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Yup, I love to talk about that stuff. On the small scale when self reliance is the goal, it makes far more sense than the crash course would have you believe. It compares biodiesel to oil as a replacement for the entire US, and it isn’t overly favorable in that sense. One the small scale, however, it’s just the thing!
I’ll put something together tonight when I have a little more time.
You are EXACTLY where I was 2 years ago. I too own my business in the IT field, and was knocked off my feet when I came to the realizations you are now undergoing. Fear is a normal part of the process, and there are a number of discussions on the board here about the 6 stages. The good news is that even though you feel like a deer in the headlights, you now have the ability to think things through and prepare yourself.
I started with making biodiesel from waste vegetable oil to run in my truck 2 years ago. At the time, diesel was nearing $5.00 / gallon and my employees became intrigued with what I was doing, and some even began to participate. I then purchased an 86 acre plot that I initially called the hunting lodge. It has since been renamed the farm, but it is a place we initially used for recreation more than doom and gloom preparations. I still to this day have my primary residence, my company, employees, kids in the same school, etc but I am spending more and more time as I can at the farm, "getting ready". Depending on your financial situation, a plot of land separate from your primary dwelling may be an option for you too. Best of both worlds if you can swing it.
Some of the preparations I have made are related to energy, i.e. solar, wind, biodiesel backup generator, etc. These things are very difficult to implement in the subdivision arrangement, so all of this is at the farm. This year I am growing Canola (for the first time, and I have no idea what I am doing either, but I’ll figure it out!) so I can replace the waste vegetable oil as my feedstock in making biodiesel and become more energy self reliant.
Other preparations have to do with food and shelter. Buying in bulk at Costco and learning how to prepare foods that don’t come in a box or go into the microwave was a big deal for us with 2 boys who live to snack. We are working to obtain and maintain a rolling 18 months worth of food. Shelter is broken down in my mind to the obvious roof over your head, which I assume you have, the ability to bring in and get rid of water, the ability to heat and cool. Making yourself as self reliant in these areas is important, and may not be overly taxing depending on your situation. For example, do you have a wood burning stove, or a good place to put one?
A more simple and direct preparation that you could make today that might set your mind at ease a bit would be to buy some gold. I won’t go on as to all the whys here because it is all over the site and posted by folks far smarter economically than I (we are IT guys after all) but it is a weight off the shoulders to know you will not loose everything you have in the bank if the worst case scenario was to happen tomorrow (it won’t, you still have time!).
As far as the job and employees, I have slowly eased them through what I am doing, and answered questions the way I think Chris would, without blaming or trying to scare folks, just giving truthful answers with a ray of hope at the end. Generally, folks here "get it" and I feel much better having played a part in their ongoing safety. This week, one of my guys sold a Ford Mustang he had completely restored (beautiful car!) and he asked me what to do with the money. He wants to buy a house, but knew something was wrong with that decision in his gut. Instead, he took 1/4 and bought gold, 1/4 and converted it to cash, and the other 1/2 went to get out of debt. Smart kid whose actions would have been different if I had kept my understanding of the crash course to myself.
This site is an awesome resource for you to pick through and see what is best for your situation. All I can say to you is that you are not alone, and I had never farmed, sat on a tractor, split wood, distilled, made my own fuel, composted, etc. etc. etc. either, but I do now and even though I am not the most physical guy either, I tend to see these things as a labor of love because I am providing a safe haven for the most important people in my little world.
I wish you the best over the next few months. Looking back at my first 2 months, they were definitely the most exciting! Take some time to think things through and prepare yourself to the best of your abilities whether you stay home or move, and you will hopefully feel a sense of calm over you as I have.