This is the last in a four-part series on making money from home. If you are just joining us, please head back and read parts one, two, and three. Today, we are deviating a bit from work “at home” to work outside the home that may accommodate the family schedule.
7. Some jobs are kid-friendly, meaning you can do them with your children in tow. Options like newspaper delivery, school bus driver, and mystery shopper all come to mind. I have had two, homeschooling friends, who took their children on their bus route, and it was never a problem. Although these options take you out of the home, they don’t require childcare, which is great.
8. Another family-friendly option is working an after-hours shift (that is, after the kids go to bed or the husband gets home to watch them and put them to bed). I was a second-shift customer service manager at our local grocery store before I was married, and two of my cashiers were pregnant young moms of toddlers. They worked from 6-10pm (or 7-11pm) one to two nights per week. If brought in enough for those extra expenses the regular budget doesn’t cover. There is also waitressing (that can be a little tricky to arrange, though) or working at a department store, like Kohl’s or Target, as a seasonal employee over the holidays or in the evenings.
I know it may seem draining to think of what little energy you already have at the end of the day being sucked up at a job, but being around other adults, thinking adult thoughts, and doing adult work can be invigorating for some. It’s almost like having a night off, the experience is so far-removed from the demands of home life.
9. Here is a bonus for all of you who have stuck with me for this month’s series: blogging. From what I have read (and so far experienced), the reality is that making money as a blogger takes time and a LOT of effort, but it can be a lucrative option in the long-run. Since I am a relative newcomer, I won’t assume to have all the answers, but I can suggest some great resources to read, if you are thinking of making money as a blogger. It is definitely an option where you must consider the cost, and I’m not just talking about money. Be sure to read Ruth Soukup’s book, How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul. Here is a great series from The Humbled Homemaker on how she proceeded to make money blogging. Two more worthwhile resources are Blogelina and Problogger; both have a wealth of information. I especially like the content on Blogelina’s Facebook page.
I hope that this series has gotten your wheels turning. Do you have any other ideas or suggestions? What has been your experience- what has/hasn’t worked for you?