Mompreneurs are becoming quite a trend and for good reason. Running your own business gives you the freedom to be in control of your own destiny, but it can also be extremely isolating. So how do you stay connected to the world when you’re at home all day with your kids? I’ve got a few ideas for some great home-based businesses that will help keep you busy (and make more money) while still keeping your hands on that little bundle of joy:
1. Monetized Blog Or Website
Your blog can be an extension of your brand and one of the easiest ways to earn money, a place where you share helpful content in exchange for email addresses and followers. You can also monetize it by selling products or services through affiliate links.
A blog is simply a website with regular content—and there are many ways to create and maintain one. If you don’t have any technical skills, no worries: there are plenty of free blogging platforms available that make it easy to get started. Just pick one (try WordPress), create an account, and begin publishing.
There are three main types of blogs: news/feature sites, personal blogs (which can focus on topics like health or travel), and publisher-driven sites like BuzzFeed or The Huffington Post that publish content created by multiple contributors who may not know each other personally but still work together toward common goals such as increasing visitor traffic/subscribers through viral content (think listicles).
2. Online Stores
With the rise of eCommerce, you can easily create an online store and sell products. However, if you are looking for a more lucrative business idea for mompreneurs to run from home, you can also sell services or digital products. Digital services include SEO services, website development and maintenance, web hosting etc., while digital products include ebooks/audiobooks/videos which can be delivered as downloads.
3. Virtual Bookkeeping
Virtual bookkeeping is a way for you to set up an accounting firm that operates from your home. This can be done by hiring other virtual assistants and putting them in charge of the more technical aspects of your business, but it’s still important to have a background in accounting yourself so you know what kind of work your virtual assistants will be doing. Virtual bookkeeping is ideal for moms because it allows them to provide their services remotely, which gives them more flexibility when it comes to scheduling client appointments and managing their own lives at home.
To set up a virtual bookkeeping business:
- Outline what kind of services you’d like to offer and how much they’ll cost (you may want one package with all the perks of several different packages).]
- Find clients who need those services (for instance, start with friends and family who could become referrals).
- Charge clients using Stripe or PayPal, making sure that they receive an invoice via email each month so they can pay on time (invoices should include any tax due).
4. Productized Services For Designers, Developers And Marketers
Productized services are a great option for small businesses because they allow you to become an expert in your field by learning from your mistakes and refining your process. With productized services, you get paid for the value that you bring in addition to getting paid per hour. This means that clients will pay more since they’re getting more value out of the work performed. It’s also easier to sell because it’s easy for customers to understand what they’re paying for and how much they can expect from each service provided by the company you work with.
The first step is finding clients or customers who have needs that align with what you provide as a productized service provider (PSP). You can use social media ads such as Facebook Ads and Instagram Ads to target potential customers based on demographics, location, interests and more so that only people who would be interested in buying your services see them online first before contacting them directly through email or phone calls later on down the road once enough interest has been shown by both parties involved during initial conversations involving mutual goals/objectives etcetera.
5. Handmade Products
Selling handmade products is a great way to earn money without having to leave the house. Products can be sold on Etsy or in person at craft fairs, where you can interact with customers and hear their feedback about your work. Selling online gives you access to customers all over the world, allowing you to reach a wider audience than if you were limited by location.
It’s important to note that handmade products are typically more expensive than mass-produced items because they’re more labour intensive and require higher quality materials (for example, some people make pottery out of clay). Because of this added expense, it might take longer for someone who sells handmade items full-time before reaching profitability compared with other business ideas for mompreneurs—but if that doesn’t concern you then this could be just right.
6. Online Travel Agent
If you’re a travel buff who’s always dreamed of going on exotic adventures, becoming an online travel agent can help you fulfil that dream while also earning some money. To become an online travel agent, you’ll need to complete training provided by the company and pass a test. You’ll also need to have a background check (if you’ve been convicted of any felonies), which will look at your criminal history and credit score. Once that’s done, all that’s left is for you to make sure your computer system has all the necessary software installed so that clients can easily book their trips directly through your website.
Once everything is up and running, it’s time for business. Your goal as an online travel agent is simple: Make sure every client has the best experience possible when booking their next vacation or trip somewhere new—and do it all without having ever met them in person. You’ll get paid a commission based on how much money each client spends with your company throughout their journey; for example, if someone spends $1000 on flights alone without even mentioning hotels or other expenses yet still manages to enjoy themselves thoroughly thanks to helpful tips from someone like yourself then chances are good that they’ll come back again next year too.
Mompreneurship is a great way to run a business from home. Mompreneurs face many of the same challenges as other small business owners, but they also have unique opportunities to succeed. Mompreneurs can keep their businesses flexible and adaptable while still meeting all of their personal needs and goals.
This article was written by Tatianna Higgins and originally appeared on Your Coffee Break.