Personal Preparedness and Survival Business Opportunities

Preparedness and survivalism is all the rage, I know this, you know this, everyone knows this. Shows are popping up all over the place, new books are on the market regularly, and prepper blogs like this one are now a dime a dozen (I remember when this site was … unique … but now look at us … washed up … a mere sliver of our former unique glory … but anyway). The raging apocalyptic excitement taking the nation by storm coupled with this down economy gets my TEOTWAWKI business mind thinking – what ways are there to turn this craze into a profit making venture?

Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m doing that already with this blog, but that’s not quite what I’m talking about. Like I said, blogs are a dime a dozen now and really, honestly, the money isn’t that great. If I didn’t get a kick out of doing this, as a hobby, it wouldn’t make sense to do. It’s time consuming, even with a few modestly reimbursed writers on board.

Yeah, yeah, I know, write a book, publish and sell it. That can be easier said than done, though. Yeah, I can write, but I’m writing all the time. My full-time job is writing. There’s only so much I can handle.

No, my mind gets turning around other business ideas, like … well, like the other day I was emailing with my homeboy at Weaponcraft in Maine. His business had expanded so far that it was no longer just his, he’d brought others in to assist out of necessity. Firearms training is gaining in popularity, like this story about women increasingly becoming interested in shooting:

The surge has been propelled by shifting politics and demographics that have made it easier and more acceptable than at any time in 75 years for Americans to buy and carry pistols. Post-9/11 fears also seem to be a factor, as has been the relentless pro-gun politicking of the National Rifle Association and marketing, particularly to women, by handgun manufacturers. Events like the Dec. 8 fatal shootings on the Virginia Tech University campus reinforce a feeling that the world is an unsafe place, even as violent U.S. crime rates fall.

Take this Maine based company, for example – Snap Space Solutions. They turn shipping containers into housing. While not “technically” a prepper based business, it will certainly catch the eye of some preppers, as using shipping containers as SHTF housing is an often discussed topic in survival circles. Read from a recent news article on the business:

“It doesn’t look like a shipping container, does it?” Bangor resident Chad Walton, president and CEO of SnapSpace Solutions Inc. asked on Wednesday while standing beside the converted shipping containers covered with vinyl siding and insulated with foam. “It looks like a ranch-style house.” The bunk house, purchased by Northwoods Management for a location on the Golden Road in the Katahdin region, left Brewer on Friday. Its foundation was put into place Thursday.

“It’s seven and a half hours to drive up there and back and it will take about two hours to put it together and connect the electricity,” Walton said. “Later on we’ll put on a roof. That will take four additional hours.” The roof is just for looks because shipping containers, which can be stacked when shipped by boat and are hauled all over the country by tractor-trailers, are rated to handle around 470,000 pounds. “There is no worry about snow load,” Walton said. “They’re very solid and very storm proof.”

470,000 pounds! That’s some serious TEOTWAWKI living quarters. And if you ever read my North Woods blog post, you know that where that container is going is big time doomsday forestland.

At one point I toyed with the idea of opening an online survival supply store, but again, there are a bunch already and it was a big time commitment for questionable returns.

Am I looking to start a survival business? No, not really, I’m too busy as it is, but the business ideas do cross my mind once in a while.

Is there a SHTF survival “why hasn’t someone done X” business idea you’ve had? What’s missing out there for preppers? Anything?

– Ranger Man