More women are now leaving their jobs in the corporate world in exchange for raising a family. And while this is a decision that they whole-heartedly made, most moms are still on the lookout for small business ideas for extra income and of course, for self-fulfilment.
Thankfully, there are already a lot of small business ideas that let you have total control of your time and resources. And with today’s technology and connectivity, opportunities to put up a business have become limitless.
As an entrepreneur, I get asked questions about the best small business ideas almost all the time. Most of those who ask me are moms, too, so today, I decided to list down five of the best business ventures stay-at-home-moms can start in a jiffy.
Here we go!
Business Idea # 1: Consultation Services for Analytical Moms
In the past, consultants equate to high-level data processing for huge businesses. But today, consultants can refer to anyone that has a special set of skills.
And it’s not limited to business.
We now have beauty consultants, health, and wellness consultants, and even personal coaches.
So what qualifications or certifications do you need to become one?
Truth is, certifications will depend on the expertise that you offer.
For example, certifications from previous work is a plus for business consultancy. You can present certificates on project management or business analysis. You can also use licenses for supply chain management or business planning.
Your years of experience can also attest to your expertise as a consultant. You can create a portfolio to showcase your skills and the clients that you have worked with in the past. Make a note of all your skills and services you can provide, I would suggest using a Journal from Jofelo as it’s one of the best.
Here are some examples of skills and services you can offer consultancy for:
- Career counseling
- Business Consulting
- Editorial Services
- Health and Wellness
- Fashion Stylist
- Events Management
Business Idea # 2: Food Services for the Foodie Mom
Filipinos are foodies by heart, and our meals are more than just for nourishment. And today, we are becoming more experimental with tastes and textures.
That’s why it’s a pretty good time for foodie moms to share their tried and tested recipes with others.
Food entrepreneurs can now choose from different delivery options to get their products to customers. While having a good location still matters, it is no longer a limitation when it comes to great food.
Food carts and food hubs have offered food entrepreneurs more venues to offer their unique tastes. Weekly meal plans and other specialized diets can now be delivered door to door.
This solves a much greater dilemma for the growing crowd who are too busy to prepare healthy and great-tasting meals.
Get more tips on how to start your food business from Tycoon.ph here.
Business Idea # 3: Essential Oils for the Holistic Mom
Essential oils have been in use even way before the rise of modern medicine. Ancient civilizations have used essential oils for healing.
And it’s only today that this practice is being revived.
So why are essential oils a good business for moms?
A recent search on Google Trends shows that the search for essential oils has increased over the past year. As you can see in the image below, more people are becoming interested in learning more about how essential oils can make their lives better.
You have two ways of selling essential oils. One is to create your own blends and sell them under your brand, or source them and resell them online.
Some oils can be used as rollers for instant application throughout the day. Others can be bottled for diffusers or for creating personal blends.
You can also sell popular brands like Plant Therapy, Young Living, and dOTTERA oils.
But what’s most important is to learn more about essential oils and its uses before you make it a business. This will help you recommend the best oils to use for ailments and situations.
If you’d like to learn more about essential oils, check out Essentially KP.
Business Idea # 4: Online Store for the Shopaholic Mom
If you’re a gadget geek, a shopaholic, or a mom who knows how to make great finds, then an online shop can be an awesome business for you.
Mobile marketing is one of the biggest trends today. With all the available apps like Shoppee, Lazada, and OLX, it’s now easier to sell products and services to your target market.
Even Facebook has created Marketplace, where you can sell your products to different people at different locations.
So what can you sell online? Virtually everything you can think of.
Now you can find mobile devices, clothes, beauty products, food product, gadgets, and other stuff with just a tap of a button. And it’s also easy to sell because of the popularity of these apps.
If you have a bigger budget or want to sell in higher volumes, you can even do dropshipping and e-commerce stores. But if you go down this route, you will need to expand your operation to take into account ways to take orders online and merchant services so people are paying securely. E-commerce is a very popular approach to selling items, but every small business can be undone by numerous online threats, such as hackers. It pays to invest in the best equipment to ensure the safety and longevity of your company.
Want to learn more about how to start your own online store business? Watch out for our upcoming workshops at Manila Workshops (http://manilaworkshops.com/events)
Business Idea # 5: Learning Centers for the Number-savvy Mom
If you love teaching kids, then setting up a learning center may be the best option for you.
I’ve been toying about this business idea for a while now. I’ve been tutoring Zeeka a lot recently and I was thinking of accepting other kids for tutorial sessions in the afternoon.
It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. I get to earn extra, and Zeeka also gets to have playdates after the session is done.
But if you want to take it up a level higher, you can open up a tutorial center, a daycare, or even franchise your own Math and Reading centers.
Zeeka has been trying out S.A.M. Singapore Math and she enjoys it. Ever since we started, it’s been easier for her to see patterns and understand equations better. But most of all, doing the program helped her improve her analytical skills.
Read more about our S.A.M Singapore Math experience here.
Now the good thing about this is, S.A.M Singapore Math also offers franchise opportunities for anyone who loves to teach and want to make a difference in children’s lives.
Check out this video to learn more about how you can start your own S.A.M Singapore Math Center today:
Now what’s awesome with a franchise business is that you’re not in it alone.
Franchises have a higher success rate compared to starting up your own. Instead, you get all the support and assistance you need to make the business a success.
You will get access to programs and training, marketing assistance, and even get help in choosing the best location to put up your business. This saves you a huge amount of time and effort, especially if it’s your first time pursuing a business.
Here’s what you need to become a S.A.M. Singapore Math Instructor:
- Passionate about children and education
- Love for children, and share a genuine passion for educating young minds
- Degree holder in any discipline or professional qualification
- Excellent English skills, and have fair knowledge in Maths
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Full-time dedication and commitment
- Able to invest a minimum of P680,000 in order to start a SAM center or have a Tutorial Centre that does not offer Mathematics curriculum.
For inquiries on how to become a S.A.M Singapore Math franchisee, visit their website here.
There are many reasons why mothers make awesome business women.
We’re so used to handling so many things in different things at the same time. We’re awesome at budgeting and making ends meet. We are so good at choosing the best products for our kids and selling them to our mommy friends. Amiga marketing at its finest!
But most of all, we women have the strength, the wits, and the ability to maximize our full potential in any way we see fit.
So go ahead and start your small business idea today! And I’ll be here to cheer you on.
Do you have any tips on how you successfully started own small business ideas? Let us know in the comments below.
Hubby and I have been thinking about business ideas we can start on the side next year. And this list is a pretty awesome one!
I’m excited to learn more about the dropshipping workshop and starting a food blog or channel. I haven’t made up my mind yet but I’ll definitely consider the ones listed here.
Thanks, Ginger! Will also be sharing this on Facebook so my fellow WAHMs can see it.
Hi, these are actually great small business tips! My boyfriend and I are planning to put up a business by next year, but we’re still looking for a perfect small business for us. We’ll definitely consider one of your tips! Thanks a lot!
Thanks, Kyra! 🙂 Also, if ever you need help, just reach out to me and we can have coffee and check out your ideas!