5 Ways Moms Can Make Money With A Home Business
By Liz Folger
Does the idea of starting your own business from home sound appealing? Has finding the right one stumped you? Do you often think that if you could make money at home you would be one very happy person? Then read on and see how easy it is to make money with a home business.
Make Money with Your Interests
Everyone is born with a special talent that sets them apart from others. Your job is to figure out what that talent is and find a way to turn it into a business. One lady I profiled in my book, "The Stay-at-Home Mom's Guide To Making Money" had always liked horses. When she was younger she didn't have a horse of her own, so she would groom and feed other people's horses just for the chance to ride. Now that she is an adult, she has turned that interest into a pet sitting business. While she takes care of the smaller critters, she has niched herself in the area of horse care.
What Are Your Hobbies?
Is your hobby candle making, painting portraits, herb gardening? These are all great home businesses just waiting to happen, and you don't necessarily have to produce these items to make money. Maybe you could start a newsletter on the subject of your hobby for others just like you. Maybe you could sell supplies to other hobbyists or businesses. Or maybe you could write a book on the subject. Once you start brainstorming you'll be surprised at all the ideas you will come up with.
One woman I've met online is now the owner of her own portrait sketching business. She actually had two other home businesses before she decided that she could make extra money drawing sketches of people. She does incredible work, and when you look at your pictures it's hard to believe she hasn't been doing this longer. Sometimes the business for you is right in front of you; it's just hard to believe that someone would actually pay you to do something that comes so easily and naturally for you.
You're Producing a Product or Service for Your Friends and Family for Free already.
I talk with moms all the time who say their family or friends are always coming to them because they are great at creating a resume, or because they can really put a nice bouquet of flowers together for special events. These are all great ideas for a home business. Seriously consider charging for these services. Let your family and friends know you are in business. They've already used you in the past for these things; they trust your work. They will probably enjoy spreading the word and letting other people know that you are open for business.
Go With What You Already Know A Lot About
Maybe you enjoy your work outside the home but still want to be home with your kids, or want the flexibly and satisfaction of owning your own home business. Use your previous skills to get your business started. Teachers become tutors, secretaries become virtual assistants, graphic artists become -- graphic artists. The same can go for architects, photographers, and transcriptionists. You'll be surprised at the number of jobs you've held in the past that could be the key to getting your own home business started now.
Have You Ever Thought, "Why Doesn't Someone Start A Business Doing…?"
Do you see the need for a particular product or service in your community? Are you trying to figure out why someone hasn't thought of it and started providing it yet? Why can't that someone be you? There is no reason why you shouldn't be the one to see a need, fill it, and make money from it.
You have many interests, talents, previous experiences, hobbies, and good ideas that are just waiting to be turned into a money making venture. Why not make this the year your home business dreams come true?
About The Author
Liz Folger is the founder of http://www.bizymoms.com. Bizymoms.com is the leading online resource for work-from-home ideas. The site offers home-based business start-up kits, online classes, e-books, chats and enthusiastic support for moms who want to have it all - a family and a career. Visit http://www.bizymoms.com for more information.