Living sustainably could be a way to generate income!
For Ripples to be successful, Ryan & I know we need to earn income from home as much as possible, to minimize our commute and the need to own a car, and maximize our free time to devote to Ripples’ work, such as workshops, non-profit support, tours, etc. Part of being a green entrepreneur, for us, was reducing our expenses in every possible way. Living in our earthbag home should reduce our expenses even more, allowing us to live on $10 – $20,000 a year very comfortably.
There may be something you are already doing which could generate income for you, too. I am a writer, and Ryan is a technology consultant for non-profits, thus allowing both of us to work from home as part of our income. We also do other jobs to make up the majority of our income, but the income we earn from home is not at all trivial. We can also grow this income over the next few years as our skills improve. What aspect of living sustainably could turn into a job for you? Bicycling? Crafting? Lawn care and gardening?
My friend Ashley, who visited Fayetteville with the Summer of Solutions program in 2010, has begun her own pedicab business! Read all about it in this week’s Free Weekly, and help support Ashley by watching her video and visiting the website for Sol Chariots. You can show support with a click, too, and like them on Facebook!