16+ of the Best Business Ideas for Women by Women
Business Ideas for Women at Home
Are you looking for business ideas for women that really work?
Perfect, because I’m going to show you a list of business ideas that women are doing today.
There’s no need to reinvent the wheel, you can follow a proven success model, make it your own, and become successful.
I know when I was looking for business ideas I had no idea what I wanted to do and I couldn’t find anything that seemed legitimate online.
Out of frustration, pregnant with my second child and wanting to stay home with my kids, I decided to reach out to successful work from home moms and ask them:
- What Is Their Business
- How Could Others Get Started
- How Much does their Business Earn
They were gracious enough to answer so I created this website to share their stories for people like me looking for LEGITIMATE business ideas for women at home that pay well AND with the tools and resources you’ll need to get started.
As women, we have many talents and sometimes need help narrowing down what we really want to do.
How To Find The Best Business Idea For You
Take a look at each business idea on this list and decide what’s feasible for you and your family. Did any of these ideas get you excited and make you say “hey, I can do that, I’d love to do that” or just “I can do that, let me try it.”
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 is perfect for housewives 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.
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Here are 16+ Small Business Ideas for Women at Home
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.
Blogging is one of the best stay at home mom jobs because you work completely on your own schedule.
After seeing blog income reports from $2k-$50k a MONTH, I thought, why can’t I do that? And now I am!
Blogging is one of my favorite forms of passive income. I make money just for people reading my articles from ads.
I can assure you, I did not write this article today and yet it’s making me money.
When you get a nice amount of people reading your articles it brings in a nice income. Here’s a screenshot of my earnings from the other day.
I made $400 in one day just from ads, and I also make a lot of money in Affiliate sales. You can see how I make money blogging.
You DO NOT need to be an excellent writer to become a blogger, you just write like you talk.
I spent a lot of time working on my blog the first year with a full-time job, busy toddler, pregnant with my second child and also “trying” to be a wonderful wife to my wonderful husband.
Now I work VERY part-time and I’m making more money than when I was at my corporate job.
Blogging is such a great business idea because I’ve learned so many skills like how to create a WordPress website, write, learn search engine optimization, social media, and so much more.
I could offer so many of these things I’ve learned as a service and charge a nice fee and so can you once you learn the ins and outs.
But I’m not doing that just YET because I’m remembering my “Why” and focusing on being there for my kids, I make enough money with my blog where I don’t have to look for more work.
It is important to note that blogging does take a while to earn a decent income. It took me a year before I started earning money that really mattered.
If you want to start a blog, I’ve detailed all the steps in my How to Start a WordPress Blog article from scratch! I also mention the most popular niches that make the most money and get the most traffic.
2. Affiliate Marketing
This falls under blogging but because it’s such a great way to make money from home, 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 online.
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!
3. Freelance Writing
Do you like to write? You can make a lot of money as a writer, I know because I interviewed Holly Johnson who makes OVER $200,000 a year as a Freelance Writer. I didn’t even know that was possible!
Holly said that she finds it hard NOT to earn $40,000-$50,000 a year writing full-time.
She’s found the secret sauce when it comes to writing and charging the right rate for your work. She created a free introductory training on how to build a six-figure writing career.
Do you find yourself easily catching errors when reading? Do you cringe when you see grammar mistakes? If so, you might make a great Proofreader.
Proofreaders are NEEDED, I know because I use one myself.
Caitlin Pyle made $43,000 her first year Proofreading PART-TIME! You can see the full interview in my How to Become a Proofreader article. There are many others making between $1,000-$4,000 a month.
If you want to learn the skills needed to start your own freelance proofreading hustle or see if this is the right career for you, check out this FREE introductory workshop.
Bookkeepers record financial transactions, and it’s a great way to make money from home.
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. So I’m convinced anyone can do this. You’ll have to read it in my How to Become a Bookkeeper article.
If you want to start your own Virtual Bookkeeping Business and make $60 per hour, check out this free training to find out if it’s right for you.
6. Become a Freelancer
Freelance jobs are one of the best business ideas because you work when you want with unlimited earning potential!
Your skillset may be one of the following:
- Virtual Assistant
- Social media
- Design tech
- Customer Service, etc.
If you’ve ever had an interest in one of these it’s time to pursue it!
If you don’t know-how, that’s okay because I met BOSS MOM Micala who is helping women start a profitable freelance business from scratch.
She was a teacher working 50-60 hours per week earning $2300 per month, miserable dropping her baby off at daycare every day. She needed to work. And, wanted to work but on her own terms. So she turned to freelancing.
Within a few months of freelancing, she was working 15-20 hours per week, earning double her old paycheck with her baby beside her every step of the way. Now she teaches moms/women how to do the same.
I had an AMAZING interview with her on How to Become a Freelancer Online and she created a free workshop to show you how she did it and how you can too. Check it out here and see if freelancing is right for you.
7. Sell on Amazon (FBA program)
If you like shopping 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.
I recommend taking this FREE 7 Day Email Course on how to start selling on Amazon from Jessica who makes a full-time living doing this and her husband was able to quit his job to work with her in less than a year of starting!
My sister took the course and is selling products on Amazon already!
You can check it all out in my How to Sell on Amazon article.
8. Flip Items from Flea Markets and Thrift Shops
Rob from the Flea Market Flipper is the MASTER flipper (I know he’s not a woman, but he does this with his family). He made over $130,000 flipping items from Flea Markets and thrift stores PART-TIME.
And, you don’t need to have a lot of money to start either. Rob recommends his students to start with a budget of $20-$50 to find items. Based on that, they should be able to make $100-$300 (mostly reselling on eBay) and then take some of the profit and do it again.
How do I get started? Rob created a free workshop to turn your passion for visiting thrift stores, yard sales, & flea markets into a profitable reselling business – in as little as 14 days. You can click here to sign up.
9. Get Into Real Estate BUT w/o Selling or Buying Anything
Yes, this really is a thing. I met Boss Mom Danielle Pierce who is doing this earning over $400,000 a year WHILE homeschooling her 3 kids!
It’s called Property Preservation or Repairing Foreclosed Homes. Danielle outsources 100% of the work and only does admin work.
How much you can make varies but Danielle says it’s very feasible to gross $100k+ or more in revenue within 18 months
Check out my interview with Danielle to see how it all works
10. Life Coach
Do you love personal development and enjoy helping people? Do you want to build a business of your own? If that’s you, you should consider becoming a Life Coach.
See how Natalie Bacon became a Life Coach making six-figures on her way to seven-figures!
How much you can make really depends on your market. If you are targeting lower-income you can charge $47 per hour, if you’re targeting higher-income you could charge $297 per hour or much more.
It also depends on your model, are you doing 1-to-1 coaching or group coaching?
11. Start a Baby Equipment Rental Business
Do you live in a popular tourist area? Did you know you could make a lucrative side hustle renting baby equipment to traveling families? I didn’t either, but I interviewed boss mom Ashley Anderson who made me a believer.
If you’re interested in doing something like this I recommend reading my interview with Ashley on How to Start a Baby Equipment Rental Business
She earns over $3,000 per month.
12. Create an Online Store with Drop Shipping
Dropshipping is a method where you can sell third-party products from a Drop Shipping Company without ever seeing or shipping the item. When you make a sale, the product is shipped directly to the customer from the drop shipper.
Your profit is the difference between what you charge your customers and what the drop shipping company charges you.
Here is a great infographic to show how it works:
Boss Mom Theo McArthur has great success with dropshipping and created a course on Udemy that teaches you how to launch your first profitable Dropship Website in 14 Days or less and grow your Income to $10,000 per month in profits.
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.
14. Teach or Tutor
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.
Check out our list of the Best Online Tutoring Jobs.
15. 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 I recommend taking this neat course called How to Start a Home Daycare Business. Ladonna operated her own profitable home daycare and shows you how you can do the same along with all the information you’ll need to get started.
You can also check out Care.com for opportunities to grow your own daycare business.
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.
It is an investment that can pay off significantly.
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
- 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
17. 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.
18. Sell on Etsy
Did you know you could make $500-$1,000 per month in passive income with printables on Etsy?
Printables are so great because you make them ONCE and can make money off of them FOREVER!
I have an awesome interview from two women who do this today successfully and they spill the beans on how we can do the same. You can check it out in my article How To Make Printables to sell on Etsy.
I also interviewed a mom who turned her hobby into a $350,000 business and GROWING here.
19. 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.
20. Clean Houses
Do you enjoy cleaning or just know it’s something you wouldn’t mind doing to make extra money? If so, you really should consider doing this because you could make a lot of money.
These are great side business ideas for ladies who want to make money on their own terms. Like $1,000 per week working part-time!
Check out my article on How to Start a Cleaning Business and get all the information you need to get started today.
21. Start a Laundry Business
Yes, that’s right, Laundry. You can make up to $500 a WEEK doing it, this is a great business for ladies sitting at home.
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.
This is a simple business for ladies and you can see how it all works here.
For Additional Business Ideas for Women Consider:
- Graphic Designer
- Web Designer
- Real Estate
- Wedding Planner
- Event Planner
- Fashion Designer
- Sewing & Alterations
- Massage Therapist
- Personal Trainer
- Pet Business
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- Respondent – $50-$400
- User Interviews – $50-$100 per hour
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Earn $75 or more as an UpVoice Panelist
Get paid for the time you spend on Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, YouTube and more.
I did a full review of this site, and it’s literally one of the easiest ways to make money online. Currently only applicable to candidates in the United States.
Did you find anything that interests you? If not, keep in mind one of the best business ideas I can offer is to learn a skill that others don’t want to do or don’t know how to do and will pay someone like you to do it.
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