Consulting is a great option for stay-at-home parents because it’s likely something you can do regardless of your career path -- as long as you’re particularly knowledgeable about something. If you’re creative about problem solving and you’re good at seeing the picture -- and if you like offering advice -- consulting may be the way to go. Many professionals who decide they’d like to work from home or enjoy more flexible hours tend to turn their talents to consulting.
Content writing is a skill that can be developed over time by constant reworking of your written text. There must be a harmonious balance between technical expression of domain knowledge and the articulation of that in a reader-friendly manner. If you have a flair for writing, you can go for blogs, guest posts, product reviews and even content on specific experiences that can effectively drive audiences to the site. All you need is a system and a few hours that you can dedicate to work.
This might turn out to be a perfect business for stay at home mums, as it still affords them time to man the home things. Working class mothers can as well partake of the business, by hiring folks to help them run it. The market in this niche is wide because one may even consider exporting them to other nations where there is the high level of fairly used products in use.
However, not everyone has the fortune to stay out of work for months after giving birth. Most moms are faced with the challenge of separating themselves from their babies and returning to work within a few weeks of giving birth. But more and more companies are offering opportunities for employees to work from home, which means new moms have another option on the table.
If you've got the attitude (and look), there should be a product or service out there on the hunt for the right model to promote their brand as a side business idea. You can sign up with a large agency, find a freelance agent, or look for your own modeling gigs as an independent talent. Since modeling is a complex field, get all the advice you need before jumping right in and find a mentor who can guide you through some of the early challenges it'll take to establish your brand. Depending on your preference, you can specialize in a single media format such as video or still images, to build a compelling portfolio and grow this into a business idea that has the potential to scale.
If you already have a website that's driving in targeted traffic, a great way to make passive income from the content you're already creating as an easy side business idea, is through affiliate marketing. ShareASale, Rakuten, Clickbank, and Skimlinks are a few of the best affiliate networks and tools that can help you make money from the content you already produce, thus amplifying your side business idea income. Check out this extensive list by Justine Grey, covering the 59 Best Affiliate Programs for Business Bloggers to get some inspiration on how other bloggers are growing affiliate blogs from side business idea to full-time company.
If you have a knack for connecting with people and the willingness to take on some risk, a commission-based freelance sales role could be a great side business idea for you. Many startups seek part-time and commission-only salespeople, especially when they're just getting started, which means you'll often be able to make this a home based business idea. Develop your sales strategies, become an inside sales rep and perfect your cold calling skills on the side in your free time for nothing but commission, negotiate a little equity and you could profit big time if you're pitching a solid product and the startup succeeds. Start your sales education with the acclaimed books, Secrets of a Master Closer and To Sell is Human by famed bestselling author Daniel Pink and you'll be well on your way to getting this side business idea off the ground.
Great Post! I like the tip on creating a direct sales business. I stated my online fitness business in April 2016 and have averaged $500 a month. The pace has been increasing and mine and my husbands goal is to quit our jobs in Aug. of 2017 to take this business full time. It is possible to make money online you just have to believe in yourself! You can do it!
Thank you for such a great, practical list! I currently live overseas and my options are limited. I love the great income I make with Jamberry, I joined early and have an incredible team. Team building is key in direct sales! Since my kids are school-aged I also started substitute teaching this year and love it. Definitely looking into a few more ideas from this list. Thanks again!
Just to reiterate, the tips above seem to be for mothers that own their own business and control their own time. There are some moms that work for companies, corporations and large organizations that actually frown upon and even have it as a rule that if you work from home, you have to devote your attention to the job and not use telecommuting as substitute daycare. However, some companies are flexible if you talk to your boss and/or your HR department. I work for a corporation AND I own my own gig. I cannot work at home and watch my children at the same time. I’m very familiar with typing on the computer studying for college exams, working full time at home and nursing a newborn. It was exhaustible, doable but also exhausting (I’m also a single mother, so I don’t have spousal help or support). I just won’t work at home with my children and that is my personal preference. However, I’m very empathetic to the moms that do when I conduct business with them on the phone. However, based upon my experiences, my tips would include:
Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can’t take a real full- or part-time job. VAs are growing in popularity as they are a fantastic way for businesses to save money through outsourcing. You will could be responsible for taking calls, organizing bookings on a calendar or diary, and perhaps responding to emails. You may also take on other PA duties, such as organising travel details or ordering gifts. Freelancers and sole traders are most likely to require your services, and you can stack up several clients to increase your earnings. You can find opportunities on to become a VA on websites like UpWork and PeoplePerHour.
“Seven years ago, after a few failed businesses, I was feeling stretched, tired and wishing for more time with my family. I was at the end of my rope and had nothing to lose. I started my current business on a generic blogger website almost overnight. The inspiration? My kids. My husband was away for work often and I had two toddlers at home. We had just moved to a new town and I didn't know anyone there. It felt as if everything was stacked against me. What I learned through the process was priceless.”
Waite created her Sally Jane jewelry line after battling Stage IV colon cancer while seven months pregnant. The line features bumble bees as a main symbol in each piece. The idea is that aerodynamically bees should not be able to fly, but they do the seemingly impossible every day. So it’s a message of hope and inspiration. In addition, the company donates a portion of its profits to cancer research.
I am a rep at PawTree.com/special. I have did well by selling products to dog owners. It’s easy, I just visit dog parks with samples and hand out order forms. PawTree.com/special has a special going on until March 31, you can start for just $1 at pawtree.com/special. Most direct sale companies charge much more to get started, so this is something you can start with little investment. Make sure you choose sponsor spectacular at checkout.
Take the time to develop your skills at either making your own music, or becoming a pro at mixing, and your side business idea of dj-ing local events could turn into a much bigger endeavor. Though you'll first need to command a solid knowledge of sound design, mixing and music production before expecting to land your first gig with this business idea, as developing an entirely new skill set is not for the faint of heart.
I planned my Stay-at-Home while I was working my 40hr+/wk Sales Job over 8 yrs ago. I found something dear to my heart, HERBS, and made a business out of it! I now help heal children’s eczema, and provide Organic, healthy alternatives to the mainstream bath & beauty products for the whole family!! Lots of hard work, networking, and persistence has built my business to what it is today! – Melissa Carr at Honeybee Holistics
Hmmmm I’m a work from home mom right now but there are a couple of these I’m going to try out! Why not make a few bucks while shopping and have the gas paid for? Or help someone out if I’m running around anyway? Plus we are a pet free home so the kids would love pet sitting once in a while. LOVE this list thanks mama!! =) hope some of these links work in Canada!!
This article is FANTABULOUS!!! Thank you sooo much! It is very overwhelming trying to sort through what may or may not be a scam on-line. This is the first time I have found information that seems promising. I am looking to be able to earn enough to support myself (I do not have kids) since health issues make it extremely difficult to work outside of my home. Keep up your great work!
Employment Options offers work-at-home jobs for citizens receiving SSDI and/or SSI disability benefits in 47 states. Their services are free as part of a national return to work program. The jobs they have with leading national employers are for various skill levels and are Customer Service or Tech Support based with opportunities to specialize in Billing & Coding, Information Technology, Nursing, Case Management, Concierge, Sales, Reservations, Travel and more. They also offer onsite community positions as well. Simply apply on their website to get started and their staff will follow-up within two business days.
Being able to work with portable equipment, or learn a new kitchen set up quickly will help. Offering a few choice meals and learning to make them efficiently can save time and give you a starting point for pricing. Creating an a la carte menu and a timetable for ordering can also provide a way to make the business stay time and cost effective for you.
This business is good for people who are both creative and practical. There are an infinite amount of design options for phone cases, but some will be more popular (and profitable) than others. A good business owner can both narrow down the choices, and predict trends to gain a market edge. Owners will also need some customer service and advertising experience as well.
Hi. I am a 35 year old woman with extreme social phobia and anxiety. I have been working forever as a retail manager. I have great customer service skills and can type fairly well. I have been on short term disability for almost a year and it is going to be ending. I have no idea what I’m going to do, or how I will be able to pay my bills. I need a way to support myself by working at home without any of the scams or gimmicks. If there is anyone out there that could help me or knows of something, PLEASE let me know.
Being organized for the day goes far beyond making a to-do list. In addition to the emails, reports and other work-related tasks, think about the tasks and activities that will give you the most personal joy. Make sure you put time on the calendar for family-only activities to give your baby undivided attention. "Ensure there are at least two large daily blocks of time where you are totally devoted to your baby," advises Nicky Leonti, a family day care educator and mother of two boys. She recommends baby massage, playing age-appropriate games or going for a walk together. "The importance of this is that it helps them feel important, you get that connection and it tires them out so they have better sleep," she says.
The most basic service for a pet grooming business is, of course, basic grooming and cleaning services. However, there is a growing market for services such as facials and other pampering services for the animals as well. Some grooming businesses focus on a certain kind of animal, such as only working with dogs, while others offer more diverse services for a more diverse range of animals.
I am a distributor with It Works. Started my journey in April to supplement my WAHM income as a staff recruiter for occupational, physical and speech therapist. I have a soon to be 2 year old and my husband and I realized it actually cost us more for me to work outside the home, and I was fortunate enough to be able to work out a situation with my employer to allow me to do my job from home. I have a sitter that helps from time to time to allow me time to meet deadlines, meetings, jobfairs. I schedule wrap appointments and parties when my husband is home. This also also allows me to have a positive work life balance for myself and gives our child a chance to have a mom at home but to still be able to have someone to give her undivided attention when I have work priorities. So far it is a win win for us.
A financial consulting firm helps individuals and small businesses manage and grow their wealth. You are more likely to service individuals than large corporations, but your small business should be prepared to do both. Clients will look to you for detailed financial information, informed financial forecasting, and ways to invest to achieve their short-term and long-term goals.
If that isn’t enough, you can expand your services to include pet grooming as an extra side business idea. To do that, you'll need to have relevant training, an operating license depending on your location, and pet grooming equipment. According to PayScale, pet groomers have an average salary range of $17,600 to $48,500. Not bad as a side business idea if you can find a way to get in most of your clients on the weekends.
There is definitely flexibility within each day, but they know when I usually get started for the day and when I normally jump offline for the evening. They are familiar with my rhythms, the times that I typically take a break as well as the time I stop for lunch. This has helped to set expectations and create space throughout the day for meaningful interactions and life to be lived.
People who are passionate about music and can play at least one instrument well may be interested in starting a music lessons business. Music teachers in schools and band members are especially qualified, as they both have credentials and connections to people who love music. People don’t have to be a music teacher or in a band to start a music lessons business, though.
I take this unorthodox third way in all of my financial decisions and I knew childcare would be no different. Just as Mr. Frugalwoods and I eschew conventional wisdom on how much things should cost, or how little you should save, or how difficult it is to become financially independent, we also eschew the standard limitations our culture imposes on working vs. raising children. I say, do both if you want.
Wellbox provides care management services to practices and physicians, including Annual Wellness Visits, Telemedicine, and Chronic Care Management. They frequently hire Registered Nurses to work in a variety of roles, including Telehealth, Case Managers, and Coordinators. Wellbox offers both part-time and full-time employment and frequently allows employees to set their own schedules.
The people I lead and meet with are in a similar life stage with young children around the house. I’m very clear that in no circumstance is anyone allowed to “apologize” because their child is on the meeting with us or because they need to go tend to a fussy baby. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but I’ve found my colleagues to be happier knowing their sons/daughters are always greeted and welcomed during our calls and it’s very normal to see them grab for an earbud and want to tell the group something.
Thanks for this article. I am pregnant with our first and we’re definitely in the fear mongering stage. However, I’ve discovered that the “wait til you’re pregnant” scares were not really true for me either. Sure, my productivity has gone down a bit, but I don’t weigh 500 pounds and I can still do garden work and have a non-emotional conversation with my husband. So there’s that.
Think about the first two years of your baby's life as separate from the rest of your career life. During that time, you might cut back your hours and your husband/partner should absolutely figure out how to cut back his hours as well. I see a lot where women quit working and then their partners start working like dogs to make up the slack and it is a horrible, not-balanced, way to live. Although, obviously, there are status quo systems in place that make it the most likely route. Try not to do that.
Since naptime is when many moms are tempted to cram in everything on their to-do list -- dishwashing, playdate schedules, laundry -- try to stay focused. "If you were working outside the home, you wouldn't be concerned with anything but work," says Durst. Concentrate only on the things you can't do when your child is awake. Aside from naptime, if you're a morning person, use the wee hours to get stuff done before the rest of the family wakes up. A night owl? Burn the midnight oil.
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By the time I came along the youngest was five and in school and the SO and I both worked from home so we had about seven hours a day to focus on work and we could tag-team when they got home. Even then in the summer months when the kids were out of school it was quite hectic and I have to confess to using electronics too much in order to keep the kids occupied.
Like birthdays, marriages happen all the time. Which means you can treat weddings as a recurring fountain of business opportunities: wedding dresses and coats, jewelers, food caterers, venue providers, photographers and videographers, performers, flower shops, travel agencies, souvenir crafts, and a host of other ventures. Now imagine if you can form a network of these service providers so you can offer engaged couples a range of hassle-free wedding packages as a turnkey business idea. The process is certainly fun (and time-consuming), but as a side business idea, the pay can be pretty great.
Are you an extrovert that loves meeting new people? Selling insurance products—particularly life insurance—may be a great way to bring in some extra cash and build residual income in your spare time. Selling life insurance on the side could quickly generate a consistent $1,000 - $2,000 per month depending on how much time you invest in this side business idea. To get started you’ll likely want to take an online course to brush up on the subject matter, and then pass a state licensing exam. The biggest challenge you'll face as a new agent is generating sales beyond just helping out friends and family. From there, it’s all about networking and lead generation to grow this one. Learn more about this side business idea with this getting started in life insurance guide from the team over at NoExam.
Moms with a creative flair (and experience) should check out the many image and photo editing positions available for part-time workers. Many companies seek part-time graphic designers and editors for ongoing and one-time jobs. If you are familiar with software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and have a trained eye, check out these great opportunities:
Do you love being around dogs but can’t commit to having one of your own? There is a big demand for dog walking for people who work long hours away from the home as well as dog sitting for when dog owners go out of town. This would give you and your kids the perfect opportunity to have fun with a four-legged friend without having to adopt one of your own.