Money-Making Ideas for Land

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Whether you have a small parcel of land or several acres, you can use that land to make money. Some ways to make money with land, such as raising animals or gardening, are very labor-intensive, but with other methods, you don't have to do any work at all. Consider your talents and interests when thinking about money-making ideas for land.

Animal Breeding

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People will pay good money to purchase good animals. Raise small animals that make nice pets, such as rabbits or birds. Alternatively, pure-bred dogs and cats can fetch a high price. If you have barns on your land--or the desire to build some--you can raise even bigger livestock, such as cows and horses, to sell to local farmers. Treat your animals well--if you do not take proper care of your animals, word will get around and this will discourage people from buying.


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If you have a large piece of land and need quick money, subdivide it and sell off the parcels. This will provide you with a large lump sum. To do this, you need to determine how much of your land you want to keep for yourself and how much you can sell. Before you can do this, your local government must approve the subdivision.


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For recurring income that you don't have to work for, you can lease your land. One way to do this is to lease it to local farmers, who will then use the land to grow their crops. You can also lease to hunters if there are a lot of turkeys, ducks or deer in the area. Finally, cell phone companies will pay to lease your land in to put up a cell phone tower.


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Even a small amount of land can be enough to make food to sell. Gardening allows you to sell fruits and vegetables. If you have a large amount of land, you can plant apple trees or a pumpkin patch and allow customers to pick their own. Alternatively, you can raise chickens and sell the eggs to local residents. With all types of foods, people will pay more to receive organic foods.


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If your land is primarily wooded, you may be able to sell timber rights to your land. When doing this, a logging company will come and cut down the trees on your land, using them for wood. Local laws may restrict how much wood you can cut down at one time, so check before you look for buyers.


About the Author

Maggie McCormick is a freelance writer. She lived in Japan for three years teaching preschool to young children and currently lives in Honolulu with her family. She received a B.A. in women's studies from Wellesley College.

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