At these times, when many find it difficult to balance their home economy, I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks of ways of generating some income from home. Overall, I believe that if it comes to wives earning money, it's better to do so from home.
That said, as someone who had worked from home for periods of time in the past, I must emphasize that working from home is still working. Yes, you are physically there, but you are distracted. It's difficult to have set work hours, and so the line between "work" time and "home" time is blurred, which can add to levels of stress. Not every woman at home is supposed to feel pressured to start a home business, and indeed, in some seasons of our lives, it's better to put projects on hold.
When choosing to have a side business from home, I think it's preferable to opt for something you are already good at, or on the contrary, it can something new that you feel motivated to do. Personally, I wouldn't choose anything that requires a big initial investment, finances-wise.
The options can be many. There are families around here who sell home-baked bread and cakes, or raise goats and chickens and sell milk, cheese and eggs (that can be a full-fledged business). Others sell their handiwork, like embroidered head scarves, jewelry and hand-thrown pottery. I'm not sure how much money the local artisans actually make, but I'm fairly sure it's more of a little something on the side than something that can actually sustain a family.
We have explored other venues of making money from home, which, so far, have not worked out. What I would like best, of course, is to take my writing to a whole different level. I am working on it, but that's more of a long-term goal. It requires time, energy and inspiration. So far, to be practical, we need to keep afloat, and therefore I'm open to ideas of what we can do at home.
There is one thing, however, that almost everyone think I'm supposed to be doing, and that I, on the other hand, think would be a very bad idea for us. That is providing childcare. It's common around here for stay-at-home mothers to take a couple of other babies/little ones into their homes, and many seem to believe that is the most obvious answer for a family that is struggling financially.
However, and I know I risk sounding horribly callous here, I am not what you'd call a "baby person". I love spending time around my own child, but I don't have much patience for other people's babies and toddlers, and therefore I feel I would be doing the poor children and their parents a great disservice if I agreed to provide care for them. Not to mention that it would mean inviting pandemonium into my home while my husband needs peace and quiet to study for his work venues, which are far more important than whatever I might be doing on the side.
If we do find an idea for a home business that works anytime soon, I will, of course, write an update about it.