Self-sufficiency: Goals

Becoming self-sufficient is a process more than an event. There are varying degrees of self-sufficiency. We are each free to rely on ourselves as much or as little as we wish. The primary requirement for self-sufficiency is to insist on pulling your own weight first. You don't need to rush out and start a homestead in your garden. Most people will find it more realistic to start by learning to live more frugally to get their living expensses down, reducing debt, and setting up an independent source of income. Anyone who has achieved those things will be far more self-sufficient than those who have not. Most people will be content to stop there. Nothing wrong with that. Once you reaach that goal, you will have a base income stream to work with.

How much further you go is up to you. If you want to go completely off the grid, buy some undeveloped land, build a house from scratch, supply all your own water, energy, and food, go for it. It will require a huge price to be paid in money, time, convenience, and living standards to get there. Most of those who choose it consider the increased freedom gained to be worth it; others may not. The system I will chronicle hee is a work in progress and is constantly being updated. It is intended as a guideline to get people thinking in terms of their own self-sufficiency. Modify it as you must to suit your individual needs.

My list of goals, milestones on my own roadmap to econimic self-sufficiency is as follows:

  1. Get an income stream – I am fortunate to have this one covered. Even the most self-reliant, self-sufficient and economically secure among us must still pay bills. That requires that I earn money. When I first started this sight in 2010, I was not employed. I hated it, but I had some real trouble in the current economy finding a job in my field. I finally got a job for $8.50 an hour working in a bakery/coffee shop. I am still looking for something else, but no luck therre so far. I am not talking about a job you'd love to have, a job that pays your dream salary, or a career. It's a start. The rest will come, but the important thing is to get started and stick to it.
  2. Learn the art of living frugally -- This is an often-overlooked step in the process of becoming self-sufficient. The lower my living expenses are, the less income it takes to cover them. It is far easier to reduce expenses than to generate extra income. The big one here is to eliminate debt as fast as possible. I was astonished to realize how far a small income will go, unencumbered by the need to work my tail off to make somebody else rich. That's all debt is. Frugal living does not mean becoming the irritating CEO of Tightwads, Cheapskates, Misers, and Skinflints, LLC. It means buying things that really enrich my life only if I have the money. The key to living frugally is to embrace minimalism and simplicity. I'll focus first on providing just what I need to survive. After that, I'll concentrate on what's really important to me and toss anything I find annoying or not worth the trouble.
  3. Acquire my own home – Obviously, I can't call myself self-sufficient without owning the house I live in. To avoid getting into too much debt, I borrowed $6000 from my uncle and purchased an RV. I don't plan to live in it forever, but it works very well for me now. This one conflicts a bit with the debt elimination phase, but it is the cheapest abode I can find. the next step will be to get or build a small house. Small houses are less expensive to build, heat, cool and maintain. The principal here is, start small. Buying a used camper van or motor home means I own my dwelling free and clear, no rent, no mortgage, and no property tax and keeps the amount of added debt to a minimum.
  4. Get a computer and access to a high-speed internet connection – Obviously, I have this one. It's an eight-year-old laptop running Fedora Linux. My internet connection at present is supplied via the local library. I realize that is another form of dependency, but I need to start somewhere. A computer and Internet connection are too useful to achieving self-sufficiency to be without. I will be getting a Sprint or Verizon My-fi card as soon as I am able. The Internet is one good example of something I would miss going completely off the grid. It can provide with another incomestream(more on this later), information, and a means of communication with family and friends. Needing Internet for income is also a form of dependency, but one I'm willing to live with.
  5. Attend to your health – There are few things that can make me dependent on others faster than a serious illness or debilitating injury. therefore, my health is really important to me. I will look for free-market based health resources, eat right, exercise, and get to the doctor as regularly as I can. I hate Obamacare. It is the epitome of everything this site is against. I post the proposed WCS economic solutions elsewhere on this site.

Within these goals, there are, of course a number of sub-goals. These will be addressed as they come up. To track my progress, click the Starting Point tab above.