Top Businesses to Start As a Stay-At Home Mom

Top Businesses to Start As a Stay-At Home Mom

by Heleigh Bostwick, December 2009

Before you became a parent you probably had a job working for someone else. Sure, you may have toyed with the idea of working for yourself, but you received a regular paycheck, had regular hours, and at the end of the day left your job at the office where it belongs.

Now that you're a parent things have changed. You're probably back at your old job, paying enormous sums for childcare, and coming home every night to your "second job" of taking care of the kids. Or, you've quit the workforce and are now a full-time parent with no second income and discovering it's difficult financially. Perhaps your kids are getting older and will be heading off to school next year and this is a golden opportunity to start your own business.

Whatever the reason, working for your self is sounding like a better option these days. But what kind of business can you start when you're a parent? The answer is plenty, and here's a look at just a few of them.

1. Tutor

Tutors for just about any subject are in high demand these days. If you have a background in the educational field or specific expertise in science, math, languages, English, or even music and art, becoming a tutor is a good choice.

2. Freelance Writer

If you enjoy writing and researching, then freelance writing may be a good option. It's not necessary to have a formal degree, but you must write well. While you may aspire to write the great American novel, that isn't going to put money in your pocket and food on the table. Stick to topics you know best and find your niche.

3. Medical Transcription

Medical transcription is a necessary part of the medical world, and almost every doctor out sources medical transcription work. If you have a good command of the English language, loved anatomy and science in school, and possess excellent typing skills, medical transcription might be a good match.

4. eBay Seller

Almost everyone has bought or sold something on eBay, but have you ever thought of making a business out of it? Becoming an eBay seller requires very little in the way of capitol investment. If you have a digital camera and blocks of time (when kids are in school) available to list, ship, and hunt down things to sell (garage sales for example), you're good to go.

5. Antiques & Collectibles Dealer

Ask anyone in the antiques and collectibles business why they do it and they'll tell you, "It's the thrill of the hunt." If you love yard sales, scrounging in junk shops, going to flea markets, and old objects, then this could be the business for you. Once you've amassed enough inventory start small by renting (or sharing the rent with another enthusiast) a booth in an antique center and take it from there. Besides, you're spouse may be secretly thrilled that you're finally unloading all that junk!

6. Childcare Provider

Since you're already taking care of your own children, becoming a childcare provider for someone else's children is another business many parents consider when their kids are young. Not only does it provide income, it also allows you to spend time with your own children.

7. Virtual Assistant

Were you an executive assistant in your former life? Do you own a computer and know how to use it? Are you efficient and organized with excellent telephone skills and a personable manner? Then try your hand at being a virtual assistant. It's like being in the office but you get to work at home.

8. Personal Organizer

Who doesn't need help organizing their life? If you're efficient, organized, and have an eye for detail, becoming a personal organizer is a good choice. You can organize paperwork, garages, kitchens, closets, or do it all. As with most service-oriented businesses, word of mouth is the best way to get new clients, so spread the word.

9. Corporate and Personal Gifts

Believe it or not, the business of creating gift baskets is booming and the sky is the limit. If you have a streak of creativity put it to good use assembling gift baskets for others, whether it's bath products, chocolates, wine, gadgets, candles, gourmet coffees, or fruit.

10. Medical Claims Billing

If your background is in accounting or bookkeeping or simply have a knack for numbers, the medical claims business might be just right for you. It's a growing field with unlimited opportunities.

So what are you waiting for?

Many people have started businesses when they became parents and gone on to become successful entrepreneurs. It all depends on your interests, skill levels, and of course the determination to make the business a success.