Raising kids while earning a living can be tough, and women across the world are constantly searching for ways to get the balancing act right. While part-time work is a good option for many working moms, the hours can still be pretty inflexible, and rather than it feeling like the best of both worlds, sometimes it can feel like the worst of both.
However there is another option instead of having to choose between full-time work and full-time parenting, and that’s to set up your own business. This allows you to earn money in a flexible way since you’re the boss you call the shots and you can work the hours that suit you and your family. Plus if you set up a business from home, its accessible any time and you don’t even need to worry about childcare costs. Here are a few ideas!
Writing and Blogging
If you’re a proficient writer, your skills are in high demand and there are plenty of opportunities to work from home. If you sign up to a freelance writing website, you can pick and choose the projects you want to take on, you’re not contracted to any kind of hours you just need to make sure you complete each piece by its deadline.
There’s usually always work available, and you can do more projects if you have more time and less or none if you’re having a busy week with child care commitments. Blogging is another good option, however, it can take a good while until you can earn money from your blog.
Your best bet is to write it for fun and see it as a hobby, once you’ve produced plenty of good content you can look into ways to monetize. In time, companies will begin to contact you for paid work if your blog meets the criteria they’re looking for.
Everyone loves a baker, someone that can whip up delicious treats is always going to be popular with their friends and family! But you don’t just need to keep your talents as a hobby, why not start a baking business from home?
People always need cakes for birthdays, weddings and other celebrations and tend to use the services of local cake makers for this. You will need to make a few changes to your kitchen, for example, you have to follow certain hygiene procedures with rubbish and cleaning- and you need a fridge that’s only used for your business.
But it’s not too complicated to get set up, and you can spend your free time making cakes and other baked goods to sell. You could even attend a class to improve your skills, for example, you could learn how to make fondant flowers or new piping techniques to make your creations even better.
You may need to borrow money to get started in this for any new appliances, courses, and licenses you need. But you can find out how to get a business line of credit online, that way you have the funds needed to get everything started to launch. Since you’re a local business, advertising on Facebook and setting up an Instagram page can both be good ways to go.
You might not think gardening is something you can earn money from, but there are actually a few ways you can go about this. For example, you could grow vegetables, fruit or decorative plants to sell.
You could use the edibles you have grown to create jams, chutneys, and other products that you could sell. You could even use certain plants to make medicines and beauty products. Just make sure you’re reading guidelines carefully and following all of the rules to ensure your products are safe and advertised correctly. For example, labeling a product as a ‘miracle cure’ wouldn’t be allowed.
We Want to Hear From You: Which is your favorite work from home idea? What advice would you give someone starting a work from home business for the first time?