I want to share with you some easy-to-start additional income sources for African working moms .
Almost everywhere in the world, income levels remain abysmally low for the average worker. Arguably, working moms in Africa and other parts of the world are feeling the pain most.
If you are the typical African career woman, chances are that you are a mother as well. In other words, you are a busy working mom but with limited means to cater for your young children.
Invariably, you are perpetually trying every “magical method” to live on a tight budget.
Day in day out, you and I are getting more and more resourceful. Our goal is to find creative ways to survive till the next payday,
And to be honest with ourselves, you and I know that it has never been easy.
The challenge may turn into a herculean task where you are a single parent.
You haven’t got a partner with whom you can share the ever-increasing financial burden.
It could even be that your partner is around but either his own pay is too small, or that he has lost his job, or that he is simply not the type to take his responsibilities seriously.
So you are currently struggling to survive on your small income coming from a single source.
Time to start earning extra income
I believe you wouldn’t consider it a bad idea to start earning some extra income to complement your salary or profits.
There is hope for you. Yes, if you are looking for ways to create some additional income sources, then you have just landed at the right spot.
I am about to show you just a few easy-to-start additional income sources.
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These additional income sources for African working moms, in particular, will blow your mind.
The reason is that you are going to discover how relatively easy it is to start making some side money with the majority of these additional income sources.
Are you ready to take that leap of faith in order to start making additional income for yourself and your family?
Then come with me. Let me give you the financial freedom tips for working moms in Africa that you’ve been searching for all this while.
1. Start an online business.
An online business is the obvious number one choice in today’s fast-growing gig economy.
Opportunities abound on the internet for any African working mom who wants to earn extra income.
You may as well consider the following areas
- Make money by creating and monetizing your own blog.
A well-crafted and properly monetized blog will in no time become your virtual real estate.
It is for no mere reason that Google and the others call a blog or website a “property”.
Both personal blogs and corporate blogs have become important sources of passive income for their owners.
You too have what it takes to become a successful blogger.
You can learn how to start a blog and also how to create the right content in the right volumes. This will make you attract large volumes of traffic to your site.
And that will mark the beginning of your blog becoming one major source of additional income for you.
- Venture into eCommerce.
Create your own online store and start selling there. You can also sell on top well-established online shopping platforms like Ebay, Etsy, Shopify and so on.
- Create and sell online courses.
Are you in possession of some awesome knowledge or skill.? I urge you to take the necessary steps to start teaching others online.
You will be surprised at the sheer number of people who are already out there making a decent income within the e-learning industry.
Though it may sound intimidating at first, teaching other people (from all corners of the globe) through the medium of the internet is no rocket science.
You can begin by doing the right searches on Google and other search engines on the subject.
If you can afford it, there are courses to take in order to hone your online teaching skills.
Additionally, find out more about some reputable e-learning platforms you can join to enable you deliver your ecourses with relative ease.
2. Start a freelancing business.
Freelancing can be done both online and offline.
A freelancer is an independent contractor. Anyone who is into freelancing takes on a job and completes it for the owner for a fee.
Jobs that freelancers take vary. In fact they spread across many industries and require a variety of skill sets.
If you enjoy writing, you can offer your services as a freelance writer for company websites or blogs belonging to individuals.
Can you boast of some awesome graphic designer skills? The market is really large and thirsty for your services.
You can become a ghostwriter, a copywriter or a web designer for a handsome fee.
The good thing about being a freelancer is that you can do it part-time. All you need is a computer/laptop and reliable access to the internet.
You can work from anywhere including your kitchen, living room, garden or even your bedroom.
When it comes to searching for freelancing gigs, your options are limitless.
Apart from the fact that you can prospect for new jobs just by spreading the word around within your personal network, there are lots of platforms where you can register and pitch for freelancing jobs.
Freelancer.com, Guru, Upwork and ProBlogger are just a few examples of online places teeming with thousands of freelancing job offers.
3. Produce ebooks and sell them for some extra cash.
This is another way of creating and running a high-paying online business right from your home.
Do you love to write. Are you one of those who dream of seeing their name in print?
Then I honestly believe it is time for you to consider writing a number of awesome ebooks to sell.
There is a refreshing fact to know about ebook writing. You don’t need the services of any traditional publisher or brick and mortar bookshop to successfully manage your ebook publishing business.
You can do all that stuff all by yourself!
By learning and applying what you have learnt from those already doing well in the industry, you stand a good chance to succeed in self-publishing.
Self-publishing is one of the best ways many working moms around the globe are creating additional income for their households.
Ebooks are good for generating passive income. What this means is that after doing the initial work, you can now go to sleep while your books bring you a steady stream of much needed income.
You will need to do a great deal of marketing, though. If not, no one will know your book even exists.
4. Become a micro lender.
This is certainly a better alternative to consuming all your salary before the middle of the month.
Why don’t you consider delaying your gratification? You will then be able to put part of your income at interest. How?
By lending it to those who desperately need very small loans for their own small business startups, of course!
Because incomes for many households are very low in Africa, people are continually looking for ways to create their own small businesses to supplement their regular income.
The good news, therefore, is that micro-lending provides you with two opportunities.
You will be helping others start their own businesses. At the same time, you too are making your extra income from the interests you take on the loans you give out.
5. Start a commercial farming business.
Africa has extremely good arable land. However, food prices remain very high.
This is where the opportunity lies.
Now if you live somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, then you are aware of the large tracts of agricultural land waiting to be cultivated.
There is a good market for agricultural produce, especially foodstuffs.
All you need right now is the willingness to dirty your hands a little.
When you decide to go into commercial farming, you can use part of your salary from your day job as investment capital.
And if done properly, you will soon become a supplier for many retailers in this sector.
6. Go into retail business.
Start a store to sell any item of your choice.
One piece of advice though.
It is good to sell goods that most people use on a daily basis. Examples are food items, cleaning and washing products.
There are many companies that supply soaps and detergents in Ghana, for example. You can contact them to assist you to stock your new store.
Clothing items are also good for attracting regular customers to your retail shop.
If you get your location right and manage your inventory properly, you should soon develop one more reliable income stream.
7. Learn a new skill to produce your own goods and services.
Are you a teacher?
You can use your after-school hours and the vacation periods to learn a new skill.
The same periods are there for you to capitalize on to sell your products or services after the training.
Remember that there is no shame in earning an extra cash. There is only joy in it.
Therefore, so long as your new skill and service are legitimate, you can use them to begin to create financial freedom for yourself and your kids.
Do you fancy becoming a beautician? Go for it.
If you’ve always dreamt of starting a catering business, this could be the best time for you to make the move.
8. Teach a part-time class.
If you love imparting knowledge to others, you should take the necessary steps to become an independent teacher.
Being a trained and career teacher can give you a head start.
If not, I can assure you that you need not be a professional teacher to teach other people’s children on a part-time basis.
Whatever your profession, you can do a good job and make a handsome income teaching both children and adults privately.
9. Start a day-care centre.
Handling infants and toddlers during the day is becoming a problem for many working parents.
So if you have some space somewhere that can cater to the needs of working moms in this area, go straight ahead and provide this service.
This is particularly a good choice for those who are already self-employed and need to add one more income stream to their existing businesses.
With the help of a handful of assistants, you can manage a day care successfully.
10. Start a network marketing business.
Become an entrepreneur in the fast growing network marketing industry while you keep your day job.
Personally, this is what I’m doing at the moment. To tell you the truth, I’m enjoying the whole thing while I make a decent amount of income on the side.
So I trust that you too can thrive being a network marketer. All you need is to join the right network marketing company and the sky is the limit.
Truly, the earning potential for any part-time or full-time network marketer is huge. So why don’t you give it a try?
So there you have it. As a working mom from Africa, I have had my fair share of financial difficulties. And I can tell you on authority that one of the most effective ways to reduce stress coming from money problems is to take that bold step to build a side business for yourself.
The above options are by no means exhaustive. But I believe that just by picking one or two of these additional income sources to develop, will go a long way to make things easier for you and your family.
What other sources of income do you recommend for African working moms?. Give me a hint in the comment section before you leave.