Apr 18, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views

5 Tips to Making Money from your Whare

3 min read

Here is a post for all our whanau at home with a little spare time, an internet connection (home computer or mobile phone) and a desire to make a bit of extra cash.

For the experts there is always TradeMe but more and more whanau are using Facebook, and especially local groups like Rotorua Buy, Sell, Swap to get out there into the market.

Baking Cakes and Making Cupcakes

People love to buy food and even if you can cook something as basic as a flavoured cupcake or a banana cake, you will find a willing audience. The first thing to do is to perfect your recipe by practicing on your own whanau and friend see what flavours they like, what little extras you can add and take one or two clear pics to upload. It is all about the picture when selling, so do a few pics a day and then start to promote on your page and on friends pages. $2.50 is about average for a yum cupcake ($15 for 6, $30 for a dozen). You will start to get regular customers, as well as receive orders for special designs. Birthday cakes are also popular and could lead into a fully fledged production.

Beauty Tips and Acrylic Nails

Every wahine wants to feel special and were seeing that home-based make up and acrylic nail applications are hot right now. There are a number of techniques and products out there, which does take a bit of research and asking around but if you do your homework right, there could be a steady line of clients wanting you to add a bit of colour, length and style to their nails. In addition to nails, we are seeing more wahine asking and offering beauty and hair tips at home and online, as well as waxing and eye-brow shaping.

Recycled Fashion

We all have a small mountain of clothing that no one wears anymore so get those into the wash and sort them out kids, adults, sport, formal dresses and jackets. Childrens clothing is very popular to re-sell, so long as it is in good condition. If you have a quality label or brand, it is important to get a nice picture and sell it individually. Some mums sell bulk lots of infant wear, which is popular. Another this we are noticing is winter gear, like jackets, gloves & hats, as we move into the cold season, as well as sports shoes and clubbing outfits. Some people shop for new styles, others are looking for hard to get items in their area. If it is a special, unique item, maybe consider getting it dry-cleaned as well.

Cars and Bikes

Buying a car online offers greater choice and selection and can save you thousands. It does pay to do your own inspection, in person if possible, and to ask as openly about the condition of the car. On the up side, we have bought 2 cars online and got great deals. It did take a few extra tests (like asking for an AA Inspection, which we paid for) and had a few nervous moments, but found the process easy to deal with. Ae, there are some horror stories, which can happen online or on the caryard, so approach this area with caution but if you know what you are doing and get the right checks done, you could be the proud owner of a nice set of wheels AND have saved some cash in the deal. Buyer beware always though. (There is also a booming trade for Home Based Mechanics, which again requires good word of mouth recommendations).

Fundraising Raffles

As mentioned in my post yesterday, fundraising is on the increase and some whanau are getting very imaginative about the prizes on offer. At the moment, the most popular fundraisers are Food Hampers (everyone in you group kohas some kai and these get divided into decent prizes), Cake Raffles, Firewood Raffles, Dinners for 2, Jewellery Raffles and Lotto Number Raffles ($2 per ticket x 40 tickets and its the winning Lotto Powerball, plus a smaller prize each side of the bonus). Added to these are Home Housies, Marae Battons Up, Whanau Hangi, Small Event/Concerts and the ever-fun Mystery Envelopes.

While these are just ideas whanau, it is choice to see the entrepreneurial spirit out there amongst our whanau.So kia kaha and we hope these tips help you.


3 thoughts on “5 Tips to Making Money from your Whare

  1. Where did you gather you’re info from? It is not as simple as baking from home & then selling the products. You will need to get a food safety licence from you’re local council. Or operate from an existing premisis that already has this in place. And with regards to being a Nail Tech & working from home my advise is to get certified training which cost $2000 AUD. Google searching or buying off EBay can put you & you’re potential customers health at risk. Buy from Hong Kong and you are likely to buy products containing MMA. Thanks for the tips but no thanks they really don’t help anyone. The Nail industry already gets a bad wrap due to self trained individuals who really should invest in proper training.

    1. Kia ora Ren and thanks for your insight. Ae, all of this information comes from what we’ve seen locally – for instance, we have quite a few part time bakers making birthday cakes for other whanau and yes, you do need a permit if you’re looking to go large scale but most don’t preferring to stay local and cook for friends they know. So in a way it already exists, as do those whanau who open a restaurant (like Aunty Annies in Rotorua CBD and Aunty Dors at the Saturday Craft Markets). It already happens.

      I like what you say about the nails and see quite a few at home beauticians, nail & make up artists, hairdressers. They use Facebook, Community Notice boards and word of mouth to get their first customers, to help buy better equipment from overseas. This article was written for those looking for ideas and aimed at the who want to start their million dollar business from their home. But good points around the nails and quality training, although many people who have read this article don’t have $2000AUD…yet.

      This website is one of those start at home ideas and while we only have half a million hits, it can work as a good way to learn, to grow and to find that perfect business. Mauri ora!

      1. Kia ora,

        Aunty Dors is my husbands family’s business. They cook all their food in a commercial kitchen and the fry bread/burgers on site at the various markets they attend.

        They are fully licensed, as are all the stalls required to be at the markets, as well as the workers having food health and safety certification.

        You are right though, in that they started out cooking at home, many many years ago, but those days are long over. Unfortunately it is very difficult for small businesses to get anywhere now as costs/overheads are so high, and regulations are strict (not a bad thing).

        Long hours, low and uncertain pay, and high stress is the name of the game – but it beats being on a benefit as you really EARN every single dollar!

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