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The Day the Internet Died – 5 Lessons from a Rural Web Business Owner from a Month without Internet

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My satellite internet died one morning at the beginning of December. An hour on the phone with tech support and it turned out the issue was probably one of having to recalibrate the dish (i.e., seems it had shifted and was off the signal beam).  Which meant waiting for their local installer to come out […]

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Making a Living in the Country – 5 Tips for Success

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“Did you start your business before you moved to the country?” “How did you figure out what business to start?” “We really want to start over on a rural property – do you have any advice?” Every week, I’m getting more and more messages like this in my inbox and on my Facebook page. On […]

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Challenges & Benefits of Country Living – Part 1: The Cons/Challenges

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If you can count on me for anything, it’s to give you the straight goods on country living.   No fluff. You’re not going to find me waxing poetic about how la-de-da wonderful everything is every moment of every day – especially when it comes to the real benefits and challenges of living in the country. […]

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Modern Homesteading – Reality Check

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Time for me to come clean. I love the rural life, really I do, but there are some days when the comfort of a city condo would be a welcome distraction.  And honestly?  A relief. Like the days when it’s sub-zero and I forgot to pick up winter work gloves to do the outside chores […]

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Building a Business On the Homestead – What We’re Reading….

We do a LOT of reading and research around here – homesteading blogs, chicken raising books, animal identification manuals, and business training. This week, we received our copy of Read Their Mind: How to Hear What the Marketplace Wants and Build a Huge Business by Sandi Krakowski, and because my son LOVES listening to my […]

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Our Little Log Cabin has been Featured at Motherearthnews.com!

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Just a quick note – our little antique hand-hewn log cabin has been featured on the main Mother Earth News site – in two places!!  Here are the links: Mom and Son in a 650 Square Foot Cabin – It Exudes Cozy and a Whole Lotta Love 5 Solutions to Living Without Closets – from […]

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How to Prepare Your Home-based Business for a Natural Disaster

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With all the news coverage about natural disasters recently, I got to thinking – what would happen to my home-based business if my home was destroyed in a fire or my family had to be evacuated for some reason?  Is my business prepared?  Truth is, right now there are some gaps that would definitely affect […]

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Prepping for Minor Emergencies

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With all the talk these days about prepping for major events like earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, tornadoes and all the other wildness Mother Nature is throwing at us, there’s something getting lost – and that’s emergency planning for less dramatic occasions. Bottom line – if you’re prepping for major emergencies, you’ve probably got the minor ones […]

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Serving Online Clients in a Snowstorm – How to Survive Satellite Internet

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Running a web-based business that serves other web-based businesses from a rural home can be a fairly challenging experience.  But if making a living on your homestead is your dream, you have to find a way to make it work. Our Internet Service Story We live in a ‘hollow’, surrounded on four sides by mountains, […]

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Modern Homesteading – Lessons Learned So Far (Part 2)

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Living in the country comes with rich lessons. Every day some situation comes up that tests your endurance, your skills, or your sanity. In almost two years on our rural 6 acres, we’ve had occasion to learn a lot of things.  Some are funny (‘gifts’ hidden in miscellaneous drawers by our tiny four-legged friends), some sad […]

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