Here’s a basic tutorial of how to go off grid and I don’t mean like moving into a commune, where you just kind of move in instead of, you know, I mean like carving a new life out of raw jungle or like raw wilderness or whatever.
Step 1 figure out what you want. You know – go on camping trips, visit different areas, different environments, stuff like that. Think in your head ‘why’, ‘what’, ‘how’ would I want to live? You could do anything.
What does it take to live off grid?
You know, figure out what you what you really, really want and for some people this will be obvious very quickly. For other people, they’ll have to travel around, do all bunch of stuff to figure it out eventually. Figure out what you really want to do, the kind of environment you want and all that stuff.
Don’t make any presumptions. Go test it out. If you want to live in the forest, go live in the forest in a tent for like a month. Don’t go in an RV where you’re insulated from the environment. Just go in a tent and rely on yourself.
Step 2. Once you’ve figured out what you want, find your own piece of that somewhere. So if you want to live in the forest, find some piece of forest land you can buy, or maybe you want to live on someone else’s land. But keep in mind that if you’re on someone else’s property you are under their rules.
If they sell it, they’re selling your place. If you want to have the freedom to do what you want, you need to have your own rights to the area where you are, so buy some land or whatever. Figure out what you have to do to get that, but do not get it with a loan.
How much money do you need to live off the grid?
If you do get a loan don’t expect to go there and do anything until your loan is paid off because you’re going to have enough to worry about that when you’re there.
You don’t want to have the bank coming and stabbing you in the back when you’re trying to lift up heavy rocks and stuff because they’re heavy enough on their own.
Step 3. This is the one that people tend to skip over the most or try to skip over and then they get this slap of reality and realize you can’t skip it. Step three is making it so you can be there, so you can be on your land in your potential future paradise and you don’t have to leave.
That means you don’t have debts that are going to come after you. That means you have enough savings that you’re not gonna run out of money and you won’t be able to get food.
Presumably people doing this kind of lifestyle, once you get everything set up you don’t need much money, but you need enough money to get to that point.
Once you’re there, you need to set up whatever you need to stay there. The first thing that a human being needs to be in a place is air. That’s like your first and possibly your only freebie.
You’re going to get the air because it’s pretty much everywhere, unless you really want to live under water or something. I’m not going to get into it.
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What do I need to live off grid?
Next, you need water. Now this is one people skip all the time. You need some kind of water.
- Are you buying water?
- Are you like getting it from some natural resource?
I like to get it from a natural resource. I’m collecting rainwater and you know once I got that set up it was just a huge weight off my back, because I didn’t have to worry about what I and my kids are going to drink.
Figure out whatever you’re gonna do for water. Figure that out and make that happen.
Shelter – you know a lot of times people think they’re going to build their mega palace.
First thing – just build something that gives you a place to sleep so you can stay there. Take a tent or build some shanty or whatever. It doesn’t have to be pretty, doesn’t have to be anything that’s permanent or spectacular, or whatever.
It just has to be something that makes it so you can be there. Pretend you’re on another planet and you just need to make a habitat that will support your life, because it’s not going to be permanent. You’re gonna do something in the future.
You just need something so you can actually be there to make your amazing thing. I almost forgot part of step three – when you go to a new place that’s the wilderness, if there are already people there they will help you at first, probably, but get off there help as soon as possible.
When you’re the new person they’ll help you out a little bit but pretty soon they’re gonna say ‘okay look you’re not here so you can mooch off me.’ You need to either get on your own feet, start doing your own thing or you need to go home.
If people help you when you go to your new amazing off-grid, potential super place, appreciate all the help they give you and remember that in the future don’t take any of it for granted.
Don’t let it make you dependent on them. Get independent as soon as possible, so you can stay on your land not depending on anyone else.
Building off grid homestead – first things first
Step 4. Once you know that you don’t have to run home to mama, you can stay on your property and everything is good then you can start thinking about building your house. No, you can’t start building a house.
Step four is figuring out how you can do that. Figuring out how to deal with resources. You can you cut your own boards if you’re building with wood.
- Do you have to hire someone to do it?
- Do you need to get a chainsaw?
- You want to get a lumber mill?
I mean, there’s a lot of different ways to do all kinds of different things. You know can someone bring a cement truck to your location or do you need to go somewhere get a tractor go pick up your concrete and mix it yourself?
You know just figure out whatever it is you need to do to be able to do the stuff you want to do. Figure out your infrastructure and then do it. If you need to build a road to get into your property to get materials in there, spend whatever time it takes to do that.
Don’t jump ahead and think you’re just gonna build the whole thing right at once, because it’s gonna save you more time in the end if you do all your infrastructure right in the beginning. Maybe not all of it, but the necessary things.
So like, I needed a dock, so I built that right away. First thing I did was build a dock.
Maybe not the first thing I did. The first thing I did once I got here, anyway. So figured out what what you need to be able to do things and then do it. Spend the time to do it. Do the work. Don’t try to skip it.
Why would someone want to live off the grid
Step 5. Just go for it, man! If you’ve gotten to the point where you’ve found the place you want to be. You purchase land or done whatever you need to do to be able to be there.
You figured out how to live there without having to leave. You figured out how to do stuff, then step 5 – just do it man. Just start doing it and just enjoy it. Know that your this is really, really hard and it’s probably going to get super, super hard.
Just to remember keep in your mind that image of what you want to do because that has to do with step one step one.
Part of step one was making sure that you were choosing something that you really, really thought was worth it. When you’re on step five and you’re doing the stuff, and you’re up to your eyeballs in mud, and you’re clawing your way through rocks, you can just picture that in your head.
This is gonna be this amazing thing. I just got to keep clawing, and clawing my way at it and just keep going and don’t quit. Don’t let yourself make any huge mistakes. As long as you don’t do anything stupid and just keep going one step at a time, just keep putting one step in front of the other, just keep moving one rock at a time.
Just keep going making progress towards your goal you’re gonna just get this amazing life in the end. Even if you don’t end up building what you thought of in your head or whatever, you’re gonna do something, and it’s going to be amazing.
You’re going to have this awesome experience and you’re gonna have this place that there’s a very good chance you couldn’t even have thought of what it was going to look like when you started.
You’re gonna learn all this stuff as you’re going and just enjoying it man. Just enjoy it. Enjoy the hard work. Know that you’re doing something you love and it’s for yourself and your friends you come visit in your family and just just go for it man. Just go for it.
Step 5 is awesome. Solving some really difficult problems. Always take care of your health because you are the driving force. Your mental health isn’t that important – you might have to go a little bit crazy.