The month of August is Women’s Month in South Africa; a time to celebrate and uplift the women of this country. Women are the backbone of society, and that should be celebrated every single day of the year. While giving women their flowers for being resilient and essential members of the community, we can’t separate the broader social issues that women have to navigate. The problems that plague women range from the gender wage gap to GBV, unemployment and recently, the havoc that COVID-19 has wreaked on many women-lead households.

The health pandemic has left many women unemployed and has put a financial strain on households. Many have had to register new businesses or seek additional streams of income and get creative with bringing in extra money. We’re giving you three businesses that women can start today from home to make extra money. These business ideas are perfect for women who want to make more money working from home and need flexibility.  

Upcycle and Sell Clothes 

If you’re a woman who loves fashion, you probably have a closet full of clothes that are in good condition that you just never wear. Why not make money from clothes that you already own?

Sustainability and environmental consciousness have become a prominent part of public discourse. Fast fashion simply isn’t good for the environment, and doing our part means reducing our fast fashion consumption by investing in ethical fashion brands, plus, wearing reused or recycled clothes. Upcycling is part of recycling that basically means taking something old that you don’t use and modifying it to make it useful and of more value. A good example is transforming an old denim jacket by adorning it with beautiful art or embellishments and then selling the jacket at a competitive price.

Selling your old clothes and sourcing things from friends and family can be the starting point for your online fashion business. All you need to do is to register your business domain – it all starts with a domain. Then you can design your own website using our DIY Web Builder, and in under ten minutes, you can go live with your e-commerce website and start selling.

Sell Scented Candles 

Scented candles are always in-season, and you can start an online candle business making your own candles in your home. There are millions of tutorials on YouTube on how to make scented candles, and you can use personalization as a selling point; your customers can choose the size, the holder, the colour, the scents and the decorations. You can really get creative and deliver high quality as well as aesthetically pleasing candles.

Do research on how to make candles and start with small batches. You don’t need to make a lot of candles, you can use make to order model to ensure minimal wastage.

Register a domain and build an e-commerce website in under ten minutes. In addition to word of mouth or selling to people you know, a website will open new possibilities for expansion. A digital presence is vital to a business’s relationships with its customers – having a website, and social media presence allows you to acquire and retain customers.

Start A Tutoring Business 

Online learning is growing at a rapid rate; there’s an online course for everything, and due to COVID-19, a lot more people will opt to stay home and learn online. Schools have reopened in South Africa, but children are not attending class every day, and that means that kids who struggle with certain subjects most likely won’t get the additional support they need. Tutoring children on subjects that they need more help with is a great way to make money and help people.  

Before starting your own tutoring services, consider what your expertise is and realistically assess what you can offer. Then decide on the age-range of the students that you wish to tutor; for example, if you excelled at Mathematics in high school, it makes more sense to go that direction. Or if you are a freelance writer with an English Literature degree, consider focusing on tutoring learners who struggle with English or written communication. has a detailed article on how to start a tutoring business in eight steps:

  • Is tutoring right for you?
  • What is your expertise?
  • What is your budget?
  • Conduct market research
  • Choose a name for your business
  • Deal with financial and legal issues
  • Have a strategy to bring in clients
  • Ask for help when you need it

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1-grid can help you with getting your business website up and running. Plus, provide you with an all-encompassing tool to email, collaborate, schedule tutoring sessions, and video conferencing your clients. Our Email for Business tool ticks all the boxes when it comes to working from home resources.

Register your business

Don’t forget to register your small business with the CIPC. A registered company has more benefits than unregistered businesses, and this became evident at the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic. Registered businesses were prioritized when it came down to government assistance. Plus, being registered puts you at an advantage to work with government and to seek funding from various financial institutions or funders.

We have streamlined the company registration process so you can focus on crucial things, like growing your business. The company registration process by 1-grid has minimal friction; it all happens online, and we lead the process.

If you’re starting a business, make it legit with company registration from 1-grid.