The Indian economy is becoming tougher by each passing day. It seems that Indian economy is following Moore’s law, increasing inflation exponentially. Prices of almost everything are getting doubled by each passing decade. And in such tough economy, it is becoming difficult to sustain a family with the income of only one family member. Also, it is generally said, ‘The more you earn the more happily you can live’. So, the homemaker/ housewives in India need to start earning, not only to become independent but also to support their families.
There are many work opportunities available (both online and offline) which can be monitored from home but not many housewives in India know about all these possibilities of earning money with the comfort of their homes. The housewives just need to choose the right job for them depending on their comfort level to earn some extra money.
Here is a list of some easiest and simple ways by which homemaker/ housewives can earn money.
1. Selling Handmade Products Online
If you have the talent then you can make thousands of rupees by selling your handmade products online. You can make and sell paintings if you are good at painting, you can make wall hangings, rope bowls, sew pillow covers with different funny patterns and color combinations, you can make wood pallets or coasters using pallet painting which is easy and looks really good. You can make market tote bags also. There are endless things that you can prepare at home and sell. But here the main challenge that mostly housewives in India encounter is how to sell their handmade products in the market. There are many websites such as Etsy, ArtFire, Amazon etc., on which you can easily market your products. After some time when you have somewhat established yourself in the market, then you can make your own website and use online advertising to increase traffic.
You can also promote your work from social media. You can make Facebook pages, Instagram account, Twitter account etc to attract your target audience. There is a girl Tanya Mittal who is 19 years only and is earning 3-4lakhs each month by selling her handmade gift from the Instagram account only. She is not using any website or any marketing strategies, just promoting her work on the Instagram page.
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Who doesn’t love home cooked food? Home cooked food has always been preferred as compared to food ordered from hotels among the bachelors, single working people and the elderly. So if you are having good culinary skills and can make delicious food with high quality then there are an abundant number of opportunities waiting for you. You can either opt for the dabba wala system or can sell your food on websites.
Let’s consider a city like Noida, Delhi or Bangalore where the number of office going people is really high and these people rely mostly on ordering foods from a hotel for lunch and dinner and pay a bill of at least Rs.150. Now if you start providing these people home cooked food by getting an order from any one company, then by simply word of mouth your orders will keep on increasing.
Let’s consider a very easy target, that you are providing food to only 40 employees, charge Rs.100 per plate and work only 20 days a month. As you make in bulk then the cost of raw materials required per plate will not exceed Rs 40. Delivery cost (salary of delivery boy + transportation cost) will not exceed Rs13000. Then also after deducting ever kind of expenses a housewife can easily earn approx Rs. 30000 per month.
If you don’t want to involve other people then you can sell using websites such as Wats Cooking, MealTango or Fromahome. These websites cater to people who prefer homely food. They connect clients to home chefs in their locality and charge 10% on every order. By enrolling in this you don’t have to worry about the delivery services and these portals provide pick-up services as well. This will not only save money of the employees but will also increase your earnings.
3. Freelance Writer
If you have good writing skills then you can try your hand at freelance writing or blogging. In this, you can write your own blogs on a certain topic or you can also share your perspective on a topic. It is really easy to earn money online if you know how to write through freelance writing or blogging. If you have an interest in writing then you can choose freelance writing as your earning option. You can write in any language you are strong in, be it French, Dutch, German or English.
You can write articles for some magazines or newspapers by sitting comfortably at your home. Many such writing opportunities give a writer an average of Rs 1000 per article written. This income can further be increased by working on the quality of the articles that you are writing, the industry that you are writing for. Ideally, it is observed that finance and healthcare industries offer more money as compared to other industries. You can improve your content writing skills by reading others’ blogs. You can find work from websites like Craiglist, Constant-Content, UPWork, and many more. Though initially you might not get paid that good in writing, but once you make an influence you might get up to Rs 5,000 per article and even more.
4. Becoming a Child Tutor
Home tutoring is one of the best ways of earning extra money for housewives. If you have a good equation with the children and you love to teach then you can earn money by teaching other children. There are many parents these days who are working and don’t get enough time to spend with their children and teach their children themselves. They definitely need a private tutor for their children. Here you can volunteer to teach their children. You don’t need any special experience or knowledge. You just have to have knowledge or degree certificate in that subject and you can start marketing easily. For marketing, all you have to do is put posters near your locality or insert pamphlets in newspapers that you are a private tutor and people will start contacting you themselves.
These days, in most of the cities, tutors get paid nearly Rs. 1000 – Rs 1500 per child. So a batch of 10 students can earn you around Rs.15,000 straight. This will not only be your income source but will be good for your knowledge as well. You can work online as well. These days there are various websites that offer online tutoring jobs like Tutor, TutorIndia. You can apply there as well.
5. Make-Up and beautician work
If you know about beautician works or have done a course in makeup then you can definitely take this as your career option. In a country like India where girls and women love to dress up, beauty parlor plays a very important role. If you have some formal training in this field then by know you must already be running your own beauty parlor but if you don’t have any training and you are interested then you can also get proper training in such courses. The advantage of this job is that you don’t need a big or separate area to start your beauty parlor. You can open a beauty parlor in your house itself. So, you don’t have to invest any amount of money in buying extra space. You can start it from your home and increase your client list by spreading word of mouth.
If you charge a minimum amount of Rs.150 per customer in the beginning and you get on an average of 5 people every day then you can easily make Rs.22,500 per month making an average income of Rs.20,000 every month. You can also start with small works like waxing (Rs.350), eye-brows (Rs.30), clean-up (Rs.100) etc. and earn a good profit. Those housewives that are looking forward to earning money through beautician works should regularly read fashion magazines to keep up with the new trends in hairstyles, makeup and so on. Once you get established well you can increase your fees as there is a lot of margin in these works.
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6. Online Surveying
There is great demand for online survey jobs these days. In jobs like these, the person filling the survey is required to fill input for a particular product or service assigned to them by the survey company. Here, quality input matters a lot. This is because based on these responses by the people a company plans on what products to develop in the future and how to sell them in the market. The most important advantage of this job is that there is absolutely no investment required to fill the survey. All you need is to have a proper internet connection and a computer at your place. You can register to any online surveying company for free and get online surveys through your emails.
There are many survey companies with whom you can register with, such as Swagbucks, MySurvey, OnePoll etc. Then, you can easily answer some really easy survey questions and complete the surveys. You can also go to internet cafes to fill the surveys. Usually, a typical survey consists of a list of questions that are to be filled in by the people filling the survey. For every survey that you conduct you will be either offered money or reward points that can be redeemed on online shopping websites such as Amazon, Walmart, Flipkart etc. You can easily fill 10-15 surveys every week. The more companies you register with, the more survey filling opportunities you will get and higher will be your earning.
7. Online Data Entry
Online data entry jobs are one of the easiest ways to earn money while sitting at home. It does not matter what your qualification is. If you want to do a job that involves fewer skills then data entry is the best option for you. Many companies are looking for online data entry workers to fill in their information and these companies pay a good amount in return. A basic data entry job can earn you Rs.100 per transaction. You just have to know few basic computer skills like using MS Office. The amount that you will be earning depends on your typing speed, type of data entry work, time spent etc.
There are many kinds of online data entry jobs and you can choose which one best suits you. These kinds include Captcha entry where you will be provided with a software where you have to register, log in and type captcha images, copy and paste job where you just have to copy texts from word or excel file and paste it in another file, form filling and basic typing where you just have to type the data in the word file, email processing, data formatting, proofreading and copywriting etc. You can choose from such a vast varieties of jobs available under the category of data entry jobs. There are many companies that ask for online data job workers. You can find these companies on Shine.com or Naukri.com. All you need to do is register to these companies and start filling the data.