In the months after Atlanta fell, Scarlett O’Hara beat the odds when she got Tara up and running again. But all that cotton planted meant nothing when the tax man came around demanding greenbacks to pay the taxes. As someone who lived on virtually nothing for an extended period of time, I can tell you that barter certainly does work well in an off-grid system and that you must be practical in your choice of skills and services. That all being said, when people don’t have the right currency, but money must be used to pay certain bills, every off grid money making scenario falls short of what it will take to survive after both major and minor social collapses. This article provides information on skills and merchandise that will enable you to make money in the post-crisis world as well as what to accept so that you can get your hands on any currency of interest.
As taxes get higher and the economy continues to collapse, there are already a number of items you can manufacture off the grid that will enable you to make a decent living and prepare for a major crisis. While many of these goods require a homestead or extensive land resources, others can be made in the home or even in an apartment.
Most people think that they can make money on food production. Depending on where you live, this may or may not be the best answer. Typically, if you already live in an area with self-sustaining homesteads, the people in your area will already have this necessity covered. As a business person, you, and they will be competing for customers in cities or towns where the ability to grow food is severely curtailed. In fact, you may already be making money selling to these people if you have an established organic farm or one that people prefer over going to the supermarket.
If you or others around you are able to produce food, bear in mind that major disasters and social unrest bring riots and government attempts to control people. Your goods may be seized or stolen at the source, or as you go into towns and cities in an effort to sell your wares. Nevertheless, right now you can make off grid money on the following goods and think about how you will continue to do so in a major collapse scenario. Use the links in each section for more details on how to get started:
Access to water and water purification is another area where you may find local people that will buy from you, or, you may have to look elsewhere for customers. If you happen to have access to a pond, stream, or other sources of potable water, I still recommend building water purifiers and water production equipment. Try to focus on production equipment that it is easy to set up and carry. If you have to sell to people in a city or other complex area, then you can do so with less trouble than it would take to sell food. For this and the following sections, there are many designs and ideas, so links are not provided. Go with what appeals to you and see how you can best adapt it to meet the needs of people in your local area or other places where you can market without using the internet.
It is to your advantage to focus on developing devices that harness solar, wind, water, and magnetic fields to produce and store power. Methane generators and biodiesel fuel production will also be two areas where you can expect to make money. Remember that even if people think they can survive without electricity or petroleum products right now, a major social collapse will reveal the truth. At that time, your products may be in high demand. Just make sure you can fully protect your production supplies, equipment, and other assets from theft and seizure. As with food production, I recommend underground bunkers and above ground defense systems.
In the arena of skills, you are basically trading information and the ability to repair or fix something. Just about every product listed above may need repairs or some kind of special preparation that people will pay you to take care of. Here are some other skills that may be of use now and in the future. As you look through this basic list, remember that many of these skills require advanced education and government licensing if you plan to make money. In the post-crisis world, licensing may not matter, however, you will still need advanced education, practice, and skills to get the job done and earn a good reputation.
As you can see, there are thousands of ways to make money off the grid without ever going near a computer or selling to people beyond your local area. That all may sound very good, and even simple, except for one little problem that is never discussed in this context. Remember what I wrote about Scarlett O’Hara? I don’t know about you, but I remember my grandparents talking about the Great Depression and the way money became worthless. Even though I did not see WWI and WWII, I do know that currency collapses have been going on all over the world. Right now, the US Dollar is not backed by a precious metal such as gold. It is being artificially propped up by the following factors that could be taken away by foreign interests at any moment. When these events occur, the dollars in your wallet will be virtually useless. Nevertheless, for a time you will still have to convert to them in order to pay for government demands such as taxes, fines, fees, and anything else where people and businesses demand “legal tender”.
According to Dave Hodges, many people are making mistakes as they prepare for a social collapse:
“To continue to invest in American real estate, the Stock Market and retirement accounts is like buying hair restoring tonic from a bald barber.”
If you are going to conduct an off-grid business, I recommend the following:
Do you have ideas about making money off grid or how to keep your assets liquid in a major crisis? Please feel free to comment in the section below this article. This is a topic very near and dear to me, and I’d love to hear from readers with experience in this area.