Ready to Get Started Homesteading?
Homesteading is a positive lifestyle choice with lots of benefits. However, if you decide to embark on this journey towards self-sufficiency, there are a number of things you need to consider before getting started. In this article, I’m going to ask you some of the key questions you need to consider before you begin homesteading.
1) What Are Your Ultimate Homesteading Goals?
Homesteading is not a rigid term or way of life and means different things to different people. Homesteading can be a way to support nature and the environment, a path to a more simplistic lifestyle, a way to save money, an escape from urban life or much more. So before you get started on your homesteading journey, clearly define exactly what you want to get out of homesteading and determine which homesteading principles are most important to you.
2) Do You Want To Transition To Homesteading Gradually Or Rapidly?
Once you’ve decided on your main homesteading goals, the next thing you need to ask yourself is how fast you want to move towards them. For some people, a steady and gradual approach works best whereas others find it easier to transition rapidly using an “all or nothing” approach. So before you take any action, decide which of these approaches will work best for you and then plan your homesteading journey accordingly.
3) Are You Fully Aware Of The Work Involved?
One key mistake many budding homesteaders make before they get started is underestimating the amount of work involved. So if you’re planning to implement a lot of homesteading principles into your lifestyle, make sure you’re fully aware of how much work it will take to achieve your goals. By doing this, you’ll create a realistic picture of the work involved and be much less likely to get discouraged along the way.
4) Do You Have Adequate Funds?
Another thing many people fail to consider when working towards a lifestyle of self-sufficiency is the cost. While homesteading can help you live a much more frugal lifestyle, in the long run, it very often requires some significant initial investment. For example, if you’re planning to raise animals, this can slash your long term food costs but you will need to pay for a lot of equipment and supplies in the beginning. Therefore, make sure you’re fully aware of how much it will cost to achieve your homesteading goals and ensure that you have adequate funds in place before you start taking action.
5) What Modern Conveniences Do You Need?
One final thing you need to think about when you start on your homesteading journey is modern conveniences. Most homesteaders aim to live off the grid where possible and avoid modern conveniences. However, this may not be the kind of lifestyle you want to lead or you may need access to certain modern conveniences. For example, if you have a medical condition, you may require easy access to certain modern medical services. Alternatively, if you run an Internet business, you’ll need a fast, reliable Internet connection. So make sure you consider which modern conveniences you’ll still need after you’ve transitioned to your homesteading lifestyle and ensure that your plan includes provisions to get them.
While homesteading is very appealing, it’s also a big lifestyle change that you need to consider carefully and fully. I hope this article has helped you ask yourself the necessary questions and helped you create a realistic homesteading plan.