Many cultures across the globe prefer or expect a woman to stick to their role of being a housewife while the man is the income provider. If it’s not culture, it’s the many home responsibilities that force women to discard their passion and stick to the home front.
Well, things have changed in the past decade and these need not be the only choices. Today, a housewife can both stay at home and run a successful business, taking care of her family’s needs and much more. The skill sets, that are in demand in the market, span a wide range and all it requires is stepping forward and proving that “you can do the job”.
With everything getting done online, and flexibility of communication shifting, from boardroom to bedroom, huge opportunities open for a homemaker. If you are looking forward to creating your own destiny, there are some unique advantages for you:
1. Personal freedom
For someone who has the experience of going to a ‘job’ everyday, a home based business can be newfound freedom. No one likes to spend hours trying to get through the traffic and sitting at your desk, regardless of having any thing to do or not.
Statistics even suggest that the average American will spend more than 348 hours, every year, just to commute between the workplace and home. With home businesses, you will have this extra time to yourself and regain control of personal life.
For housewives, this has even more advantages. The time spent commuting can always be spent in some healthy cooking, looking after your kids or just sleeping or training!
Apart from the above, there are no bosses to answer to, the freedom to set your own work schedule, no office politics, no dress code and the freedom of choice when it comes to projects. All that’s required is personal discipline, a drive, commitment, and some time management skills.
2. You keep the money you worked hard for!
With traditional office jobs, you are assigned work targets that are paid way more, than what you are getting paid, at the end of the month. Now, if you can directly win these projects, all the money would be yours to keep. The earning is directly proportional to the work hours you put in and the skill sets you have. There is no one eating from your talents, to be more specific, you are paid what you are worth!
Further, if you add the money saved in commuting, the advantages of healthy homemade food, the work process becomes more cost efficient. Preparing a lunch for your kids could be a much better work-break than dwelling on office politics in a posh looking cafeteria.
3. Increasing opportunities
Home businesses give housewives the opportunity to create their own brand and to determine their quality of work. The market is always looking for fresh talents, fresh ideas and new people to outsource their projects to. Be it about sharing recipes or writing a blog or running a software development startup, a personal brand will open up the whole market, for you.
4. Being transparent
With an office job, you are just required to deliver what’s required. Seldom do you understand that there’s more to it. With home businesses, you are your own boss and the transparency in payments can be great satisfaction.
5. Less stress
Women have always found it hard coping with the rather men-dominated workplace. Apart from this, come factors like workplace harassments, forced workloads that are sure to compromise quality and other things.
A Home business also makes it easier to juggle your professional and personal life. It could be demanding initially, but once your business is up and running, it’s easier, cheaper and a lot less stressful to administer the required work process.
Plus, you can always skip taking on a project when your kid is unwell or you have other personal priorities to take care of.
6. Self growth
Running a home business requires a full study of your work and this comes with the added advantage of keeping you busy with things that you really are passionate about.
You get to wear the hat of a CEO, a manager, a marketing person, a business strategist and more. This leads to self growth and a healthy lifestyle, free of unnecessary politics.
7. A creative outlet
While home based businesses are good for housewives, it is also necessary to ensure that you are working in an industry that you are really passionate about.
Following your passion automatically makes you self-generative and gives way to creative skills. You will be dealing with things that you have a passion to know about and work upon.
While it is always easier said than done, with the right mindset, a home business for housewives can be very fruitful and rewarding.