Can you be a stay-at-home mom and start your own business?
Learn how to start a business and where to go to get started.
Of course, you can! Stay-at-home moms are some of the hardest-working humans on the planet! And that work ethic is exactly what you need to start a business and succeed. So here is a little secret for you; you already have what it takes!
Whenever you start something new, there is one thing you can always count on. It is uncomfortable!!! If you feel like you’re walking uphill and it’s hard and your legs hurt, and boulders keep getting in your way, that is when you know you’re on the right path!
Your new business is right beyond the summit, and it will be totally worth the incredible views from the top.
If you are looking for ways to make money, here are some articles you might like:
What did I learn from my first business?
It wasn’t easy. I learned how to manage employees, products, clients, and many moving parts. We thrived in some areas and failed in places too.
The most important thing I learned was that it is ok to fail if you never give up!
What are some benefits of starting a business?
- Be your own boss
- Flexible schedule
- Create your own environment
- Become an expert
- Contribute to the community
There is no price on the lessons you will learn and your experience by starting your own business.
Here are 20 business ideas to get you started on your adventure.
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1. Virtual Assistant Business
What does a virtual assistant do? What DON’T they do is a better question. A virtual assistant (VA) provides online support to businesses.
As you master being a virtual assistant, companies will hire you to do their tedious work. If your goal is to expand clientele, you will want to take the next step to teach and hire employees to do what you do.
VA’s help with several tasks, including social media, event or website management, email marketing, preparing reports, bookkeeping, travel reservations, and customer support.
2. Laundry Care
Start your own Laundry Care business from home. Laundry Care is a new company in town that allows you to own your own business without all the hassle of starting from scratch.
Starting you out with business cards, flyers, material, and a website to promote your business, Laundry Care is there to help you succeed. Learn the ins and out of being a business owner with someone holding your hand every step of the way.
With over 40 locations across the U.S., there is no doubt that Laundry Care is a legitimate business that continues to grow. Click here to see if they are in your area already. If not, be the first to start it!
According to the owner, Adeline, Partners make between $100- $250 a week. Also, noting that the more seasoned employees make around $600 a week.
You are changing the world one picture at a time. If you love photos, I would suggest looking into becoming a photographer.
This doesn’t mean you have to get professionally licensed and complete a course. (Although I am a big fan of investing in your skills and knowledge.)
If you want to make good money in the photography business, you need to be good at what you do. So whether you want to take family pictures or nature photos, find your nitch, and become an expert. The sky is the limit as to how big you want to grow your new photography business.
Making a website, creating business cards, and advertising on social media are great ways to get started.
4. Teach From Home
Whether you love kids or love math, you can get paid for your skills and never leave your home! If you want to start a business, then focus on your skills. There are tutoring and teaching jobs online that will help you get started.
Are you passionate about a particular subject?! Study Pool has a 24/7 opportunity to help and tutor others on topics you are confident in.
If school is not your thing, that’s ok! Can you speak English? Then you already have a job that pays you $20/hr!
VIPKid is the #1 teaching English Job in China. There is a fun and easy curriculum to follow that makes waking up early and teaching a breeze.
*Mainland China discontinued this online teaching program on Nov. 5th, 2021. However, VIPKID still has teaching opportunities as they have navigated this change.
5. Transaction Coordinator
A transaction coordinator, or TC, is a real estate professional who assists a real estate agent or works independently to manage all the paperwork involved during the transaction. Some of these duties include: filing escrow, coordinating inspections, monitoring the contingency period, and filing any additional documents needed in the selling process.
At transactioncoordinatoracademy.com, you will find courses, coaching, and mastermind intensives to get you started on the right foot.
They also have a Facebook community group to ask fundamental questions to people who currently work from home as a transaction coordinator.
6. Cleaning Services
People will pay for you to clean for them! Just in my neighborhood, I have seen a garbage can cleaning business, a window cleaning business, and a traveling car washing business.
If you are looking to start a business, you might want to take a serious look at a house cleaning business.
Here are 12 steps to get you started with your business from the online clean coach. In addition, they go over some of the nitty-gritty business details and whether it is better to start a business from scratch or franchise.
Another great article is How to Start a Cleaning Business with no Money.
7. Pet Care Company
Caring for pets may be as rewarding as caring for your own children. (some people prefer animals to children) If you love animals, starting a business with pet care is perfect for your entrepreneurial pursuit.
8. Freelance Writer
“Trying to make it as a freelance writer is scary AF,” -Jamie Cattanach, a freelance writer of three years, says.
However, for Jamie working remotely in her yoga pants, making more than her full-time income, makes it worth it.
Check out her Newbie Guide to becoming a Freelance Writer.
A freelance writer is hired to write niche articles, blog posts, reviews, news articles, emails, newsletters, research articles, speeches, etc.
How do I even get started?! Here are 20 ways to find freelance writing jobs from the successful Elna Cain, who started as a stay-at-home mom a few years ago.
9. Etsy Shop
Do you love craft night with your sisters or friends? Think of owning a business on Etsy, like craft night every night, plus getting paid to do them! Pretty sweet, right?!
If only owning a business was ever so simple.
Here are 7 steps to start a successful Esty Business from the Etsy company helping beginners to have realistic expectations.
After you have read that and decided Etsy is the start-up business for you, here is an Ultimate Guide (and the first 8 steps) to Opening an Etsy Shop.
You may be wondering how you can start a business with blogging? Let me give you a few examples of entrepreneur women who began their careers by blogging.
Rachel Hollis is now a motivational speaker for women. She has two New York Times bestseller books and travels the world speaking and producing conferences. With her company HollisCo, she has over 80 employees.
“I started blogging — so, like, 2008, when blogging was really exploding. So, that gave me a forum, and I started dipping into social media and learned how to become an influencer before influencer was a word, and fully just built to where I am today.” -Rachel Hollis
To read more about that interview, click here.
If that hasn’t sold you on blogging yet, meet Jordan Page with her blog Funcheaporfree.
“What started out as a dinky blog to post random coupons and occasional good deals I would find has turned into a “New Frugal” revolution that has pretty much knocked my socks off.” -Jordan Page
One of my favorite resources to start a blog has been the Suzi Whitfords Blog by Numbers eBook. All of the information she has is extremely helpful in starting a blog or needing to up your blogging game!
There are thousands of blogs that generate income. For example, here is an article that goes over 50 blogging income reports ranging from $2,000 – $1,000,000 a month.
11. Amazon FBA
FBA stands for Fulfillment By Amazon. In case you were wondering. Your next question might be, how do I start a business with Amazon FBA? I always do better with a visual, so I created a picture to help you see the entire process.
Still wondering how to get started?! Read about Spencer Haws’s first-hand experience making $0 to $4,399 in just 30 days with Amazon. Learn how he did it, what items are good to sell, and how to get started.
12. YouTube Channel
Are you a gamer? Do you have a pet that is always doing cute or funny things? Do you know how to do handy work? You think I am kidding, but do you know how to remove a rusty bolt or get out a stain? I have YouTubed each of those videos that have thousands of views now.
Likewise, something as simple as playing with toys or Play-Doh can get millions of views.
Five BILLION videos are watched on YouTube every day. There is a nitch for everyone, from how-to tutorials to food reviews and kitchen hacks,
Does it require time?
Yes, becoming a YouTuber is no walk-in-the-park but can be a great platform to get started on your dreams.
13. Home Decor/ Designer
Use your talents to help those who lack in that area. Like me, for example, I am not great at decorating, but I love a beautifully decorated home.
I can pay an expensive interior designer (which is totally worth it in some cases), or I can ask my neighbor, who happens to be incredibly talented and loves to decorate.
If you are that neighbor, stop hiding under a rock! I need you and your business.
There are social media platforms where you can display your work and get your name out there.
14. Daycare Business
Never underestimate the importance of good childcare. If your children have grown up or are in school and you’re missing the pitter-patter of little feet on the floor during the day, then start a daycare.
Get paid for playtime, craft time, and nap time with cute little kids.
Where do I even get started?
At care.com, you can market yourself and your daycare business while looking for families that need help in your area.
Want to get started? Here is a step-by-step guide to starting a daycare business.
15. Online Course
3 leading websites can help you get started creating your own online course. Create a step-by-step course to teach people how to do yoga, knit, or ride English-style horseback.
Udemy is another online course site with 30 million students and 40,000 instructors.
Thinkific is another excellent resource to get started on your business as an online course to help others.
Teachable is an online platform that will help you create and sell your online course.
Are you camera shy? No problem!
The courses can even be offered in a PowerPoint format.
16. Selling Food
You gotta eat, right? Three times a day? Why not make one delicious homemade meal for people in your community? Or maybe even an irresistible dessert?!
Selling food is a great way to start your own business.
Whether it is a cookbook, cooking class, food menu, or preparing and selling dinner or dessert, we all could benefit from it!
If you are interested in selling your recipes, here is a guide to get you started
Making a recipe book would be a dream come true! Just think about having all your family’s favorite recipes in one place?! Here is how to start a recipe ebook.
You’re not into the techy stuff and only want to cook?!
That’s perfect, there is a great business opportunity for you.
Ladies in my community make money every month by simply just cooking in their kitchen. There is no limit to what you can earn and sell, from traditional sourdough bread, cinnamon rolls, cookies, cooked chicken, soup, caramel apples, and rolls,
17. Flipping Business
What is flipping? Flipping is buying something at a lower cost with the intention of reselling it for a profit.
Some of the top reselling items to look for:
- vintage T-shirts,
- power tools,
- baby items.
What does a flea market, garage sale, estate sale, abandoned storage unit, and pawnshop have in common?
A bunch of hidden treasures to find and resell.
Amazon and eBay have made it simple to create an account and start selling today.
Reselling has never been easier with Amazon and eBay.
Starting a gardening business has the potential to be lucrative, including physical and mental benefits as well. I don’t know of many start-up businesses that provide these types of benefits right off the bat.
If you love making things beautiful and being out in nature, you might consider helping others with your expertise.
What materials do you need? How would I even get started?!
This article covers the steps it takes to plan and start a gardening business.
19. In-home Preschool
ABCs and 123s are a great way to start a business with kids but not have a time commitment to watching them all day. When you choose to work with kids, you shape the future of these sweet little lives.
An in-home preschool is a great way to work from home. You have more control over your time and schedule and get the feel of running your own business.
If you love kids and education, this is a great start-up business!
And here are the top 10 things you need to know to start a preschool in your home.
20. Life Coaching Business
Life can be tricky when doing the balancing act between relationships, family, work, and physical and mental health. Sometimes, we drop the ball in one or even all of these areas! Of course, it’s ok to drop the ball. However, sometimes we need help picking up the pieces.
A life coach provides a professional, non-judgmental perspective on balancing your physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health.
If you have worked through hardships and want to pay it forward, starting a life coaching business might be the path for you.
Here are 8 steps to get a clear vision of what it takes to become a life coach and get started on your business adventures.
There you have it, 20 business ideas to start a business for a boss babe or entrepreneur momma like yourself. Of course, starting a business is not easy, but who is to say that’s a bad thing?
Lean into the discomfort. Find which business works best for you and run! No, I didn’t say walk, run! But, that is the only way to make that dream of owning your own business a reality.
What business have you started? What are the most valuable lessons you learned in the process?
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