Business ownership can certainly be time consuming. But if you’re a mom (or dad) and want to start a business while still having time to spend with your family, there are options out there.
There are so many successful mom entrepreneurs that can inspire your own entrepreneurial journey. Or you can start any of the businesses listed below that are perfect for mom (or dad) entrepreneurs.
Business Ideas for Moms
Child Care Service
If you’re a parent, then you already have experience caring for children. So you can turn that into a business by starting a day care service in your home.
You can also start your own blog, where you’ll have the freedom to work on your own time and write about a subject of your choice. You can even start a blog about your family adventures or one that offers tips for other parents.
Or you can offer your writing services to other blogs or publications on a freelance basis.
Event planning is another area where you can offer services while enjoying a fairly flexible schedule. You can help people make arrangements with vendors and put together weddings, corporate retreats or a variety of other events.
Social Media Management
If you’re knowledgeable about social media, you can offer to manage various social media accounts for businesses as a social media manager.
You can also offer a variety of different services to business clients as a virtual assistant. You can work from your home while helping businesses stay organized, manage communications and more.
Handmade Product Sales
Ecommerce platforms like Etsy and Amazon also make it possible for you to work from home making your own handmade items and selling them to customers around the world.
But you don’t necessarily have to make products by hand to have your own ecommerce business. You can also purchase products and resell them on platforms like eBay.
If you would rather open up a physical store location, you can open up your own consignment store to sell secondhand items to shoppers.
Flea Market Vendor
You can also sell a variety of different items at flea markets in your area. You can create a regular schedule or just sell at flea markets whenever you have extra time on the weekends.
If you’re a skilled baker, you can build a business where you bake specific items for events or even sell various baked goods to local bakeshops in your area.
You can also start a business as a caterer, which could allow you to take on events or clients as your schedule allows.
Likewise, working as an event photographer could allow you to take photos mainly on the weekends and leave your weekdays free to edit from your home.
You can also enjoy a fairly flexible schedule working as a portrait photographer. You can schedule clients when you have time available and then do your editing and clerical work from home.
If you enjoy teaching, you can build a business tutoring kids or even adults in various academic or practical areas.
You can also enjoy a flexible schedule and work from home by offering proofreading services to businesses, authors or individuals.
College Prep Consulting
If you have experience with the college application and financial aid process, you can help others navigate the process by offering your services as a consultant.
Or you can focus on helping those who are entering the job force by helping them put together their resumes or cover letters for job applications.
You can also offer a variety of different services for people who need help running their daily errands like grocery shopping or dry cleaning.
For those who enjoy spending time outdoors, you can build a business by offering gardening services to local homeowners who want help maintaining their outdoor spaces.
Or you can offer basic lawn mowing or fertilizing services to people who need help maintaining their lawns.
Gift Basket Service
If you want to put together products for your customers, you can start a gift basket service where you put together custom baskets for gifts or special occasions.
For tech savvy parents, you can build a business by offering web design services to businesses or individuals that need help putting together their own websites.
You can also offer graphic design services to those who need help making things like logos, marketing materials or other branding elements.
If you’re skilled specifically with mobile technology, you can build a business designing apps for clients or even creating your own to sell in mobile marketplaces.
Or if you want to help charity organizations or other groups get funding, you can start a business that offers grant writing services on a freelance or contract basis.
Event or Group Organizing
You can also build a business planning your own events or even starting your own membership group or club. You can even start one that focuses on other moms or parents.
If you want to start a business that lets you have a flexible schedule during the day and have your nights and weekends mainly free, you can offer house cleaning services to local homeowners.
Or you can focus more on projects like house painting where you can take on work as needed or as your schedule allows.
You can also offer a wider variety of home improvement or maintenance services to homeowners in your community.
Medical facilities often outsource things like coding and billing to businesses or freelancers. So if you have experience in that area, you can build a business and work with those medical facilities to provide coding and billing services.
If you enjoy spending time with dogs, you can offer dog walking services to people in your community.
For those skilled with music or various instruments, you can offer music lessons out of your home or a small local studio.
If you have an eye for design, you can start your own clothing line and create items to sell online or even to local boutiques.
Or if you’d rather work with clothing pieces that are already constructed, you can have people bring you their items and you can provide alteration or repair services.
More specifically, if you have an idea for a fun t-shirt design, you can easily use an online service like CafePress or Redbubble to print and sell t-shirts and other items.
If you have training or experience working as an accountant, you can start your own business offering those services to businesses on a contract basis.
You can also start your own business helping individuals with various areas of life, from relationships to finance, by becoming a life coach.
Or you can get more specific and just offer services to businesses and entrepreneurs that need some direction when it comes to things like marketing, finance or other aspects of building a successful business.
It’s easier than ever to become a published author thanks to the wide adoption of ebooks. You can even self-publish titles on platforms like Amazon.
You can also offer writing services for things like ads, product descriptions or other types of copy by starting a business as a copywriter.
Or if you prefer working in sales, you can offer your services to various business clients that need help in that department.
For those entrepreneurs that enjoy physical fitness, you can help others achieve their health and business goals by starting a business as a personal trainer.
If you enjoy home design and decorating, you can offer interior design services to clients in your community.
You can enjoy complete control over your schedule by building a business as an affiliate marketer that works with brands to promote their products and services online.
Online Course Creation
Or if you have expertise in a specific area, you can create an online course and sell it to customers that need help in that specific niche.
For those who have great organizational skills, you can offer your services to others that need help getting their homes, files or other items organized.
There are plenty of opportunities for new products. And moms or parents are especially likely to come up with new ideas that can help with specific aspects of parenting or family life.
If you want to work with business clients, you can start a business that offers public relations services and then build a base of clients in your area of expertise.
Antique Store Ownership
For those entrepreneurs who want to start a business with a physical location, opening an antique store or mall can be fairly straightforward. And you can also set hours that work with your family responsibilities.