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When you think of a traditional housewife or an old-fashioned homemaker, you are probably thinking of a woman that stays home with the kids. She cooks delicious, homemade food every day, and cleans her house on a schedule that always leaves it looking comfortable and fresh. She might even homeschool her children and volunteer at her church.
Chances are, you probably don’t think she’s an entrepreneur. To most people, the housewife stays home, while the husband goes to work. That’s obviously the traditional way of being a homemaker, in our minds.
But what if I told you that just isn’t true? What if I could prove to you that homemakers and good wives have always had entrepreneurial spirits, and have done more than spent money… they’ve made money?
Proverbs 31 is a chapter in the Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament. In it, a mother is telling her son all of the traits and features he should look for in a good wife. To this mother, it was important for her son to marry not just a beautiful woman, but a wise woman that would help to build up her home.
What you may be surprised to learn is that this ideal, Proverbs 31 woman wasn’t meant to be a shrinking violet that only did as her husband commanded. This mother told her son to look for a woman of valor, who would be (among other things) a shrewd businesswoman, and enterprising trader, and a generous benefactor.
Who can find a worthy woman?
For her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband trusts in her.
He shall have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
and works eagerly with her hands.
She is like the merchant ships.
She brings her bread from afar.
She rises also while it is yet night,
gives food to her household,
and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field, and buys it.
With the fruit of her hands, she plants a vineyard.
She arms her waist with strength,
and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp doesn’t go out by night.
She lays her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
She opens her arms to the poor;
yes, she extends her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household;
for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She makes for herself carpets of tapestry.
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected in the gates,
when he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and delivers sashes to the merchant.
Strength and dignity are her clothing.
She laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom.
Kind instruction is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household,
and doesn’t eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed.
Her husband also praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain;
but a woman who fears Yahweh, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands!
Let her works praise her in the gates!
So clearly, even traditional, old fashioned, biblical homemakers should be doing everything they can to bring more money into their home, to help build it up.
A Good Homemaker Can Make Money In Her Free Time
We can see that thousands of years ago, the best homemakers were those that were industrious and thrifty. Women that could plant a garden and then sell her extra produce, or sew clothes from linens were seen as a prize among all women.
She even knows that her products are profitable! Instead of wasting time on a hobby that will never bring in money, she puts her extra time and effort towards building wealth for her family.
The most important thing to note is that you must be able to find the balance between caring for your family and your home, and being a good entrepreneur. Obviously, being a homemaker should come first.
Can you take care of your house and children while running a blog? I manage it, and so do so many other women today!
Being Frugal Also Means Creating Wealth
I think everyone agrees that a good homemaker is frugal and careful with her family’s money. She doesn’t spend on unnecessary things they can’t afford, she does what she can to save money on the staple items in her home, and she tries to get out of debt.
But an overlooked part of this is that sometimes, you just need more money to be able to do those things. You can only scrimp and pinch pennies so much before you have to admit you need more money flowing into your pockets!
That’s why I think it’s important to encourage homemakers to be entrepreneurs. You don’t have to leave the house and be a working mom to make enough money to cover your bills. All it takes is some time, dedication, and a passion for something that is profitable.
Some good options for homemakers that want to make money are:
- Selling handmade goods on Etsy
- Reselling thrift store purchases
- Selling printables
- Writing eBooks
- Freelance writing
- Freelance design
- Selling at farmer’s markets
- Hair styling and cutting
- Laundry services (I bet there’s at least one local mom that would jump on the opportunity to have someone else do laundry for them!)
- Cleaning homes
- Being a virtual assistant
- Being a Pinterest manager
- Flipping houses
- Meal planning services
There are so many ways for even busy moms to make money. And with more money flowing into your home, you can become a blessing to others, donating money and time to more causes.
So if you think you can find the time to start a side hustle while still being a super mom, I think you should totally go for it!