Nature
This is the front of my homestead that visitors see when parking. Despite this just being the start of my 3rd year on this site by working with nature I have already seen dramatic improvements. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
If you follow my own site, you know that I stress the importance of working with nature on your homestead or in your garden. I’m driven by a deep desire to protect the natural world but working with nature also provides you more freedom and independence.
What sort of freedom?
A big one is the freedom from dependence on chemical inputs such as fertilizer and herbicides/pesticides. While these are bad for the environment and your health they also result in less freedom for you as a homesteader.
Each year you use them your soil becomes more degraded making you more dependent on these chemical inputs. This means each year you have to spend more money just to run in place.
Or perhaps you buy animal feed. Now imagine you are able to work with nature to grow more food for your animals on your homestead.
I could go on and on, but the main point is that each of these inputs make you dependent on products that are often made by a big corporation or business. If they raise their prices you are stuck paying it.
But nature does not raise its prices—in fact overtime the “cost” of working with nature can actually go down as your soil and the rest of your homestead become healthier, more productive, and more in balance each year.
Working with nature is about investing in your land and your homestead for the long haul.
So here is my task for you. Think about your homestead and any offsite inputs you currently use to keep it going. Now pick one to start working towards eliminating or reducing by working with nature.
Say you want to reduce the chicken feed you buy. Try gathering some edible weeds like dandelions and toss them to the chickens. That one small step can result in more freedom for you as a homesteader by reducing the amount of feed you need to buy.
For my homestead my chief offsite input is mulching material. While I can’t eliminate that input at this time when I plant new growing areas I’m always making sure to add plants that I can chop-and-drop or that work as a living mulch so I can grow my mulch onsite instead of bringing it in from offsite.
While I can get mulch for free this still takes time and energy. The more I can reduce this the more freedom I will have. Especially in terms of time.
Finally, while your trying new ways to work with nature on your homestead make sure to take part in my weekly contest where I ask people to share what they are doing to work with nature. Check out my first announcement post for more information and watch for the upcoming contest announcement next Tuesday. The contest runs weekly every Tuesday through Thursday.
Until Next Month
I hope you have enjoyed the first monthly Wild Homesteading and Business Advice Newsletter! Do you have something you would like me to talk about next month? Leave a comment with your topic request–just keep it related to wild homesteading or business.
Until next month keep homesteading and good luck with your business!
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