Some modern women seem to often think that we housewives do nothing all day. Well, nothing of value anyway, since raising kids and keeping the house can hardly be called valuable. These people are foolish. Not only is the work of a housewife incredibly important, but it oftentimes isn’t the only thing they do to help out the family. Here is the shocking revelation: a lot of us have some side hustles or even businesses and investments going on!
I always knew I wasn’t meant for the crummy office life. Grinding under the same tyrant every day, 5 days a week, from 8 am to 4 pm. Yeah, none of the nine-to-five stuff here in Finland. We get up like proper folks!
No, my Path was elsewhere, and I never would’ve thought it included being a housewife. After all, society doesn’t exactly give this out as a valid option to young, modern women. I wish it had been an alternative. I’m quite good at being a homebody, and I’m positively terrible at being a worker drone.
With my husband’s loving encouragement and slight whipping, I started to also follow my passion – writing. Nobody had ever before told me it was okay to do so, that this is my profession. Nobody had taken me quite as seriously as he does. And so I found skills that I never knew I had – that could also make money.
There is a need for everything on this planet, and we freelancers know it better than most. We can be writers, translators, and creators of all kinds with an astonishing variety of talent. And we will always find work if we put our minds to it. Go out there and find your platform, and start leveraging that multilingual head of yours. Do you possess super-sonic typing speeds? Great, there are tons of jobs for you, just waiting. Is your specialty in looking at adverts or research? You’d be surprised what you can do with those things!
In my case, I chose to start as a translator on Fiverr. It seemed more starter-friendly than Upwork, anyway. I don’t need to hunt for clientele, the platform directs them to me via the search engine. And now, with ads, I can drive even more traffic. That is if the bloody platform would stop shadow-banning me for no reason every other month.
There are, of course, other platforms out there too. Tons of micro-work sites, freelancing sites ranging from general to specialized, and much, much more. All you have to do is search. And please, do your research on the platforms before you go for it. Read forums and reviews – social proof can save you a ton of trouble.
#2 Remote work
Besides online platforms, many jobs can now be done remotely, from home. It may be that Covid sped up the progress there a bit, but employers have finally figured out that some things don’t require us to be office rats. You can do things from the comfort of your own couch all the way from part-time, or a few days a week, to full-time employment. And you are not restricted to only your Country of origin, either!
The world becoming undoubtedly more digitized, and there’s a growing need for customer service personnel, virtual assistants, and social media managers. All of which are remote. You can answer chats, and emails, and keep a given company’s online outlets up to date. And if you happen to have technical savvy, you can even become a developer for hire!
I would mention all the shadier things like being a phone girl, but we haven’t fallen quite that far yet. I hope. But hey, if that’s your thing, go for it! Just make sure to get your husband’s approval before you plunge headfirst into the realm of sex work. And for heaven’s sake, be careful!
And here we are, my favorite. The thing I’m doing right now, as I write this article for you – Creation. There’s nothing that comes quite as close to the feeling of bliss as pure creativity. After all, this is all my doing, my baby, so to speak. And one day, I hope it learns to walk. Cause let’s face it, the web hotel money can be an expense and a half!
As a creator, you can choose from so many things, and all of them can bring you some pocket money. Creating online content is one of the things that will cause the least amount of hassle and preparation. You can start a blog, write books, or if you are brave enough, go into streaming and videos. People are always looking to find new content to entertain them, who knows, it might just be you!
On the other hand, you can do physical crafts and sales. If you are handy with yarns or art, check out Etsy or other marketplaces meant for just that! If the online world is not your can of soup, look for the happenings in your area. Perhaps you can prepare a stock of cool things and sell them at your local fair. In my town, there’s a market going on the first Wednesday of each month. Consequently, All sorts of people come to sell their produce!
And don’t forget about dropshipping. It’s pretty much just a matter of making your design and setting up a shop. Though, that again, requires some minor technical dabbling.
We housewives have something that your average modern woman may not have – freedom. Our husbands were graceful enough to buy it for us with their sweat and hard work. This means that we have more time for our passions, and so, it often happens that we pursue them too. I marvel at the ladies who are making a respectable side earning, helping their families with their crafty skills in all the varied areas of expertise. Isn’t that something you would consider true empowerment? I do, anyway.
Undoubtedly, I am fortunate to be able to keep writing and to be able to use my given talents in supporting my husband. And to think this wasn’t even given to me as an alternative among other proper ways of living! Who knows, perhaps I will prove them all wrong in the end by writing and supporting our household by doing what I love. Not that I aim to prove anything to anyone.
So, if you’re a homebody (you don’t even need to be a housewife, c’mon now!), consider all the opportunities you might not have heard of yet. In my case, I was never told all the things that the umbrella term ‘writing’ contains. It is translations, articles, proofing, editing, you name it! Look at your talents above all, and go find your nook in the world. Let nobody stop you!