It’s a fact that individuals require an income to live, but many couples are finding it increasingly difficult to navigate two jobs, personal relationships, and family obligations. For couples with small children, the levels of stress are even greater. There are many factors that contribute to increased stress in couples with young children. Less time together is one such factor, along with decreased opportunities for personal or alone time. Young couples with children also find that they have less time to sleep, and with greater demands placed on the partnership, overall marital dissatisfaction can increase. Couples also report that balancing the responsibilities at home and at work leave couples feeling more like a functional partnership than a romantic one. Financial demands and other life events leave couples struggling to find the optimal home-work balance that will allow them to devote themselves to the intense caretaking that is required with young children.

If you and your significant other have decided to make some changes and create a better work-life balance in your home, you may be curious about home-based businesses that will mean more time for your partner, your children, your friends, and your parents and bring about the flexibility and freedom to enjoy the many diversions that make life fun and increase your 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:

Try your hand at dropshipping.

Selling products online through a dropshipping business can mean a satisfying and sustainable income for enterprising couples over time. There are few startup costs involved, so you can get started quickly with no up-front investment except for time and research.  It will be important to manage your expectations of income in the first year or so, since building repeat customers and loyal consumers can take some time.  While beginning dropshippers indicate they may make a few hundred to a thousand dollars a month, much depends on the amount of time and effort you are able and willing to devote. Choose from among the trending products available for dropshipping, select one or more dropshipping wholesalers, set up your ecommerce website using a template, and get followers on Instagram fast using social media tools and apps.

Develop a YouTube channel.

With the many free video editing software apps available, YouTube can be a great home business opportunity. Many beginner vloggers have found that consumers are willing and able to subscribe to channels that feature knowledge, skills, and expertise they value. From a contracting YouTube channel that shows homeowners how to complete DIY projects in various areas of their home to channels about health, wellness, and beauty, it isn’t hard to monetize what you know. YouTube is the second largest search engine available, and if you are willing to conduct interviews, review products, develop webinars, or share information in a podcast, you may find that watchers are willing to subscribe to your channel. When they do, they can create a steady source of income, especially if you are able to continue creating view-worthy content.

Blog about your life.

Currently trending are couple travel bloggers. These couples spend time traveling and sharing their experiences with others. Many people blog for the personal satisfaction that comes from writing their thoughts down and building a community of people who share the same interest and passion. Others use blogging to encourage physical or emotional healing or release pent-up emotions. It can improve the quality of your life by engaging others in a positive way. What some do not know is that blogging can be financially lucrative as well. You can sell ads or include affiliate links in your blog content. You can also sell merchandise that has your brand’s name and logo on it. Like YouTube, you can offer subscriptions to prime content or solicit donations from your community members. With a little time and effort, you can gain followers on your blogging site and promote it through other social media platforms.

While there are other ways for couples to make money at home, many of these do not provide a sustainable income.  Completing surveys, reviewing websites, scanning groceries you’ve purchased, typing transcriptions, and even getting paid to lose weight together, will likely not provide a sustainable primary income over the long haul, even though they might be fun. Be sure to determine the value of your time investment when deciding what activities you and your spouse might want to consider as a home-based business.

Have your friends or family members found success in a home-based business? Feel free to share your experiences or thoughts below.