Episode-1933- Austin Martin on Using Digital Business to Build Your Homesteading Life — 13 Comments

  1. Re: The Song of the Day: The CCC was one of the few things I point to whenever someone asks me if I think the government ever did anything right. The training those guys got alone was worth the cost of the program but when you look around at the projects they accomplished that are still standing today you will be amazed. If you see an old pavilion at a city park check for the little brass plaque that attributes it to the CCC. The whole organization of the program was instrumental in preparing our military for WWII. From Wikipedia:
    “Reserve officers from the U.S. Army were in charge of the camps, but there was no military training. General Douglas MacArthur was placed in charge of the program but said that the number of Army officers and soldiers assigned to the camps was affecting the readiness of the Regular Army. But the Army also found numerous benefits in the program. When the draft began in 1940, the policy was to make CCC alumni corporals and sergeants. CCC also provided command experience to Organized Reserve Corps officers. Through the CCC, the Regular Army could assess the leadership performance of both Regular and Reserve Officers. The CCC provided lessons which the Army used in developing its wartime and mobilization plans for training camps.”

    Another song from that album that might be of interest to listeners of Jack’s podcast is “Duct Tape”.

  2. I use to listen to Austin’s podcast. I really enjoyed it. A few months ago he announced he was giving up homesteading and was going to travel with his family and live out of a RV. Since I wasn’t interested in a road trip podcast, I promptly unsubscribed. His interview with Jack makes it sound like he’s still homesteading after all. Wonder if he changed his mind.

    • Hey Wheel Gunner… We are still homesteading! Big year planned too. We will be taking the fall away from the homestead for the trip, for 3 months, after raising our pigs and turkeys and chickens for the year. Too many mouths to feed to quit here!

  3. Jack, this episode was fantastic!

    Austin’s journey to economic freedom is a great story and one that I hope my family will be able to make. When our third son was born 2 years ago my wife decided it was time to stay home. She left her low-paying job and decided to babysit a neighbor kid to make some grocery money. I started learning PHP and have been able to make some side money by working from home a few hours a week. I had to laugh when you and Austin talked about the futility of learning PHP to design websites when it is so much easier to use an existing WordPress template. How true that is!

    Now I have doubled the income I’m getting from my programming on the side and this past year we decided to start home-schooling our 2 older boys who previously were in private school. My wife has been making money selling homemeade cookies and is also cleaning houses 2 times a week.

    I have yet to figure a way to take the leap to leave my good paying corporate job but I feel it will happen in the next couple years. I didn’t realize that people still paid to have WordPress sites built so that is an avenue I am definitely going to explore.

    Thanks so much for all you do and Austin was a phenomenal guest.

    • Joshua, you have the right mindset and are already headed there! You’ll be taking that leap before you know it!

  4. Jack & Aust,

    Thanks so much for the awesome podcast! It comes at a good time for me since I am starting my own little farm business. I have dreams of doing that for a full time career, but I also am thinking about finding another option that I can leverage my engineering knowledge.

    You guys mentioned being paid for your experience and it made me think a funny story I read online at one point. I have no idea if it is true, but the premise fits really well with the theme of this episode…

    There was an engineer who had an exceptional gift for fixing all things mechanical. After serving his company loyally for over 30 years, he happily retired.

    Many years later the company contacted him regarding a seemingly impossible problem they were having with one of their multimillion dollar machines. They had tried everything and everyone else to get the machine to work but to no avail. In desperation, they called on the retired engineer who had solved so many of their problems in the past. The engineer reluctantly took the challenge.

    He spent a day studying the huge machine. At the end of the day, he marked a small “x” in chalk on a particular component of the machine and stated, “This is where your problem is.” The part was replaced and the machine worked perfectly again.

    The company received a bill for $50,000 from the engineer for his service. They demanded an itemized accounting of his charges. The engineer responded briefly: “One chalk mark $1. Knowing where to put it $49,999”

    Finally, you were talking about using prtscr & MS Paint to capture the image of your YouTube video. If you haven’t heard of the Snipping Tool in Windows (and I think they have it for Mac) you should check it out. It allows you to selectively capture what is on your screen and then directly saving it.

    Take care and thanks for all you do!

  5. Wow.

    I don’t listen very often to this show anymore (or most podcasts on my “A list,” so don’t take offense, you are still on the “A list”).

    I randomly picked out this show because of the title and what I’ve been up to lately — and I’m like 20 minutes in and had to comment about how well I can relate to what you guys are saying.

    I work as a user experience designer, art director, and developer for web applications, software, web sites, etc., and also handle marketing tasks.

    I’m about 40 years old (stopped counting there) — and my biggest complaint about my career is how companies have shifted into producing low quality garbage at speed and low cost vs. quality anymore.

    I always have to use the old line of “You can have good, fast, and cheap — BUT, you only get to pick TWO”

    Used to be, in my career and training that GOOD was the most important quality people looked for in my work. They were willing to accept it would take awhile if they wanted it done cheap (ie. by myself) — or it would cost 2-3 times more if they wanted it GOOD and FAST.

    NOW companies have COMPLETELY shifted away from the GOOD part of the equation and everyone out there wants everything done fast and cheap. Nobody cares about the quality of workmanship anymore — and I have been a part of several projects that just blew up and went into meltdown mode because eventually a house of cards will fall down due to a gust of wind.

    People my age doing what we do were told when we were 20 that we didn’t have enough experience. When we had 10 years of experience, all of a sudden we were all told that we’re too old and the young generation owns this game now.

    They are driving the train right off the tracks.

    I have been running around in circles for about 2 years trying to figure out my next move, and almost started freelancing again doing the same work I am doing now. However — the idea of the “digital homestead” has taken hold and now I am focusing on much smaller scale efforts that I can do completely by myself — and set up alternative income streams for when the eventuality hits that I am not going to be able to do the work I am currently living on.

    Considering I was being told I am too old 10 years ago — I’m more motivated now to see what I can do along those lines for the next 10 years.

    I realized it was time to go back to being an artist again vs. doing client work. I am in the process of hanging up that hat of being told what to do — and going to focus on trying to take beautiful photos.

    This is the first step in a series of steps I have planned out loosely — to start opening up additional income streams and something I can do when I retire from taking orders and arguing with people all day!

    Great show — time to go finish this episode!

  6. Great show. Just what I needed. I just took over maintenance of a friends website. I just started learning how to do that two months ago. This show really gives me inspiration to get an additional income stream.