Guest post by Sarah of Early Bird Mom
When I got pregnant with my first child, I assumed I would put him in childcare and continue working full-time – after all that’s what moms do, right? Well, even though my mom was able to babysit for him, my resolve to leave him every day quickly vanished.
By the time my little man was 4 months old, I had quit my full-time corporate job and switched to doing computer consulting from home. That was 13 years ago, and I’ve been working at home in one form or another ever since.
If you’re wondering how you might be able to work from home, here are 7 different home-business ideas that can be started with minimal investment.
1. Sell on eBay, Amazon or Craiglist
A woman in my neighborhood makes great money selling shoes on eBay. She has an arrangement with a local department store to buy up their end of season shoes at rock bottom prices. She lists them on eBay and makes a nice profit.
You could scour thrift stores and garage sales for items to sell. Why not learn to refinish and reupholster furniture and sell it on Craiglist.
I am convinced that anyone who is motivated, works hard, and remains focused can learn how to blog. You really can turn your passion into a business. Plus, it’s fun!
3. Pet sit or House sit
Another neighbor of mine walks numerous dogs every day. She charges a reasonable rate and gets a ton of fresh air and exercise to boot.
House-sitting is even easier. Both these jobs would be great for a stay-at-home mom.
4. Cater and Bake
Do you bake amazing desserts? Why not become known as the go-to mom for home-baked goods for school parties?
This would be a great job for a stay-at-home mom. Small neighborhood stores might even be interested in stocking your goods (our local farmer’s market offers homemade items). Pretty packaging will help this kind of a business stand out.
Did you love English class in high school? Maybe you were a teacher before you decided to stay home with your kids. Offer tutoring to local families or at the local community center. Make connections with your child’s teachers and the PTA.
6. Babysit or Run an In-Home Daycare
This kind of job is perfect for the mom with young kids at home. If you’re going to be home reading stories and finger-painting with your own little ones, why not add a few more kids to the mix and earn some extra money? Of course running a home daycare is not all fun and games but it can be a successful way to add to your household budget.
7. Become a Virtual Assistant
When I was running my previous business, I depended heavily on my assistant who lived two time zones away. She handled all kinds of work – phone calls, bookkeeping, website updates.
It was a perfect arrangement for both of us – she was able to be home with her kids and keep a very flexible schedule and I had a wonderfully dependable assistant. Being a virtual assistant is a wonderful choice for an organized stay-at-home mom.
It’s challenging to find the time to work from home, but it may be the right thing for you and your family. It has been a great blessing to mine.
Have you worked from home before? If so, tell us about your experiences!
Sarah is happy to have a loving husband and 4 of the most rambunctious boys you’ll ever meet. She blogs at Early Bird Mom all about how to increase productivity at home and in home business.