Question: I’m a stay at home mom and I want to contribute to our income. I don’t want an online business, though. I really don’t like computers. What can I do?
Signed, Let me Outta Here!
Dear Let me Outta Here!
There are just oodles of ways to make money and still have the flexibility to be home when you want to be.
Here are just a few ideas.
Crafts. If you have a craft that you enjoy, soap, jewelry, painting, or anything else crafty, then you have the potential for income. Find out where craft shows are, fairs, bazaars, church events, and reserve a booth. It’s an inexpensive way to test out a business idea. All you need is some inventory (which, if you don’t sell, you can give as gifts or sell on eBay) and some basic supplies like business cards.
Wedding Photographer. Do you have a talent for photography? You can work for yourself as a wedding photographer. Work only when you want to, and be home with the kids during the week.
Home Daycare. This one can be hit or miss. If you love kids, and you’re home all day anyway, then taking in one child during the day or after school can help you to bring in a little cash. Check with the laws in your state, first, though, as they do differ in their requirements.
Face Painter. This job is in high demand. Every carnival, birthday party and church festival needs a face painter. And, if you love kids, this can be a very rewarding way to make some extra money.
House or Office Cleaning. If your schedule allows it, you can book cleaning appointments for regular clients. The hourly rate for housecleaners can be lucrative, and you get a great workout in the process.
As you can see, these are just a few of the ways you can work for yourself. You’ll have the flexibility to set your own schedule so you can still attend school plays and be home when you need to be, but you can also help your family by bringing in some money at the same time.