Many women in India find themselves without the job they used to work once their kids come into the picture. Getting back into the job economy can be incredibly overwhelming if you’ve had a long break. However, if you are not quite ready to start working full-time, you can still test the waters and make money from home, especially today where people are mainly working from home even full-time. Here are five ways homemakers can make money online:
- Freelance Writing
- Creating a Custom Online Clothing Store
- Sell Homemade Crafts and Goods
1. Freelance Writing
Never has there been more of a market than there is today. Every company needs to go online if they want to stay relevant in this day and age. A big part of having an online presence is written content, which is where content writers come into play. If you have a thing for writing, you can find work pretty quickly once you brush up on some basic writing skills, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and a little know-how around social media and how online content works. You could get a full-time job or do it on a freelance basis, depending on your bandwidth.
If you are at home the entire time, you are probably already cooking. Might as well make some money off it. Consider locking down on a niche or a cuisine, setting a menu, and start selling your food. There are tons of caterers and food delivery services, both standalone and full-fledged restaurants. You can never go wrong with the food, especially if you manage to get it to your customer’s doorstep. We need food delivery businesses now more than ever before thanks to the pandemic. Good food will never go out of style.
You can either employ your delivery executives to handle your deliveries or fulfil your orders through a third-party service like Swiggy or Dunzo. If you are feeling particularly ambitious, now could be the perfect time to try forging a hyperlocal food delivery business.
3. Creating a Custom Online Clothing Store
If you are in to fashion and know your way around clothes, now is the time to create an online shop for clothes. The best way to kickstart this business is by using the dropshipping model. You would only need to dropship products from other vendors like t-shirts, jeans, dresses, swimwear, accessories, and anything else you think your audience might like.
You could also design and print-on-demand t-shirts and sell them. Be sure to come up with cool, original designs, or your take on existing designs based on the latest from the world of pop culture. If you are designing and selling these t-shirts, hats, hoodies, etc., and want to be relevant to your target audience, you need to be hip on the latest pop-culture trends.
There will always be a demand for baked goods – bread, cakes, cookies, doughnuts, etc. If you’ve always loved baking and wanted to put those skills to use and make some money, there isn’t a better time to start. Start baking your best goods and start selling them online. Get yourself an app that allows you to take orders from clients. This app should be easy to use for you and the customer. Besides, ease of use, you need to be able to receive, track, and manage your orders and deliveries without confusion.
As far as deliveries go, you could either get someone you know to handle them, or a third-party service provider, or get your customers to pick their orders up themselves. It all depends on your bandwidth. After all, your business, your rules. However, if you want your business to pick up, you will have to promote your brand on social media and let people know that you exist and are open for business. Put outposts consistently on social media, and before you know it, you will start getting orders.
5. Sell Homemade Crafts and Goods
If you are good at making homemade products, consider selling them online. You can make and sell soaps, ceramics, and a variety of other cool products that people can use. Just as you would for baking or anything else that involves delivery, you will have to set up a way for people to place orders and pay you. There are tons of apps that allow you to receive and manage orders. They also come with just about every payment method you can think of, making it easy for the customer to make payments.
There you have it – these are just five ways in which enterprising homemakers are pushing the envelope to earn money from home. With the pandemic going on, everything runs from home today, which means you can sell just about anything online and turn it into a business if you do it correctly. In other words, there is no excuse to start that business that you’ve always wanted. Other things you can do from home include starting a YouTube channel, building a website, creating a website for your food and baking endeavours, developing applications, online data entry, coaching, consultations, arts and crafts classes and sales, and so much more. Your options are endless in the digital age.