Small business Ideas for moms

by Caron_Beesley, Community Moderator

  • Created: May 9, 2013, 6:57 am
  • Updated: September 9, 2013, 2:31 pm

Are you a stay-at-home mom (or dad)? Hoping to kick start an entrepreneurial dream or simply looking to bring in some extra income?

Starting a home-based business is a great way to do this. In fact, 52 percent of U.S. companies operate as home businesses (source) and many of today’s biggest brand names were established by stay-at-home moms – (Dorothy) Gerber, Mrs. (Debbi) Fields, and Julie Aigner-Clark (Baby Einstein), to name but a few. But what types of businesses can grow and thrive in the home environment?

Here are some business ideas and considerations for stay-at-home moms!

Freelancing

Perhaps the easiest form of business to delve into and operate is freelancing. Whatever your skill – writing, web design, marketing, tax advisor, or photography – freelancing affords an enormous amount of flexibility and freedom, and can be started with little cost or paperwork. Many freelancers get their start by approaching a former employer or customer who could benefit from their services, then branch out as their body of work and reputation grows.

Freelancing does have its challenges and requires discipline – you are running a business after all. Common mistakes freelancers make include not setting the business up properly and legally (getting the right permits, or licenses), forgetting to put money aside to pay estimated taxes, and not planning for peaks and valleys in cash flow.

Check out these blogs for tips and guidance to help you through the process of starting and operating your freelance business:

Become a Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants (VAs) provide a wide variety of “virtual” services to other businesses including administrative, marketing and technical support from a home office. My local window cleaner, for example, uses a VA to answer his calls and manage his calendar while he’s busy on-site. VAs are growing in popularity, too, as firms look to cut costs and outsource administrative functions. If you are organized and have an administrative background, this might be for you. Start with your own connections or take advantage of the services of a VA organization or association who can help you get started and connect you with clients.

Make Money from Blogging

Yes, you can make money by blogging. I follow several stay-at-home moms who happen to be fashion and style bloggers – and it’s their business. If you can write and have a passion for a specific topic or hobby that you know will garner some attention, then this might be for you. Income generation opportunities can come in the form of affiliate marketing and advertising on your website or from companies who ask you to review and blog about their products. Look for ways to get traffic to your website through social media, search engine optimization and by getting involved in the wider blogosphere (networking with and commenting on the blogs of others in your niche).

Start a Creative Business

Whether it’s making gift baskets or offering interior design consultation services, if you have a creative streak and the room to store and create, then why not consider making money out of your talents? Get to know the market and do some planning to identify an untapped niche. SBA has several tools that can help including the Build your Business Plan tool and SizeUp a market and business analysis tool that lets you benchmark your business against competitors, map your customers, competitors and suppliers, and locate the best places to advertise.

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2004-01-24 09:49:17 by deezigner

Moms:i need your opinions/ideas

If this is the wrong place to ask this, please let me know. i am single without children but i need imput from moms who shop online. i am not trying to sell you anything and will not identify my product. but i am a small business owner producing baby and toddler clothes/gifts, who is looking for feedback from moms of young children as to where they like to shop online. do you have a favorite site to go to? can you give me some examples and tell me what you like about the site and what you think could be inproved? it's very costly to start up an online site for me and i don't want to invest the money without getting some ideas about what will work for you and what doesn't

2007-11-26 09:49:04 by Entrep_873539

Biz idea: Dry clean pickup & delivery

Business Idea: In my area (subburbs of northern NJ) there isn't many dry clean pick up & delivery services but a lot of people who use local dry cleaning shops. The demographic is mainly commuters and stay-at-home Moms. I am thinking there could be a lot of demand for something like this. Charge $5 for first delivery, second one free (within a week) plus the normal dry clean costs.
I thought if I do proceed with this small business I'd rent/buy a van and make deals with local dry cleaners where I would drop off the clothing too.
Anyone have any

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