Looking for work that fits in around your family commitments? If you’re a mum, there are plenty of opportunities for you to start a business and work from home on a flexible basis that suits you and your lifestyle.
In this article, we cover some of the best business ideas for mums and how to get set up.
One of the best business ideas for mums is to start selling online. It’s really simple to set up an online store and you can run the whole business from home.
To make a success of selling online you need to identify a gap in the market or choose a niche product that you know there’s demand for. You can then use an online store builder like Shopify to set up your website, or you could sell through third-party platforms like Amazon or eBay.
If you don’t have a lot of space to buy products in bulk and store the inventory, then you could run a dropshipping business where you order the products from a supplier who delivers them straight to your customer.
Start a blog
If you like writing, why not start your own blog? It’s relatively quick and easy to get going — you just need to decide what you want to write about, set up a simple website (probably WordPress), and then start publishing blog posts.
Blogging doesn’t require a lot of investment upfront, and it easily fits around your other commitment. However, it can take some time before you start to earn money from a blog.
Focus on writing engaging content that connects with the audience you want to reach and share your posts on social media to get more people reading your blog. As you start to get more visitors to your blog, there are several different ways you can start making money.
One way is by including affiliate links — this is where you get a commission if someone buys something you’ve recommended. Alternatively, you could publish sponsored blog posts, and add advertising to your site.
Become a consultant
If you’ve got a lot of experience in a particular industry or role, you could offer your services as a freelance consultant. There are plenty of companies out there that will be looking for an outside consultant to give them expert advice and help them to improve their business.Consider what skills and insights you have that could be valuable to businesses and how you can offer these as a service.
Get started by setting up a website that outlines your expertise and what you can do. If you’ve worked in a certain industry, reach out to your network of contacts within that industry to let them know what you’re doing and find consulting opportunities.
Depending on the type of consultancy you’re offering, you may need to visit workplaces and offices occasionally, but a lot of the work can be done online from home.
Freelancing is another great business idea for mums. If you’ve got quite a bit of experience doing a certain type of work, you can probably find opportunities for the same job as a freelancer. This gives you the flexibility to choose which jobs you take — and make sure that your work is fitting in with the rest of your life.
Put together a portfolio of your previous work and experience on a website and then start looking for freelance opportunities. Sites like Upwork and Fiverr are a good place to find freelance work — or you can reach out to your existing network and let them know what you’re doing.
Virtual assistant (VA)
Becoming a virtual assistant is another solid option when you’re considering work from home opportunities. All you really need to get started as a virtual assistant is a computer and an internet connection.
As a virtual assistant, you’ll probably be doing a wide range of administrative tasks like answering emails, organising calendars, and arranging meetings. It’s generally pretty flexible and can fit in well around looking after children.
You can find opportunities for virtual assistants on freelance sites (like the ones we mentioned above), and once you’ve got a bit of experience you’ll probably find that people will recommend you to others.
Copywriting and editing
If you’re an excellent writer with an eye for spelling and grammar, you could launch a business as a self-employed copywriter and editor. There are lots of businesses and organisations that need written content for websites, blogs, marketing materials, guides, research and more.
This is a really flexible business idea for mums as you can pick up the writing assignments and projects that fit with your schedule and take on as much or as little work as you’d like.
To get started, it’s a good idea to put together an online portfolio of your experience and writing samples. Once you’ve sorted then, you can use it to find work on freelancing sites or start networking and promoting your services on LinkedIn.
Love organising and know how to put together a successful event? Event planning could be the perfect home business opportunity.
You’ll also need excellent time management skills, the ability to juggle lots of tasks at once (which you’re probably already very good at as a mum!) and to be able to talk to vendors and suppliers. Once you’ve established a good relationship with venues and suppliers, you’ll often be able to do most of the event planning from your home.
Set yourself up with a website and social media profiles to promote your business, and consider sending out flyers in your local area or reaching out to local community groups.
Lacking experience? Try planning out some events for friends and family. Plus, there are plenty of online event planning courses you can take to brush up on your skills.
If you love taking photographs and know how to capture that perfect moment, then you could consider starting a business as a photographer.
Photography offers a lot of different business opportunities. You could become an event or wedding photographer, and fit this in around your other commitments (just beware that weddings are very weekend-heavy, so might eat into family time). Alternatively, you could take photographs and run a business from home selling them as stock images or prints online.
Take an online photography course to improve your amateur skills, and with some practice, you’ll be able to take high-quality shots that you can make money from.
If you’ve got some teaching experience, or you just know a particular topic really well, then you could launch an educational business and become a tutor. There are plenty of students — of all ages and subjects — that are looking for a bit of help with their studies, and you can schedule your tutoring sessions at times that suit you.
To get started, you should decide which area you want to specialise in, whether it’s a particular age group, subject, or qualification. Once you’ve decided where your talents lie, you can set up your own website and promote your tutoring services in your local area.
Social media manager
Spending a lot of time on Facebook or Twitter and know how to put together an engaging post? Becoming a social media manager is another flexible job that’s perfect for mums.
You’d be responsible for managing a business’s social presence across all platforms. In some cases, the business might want you to create and implement their whole social strategy, or you might just be responsible for writing and scheduling posts, monitoring responses, and engaging with followers and other accounts to build up their audience. The hours are usually easy to fit in around your schedule and you’ll be able to work from home.
If you want to brush up on your skills, you can take online courses in social media management — and, of course, it’s a good idea to make sure your own social profiles are up to scratch.
If you want, you can create your own website to promote your services, but you could just use social media as your base, or look out for opportunities on freelancing sites.
Tips for starting a business as a mum
There are plenty of different ideas out there for mums that want to work part-time or flexible hours and want to stay at home. These are a few things that will help you to get started:
- Figure out how much time you can commit to a business. Do you need it to be flexible every day, or do you need to in the evenings and weekends? This will help you choose the right opportunity for you.
- There are lots of online courses out there for all sorts of skills and professions. Take a look at Udemy, LinkedIn Learning, and Skillshare if you feel like you need a bit more training before launching your business.
- Set up a professional-looking website. A website is a place to showcase your portfolio and experience and can make you look more legitimate when you start out. Use a good website builder with clean templates that make your website look organised and professional.
- Networking is a great way to find work. You probably already know a lot of people that might be able to connect you with work opportunities if you’re starting a freelance business. You can also reach out to local groups and connect with people in your area.
While it can be difficult to juggle being a mum and working, these home business ideas should help you to earn some extra income while fitting in around your schedule.