Earning money as a mom can be challenging. Regular nine to five work can be too inflexible, and the hours might not suit your lifestyle. Maybe you’re looking for a flexible business that you could work around your family, or maybe you’re well organised and are planning for the future? If you can get these businesses up and running and established before you have children, it can make things even easier for you. Here are ten business ideas you could consider, based on your skills and past experience that would enable you to work flexibly around your family.
Are you a people person with a creative flair? Jobs in the beauty industry include everything from makeup artists to hairdressers, nail technicians, spray tanner and more. Some of jobs within the beauty industry take longer to achieve, if you want to become a self employed hairdresser for example it usually makes sense for you to have worked this as a job for a number of years first. But there are lots of beauty treatments you can learn relatively quickly, such as spray tanning, brow and lash treatments. After taking a course and qualifying, you can set up and start treating clients as soon as you’ve had enough practice to feel confident. Mobile beauticians are always in demand, not just for big events like weddings but for girls nights and pamper parties too. Pamper parties are great as you can treat a number of clients within one evening, and make a significant sum.
Do you have a qualification in photography, or do you just have an eye for it? If so, you could work on your portfolio until you’re ready to set up by yourself. One tip is to start off by shadowing a professional photographer. Once you have the skills and the kit you can set up and earn money shooting events, all done around your family’s needs. Even one event a week could pay well, but it’s something you need to have a genuine interest in. As acquiring the knowledge and experience as well as the equipment can be expensive and time consuming.
If you’re a bit of a perfectionist and don’t mind putting in physical work then a cleaning business could be right up your alley. You don’t need any special skills, you can teach yourself everything you need to know through tutorials and advice online. If you’ve had cleaning jobs in the past but havent appreciated the low pay then setting up for yourself is a better option and you get to choose the hours you work.
Another potential idea for those who love to stay active. Gardening is hard work but it can be a good source of income over the warmer months. Mowing lawns to weeding, planting, jet washing patios and pruning plants are things you can do without any in depth experience of gardening. If you wanted to go to college and get a landscaping or horticulture qualification, you could take it even further.
- Home based virtual office
No longer do you need to spend lots of money hiring an office premises or lots of staff. An office based business can be run right from your home these days, or from anywhere in the world. Use online software like Office 365, and outsource the tasks you don’t want to do yourself to third party companies and freelancers. There are sites that give you KYC compliance, there are freelancers who can build your website and shop and manage your social media. You get to decide what your role is and what you’ll be doing. The rest can be left to people you’ve hired, and you get to reap the rewards of the profits!
Buying and selling for a profit
Buying and selling for a profit is a tried and tested business model. You could find a wholesaler and purchase items you know will sell well, and then resell them individually on sites like eBay and Facebook. To make things interesting, you could resell based on an angle- eg, gifts. Here you’d purchase a number or smaller items and create gift hampers for different kinds of people. You can achieve a really high markup doing things like this. A selection of items tailored to kids, dads, moms, grandparents etc in a basket wrapped in cellophane with a bow- easy to do and plenty of profit to be made.
Are you a passionate home baker? Do you have a number of cake recipes that are tried and tested, and enjoy making? You could start your own bakery business. There are a few changes you might need to make to your kitchen, for example you’ll need a separate fridge for work and home. Pets will have to be kept out of the kitchen at all times, and health and safety are able to call by whenever they want to check that standards are being upheld. If you wanted to take your business a step further, you could improve your skills with a baking or cake decorating class. This would enable you to incorporate things like sugar work and delicate piping techniques into your bakes to give them a more professional finish.
Other craft business
If you’re a crafter, there are plenty of other businesses you could start up. From soap making to jewellery, textile crafts, art prints and more, put the items you make into your Etsy shop and enjoy the extra income from doing something you love.
Freelancing is a fantastic, flexible way to earn money. Sign up to a freelancing site and you can get started right away, you’re in control so you get to choose the jobs that you want to do. Each piece will have a deadline, but you can decide how many you take on, so you’re the one in control of the workflow.
Finally, if you have an established blog then why not look into ways to monetise it? It’s a great side hustle and can even become your full time money source if you’re lucky. Work on improving your site- buy a professional template and work through any errors. Build up your domain authority by securing links on high authority sites- you can often do this by guest posting.
Which of these would you be most likely to start up?
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.