9 Ways to Work from the Cottage

9 May 2014 About The Finances
Working From The Cottage

Many people would love to retire to the cabin. Here are nine ways you can earn money while living at the cottage.

Top 9 ways to live and work at the cottage.

We would all love to live full time at the lake but how can we make it happen?

Evaluate Your Skills
The key to working from the cottage is deciding what skills you have that can be tapped to earn money. These can be related to your profession, developed through a hobby, or simply acquired after years of cottaging.

Infographic: How to work from the cottage.

Six ways to work from the cottage.

Six ways you can work from the cottage.

Be The Maintenance Man
Offer your services to the other cottage owners on the lake.  Basic maintenance such as cutting the grass, weeding the garden, cutting firewood or painting the tool shed are all things that need to be done, but require time that many people living in the city just can’t spare. This is a great option for a cottage handyman who enjoys doing this type of work.
Cottage opening and closing services are also always in demand.

Be A Guide
Tourists and cottage renters all need help.  Whether it’s locating the fishing holes, navigating the hidden reefs and islands, hiking the local trails, or evaluating a property, there is always demand for a local expert to provide assistance. If you have owned your cottage for a number of years, you may be the perfect person for the job.

Write A Book
Do you have a talent for writing but never had the time to start your novel?
The cottage is the place to make it happen. We never know unless we try. Self-publishing through online stores has made it possible for every writer to make his or her work available to the world. Many best sellers start out this way.

Make Cottage Handicrafts
The cottage is the perfect place to be creative. Woodworking, quilting, and creating handicrafts are all fantastic options for unleashing your inner artist.  The money earned by selling artwork at the local market during the cottage season may cover the costs of retirement living at the lake. You will certainly meet interesting people and may discover that your creations are in high demand.

Become A Cottage Bed And Breakfast
If you love to entertain and you are looking for a way to finance an early retirement at the cottage, why not set yourself up as a cottage B&B. It takes careful planning and consideration, but this may be the most rewarding decision you will ever make and the lake.

Create A Local Cottage Blog
Running a website or writing a blog for your local cabin community is the perfect activity for working from the cottage.  By the end of the first season you could have a following of loyal readers and businesses may be willing to pay you for advertising their products and services.

Work As An Online Consultant
You have built up an expertise in a particular field, and now it’s time to set up a consulting service and run it from the cottage using video conferencing. Schedule meetings to work around your fishing time.

Trade Stocks Or Currencies
This should only be undertaken by people who are already familiar with these activities.  If the stock markets or currency markets are your passion, trading from the lake is much more comfortable than sitting in an office in the city.

Cottage Delivery Services
Start a delivery service for other cottage owners. This could be for groceries, fishing supplies or even transporting guests and renters from the mainland to an island cabin.

Sell Real Estate
Become a real estate agent for your lake. The best cottage real estate agents are always people who actually live in the same area they are selling. You probably know your cottage community very well. Now you can use this expertise to help other people buy or sell cabins nearby.

Working from the cottage may require a leap of faith and a reduction in income, but if we are determined, we can figure it out and enjoy the life we have always wanted at the lake.

Go to the Leisure Activities page.

Go to the Cottage Trader article to get some information on how to start trading stocks from the cabin.