Many housewives are earning a substantial income by offering niche products or services. With the advent of internet in the home more and more women are able to publicize their offerings through blogs and social networking sites. For example, the mother who loves to sew baby clothing decides to sell her items through her own website or through consignment websites. The possibilities are endless.
You can specialize in niche areas like baking, cooking, musical instruction, handmade crafts, handmade furniture, pets, weddings, and gardening. If you have a passion for any of these, just look around in your neighbourhood and friends circle and you will surely find opportunities to make money. For instance if you love gardening and have space to do it you can grow a nursery of flowering plants, exotic plants, herbs and sell these to people. If you're good at baking or cooking, you can offer to take orders for people during their special occasions and even do it in bulk. Parents are increasingly conscious about giving extra-curricular skills to their children. If you can play a musical instrument well or are good at a foreign language you can instruct children in these skills at home.
If you have good organizational skills (and have ample time to spare!), you could offer to manage events such as wedding receptions, birthdays and anniversaries for people. If you can catch an entrepreneurial spirit you could succeed in making your gold without compromising on your home responsibilities.
Home tuition is a favourite for many house wives. If you love teaching and are good at math, science, history or language you can teach school children. An alternative to teaching is to baby sit kids. Tailoring is also another great income earner for many housewives in India.
If you have access to internet at home get an email id made, if you don't have one yet. Read up blogs and articles to stay updated with trends. If you have a flair for writing you can consider freelancing for websites. Besides if you maintain a blog about what you do you can get your work exposed to more and more people. There are blogsites like WordPress where one can create and publish personal blogs for free.