For today’s Reader Mail, I’m featuring a very interesting email from a mother who wants to work at home and earn money.
With what’s happening in the world economy, more and more people are looking for ways to earn extra income.
That’s why as of late, it has become very common for me to hear friends ask, “Ano bang magandang raket ngayon?” (What’s a good sideline business to do today?)
Anyway, after reading her letter, I tried my best to give her tips on how to start a home based business or where she can look for home based jobs in the Philippines. Moreover, I also gave her some personal advice regarding her family.
Let’s read her letter now and please, to all my readers, do share your thoughts and advice by leaving a comment below. Thank you.
From Mrs. L
Thanks for a great blog you’ve got here!!!
I just finished confirming my subscription to your articles via email.
Anyway, I hope you can find the time to answers some questions I’ve got. In your article “5 wrong reasons for starting your own business“, I just would like to ask if my reason is valid or not.
I am turning 40 this month and I want to start this chapter in my life on the right track. I am a stay at home mother at the moment. I quit my job last year to focus my time and attention to my son. My husband is working overseas. However, I thought life will be better but I was wrong. Since I was used to working and having my own money, I started to feel insecure and useless. I am not comfortable in just sitting down waiting for the remittance of my husband. I am now contemplating of having a home-business or a job where I don’t have to go to the office.
Do I have the right reason Fitz?
I will appreciate your response and I wish you good health and success this new year. God bless!
Hi! Thanks for taking the time to write. Regarding your concern, I guess the first thing you have to do is to tell your husband about your plan to start a home business or finding a home-based job. I’m sure the idea will be okay to him as long as you can promise that you’ll still have time to take care of your son.
And about your reason, I don’t see anything wrong with wanting to do something for yourself. I understand how you feel about being insecure and useless because you’re financially dependent on your husband.
Nevertheless, I believe that marriage is all about teamwork, you don’t have to feel insecure and useless because you are the one responsible for the proper upbringing and development of your son – a very worthy and important purpose.
With that being said, I can perhaps suggest that you simply start a sideline business. Something you can do at home and more importantly, you can choose not to do if ever your son needs your time.
Off the top of my head, why start with what you can do? You like baking or cooking? Then sell some of your homemade recipes to your neighbors and friends for parties. Any hobbies? Do you collect anything? If you like arts and crafts, then that is also an option. Maybe this article about the things you can sell your officemates for extra income can help you get ideas.
These things, you can choose to sell offline and online. There are lots of buy and sell websites where you can do some trading. Check out this guide on selling online which I wrote a few months back.
Take note that these websites also have work at home job opportunities posted. You can try and see if you can find a home-based job that you’ll like. Just remember to practice due diligence before accepting any work to save yourself from having troubles later on.
Alternatively, you can also invest some money in direct selling companies. This may require a bit of your time so be sure you can manage. Also remember to choose a product which you can easily sell to people you know.
I’d be wary about multilevel marketing companies though for it’s really hard to recruit people as downlines and they do take a lot of time, but it’s really up to you. If you think you can do it, then go ahead.
Lastly, if you have internet access at home, then you can also start a blog and try your chances at making money online. Starting a blog is easy if you like writing and sharing your thoughts. Making money will require a bit of patience though but it’s certainly possible.
You can go and visit the blogs of the people leaving comments on my blog and have a general idea what other people are blogging about. You can also visit Filipina Images, there are a lot of mommy bloggers who write there.
Lastly, I would also suggest that you read my articles on Income Opportunities to get more ideas on how you can earn extra income at home. I guess that’s all I can advice for now. Thanks again for writing and God bless!
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