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Home Forums General Discussion No Money, No Job, Want to go off Grid and live off the land ASAP Re: No Money, No Job, Want to go off Grid and live off the land ASAP


Well, it’s not really legal to move off into Federally protected lands (Wildlife management areas, Designated wilderness areas, etc), but I do know of people who have lived in those type areas for many years at a time. Some Federal land have groups of squatters living on them in commune type atmospheres and such. State and Federal lands have rules and regulations in regards to the types of uses they allow on those lands, but most allow for “Camping”.

You could alway skeep checking craigslist and such to see if you can find a farmer needing a “Farm hand” or something, and offer up yourself to be a farm hand and learn the farm with him and help as much as possible in return for a place to squat and build yourself a shelter and a nicer more relaxing life.

Or you can try to get in on a commune. The thing about communes is that everything is typically communal (shared) outside of your private living quarters. You have to do your part for the commune DAILY unless you are sick or injured. And creating a private quarters and allowing you food supply until you start earning your keep isn’t cheap. They aren’t going to take the risk of taking in a deadbeat for free. If you don’t work out, they don’t want to have footed the bill for every running from the law criminal wanting to check out of society and never showed up to do their part but rather showed up to mooch as long as the gravy train will let him mooch. (I’m not saying that is you, what I’m saying is that they get their fair share of those types you can rest assured, and are not going to just take anyone else in without knowing that even if they don’t work out, the expense is covered for failure.)

There are pluses and minuses to any form of getting off grid you choose.

If I were younger and solo again, and had nothing much to offer anyone anywhere to help facilitate what I want to do. outside of my skills and labor, the first things I would do is get me a job, save up enough money to buy abd build me a decent van something like this:

Get me a decent quality charcoal grill for cooking in all but the worst of weather and a couple of nice tarps to hang from it as shade areas and give me a dry place to chill outside, if the van has a tow package, a small trailer to eventually build a good solar station on. Then buy myself a couple of good deep cycle batteries a charge controller, a good inverter and a couple of solar panels. Then save up a couple more thousand dollars and start searching for the perfect little plot of land in a resource abundant area (preferably near public lands that allow free hunting and fishing) to start my off-grid living plan. Once found and purchased, I would immediately begin getting it setup to sustain me and get me a local job of some sort to start saving money to buy the tools I need for gardening, hand drilling a well (if you live in an area with a low water table), etc.

Let’s face it, if a person doesn’t have the discipline to do the plan like I have posted above, they don’t have the discipline to make it off-grid, neither solo, in a family, nor in a commune. If you want to go off grid, the only thing stopping you is you, even though you might not be able to jump off grid right now, if you worked hard, scrimped, saved and focused, you could be off grid living in a cool little camper van with solar power likely within a year with smart investments, staying focused on the prize, and not trying to do too much too fast. Look, you can save up enough to buy a mechanically sound van in a couple of weeks of construction work, you can save up enough to build the inside of it into a camper in a couple more weeks of construction work, even less if you buy your needs in discout stores, craigslist, etc. In a couple more weeks of construction you can get yourself a dang fine inverter and a couple of batteries, then another week will buy you a couple nice 200+ watt solar panels, etc. Within the year you’d have everything you need ready to go, and likely even enough to buy a small acre of land in the right spot.

As a family the dynamics are completely different, and as a communal venture, well that’s a whole nother ball of wax that isn’t going to be for the average privacy and freedom loving off-gridder.