As a woman who’s made money online for the past 24 years, I feel like it’s absolutely vital EVERY woman who can have some sort of income on the side, no matter how big or how small.
3 Dangerous Mistakes All Women Make When They Don’t Have a Second Income
1- They are not lining their lives up to the biblical standard
Take a look at the Proverbs 31 woman. She sold sashes and garments (vs. 24), she managed her assistants (vs. 15), she traded (vs. 18), she invested with the money she made (vs. 18), she did a lot to help the family. The financial burden didn’t all just rest on her husband’s shoulders.
We are called to be a helpmeet to our husbands, helping carry the load. His load of financial manager is pretty tough (I can say that as a single woman!) and even if your husband never admits it, it’s a lot to deal with.
Wanting to help him carry the load, even if it’s a couple hundred bucks a month, or trading to help supply needs, or shopping at a few different stores to get the best deal is all what the godly woman wants to do. 🙂
Leaving it all on his shoulders is not the standard of what God has called us to do as wives.
Another thing to consider is your time. Although many women say they work too hard, they are really only busy doing nothing. They waste a lot of time and just don’t realize it. I know it, because I used to be one of those wives before I became a Christian so it is very plain for me to see.
Wasting time is not stewarding our time well, according to what God has given us and it leads to other sins like gossiping, complaining, and laziness.
To guard yourself from those sins (again, lining our lives and hearts up to the Lord), it’s good for a wife to have a small business or some sort of way to make money on the side. 🙂
This could mean starting an online business. It could mean growing a vegetable garden and trading veggies with neighbors or church members.
If you have a knack for sewing, you could sew and stitch things for people.
Maybe you’re really good at repair and can fix vacuums well, you could do that for others. Maybe you love photography and can take pictures, start a stock photo shop.
Perhaps you love to create with your hands, you could create printables and start a shop.
Maybe you don’t mind mowing the lawn so you could do that to avoid paying someone else to do it (or your husband).
There are LOTS of ways to make and save money all around you, but we must be dedicated toward living our lives for the Lord and becoming like the Proverbs 31 model, however that looks in your own situation in your family. ❤️
2- They put their eggs all in one basket
Things happen every single day. Your husband gets laid off, he hurts his ankle and can’t work, prices go up, inflation hits, your husband takes off and leaves you (Lord forbid, but it happens).
Point is, it’s really dumb to put all your eggs in one basket.
As a single mom, I have over 26 streams of income, did you know that?
You may look at my blog and think, “Well, she makes great money, that’s all she has.”
Nope! Not at all.
I have a shop. I have a blog. I have a courses site. I sell stuff on Facebook Marketplace, and on Ebay. I have affiliate marketing with many different companies so that if one goes belly up or fails, I have more to rely on.
I’m teaching my daughter how to make money online. Sometimes I even sell printables online as well to others so that they can sell them. I have a network marketing company I sell essential oils for.
I have my hand in so many cookie jars and it’s always served me well. If one part of my empire/income goes down or slows down, it’s okay, because I’ve got other things going on. Not all is lost.
Only having one thing your family is making money in, is not the smartest thing in the world to do, especially in this economy!!!! Things are failing left and right and prices are going up like crazy. You need to help create a stable life for your family, both you and your husband together. So decide what you want to do together, where you want to spend your time. It definitely is a joint effort. 🙂
3- They spend too much
I remember as a kid, I’d spend the moon if you gave it to me. 😂 I mean, I just LOVED to spend money. It’s something I see with my daughter as well. She walks into a store and spends $100 like it’s nothing.
She had no concept of what making money was like and how much was required to earn that $100 and so, she used to spend so frivolously.
If you’re not out there making some sort of income of your own, you start to become complacent and spending your family’s income because you don’t realize how much it takes to earn it. I hate to say that, but it really is so true.
If you’re making money, then you know it’s not the easiest thing in the world and so you save more and your family has a lot better finances. You take more care about your purchases. You shop around for the best deals. You spend more wisely. And that helps your entire financial portfolio!
No matter what you do to earn money or how much you earn each month, it’s a very good thing for you to start earning income. 🙂
It helps your husband, it helps you not overspend, it gives you a sense of accomplishment, it lines your life up with the standard of God, and it protects you against the future!! ❤️