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Money Making Ideas for Couples Who Don’t Want to Leave their Home

Many individuals in the US are experiencing serious difficulty in managing their lives. Torn between juggling heavy workloads, managing relationships, navigating family responsibilities, and making time for outside interests and recreation, it’s really no surprise that at least 25 percent of Americans indicate high levels of stress. Balance in all things is important for a happy, healthy life, and for couples with young children or aging parents,  leaving home to work  9 to 5 (or longer!) is seriously unappealing.

If you’ve been wanting to make some changes, such as embrace a job or build a career that will provide some semblance of a steady income, but allow you some flexibility in your schedule, you may want to look at jobs that you can work from home. A true work-life balance will mean more time for your partner, your children, your friends, and the many diversions that make life fun and help increase our concentration, productivity, and overall satisfaction with life.

If you are interested in home-based businesses for couples, here are a few that top the list:

Start a dropshipping company

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and really want to invest some time in a work-from-home business,  look no further than starting a dropshipping company. Selling products online through a dropshipping business can mean a satisfying and sustainable first (or a second income) over time. Dropshipping allows you to purchase products from a third party and have it shipped directly to your loyal consumers. Because there are few startup costs involved, you can truly hit the ground running if you manage your expectations of income in the first year or so. Choose from among the trending products available for dropshipping, select one or more dropshipping wholesalers, set up your ecommerce website, and find ways to get the word out using social media tools and platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and others.

Running your business from home using your computer will allow you to work around family and home obligations. Beginning dropshippers report income of a few hundred to a thousand dollars a month, depending on the amount of time and effort invested and the type of products you choose to sell.  Product development and the logistics of shipping are someone else’s concerns, so you can focus your attention on perfecting the look of your website, marketing and advertising, customer satisfaction, and building your brand. Follow some important dropshipping tips and ideas to get yourself and your partner informed before investing the time and effort.

YouTube Yourself and Your Partner

YouTube is the second largest search engine available, and remains a repository of a great deal of information! What many people don’t know that YouTube can stand alone as a home business idea. Entrepreneurial adventurists have created lucrative home-based businesses by developing and promoting their knowledge, skill, and expertise in hundreds of areas. If your husband is a contractor and knows how to do household projects that others will want to complete, develop a DIY YouTube channel that features his how-to tutorials or vlogs. If you are someone who knows a great deal about makeup or have other health and wellness knowledge to share, consider a YouTube channel that conducts interviews, reviews products, or presents webinars that sell your experience.

Watchers can subscribe to your channel, creating a steady source of income, as long as you are invested in the continued creation of watch-worthy information. In order to join the YouTube Partner Program (YPP), you will need to have 4,000 hours of watch time in the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers, meaning that you will have to invest in your channel before you are able to see benefits emerge from this business venture. Still, developing a YouTube channel or channels can be a fun and interesting way to enjoy the freedom of a home-based business and the company of one another as you grow together both personally and professionally. Spend time following important tips for YouTubers, like posting content consistently, naming your videos strategically, shooting in various locations, and making your videos aesthetically pleasing.

While there are other ways such as completing surveys, reviewing websites, typing transcriptions, and even getting paid to lose weight, most of these will likely not provide a sustainable primary income over the long haul. They do, however, make for excellent resources for fast-cash or secondary, disposable income and should not be discounted.

What are some ways you’ve made money without leaving your home? Have your friends or family members found success in a particular way? Feel free to share your experiences or thoughts below.

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My name is Sherrie Campbell, I am an author, Ph.D. holder, living in California USA. I'm a blogger for the Huffington Post, a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur and licensed Psychologist with over nineteen years of clinical training and experience.

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