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You’ve got an itch to run your own show and you’re just about ready to scratch it, but don’t exactly know the right spot. When we’re ready to create and cultivate, determining exactly what it is that we want to do can be hard with all of the endless possibilities today.
Whether you’re ready to leave the corporate world, want an extra stream of income, or just need a creative outlet, I’ve got you covered! Here are 27 business ideas for moms.
Blogging & eBooks
The blogging world is on fire, and the flames keep burning. It’s definitely not just a hobby anymore as there are literally thousands of bloggers who’ve built brands that have allowed them to ditch their day jobs.
Bloggers make income from affiliate sales, sponsorships, ads, their own products, and more!
Whether it’s DIY, finances, or balls of yarn, there are internet searchers out there that will happily read your blog and make a purchase. You get to be 100% you and build a community of followers that genuinely care about you and your work.
I mean, you can get paid to do the things you actually love to do.
No, you don’t have to be a blogger in order to create eBooks, and it doesn’t have to be some 1,000-page novel either. In fact, you can create mini eBooks of around 30 pages that sell just as well!
If you have a topic that you’re knowledgeable about, and you know it will help solve a problem, then you have an unwritten goldmine.
Creating an eBook is pretty dang cheap. You can use Word to type it up and free sites, like Canva, allow you to create your images.
Where to sell your eBook:
Podcasts are where it’s at! I listened to my first episode towards the end of 2018 and since then I have no clue what’s on the radio anymore.
The number of listeners is continuously growing (73 million monthly listeners) so now is the best time to create beneficial content!
Contrary to belief, you don’t have to be some huge social media influencer to start your own podcast. Best thing is, this can be fairly cheap to do. Here’s how you can start your own podcast for under $100.
When it’s time to prepare taxes it’s like an apocalypse. Everyone’s asking for tax preparer recommendations and throwing their papers up in frustration.
If you’re able to properly prepare and submit tax returns then you will literally be someone’s saving grace. With an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) you are authorized to prepare federal tax returns, although specific skills may vary between tax professionals.
If your love of money runs deeper than just making it then perhaps financial coaching will be “your thang.” Finally, you’ll have someone that is generally interested in your “boring” personal finance talk.
Financial coaches assist their clients with making the best financial decisions for themselves. They break down the basics of money management and seek to help clients establish lifelong, healthy financial habits.
Etsy shop owner
On Etsy, you can pretty much sell anything. Furniture, clothes, graphic designs, you name it. What many may not know is that you can run a full-time business as an Etsy shop owner!
Whether you’re selling handcrafted knick-knacks to your neighbors or balls of yarn, there’s a whole sea of internet shoppers looking to buy your stuff! Here’s how to become a successful Etsy seller and make thousands per year!
Flea market flipper
Yes, you can turn buying an old table from the flea market and sprucing it up with a can of paint into a lucrative business! The Flea Market Flipper family took flipping items as a side-gig and turned it into a full-time job, making up to an extra $10K a month. Now, they’re teaching others how to do it as well so don’t miss your chance to learn their strategy!
I never truly appreciated the art of photography until I bought my first camera. Definitely not the easiest thing to master!
If you have a knack for this, don’t let the skill go to waste. I mean, Jenna Kutcher took a $300 camera she bought off Craigslist and turned it into a seven-figure business! You can do it.
Consider narrowing your niche (weddings, births, etc.) to help build an attractive portfolio to snag your ideal clients. Amateur photographers are charging $25-$75 per hour, and the better you become the more you can up your rates!
Check out this post on how to start a photography business.
If you’ve been told that you “stick your foot” in everything you make, then you may want to keep sticking it in enough to start your own catering business. Like many businesses nowadays, you can even start building one from home!
I swear it feels like food trucks are the new restaurant…minus a place to sit. Gone are the days of attaching the word to some greasy beat-up camper thing.
Food trucks are popular for being inexpensive and convenient. They allow you to cut the expenses of utilities, a large staff, and anything else specifically related to a sit-down restaurant.
Other than being more cost-friendly, a food truck allows you to test out different locations and build up your brand before leaping into an actual restaurant.
So, you can mix sugar and spice to create some pretty awesome desserts right? Your family and friends all wait patiently for you to sit your goodies on the party table then swoop in like a hawk.
If they’re salivating, imagine how many others you could attract with your sugary sweets!
Starting your own pastry business doesn’t mean that you need your own shop. Many run their businesses from home and handle transactions online.
Popup shops are a cheaper alternative to running a retail store, usually lasting from a few days up to three months. You can create hype around your new products, test the market, and build customer relationships for considerably less money than a traditional retail store.
You don’t have to sell a particular type of product so the possibilities are endless. Whether it’s clothing, makeup, electronics or whatever, pop-up shops can be super beneficial for you.
If styling rooms with textures and fanning paint cards bring you peace then why not use your skills to make everyone’s homes look HGTV worthy?
Interior decorators create a cohesive space through color, flooring, fabric, and other elements. They “dress up” a room essentially, but don’t mistake them with interior designers who physically alter the structure of a room.
You don’t have to have any formal training in order to be an interior decorator, although enrolling in available courses and programs will definitely help boost your game! Depending on where you live, you may be required to pass a standardized test in order to practice.
To be a good fashion stylist you have to have the artistic ability to combine colors, textures, and patterns into a cohesive look on (hopefully) any body type. Since you stopped at this section, I’m going to take a guess that you’ve got a pretty good sense of style and want to put your eye for detail to good use.
While fashion may not be the easiest industry to break into, there is room for you to make a name for yourself and snag quality clients. Here are some tips you need for becoming a fashion stylist.
Hair and Beauty
Have you ever gone to or worked at a salon where the service was less than superior and impersonal? You leave out thinking, I can do a better job at this! Well, you can!
Whether you’re already a stylist or it’s in the works, a beauty bar allows you to create a full experience for your guests. Since they typically specialize in only certain services, you can really sharpen your skills in particular areas and make your pricing reflect your high-quality work.
I know a lot of people who make their own skincare products because those that are available to them just “don’t work.” If this is you, I can almost bet that you’re not the only one struggling to find the right product for your skin.
This is your problem, and your own skincare line is the solution.
Look, if Kylie Jenner can create a cosmetics line simply because she loved playing in makeup then dammit you can too!
The first thing I think about with this business idea is fun, but also a lot of hard work and research (FDA regulations, ingredients, etc.)…that appears to be also fun.
Discover what’s missing in the marketplace and build your business around that hole. Maybe there aren’t enough foundations for dry skin, all of the natural eyeshadows are the same blah color, or the drugstore products are always crap quality.
Find a cosmetic lab and distributor that represent what you are trying to create, and throw on that white lab coat!
Hair seller/wig maker
I don’t care what the men have to say. We, women, love our hair (grown or bought) and we won’t cease testing new hair-dos to satisfy them. * Steps off soapbox*
That being said, hair weave is selling like hot cakes fresh off the stove. You can sell your products online or open your own boutique for a hands-on experience.
Basically, a freelancer is anyone who is self-employed and offers their services to an alternating group of clients while mainly working remote. If others ask for your assistance because of your skills, and you are paid, you may already be doing this!
With freelancing, you get to price your services and choose the number of clients that you work with. Here are a few types of freelancers:
Freelance writers are paid by clients for writing assignments, whether individually or batched. This may include business plans, blog posts, web pages, marketing emails, and so on.
Basically, anything that has to be written!
Freelance graphic designer
As a graphic designer, you will create infographics, logos, digital banners, t-shirts, do website design— the list goes on and on. It may be more beneficial to narrow yourself down to a particular niche, such as website design, in order to perfect your skills so that you can better attract your ideal clients.
Freelance social media manager
Finally, our endless scrolling can actually pay off.
Social media managers create social media strategies specific to each platform and manage each account. They work to maximize engagement by staying on top of current trends, interacting with followers, and tracking the results of campaigns.
This can be done for businesses, bloggers, social media influencers, etc.
God bless the woman who has the patience to be in a building full of kids because I can barely handle two!
I know there are people who have been caring for kids all their lives and/or have a passion for helping children. There will always be a need for quality, affordable childcare so perhaps it’s time to start your own daycare business.
Were you one of those students who everyone called on for help in a particular subject? Maybe you’re helping out the neighbor’s kids or a close friend. Have you ever thought about making tutoring your full-time business?
Private tutors work one-on-one and are essentially self-employed. When tutoring, you can focus on a particular niche like test prep, math, science, and all that jazz.
Hourly rates can be anywhere from $10-$50 or more if you’re a certified teacher, and you can help your clients from your couch or online.
Cleaning is your therapy and nothing makes your eye twitch more than an untidy room. Well, why not clean your way into your own house cleaning biz?
Let’s face it, people nowadays are extremely busy (or lazy) and don’t have the time to give their toilet bowl the proper attention. So, they outsource the responsibility to outside help. This is where you step in!
Now, you don’t have to make some huge investment, at least not right away. You can start off a one-woman show and gradually build your staff as you grow your clientele.
Life coaching will take over the world soon. I have no clue if what I’m saying is true, but it sure seems like it.
If you feel a strong calling to help other people improve certain areas of their lives then life coaching may be your big break.
Although it is not required for you to get licensed, it is recommended that you undergo training and get certified by a coaching program.
If you thoroughly enjoy twisting your body like a pretzel while breathing in peace and tranquility, then what’s stopping you from spreading yoga joy as an instructor?
Jessamyn became a self-made yoga guru and managed to gain a following of over 393K. The most inspiring part? She started it simply as a hobby, and she’s now rocking to the beat of her own drum.
Whether it’s birthdays, weddings, or networking events, there was someone behind the planning process. If booking venues and hunting down a late entertainer excites you, you may have a knack for event planning.
Many people hire event planners because they don’t have the expertise, or emotional stability, to handle the ins and outs of bringing their vision to life. Many event planners will handle the budget, coordinate activities, create the layout, and a whole lot more.
Wrapping it up
Did any of these business ideas turn on a light bulb for you? If not, breathe, it’s okay! Sometimes our aha moment comes to us in a way that was totally unexpected!
Keep listening to your heart, envision your success, and work like hell. I’ll see you out there killing it 🙂