For the housewife looking to bring in extra income, jobs are there for the taking, or the creating. Some jobs can be done from home, while others may require travel to a specific location. Some jobs require little previous experience or skill, such as babysitting, while others might require training or specialized knowledge, such as web site design. Should the housewife have a job that requires expenses, such as for fuel or software, this expense should be added to the fee she charges her clients.
A job as a babysitter or nanny isn't just for teenagers anymore. The housewife who loves children and has had experience caring for children can earn anywhere from $5 to $18 per hour babysitting a child for working parents. Overnight babysitting adds an additional fee of $50. To avoid legal implications, be sure to limit the number of children you babysit, sign an agreement with the parent and avoid advertising your home as a “daycare center.” Additionally, make sure you’re clear with the parent on where babysitting takes place -- your home or hers.
A job as a driver can be a short-term source of income. If you know someone who is unable to drive or without his own car, offer to work for him as his driver. You can drive him to work, doctor appointments or classes. Or you can run errands for her, such as picking up packages or buying groceries. The pay for this job varies; you’ll normally charge the cost of gas and related expenses. When you have this kind of job, create an agreement for both of you to sign that will explain what types of places you agree to drive her to (such as work), the amount of money paid to you and what that money will cover.
Got a knack for crafts? Then perhaps you can work in a job as a crafter. Sell your homemade clothing, decorations, accessories and designs through retail sites. Advertise your craft business through social networks and by telling your friends about your online store. Before you place anything online for sale, come up with a list of how much you will charge for all of your products.
Chef or Baker
If you’ve received many requests from people for your prize-winning pie or your “amazing” lasagna, why not start selling your culinary products? Focus on one item you excel at, such as a specific cookie recipe, or choose a specific entrée to make and deliver yourself, such as desserts, then create your menu. From there, decide on a price for one item or a dozen items, then come up with a catchy name for your food business. You can spread the word about this venture through your own web site, your friends, an ad in your local paper and social media.
Writer or Editor
Have you spent much of your time correcting other people’s grammar or rolling your eyes over typos in books? Then perhaps a job as an editor is for you. You can work as a freelance editor or land a job as an editor for a company. Before pursuing this job, note that some qualifications for an editor include a college degree and experience as an editor. On the other hand, give writing a try. Freelance writers can sell articles, short stories or essays to magazines, newspapers and web sites. Spend some time working on your writing and decide which area is your strongest suit before you approach a market.
Web Site Designer
Creating web sites can be an ideal job for the housewife who wants a job where she can set her own hours. If you don’t know the first thing about how to create a web site or even what HTML means, consider taking a class at your local community college or read up about it at the library. Some web sites offer tutorials on how to create a web site, and software is available to show you how to do this task with ease.