When I became a stay at home mom, I found my desire for owning a business growing stronger by the day. I found myself googling “small business ideas for stay at home moms”, repeatedly through the first six months of being a stay at home mom. I ended up settling on a few different business ventures that I love being a part of. If you’re reading this, I assume you are itching to start your own small business as well; but as a mother it can be difficult to do things that you want to do for yourself.
I totally get where you’re coming from. I do.
And I have such a strong tug in my heart to help you on this journey.
I’m going to share this fantastic list with you of over 30 of the small business ideas I considered, as well as ideas that were recommended to me while I was in the process of deciding what type of business I should start, along with some tips and tricks, as well as links within each category that will be beneficial to you.
Small Business Ideas For Stay At Home Moms
I feel the most qualified to talk to you about blogging, as it’s what I spend most of my time doing. Blogging is the most fun and rewarding thing that I’ve ever done. However, it’s not for everyone. It takes dedication, a large time commitment, and an overall passion for blogging as a whole.
If you’re considering starting a blog, take a look at How To Start A Blog 101
If you have a talent for writing or story telling, consider freelancing! I read a post about getting started in the freelance writing world, written by Elna Cain, that was super informative. You can find it, HERE.
Child Care Services
Whether you are interested in babysitting as a bit or a side job or if you’re interested in starting a full fledged child care center in your home, this is a great option for stay at home moms.
A huge, informative post on starting a baby sitting service can be found, HERE
Virtual assistants do anything from email management and customer service to data entry and transcription. Another great job for mothers because you can work from the comfort of your own home. Check out this article by Amy Andrews on becoming a virtual assistant.
Make & Sell Your Own Products
This is another one of business venture. I love creating things and being able to share them with others is so rewarding. This makes a great small business option because there may be something you already know how to make, which will shorten the time needed to get the business off its feet.
There are so many option with this small business path. Here are just a few ideas to get your creative juice flowing; wood working items, handmade soaps, bath bombs, toys for pets, children bibs and burp cloths, wax melts, jewelry, scarves, camera straps, pillow cases.. this list goes on and one. You can teach yourself how to make just about anything!
Sell Things on Amazon
You can either sell existing products, or create your own products to sell. This is a super lucrative business to start and Ryan Grant has written a huge free guide to selling on Amazon–click here to check it out.
I had a huge desire to start a cookie business… Turns out I can’t cook as well as I thought I could and I’m totally jealous of anyone who has the skill set to do this. Maybe you have never considered yourself a baker, but you should still give it a try. You never know how far you can go until you take the first step.
Here’s a list of 50 different ways you can start your own baking business.
Portrait photography is a passion of mine. Although it has been a couple years since I was taking photos for people regularly, it’s something I still adore doing and I recommend you consider this small business option. There’s a lot to think through before getting started and this article can help you with that.
If you have been intellectually gifted OR if you have one particular topic that you are well educated in, you can get paid to help others with that topic! Everything you need to know about starting a home-based tutoring business can be found in this article.
Val Briet wrote an incredible article on becoming a proof reader; she interviewed freelancers and found that over 62% of them make between $25 and $34 an hour, SCORE! Read about becoming a proofreader, HERE.
When I first found out about this type of business, I was so excited. I had never thought about people paying others to make their resumes for them. I’d always made my own and my family members had always asked me to make theirs for them as well. However, I loved blogging too much to devote enough time to starting a resume service.
That being said, I think this is an easily teachable skill and that it makes a great stay at home mom small business option. Read about starting your own resume service, HERE.
There are several ways to get paid for running errands for people. This is a viable option for mothers depending on the age of your children and how you feel about taking your children along with you.
You can start your own service or work through one of the many pre-existing services. Here’s a list of 9 legit ways to run errands for money.
Lawn care is usually a job people associate with men. However there are huge advantages for being a woman in the lawn care field!
Starting a lawn care business
Why being a women in lawn care in an advantage
I dabble in graphic design from time to time for my website. I find it an extremely cathartic small business option. Setting out to create something and seeing through to completion is the best. Plus, you don’t need a degree to do graphic design work; you can teach yourself through free or paid materials online. Read about how to get started as a freelance graphic design, HERE.
You can start this business venture with people you know and allow word of mouth to do the trick in terms of promoting and advertising your business. You can also take things to the next level by cleaning for other businesses, shops, etc. Your options are limitless.
How start a cleaning business
This is another small business idea for stay at home moms that gives you a lot of options to fit your schedule. You can start a small side hustle of painting rooms or homes of people you know, OR you can advertise yourself for being available to paint for large companies or apartment complexes.
Pros and Cons of starting a painting business
This is an option that you can choose and use the convince of working through an already established and highly used service or give yourself more freedom by starting your own unique dog walking business.
How to start a do walking business
Do you know a lot of people with pets? Do you have a lot of experience around animals? If you answered yes, this could be a rockin’ small business option for you! Get started by checking out these factors to consider when starting a pet-sitting business.
Do you own a sewing machine and have a passion for sewing? If you already have the equipment and knowledge you need to make an occasional alteration to you or your families clothing.. why not get paid for it?
Find out what you need to get started in a clothing alteration business, HERE.
I LOVE the idea of becoming a life coach, I think that with a little effort, this is something anyone is capable of doing. First, you will need some training and to become a certified life coach. Everything you need to know can be found, HERE.
Anyone can write an ebook. Anyone. You don’t have to be the most fantastic writer in order to write a spectacular ebook. There is knowledge in that head of your that others would pay to have; you just have to collect it and put it in writing.
Amy Andrews has you covered when it comes to educating yourself on the process of writing an ebook. Click here to check out her ebook article.
This is another near perfect small business idea for stay at home moms. You can receive the training you need in the comfort of your home and once you begin seeing clients, you can train them in your home gym/basement/garage/etc.
Everything you need to know about becoming a personal trainer can be found, HERE.
Online Course Creation
If you have a lot of knowledge on one particular topic, you can formulate an online course around that topic and make serious money. You can sell your courses on Udemy, Skillshare, Teachable, and many other online platforms. Start your making your online course today using the information in this article.
Gift Basket Making
Another one of my highly though about business options! If you are looking for a job that will rarely make you leave your house with your kiddo(s), this one is for you! Gift baskets are so fun to plan and put together and you can make some serious money off each one.
This is one of the best articles I’ve read about starting a gift basket business.
Musical Instrument Lessons
If you play an instrument and aren’t getting paid to teach others how to play, get started now! You have a valuable skill that others seek after, use that to your advantage. Here are a few things to think about when considering starting a music lesson business.
This is a great side business option for mothers. You can work through the platform, Trusted House sitter, and a plethora of potential client at your finger tips!
Click here to get started
Teach English Online
There are so many sites that allow you to teach english online to kids or adults that want to learn it as a second language. Although in most places a college degree is necessary or preferred, you can still find jobs teaching english online without a degree. This is a super fun option, especially if you are working with kids.
Here is a HUGE guide on how to get started with teaching English online as a second language.
Buy and Flip Stuff
It’s like buying and flipping houses, but a thousand times less expensive. Buying gently used or vintage items, fixing them up, and selling them for a profit–it’s that easy. There’s many items that are particularly popular and there’s also many options as to where to sell the items you flip.
Get started, HERE.
You would be shocked by how many people choose to not clean their own laundry or don’t have the time to do their own laundry. (or maybe you are one of those people, so you aren’t surprised, haha) If you are a stay at home mom, you most likely find yourself spending more time than you would like at home. Turn a negative into a positive by earning money while you’re stuck at home.
Click here to get started.
If you have a love for all things beauty, you should seriously consider becoming an esthetician. Remember the old saying, “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” PLUS, this is something you can do from your own home, which can be super helpful for a stay at home mom.
In todays world, most people are exposed to information about staying healthy and million seek out others to help them stay healthy. If you have a heart for helping others and for healthy living, this could be a great option for you. Learn about becoming a health coach, HERE.
I love these small business ideas for stay at home moms because you can create them into exactly what you need them to be, you can make your own schedule around your needs as a mother, and you can leverage your position as a mom for greater success by providing a comfortable and safe business for other women to utilize.
I hope this has helped you and I wish you the best of look in your new business venture!
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