Before we get into the part-time jobs available for homemakers, let’s address their general scenario. There are only a handful of people who genuinely know the struggles of being a homemaker, other than homemakers themselves. It’s reasonable to say that a house could catch fire in their absence. Or at least, it’s much more likely.
It’s also reasonable to say that none of the household residents would be fed, no clothes would be washed, and no carpets would be vacuumed. Babies would scream into oblivion, and the dishes would be left to rot in the sink. A home without a homemaker can even, at times, become borderline apocalyptic.
While maintaining a household can have its stresses, it also includes a lot of boredom and waiting around. With so much time scattered throughout the day, it seems reasonable for homemakers to want to capitalize on these wasted moments. Here are 7 part-time jobs for homemakers who want to make productive use of their time:
Any homemaker will guarantee you that running a household is no joke, and it isn’t. It can be frustrating, draining, and miserable. Freelance writing lets you pursue job opportunities online wherein you’re allowed to rant about things. Well, not really. It mostly involves writing around a certain topic like food or fashion. But you can incorporate your frustration into those articles, and hopefully, it helps with the tone.
But really, there’s so much opportunity here. Food blogs, websites for parents, children, household hacks, and so many more that need your input. Go get ‘em!
While this might sound counter-intuitive, a homemaker’s ability to deal with everyday frustrations makes them the perfect candidate for dealing with annoyed customers. In fact, it’d probably be like practice for the next time they get frustrated at home.
In reality, companies are in high demand for customer service representatives. If you know how to talk to people, as long as you have a quiet office-like space, and don’t mind putting up with some mean people once in a while, this could be the perfect use of your time.
3. Drain yourself of all emotion
Data entry jobs are simple. They give you data, and you have to enter it. Moving on.
4. Watch paint dry
I’m just kidding. It’s not all that simple. Data entry positions require strong typing skills and sharp attention to detail. It also requires a certain level of persistence to do this every day, but jobs in this field can be quite flexible, which could be useful if you have kids.
Really 4. Take money from strangers
Companies like Airbnb have seen meteoric growth by capitalizing on distributed travel accommodation. Travelers always need a place to stay, and people always own houses nearby. If you have a spare room that you could convert into a bedroom, you could start letting completely unknown people into your home, and trust that they won’t steal anything.
They’ll also probably leave the bathroom light on, won’t leave their shoes outside and will teach your child how to bypass the parental controls on the TV. But if you’re able to become one of the higher-rated homestays, you might even see business throughout the year.
P.S.: Hide your kids.
5. Buy things and sell them
While we’ve touched on this in a previous article, direct selling can be the perfect fit for a homemaker that needs a small side hustle. There are two models around this: single-level marketing, where you buy products from a company and sell them to other people, and multi-level marketing, where you sponsor new direct sellers and earn a commission on their sales.
While the second one sounds like a better idea, it can take time to build the connections required to pull it off. With enough networking, however, multi-level marketing can reel in a substantial amount of passive income.
The main problem with direct selling is that you need to make an initial investment to buy the first inventory set. You also need to be sure that you can market and sell the products to make a profit and know how to price them accordingly.
Some products won’t sell as well as others, so it’ll be vital to make sure not to overbuy or underbuy anything. But this shouldn’t really be a problem, considering homemakers have been masters of this art for decades, if not centuries.
6. Book your dream holiday
…for someone else. As a travel consultant, you’ll have to make arrangements for your clients’ travel and accommodation. These positions are in relatively high demand, and you may have to engage with cruise ship companies, airlines, and resorts to make sure all arrangements are in place. Sometimes they give you travel credits too, meaning the next time you actually plan to take a vacation, it won’t be as stressful.
Sure, it’s a lot of drooling over the plans of other people and their extravagant lifestyles, but isn’t planning half the fun?
One thing to note, though, is if you have in-laws, expect them to start asking you to book their train and flight tickets for the foreseeable future.
7. Start fights in YouTube comments
Homemakers gather a lot of knowledge throughout their duties. Becoming a part-time online tutor can not only help you make some money on the side, but it’ll also allow you to put all that knowledge to good use. Further, a parent has likely been already introduced to the world of stubborn, insubordinate children, and the Internet is full of them.
Figure out what skills you have to offer, and what you can teach. Online tutoring courses are some of the most successful home-run businesses to have ever existed. So if you disagree with someone, point it out. Start a fight. You get the idea.
Educate the world. In a society that celebrates mediocrity, raise the standards.
Here’s an interesting fact:
Though it is generally accepted that most homemakers tend to be women, a study conducted by Dr. Beth Latshaw in 2009 showed that the number of stay-at-home dads had doubled over the past ten years. The number of stay-at-home dads has likely increased from the 1.4 million reported in the study, to more than 1.75 million male homemakers currently in the United States, at the least. Pew Research also conducted a study and released a report in June of 2014, which found 2 million men to be stay-at-home dads, double the number they reported in 1989.
According to Salary.com in 2014, the average non-working homemaker in the United States spent 94 hours a week working household jobs that would earn a salary of $113,568.
Homemakers are clearly underpaid, undervalued by society, and morally degraded for lacking ambition. The disdain for these brave soldiers who put their own dreams on hold for the betterment of their families is unacceptable. As we grow and learn as a human collective, it becomes increasingly apparent that the homemakers of years past were the ones who raised the leaders of our modern society.