Should you stay home and be a mom or go out there and work? That’s the age-old question. For more than half-a-century, mothers all around the world were forced to pick between being a full-time parent and a worker. But in the past few years, things have changed drastically.
Nowadays, it’s actually possible to be a full-time mom and business owner. How are we so certain about it? That’s what we’re here to talk about today.
Here’s what we’ll discuss:
- How it’s possible to own and operate a business while being a mom
- What you need to start a business from the comfort of your home
- Some of the best and most profitable business ideas for young mothers
The first thing we need to see is…
Can You Actually Start a Business from Home?
When they bought their first home, Debra Cohen and her husband had the challenging chore of finding the best home improvement contractors in their area. The whole ordeal became tiresome soon. They spent days going through the yellow pages, looking up and waiting for contractors who didn’t even show up in the end.
Debra figured that other people in their area had to have the same experience with contractors. That’s why she decided to create a unique service that would help homeowners find reliable contractors without too much fuss. She talked to a few lawyers and in February 1997, she launched Home Remedies of NY from her home.
At the time, she was raising two daughters. In 10 short years, what started out as a busy mom’s side project became a legitimate business that managed to gross over $4 million. If Debra made it back in 1997, when the Internet was still in its infancy, you can definitely do it too. But where to start? Funny you should ask that…
What Do You Need to Start a Home Business?
Telecommuting may be convenient for some, but if you have children, it’s not exactly an ideal solution to your problem. Just how many times have you seen a child walk into their parents’ workroom during a live TV broadcast? Too many to remember.
Working from home doesn’t give you the flexibility you need to be a full-time mom. That’s why starting a business is your best option. Before you can do anything, however, you need to do a lot of research. The rules and regulations play a huge part in starting a business.
No matter how good your idea is, you won’t make it far if the state finds it illegal. For example, if you want to start a food-making business, you need to have a government-inspected kitchen. And that simply isn’t possible in your home.
Checking the laws in your region is crucial because laws in California differ from the ones in Ohio. So if you’re starting an LLC in Ohio, you can’t just google around for a few minutes and think you’re all set. You need professional help. Talk to a lawyer before making any moves.
4 Business Ideas for Stay-at-Home Moms
Finally, let’s talk about some business ideas. All of these are fairly simple ideas that will give you a lot of flexibility and allow you to devote enough time to your children. Here are four business ideas you can start from home…
- Start Your Own Niche Blog
Starting a blog is a simple and fun way to make online. You can simply write about something you’re passionate about, either find some affiliates or sponsors and try to get the biggest audience you can. Simple as that.
- Run a Consignment Shop
When you have a consignment shop, you don’t have to pay for anything until it’s sold. So if you don’t have a lot of money to start a business, this is great for you. You just need to find well-cared-for clothing items, market them correctly, and live off a percentage.
- Make Gift Baskets for Others
From baby showers to cooperate parties, gift baskets can be tailored to suit anyone’s taste. Why don’t you be the one to make these gift baskets? You just need to have a flair for decorative design and you can start.
- Make and Sell Soaps from Home
You can make a bar of soap for 10 to 15 cents and sell it for a couple of dollars. There’s a growing market out there for home-made, sustainable products. You can cash in on that. Just add some herbs and spices and you can have your own soap-selling business in no time.
Start Building Your Business Today!
Just because you’re staying home with your children doesn’t mean you can’t run a successful business. You can sell goods or simply write about your experiences. All of these things can be done without having to leave your children out of sight.
Let’s sum up. These are the best business opportunities for new moms around the world:
- Creating your own niche blog
- Running second-hand store
- Making gift-baskets for companies
- Manufacturing and selling soap
Start a business today and live your best life.
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