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10 Home Business Ideas for Stay-at-Home Mums (That Actually Work!)

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Would you like to stay at home with your kids but also earn an income? Are you looking for work-from-home business ideas that actually work? You're in luck!

I have successfully set up multiple small business ventures (from home) whilst juggling 5 children. I am going to discuss ten business ideas you can start from home. These business ideas are perfect for stay-at-home mums who want to be able to care for their children whilst earning an income. So, without further ado, let's get started!

1. Starting an Online Printable Downloads Store

One great option is to start an online store. You can create printable downloads online if you love designing spreadsheets, wall prints or any printable materials. These printables are easy to create with a simple design program such as Canva. I have made money by creating children's wall art, children's printable activity sheets, games and various business templates. You will not have the overhead costs of printing these products - your customer will download these products from your website or Etsy store and print themselves.

Customise your printable designs with colours and fonts that reflect your brand. Then you can market the products to your website or Etsy customers. It's great to reach customers worldwide and make money from home! Once you've created a digital download you'll make passive income whilst you sleep - that's the dream!

You can use sites such as Creative Market to purchase digital artwork to use in your designs.

2. Freelance Content Writing

If you have a knack for writing, then freelance content writing might be your perfect business idea. Content writing is in high demand, and you can easily find projects online. You can specialise in topics like parenting or lifestyle to increase your chances of getting hired as a writer.

You can join a content writing network like or Contently to find projects and build your portfolio.

Do you struggle to write content? Writesonic can help with this - An AI Software that will help with all your writing tasks, Instagram Captions, Web Content, Blogs and more. Click here it will literally change your life!

3. Online Tutoring

If you enjoy teaching, online tutoring is a great work-from-home business idea for mums. You can easily find tutoring jobs through various platforms such as Wyzant or TutorMe, where you can connect with students worldwide.

You can tutor in any subject you know about, such as maths, science, English, or foreign languages.

4. Virtual Assistant

Another great business idea for mums who wish to work from home is to become a virtual assistant (VA). A VA helps busy entrepreneurs and professionals by remotely providing administrative and other support services.

Becoming a virtual assistant is another great option if you're excellent at staying organised and managing your time. As a virtual assistant, you'll assist other businesses with scheduling appointments, managing email accounts, and providing customer service. You can find projects through platforms such as Fiverr, Upwork or People Per Hour.

The video below gives you lots of tips on how to become a virtual assistant

5.Social Media Management

Popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are extremely popular, so there's a big demand for social media managers! If you are a social media guru, why not turn your skills into a business?

As a social media manager, you can help businesses grow their social media presence and reach their target audience. Social media management is a great business idea since you can work from home. If you're looking to expand your skills in Social Media and Digital Marketing check out these courses

6. Blogging

Blogging is a fun way to share your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge. It's also a wonderful way to make extra income. You can blog about anything you're passionate about and use your platform to generate income through advertising, affiliate marketing, or selling products and services.

To start a blog, you need a domain name and hosting, and then you can start sharing your content with the world! I built this website using a web platform called Wix . I buy my templates from an amazing lady on Etsy who has templates for literally everything from Websites, Instagram Feed templates, Etsy Store Templates, Email signature templates, Shopify templates - you can find her amazing work here along with the template for this website.

If you're looking to monetise your blog you can use affiliate sites such as Awin to promote products in your Niche.

7. Creating an Online Course

If you have expertise in a particular area, you can create an online course and promote it to others who want to learn. This is a great way to generate passive income, as people will pay you for access to your course.

You can create courses on any imaginable topic – and do it all from the comfort of your home! You can use these wonderful platforms like Teachable or Thinkific to create and market your course.

8. Offer Pet Sitting Services

Pet-sitting could be your perfect business if you love animals and don't mind caring for them when their owners are away. As a pet sitter, you'll care for pets in their own homes, ensuring they are fed, watered, and exercised while their owners are away.

You can advertise your pet-sitting business in community Facebook groups, on your social media pages, create a Facebook page, Facebook group, sign up for a Free Google My Business Profile to get found in Google searches. You can also join a network like Wooflinks, Rover or Wag! to find customers in your area.

9. Starting an Online Design Business

Do you have a knack for brand design, web design, interior design? If so, starting a design business could be your perfect working-from-home business idea. You can offer services such as designing websites, creating logos or branding for small businesses. You could also offer online Interior Design services.

You can also sell your designs on platforms such as Creative Market. I use Creative Market all the time to purchase templates and graphics for my own projects

You don't need technical skills to get started. There are plenty of online resources, cheap online courses, free YouTube tutorials.

You can find web design projects through websites like People Per Hour, Upwork or Freelancer. Start from the basics and work up to create professional-looking websites for clients.

If you're looking to learn how to become a designer and learn various design packages check out these courses that are very reasonably priced.

I have used People Per Hour to delegate my own tasks such as content writing, illustrations, PR, marketing etc. Get £30 FREE credit using this link off a freelancer job on People Per Hour.

10. Sell Handmade Crafts

If you're creative and love making homemade crafts, why not turn your passion or hobby into a business? You can start by selling your crafts at local craft fairs or markets. You can join an online marketplace like Etsy, specifically designed to sell handmade crafts.

You can sell anything from jewellery, clothing, candles, or wax melts to home decor items – anything you make with two hands! You can easily turn your crafting hobby into a profitable business with creativity and effort.

What To Prepare Before Starting Your Home Business

Before you start your home business, there are several things to consider. First, you need to decide on the type of business you want to start and ensure that it's something you're passionate about. It would help if you also made sure that there is a market for your products or services.

You'll need to develop a business plan and determine how much capital you need to start. If you need a business plan template you can get them here and save yourself time. If possible, find financing to cover start-up costs or look for ways to generate income from day one. You'll also need to find a space in your home that you can use as an office and properly equip it with supplies and furniture.

You can also look into any tax implications for your business, such as registering with the government - For more info on what is legally required visit this guide from HMRC

Finally, you should set up a payment system for your business and create an online presence. I have always found Natwest to be good for business banking. You can also set up a business PayPal Account to take online payments.

If you need a bookkeeping spreadsheet I use this one I input all my business and personal expenses, track profit, tax etc. If you have a business bank account they may have their own Free software - I use Natwest Freeagent software. Read more about the free software here

For more info on how to set up a website see video below

If you're looking to learn a new skill try out websites such as Fiverr and Udemy they have a huge range of online courses that will not break the bank! I also learnt new skills by watching Free Youtube Tutorials

If you struggle to write content for socials, your website, blogs etc I highly recommend Writesonic it's an AI Content writing platform that will make your life so much easier.

These are some things to consider before starting your home business. With the right preparation and effort, you can make your stay-at-home mum business ideas come to life.

Good luck!

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Feb 18, 2023


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