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10 Home-Based Business Ideas for Busy Moms

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Work at home moms are superhumans. As if managing the household is not hard enough, they add money-making endeavour into the equation. Despite the challenges, there are more and more moms choose to work at home. The appeal is there: they are able to spend more time with their children while figuring out on a work schedule that is flexible enough to accommodate the family time and household management.

To help you getting started, here are 10 home-based business ideas for budding work at home moms that you can start right away – enjoy!

1. Virtual assistance

If you excel in getting things done properly, then you might enjoy being a Virtual assistant (VA.) VA is an independent contractor who help a client with his/her day-to-day activities, such as administrative work (i.e. data entry, writing and sending emails, client’s day-to-day scheduling, etc.) and specialised business services, such as web property management (i.e. website and its database maintenance and upkeep.)

You could join and offer your expertise in a VA company community, a freelancing site or specialised forums (i.e. expatriate forums which members are looking for local VAs to help them get into the business culture.) Learn how to be a virtual assistant here.

2. Freelance Writing

Fresh insights are badly needed in today’s information age – writers will enjoy a large demand today, ranging from a regular contribution to an online magazine or as an editor of a new book. The best thing of freelance writing is that you can do it any time, e.g. when the children are at school.

Again, you should visit freelancing sites for an abundance of writing job opportunities. Moreover, there are also publishing or other content-creation-related companies who outsource their content generation functions to freelance writers – pitch yourself to such companies by seeking the company’s contact person.

Read this one of the country’s top freelancers story on starting out and succeeding as freelance writers.

3. Child Care

Moms are good at child care, naturally. There always a need in where you live that other busy moms get things over their head and need all the help offered. You can start up either a day care center or after-school activities for kids.

The best thing to start a child care business at home is that your children will enjoy the benefit of socialising with their peers. Learn how to start a child daycare here.

4. Specialised business services, online

Business owners need all the help they can get – they need to outsource some of the business functions to keep them efficient and effective. There are needs for specialized business services, such as graphic design, web design, or SEO services (e.g. directory submissions, link building campaigns, etc.)

All you need is a PC/laptop and your (flexible) time to do clients’ work – this can be a pure make money online opportunity; join a webmaster forums, and you will see that the opportunities are limitless – It seems that people are always in need of site-related services, such as web developing, web design, logo design, banner design, directory submission, press release submission, article submission, content writing, and many, many more.

5. Blogging

Although similar, blogging is entirely different from the #2 freelance writing. With blogging, you are a specialist – your opinions count above anything else. To get started, you can either blog for your own or for a blogging network.

You can set up a blog (preferably, a self-hosted blog so that you can build an asset) using self-hosted WordPress, for instance. To start – buy a domain name, sign up with a web hosting and set up a nice design on your blog. Then you can blog anytime you want, in-between your busy day.

Alternatively, you can join blog networks as a blogger for a certain topic of interest. Such job can get you quite a lot – e.g. Write for About.com can get you about $700/month, doing at least 2 articles a week. Going full time obviously can get you plenty to have a comfy lifestyle.

6. Sell stuffs online

Okay, maybe eBay is not that hot anymore, but it still one of the largest online marketplaces today. With the help of drop shipping, selling goods online is becoming much easier. All you have to do is to find stuffs to sell (you can look for them in garage sales, in your attic or from companies doing drop shipping), create a listing, moderate the bids, and have the stuffs sent to the buyers. Neat.

Alternatively, you can sell stuffs on forums. The key is to join huge forums (that are obviously allowing you to sell physical goods) with huge traffic and start offering your stuffs there; you could join smaller forums, but consider specialised forums only (not much to be made in small, general forums – first hand experience.)

One more idea: You can set up an online store yourself, either to self-host it or join a largely free network. For a free network, you can consider blog networks, such as Blogger.com or Mulitiply.com. The more popular option today is Facebook.com (maybe MySpace.com) and Twitter.com. Even with the latter, you don’t need any sites set up – just ‘tweets’ your products away!

7. (Online) tutoring

You could help students with their homework; you can teach people to play guitar; you can teach English language to foreign students; and many more. You can do this by opening a class at home or doing online tutoring using the help of online communication tools (i.e. Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, Skype, etc.)

With tutoring, you are probably less flexible compared to the other home-based business ideas, but you can always work out a schedule that fit the regular schedule of your children, e.g. school time. Read this to learn how to get paid well as a tutor.

8. Arts and crafts

Similar to #6, if you are artistic, you can set up an arts and crafts business at home. You can paint, design jewelry, make candles and more and have them sold using an online store. Alternatively, you can consider using an online marketplace, such as Zazzle.com, in where you can make and sell your creative works (that may include T-shirt custom design, personalised gifts, etc.) Find out more on how to market your arts here.

Also, similar to #7, you can open an art and crafts class at home. You can teach others to paint, make jewelry, make candles, scrapbooking, and many more.

9. Selling (nearly free) Information

PLR is the keyword – you can consider selling PLR – private label rights – content, such as article packs, ebooks, podcasts, scripts, databases, and many more. PLR refers to reusable and resalable content that have no copyright attached to them.

Again, you can do this by setting up a website and sell the abundant content to those who need them.

How to profit from PLR? Typically, article pack of thousands of articles only costs you less than $20. What if you search through the content and repackage part of the article pack into, say, a “Health Article Pack” priced at $15? What’s more, you can sell it over and over again – the profitability is there. Recession? What recession?

10. Consulting and research

If you love consulting and doing research, there are plenty of opportunities can be done at the comfort of your home. You can offer, for instance, Management and/or SEO consulting for site owners or doing market research or survey for companies that are about to launch new products.

The good thing about consulting and research: You are likely to be paid well. In researching, some could pay you thousands of dollar to conduct a research and write a research paper for a company – indeed, you can be an independent researcher, working at home. Arrange this opportunity as a company, and you could see yourself to serve more reputable companies (companies do enjoy working with other “business with names” more than with freelancers who bear personal brands.)

Any more ideas to share? You can do so by commenting on this article.

Work at home moms – good luck setting up profitable business!

Ivan Widjaya
Proudly home-based

About the Author: Ivan Widjaya is the Owner/Editor of Noobpreneur.com. He is a web property investor, blogger and web property builder.
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  • Matt John Canty

    Mothers need to be prioritized when giving online jobs. We are sure that mothers work hard for their family especially for the kids. Some people (not mothers) work online for their own desires and security like buying this certain stuff for their hobby or others although there are also some who work for their family as well. I guess, employers should always consider this. Not just focus on the skills of the VA but also consider his/her needs.

  • http://www.noobpreneur.com/ Ivan Widjaya

    Cheers, The Working House!

  • http://theworkinghouse.com/ The Working House

    We were so glad we landed on your page, you had great points here.

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    Bessemer,

    Many thanks!

  • Bessemer AL Motels

    Great site Thanks for the post. Looking forward to visitingt more.

  • http://www.extremeleadprogram.com mike

    yes it is a very good idea for home working mom this forum helps a lot of mom who works home…

  • Sherryl Wolin

    The trouble using Private label rights reports is the fact most people really don’t use it effectively. These people should either use it to acquire tips for topics to write about or perhaps completely re-write it or spin and rewrite it up and then simply put his or her own brand into it.

  • http://www.dusting.biz Carola Pastorino

    This internet era gives moms option to stay home and be with their kids. With lots of work available online, they can spend time with their children without sacrificing the monthly bill! There are lots of free lance websites out there where you can try your luck. You just need some googling and application letter showcasing what you can do and you are ready to start!

  • http://www.noobpreneur.com/ Noobpreneur

    Reiko,

    Yes – I understand that being a mom is challenging (especially the single moms.) Home based jobs and biz are indeed worth trying!

  • Reiko G

    A good idea for moms whop needs to take care of the kids as well as needs to earn some cash for her family. Home Based jobs as well as online businesses or affiliate marketing would also be great idea to try.

  • http://www.noobpreneur.com/ Noobpreneur

    Thanks, Dewitt!

  • Dewitt Aumich – Operation SCAR Bonus

    Thanks for the post, there is always something good to read about here. Take Care

  • Tim Scott

    Home based businesses can be a great change for moms who spend their entire day at home with the kids.

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    Genesis,

    Yes – “legit jobs online” is a pitch only a very small number of business can fulfill. My wife and I have tried them in the past – and all I can say is this: Although they seem legit, making a decent money out of them is nearly impossible (low pay, huge pile of work.)

  • http://athomemomblog.com Genesis

    Great list! I work from home as a freelance writer and blogger and recently set up an online course to teach other parents how to do the same. It’s a real challenge to find legit jobs out there . . . the majority of “jobs” aimed at moms are just scams. I usually recommend people just start their own businesses and your post offers tons of ideas for that.

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    Julia,

    Nice! That works well for me, as well :) To add, maybe build a content-based website about a topic OTHER PEOPLE are passionate about could be profitable, too? You know, some thing like riding the “wave” of today’s popular topics, such as going green, etc.

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    Jason,

    That would be an interesting read – Thanks!

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    Herman,

    Cheers for the tips :)

  • http://www.noobpreneur.com/ Noobpreneur

    Matthew,

    Yes, I agree – the key is NOT to take any projects presented to you – some are cool projects, some are just time consuming ones need nurturing like caring a 6 month-old baby :) (not mentioning the nagging clients…) So yes, picking clients carefully will avoid headaches later on…

  • http://www.my-home-business-ideas.com Julia

    Another successful home business opportunity is to build a content-based website about a topic you are knowledgeable or passionate about and monetize it using Google adsense, affiliate marketing etc. This has worked well for me and a number of people that I have helped with this. Find out more at Making Your Own Website.

  • http://ebooksuccess4free.webs.com Jason Matthews

    Thanks for this post as these are all excellent ideas. Pertaining to freelance writing, blogging, selling stuff and information online, there’s a really helpful guide for busy Mom’s on a budget: How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks – All for FREE. It includes tutorials on free blog sites with WordPress and Blogger plus lots more.

  • http://www.legitimate-work-home-guide.com/ Herman

    Hi Ivan

    I had written a article on my site a few weeks back covering the top 4 jobs from home that has really worked well for me as i am a stay home dad.
    http://www.legitimate-work-home-guide.com/
    But Your article just has more amazing work at home ideas and I hope to send some of my readers to read this.

    Cheers

    Herman

  • Matthew Kramer

    Nice article Ivan. A stay at home mum could easily take advantage of a VA or FL but they would have to pick their clients carefully as to not be overloaded both at home and completing their clients commands. I think that content is the most important because it is sooo simple to do. You don’t have to type, you can podcast or video cast. I do a mix of typed and audio casts. Remeber that you can do an audiocast and turn it into a video! As long as its no longer than 10 minutes.

    Matthew.
    Improving Business Wireless