Thanks to the internet, there are numerous home-based businesses that a stay at home mom can start, and run successfully. This provides an opportunity to start and grow a business while having the convenience of being at home for your family.
If you have been thinking about starting a home-based business, I have polled twelve successful entrepreneurs to ask them to share their best ideas for stay at home moms with entrepreneurial desires.
1. Start a parenting blog.
“The most successful blogs are run by those that are extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the particular subject matter. If you are an experienced parent, you can share your experiences and knowledge with the world through a blog. If your story and voice connects with readers, you can then monetize that audience through advertisements or your own products, such as eBooks.”
John Rampton, Founder of Due
2. Become a freelance writer.
“Content marketing has become such a key component of online marketing, and there is a shortage of quality writers out there due to the huge demand. If you are a skilled writer, start by finding work on the major freelancing marketplaces and then once you build up a large portfolio, start a freelance ghost-writing business. Talented writers will always be in demand.”
Jonathan Long, Founder of Sexy Smile Kit
3. Social media management consulting.
“Every business needs to be active on social media these days, yet many simply don’t know how social media works or how to use it to market their business. If you understand the ins and outs of social media, start a consulting company to help educate business owners about the benefits of social media. There is an endless number of potential customers waiting for your help.”
Kevin Adkins, CEO of Kenmore Law Group
4. Virtual assistant.
“With so many companies operating remotely these days, it has created a huge demand for virtual assistants. Figure out what your top skillsets are, and look for companies that need those services. You can find opportunities on freelancer websites and marketplaces. There are plenty of part-time and full-time opportunities available.”
Johnny Carpet of Dallas Flooring Warehouse
5. Website design and development.
“One look at any freelancer website, and you will see that there is a large need for talented website designers and developers. If this is something that you went to school for or have experience with, it’s very easy to find steady work. Create a website that highlights your previous experience and start to bid on available gigs as your time allows.”
Joe Bragg, CEO of Mulpix
6. PR consultant.
“Since every business needs to have an online presence these days, it also means that they all need press. Not every business can afford a professional PR firm, so there is a large demand for PR consultants. If you have the ability to seek out and secure press opportunities, you can take on a few local companies and create a nice income. The best approach is to focus on a specific niche you have extensive knowledge about.”
Kenneth Wagner, CEO of Social Shop
7. Affiliate marketing.
“Affiliate marketing compensates you every time you are responsible for sending a conversion to a company’s website. These can be in the form of sales or leads, and the payout varies depending on the offer. Email marketing, social media promotion, and search engine optimization are just some of the ways you can send affiliate traffic to offers you promote. It’s not easy to master, but those that do can earn a comfortable living from their home.”
Mark Ortiz, Founder of Reviewing This
8. Event planner.
“Are you good at organizing events? If so, an event planner is a great career that you can start from the comfort of your home. There are a lot of directions you can take it, from planning weddings or birthday parties for children, to corporate events. You can charge flat fees or charge a percentage of the total budget; there are several compensation models.”
Keith Bridges, Owner of Safford Trading Company
9. E-commerce drop shipping store.
“You can sell virtually anything online these days, and there are a lot of products you can sell without having to physically maintain an inventory and handle order fulfillment. If you use a drop shipping model, you are only responsible for generating the sale and a fulfillment center handles the shipping. They warehouse the inventory and send it off, allowing you to only focus on generating more sales.”
Matt Behnke, President of Orthotic Shop
10. Marketing consultant.
“There are so many opportunities available to those that have a background in marketing. If you left the corporate marketing world to start a family, you can start a consulting business and operate it from your home, even on a part-time basis. Small businesses are started every day, and they all need marketing guidance, providing you with limitless opportunity.”
Craig De Borba, CEO of Onpoint Internet Marketing
11. Start a vlog.
“YouTube is a viable income source these days for those that build up a large loyal subscriber base. You can essentially start a vlog on any subject matter. If your on-camera personality shines, you can quickly build up a large following. You earn a percentage of the advertising revenue that your channel generates. While there are just a handful of people making millions of dollars a month, there are plenty of YouTubers making a comfortable living by simply vlogging.”
Peter Zaborszky, Founder of Best VPN
12. Health and wellness coaching.
“The health and wellness industry is one of the fastest growing, providing an opportunity for stay-at-home moms with the proper certification and education to start a coaching business. There are many individuals, especially executives, that are actively seeking coaches to help them live a healthier life. This is something that can be run out of a home office with ease.”
Mark Mason of Breckinridge Heating and Cooling