Becoming a mom is an exciting and life-changing event. Many mothers don’t want to leave their child at a Day-care during the day to go off to work and are considering working from home. But in this modern day and age, it is almost impossible to survive on just one salary contributing to the family income.
Finding a legitimate and well-paid home-based job online is a daunting task as there are many scams and pyramid schemes that are misleading and not quite what you are looking for when trying to supplement your income.
When you are considering a home-based business, you need to take into consideration of how flexible the hours are or what type of business will suit you best, since you’ll be having your child or children with you during the day.
12 Best home-based business ideas for Moms
Many Moms have made a success by making money through blogging. You can start out on a small scale and once you’ve generated enough interest and traffic on your website, you can start expanding. There are so many possibilities to create passive income through blogging by making use of affiliate marketing, advertising and by creating and selling information products. The possibilities are endless once you’ve figured out what your niche is and reaching your target market for this topic. It can be anything that you are good at i.e. parenting, cooking, travelling or real estate tips.
If you have a knack for writing and a good command of the English language, then you have a real shot at making money through writing. There are so many online businesses that hire Companies to create more exposure and marketing for their businesses online. Websites and online magazines need content writers and are more than willing to pay for good quality content writing i.e. copywriting, article content and resumes.
Just like Companies or online magazines need content writers, they also make use of web designers. If you have a good understanding of coding and programming and are familiar with major online platforms such as WordPress, then you can earn money by building sites for clients.
Arts and crafts
There are so many entrepreneurs that sell their arts and crafts through sites like Etsy or eBay and even social media by creating a page on Facebook.
Handmade jewellery, crocheted & knitted items as well as memory keepsake soft toys are just some of the popular items that are sold on a regular basis.
Many people are interested in learning how to paint or how to make jewellery. Giving classes relating to your speciality is another great way of earning money.
Buying and selling antiques/collectibles
There is a great potential with earning money through buying and selling antiques and collectibles. Trading sites such as eBay or Bidorbuy makes it easy to reach your target market and expanding your business.
Completing Tax returns / Accounting
Many businesses as well as individuals find completing and submitting tax returns a real nightmare. If you have accounting background and enjoy doing tax returns, it can be a great way to do this for clients at a fee. Even accounting services are always in demand, especially if your rates are affordable.
Cosmetic or other sales
Many businesses are looking for agents in your area to sell some of their products and pay commission percentage for all successful sales. Through networking on social media or online, you can sell products such as cosmetics, perfume or children’s educational toys, jewellery or women’s accessories.
By signing up with a reputable market research company, you get paid by writing reviews about products or services. A lot of companies also pay you for making phone calls and gathering information from consumers. If you have decided to pursue blogging, then this is another way to be contacted by companies for market research purposes. Bloggers get paid for writing product reviews and promoting products.
The beauty of this job is that it has a very low overhead expense. Apart from the cost of design software, you’re basically good to go. Businesses are always looking for a graphic designer to assist them with logo’s, business cards, posters, advertisements or websites. Most graphic designers have a certification or degree, but the profession can be entirely self-taught.
All you need is a telephone, a computer and a strong personality. You’ll have to be someone that has developed a thick skin over time. You can offer your services to small businesses to do debt collection on behalf of them. Make sure you do your homework before starting this business, as licencing requirements are different in various states.
Making clothes or doing alterations
If you are good with a needle and thread and enjoy making clothes, then this could be a great way of starting your own home-based business. Many moms need costumes to be made for school plays or concerts. There are always advertisements for people that do alterations on clothing.
Sites like Fiverr have given virtual assistants the platform for completing small assignments for low revenue. It might not seem like much but doing a few small assignments per day, every day can go a long way in earning a decent income from home.
Whether you are looking to supplement your income or considering a permanent home-based business, the possibilities are endless.
It’s just a question of using your already existing skill set and using it to create an income from home and reaching your goals.
- A few tips to consider before starting your business:
- Having a fast internet connection.
- Having a Wi-Fi or internet connection, as most businesses will require you to have this, and if you have a good internet connection, you don’t necessarily need a phone or fax machine. Most business communication takes place via e-mails or other internet platforms.
- Create a dedicated office or work space at home that is free from too many distractions.