Now that you’ve decided to dedicate some time at home and you may not have a reason to stay at home full time yet, depending on your family’s needs, you may be thinking – how do I help earn, then?
While men are the breadwinners and providers of the family, there is nothing wrong with Domestic Women who have the time to supplement their income and help. With modern technology nowadays, (unless you and your family/partner prefer and can have you stay at home full-time) there isn’t enough housework to take a full week if you don’t have little ones to look after. So of course, you want to take up your spare time in earning to help the family.
What options do you have?
- Work From Home Positions
- Part-time Outside Work
- Small Business
I myself have work in two of these categories, as a house-daughter who stays at home part time to look after my initial family.
1. Work From Home Positions
Hourly: Work from home positions usually require working through the internet or on the phone. I have been through quite a few of these myself, some work for you and others don’t. Just like being at a physical workplace, the employer’s personality matters. I have been in positions where my mine was very strictly monitored, even my computer! That was just very restricting for me.
I have also worked on the telephone as an adviser and you do get all sorts of customers that can be quite rude and pleasant, you get a variety. For me, this does not work since I have to sit and wait for the calls for a set amount of time. Since it only worked via landline (and not mobile), I couldn’t get up and do other things in the meantime, so I felt like I was wasting my time since I was waiting most of my shift and I couldn’t move, basically.
Commission: Right now, I am working as a consultant/customer service for a shop and I get client emails and queries, I get compensated per email and that works for me time-wise. While I don’t get anything per hour, my queries are increasing and I can stop and work in between my chores and then go back to them once I’ve taken care of a query.
Here are some Work From Home positions to look for:
- Teaching/Tutoring Online
- Editing (If you have an academic background)
- Writing (Contributing to papers/magazines or writing your own book)
- IT/Software (If you are tech-savvy)
- Customer Service (Easier to get into)
- Admin (Receptionist, for those who have the experience)
2. Part-time Outside Work
This is a little easier to get into. Due to economic effects on businesses, many shops and companies do hire part-time. You can also look out for businesses that just need part-time work, usually small, independent businesses that are owned by family. I have been working part-time for an educational business for years now and I have really enjoyed it, I have it at a set day of the week and that’s been stable.
Here are some Part-time Outside Work positions to look for:
- Babysitting/Au Pair (Look online or through apps aimed specifically at this)
- Libraries (As assistants or presenters)
- Cleaner (Through apps or a cleaning franchise business)
3. Small Business
This is an area I am only beginning with and I recommend that Domestic Women do their research seriously and talk to other business owners they may know before funding and starting their own business. As always recommended, start small with just one idea and have a mentor. Each idea will have a different approach due to its nature/category and starting a small business will differ for every person. There is so much misleading advice out there from entrepreneurs, books and brochures, you don’t really know which is true!
Here are some sources to get you started:
- Plan & Start (Australian Government)
- Home Business Ideas (Entrepreneur)
A great source for all the above, part-time work ideas, business ideas is this site, Stay At Home Mum.
There is stigma attached to working part-time since society still considers paid employment as the only type of work (though they applaud volunteers!) but remember, combined with your housework, it is full-time work- just two different types of work. Two types of income; money and time. You can set your own definitions for that regardless of what others say.
Working part-time definitely can help your family and each Domestic Woman would have a different part-time work schedule or even a schedule that has many types of part-time work. Being the Domestic Woman of the household means your work is more flexible than the breadwinner’s in order to accomodate your household and family’s needs and anything that may arise.
Once you’ve figured out that lovely combination (I myself work 2-3 days a week outside, 1 half day at home while also studying), it can be truly suitable and refreshing!
One thing I really enjoy about being a Domestic Woman and working part-time is I’m never doing the same thing all the time, having different roles and tasks always makes me feel mentally challenged since I am constantly put on the spot and switching mindsets for work. Even better, it benefits my family and I can save!
With a bit of searching, creativity and manipulating your schedule- you can do it too.