As a homemaker, I want my main focus and energy going towards the upkeep of my home and caring for my family. However, some of us may find ourselves in a position where we either need to or want to work on something that helps out with the income side of the household.
In my situation, we don’t have children yet, so I do tend to have a little bit of free time that I can devote to other projects. I don’t currently want to take on a job that takes me away from my home responsibilities, so my criteria in looking for income ideas are:
- Something I can work on (at least mostly) from home
- Something that doesn’t require a great deal of my time
- Something that can work with a flexible schedule
- Something that does not require much initial investment
- Something that has at least a decent earning potential
So with those qualities in mind, here are a few of my ideas for supplemental income. This list includes examples of things I’ve done in the past and present, as well as ideas I would like to try in the future.
There are many options to consider under this category. Of course there’s many handcrafts such as knitting, quilting, crochet and sewing which you can use to create things and sell locally, or online (such as through Etsy). In my opinion, it is difficult to make much from the handcrafts unless you are very fast at it, and find a good niche to work in. However, if you really enjoy the crafts, it may not matter to you if it’s highly profitable.
Aside from the more traditional handcrafts, you can also try making your own beauty care products to sell, such as homemade soaps, lotions, and salves. Personally, this is the side I’m more interested in.
I have not tried this myself, but I have known others who had a good bit of success with running bake sales. You could to this less frequently for fundraisers and special events, or try to get in on a weekly farmers market. Another option would be to find a local small store that would like to carry your products (this would also work as an avenue for the crafting option, above).
3. MLM Options
MLM’s (multi-level-marketing programs) often get a bad rap. It’s definitely understandable considering the vast majority
However, if you are careful in your selection, there are still good MLM options out there. Here are a few important things to look for when considering an MLM:
- Low startup cost
- Low (or no) ongoing fees to stay in business
- Products that matters to you
- Selling options that fit your style (for example, not everyone wants to run house parties all the time – other options may include online sales and vendor shows)
Make sure you’re not getting in to something that will cost you lots of money before you see any returns. You don’t want to be broke if it doesn’t end up working out for you. But do remember that you’ll need to put in the effort if you want results. The first 3 years are the most critical in starting any business. Don’t start if you aren’t ready to put in the work to make it profitable.
My personal MLM choice for the last 7 years has been Lilla Rose – a company that sells beautiful hair accessories that actually work for super fine – super thick hair. My hair is of the super fine variety, so I have had my share of struggles in finding solutions that actually work for me 😊.
You can source items wholesale to resell, or you can find things at tag sales and thrift stores to resell on sites like eBay, or locally through FB marketplace, Craigslist, or similar sites.
You may have a certain niche you’re already interested in like purses or clothes. If you have a good understanding of the value of certain items that can help a lot when you are sourcing things. Having a niche will also help with the reselling part as you will be able to connect to customers with similar interests.
There are lots of companies that will pay individuals to listen to audio or video clips and transcribe the words into writing. You are usually paid per job which you can pick up whenever you have time. You need a good understanding of English basics and grammar and a decent typing speed. You’ll generally have to pass a few tests to get started with a company. The initial payout is fairly low, but as you build speed and experience your earning potential should increase pretty well.
Some of the bigger companies that are fairly easy to get started with are TranscribeMe! and GoTranscript.
6. Growing Plants
I don’t have personal experience yet with this one, but I’ve heard you can make some decent side income from growing things like micro greens, herbs or certain mushrooms to sell to restaurants. You don’t need a ton of space to grow these and you could even grow them in your basement with grow lights.
If you have a little more space, you could also grow fruits, vegetables and herbs for a little roadside stand or sell them at a farmers market or to a local grocer.
If you grow herbs, this also opens up a few more possibilities as herbs can be dried to retain shelf life, thus giving you the option to store them for longer periods and sell online.
Working in childcare is definitely a bigger commitment than most of the other options on this list, but you can still choose to do this from home. Your clientele will be a bit more limited with this stipulation, but with patience you should still be able to find clients.
Make sure to check your state regulations on childcare facilities before you get started however. I know at least in my state, as long as I’m watching less than 5 children, I don’t need to worry about the regulations since I would not be considered a childcare business.
8. Online Teaching/Tutoring
There are a variety of options for teaching children or adults online. Probably the biggest market is with teaching English as a second language, but there are also opportunities to help students with homework, or tutor someone in a subject you have more expertise in. Requirements vary for tutoring, so look around and see what might fit your qualifications.
So I’d love to hear, what are your favorite options in this list? What have you tried? What did I miss?