Small Business Ideas For Women At Home
For many women working from home is the only option they have when it comes to having an income. Some have children, family commitments or caring for elderly parents. It may be that being unwell with a condition such as social anxiety disorder means going to work is just not an option.
Of course there are other women who are actually quite capable of ‘going out to work’ but who don’t want to for whatever reason. Nowadays, with the expansion of the World Wide Web it is now possible to enjoy earning good money by working from home.
It seems to be easier to find a job where you ‘go out to work’ because that still seems to be the norm and there is still some due diligence needed when applying for ‘working from home’ positions.
This post is giving some small business ideas for women at home. The jobs are open to men as well but for this post I’ve tried to concentrate on jobs which would suit primarily for women but without being too ‘girly!’
I have written a separate post about ‘online jobs for women which you can read here.
FBA or Fulfillment By Amazon is an excellent way to earn money if you like buying but don’t particularly want all the fuss and nonsense of packaging, delivering, posting and customer service. Amazon do all that for you. Join the FBA program here.
With FBA you find a product on a site like Alibaba. It is better to find a product that is already popular on Amazon. You can find best selling products by visiting the best sellers page on Amazon. The next step is to write a product description considering SEO to encourage people to visit your page. When they buy Amazon does all the hard work and you just wait for the check.
There is a cost involved for amazon to do this work for you but it is so worth the money. You will need some cash to start with so you can buy the products but once the products have been received by Amazon you can sit back and wait for the money to come in.
You’ve probably realized by now that having a website is my preferred method of making money online from home. With a website you can have any business you want, affiliate marketing, internet marketing, freelancing, selling online etc. Maybe you have your own product you’d like to sell, having your own website is the perfect way to do this.
It’s not so hard to create a website although it can sound really scary at first. It’s actually so simple to create a website, if you watch the video below you’ll see it can be done within 30 seconds.
Online Clothing/Make up store
This fits in very nicely with creating your own website. If you have a passion for makeup, clothing or anything actually, then create a website and start selling.
If you’re selling other people’s products or you’re creating your own products, having your own website means that you don’t have to give them a cut so to speak.
Whether you decide to sell online, offline or a bit of both, your website is still the best marketing tool that you have. If you can give people a business card with your website address showing the products that you sell, this is a much cheaper way than having a bricks and mortar store front which can cost a fortune.
Maybe you’re one of those people with great organizing skills or maybe in the past you’ve had experience in planning events. Again you can have a website to promote your business but primarily you could be working within your local area. Perhaps you want to concentrate on wedding events or business events. Maybe you want to target events for women. I don’t know about you but I think as a woman, we are good at those little touches that make an event so special. It might be a good idea to start off planning an event of your own and hopefully, if it goes well, you can start promoting yourself as an event planner for people within your area. If you become really good at it, of course, there’s nothing stopping you going national or international it depends on what you want. Again, a website is a great way to promote your business.
I admit to being hopeless with a camera but I do see the potential of having a photography business. Whatever your specialty whether it be wedding, portrait, head shots or wildlife etc this could all be done from within your comfort zone, if that is what you need.
Of course, yet again, a website means being able to display all your photographs without having hard copies or the expense of a gallery. You can sell your pictures from your website. You can sell your pictures to online databases such as Getty or Shutterstock. If you want to work in your local environment you could do live events and stay close to home. I would like to have some photographic skill. It seems to be a nice way to earn money using an art form.
Social Media Consulting
Are you somebody who spends hours and hours on social media. You must know so much about these platforms so why not use your skills to help people promote their business. Get paid for doing something you really enjoy. You can create social media marketing plans which many small businesses find to be a mystery and would be very happy to hand over this part of the business to somebody who knows what they’re doing.
So if you know how to build a social media following, increase traffic, engagement etc within social media this could be a perfect business for you.
An even better way, yet again, is to create your own website. This way, you are in complete control of your service or business and can target exactly the people you’d like to work for. It may be a good idea to use a service such as fiverr to increase your portfolio and gain testimonials as this is a great way to promote your service from within your website.
- Are you somebody who designs and creates your own jewelry?
- Do people often comment on your artwork?
- Would you consider taking on commissions to make jewelry for people?
Designing and creating jewelry on a commission basis could be a lucrative business for you. If you have a website you can promote your service without having the need for a gallery or bricks and mortar shop front. If you have a good ‘jewelry’ eye why not buy and sell secondhand jewelry. Again, a website comes into its own here. With a website you could sell second-hand jewelry while at the same time creating your own items and having a gallery within your website to sell them. If other people like your designs then why not cache in on this and sell them
Are you somebody who loves to be around children, helping them to learn through play?
Childminding might just be just the right way for you to earn some money whilst staying at home with your own children. Many working parents are desperate for childcare facilities or, more importantly, facilities that they can trust.
Depending on which part of the world you’re in, there are probably guidelines and requirements on how to set up a childcare facility within your own home.
When my children were younger I found this a great way to stay at home with them and earn some money by looking after other people’s children as well. We all forged some great friendships this way.
What is a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant is somebody who works from a remote location for a business or businesses.
If you are an expert in secretarial skills, accounting, social media, answering the telephone, data input, translation etc these are all jobs that can be done by virtual assistant.
Virtual assistants aren’t just employed to do clerical work. Graphic designers, artists, app developers etc can all become virtual assistants.
Businesses, small and large, decide to employ a virtual assistant so they don’t have to worry about employing staff and all that entails.
A good virtual assistant is worth her weight in gold.
This is by no means an exhausted list of small business ideas for women at home but I hope it gives you some ideas about how you can earn a good income without leaving your home.
Have you any other ideas you could share. Drop them in the comment box below.