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7 Business Ideas You Can Run From Home

Start working from home with these 7 great business ideas you can start right away!

Guest post from Megan of Working Momtrepreneur

In this day and age, women are looking to get more out of their careers. We want to call our own shots, have unlimited earning potential, and spend more time with our families, all while helping others and using our God-given talents.

Yes, I know…that’s a lot!

My friends often say that they would love to work from home, doing something that they enjoy and avoiding expensive daycare costs.

Thankfully, with modern technology, it has never been easier to start a business without spending a ton of money.

Here are some fun business ideas to get your wheels turning.

1. Sewing

Are you a talented seamstress? There are brides everywhere looking for a reliable and skilled seamstress to alter their dresses. There are moms that would love to have a personalized quilt made for their children.

So many people these days (including myself) do not know how to sew and are happy to pay someone to do it for them.

Do you want to create and sell your amazing projects outside of your geographic location? You can set up an Etsy shop and sell online.

2. Blogging

If you have been following Your Blogging Mentor by Crystal Paine, you know that you can make money by blogging. Blogging is a great creative outlet that allows you to write about the things in life that you care about most or that excite you.

You can write about something you went through and support others doing the same thing. You can create a niche such as sewing, being a single parent, or home décor. You can blog about anything.

There are many ways to monetize a blog. You can promote products, sell your own products, and include affiliate links and advertisements.

3. Crafting

Do you enjoy creating beautiful masterpieces? Why not sell them? If you are a talented crafter, you can sell your projects at fairs, farmers markets, on Etsy, through a blog or a website, etc.

You can even rent space at a local store to showcase your goodies.

4. Pet Sitting or Doggy Daycare

We all love our pets. We want the best for them when we leave town for the weekend or take a family vacation that they can’t attend.

If you have the space at your home and set your own restrictions (example: dog must be house trained, friendly, spayed or neutered etc.) you can run a dog sitting business.

You can charge extra if you are willing to go to the owner’s house to take care of their dog(s).

Some pet owners will even pay you to dog sit just for the day while they are at work. This is a great opportunity for a dog lover with a big backyard.

5. College/Financial Aid Consultant and Advisor

Navigating through college applications and all of the fun stuff that goes with financial aid is a nightmare for some families. If you have the knowledge, you can advise and consult students and families on these things.

Once you figure out how one school works, you will find that they are all pretty similar with a few exceptions. Some things that might vary from school to school are due dates, acceptance dates, types of admission, tuition and fees, room and board, start dates, etc.

6. Graphic Design

Most, if not all businesses need a website, some marketing materials, and a logo. If you have the knowledge and programs to create beautiful images for marketing purposes, logos, and websites then you can run your own graphic designing business and charge for your services.

7. Music Lessons

If you know how to play an instrument well and have the patience to teach, this could be a great opportunity for you. People are willing to pay for someone to teach their children how to play an instrument, sing, or even dance.

With this, you can charge by the hour and schedule around your day (within reason so you still accommodate your customers).

The best part about starting your own business is you don’t need a Bachelor’s Degree or $10,000 cash, like you may think. All you need is some persistence, guidance, and access to a few resources.

There is no reason why you can’t own your future and create the life that you desire. Stop trading hours for dollars and start taking action.

Do you like the thought of starting your own business but need more ideas? Sign up for our newsletter to download a list of 20 jobs you can do from home!

Megan Englund is the owner and creator of Working Momtrepreneur. She is also a wife to a loving husband, a mommy to a sweet little girl, a Business Instructor at a community college, and a Blogger whose goals is to help working moms learn how to start their own businesses doing something that they enjoy.

Looking for more in-depth advice on how to make money from home?

Be sure to check out my book Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make A Difference, where I share creative ways to manage money, generate income and–most importantly–live a life of deeper meaning, fulfillment, and generosity than you might have ever imagined possible. This book is packed with hard-won wisdom, real-life stories, and practical tips to help inspire and motivate you!

I also highly, highly recommend Angie Nelson’s eCourse: How to Land Your First Work-At-Home Job. This step-by-step guide is packed with valuable information and tips!

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  • Love this! It’s such a joy to work from home around my husband’s schedule and church as well. Being self-employed has so many perks.

    I am a lifestyle coach and have friends who sell their sewing, crocheted items, and soap from home!

  • Amy Smith says:

    I have been wracking my brain for ideas of what to do from home – currently I work full time, bringing my kids to work with me. But my desire is to stay home with them, better managing our apartment, household, etc.
    How do you discover what you enjoy that can bring home income? The thing is, while I have interests, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of talent in any one area (except for dishes and vacuuming, but that’s already being done! ??) for me. I’m stumped! ?

    • If you haven’t read my book, Money Making Mom, I’d love to send you a copy. Shoot me an email with your address and I’ll send you a copy. It will answer your question much better than I ever could in a comment! 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      Amy, have you ever checked into VIPKID? If you have a college degree it could be a great option! I was hired this month and will be earning $20 an hour. Let me know if I can answer any questions!

  • Becky says:

    The link to sign up for her newsletter isn’t working. I would love extra ideas to start a business from home. I’m a Physical Therapist outside of the home but these skills don’t seem to translate to a stay at home business. Being with my little kids during this season would be such a blessing. I’ve been wracking my brain for some time now and could use all the help/insight that others have 🙂

    • Meg says:

      Can you try signing up for it again? I just checked it. It loaded slowly, but it’s definitely working! 🙂 -Meg, MSM Team

  • Dianne says:

    What about working for a company like virtual call center? I’ve been a stay at home mom (homeschooled my boys 11+ years) for many years and would like to start bringing in some sort of income. Since I battle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and want to be available for my boys (in high school) this would be ideal. Although I’d have to figure out a way to keep my two dogs quiet in order to keep it professional!!

  • Dani says:

    Super useful. Sometimes you don’t realize there’s something simple you could do based on what you’re already good at!!!!! Today with everything that goes on online there are lots of opportunities!

  • So much great information. Thank you.

  • Malia Carter says:

    I’d love to find a way to make money while at home with my 2 month old son. My job requires me to be there 5 days a week and it’s so depressing leaving him every morning.

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