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From Side Hustle to Survival: Skills to Monetize for the Apocalypse

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When the power grid goes down and stays down, local economies will focus on the basics, and trade goes low-tech.  NOW is the time to think about how you will be able to manufacture goods or offer services from home that you can use for income or barter today or for future survival, if necessary.

The purpose of this list is to get the reader thinking about ways to earn income or barter with such skills should the need arise. The ideal side gig is one that has a low or no start-up cost, won’t take long to learn to do, and can be earning immediate income in a variety of ways (including using online platforms), yet can be adapted easily and continued in a grid-down or societal collapse scenario.

Here is a list of 50 modest side gigs you can begin now, earn extra money, and be ready to go low tech if and when the time arrives.

1.  Sell firewood. Everyone will need a way to cook their food and keep their dwellings warm. Contact the local US.  Forest Service office and inquire about getting a permit to harvest downed trees. Take a truck and a chainsaw and you’re in business.  Cut the logs, split it, stack it, and season it. You can sell by the cord, or by the bundle.

Another way to meet the same need:  Recycle paper into “fire bricks.”  You can use these for fuel to heat a space, for cooking food, or use as fire starters. Here’s a YouTube video on how one family does it: 

2.  Laundry/ironing service. Before electricity gave rise to clothes washing machines and dryers, people hand-washed their apparel, hung them outdoors to dry in the sun or on indoor racks, and pressed clothes with irons heated on top of wood stoves. This is a business you can start today with all-electric tools yet can adapt beautifully to low-tech tools in a flash. Be prepared by acquiring a washtub, wash board, and a wringer to pass clothes through to eliminate excess water. Put up a clothesline or find a drying rack and find an old-fashioned iron. Secure a good supply of laundry soap such as Zote or Fels Naptha.  Practice using these low-tech tools and you will have an important skill to sell or barter.

3.  Sewing and alterations service. You’d be surprised how rare a business like this is becoming. Back in the day, being a seamstress or tailor was steady work and your family didn’t starve. Start low tech like the Amish. Get a treadle or hand-crank sewing machine, because electric-powered machines won’t work. Stockpile fabric, thread, notions, needles, sewing patterns, and replacement parts for your machine.  Concentrate on learning how to re-size items and do repairs on coats and jackets.

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4.  Learn to knit or crochet. Start small to gain your skill, then concentrate on making warm hats, mittens, sweaters and socks. Stockpile yarn and anything made of wool that you can unravel and re-purpose or mend and use for barter. You can find bulk yarn at retail stores when such items are on sale, in thrift stores and garages sales.

5.  Recondition and repair shoes and boots. When the electricity goes down, how will the gas pumps run?  Walking will become the primary mode of transportation, shoes will take a beating, and people will be more mindful of taking better care of their footwear.  Start now to gain the skill to recondition and do small repairs to sneakers and boots.  Stock up on polish, leather cleaners, dyes, buffers, Shoe Goo, and all kinds of shoelaces.  Since this kind of work is all done by hand, it’s a perfect side gig to learn in stages, yet still earn income before and after the grid goes down. There are people who find quality men’s shoes in thrift stores, recondition them and then sell them for top dollar on platforms like Poshmark, Mercari or Etsy. Why not earn as you learn and do the same?  You’ll be ready when the grid goes down and trade this skill for other things you need.  Here’s a free reference tool that details shoe repair back in the day – Home book to learn expert shoe repairing.

6.  Sharpen knives and scissors.  With a small investment in proper tools and training, this type of business never goes out of style. Start by sharpening your own knives and scissors and practice using modern as well as “old school” tools. Set up routes to professionally sharpen kitchen knives at cafes and restaurants and sharpen the scissors and clippers at beauty salons and barbershops. This is not as easy as it seems, because high-end knives and scissors need to be maintained at a higher level and require a professional’s skill with a pro’s tools. Yet, having this skill will be valuable in a grid-down economy, when people will need such a service.

7.  A related but separate skill would be to find old top-quality kitchen knives, hunting knives and pocketknives to restore and sell. There is a huge marketplace for these older, well-made knives at many gun shows, online sales platforms and the market demand is growing. If you can restore these older knives, you can sell them now as a side-gig and have a ready supply of valuable and barterable items.

8.  Recondition used bicycles, mopeds, scooters, and learn how to motorize bikes. When gasoline costs skyrocket or altogether disappear, bicycles will be THE mode of human-powered transportation. Learn to recondition and repair them now and be ready. If you can also do upgrades to the average bicycle, your service will be gold! It’s possible to install solar-powered electric engines on bikes to help those who can’t pedal everywhere (the elderly, differently abled). It might be useful to learn how to take small gas-powered lawnmower engines and adapt them to bicycles, turning them into motorized bikes. These types of engines can run on alternative fuels, the manufacture of which will also become a cottage industry. Inventory will be the tricky part but start by scouring neighborhoods on trash collection day. Free is the best price!  Scrap collectors find bikes put out in the trash all the time. Or scout the freebie section of Craigslist and buy as many as you can at the lowest price you can, at garage sales.  Offer to upgrade bikes by attaching a basket in front and back, turning a regular bicycle into a bike that can haul necessities.

9.  Blacksmithing. For many, this is a personal hobby used for purposes around their homestead, yet this profession was the heart of every community before the gas-powered engine displaced horsepower. In an extended grid-down scenario, the blacksmith and his forge will be very busy.  

10.  Gunsmithing & Reloading. These two skills are incredibly important because guns are tools that help put meat on the table. Yet, without bullets, a gun is useless. So, if you are serious about maintaining your own firearms, and learning an in-demand skill, then either or both these skills will be invaluable in a future grid-down economy. You will certainly be able to provide for yourself and others if you can do them.

11.  Food production. In a grid-down and supply-chain down scenario, food production becomes life or death important. There is a learning curve to all types of gardening, so you better start now to learn how to raise fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Learn the easiest gardening by knowing how to sprout seeds to produce greens for salads and sandwiches. If you can learn sprouting, you can also learn to grow micro-greens at home. Many who started out simply to learn how to sprout and grow their own micro- greens, have developed their own sprout and micro-green business and sell their crops to local grocery stores and restaurants. This is a way to become a farmer without owning farmland. Plus, you can do a business like this anywhere. All it takes are a few relatively inexpensive items and the space to set them up. One can start such a business for as little as $300 – $500.

  In addition to learning how to garden, there are attendant skills which involve processing food items for consumption, such as:

12.  Do you own a dairy cow?  If you own a dairy cow, learn to make butter, cheese, and yogurt and sell it fresh. Even if you don’t own a cow, can you get access to a cow and/ or purchase milk for creating these dairy products?  If you own a goat, you can also harvest the goat milk and turn it into other products like cheese and yogurt. Or get access to goat milk for such purposes.

13.  Do you own egg-laying chickens?  If you own chickens, you can sell the extra eggs.  You can also sell the hens who no longer produce eggs, as meat chickens.

14.  Do you know how to water-bath can and/or can use a pressure cooker for long-term food preservation? You can teach it to others now and offer it as a barter-able service to others and help them preserve the produce of their own gardens.

15.  Do you know how to make flour from wheat berries, and flour from other grains and dry legumes?  Do you have the manually powered tools to hand-grind corn?  Pair this with learning to bake bread from scratch, and you will have a wonderful skill to enjoy both now and into the future no matter what comes.  The Amish sell home-made breads in their stores and have the skills necessary to grind their own flour, if needed be.  You can learn to do this, too.  If you have the means, you can scale the milling of grains and dried legumes into a larger business, just like our pioneer ancestors did with water-powered mills.

16.  Another interesting thought would be to find a manually powered corn shelling machine, (if it is old, restore it to good working order), then offer that service to a local corn grower in exchange for other food items they may grow. Corn shelling machines were used to separate the dried kernels of corn from the cob. The kernels would be used as seed corn for future crops, as farm animal feed, and could be processed into corn flour for breads like cornbread and tortillas.

17.  Start a produce business. Start as a middleman and buy from a produce wholesaler in your area, then resell at retail prices. Don’t forget many down and out people sold apples during the Great Depression to make ends meet. This is an easy business to start because you can buy bags of apples and oranges and start selling them at flea markets, door to door, on street corners or at the farmer’s market. Develop routes for personal deliveries of produce. Take bags of fruit and veggies and drive through campgrounds and RV parks and sell from your vehicle. Make sure you are not violating any local soliciting laws. If you go through campgrounds, ask permission of the park manager first. This business can be adapted to benefit people who will be growing much of their own food and need a way to barter with it (which you can supply) and can be re-tooled to go low tech through distribution by bicycle.

18.  Save vegetable seeds and sell them. Get heirloom varieties that are hardy and save enough seeds to put together packets to sell before the next growing season. Be sure to save enough for your own needs but set aside enough to sell or barter. This works especially well for people who can grow very large gardens, but even a small plot or container garden can grow food enough to save and sell seeds.

  You can start and continue various food production businesses like these regardless of what happens in the future, because food products and their attendant skills, are the ultimate barter item(s).

19.  A food-related skill, but with a broader usage is learning to identify rare or native edible plants in your area. Our ancestors knew how to identify and forage for foods that grew in abundance in the woods and along streams and lakes. Many of these native plants would be used as herbal medicines, teas, and seasonings in cooked dishes. Start by reading books in your local library about native food plants in your area, then find the field guides that you can use as references. You can find local experts in this field and learn from them, so that in time, you will be able to teach others to do the same, as well as forage for those plants that can be legally harvested, then cultivated, and propagated into more plants to consume, and to sell or barter. So, as you see, there are many ways to capitalize on this skill.

20.  Learn to harvest fish, and snare small birds and animals for food. Good fishermen know the secrets of their favorite fishing holes. The use of simple snares has caught many a meal, but can you gut and clean the fish?  Can you kill a snared animal, prep and cook it? These are very important skills to have in the short term after a grid-down or societal collapse.  Yet, how soon will the lakes, rivers and streams be stripped of aquatic life, and forests made quiet by the disappearance of animals as famine stalks the land?  We have all read the stories of how even the zoo animals disappeared in the Socialist takeover of Venezuela.

21.  Can you clean and dress a deer or elk?  Can you butcher a steer or pig?  These are very important skills to know because, so few do them now. And if the grid goes down, there will be no grocery stores, so where will people get meat?  People will be raising farm animals for food production, so it’s a natural service to offer or pair with ranching and hunting.  You can find an independent butcher in your area and ask if he will teach you.  Perhaps you can reach a proficiency level where he will expand his hours and pay you, which can be a nice part-time job now, but even more valuable if the grid goes down, at least until the natural food supply is depleted.

22.  Make Safe Drinkable Water. If the power grid goes down, electric pumps at water treatment plants will stop running. Even with a back-up generator, that, too, will eventually stop due to lack of fuel. At the very least, the production of safe drinking water will be drastically reduced, and this will cause much hardship, and an opportunity for trade and barter. You can help the situation by preparing beforehand.  Learn how to provide safe drinking water now with a myriad of tools and skills you can access now. 

Having a way to properly remove contaminants from various water sources like rivers, ponds, lakes, or rainwater collection, will be a high-priority and greatly valued. Many people already have water treatment tools like a Berkey filter which they use to remove chlorine and other chemical contaminants which are already found in municipally- treated water. Most water filters are expensive, yet you can find less-expensive ways to filter water using 5-gallon buckets, and charcoal filters you can purchase in bulk.  With regular cleaning, most charcoal filters (also called “candles”) will filter up to at least 2000+ gallons of water.  Stockpile these while you can, and set-up systems you can use to have access to untreated water, which you can treat for safe consumption.  These systems may involve installing a well in your backyard, so you will need to purchase a home well kit and the tools to maintain your well properly. You could make a side income by building, and installing a rainwater catchment system for others, or create a digital download or print-out with instructions on how to source and purify water in a grid-down situation. If you can provide safe, potable water and/or the means to purify it for others, you will have a sure-fire product to sell or barter.

23.  Learn to make useful items from local sources such as wood, and clay. Learn to carve bowls, cups, and utensils from wood, and to make cups, plates, bowls and pitchers from clay. These products have always had a great appeal to people who appreciate the potter’s and woodcarver’s craft and will still be sought after in the future.

24.  Learn basic carpentry skills, especially how to source and provide wood for repairing existing homes if the power goes down. This will require specialized tools like a variety of manual handsaws, having solar-powered tools and battery or electric powered chain saws you can hook-up to a solar battery. Pick a specialty that serves more than one purpose, like learning to build storm shelters/root cellars. Install them yourself for others for income now or put together DIY kits and sell and deliver those as well. You can also create a printed version of the plans for DIYers and sell them as digital downloads online. Learn to make bricks from dirt, sand, and straw or cob and make these items to sell or teach others how to make them and build with them.  

25.  In a societal collapse, people will be trying to get home or to reach family. The roadways will be busy with people walking. Think about what they might need for the journey. Why not create portable bedrolls?  With very low start-up costs, you can make the ground cover which can be rolled-up, slung across the body and carried as you walk.  Learn how to make this for sale or barter.  See how they are made, here:

Pair the ground cover with a blanket along with a small pup tent or plastic tarp which can be turned into a tent, and you have very useful items to sell or trade. Keep your costs low by finding these extra items on sale in retail stores, thrift stores and garage sales.

26.  Find used kid’s wagons and recondition them. Think Radio Flyer. Or make your own and sell them. You can re-purpose wheels off baby carriages, hand-pulled golf carts, and old bikes. Attach them to a wooden box you build, and you have a cart someone else can use to haul things. These will be like gold for people who need to shuttle anything around. Connect them to bicycles so that they can be pulled behind one, and they become even more useful. You can pair a bike with a cart and offer to shuttle things for people who don’t own these tools and can’t do it themselves.

27.  Learn to make large baskets or tote bags, from free or discarded materials. Without gasoline to power vehicles, people will be looking for ways to tote and carry goods on their back or by hand.

28.  Make candles from other candles and resell them. In our modern world, unless you raise your own farm animals, making candles from rendered tallow may be nearly impossible in a grid-down scenario. Instead, buy up candles at thrift stores and garage sales, melt down the wax and pour it into molds, recycled food jars, or canning jars.  Sell or barter with the candles. Stock up on wicks, and anything that can be used as a wick, like shoelaces. Please note: You can use regular recycled glass jars, but be extra-cautious, as sometimes they can shatter due to heat.  To avoid this, heat them up (in an oven or other heat source) before you pour the melted wax inside.  Canning jars are made to withstand high temps, which is why many home candle makers prefer using them.

29.  Know how to make bar soap from scratch. Get a copy of “Primitive Soap Making.”  If you can’t make soap, make sure to stockpile it.  Great barter item!

30.  Learn leather working and recycle leather. Re-purpose old leather purses, and turn them into cast iron skillet handle covers, oven mitts and potholders. In a societal collapse and reorganization, people may not need a wallet, but they will need cast iron handle covers because more of them will be cooking over an open flame.  There is always a need to make and repair leather belts, slings, straps and shoelaces for boots.  Recycle old leather and turn it into a cottage industry.

31.  If you are serious about leather working, become a tanner. Study how human beings used to make leather through primitive tanning methods. The need for leather will never end, and you can learn this skill, teach others, write a DIY book about it and earn a side income. Your skill will be valuable in a world without electricity or steady and reliable power.

32.  Stockpile and recondition garden tools. [This is HOT!]  Buy them at farm or estate auctions, garage sales, thrift stores. Clean them, sharpen them, restore them, and sell them.  Familiarize yourself with the better brands so you know their true value. If you get the cheaper tools, fix them to last longer, as they will become worth their weight in gold. People are becoming anxious about access to food and millions more will start gardens this Spring. Watch for the price of rakes, shovels, hoes, trowels and tillers to skyrocket!

33.  Buy, recondition and sell used cast iron cookware. Watch YouTube videos on how to clean, restore and recondition old cast iron skills, and pots. Sell these online on eBay, Etsy, or in your own online store. This can make you a nice sideline business and there will always be the need for good, durable cookware. You can also sell cookbooks specializing in cast iron cooking, and accessories for cast iron cookware like chain mail scrubbers and stiff brushes for cleaning cast iron after everyday use. When the grid goes down, you have valuable merchandise with which you can trade for other goods.

 34.  Start collecting items now to be a “General Store.”  Collect items like patch kits, tools, blankets, warm coats, hats, scarves, flannel shirts, cast iron pots, skillets, and dutch ovens.  Portable shelters like lightweight pup tents and tarps will become very valuable.  Collect ropes of all kinds and for different uses. Stockpile handkerchiefs, bandannas, new combs and hairbrushes, matches, Superglue, bungee cords, duct tape, and long- handled cafeteria-style serving spoons (both metal and wooden). If you prefer to specialize, pay attention to what folks want but are getting too expensive to buy. These are items there will always be a market for, but no one will be able to provide, unless you plan ahead (alcohol, cigarettes, pipe and chewing tobacco and smoking accessories come to mind). These are heavily taxed products and will become rare and in high demand after the stores are looted.  If you can supply these items, you are in business.

35.  Open a coffee stand and stockpile green coffee beans. Learn to roast them without electricity over an open flame. Grind them in an old-fashioned manual coffee grinder.  Can you imagine what a single cup of fresh-brewed coffee will cost in a possible future where society is re-organizing after a collapse?  Green coffee beans in air-tight cans have been available for a number of years, but the cans are small. Find a source for bulk green coffee beans and dry can them in 64 ounce canning jars.

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Coffee beans will not store for long periods of time because they are oily and go rancid, but you may be able to extend their shelf life to 5-7 years if you dry can them and remove oxygen from the jar. You might consider stockpiling freeze-dried instant coffee and store it in a cool, dark place like a dry basement. Stockpile sugar and coffee creamer as well. Learn how to make your own teas from native plants before the coffee beans run out.

36.  Learn to Build Small Solar Power Units. First, learn the basics of portable solar power then begin acquiring small units you can recharge by direct sunlight. Solar power is now making it possible for many to build homes and live off-grid, and the demand for small but powerful solar units will continue to be high in the future. If you can put together solar backup systems and install them or can sell “how-to” plans for DIY-ers, you have a way to earn money now and to sell or barter with in the future.

37.  Put together a solar power station and offer a recharging service. People will own plenty of electrical items that use batteries, and/or can be used if recharged directly plugged into a power solar-powered source. You can use such a system for your own personal needs now and offer this service in a grid-down scenario as a means to trade for the things you will need. If you start collecting battery-powered drills, chain saws and other tools, you can rent them out now for extra cash now, and be able to use that service in trade, if need be.

38.  A related service for a recharging business would be to acquire several portable DVD players, those which could be plugged into your solar powered system or run on recharged batteries.  Start by learning to repair these smaller DVD players, stockpile parts – and even flip them on eBay now to earn extra money. By learning all you can about how these DVD players operate, you can stockpile many now, along with as many DVDs you can find at thrift stores and garage sales. When there’s no more power grid, what would people be willing to trade for a chance to watch a beloved movie?

39.  Study how to generate electricity from small water and wind power systems. Build a home-made system and implement it and offer this service as a consultant or hire yourself out to others who want a water or wind system built and installed for their home use. Research the topic on YouTube, Popular Science Magazine, and other alternative energy sources.

40.  Learn how to salvage gold and silver and other precious metals from old computers and other electronics.  Watch YouTube videos to see how others are doing this. You can start this as a hobby and save all the gold, platinum, silver, copper, etc.  you extract from the computers you “mine.”  This is one way to stockpile real money, as you can have your precious metals cast into measurable small bars or coins for use. You can acquire old computers from thrift and resale stores, garage sales, and from county dump sites that separate electronics from other scrap (some counties allow this but check first). You can do the same with copper, by collecting the power cords from discarded large appliances and then selling them by the pound to scrap metal yards.

41.  Start a General Metal Scrap Business. Watch YouTube channels of metal scrappers to learn the basics and get started. This can be part-time or full-time, as you wish. It helps to have a sturdy truck or cargo van to do your metal scrap collecting, and to research the days the garbage is collected in various neighborhoods near you. You will need a magnet to know what metal you’re taking and if the scrap yards will accept it.  Also, you will need some basic hand tools and rope for tie-downs. Make sure to know where the metal scrap dealers are in your area, so you know who pays the best, and to get paid the same day you do a “scrap run.” 

42.  Converting scrap metal into cash doesn’t stop by selling to a local scrap metal dealer.  You can sell many items made from metal or mostly metal, which most people leave alongside their garbage cans for collection. Look for discarded used lawnmowers, golf clubs, and bicycles, (all have high resale value, to name a few) which you can recondition and sell on Craigslist, eBay, or several other online sales platforms to earn a side income now.  Anything made from metal that can be reconditioned and resold is valuable. You can also flip them for quick cash, to others who just want to recondition and sell them without sourcing them. In a grid-down scenario, scrap metal can be bartered with or sold to the local blacksmith, who will melt the metal down in order to make new useful things.

43.  Learn to cut hair. If I was just starting out after high school today, the only formal training I would even consider would be to go to barber or beautician school and learn to cut hair. This is an evergreen profession and regardless of how bad society becomes, people always need haircuts. You can earn a living all day long with this skill, no matter what the future holds.

44.  Learn how to re-purpose things that will be in great demand in a prolonged grid-down situation. For example, people who live in colder climates are concerned about how fragile their power grid and home heating oil/natural gas systems are, given today’s politics between nations. They are looking for ways to heat their homes in winter should their home heating oil and natural gas distribution systems collapse.  Watch videos on YouTube that “hack” ways to generate free heat by recycling metal canisters, wheel rims, and old metal barrels, and turning them into wood stoves. Also turning clay flowerpots into candle heaters.  Make these today and sell them. Another “upcycle” would be to learn how to turn a bicycle into an electricity generator by learning how to connect it to a car generator to make electricity to power lights, small fans, etc.  There is a ready market today of people who are looking for these kinds of “upcycled” systems or the plans on how to make them.

45.  Sell books or create courses that teach. One can make a nice side income from buying used books and reselling them at a profit. But what if you specialized in buying books which taught many of the old ways of doing things – ways of making the things people needed before our modern systems were in place?  These types of non-fiction books that teach such things are valued now but will become even more valuable when the lights go out. As always, when sourcing such books, buy low and sell higher to make a profit. If you build your own personal library of such books, you can barter with them if you have to.

46.  Modernize ancient weapons like slingshots, bow & arrows, crossbows, and spears from scrap wood and plastic components. There are many YouTube videos made by people who have taken the basic idea of such weapons and turned wood and plastic into some pretty lethal weapons!  The plans for these could be sold today, and you could make them in the future for sale or trade. Make sure to stockpile the parts you need to make them, so that you can continue to make them, and find their natural counterpart you can use when your stockpile runs out. Design them with improved performance in mind.

47.  Buy and sell used hand tools. Concentrate on the harder-to-find manual wood drills, good saws, and axes of all types. Be sure you also get the stone sharpeners and files necessary to maintain the tools. Buy top quality hand tools at garage and estate sales, thrift stores and when they’re on sale at retail stores. Check for the brands that sell for the most money on eBay and develop a list of the exact tools most-sought-after, or rare the most. Concentrate on finding these tools, as well as having an extensive collection of the most-used tools most people take for granted. Recondition the older tools and sell them online for income now and use them for trade if needs be.  Create your own personal “tool stash” and rent them out for trade or barter in a post- apocalyptic culture.

48.  Learn home brewing and distilling. These are popular hobbies now and there are many sources of information on how to brew your own kombucha, beer, lager, stout, fruit cordials and moonshine. While distilled alcohol is a state-regulated industry, consult your state laws to see what you are allowed to do. Distilled alcohol made from grains will be very valuable in a grid-down culture for medicinal purposes. Learn this skill now, become an expert, and earn a side income by teaching it to others, writing a book about it, selling the necessary tools to make it, and concentrate on how it was done at home before it all became state-regulated. Stockpile the tools and supplies you need, and source ways to continue making it when your supplies run out.

49.  Learn First Aid, primitive-style. If your local hospital or clinic is closed, and the pharmacies have been looted, medicine becomes a DIY project. A good medical kit will have herbs and other ingredients to make basic medicines, and survivalists can also use leaves and twigs to make bandages, splints, and more. Take advanced training now to learn skills such as setting a broken bone or popping-back dislocated joints, delivering a baby, amputation of a limb, etc. Study the old ways, home remedies and Native American medical lore. These are all valuable skills now and will become all the more so in a dystopian future.

50.  Learn Home Dentistry. Teeth and gums are a different health concern. Back in the day, loss of teeth and poor gums would lead to infection and early death. Without access to proper dental care in a societal collapse, this will be the case again. Don’t think you can do the job by just reading When There Is No Dentist, but that’s a start (Google When There is No Dentist to find a free copy). If you are so inclined, investigate survival dentistry and begin acquiring the proper tools and skills you will need. Study more primitive ways to prevent germ transmission between patients through dental tools.  Learn proper and safe ways to use herbal tinctures to relieve pain. Write a book or put together a course on Emergency Dentistry when there is no dentist and sell it online for a side income.

As we have learned, the future is all about the SKILLS you know. Start now and make it a goal to learn the skill(s) which will aid you in a grid-down, societal-collapse scenario. Most of these skills are usable to earn money today, yet their value will increase if the worst happens. Be prepared.

This is a guest article by PJ Graves.

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