The 21st century saw an unparalleled rise in the figures of women employment. Increased awareness and a higher rate of education for women have resulted in more women in the workforce, earning their livelihood to sustain themselves, as well as their families.
However, that trend is changing.
According to a Gallup survey, 56% of women do not want to leave their home for work. Modern women increasingly have to multitask between providing for their family as well while maintaining their financial independence.
While some women decide to stay at home and fill their role as a homemaker, some decide not to.
Motivated by their need to contribute towards alleviating the financial burden of the household, or fueled by the desire to build up their careers, many women successfully manage their homes and careers at the same time.
Women have now started searching for the middle ground-opportunities where they look after their home and make money at the same time.
Luckily, in this day and age, technology has created a whole new field of home-based jobs which could not have been possible a decade before.
This article will list down the Top 5 home-based businesses for female entrepreneurs who are looking to earn their living from home.
Contrary to the perception of casual writing, blogging has evolved into a serious business that pays well. It represents an ideal pathway for home-based female entrepreneurs who have a knack for writing about what they love – from software solutions to cooking recipes; there are blogs for almost everything.
Blogging requires serious dedication as well as relevance. A blogger has to constantly up their own game, improving their writing and source material by taking courses and seminars that enhance their writing skills.
Blogging enables a site to lay a business platform for other opportunities such as freelance writing, marketing or even coaching.
A successful blogger is apt at multitasking – which most women are naturally skilled at. From researching the content to writing and editing the draft and adding pictures for added effect, maintaining a blog is no easy task.
Additionally, websites now offer custom templates and plugins to enhance blogs effectiveness, so you need to be well-versed in the technical aspect of blogging as well. You will share your blog for people to read, so you also need to be aware of social media tools to generate views and interaction. Engaging enough?
The best part about blogging is that the start-up costs are next to nothing, and how you can earn money by writing about things about which you’re passionate. You can monetize your blog through direct ad sales, AdSense, and Affiliate marketing.
Selling On Etsy
If you are creative and crafty, you need to sign up for Etsy!
Some women have a knack of making use of idle things lying around to create something special. Be it a handmade wooden decoration piece or digital downloads such as sketches and other types of art; people are willing to buy your products only if you market them to a broad audience.
This is where Etsy comes in. Etsy is an online, virtual selling platform, much like Amazon – but one that features only handmade products. It is a great opportunity for women to start home-based businesses with an outlet to sell their products, which they can do at their own time, from the comfort of their own homes.
Independent Sales Representative
Many companies, to reduce costs, make use of independent sales representatives who are trained to represent the company, but they work from home.
For stay-at-home women, it presents an ideal opportunity that offers good money as well as flexible working hours. The work demands commitment and excellent communication skills since representatives make a commission based on sales. Women at home can put their experience to use and earn a salary using this branch of multi-level marketing.
Renowned companies such as Avon and Scentsy make use of such independent sales representatives, so if you are looking to make money from home promoting products – this is the opportunity for you. Many of these opportunities are predominantly online and often automated.
Transcription involves listening to audio files and typing out what you hear. This is a relatively easy job for which companies do not list experience as a pre-requisite, which means the only requirement is a computer with an internet connection.
Audio files mostly constitute college lectures and other such files which needed to be typed out. Companies usually give out submission deadlines which mean home-based women have the liberty to set their schedules and work accordingly.
As a beginner, employers may give out a short test to assess your typing speed and accuracy before moving on to official tasks.
Dozens of websites go live every day, and before they are marketed – they need to be checked. Modern women are detail-oriented web surfers, and this job allows them to assess whether the website is intuitive and easy to navigate through.
Many online sites register ‘testers.’ These testers then get website links that they need to check, followed by a form which the testers need to fill citing any problems or improvements that they feel the website requires.
Beginners have to take a test before they get admitted as a ‘tester.’ The test involves dummy websites that they have to check for any errors and navigational difficulties. This job is ideal for stay at home women who are looking to utilize their time on the web to earn some extra cash.
Thank you for reading.
Misha Almira is a shamanic healer. meditation teacher, and full time blogger.