People in certain professions, like carpenters, already possess the skills that will be in demand when SHTF. If you can't say the same for yourself, consider learning useful prepping skills so you can trade goods or services with fellow preppers. (Related: 7 Skills of highly effective preppers – do you have them?)
A carpenter’s tools will last for a long time if he maintains them regularly, but he needs new supplies like nails and screws whenever he works on a new project. How can you keep offering your services in a post-SHTF world without requiring new supplies?
Try to find a way to evolve your skills so you can offer new services post-collapse. However, this approach requires additional preparation. For instance, if you're a baker who specializes in certain types of pastries like cupcakes, you may need to learn how to make baked products that will be more appealing in a post-SHTF world, like loaves of bread or dinner rolls.
There's no denying that firearms and other self-defense weapons will be essential in a post-SHTF society. But disasters also require the services of people who can help you take care of your mental health.
Individuals with a career in counseling can use their skills to help people going through hard times. The survivors of a disaster need to learn how to deal with anxiety, grief, high stress, and other worries.
Without access to medication, these skills will be even more important in a world that's trying to rebuild itself.
Fishing is a leisurely hobby, but when SHTF, your fishing knowledge will be in demand, especially if your neighbors don't know how to fish. Stock up on fishing gear and spare parts now so you can offer your services when disaster strikes.
Other hobbies that can be turned into a lucrative career in a post-collapse world includes:
Most people start these hobbies so they have something to do in their spare time, but preppers know that certain skills can be used to their advantage when things go south.