As I’ve said many times, building preparedness skills are more important than any supply you can buy. With that being said, you just can’t escape the fact that prepping costs money. We can do DIY projects, and we can look for deals, but unless we get lucky, supplies cost money.
Because of this, Todd over at Prepper Website and The Prepper Website Podcast has put together an eBook and forums to help people earn an extra few bucks each month for prepping. His eBook is titled “Guide to a Micro Biz and Increasing Your Finances” and also a preparedness forum to go along with it.
Some people seem to have all the money in the world for prepping, but for most of us it’s more of a juggling act, and a couple hundred dollars a month could go a long way with prepping. These days it’s easier than ever to start a business from home, or just earn a little extra money for prepping.
SPP253 Extra Money for Prepping With Todd Sepulveda
This week in the show Todd and I talked about what his eBook is all about, why he created the forums, and also talked about some ways to make a little extra money to spend on prepping supplies. We talked about why this is important, as well as how to get it done.
An Unstable Economy
With all the greed and corruption in politics and big business, and the “if your not in debt, your not doing it right” mentality in America, and economic crisis looms large on most preppers radars. With the federal Reserve endlessly printing money, and with our government spending money like a rich housewife with too many credit cards, it seems inevitable that something is going to give.
Below are a few of the topics Todd and I covered while we we’re talking about why an economic collapse is such a big priority for preppers, and why it’s so much harder to get by these days.
- The political landscape keeps up an atmosphere of uncertainty
- Everything costs more
- Automation is killing jobs
- The stock market is unstable
Prepping Costs Money
There are also some ways that we can stretch our prepping dollars, and some ways to become better prepared that don’t cost a dime. While figuring out how to make some extra money is great, we can’t forget about the skills that go along with the supplies.
With that being said, you can’t escape the fact that prepping just costs money, but it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. The more research we do, and the more we learn about the “why” the less we waste on unneeded or expensive supplies.
- We need to focus on preparedness skills
- There are many free resources available online
- But to be prepared, you need food storage, water, and quality gear…that all takes money
Extra Money for Prepping
What would you do with an extra $50 or $100 a month? For some people an extra $100 is a drop in the bucket, but for most people it’s the money they need to become better prepared. The first thing we can do is pay more attention to where our money is going, and stick to a budget, but even that isn’t enough sometimes.
Creating a micro biz, selling your skills and knowledge, or even just selling some of your old junk online. It’s becoming harder and harder these days to just get the monthly bills paid, let alone put something aside to become better prepared.
How to Start a Micro Biz
It’s easier than you might think to start a small business. With the internet, forums, and websites like eBay, Amazon, Craigslist and Etsy you can reach a massive audience. Just 30 years ago, starting a small business (or micro biz) meant putting ads in newspapers, putting cardboard signs on street corners or depending completely on word of mouth.
Think about something you love to do, and find a way to monetize that. We all have something we good at, and you might be surprised at how many people are willing to pay you, rather than do it themselves. Finding something you enjoy doing is helpful because it won’t feel like a “job”, and you’re less likely to give up and quit.
Micro Biz Ideas
In the eBook that Todd put together he lists over 50 micro biz ideas. In the podcast we also went over some of these ideas in detail. Here are a list of a few of the ideas we covered, but eBook has many more that might help you decide what you want to do.
- Rent out an extra room
- Photography (graduations, weddings, etc)
- Sell services on Craigslist
- Sell arts and crafts
- Writing articles for websites
- Small engine repair
- Tech support (computer repair)
- Teaching classes
These are just a few ideas to start a micro biz, and if you have any ideas, leave a comment below. Or better yet, join the forums over at The Prepper Website Podcast and take that first step to creating your own small business, and earn a little extra cash for prepping.