However, there is one requirement that is constant in all these
situations. You have to want to do something yourself and you
have to be able to do what you want.
The first step has to be to
analyse your own abilities. The easiest bit of the analysis is to
decide on your physical abilities.
If you are strong, do you like
using your strength? If you do, then pursue an enterprise where
strength is valuable. Many forms of workshop production, such as
tanning and woodworking, are easier if you are strong and in
livestock enterprises where the animals are bulky (suckler cows,
for example), it is useful to be able to carry sacks full of feed with
ease when lesser mortals would struggle.
If your strength is limited,
use your gentler touch for keeping bees or rabbits, or growing
lightweight crops, salads or flowers. Spinning from a raw fleece is
satisfying and a true craft.