I am a natural light children and family photographer. I haven't been working much in the last couple of months since my camera was stolen, and I took a temporary position at our city hall (a job I worked for years). We are really aiming to move to our country home next year, at which point I will no longer work for the city and will resume photography. I will still only work a few days a week out of the home, consolidating my sessions to a few set days a week in order to save on gas. Then the rest of my work is from a home office.
The bulk of our income comes from my husbands disability from the VA. He found a large tumor in his leg when he was active duty in the marine corp, and after multiple procedures, he was honorably discharged with full medical retirement. He is also in school to be a computer programmer. He hopes to find a job working from home after graduating, but I don't know much about the field and how realistic that is.
We have an unusually favorable situation to be able to buy a small farm and persue that life, as a large amount of our income will still come in even if we stay home all the time. However, considering the fact that the United States Goverment supplies said income, we will never be truly "off the grid".
*ETA: I also have some other plans for supplimental income that are based around farming and homesteading. First off, DH is very handy with woodworking. I've been making idea lists and we've been drawing up plans for simple things he can build, such as stilts for kids (and grown ups too!) and home decor out of salvaged wood and window panes, photo frams and message boards, that sort of thing. I would also like to get into soapmaking, using goats milk once we have own goats. I also am learning to sew, crochet and knit. We have a really neat farmers market where we live 2 times a week, and once we get settled into our farm, I want to start a weekly booth selling these things. Or maybe just do some local craft fairs...I'm not sure yet, but there is definitely money to be made if you can make things.
Also, I have several friends/family members that would be more than willing to pay for farm fresh eggs, produce, raw goats milk, and such, but they would never drive out to my place to get them. I was thinking of coming up with a program where I'll provide a few people with these things for a set price of 20 dollars a week (or whatever, I haven't exactly thought it out entirely) and I'll deliver it every week. We will still be driving to town once a week for family dinner (Sunday evening at MILs), so I could just come an hour early and deliver the baskets of stuff. Also, once we get into meat birds and pigs, I could include meat. I also brew kombucha and make kefir, and like I said I want to make soap. So potentially, just with friends and family that want to enjoy these things without doing the work, I could make a good bit of extra money a week by making it convenient for them. This might not provide enough to pay the bills, but it could offset the cost of keeping the animals.
Edited by CrunchyJess - 8/30/11 at 12:48pm