Being a stay-at-home mom can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, but it can also be challenging when it comes to contributing financially to the household. However, thanks to the internet and the increased opportunities for remote work, it is now possible for stay-at-home moms to start their own businesses and earn an income from home. In this blog post, we will explore some realistic business ideas that stay-at-home moms can start and run from the comfort of their own homes. Whether you’re looking for a part-time opportunity to supplement your family’s income or want to save money, there are plenty of options to consider. From freelance writing and social media management to e-commerce and tutoring, we’ll cover a range of ideas that have the potential to turn into successful and lucrative businesses.
Why start your own business as a stay at home mom?
- Extra money: most likely you’re living off one income which might be challenging at times. Working from home can bring in the needed money without you having to go back to work.
- Not having to go back to work: because you want to be able to stay at home with your children. Not to mention the money you’ll be saving on lunches, clothes, childcare, and commuting, whether you use public transport or drive your own car.
- Doing something for yourself: being a mother is probably one of the most rewarding and important jobs and you’re there all day for your children. However, you might want to gain new skills, use your creativity and feel a sense of achievement that comes with owning a business.
- Setting an example for your children: having an example of someone who has a passion and works hard to reach their goals is good for kids. Not to mention the skills that they can actually pick up from you running your business.
Business ideas for stay at home moms in 2023:
Here are my top picks for realistic business ideas for stay at home moms?
1. Create printables and sell them online
Printables are digital products that customers can download and print at home, such as planners pages, art prints, and educational materials. This type of business is a flexible and low-cost way to earn an income from home, as it requires minimal overhead and inventory.
To get started, all you need is a computer or a laptop, a design software like Adobe Illustrator or Canva, and a platform to sell your products, such as Etsy or your own website. You can also use social media to promote your printables and reach a wider audience. With some creativity and marketing skills, you can turn your passion for design into a profitable business by creating and selling printables online.
2. Import children’s clothes and sell them online
Probably one of the best business ideas for stay at home moms. It requires a small investment but can definitely pay off later. Import children’s clothing through wholesale platforms and sell it online for profit through various online retailers. You can even start your own e-commerce website.
3. Teach English online
With the increasing demand for English language education and the convenience of online learning, this can be a lucrative and fulfilling way to earn an income. So if you’re fluent in English you can teach others. Not only will you make money for yourself but also help someone gain a new skill. Some companies will require a degree but others won’t. You get to set your own hours and work as little or as much as you want.
4. FBA – Fulfilled by Amazon
If you want to sell on amazon without worrying about storing your inventory, FBA provides you with millions of potential customers for your goods, while storing, packing, labeling, and shipping your product for you! All you have to do is send your inventory to Amazon and they’ll do everything for you.
While the competition has increased over the past couple of years, selling on amazon can still be profitable. Research the winning products that have proven demand and sell best, so you can generate sales easily.
5. Look after someone else’s children
As a stay at home mom, one business idea you could consider is providing childcare services for other families. With more and more parents working outside of the home, the demand for reliable and trustworthy childcare is high. By offering your services as a nanny or babysitter, you can not only earn an income but also have the flexibility to work around your own family’s schedule and look after your own children at the same time.
You need to be aware of the laws in your country, so make sure you do some research based on where you live. For those of you who are from the United Kingdom this website is a great guide to becoming a childminder.
6. Become a social media manager
Almost every business out there uses social media platforms. Some of these businesses need help managing their accounts because they want to dedicate their time and attention to their actual project. They need someone who can post on Instagram, and Facebook, reply to comments and grow awareness of their name. So if you’re good at creating content, engaging with people, and scheduling, then this business idea is an option for you.
7. Become a tutor
Teach children online. Tutoring provides flexible working hours which is great for stay at home moms and it pays well. Often you don’t even need a teaching qualification or to have completed a particular course. However, you should have the subject knowledge and be able to provide interactive, engaging lessons.
8. Create online courses
It takes time and money to show up for in-person workshops. On the other hand, digital courses are extremely popular because you can do them from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace and without having to travel or make childcare arrangements.
You might think, ”there is nothing I could make a course about, I don’t have a degree in anything!” But you don’t need to have one. If you’ve ever gotten results in any area of your life, professional or personal, for yourself, a friend, or a family member and you are willing to show other people how you’ve done it, then create a digital course about it.
9. Start a craft business
Starting a craft business is a great idea for stay-at-home moms who have a passion for creating and want to turn their hobby into a profitable venture. There are many options for selling your crafts, such as setting up an online store, taking part in local craft fairs and markets, or even selling on platforms like Etsy.
Handmade candles, soaps, jewellery, these are just some things that people buy online for themselves or as presents to their loved ones. Not only will this allow you to use your skills and express your creativity, but it can also provide a flexible and fulfilling way to contribute to your household income while still being able to take care of your family.
Just like with any other business, it takes time to gain a decent amount of customers and make money. Find out the best ways to promote your work and be patient.
10. Become a pet-sitter
Catteries for example have become really expensive. People who want to travel face huge bills for leaving their cats in one of them. Not only that, but most of the time catteries don’t provide the needed space and attention for these animals. Pet-sitting could be a rewarding and fun opportunity that you would also get paid for.
11. Start a cooking business
If you are someone who likes to cook and you can do it well, then why not turn your passion into a business from home? We’re living in a fast-paced environment, where often families end up ordering online because they are too tired to cook. And while it’s okay to get takeaway from time to time, we all know it’s not healthy when eaten too often. Tasty homemade meals are a great alternative when people don’t have time to cook for themselves. You could even sell homemade meals in weekly batches, for those who, for example work long hours and don’t have time or anyone to cook for them.
12. Become a freelance writer
Just think about it, anytime you (and billions of other people) have a question they turn to the internet for an answer. If you think you can write engaging content, become a freelance writer. A degree in writing or journalism is not always essential, however you should be able to write interesting and engaging content. Use typing assistants such as Grammarly that can review your grammar, and punctuation. Help you identify and replace complicated sentences with more efficient ones.
13. Become a web designer
Currently, there are over 1 billion websites in the world and the number is growing every day, so demand is there. You will, however, need to dedicate your time and learn how to design professional-looking websites. However, upon becoming a web designer you’ll be able to work at hours suitable to you, which makes this business idea perfect for a stay at home mom!