Back in the day, the man of the family was expected to go to work and earn enough money for all of the family’s needs. Times have changed and women have headed into the workforce; some experts say over 50% of moms work outside the home. It’s amazing how working a little helps a lot when it comes to income. In our first WAHM Connections post we are going to look at a couple of the ways that we can add a little money to our household coffers without it distracting from our stay-at-home mom jobs!
You don’t have to work full-time outside of the home if that’s what you’re thinking. In fact, there are a number of ways you can help support your family without being away from the house for more than eight hours a day.
WAHM Connections: Think of how much money you ideally need to help:
- Are you wanting to pay off debt?
- Save up money?
- Buy a new house?
- Just spoil your kids a bit more?
- Support a shoe addiction?
Think about the skills you currently have and see if there is a market for them. You could possibly start a small business out of your home, which can help with income taxes at the end of the year. You may find that you’re able to make enough money doing something you enjoy that means you can stop working your 9-to-5 job.
Consider the different ways you can work at home – a hobby may be the springboard for a new business. Look in the newspaper for part-time jobs if you need more income than you originally thought. Don’t forget to let others know you’re looking for additional work.
What could you do with the extra money you earn? There are a number of ways having extra income can help your family.
You may also find that saving your extra income will come in handy because of the current economic situation we all find ourselves in. You may be alright financially at the present time, but do you know what tomorrow holds? Consider setting aside part of the extra income for an emergency in the future.
Pay extra toward reducing debt. With today’s economic situation, you can’t be sure you’ll have a job in the long term. Use your extra income to pay down any credit card debts you may have. The fewer credit cards you have, the better off you’ll be should your personal income be reduced.
Save the extra income toward a family vacation during the summer. If you already know where you’d like to spend your vacation, plan a budget to see how much money you’ll need. Break down how much you’d need to save each month and then put any additional income in a special, interest-bearing savings account. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to having your vacation paid for before it arrives.
There are many ways having just a little extra income can benefit your family. Working a little helps a lot when you have a plan on how to use any extra you might have. Put your off-hours to work for you and make your future look brighter. Stay tuned for future WAHM Connections posts to help you in your struggle to add a little money. 🙂