1. Speak or Teach About Farming:
Agricultural education is important. It is easy to obtain the wrong information about agricultural production from mass media. However, one of the benefits of small scale farming is the opportunity to get first hand knowledge of how certain things work. This knowledge can in turn be passed on to those who don’t have the opportunity to do so.
Small scale farmers can teach in schools, communities, or speak at events for a fee. They can also offer workshops and seminars, especially if they are experts in a particular field.
For instance, if you’re a bee farmer, you can organize a session where people pay to see how you extract honey from bees. This way, you are receiving compensation for passing on a valuable skill.
One of the ways you can stand out in this field is by studying different resources to improve your sessions.
This is especially true if you are not an experienced speaker. There are many books, sites, and videos you can watch that will help you get better at your craft.
2. Take Images for Stock Photo Sites:
There are various platforms where you can sell your photos or you upload for free to be paid a percentage when someone downloads it.
If you love taking pictures, build on that skill and learn to take professional pictures that you can license to stock photo sites such as shutterstock.
3. Start a Blog:
As at December 2018, there were 4.1 billion internet users in the world. In this digital age where many people turn to the internet for information, a small scale farmer can use this to his or her advantage.
It is easy to set up a blog on platforms such as wordpress or blogger, and personalize it to suit your preference. Your blog can focus on a broad niche such as livestock farming or on a specific one such as poultry farming.
There are many platforms to guide you on how to grow your blog, make it SEO friendly, and start making money from it.
You can also guest post for other blogs, sharing your knowledge and building a community that will buy your products or services later.
If you have no blogging experience, you can still create a profitable farming blog.
4. Rent out Equipment:
Although small scale agricultural production doesn’t require a lot of machinery, there are still some tools such as fertilizer applicator, trucks, irrigation system, harvesters, harrows, and many others which can make farm activities easier.
If you own any modern farming equipment, you can rent it out for a fee instead of letting it sit around and gather dust when you’re not using it.
You can take a step further and handle the tools yourself, charging for workmanship as well as rent fee.
5. Start a Vlog:
Youtube has made it easier to vlog. With the potential to reach a wide audience, you can profit off vlogging. There are a lot of smartphones with good cameras at affordable prices, you don’t need an expensive camera to get started.
Vlogging, just like blogging, is all about growing an audience base and then, you can start profiting from it. If you grow a large fan base that love your content, that qualifies you to be an influencer that brands contact for advertisements.
However, there are certain rules to keep in mind when vlogging. If you’re a beginner, you need to understand how to go about it in such a way that your viewers will be willing to come back for more.
You also need to familiarize yourself with the resources which will teach you exactly how you can make money from vlogging.
One of the most popular videos on Youtube are “How – to” videos. You can take advantage of this by creating your own “how – to” videos. “How to grow Ginger in your house” or “How to get rid of farm pests” are some ideas you can explore depending on your niche.
Which of these side businesses are you going to try out? Let us know in the comment section below 🙂