16+ of the Best Business Ideas for Women by Women
Business Ideas for Women
Are you looking for some business ideas for women to help you 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 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.
You can also find a successful woman behind most of these business ideas for women at home along with tools and resources to get you started.
At the end of this article, I’ll also show you how to make up to $400 per research study.
This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link.
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.
I’m definitely not and I have my lovely mom review my articles before I post just to have a second pair of eyes.
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 (I was able to leave my job!).
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.
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. 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?
7. 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.
8. Create an Online Store with Drop Shipping
Drop shipping 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 drop shipping 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.
10. 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 created a course called 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success to help you get started.
She also provides some helpful tips in my How to Become a Virtual Assistant article.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. Owning Rental Properties
Have you ever thought about making a monthly passive income from a rental property(s)? My friend Dustin (no he’s not a woman, but I would like to see more women doing this) does this and was able to make enough monthly passive income from his properties to quit his 9-5.
He created an excellent course that will enable you to develop a rental property business from the ground up. Learn everything from buying your first property to making passive income every month from the rent.
Click Here to Get Started with the Ultimate Real Estate Investing Course
14. 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.
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
16. Graphic Designer
I wish I had the passion and skill for this job because every company needs a graphic designer. If you have an eye for design and experience in Adobe Creative Suite/Adobe Creative Cloud – including InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop, then there is a profitable market out there for you.
The nice part about being a freelance graphic designer is that you can take on as much or as little as you want and create!
How do I get started?
- Newbies: Check out this highly recommended course Learn Photoshop, Web Design & Profitable Freelancing. You can also check out free and premium courses on Skillshare; this is a great site because you get to practice what you learn during the course.
- Experts: Use freelance websites like UpWork to find clients, design logos for companies at 99designs, crowdspring, designcrowd (very high competition), or host a class on Skillshare.
Use your social network to also promote your services and create a website showcasing your services and work.
17. 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.
18. 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.
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. 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.
21. 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? Check out the top 10 best selling products on Etsy.
Find out how Nicci turned her hobby into a $350,000 business and GROWING here.
22. Become a Freelancer
Freelance jobs are one of the best business ideas because you work when you want with unlimited earning potential!
I have found many freelance jobs on Upwork. I sift through the available work options to see which project suits me the best.
I only apply to the jobs I KNOW I can do well because after the project is over its important that I get a good review so I can continue to get more jobs.
I suggest the following when applying to jobs on Upwork:
- Focus on the projects with only 5-10 proposals or less submitted (less competition)
- Check that the client has the “blue verified payment check” before applying
- When you see a job that fits you, apply for it immediately!
- If you live in the U.S., make sure to check “U.S. Only.”
- If you are pitching your first job, try to offer your services for free for one week to ease the client’s mind since you have no references or reviews. If the client likes you move on with the “paid service” the following week. That’s how I won my first job, and the client still paid me for my first week.
For a full list of freelance services you can provide on Upwork click here
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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