With a bit of energy you can bring in some extra cash with these ideas.
Even though we work hard for a living, working mothers often find ourselves searching for ways to make extra money or spend less. This extra money is often used for luxuries, such as family holidays, new furniture, high-tech gadgets, etc.
Maybe you can’t imagine finding time to make extra money when you already work full-time. However, there are some creative ways you can make extra money without cutting into your quality parenting time.
Many working mums long for jobs that can be done from home. Imagine a ten second commute into your home office where you could work, make money and be near your children. Home based jobs allow you to spend more time with your children. Many of the best home jobs for mums also allow mothers to have flexible schedules whereby they can adjust their work routine to accommodate their children’s school needs and extracurricular activities.
Not sure what you can do from home to make a living? How can you find a job you can do from home?
While we all can’t be writers or bakers, keep in mind that you can use one of these popular home-based jobs as a starting point to create the unique job that will suit your lifestyle and financial needs.
Try making extra money by doing one or more of the following jobs:
If you no longer have babies, but your friends or neighbours do, ask if they want a Saturday night out on the town. Maybe you can babysit and bring your children along as helpers. This way you spend time with your family while making money watching someone else’s child or children.
Love to shop, but have friends or colleagues who hate it? Offer to do holiday shopping for friends and family members who don’t have time.
Charge 10-15 percent of what your customers spend as your fee.
Most of the shopping can be done online and delivered directly to your customers’ homes. Offer to make returns for your customers at no charge, so it’s not a hassle for them. If you get several steady customers, you can earn money all year long when they need to purchase apparel, electronic or household items for themselves or others.
From selling healthcare product lines, such as Juice Plus+ or Forever Living, to becoming a representative for direct marketing companies that sell items such as jewellery, household products, or weight loss products you can make extra money.
Many of these direct marketing jobs require you to host parties in people’s homes, where you earn a percentage of the sales you make. In most cases, you can do this on a weekend evening after your children are in bed. It’s a great way to make extra money, and socialise at the same time. Just make sure you don’t end up blowing your extra money on products for yourself — or spending so much time on marketing and planning that your pay ends up rivalling minimum wage.
From a cosmetic representative to a gift basket designer, there are many sales oriented jobs that can be both profitable and easy to for mums to do from home. If you are unsure about the type of sales job that will work best for you, try to find something you’ll enjoy selling.
If you’re not familiar with the sales business you’d like to launch from home, try to identify a niche. Seek out a product that is in demand in your area. You can research online the types of sales jobs that net the biggest profits. It’s also wise to research how you’ll be able to ship products, and you’ll need to learn the most efficient way to do so. There also are sales jobs that offer products, like insurance policies, that can be sold from home. Many companies will allow representatives to work from home.
Have a special craft-making talent? Do you have a knack for making decorative household or personal items, such as jewellery boxes, floral wreaths, or homemade jewellery? Make these items at night after the kids have gone to bed.
In turn, you can sell your items via word of mouth, by posting photos on your Facebook page, host a party at your home, or setup an Etsy shop. Again, be careful that the time you spend doesn’t end up dwarfing the amount of money you can make, based on the prices you can charge. The time away from family is precious, after all.
If you want to launch an online business, think of a service or products you can offer online. This can be everything from a life coach or wedding planner to a custom cookie maker. You can broaden your market and buying audience by launching an online business. You can attract many more clients by having a website that markets the products or services you sell.
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