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Home-based businesses allow housewives and moms to use their spare time constructively and earn some extra money to make them self-sufficient. Housewives can successfully do a variety of business from the very comfort and convenience of their homes, based on their skill-sets. The right mentality, time management and ability to work hard are all you would need.

Having brought up in a patriarchal society, women still find it difficult to establish themselves as business women and leave a mark in the business world. Women are always expected to be behind or under a man in a work environment. However, this scene is changing rapidly to make way for women entrepreneurs and young CEOs who are proving their business acumen in the society.

Many stay-at-home mothers and homemakers have been wanting to make a change. They no longer want to sit around idly and waste their skills and talents. They are now looking for work from home based business opportunities that will help them in utilizing their skills and education to make them self-sufficient and independent.

Online Data Entry

It is considered one of the easiest ways to make some easy money from home. All you require is a good computer and a reliable internet connection. You don't need much skills at using the computer; just basic computer operations will suffice. Many companies outsource their data entry work to freelancers. You will be required to fill forms with data from designated fields, form filling, Captcha entering are some of the data entry jobs available in the market. It does not require any capital investment.

Creche / Day Care Services

A childcare centre or baby sitter service is a great home business you can start in India. This enterprise is quite easy for a mom with experience in managing infants while understanding their needs. Working couples generally require crèche services in cities, towns and large metros.

You should be ready to handle children as young as six months, as working moms resume their jobs at the end of their maternity leave.

Creche don’t require high investment. It's enough to launch you into this business with a few playpens, sufficient toys and games, diapers, baby food and a first aid kit! You have to make sure that all kids receive high quality care and personalized attention.

Network Marketing/MLM

Network marketing, also referred to as Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) is still one of the most sought after, home-based business ideas in India by any standards. Housewives can easily become a network marketer for any of these top global brands with a small capital, and sell their products for a profit. They can utilize their friends group to bring in business. Investment is fairly secure as you'll only spend on customer-ordered products. All MLM firms stipulate the maximum price you can sell a product at. The sale price, however, provides a hefty profit for you.

Homemade Soaps and Candles

This is another business that is gaining popularity these days. Fancy scented candles and fragrant soaps with natural ingredients are garnering high demand among women. Women are preferring them for gift hampers and celebration gifting. It is a low cost investment business and requires less time and energy from you. The raw materials are easily available and it is very simple to make these scented candles and soaps. You can advertise them on social media and your friends circle for increased visibility. Business keeps growing through repeat customers and word of mouth marketing.

Designing Gift Baskets

Women are very creative and can design imaginative products that are very unique. If you consider yourself a creative individual and is interested in creating art, this business is for you. You can create gift baskets with so many things. You can create them based on a theme, or an occasion, or on the seasons, so on and so forth. The ideas are countless for a creative person. People are looking for personalized gifts these days. If you can deliver high quality products, you can make some repeat business and good profit.

Online surveys

This earning avenue has been in the market for several decades now. Marketers want consumer data. They pay you to take these online surveys on various products and services for their companies. You don’t need any investment for these online surveys. You can register with a number of survey companies and take these surveys at your convenience to earn some extra bucks.

Beauty Services

Not many people are comfortable visiting a beauty parlour. They may not be able to afford the high prices charged by these fancy salons. They want to look pretty nevertheless. What if you can provide them with affordable beauty services from your home or at their home? That is a cracker business idea. You can learn beauty techniques from an institute. You can then advertise yourself with your friends, relatives and neighbours. You may have to invest in some quality beauty products and a few equipment and you are good to go. Basic beauty services have so much demand that in no time will the money start pouring in.

Home Cooked Food

Who doesn’t love some home cooked food? With more and more women spending long hours at work, the demand for home cooked food has also increased. Families prefer to order from home chefs for a healthy and hygienic diet for their family. We should also consider the number of bachelors who work in other cities who crave home cooked foods. It does not require any additional infrastructure and can be managed with what you have at home. People are willing to collect prepared food from home saving you delivery costs.

Affiliate Marketing

This business enterprise is highly underrated. This has a huge potential if you can create some interesting and impactful website or blog. All you need to do is find some reputed Affiliate Program online. You can just Google it. Then, find some of the bestselling products and use various marketing strategies to promote them on your blog or website. You'll be receiving a commission on any successful sale. A computer with an Internet connection and a bank account is all it takes to start this part-time, home-based company.

Hand-made Craft Business

Women naturally have the patience and skill to create art and crafts. Why not monetize it?

Most women have a craft hobby; jewellery making, home decoration articles, painting, embroidery, Zardosi work on fabric, and many more. These hobbies can be made into a successful business enterprise. These do not need much capital investment and can be done during their free time. Since they are already interested in them, the end product will be a loving creation.

Some craft ideas are articles made with Plaster of Paris, sculpture with paintings, bead jewellery, thread jewellery, terracotta home décor, terracotta jewellery and many more.

You can market your product through the local fancy store, specialized dealers, social media, friends and family.

EndNote: Opportunities are abundant to the right seeker! Business ideas present themselves in the simplest of things in our environment. Monetizing and capitalizing on it is in our hands. There is a lot of information and guidance available online regarding any kind of business venture you are looking into. Funding for your business venture is also available from the government through banks and NBFCs.

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