It probably seems pretty off topic from homesteading, but on the other hand, he would love to be able to work from home rather than off the homestead. Most homesteaders can relate, because that seems to be part of the self-sufficiency formula. I'm guessing it's one of the biggest frustrations for a lot of folks, i.e. having to have a job to support oneself and buy the things it takes to become self-sufficient. Ironic, isn't it, that self-sufficiency can only be obtained with a lot of money?
Dan and I talk about that a lot, actually. I've concluded that the biggest problem is that we (speaking of homesteaders in a generic sense here), are trying to support the lifestyle from which we came. It seems to me that most folks assume that the way things are, is the way things are supposed to be. I've talked about this in other posts:
- Technology as Taskmaster
- Living Without Air Conditioning
- Defining Sustainability
- Agrarianism: Forward or Backward Thinking?
- Reflections on the Slow Life
- Taking Stock
- Contemplations on Value & Money
- Mindset: Key to Successful Homesteading?
Obviously it is something we are still trying to figure out!
I just finished reading Masanobu Fukuoka's book, The One-Straw Revolution. It is interesting to me that someone from the another culture on the other side of the world can make the same observations we have and come up with similar conclusions. Namely, that science and industry are destroying agriculture and, thereby, destroying the environment (and the earth). The consequence is that we humans are no longer content with simply growing food as a lifestyle, because now life is only about making money. This is the very dilemma we find ourselves in as homesteaders. If that sounds harsh, well, I suggest you read the book for yourself.
Or at least please visit Dan's Etsy shop and give him a favorite, a follow, a like, or whatever in the world it is that they do on Etsy. It may not help us make a living from home, but it will encourage him tremendously.