Thursday, April 1, 2010

Become a Mompreneur: Home-Based Business Ideas

I know a lot of women who want to leave the corporate world and start their own businesses. They want to enjoy the freedom of choosing when and where to work. They also want to personally attend to their children's needs. However, they cannot pursue with their plans because they do not know what type of business they should get into or what business will fit their personality.

Here are 10 great business ideas women can start on their own homes with no or little capital.

1. Virtual Assistant - This business is excellent for women who are experts in creating and formatting Word documents, spread sheets and Power Point presentations. Virtual assistants, also known as VAs, also do email marketing, social media, blogging, and loading autoresponders. VAs work on their computers most of the time.

2. Freelance Writer – If you have the knack in writing and enjoy playing with words, make use of this talent to earn some money for yourself and for the family. You can create an account on sites like oDesk, Elance, and Freelancer so that your services will be known to others.

There are freelance writers who contribute to magazines and newspapers. While others create reports, copy write ads, write press releases and other special projects for businesses, some freelance writers ghost write for blogs or create their own blog.

3. Caterer – Do your family, friends and neighbors always ask you for menu ideas and yummy recipes? Can you make new, delicious and fun dishes in an instant? Do you enjoy hosting parties so that you can prepare and showcase your amazing food? Catering is an excellent business idea for moms and women who like to cook, bake and prepare yummy food. Specialize on a specific niche like birthday parties, weddings, baptismal, or office gatherings and the business will surely be a hit!

4. Home Daycare Provider – If you love kids, a daycare business is a perfect fit for you! You can get paid while watching your own kids and taking care of someone else’s. Your kids will also have the chance to socialize and play with other kids. Hitting two birds with one stone, isn't it?

5. Tutor – There will always be children who need tutors to help with their exams and grades. For women who are good in a specific subject and confident that they can teach it well, tutorial business is the thing. It is not necessary for a tutor to have a background in education or experience in teaching, but it will always be an advantage to have one. Distribute business cards and brochures at schools in your vicinity so that people will know about your business. Before you know it, you already have a business!

6. Event Planner – If you love organizing events and parties... if you have been the hostess of different parties and events with the most-est... if you are organized and fun... if you always make sure everything runs smoothly, then you can be a wonderful event planner. Again, you have to find your niche.

7. Photographer – A photography business is perfect fit for women with a love for wonderful photos and an eye for good lighting. Use your camera and take great photos of your friends' little ones. Contact real estate agents, politicians and business owners who need pictures for marketing materials. You can also specialize in birthdays, weddings and special events. Soon, you already have a business right in front of you.

8. Graphic Designer – Are you skillful in using programs like Illustrator, Photoshop and Flash? Are you creative enough to design logos, letterhead, business cards, banner ads or websites A graphic design business sounds interesting to you.

9. Kid Taxi – While driving your children to or from school, have you thought that driving other people's kids can bring you additional income? Many parents would be glad to spend extra cash just to make sure that their kids will safely get to and from school. You can start by asking the parents of the children in your neighborhood or the parents of your kids' classmates.

10. Ebay Online Store – Join the many successful moms and women who buy or make specific products and sell them on their eBay stores. Decide on what kind of products to sell and create attractive inventory or catalog so that visitors will be interested in your products.

The suggestions mentioned above are just few of the many ideas to get moms and women started. Think about all the possibilities which business will into your life. Watch out for more home-based business ideas on my future posts. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to post them on your comment below.


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