Often when people think of homemakers they don’t think of someone that can truly contribute to the family finances beyond the money saving aspect. But sometimes saving money isn’t enough and we need to or want to be able to bring in some actual income. Besides, in this economy it’s always good to have a side hustle because you never know what can happen to your main source of income! What people fail to remember is that taking care of a home and family uses many skills that are marketable. With a little work you can make money with your homemaking skills!
Make Money With Your Homemaking Skills
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The first thing to do is to look at the skills you use each day. How can you use them to make or do something someone else will want to pay for?
When it comes to ways to make money as a homemaker, the most popular way is by using your skills to make and sell products. Can you sew? How about putting a twist on something that is already popular like making pillow covers instead of actual pillows for example? Do you knit or crochet? Can you craft jewelry or other fun things that bring you joy? By establishing yourself and your handicraft skills on Etsy you open the door to additional income all year long. Flea markets, Facebook buy/sell groups and Instagram are good for these items too.
Do you love to can your own jams and jellies? Grow a lush garden full of fresh organic produce? Opening a stand at the local farmers market either on your own or with a friend is a great way to make extra money doing what you love. Simply create extra batches of the goodies you make for your own family to sell. Check your state’s Cottage Food laws before you start this one.
Make dinners for people that are too busy to cook. This is really becoming popular. People don’t want to eat out all the time but some don’t have the time or energy to make home cooked meals. Another idea is to bake special occasion cakes if that’s something you’re great at and sell those!
Making soaps, body products, and homemade cleaners is something you can do from home. If your state allows the resale of homemade beauty products and homemade cleaning products, you could make some big money with this one. Depending on your state, if you make any claims other than it smells good and will get you clean, then you step into the cosmetics arena and the laws may change. Some states allow you to create sugar scrubs, lotion bars, and all of the other fun stuff you find on Pinterest to be sold with no problems. So check with the laws in your state before starting this type of business.
Coupon and sell items you find. This one has been growing in popularity. By couponing you can build a stockpile and resell or trade everyday items with friends and family. This is a great way to help others around you save money while you make a profit. You can even use money saving apps like this one to get cash to fund buying more items on sale.
Do you love to makeover furniture and accessories? You may even find items you can clean up and resell for a higher cost later.
By getting creative you can earn money with the same homemaking skills you use every day to care for your home and family!
Not into making things to sell?
Why not use your essential homemaking skills to start a business and offer a service.
Cleaning homes is a popular way homemakers make extra money. This is a great way to make extra money while the kids are in school or on days your husband is home to take over. Some moms clean offices after hours and are allowed to bring their kids.
Speaking of kids, if you have little ones at home and don’t mind one or two extra, babysitting might be a good fit for you. This is a great way to make money without even leaving your home. You could offer after school care or just do occasional sitting.
Also, you could teach something. Do you play an instrument, speak a foreign language, are you artist or writer? Offering tutoring or lessons for some extra money is a great idea then.
You can start by searching your local Facebook sales pages. You are bound to find others in need of a service you have to offer. In addition, check with friends and family too.
With a little thought you will find a way to make money with your homemaking skills that works for you and your family!
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