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40+ Business Ideas for Mums to do on the side

Nowadays, businesses don’t need a brick-and-mortar office to function, making it a good time for you as a mum to start that business venture you’ve always wanted to start. However, if you need to know which business to start, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. This article will detail several business ideas in different fields, offering you multiple options to choose from

If you have a skill like writing or graphics design, you don’t have to let it go to waste, as you can offer up your services to others from the comfort of your home. A pretty neat setup if you ask me – you’ll have the opportunity to make your hours while having extra money to take care of your family.

Let’s get right to the business ideas, shall we?

  1. Start a Food Business

If you have a knack for cooking, you can start a food business from home. However, because food is involved, you must ensure that you have the proper licensing to start a food business from home. You can also start a catering business catering to parties and events rather than individuals. Additionally, if you enrol in our Level 4 nutrition course, you can combine your love for cooking and the science behind certain meals to provide your clients with different meal options.

  1. Daycare business

As a full-time mum, you are in charge of taking care of your children 24/7. If you can handle taking care of more children, you should start a daycare or babysitting business. However, your daycare business must be licensed to avoid any issues in the long run.

  1. Virtual Assistant

To become a virtual assistant, you need to have marketable skills like customer service management, administrative support, writing, etc. This is because most businesses that hire virtual assistants need them to carry out many different tasks. If you can handle some of the administrative processes of different companies, like answering emails, scheduling meetings, transcribing, etc., consider going into the virtual assistance business.

  1. Pet care

A pet care business is a good venture to start if you love animals. You can start by taking care of a few pets to ensure that you have what it takes. But, if pet care seems too overwhelming, you can consider being a dog walker. Dog walking involves taking dogs on their required daily walks, especially when their owners do not have time. However, unlike pet care, you cannot walk dogs in the comfort of your home.

  1. Tutoring

Are you good at making complex things simple? Do you like teaching? If you answered yes to these questions, a tutoring business might be right up your alley. This can involve physical tutoring or online tutoring, but you must be highly skilled at the topics you want to be a tutor in. Less skilled tutors lead their students to failure; you don’t want that associated with your brand.

  1. Copywriting

Copywriting is a form of persuasive writing that informs, inspires, and persuades the reader to perform an action, whether it’s to buy a product or use a service. Many businesses need copywriters to write their blog posts, adverts, newsletters, etc., to increase sales and conversions. So, if you know how to write content that can help increase brand awareness, you can become a freelance copywriter.

As a freelance copywriter, you can render your service to any company that needs your service without the full-time commitment.

  1. Massage therapist

You can either take massage clients in your home or become a mobile massage therapist and meet your clients at their homes. Regardless of the type of business model or massage therapy you choose, you need to enrol in a level 3 massage course to be certified.

  1. Web design

Web design can be learned, so you don’t have to worry if you still need to gain the skill. This involves designing websites and pages for the internet, ensuring they are user-friendly. Web designers are always in demand, so you can decide to go this route if this appeals to you.

  1. Freelance writing

Freelance writing involves writing articles, newsletters, press releases, and other content for different businesses. If you have the skill for writing, you can offer your services to different businesses and get money for your services without having to leave your house. Besides, you can write in multiple niches or choose the writing niche you want to specialise in.

  1. Transcribing

There is an increasing demand for transcribers. So, transcription can be the best option for you if you have the patience to listen to and type out interviews, podcasts, or discussions. It is an essential part of qualitative research, and the best part is you don’t have to leave your home to do this business.

  1. Proofreading

Proofreading is a business idea you should consider if you have a keen eye and are very detail-oriented. It involves perusing writing and texts to ensure they are free from errors. Businesses and individuals always look for proofreaders, so you will always have more work.

  1. Dropshipping

The dropshipping business model is unique, as you do not have to have a storefront to sell products. Here, your customer orders a product and pays for it, then you order it from the wholesaler, and then the wholesaler sends it directly to the consumer. This way, you do not deal with the products at all—which is good as you cannot have packs of products in your home with your family.

  1. Blogger

Starting a blog is very accessible and easy – all you need to do is start writing on publication platforms like medium, Substack, WordPress, and others. However, starting is the easy part; if you want to make money from blogging, several steps are required. You need to have a niche and be consistent – these two factors are important as they determine whether or not you will have a growing and engaging audience.

If you have a passion for writing and a series of topics you want to write on, blogging may be a good option for you.

    1. Bookkeeping

If you have a financial background, you can start a bookkeeping business and manage the books of local businesses before expanding. Since you manage the books in your home, you can transfer said skill to other businesses. Besides, there are different bookkeeping software you can utilise to make your job easier.

    1. Social Media Manager

Social media is very important to both individuals and businesses alike. If you understand trends and know how to use the different social media platforms, you can use this skill to your advantage. You can decide the run the social media accounts for one business, or multiple accounts for different businesses – all they are interested in is results in the form of likes and engagements, and you get paid.

    1. Personal trainer

As a full-time mum slash fitness enthusiast, you can personally train other people to attain their fitness goals. One way to give your business credibility is by enrolling in our training courses, as you will get all the information you need to start this business. Additionally, you can decide to see your clients in person or offer live-streaming training classes for them.

      1. Arts and Crafts

If you are an artist or craftsperson, you can sell your arts ad crafts, whether traditional or digital art, pottery, candles, jewellery, and others, to make money on the side. Also, you can create an online store for your products or sell them locally at different popups or flea markets.

      1. Sell Digital Products

Instead of physical products, you can sell digital ones like eBooks, printable art, workbooks, courses, and printables. This business model gives you flexibility and does not require any capital to start.

      1. Open an Etsy store

You can open an Etsy store if you want to avoid going through the hassle of creating your own website for your arts and crafts. Etsy already has constant customers, meaning more eyes will get to your products, leading to more sales.

      1. Bridal consultant

If you love weddings and you have an eye for fashion, you can become a bridal consultant. Here, your job is to ensure that everything associated with the bride goes off without any issues.

      1. Become a YouTube Creator

YouTube creators earn a lot of money, but it doesn’t happen overnight. You can become a YouTube creator by choosing a niche and creating videos around said niche. You do not have to do what everybody does because that will lead to burnout and a lack of inspiration. Rather, you can create video content that you are comfortable with, thereby growing your followers as you go.

      1. Start an Airbnb business.

Do you have a spare room in your home or an empty house? You can spruce it up and list it on sites like Airbnb, enabling you to get passive income from your space.

      1. Become a Business Consultant

If you have a finance or business administration background, you can become a business consultant and inform businesses about the best practices they must adhere to. Plus, companies are always on the lookout to hire consultants that will help them to avoid issues in the future.

      1. Life coach

You can choose to become a life coach and advise individuals on the best ways they can have fulfilling personal lives and careers. You can sell coaching videos, books, or consultancy hours to earn money.

      1. Affiliate marketing

If you are already a blogger, you can make money from affiliate marketing simply by ensuring that your audience clicks on the affiliate links in your blog posts. Influencer marketing also involves affiliate marketing, as companies give influencers personal codes they earn money from when anybody uses them to buy anything. Additionally, affiliate marketing is a very lucrative and low-cost business idea.

      1. Graphics design

If you are creative, you can become a freelance graphic designer, creating and designing brand identities for different companies. You will be in charge of creating logos, card designs, mock-ups, and others. So, you need to understand design and colour theory well to do this job well.

      1. Website content writer

This is a niche of writing you can decide to go into. This business idea involves writing website content for different companies. You will have to write on everything about the company, from its services to resources, values, mission, and others.

      1. Interior designer

If you see you are constantly redesigning your home’s interior, you should consider going into the interior design business. You will be in charge of implementing the ideas of others into their homes or offices, ensuring everything is cohesive. Besides, you must have an artist’s eye to be an interior designer. So the question is whether or not you do.

      1. Direct sales business

With direct sales, you will utilise network marketing to earn an income. You need to ensure that the effort you are giving to marketing another business is mutual to what they are giving to you. If networking is your forte, you should use network marketing to build your direct sales business.

      1. Makeup artist

You can decide to become a makeup artist but remember that the capital is higher than other options mentioned previously. This is because you need to purchase makeup tools to ensure you do your job well. Besides, you can make your clients up in your home or go wherever they are.

      1. Grant writer

Grant writing is not easy, and not everyone can write grants. If you have the skills and expertise in grant writing, you should offer your service in return for money. Also, you should have a constant field of clients that will ensure you never run out of work.

      1. Nutritionist

You do not have to get a nutritionist degree if you want to be a nutritionist. All you need to do is enrol in our Level 4 nutrition course, and you are on your way. As a nutritionist, your job is to provide nutritional care and advice to your clients. Plus, you can start your own nutritionist business or become a consultant.

      1. Nail technician

You do not need any special skill to be a nail technician, but it is always advisable to do an apprenticeship with highly skilled technicians before venturing on your own. To be a nail tech, you must be as calm and collected as a surgeon. So, if you are anxious, you should rule this out.

      1. Cleaning Business

You can start your cleaning business by cleaning for people in your locality, and if you do a good job, word will spread, and you will constantly get jobs. However, on the other hand, if you do not do a good job, your business reputation will be soiled before it even starts. This is why you must ensure you have the required skill and expertise before venturing into a cleaning business.

      1. Hairstylist

If you know how to make hair, you can use this skill to make money. Plus, you can either see clients are your home or offer home service.

      1. Thrift Business

You can decide to start a thrift business where you upsell vintage wear, enabling you to earn a huge profit from attires you got for cheap.

      1. Flea market flipper

Like the previous option, you can buy different valuable items at flea markets and flip them for more. However, sometimes it takes a while for some items to sell, so this is not a business idea where you’ll get constant money.

      1. Podcaster

If you prefer to avoid blogging or creating video content for YouTube, you can start a podcast to share information and build a following. As mentioned earlier, your podcast will take commitment and dedication to start earning money for you, so you will need to be patient.

      1. Internet researcher

If you like compiling and analysing data, consider becoming an internet researcher. This career is constantly in-demand as businesses in different industries must compile data before analysing and visualising it. Besides, it has a low entry point and relatively low cost.

      1. Become an influencer

Several full-time mums are doing quite well in the influencer space. To become an influencer, you must choose your niche: lifestyle, fitness, makeup, or parenting. Once you choose your niche, you must be consistent with your updates, as this is the only way your followers will keep up with you. Besides, TikTok is one major platform you can utilise if you want to be an influencer and ultimately get brand deals.

      1. Personal Stylist

If you have a great sense of style, you can start a personal styling business where people will pay you to style them. You can style people for events like birthdays, galas, and dates. This business idea will be a dream come true for you if you are a fashion lover.