Friday, January 16, 2015

Homestead Income Idea: Shipping Container Storage

Sign says "$1 Move-in Special"
We were driving around our new town and Wifey noticed some storage cans on one side of the road. I call them sea cans (they travel across sea on large boats) but some folks call them shipping containers. We have seen folks use them to make homesteads, bunkers and underground storage places.

The way she mentioned it as we were driving, I thought she found someone selling them so I turned around to go check the prices.

Turns out it is a homestead on a few acres and someone has bought a dozen or so of these containers and has the property set up like a commercial storage facility. I thought this was a terrific idea. It utilizes the property to produce income and the homesteader can run it right from his house. This location has a container made into an office too. So either way, he has a place to go to get out of the house when necessary...says the guy with six daughters...

I thought I would share it with ya'll in case you were looking for a way to make income from your homestead. I know I will file this idea away in my mental rolodex for future reference. Last time I checked, these containers were selling anywhere from $2,000 - $4,000 each. I think they are a great investment for the long term AND they can be used for so many different things.

Then again, I'm a Home Depot bucket hoarder too...



  1. My parents have one that is insulated with a whirly bird (is that the correct name?) on top and they keep their food storage in it. They have very little storage in their current rental, so it's been great for them!

  2. I have a livestock and pet food business I operate with my husband out of our barn and reused 18 wheeler box trailers we have bought for $500.00 or less each. They can be lowered to the ground level or a dock built to them as we have done. Works good for 'hoarder' types too I'll bet.

    1. I would love to interview you about your business and share it on this blog. Let me know if you are interested in sharing your income strategy. Of course, I understand also if you've found a niche and want to hold it close. Either way, c thanks for the idea!

  3. they have to be tied down like a mobile home in case of high wind.

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