Day: February 8, 2018

How to be self sufficient by living in a bus

How to be self sufficient by living in a bus

How to be self sufficient

How to be self sufficient, and other lessons learned by choosing to live in a converted school bus.

My name is Dan and I want to share with you my journey to become as self sufficient as reasonably possibly without completely dropping out of society. If you have the itch to live on the edge of the world and have the freedom to pursue your dreams like I do then I want you to be able to learn from my missteps.

Not just how to be self sufficient; why be self sufficient?

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago and I always felt as if I didn’t belong. When I was a boy I went out into the fields to find adventure. I would build huts near a stream and stay out for hours pretending to live off the land.

When I grew up I left Chicago with my wife to strike out on our own. I worked many jobs but didn’t find them as fulfilling as I felt I needed. I didn’t want to be like my parents and work my life away for someone else.

A practical guide of how to be self sufficient

I am going to attempt to break down self sufficiency into it’s smallest components. Then I am going to attempt to explain methods to achieve self sufficiency in those various categories.

  • Economic
  • Sustinence
  • Energy
  • Waste

Let’s start with economic self sufficiency. Economic self sufficiency is two part, having the skills to provide enough resources for yourself, and making the choices to distance or remove yourself from the economic system as much as possible.

To be economically self sufficient you need to have a skill that will provide you with the every resource you will expend.

In other words you need to do 3 things to become self sufficient;
1. Get a job or start a business
2. Grow and butcher your own food
3. Generate your own power
4. Manage your waste

After reading this you should have a practical understanding of how to achieve self sufficiency in all of these areas.

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