16 of the Best Business Ideas for Women by Women
Business Ideas for Women
Do you want to start your own business but can’t quite figure out what you want to do or how to get started?
As women, we have many talents and sometimes need help narrowing down what we really want to do.
What are you passionate about? If you don’t know, that’s ok. Try different things you’re really good at.
I’ve always had a passion to help others and blogging has been a great tool which I would have never in a million years thought I’d be making a living on.
This basketball quote has stuck with me over time, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.
It’s important to just get out there and Start. Something.
This list of business ideas are perfect for women because they not only pay well but can also provide you with the freedom to spend more time with your family and build an empire.
You can also find a successful woman behind most of these business ideas along with tools and resources to get you started.
Make sure to get to the end of this article to see how you can make up to $400 per research study.
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Here are 16 Small Business Ideas for Women
Blogging is the #1 business idea because it’s what I do :-). I was inspired by other moms who enjoy blogging as a business and also have the advantage of staying home to raise their kids at the same time.
After seeing blog income reports from $2k-$50k a MONTH, I thought, why can’t I do that?
I love blogging because it helps bring in a decent income and I get to help people.
You can certainly make money writing about different things, but Scrivs from Obstacle.co says the 7 top blog niches that gain the most traffic and make the most money are:
- How to Make Money
- Personal Finance
- Health and Fitness
- Beauty & Fashion
- Personal Development
It’s important to remember if you want to make money blogging it’s not personal, its business.
Bloggers make money from ads, affiliate marketing, sponsorships, services, or your own products. I go into more detail about how I make money blogging here.
If you want to start a blog, you can check out my step-by-step guide.
2. Affiliate Marketing
This falls under blogging but because it’s such a great way to make money, I’m going to mention it again.
Do you know what Affiliate Marketing is? I had no clue before I started blogging, and it is now my favorite way to make money.
You know how you recommend different products or places to friends? Well, now you can get paid for it!
Affiliate Marketing is when you refer someone to a product or service online using a unique link and if they make a purchase through your link you earn a commission.
For a deeper dive into how it all works click here AND see how April Lewis makes $6,000 a month with Affiliate Marketing!
This is a great job based on its flexibility and pay. Transcriptionists listen to audio files and record (type) what they hear. Consider a career in Transcription with this Free Mini-Course.
Caitlin Pyle of Proofread Anywhere made $43,000 in her first year proofreading while working part-time and studying abroad.
She realized there was a huge open market for proofreaders, so she designed a course to help others get started.
You can learn the skills you need to start your freelance proofreading hustle in this free training here.
Bookkeepers record financial transactions, and it can be done either as a freelancer or for a company remotely.
I had the pleasure of interviewing two successful stay-at-home moms who work from home as a Bookkeeper and started out with NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE.
This is a MUST read as one of the moms has NINE kids, homeschools six, AND still has time to earn a living Bookkeeping.
Check it out here.
If you want to start your own Virtual Bookkeeping Business and make $80 per hour, check out this free course to find out if it’s right for you.
6. Virtual Assistant
If you are task-oriented and have skills in the areas of social media management, ghostwriting, editing, graphic design, tutoring, researching, writing, photoshop editing, administrative duties, video editing, copywriting, or data entry, this may be a great choice for you.
You can make $25-$100 hr as a Virtual Assistant.
Gina Horkey is a Six-figure Virtual Assistant and provides step-by-step on how to get started even if you have no previous experience here
7. Social Media Manager
Are you on Social Media and think you would like to post on behalf of businesses, respond to inquiries, messages, and comments (both good and bad) from the comfort of your home? If so, consider becoming a Social Media Manager (SMM).
Depending on how many clients you have you could make anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 a month or more.
See how Annelise P. does it and how you can too.
8. Teach or Tutor
I interviewed stay-at-home mom Brittney Sutton who makes $1,700 a month working only 15 hours a week for VIPKid, see the full interview here.
Online teaching is growing thanks to the advancements in technology, and it’s an excellent way to make money at home if you have teaching experience or knowledge of a specific subject.
For these positions, you will need some previous experience teaching, mentoring, or tutoring. If you don’t have experience try volunteering at your church in the children’s department or your local school.
9. In-home Childcare
If you love children and have a passion to impact a young life, this is a great opportunity to start an in-home childcare business. You also get the added benefit of playtime and socialization with your kids.
To get started you can use social media and advertise to get the word out (Join local mom Facebook Groups). Set a limit on the number of children you will accept.
The amount you can make varies on location but you could charge $30 a day which turns out to $600 a month (assuming its for 8 hours a day) for one kid, while some daycares will charge $900 or more a month.
Feel free to raise your prices to stay competitive with the daycares in your area.
Important to Note: Make sure you add childcare endorsement to your home owner’s insurance in case someone gets hurt and check your State regulations on the number of children you can care for without a license
If you’re the family photographer and love taking pictures, you should look into becoming a Photographer.
My sister recently purchased the Canon EOS Rebel T6i Body, and she takes AMAZING pictures (she literally has NO experience at ALL), she also purchased the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens which is a KEY component of taking quality photos.
Related: See the top two apps to make money taking pictures from your phone (no previous experience needed).
Post your best work on social media and start your online portfolio on 500px (it’s Free!).
You can also:
- Contact your local real estate agents and offer your services to take professional pictures of their new listings or use a site like Obeo
- License your photos through stock photography sites like iStock and Shutterstock
- Submit images to The Sun Magazine or Avanti Press
- Offer your services for free to friends and family who want to take holiday, newborn, senior, weddings pictures, etc. If you do a good job, those same people could turn into paying customers.
- Wedding Photography -$700 – $3,500+
- Senior Portrait Photography – $100-$300 a session
- Small local businesses – $25 – $200 per image
11. Sell on Etsy
Do you like to create things? You can start an Etsy store and sell your products online. Etsy makes it easy for you to get your product out there.
Don’t know what to sell? See what’s selling out on Etsy and see if you could sell something similar.
Find out how Nicci turned her hobby into a $350,000 business and GROWING here.
12. Become a Travel Agent
Do you love to travel? Enjoy helping people and want to work from home? Consider working as a Travel Agent.
Glassdoor states the typical salary ranges from $29,000 to $58,000 a year, but it all depends on experience and number of clients.
You can either start your own business or work for an agency. Sarah B. started her own Travel Agency and shows us how to start our own here.
13. Interior Designer
Do you have those creative genes to decorate rooms and arrange furniture? Do you watch HGTV and think, I can do that, I want to do that? See how Boss Mom Julie P. got started and manages to earn a six-figure salary.
To become an Interior Decorator (this is different from Interior Designer) I recommend starting a website, take quality photos of your work, ask friends and family if you can work for them at no charge to help add to your portfolio.
Once you’ve created a polished visualization of your work you can then start to charge for your services.
You can make anywhere from $50-$150 per hour as an Interior Decorator, and as an Interior Designer, you can make six-figures or more.
Find out how to become an Interior Designer here.
14. Start a Laundry Business
Yes, that’s right, Laundry. You can make up to $500 a WEEK doing it.
Laundry is an ongoing chore that we all do, BUT for some who don’t have the time but do have the money, outsourcing is the new normal. Which opens a door for you.
See how it all works here.
15. Freelance Writing
Writers are in high demand; there are many businesses and bloggers that need writers to write their web content, articles, social media and more.
See how Ashley E. does it and charges up to $600 per article!
You can typically make $25-$100 per article. The pay for a writer with experience can be excellent, and you can’t beat the flexibility.
If you want to become a Freelance Writer click here to find out how to get started.
16. Sell on Amazon (FBA program)
If you like shopping (unlike me) and searching for a good deal, you should definitely consider Amazon’s FBA program. You find good deals on products at brick and mortar stores or wherever and resell them on Amazon for a higher price.
Ship it to Amazon, and they take care of the rest. Watch this quick video to see how it works.
I recommend taking the course How to Start an Amazon FBA Store on a Tight Budget.
The Penny Hoarder has a great article on this and it shows how a mom made $42,000 a year selling toys, and how a gentleman earned more than $9,000 in ONE MONTH!
Sign up for Research Studies – Up to $400 per study
You can make quick easy money by participating in research studies. Below are the best-paid companies to sign up for
- Respondent – $50-$400
- User Interviews – $20-$400
- Vindale Research – $10-$50 per day if you apply to multiple (you’ll have more opportunities for this one) participants are on a first-come, first served basis so be quick to apply if you see a good one.
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