Thanks for commenting on my post. I read permies.com from time to time and sometimes listen to your podcasts, as well. I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me. Yes, there are lots of different concepts in my question. I'm just at the beginning stages of making a plan to be able homestead in the future. I'm trying to brainstorm possible ways to supplement my teacher retirement benefits. About your questions...
1. Do I have a knack for software development? I have no idea. I'm a musician who took 1 computer programming class in graduate school back in the day. It was a visual basic class and I really enjoyed the problem solving aspect of it. I was thinking at the time, "why didn't I major in this earlier in life"? Does that mean I'd be a good programmer? Not necessarily. I need to do some more exploring to see if I DO have the knack for that sort of thing. Not sure what steps to take to do that, though. A programming class at a local college, self study, etc.? If so, what language to start with? Or, something else entirely?
2. Getting money for my effort. I assume that I will need to go into the office for a job for the first several years. Then, hopefully, I could work remotely. Are some areas of IT (is that even the correct lingo) better than others for this?
3. Have I worked from home? Never (other than a parent). Sounds great, though.
4. Internet connectivity in the country. I've had problems with that while camping in the mountains, even with just cell phone reception. That's something to consider.
5. Homesteading is hard work. Yes, I know that! I grew up on a farm in Oklahoma and many relatives had farms in Texas. Farms are great places to grow up! I escaped that lifestyle to go to the big city. Now, I'd love to escape back to the country. How ironic is that?
Well, my main concern is that I need to figure out a direction to go, or figure out if IT is the direction I want to go in. Working remotely sounds waaaay more appealing and efficient than driving into the city everyday for a job. I'm assuming some aspects of IT would be more suitable for for a person in my position than others. I'm willing to put in several year's worth of training to make it work. But, I want to make sure I'm learning/getting training/taking classes that will pay off in the way I want them to. I'd love to hear any comments you have. Thanks again.