Is Living “Off the Grid” a Fantasy?
What About Doing Business and Making Money?
Question: Marc, I know you’ve talked about living “off the grid” with great passion. But is this lifestyle a fantasy? What about doing business and making money”?
G.L. Calgary Alberta CA
The short answer is yes! Living “off the grid” is feasible. There are boatloads of options when it comes to business, working and making money.
I talk about living “off the grid” because of my interest but also because of the number comments and posts I receive.
Today I’ll give you my insight on the topic with some updates, and show you what it means for you.
First, I’ll give you my definition of living “off the grid”.
It’s harder to live this way than you might think.
I’ve lived “off the grid” five times in the past 30 years in New Mexico, Arizona, Minnesota, Maine, and Mexico.
I’ve also lived on a luxury house boat on the St Croix River is Wisconsin. This wasn’t actually “off the grid” but it was close. Everything on the boat was powered with a diesel generator. We grabbed TV signals out of the air and used a radio telephone.
For me, two of the greatest benefits were the satisfaction of being self-sufficient, and gaining an appreciation of real things like clean water, air, fresh food and friendships.
One of the best movies along these lines is “Into the Wild” by Sean Penn. Believe me when I tell you it’s a classic. My oldest son said it was his all-time favorite movie.
A Modern Day Cave Man
There’s a man in Idaho by the name of Richard Zimmerman. He’s known as the "Salmon River Caveman". Robert has lived an “off the grid” for years. He’s lived almost entirely off the land, with a home in a cave on the Salmon River in Idaho.
Richard’s caves were more than 60 feet deep!
Richard earned extra money by renting out adjacent caves for $2 a night. I’m dead serious! Most of his quests only spend a night or two; but others chose the $25 monthly rate and have stayed for months at a time. He has two tenants which have lived in the caves for more than two years.
I’ve lived and explored caves in New Mexico. Some of the caves 40 feet high and 100 feet wide! On one occasion in the middle of July the temperature in the cave was a pleasant 67 degrees.
Granted, living in a cave, in a tree house or on an iceberg may not be your idea of “the high life”.
But it can be an exciting adventure. It might give you a new perspective to life, business and making money.
I’ve enclosed some great resources for living “off the grid” in this week’s issue.
What Do You Need to Live “Off the Grid”?
1) Access to clean water
2) Access to a legitimate food source or be able to easily transport food to your location (hunting and fishing are not always
3) Shelter. Building a shelter while getting established is not realistic so I rented a hunting cabin
4) High-quality laminated topographic maps. Understand how to use a map and a compass before you go.
5) Firearms. Forget about bows and arrows, snags and traps. Bring a gun.
6) Most animals are not your friends. Living off the grid is not a cartoon. I was stalked for several days by a mountain lion until an old timer showed me a secret: always try to appear larger than you are if confronted by one! Animals do not want problems.
7) Let someone know your exact location. Today with Google Maps and Geo-tags it’s easy.
8) Make friends in the surrounding area. You’ll need them. I made friends with an old man, who was a 35-year Navy veteran (designed ships).
9) Invest in a state of the art first aid and survival kit (even if you’re Rambo) One of the best is QuakeKare.
10) CASH. Cash always works wonders when you’re in the middle of nowhere. Store cash in zip lock bags outside of your shelter, like under a large rock.
What About Making Money!?
You don’t need a boatload of cash to retire on a deserted island, live in a cave, or live in a remote paradise. The key to your income and lifestyle is expenses.
I know several millionaires who are broke…seriously.
I had lunch with R.M. (a “broke” millionaire) recently and he said, “I don’t feel rich. I feel like a slave. I have debt, bills and expenses. I wish I could sell everything and live “off the grid”.
But I’ve heard similar complaints from other “broke” millionaires too.
There’s great wisdom in reducing the amount of “stuff” we own, slashing expenses, being debt free and simplifying life.
Even if you live in a tree house, cave or under water fort most people involved in money making ventures will need access to a bank or PayPal, a postal address, the Internet or communications of some kind.
Often people living “off the grid” have access to these things at a secondary location (like the Salmon River Caveman who comes into town every couple weeks).
So, with access to these things here are a few viable money making ideas (online and off). And remember…..we’re entrepreneurs! Opportunities present themselves all day long….you need to notice them and act.
Internet sales (you can sell almost anything online these days)
Information products (mostly digital, but print book kiosks work too)
IT consulting (you can manage almost anything over the Internet these days)
Security consultant (my friend in South Africa manages networks from his luxury tent)
Advertising sales (seriously)
Repair things (guns, computers, laptops, cell phones, cars, etc.)
Arts and craft sales (roadside stands or kiosks)
Farm stand (roadside or wherever)
Direct marketing (almost everything can be outsourced and automated these days)
Guided tours (surrounding where you live)
Forex and other forms of trading
It’s NOT for Everyone!
I know living “off the grid” won’t be a great fit for everyone.
Sometimes just living “off the grid” on a part time or seasonal basis is all you need. It can rejuvenate your life!
It can also be as simple as walking into the wilderness with a backpack, shotgun and food for the weekend.
If you like it you could try it for a week or a month at a time.
Living in a tree house in a tropical forest can be a lot of fun too.
Kids are NOT always the problem
Granted, raising a family and having kids is a full time commitment. But they shouldn’t run the show. Our kids should follow us.
We homeschooled our kids and one of the reasons we did is the freedom it affords.
We’ve been able to travel, work from different locations, go on adventures, explore and even learn things you won’t learn in a government supported school.
A good friend of mine H.R. and his wife packed up the kids and moved to a remote island in the Bahamas. They lived in a modern, self-contained (hurricane proof) modular (concrete) home for 16 months.
So…it can be done and kids are NOT always the problem or obstacle.
Another “off the grid” option is sailing.
I know three entrepreneurs who use sailing as a motivation to build successful businesses and money making empires.
Sailing may be the ultimate “off the grid” lifestyle.
Living “Off the Grid” Part Time
I enjoy Internet access, cell phones, access to social events and spending time with family. So hiding in a cave or living in a tropical jungle in loin cloth shorts is not always the best fit for my lifestyle. But I enjoy adventures, exploring and living this way from time to time.
I guess you could call this partial “off the grid”.
I also like to monitor my businesses and money making ventures.
Living partially “off the grid” is feasible and you can make it a reality.
There are several ways to approach this lifestyle.
You could build a self-sustained camp or cottage “off the grid” in hundreds of locations.
My preferences are places with reasonable climate.
But some locations are great for “seasonal off grid living” such as Maine (especially northern and the islands), Montana, New Mexico, Central Mexico and some parts of South America.
I also like the Pacific Islands but these can be tricky (finding remote locations or islands with access to food and water).
It’s fun to think about living “off the grid”.
In today’s world it might become a necessity.
Maybe we can launch a League of Power “Off the Grid” newsletter or bulletin!
I hope that helps.
Please write to me with your thoughts and ideas for “living off the grid”.
(Ed Note: Marc Charles is referred to as "The King of Business Opportunities" ....and for good reason. He should be known as "The King of Legitimate Business Opportunities"...because he's launched, bought, sold reviewed and advised on hundreds of businesses and money making opportunities)
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You don’t have to sell everything, or your wife and kids, to make it happen!
You can do it part time or on seasonal basis.
Or you can plan to live “off the grid” on a longer term basis.
The choice is yours.
Today review this issue and check out the valuable resources. Then….make a decision and take a short trip.
*** Valuable Resources ***