We asked one of our distributors to recount her experiences as a stay at home mum trying out different roles before she found the right fit here at Penny Miller. Here’s what she had to say:
I stayed home with my kids for many years. I loved that I rarely missed their precious milestones. They happen so quickly and I wanted to drink them up before my kids were in school.
At the same time, I found myself yearning for the satisfaction I enjoyed while working outside the home. It invigorated me. And my family certainly missed my paycheck. To create balance in my life and supplement our income, I sought part-time jobs where I could manage my own hours and level of commitment. This allowed me to continue both parenting and working on my own terms.
Many of my mates were in the same boat so we exchanged ideas and references. We tried a lot of different possibilities. Some of them were scams (We learned that the hard way). Others were not worth the effort because they barely provided enough supplemental income to warrant the time. Some of them were successful because we could return to them as needed.
I’ve narrowed down here the 5 best ways we found to earn supplemental income. They are fun flexible, and completely legitimate.
Babysitting was the perfect job when my children were toddlers. Besides breaking up the tedium that comes with parenting little ones, babysitting was surprisingly lucrative. I already had the space, equipment, and food. My work days felt like play-dates and my children enjoyed time with their mates.
Most of my clients hired me as needed so I did not have a regular schedule — which I appreciated.
The downside to babysitting for supplemental income is that it can become a logistical challenge when the kids are older and everyone has different activities. Once I found myself driving more than playing, I drastically reduced my hours. The other challenge was maintaining enough energy for my own children.
I started tutoring shortly after a friend asked me to help her son with biology. Since my career had been in science, it seemed a natural fit for part-time work. I tutored at home, one evening a week, after my husband took over with the kids.
The struggle with tutoring was that I was committed to a schedule. When my kids were sick or had an activity, I either had to cancel on them or my students. My hours were much less flexible than some of the other jobs I used as supplemental income.
3.Driving for a Ride-Hailing Service
There are endless debates about driving for ride-hailing service like Ingogo and Uber. It’s too stressful. It’s exciting. It doesn’t garner enough income. It’s perfect for supplemental income. It’s safe. It’s dangerous. The downside is that you have to have access to a car to drive and the associated cost of petrol and additional maintenance. Also there are potential liability issues that are not resolved yet because your standard CTP insurance won’t cover you when you are providing a commercial service. This is new, and there have been quite a few issues come out about these services so its proceed at your own risk.
This is the perfect time to generate extra revenue in freelance work. A growing demand for different skills, especially online, keeps the market fresh. It is usually done remotely and can be completed anytime during the day or night.
Many people begin by registering with a clearinghouse, like Freelancer. You can also narrow your search according to your specialty.
The obvious downsides to freelancing are the needs to pitch for each job and to have a specific skill. It also does not provide a predictable income.
5.Penny Miller Distributor
By far the job that has provided the most consistent and steady income has been distributing catalogues and goods for Penny Miller. I began working with Penny Miller when my 2 oldest kids started school and I had a newborn. My family was at a point where we really needed our supplemental income to be more reliable than it was with any of the other jobs I had tried.
Penny Miller is Australian-owned, but more importantly, I did not have to pay to join their team. Most of the product-oriented opportunities I considered required huge start-up fees. They also included self-promotion and sales, two things I wanted to avoid.
In the beginning, I put baby in the Ergobaby mid-morning and set out for a light, nap-inducing walk with my catalogues or goods. Since Penny Miller assigns each distributor a unique and non-competing distribution area, I quickly got to know the customers on my route. With only one child at home again, these friendships made each day more interesting. What began as supplemental income has also provided us with a healthy savings account.
I haven’t really found any significant downfalls working with Penny Miller, except perhaps that I frequently get so caught up in chatting with customers that I have to rush home to pick up my other kids from school. Also, it is commission based, however I have still have a pretty steady income from week to week, and the catalogue seems to have some pretty loyal/regular buyers. In addition, its cash in hand too, which really helps.
It might seem daunting to supplement your income while staying home with your children, but it is actually quite simple and, more importantly, fulfilling. I encourage you to choose one or two of the opportunities listed here and make that first inquiry into generating greater revenue for you and your family.
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