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Episode-1912- Richard Hastings of East Texas Aquaponics on Stepping Off the Cliff

Richard on a Rough Day!

Richard spent 26 years as a software engineer in Austin, TX, before he and his family moved four hours away in the summer of 2015 to an area where they didn’t know anyone. They took their 10’th grade daughter, kicking and screaming, from one of the best Government schools in Texas to a totally unknown (to them) small school in a small community.

Since then, they have built a commercial aquaponics system and started to sell into the market. Richard has his PDC from the online Geoff Lawton program in 2014 and has been a listener to the survival podcast since episode 415 and an MSB member for three years.

This is one of those rare shows were I was proactive in asking the guest to fill out a guest survey form.  I happened to connect with Richard after publishing one of my videos on youtube.  It was a small water garden system I was doing and he gave me a link to his set up, I was blown away!  He then told me how long he had been listening to TSP and that we were partly why he had made this life change, so I asked him right away to please come share his story.  Today you will hear that story.  It is pretty awesome.

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Episode-1899- Blake Akers on Business, The TSP Biz Directory and the Return of AgriTrue

blakeBlake Akers is an Air Force Veteran who worked in Radio Frequency communications. He has spent the last ten years working in Information Technology in some form or fashion including a brief venture into the world of SCADA Automation.

He holds four college degrees including an undergraduate in computer science and an MBA. He founded his own Web Development and IT consulting firm in 2013, and started working for himself full-time this year.

Blake is the designer of the TSP Business directory as well as the newly relaunched AgriTrue.  He joins us today to discuss starting your own business and how the Business Directory can aid with that, along with AgriTrue’s relaunch.

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Episode-1870- Loren Weisman on Online Marketing in a World Full of Vultures

unspecifiedBusiness Advisor, Speaker & Author Loren Weisman organizes, optimizes and implements individualized branding, marketing and content plans for start up and established businesses as well as individual clients and entrepreneurs.

Loren is the host of iHeartRadio’s “Wait What Really OK” as well as a managing partner and co-founder of Leveraging Smart Inc.

Loren joins us today to discuss surviving, understanding, sustaining and securing your marketing in a world full of vultures.   We will discuss the landscape of “life coaches”, brand individuality, the true size of “niche markets” and more.

We also talk about launch timing for your business, when to go fast and when to be patient.  Setting budgets, leveraging social media and being truly unique as a brand.

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Episode-1865- Justin Rhodes on the 10 Hour Homestead and New Media

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Justin Rhodes is an “edutainer” creating daily homesteading vlogs on Youtube. He runs an online business, abundantpermaculture.com teaching folks how to grown their own food (mainly chicken and veggies) with permaculture.

Justin made a big splash with his DVD “Permaculture Chickens” via Kickstarter over a year ago.  Since they he has worked tirelessly to simplify and hack homesteading and raising animals into the most efficient and low cost methods possible.

He joins us today to discuss the concept of “The Ten Hour Homestead”.  Today we discuss that concept in detail and how the average person can produce much of their own food with minimal investment of time and money with modern homesteading concepts.

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Episode-1826- Charles the Humble Mechanic on Monetizing YouTube and More

Learn More at Humble Mechanic

Learn More at Humble Mechanic

Charles is a master certified VW technician, or mechanic if you prefer. He has been wrenching on Volkswagen for over a decade. He also runs the video channel Humble Mechanic. A show to help people better understand cars, help new technicians get into the field, and try to give an inside look into the automotive industry.

He joins us today to discuss earning part-time income with a blog and YouTube.

Charles really wants to share his story and help our audience find their own way. He started out not knowing ANYTHING about building a business, blogs, websites, youtube, wordpress, and so on. He simply started from scratch, learning as he went.

Charles is dead serious when he says,  “if I can do it, anyone can”.  In his own journey he has learned that you don’t have to have razor sharp business skills, you just have to work hard, be yourself, and really want to help your audience.

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Episode-1808- Darin Ward and Establishing a Business

destDarin Ward is founder of brand new company called Kids Double Desk, located in midwest Missouri.  Darin Ward, a telecommunications engineer by trade working a traditional 9-5 job for a large corporation. Prior to that, he service in the Navy for 5 years in the meteorology field. He is blessed with a wife of 14 years and 3 busy boys.

In his spare time, Darin coaches soccer and shuttles his boys to sports. He also enjoys hunting, shooting, gardening and building his new business.

Following a deep-rooted desire for more liberty, Darin has ventured out into the world of entrepreneurship to bring a family invention to the marketplace for the first time. Invented in the 1950s by his grandfather, this product is unique, fun and loved by kids and parents. It becomes a conversation piece whenever anyone sees it. Today, Darin joins us to discuss launching a business and bringing this physical product to the marketplace.

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Episode-1788- Finding the Right Property to Turn Into a Homestead

The Urban Rural Fringe is Often a Homesteading Sweetspot

The Urban Rural Fringe is Often a Homesteading Sweetspot

In case you have not be paying attention for the last 15 years, news flash, homesteading is once again very popular.  From tiny urban homesteads (sue me Dervaes family go for it!) to mid sized small acreages to properties with a “back 40” and everything in between.

Why?  America and much of the modern world is starting to realize how hollow what we call “progress” really is.  They are realizing that a house that eats up 30% or more of monthly income while giving nothing back as a status symbol, doesn’t really make your life better.

Our nation was founded as a nation of homesteaders, again from big to small properties but almost every American not so long ago was using their land to provide for them.  I feel we are returning to that mind set, at least a large number of us are.  Today we look at finding that right property, what to look for, how to evaluate it, how to approach things so you don’t get in over your head or make costly type one errors.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Everything I said about buying property in the BOL episode applies here
  • A quick update on a listener who was willing to walk away and what happened
  • What is the difference between a home and a homestead
    • Homesteads produce vs. consume your resources
    • Homesteads are multi functional
    • Homesteads are generally planned for long term ownership
    • Homesteads are created by their owners, not a “builder”
  • What to look for in a homestead
    • Size, its up to you but think hard about this
    • Locations
      • Urban/Suburban
      • Urban Rural Fringe (sweet spot)
      • Rural
      • Remote
    • Thinking about food production
      • Don’t be married to large numbers of livestock
      • Consider home scale animal solutions
        • Quail
        • Rabbits
        • Chickens
        • Ducks
      • Food production from plant sources
        • Annual gardens
        • Perennial plantings
        • Mushroom production
      • Consider your lifestyle
        • Working a job
        • Working from home
        • Home based business
        • Full time homesteader/homestead business
    • If you want freedom, define it
      • No HOAs
      • Check, double check, codes, zoning, laws
      • Evaluate the neighborhood with a critical eye
    • Economics
      • Things you almost always pay less for if they are already there
        • Outbuildings
        • Ponds
        • Fencing
        • Roofing
        • Almost all infrastructure
      • Things  you tend to pay more for if they are already done
        • Carpet
        • Paint
        • Kitchens
        • Bathrooms
      • Things you should usually not get into your head
        • Additions
        • Removing walls
    • In the end, you can do this almost anywhere, define your dream

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Episode-1749- Financial Preparedness the Modern Survivalist Way

It Would Be Funny If It Wasn't So Accurate

It Would Be Funny If It Wasn’t So Accurate

Tuesday shows are always stand alone, just Jack shows on a particular subject.  Today’s will be on financial prepping, next Tuesday will be on guns and the following will be on food storage and prep.  This was all due to the results of an informal Facebook poll.  You can see the post and results here.

To that end I will be doing more stuff like this in the future to let you guys tell me what topics you want covered.  Today we delve into financial preparedness in a way you won’t ever learn in school and almost no “financial adviser” will ever assist you with, except perhaps John Pugliano.

Economics and the reality of unfunded liabilities, the national debt along with everyday financial worries is the number one reason people get into the preparedness lifestyle.  Sometimes it is from a practical approach but just as often it is panic and fear based.  Today we set aside panic and establish a base of common sense and pragmatic techniques to build, preserve and protect wealth.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • The number one wealth killer – poverty consciousness
  • The number two wealth killer – consumer age thinking
  • Why the two are actually related and not as oppositional as you’d think
  • The lesson of the game Monopoly
  • Why debt is cancer and must be eradicated
  • Why saving is more important than investing for most people
  • The lessons of alternative energy
    • Start with increasing efficiency (income)
    • Reduce losses (spending)
  • My rules for truly becoming financially resilient
    • Increase your economic IQ – daily for a year at least
    • Save money, determine what you can save, then do a bit more
    • Reduce expenses in small ways, put at least half of it away
    • Create additional income (business, second job, more hours)
    • Save money (cash on hand, cash in bank, CDs, bonds)
    • Become a land owner on some level
    • Put some money into silver/gold (5-10% of NW)
    • Put some money into bitcoin (a little each month or quarter)
    • Become a producer of food, yes, really
    • Plant trees
    • Buy the best you can afford once vs. cheap twice
    • Become highly skilled at fixing your own problems
    • See opportunity everywhere because it is everywhere
    • Become a great cook
    • Invest in only what you understand and only when it makes sense
    • Get out of the way of telegraphed punches, yes time the market
    • Pay off all debt asap, I know I said it before and I will keep saying it
  • Final thoughts – The game is rigged, it is a big club, you are not in it!

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Ginkgo Biloba, also known as maidenhair tree, is a deciduous tree. These trees are extremely long-lived, with individual specimens surviving for up to 3,000 years. Ginkgo Biloba trees have distinctive leaves that flutter in the slightest breeze.

Once fall arrives, the leaves turn golden or bright yellow before carpeting the ground. The extract from the leaves are used in Ginkgo Biloba supplements to improve memory, symptoms of dementia and blood flow.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.Com

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Episode-1737- 10 Businesses You Could Start with Very Small Investments

You Can Get Shit Done or Watch Others Get Shit Done.

You Can Get Shit Done or Watch Others Get Shit Done.

I hear from people all the time how they want to start a business.  Many times the reason they don’t is they are being to complex rather than just getting shit done.  They start off trying to launch a business that looks like it is 5 years old and successful on day one.

Don’t get me wrong I am not talking about marketing here, you absolutely do want to market a business to its vision, vs, looking tiny.  No what I mean is people are trying to find a warehouse before they sell a single product or even figure out if they need one, that sort of thing.

Today you can have a business up and going pretty fast, today I am going to just toss out some ideas and try to do it more from a business model stand point than “go into ____ business and sell _____s for ___ dollars each.

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  • Real business is first the creation of value
  • Follow your passion is the best advice no matter who shits on it
  • Spending about 500-2000 dollars to start a business is a VERY small investment
  • Ten Businesses You Could Start with Very Small Investments
    • The 52 week infomercial – “of the week business”
    • The weekly delivery business – food coop style
    • The niche service business – above ground pools, beekeeping, etc.
    • Pressure wash and stain/paint business
    • Spin Farming – Urban Farming
    • Airsoft based realistic tactical training (this actually needs a warehouse)
    • Nature walk specialist – yes I am absolutely serious
    • Fishing guide – easy because most can’t market for shit
    • Independent Sales Manager – (broker stuff for others)
    • Pet sitting, mobile grooming, etc.
  • Marketing and sales platforms people don’t get
    • Pinterest – pin your ass off
    • Facebook – build a group not a fan page
    • Youtube – market yourself, make them ask for your product
    • Blogging – have consistency or don’t bother
    • Email – boring but the one you have total control over
    • The Phone – yes it still works
    • Cold Calling – works better than it ever has
    • Google Local – the fact that people don’t do this is crazy
    • Basic SEO – simply optimize for your city, town, metro area
  • Final thoughts
    • No one can do it for you
    • It isn’t easy but it is simple
    • You always have to prime a pump
    • When you’re in charge you are also responsible

Bob Wells Nursery “Plant Of The Week” – Santa Rosa Plum – It is adaptable from zone 5 to zone 10 .  Beautiful, large, red fruits with gold flesh. This big producer bears sweet plums that are delicious when eaten fresh, cooked or canned.

The tree is vigorous and easy-to-grow. Originated from Santa Rosa, California in 1906. It is heat-tolerant, ripens in mid-July and is self-fruitful.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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Episode-1707- Using Logical Methods and Function Stacking for Decision Making

The Most Powerful Computer in the World, but Only if Used.

The Most Powerful Computer in the World, but Only if Used.

Yesterday’s show ran a theme of a penny saved is a tax free penny earned and how that compounds when invested outside the systems of taxation.  I love this sort of individual liberation thinking.  Then today I answered a question about a stove I mentioned last week.  You can read about that here on the Nine Mile Farm Blog.

The basic take away is often you can acquire multiple items instead of an “all in one item” in doing so you will reduce or keep your cost the same while gettting greater functionality, flexibility, performance and redundancy.

While some of this is common sense, it benefits us to look deeper than that.  The reason is common sense is the application of knowledge.   Most of us know it is common sense to use a Phillips screw driver on a Phillips screw, but if you didn’t know it existed, you would likely make best use of the most usable strait screw driver.

To apply common sense the knowledge in that situation must be sufficient for the question or problem.  And at times we can ask ourselves questions to remind us of what we know or help us to see what we do not know, so we know how to research the additional required knowledge.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why common sense isn’t so common
  • How common sense is applied
    • Evaluate the situation
    • Consider the things you know
    • Extrapolate what you don’t know based on knowledge and experience
    • Proceed accordingly
  • The question of a stove top vs. a stove top and oven and where it leads
  • My new quail aviary and how it stacks functions but uses multiple components
  • How to apply this thinking in your life
    • Think before you act
    • Do an elements analysis for most decisions
    • Find ways that one thing or action can be multiplied
  • How this leads to liberty
    • Small actions alone are not enough to win the fight
    • Properly assembled several small actions multiply their effect
    • Waiting for a law to change may result in being old and dead first
    • There is always a solution to almost any problem, people just get mentally lazy
    • The fact that most are mentally lazy is an advantage for those who are not
  • Every person is smart, but that is not enough
    • Give three people a tool kit, compare the results
    • It is about motivation, desire and application
    • What you don’t design and control will be provided for you
  • Final Thoughts

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