I’ve been reading and hearing this question more often lately; “I’m a stay-at-home mum, what business can I start?”
The answer is simple, there are plenty! Although, It may require a little brainstorming to come up with exactly what type of business you want to start, what you are good at and also what it is you are passionate about.
While researching, I noticed that many stay-home-moms are either baking, planning kiddies parties or offering her services as a day mother. Which is great! These businesses seems to be booming and in-demand. However, If these are not exactly what appeals to you, then I hope the following list of possibilities I’ve compiled, does. Not only are they absolutely possible, but they are also very necessary in our day and age and our country. So here goes.
1. Online Store Owner
You don’t have to be a big shot retailer to start an online store. All you need is a website and the right e-commerce software to get started. You can sell your own products or items from niche suppliers. Alternatively, if you’re crafty, you can also sell your own handcrafted creations. Shopify is a great place to start creating your store online.
2. Energy efficiency consultant
Home owners and businesses are looking for any way they can to cut costs, but figuring out how to lower energy expenses isn’t as easy as you might think. Anyone who has a background in utilities or construction and can advise home owners or businesses on how to better insulate, install smart meters, reduce water usage, etc., has a valuable service to offer.
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“Recycling for your average suburban household in South Africa is a bit of a schlep: the infrastructure for collecting recyclable material isn’t really in place – yet. Households generally have to separate their rubbish and take the recyclables to a municipal drop-off centre or a buy-back centre because there’s not much in the way of kerbside collection. Many people just can’t be bothered.” – treevolution.co.za
Steel, copper and computer components are all worth more than ever. Your average home owner doesn’t always know where or how to recycle the stuff they’ve got. A good local advertising campaign and a pick-up truck are all you’d need to start buying or simply offering to remove scrap metal, old computers, electronics, ink cartridges and other recyclable materials. You’ll be making a profit and doing the Earth a favour, too.
4. Pet Sitting
Pets are people, too. If you love animals, are reliable, organized and trustworthy, there’s no shortage of work for you. The more satisfied customers you have, the more quickly your business will grow. Nothing soothes an antsy pet owner more than a good recommendation from another animal lover.
5. Elderly Assist
You don’t need to be a nurse to aid the elderly. Many older folks would like to keep living on their own, but need a little assistance with daily chores, bill paying, grocery shopping, etc. With just a little outside help and a daily visit from a friendly caregiver, many can maintain their independence. Families are also happy to find a responsible, reliable person in whom they can trust.
6. Writing Books For Children
Since early education is identified as one of the keys to success in life, most parents spend a lot of money on educational books of their children. These books may include a variety of areas from educational story books to simple mathematical question books. Therefore if you are a person who has capabilities such as, creating simple questions, do simple drawings, creating puzzles, then this may be a very good chance for you to earn a considerable income. The ability to carry out this task from home has made this more popular with women who are mostly housewives.
7. Conducting Lamaze Classes
“Becoming a childbirth educator is an exciting thing to do. Many women become childbirth educators because of their birth experiences, positive or negative. They want to help educate families on the process of birth and bringing a new baby into their lives.” – About.com
Statistics from the World Health Organization reveal that 90 to 95 percent of the entire world’s births are normal! If you are a stay at home mom, having given birth to your children normally and have studied Lamaze techniques, you can earn a healthy income simply by being a Lamaze Coach! In fact what is important is not just the money earned by being a Lamaze coach, but the personal satisfaction you get by helping young mothers to reduce pain associated with childbirth.
8. Public Relations Specialist
Any given organization’s reputation, profitability, and even its continued existence would mainly depend on the degree to which the public may support its goals and policies. Therefore, positive public relations are becoming an increasingly important element that almost all the businesses should consider to become a good corporate citizen. Public relations specialists serve businesses as advocates for profit making as well as nonprofitmaking businesses. And the main objective of a public relations specialist would be to build and maintain positive relationships with the public. As managers tend to identify the importance of good public relations to the success of their organizations, they increasingly seek the services of public relations specialists for advices
During the recession, many companies cut their employee headcount to the bare minimum. Very few businesses, however, can live without a bookkeeper. But, that doesn’t mean they have to have one on staff. If you’ve got a background in accounting or bookkeeping, you can offer remote bookkeeping services and, in many cases, do most of the work from home.
10. Social media consultant
If you’re one of those to whom using social media comes as naturally as breathing, you may have a career as a social media consultant . There’s no doubt that social media presents an unprecedented marketing opportunity for businesses, but only if they know how to use it. If you can help existing businesses integrate social media into their other marketing campaigns, you should have no trouble making a go of it.
I really hope this helps mom. I will be posting more on this topic more often.
Remember to do what you love and you won’t have to work another day in your life 😉
Sources: bizymoms.com / seda.org.za / treevolution.co.za / terrafirma-academy.com / shopify.com /