Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with moms who are looking for home-based businesses that will fit into their already busy schedule. Because the idea of a regular 9-5 or work-from-home job just won’t fit into their already busy schedule with school and other activities involving the kids.
For many years women have had to make a choice either stay at home and raise a family or a career. And women have had enough of that bull.
Now moms are taking matters into their own hands. They’re hanging up the apron so to speak and starting a home-based business. And I say more power to ’em! What’s even better is, it’s been a success – so much so that more moms and dads have quit their day job in exchange for becoming their own boss.
In fact, Incfile shared some very interesting stats about home-based businesses. Like, are managed from home and I think it’s safe to say that number is steady growing. How awesome and exciting is that!
Starting a home-based business is an exciting venture but before you get started you have to plan carefully and choose a business that fits into your schedule or the mom shift as I like to call it.
Part of the planning process includes asking questions like:
- How much time will I need to invest in running my business
- Will I be able to set my own hours
- Can I work on a project by project basis
Home-based Businesses That Are Perfect For Moms
The goal is to start a business that fits into your lifestyle and schedule. For example, running a consultation business may require you to be on the phone talking with clients. That can be hard to do with little ones running around. You know what I mean?
So mamas, have you dreamed about becoming your own boss? Here are some home-based businesses that are a perfect fit for you and your busy schedule.
Direct Sales Business
Direct sales is one of the most common types of home-based businesses. And there are so many options to choose from like cosmetics, candles, accessories, clothes, health products, green products…you name it.
You don’t even have to worry about small details like packaging anymore either. While not too far in the past you’d have to create product labelling yourself, you can now have packaging and labels manufactured for you. For example, if you were selling water bottles, you can use private label bottled water manufacturers to take more of the stress off. They can easily customise them to your branding, and you can concentrate on other important things.
And the best part about it is it gives moms the freedom to choose their own hours and days to work while still taking care of the family and run the house.
With most of us shopping online now, selling products would make a great home-based business. When you set up an eCommerce website you have to consider things like the products you want to sell, niches, market and how to be different from competitors.
If you’re interested in this kind of business Shopify has a great article that has 17 places ecommerce entrepreneurs go to find product ideas.
There is always a kiddie birthday party, bridal shower, baby shower or other special event that calls for cake. For moms who have a knack for baking cakes, cupcakes or cookies setting up shop at home is easy.
And start up costs are minimal. All you need is talent and professional baking equipment. You can find great deals on Amazon like these for professional baking supplies.
Mamas are making money doing what they’re already doing – cooking, If you really have some cooking skills you can also start your own home-based catering business.
Just like a baking business, it doesn’t take much to start. And you can find all you need on Amazon for a fraction of the price at restaurant supply stores.
Making Gift Baskets
For the crafty mama, starting a gift basket business can be profitable. You can either build your business from scratch or join companies like La Bella Baskets who provide you with all start-up tools you need to get your business going.
Become a Virtual Assistant
Another home-based business that would make a great fit for moms is a Virtual Assistant business. Virtual Assistants are in demand – especially in the blogosphere. While bloggers are hustlin’ to monetize their blog, the need a Virtual Assistant to help with the back end of their business. They rely on VA’s to take care of things such as managing email accounts, blogging calendar, managing social media accounts and write content.
Become a Freelance Writer
The great thing about being a freelance writer is the freedom to set your own hours, the number of clients to work with. Plus there is a number of ways to make money.
If becoming a freelance writer sounds good to you, read Elna Cain’s post 6 Incredibly Easy Steps to Start Freelance Writing For Beginners to get started.
Start a Blog
If you have some advice to share about a topic or niche you’re passionate about, you can start a blog. You don’t need writing experience but you have to know basic grammar and punctuation.
There are many ways to monetize a blog. For instance, you can get paid for writing sponsored posts, place ads on your blog, join affiliate programs and get paid for doing product reviews.
Check out this post I wrote for Studio Mommy to find out how to make money blogging.
Another lucrative home-based business is selling crafts.
I tell yah, women are very creative. They’re taking their custom jewelry, accessories, digital products and setting up shop on sites like Etsy and Shopify to sell their goods.
And they are rockin’ it!
All She Wrote About Home-Based Businesses
I hope this post gave you some great ideas for starting a home-based business. Good luck mamas!