Even though I work a full-time career in addition to my roles as blogger and homemaker, I’m always looking for ways to make extra money. I’ll sock it away in an emergency fund, a rainy day savings account, or put it aside for a much-needed vacation. A lot of people look at our roles as homemakers as being responsible for managing household chores and budgeting the family finances. While that’s true, there’s more to it than that. In fact, there’s nothing wrong with using your homemaking skills to make extra money.
When it comes up in conversation, I often refer to Proverbs 31 as a way of supporting a woman’s role of adding to the family finances, whether she works a full-time career or not. Some of my favorite verses from Proverbs 31 are:
- She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. – Proverbs 31:13
- She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. – Proverbs 31:18
- She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. – Proverbs 31:24
I think it’s clear that it’s encouraged for women to contribute to the family through their own hard work and income. So, how can you use your homemaking skills to make extra money and help your family financially?
Make and sell your own handmade products
What products can you make and sell? If you can sew, knit, or crochet? If so, consider making your own pillow covers, aprons, blankets, hats, or other handmade products. You can easily open your own store on Etsy and sell your homemade items there.
I know women that sell their own homemade jewelry, hand-poured candles, or wood-burned crafts. Whatever your creative skill is, trying creating your own crafts for sale. If you don’t want to open your own Etsy store you could also look into selling items at a craft fair, flea market, or other local events.
Profit from your garden
Does your garden produce way more than you or your family can manage to eat? You can freeze, can, or preserve the food for the months or years to come. Or, you could prepare the excess from your garden and sell it locally via a local farmer’s market. Cottage Food laws allow small-time producers to use appliances in their own homes to bake, cook, can, pickle, or otherwise preserve low-risk foods for sale. Check the cottage laws in your state before doing this but it can be a great way to earn extra money, especially if you have a surplus of garden-fresh food and a love of canning.
Sell your own cleaning and skincare products
Lately, I’ve really gotten into making my own soaps and it’s been on my mind to launch my own line. Maybe one day… Until then, you can capitalize on my dream and sell your own homemade soaps, lotions, sugar scrubs, etc for personal hygiene. You can also sell homemade household cleaners and detergents. You’ll want to check local laws as there is a lot of gray area when it comes to what you can sell and how it must be regulated. You don’t want to find yourself in violation of cosmetics laws but there’s a lot of room for you to work as a homemaker and make extra money.
Thrift and resell items
This takes far more time, commitment, and patience than I have to offer but I have heard of women that make a strong living doing exactly this. Set aside a few hours each week to go shopping at thrift stores, yard sales, and community sale events. Thrift what you can at a great (cheap) price then turn around and resell it online via a Facebook yard sell group, eBay, or Amazon.
If you’re the kind of person that is good at researching pricing, managing inventory, and organizing shipping, this could be a viable income stream for you.
Offer seamstress services
I know a full-time homemaker back in Florida that earns the equivalent of a full-time income just by offering basic seamstress services out of her home. She doesn’t do extensive seamstress work but she does help with buttons, zippers, hemlines, and taking in / letting out of the waistline. Most of her clients come to her home so she can take measurements and she usually requires a week to complete the job. If you’re good with a needle and don’t mind working one-on-one with clients, this a great option to help you make extra money from home.
Start a blog
As a homemaker, you have knowledge and skills to share with hundreds of thousands of other women. Whether you excel at home organization or you are able to keep your home spotlessly clean even with kids and pets, the cyber world needs your homemaking voice. Start a blog to share your organization hacks, formulas for homemade cleaning supplies, childcare tips, sewing tutorials, or whatever other skill you’ve developed. You can then monetize your blog by using affiliate links, working with sponsors, selling your own products (like my date night book, Adventuring Together), or offering services. If you open a storefront like I mentioned earlier, this is another platform to help you promote those products as well.
If you’re interested in starting a blog, see my complete guide to getting started.
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