Wednesday, December 28, 2011

6 Ways To Earn an Income a.k.a Make Money

Since categorizing myself as a work-at-home mom/wife/homemaker, empowering women in their quest toward becoming grass-roots entrepreneurs is something I am sincerely passionate about.

Women all over the world are beginning to leave the industrial workforce in order to rediscover the joys of keeping the home. We are in the early stages of witnessing homes returning to their rightful places as units of production. With that said, I strongly believe stay-at-home moms will continue to play a vital role as financial contributor to the family by:

  • working hard to saving money.
  • looking for creative ways to earn money from home.
  • rearing children that are emotionally filled to the brim and therefore content with less.

There are so many different avenues for women to generate income without having to neglect their highest priorities of being a wife and mother. Listed below are just a few sustainable ideas. Most of these I have personally found to be profitable in the past, or I am currently seeking out as possible ventures for the coming year.

6 Ideas For Generating Income From Home

1. Grow and sell fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Not only will growing your own groceries save on super-market purchases, but it has the potential to generate a bit of income during the growing season. Selling at local farmer's markets and to your spouse's co-workers can easily cover the costs of growing the produce and put a few extra dollars in your pocket.

2. Raise your own chickens and sell the eggs. 12-15 backyard hens could give you a couple dozen extra eggs each week, over what your family can consume. Free-range eggs are selling for $4-$5 dollars a dozen in my neck of the woods, this could potentially add $60-$100 per month to our budget. Obviously, the more hens you have the more money you make; and, if you are lucky enough to have a large grassy area, your cost of feed will be dramatically reduced.

3. Start plants from seed. This growing season it is my goal to start plants from seed and sell the transplants to neighbors, co-workers, and at my local farmer's market. Growing and selling organic, heirloom plants can bring in $2-$3 per plant, effortlessly covering the cost of a packet of seeds. Depending on the market in your area this can generate a lot of money come spring.

4. Begin making and selling herbal remedies. Start now planning your medicinal herb garden. Keep it small and manageable, growing those herbs that you are interested in. Learn to make tinctures, salves, and syrups. In mid-summer start asking family and friends if they will consider hosting herbal remedies parties for you (think cookware parties and jewelry parties) and start your own herbal remedy party business. See my inspiration for this here...

5. Blog. If you are passionate about something and have a lot to say about it, you should consider blogging. The Internet is massive and there is a niche out there perfect for you! Sure...there is a risk in blogging, isn't there in everything? I can tell you this, blogging has been one of the easiest, most difficult things I've ever done (Wait, did she just say easiest, most difficult? Okay, just making sure!) I have only been blogging for 3 months, so I am by no means qualified to give you advice; but here are a few people that I really respect who have a lot to say on the topic:

6. Sell your stuff. Declutter, down-size, reorganize, whatever you call it, just get rid of the excess. Here are a few tips for profiting off of your stuff:

One last word of caution. During desperate times we can become hasty in our decisions. There are a lot of evil people trying to make a buck on offering stupid work from home opportunities. Unfortunately, I've learned that there aren't many sustainable get-rich-quick options out there. Don't fall victim to their scams!

YOU have what it takes to be successful! Look no further than yourself.

See this post and a host of others like it here: Simple Lives Thursday, Your Green Resource, Show Off Your Stuff


At December 28, 2011 at 2:25 PM , Blogger JRoberts said...

Thank you for this list. We are trying to make the final push to get 100% self-reliant, but realize we still need to bring in $$$ to pay for some things we can't make. This is a great list.

At December 28, 2011 at 5:22 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

Putting some of these to work already- Great Post!

At December 28, 2011 at 6:36 PM , Anonymous Amy @ said...

Thanks so much for the shout-out, Andrea!

At December 28, 2011 at 8:01 PM , Blogger Andrea said...

@Amy Oh it's my pleasure! Thank you for all that you do!

At December 28, 2011 at 9:30 PM , Blogger KAT said...

great informative post!!!

This has me thinking, of beginning to plan...
to think about....getting stuff organized
... and maybe actually accomplishing
... something

-KAT -

At December 29, 2011 at 6:07 AM , Anonymous Kristen said...

Love this list! And like Kat above, this definitely has me thinking...scheming... etc. lol

What makes me so envious is your blog only being three months old! It's fantastic!

At December 29, 2011 at 8:43 AM , Blogger Toilie said...

Great ideas. The hens alone will save a bundle with the way egg prices are rising.

At December 29, 2011 at 9:13 AM , Anonymous Kylie said...

Love this list.. another idea is to use your skills to start a freelance business. It can be as full or part time as you'd like. Sewing, writing, graphic design, jewelry cleaning/repair, pet sitting, family day care, cleaning, etc. are a few ideas!

At December 29, 2011 at 11:57 AM , Anonymous Moriah said...

Great ideas and thank you so much for the links to those great articles as well!

At December 29, 2011 at 12:44 PM , Blogger Cata- Mafe said...

hi! I would like to do a question, but I can't see your email. How do you feel without job, when I see all my friends study a masters, in other country are studing english, with a good jobs...I feel preocupated, what do you think about this...who do you feel when you hear about professional growth ...

At December 29, 2011 at 2:49 PM , Blogger RobinP said...

Love this post. I just rolled the loose change in 3 cups in my kitchen and had $78! :) I tend to do things that cost my family a lot of money. We farm, have cow shares, sell eggs, etc. which certainly helps to pay expenses but we don't by any means make a profit yet. I operate a homeschool lending library with over 15,000 books and counting, and while I do charge a nominal fee to belong, it costs me thousands of dollars a year to buy more books. This is my passion albeit an expensive one.

We are in the medical field so everyone thinks we're rolling in the dough (we don't live extravagantly at all) but when your money comes from the government and insurance companies...well, you can imagine that it's no longer what it's cracked up to be. We're working very hard to get out of debt so you've got my mind working overtime to help contribute more toward the family INcome rather than its OUTgo.

At December 29, 2011 at 3:50 PM , OpenID americanfamilynow said...

Thanks for the link Andrea! Great post as usual!

At December 29, 2011 at 4:50 PM , Blogger Good Girl Gone Green said...

Great list!! Love it! :)

At December 29, 2011 at 5:29 PM , Anonymous b2bhomesteader said...

Really like #3 & #4... these are items we might try for spring farmers market... tks for sharing ;o)

At December 29, 2011 at 5:35 PM , Anonymous Stacy Makes Cents said...

Doing little jobs here and there really add up - that's how we paid our house off early. Most people shrug off an extra $25-50 once a month - but that adds up very quickly!


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