12.13.2012

Practical Business Ideas For Stay-At-Home Moms


As most stay-at-home moms know quite well, spending the days taking care of our children is one of the most-rewarding and challenging experiences in the world. In the “rewarding” category, you’ll find the vast array of incredible “firsts” we usually get to witness, enjoy and applaud — such as our baby’s first crawl, steps and words.

On the “challenging” side lies the all-too-common financial woes. Let’s face it — living on one salary is really hard. Although we are doing the most-important job on the planet — raising our children — our paychecks come in the form of baby hugs, slobbery kisses and finger paintings, which are great for our heart and soul but don’t do much for our bank accounts.

Fortunately, there are many things that stay-at-home moms can do right from home to help earn some money. These popular home-business ideas are tried-and-true ways that industrious stay-at-home moms can bring in an income:

Start Up a Business on eBay


Most moms have tons of gently used baby and children’s items lying around the house. Why not turn these unwanted things into some much-needed cash? An article on TechRadar says opening a store on eBay is a very attractive option.
In addition to being quick and easy-to-do, start-up costs are low, payments are typically received quickly and tracking sales is easy. In order to avoid having to ship the same item twice, you should always arrange for address verification with your customers.

Freelancing


For many stay-at-home moms, this is a great way to work around the family’s schedule and get paid to do something we are good at and enjoy doing, such as writing or photography. As an article on Webs noted, most clients do not care if an article was written from home late at night when the little ones are in bed. As long as you nail your deadlines and do a good job, it’s a great way to earn money.

Child Care


You are already taking care of your own children for free, why not add a few more to the mix and earn money while doing it? As the Webs article said, if your home is large enough to handle a small group of kids during the day, start spreading the word that you are willing to babysit.

Tutoring


Are you a whiz at math? Do you speak a foreign language? Many moms who are especially proficient at one or more subjects have done well starting a home-based tutoring service. Hours are often flexible, and you can turn just about any space in your home into a tutoring area. A clean-and-quiet desk will work just fine.

Interior Design


A lot of moms have a definite knack for making their homes look gorgeous. If this sounds like you, think about becoming an interior designer. You can schedule meetings with clients in your home, and most of the other work, such as looking at wallpaper, carpet samples and ordering from websites, can also be done from a home.

Article written by Stephanie Diaz, a former public relations specialist, Stephanie is blogger who shares tips on saving money and getting ahead in any economy.