Monday, August 20, 2012 Business Ideas Mommy Time Money Matters Rakets Sidelines Working Mom
7 Sideline Ideas for Working Moms
A Working Mom. Photo from Linkage.com That's what I have been since 2004. Recalling ...
A Working Mom.
|Photo from Linkage.com|
That's what I have been since 2004. Recalling the 8 years that had gone by, leaving the house again for the first time (after a year and a half of corporate career hiatus to focus on taking care of my first child) is still fresh to me. It was with a heavy heart that I left my son to the care of a yaya and be away from him the whole day. I remember having to reacquaint myself with commuting during rush hours, with the heavy traffic in a cold business district, with the irritating sound of bus horns and scent of pollution, with riding the elevators and with wearing smart-casual office attire. Not to mention, being a freshman again in the corporate world meant to make a good impression and try to get along with unfamiliar co-workers. It was a painful decision to work, but I had to.
Now, things are so much in place, a lot happier in state and with an additional little boy in the family, I am thankful that I endured the pain of being separated from my son during the first year. That decision has made me an independent, self-sufficient and an empowered woman.
Because I embraced my working-mom-status, I didn’t just limit myself to an 8-5pm job. I searched for means to earn more, on the side, to provide for the growing needs of my family. I’ve dabbled into a number of “rakets,” and as I write this, I still continue doing so.
Here are some ideas of a doable, none-work-intruding, and modestly profitable sidelines for working moms:
1. Traditional Buy and Sell.
|My yearly Christmas Cookie Gift Box business|
I must have sold a lot of different kinds of merchandise from imported chocolate drinks, to pastries, to bags, to gadgets, to colognes, to clothes and a lot more. I get my merchandise from friends who have relatives shipping them goods from overseas or those who have tyangge stalls or if I find anything fancy and useful from the wonderful land of Divisoria or from friends who are direct suppliers. I also take advantage of the Christmas Season to sell pastries to office mates. You can actually sell almost anything and make a modest profit out of it.
- Capital: Zero - if consignment or depending on your budget
- Earning Potential - unlimited depending on the amount of merchandise (10% mark-up) and amount of time you invest
2. Start A Band.
|The Euphony Band, 3-piece acoustic band|
if you happen to be a talented musician - a singer or can play any musical instrument - then gather your friends and start jamming. Fuel your passion for music by sharing it to others. Make sure you pack your repertoire with a variety of genre and you're ready to go. I started in 2006, with my then best friend now hubby, as an acoustic duo until we evolved to a 3-piece band. We performed at least twice a week at bars and hotel lounges, got invitations to perform in corporate and private functions. We even have our own Facebook PAGE. Currently, we still do gigs at least twice a month.
- Capital: Talent and your own instrument.
- Earning Potential: as low as P2,000 (bars/lounges) to P15,000 (corporate events/private functions) for an acoustic band
3. Be TV Commercial Talent.
|Tide/Ariel/Mr.Clean Scrubber TVC, 2009|
WHAT?!!! "Me? on TV?!" YES YOU! I used to think it's only a business for those with pretty faces and flawless fair skin. If you have a background in theater or carry an unfailing confidence, then you could be the next lead star in a dish washing or laundry soap or diaper TV Commercial! There are a number of Talent Agencies looking for fresh talents. Companies now recognize the power of mothers' approval of a brand so they employ mommy talents (regardless of complexion, size and height) who fit the required characteristics in their story board. I was referred by a daddy friend of mine to his talent agent, Discovery (office located at 2/F Makati Cinema Square). I went to their office for a VTR and after they profiled me as a young Pinay-looking mom, I was asked to audition for a dish washing commercial with Michael V! Since then I already did four TV commercials.
- Capital Needed: Acting talent and transportation fee going to VTRs.
- Earning Potential: P2,500 (extra); P15,000 - P80,000 (support role); P100,000 to P300,000 or more (lead role) depending on production/agency/client's budget.
4. Try Direct Selling.
In me previous post about Human Nature I mentioned that I signed up as a dealer. The top reason why I signed up is, I LOVE their products. Second, I may enjoy 15% - 25% discount on personal purchases and earning potential. Third, ordering is so easy and gets delivered same day! Other Direct Selling companies you could sign up for are: AVON (I also use Avon,) Fuller Life, Natasha, BoardWalk, MSExchange and more. Be careful with companies offering you "Too good to be true" deals, because more or less it must be. Also, make sure you get products in exchange of fees you pay for. If it's purely based on recruitment of downlines with no products in return, it's called Pyramiding, and this is illegal.
- Capital Needed: Registration Fee (depending on the Direct Selling company) as low as P799 with Human Nature plus transportation fee or delivery fee
- Earning Potential: minimum of 15% of the products' SRP. Check company's minimum order price
5. Start an Online Shop.
The popularity of Multiply then later followed by Facebook Pages, as sites for online sellers, has also increased consumers' trust in online purchasing. There are also oxli, sulit.com.ph and of course eBay. Setting up an online shop is more friendly to working moms who are not inclined to bringing heavy bags of merchandise to her office and to those who have no secure storage of inventories in their post. This allows the working mom to manage her time more efficiently for she could easily schedule her ordering cut offs and delivery or meet ups on days she is available. Since the merchandise being sold online are not seen in actual by potential buyers, business integrity, trustworthiness and transparency should be doubled to earn the trust of your online customers. It's a must to post clear photos of what's sold with complete specifications, reply to your customers' queries immediately, share positive feedback of happy customers, flag sold items, post photos of proof of shipment or arrival of goods, publish your contact details and for your protection, post your terms and conditions.
- Capital Needed: Online shop set up is FREE! Try Facebook Page or Multiply. You will also spend for the cost of merchandise you want to sell
- Earning Potential: limitless, depending on your time and effort.
|Flickr Creative Commons by |
- Capital Needed: CDs for your recording and transportation fees
- Earning Potential: minimum of P5,000 per page (double spaced, English, 12pt font size)
If you happen to have a knack at designing using Adobe Photoshop, then you can start right away. You may first volunteer to make party invitations for your family and friends to practice your skills. Later on if you could ask for referrals and accept designing jobs. It could be anything from invites, to banners, logos, business cards or letter heads.
- Capital Needed: Adobe Photoshop software (free download via toggle.com or en.softonic.com)
- Earning Potential: minimum of P500 per project
When you're already a mom, you don't think only of yourself anymore. The hard-earned money goes straight to the needs of the kids, schooling, groceries and other food, utility bills and of course your savings. If you're a working mom and your and husband's salary aren't enough, there's no harm in trying sideline jobs as long as it doesn't interfere with your main bread-and-butter. Who knows, maybe someday, when you've succeeded in your sideline, it could be your mainline and your key to quit your regular job on your way to financial freedom! Good luck!
Are you a working mom and have other sidelines you wish to share? Please share your ideas by commenting below. Thanks!
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