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Missing out on time with your family? Tired of working for someone else’s dream? These high paying small business ideas for women will allow you to be your own boss and make your own hours.

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Having a child was the biggest motivator for me to take the plunge and start my own business. I was determined to stay home with my daughter.

As a new mom, you want to witness every milestone.

The thought of your child taking their first steps while you’re sitting at a job you dread to get up for every morning is enough to make you start investing in your own future.

For many years you work until your soul is gone to support your family. This entire time you’re working for someone else’s dream.

They’re the one who gets to be at home with their family while you miss important events with yours.

That time is finally over!

There are so many opportunities for you to work from home and be your own boss. It’s possible to raise your family and run a business.

You no longer have to miss the school play or soccer games because you have to go to work.

The best part is you make your own schedule!

If you only want to work 10 hours per week, you can. If your child has a basketball game on Saturday morning, you can finish your work Friday evening after bedtime.

Many moms are able to work part-time hours and still manage to bring home a full-time income.

Here are my favorite small business ideas for women that I know you’ll love!

1. Professional organizer

As a professional organizer, you get paid to organize a home, closet, etc to maximize productivity.

There is a certification that could add credibility to your business, but it’s not required. 

Since this will be your own business you can determine your rate of pay.

Typically a professional organizer makes about $15/hr in the beginning and can make well over $60/hr with experience.

Jessica Litman is a mother of two and a professional organizer. She has laid out beneficial information on how you can get started

2. Freelance Writing

A freelance writer is someone who is self-employed and works as a writer on their own schedule. You can pick your clients and what assignments you want to take on.

Usually, you get paid for each writing assignment or for a group of writing assignments depending on the agreement you have with your client.

Good news, you don’t need a degree to work as a freelance writer.  

If you enjoy writing or don’t mind doing it for a living you should consider this option.

A new freelance writer can make over $1,000 a month within their first year.

As with any new business, you should put in a lot of work up front to get your name out and show your credibility.

Holly Johnson is a six-figure freelance writer and a mother of 2. She makes over $200k a year from her freelance writing business.

Her free webinar is amazing and her freelance writing course will get you off to an amazing start.

She has a no BS attitude which will make you confident she’s giving you useful information and not just trying to sell a course.

3. Proofreader

A proofreader is a person who checks for writing errors such as grammar, spelling, and formatting. They are the last person to see someone’s work before it is published.

You can get started proofreading with no experience and no degree.

Typically proofreaders can earn over $20/hr.

Caitlin Pyle started her career proofreading court transcripts. She was able to work from anywhere in the world. She even spent an entire year in South America!

She worked 20 hours a week and made over $40k a year. She was able to turn Proofreading into her full-time income while working part-time hours.

Her website Proofread anywhere has a brilliant free intro workshop.

4. Blogging

A blog is what you’re reading right now. Most people don’t even know when they’ve landed on someone’s blog.

It is a website personal to you. This means you decide if you want to treat it as a hobby or a business.

If you treat it as a business, you can start making money within your first year. That depends on how hard you work and what you choose to blog about.

I know many bloggers who have quit corporate jobs to run their blog full time. They’ve even been able to retire their husband’s from their corporate jobs as well.

Ruth Soukup is a mother of 2 who runs a multi-million dollar company she started from her hobby blog Living Well Spending Less.

She turned her hobby into a business and is now a New York Times bestselling author and the creator of Elite Blog Academy, to name of few of her accomplishments.

I’m an Elite Blog Academy student so I can attest to how amazing the course is.

You get the framework to build a successful business and so many alumni are making a full-time income from home.  

Elite Blog Academy only opens once a year, but you can get on the waiting list to be notified when the doors open.

If you’re ready to start your blog now I recommend using Siteground. Their customer service is wonderful and it’s only $3.95 per month.

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5. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is when you promote a product or service and earn a commission every time someone uses your link to purchase that product or service. This link is unique to you provided by the company.

This is a form of passive income many bloggers and online businesses use.

If you write a blog post about how amazing a certain brand of toothpaste is and provide your readers with a link to purchase that toothpaste, you get paid a percentage of each purchase without affecting the price your readers pay.

It’s considered passive income because you can make money for many years with affiliate links as long as people keep finding your blog post and clicking your link.

Michelle from Making Sense of Cents is a personal finance and lifestyle blogger. She earns over $50k a month from affiliate marketing.

She’s able to travel full time while still bringing in $100k a month from her blog.

You can start affiliate marketing at any point in your blogging career.

Michelle provides an amazing course called Making sense of affiliate marketing that is recommended by a lot of fellow bloggers.

6. Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant (VA) is someone who can work from anywhere in the world as a personal assistant for either a business or a business owner.

You will be in charge of tasks like managing social media accounts, a blog, emails and more.

Stay at home moms love this option because the hours are flexible.

If you’re organized, you can get finished with your work before the kids wake up and have plenty of time to spend with your family.

Megan from Love Family Health is a mother of 2 and has a great course that teaches you how to be a Pinterest virtual assistant.

Since Pinterest can be time-consuming but rewarding, many people choose to hire a Pinterest VA.

As a beginner virtual assistant, you can expect to make about $15/hr. Once you gain experience you can charge $30/hr and above.

If you’re interested in becoming a Pinterest virtual assistant check out Megan’s course

7. Virtual Bookkeeper

If you think like I do, you thought this had something to do with books in a library.

But it doesn’t at all.

Virtual bookkeeping is when you can work from home (or anywhere) recording financial transactions or providing accounting services for your clients.

You do not have to be an accountant to be a virtual bookkeeper.

Callie Sitek is a stay at home mom who now makes over $60/hr being a virtual bookkeeper. She’s even started her own company.

If numbers are your thing, try this free training.  

8. Transcriptionist

A transcriptionist is someone who listens to audio recordings and types what they hear.

This is easily done from home with the right equipment making it a great opportunity for stay at home moms.

Since they are recorded files, you will need a quiet area to work which may be difficult if you have a toddler around.

You can make anywhere from $7 to $50+ per hour.

Transcribe anywhere has a great free 7-day mini course to help you get started.

9. Life Coach

Do you love helping others? You should consider being a life coach.

A life coach is a person who coaches others through counseling or providing encouragement on important issues in someone’s life.

You do not need a professional license to be a life coach. Usually, you learn from your own life experiences which makes you more empathetic to your client’s situation.

For example, Andrea Owen is a life coach that helps women stop bashing themselves. We all do it from time to time trying to live up to super high standards.

Andrea has a draw dropping life story about her messy divorce and finding out her new boyfriend faked his cancer diagnosis. So if anyone can feel your pain it would be this girl! 

Since this business is run by you, you can charge however much you see fit for your services and you decide what services you want to provide.

Some life coaches make over $100/hr while more experienced coaches are making over $300/hr.

If you have a knack for helping others, this article spells out how to become a life coach.

10. Event Planner

The job of an event planner involves making sure everything is going as planned.

You will do all of the behind the scenes work like meeting with vendors, negotiating contracts, managing budgets and much more.

You can expect to get paid about $15/hr when you first start. With experience, you can make over $100k a year.

To see if this is a fit for you, try out this free 4 day mini course.  

11. Flea Market Flipping

Flea market flipping is when you find products for cheap and sell them for a higher price. This can make you a lot of money if you get the right products.

Melissa Stephenson works with her husband Rob flipping flea market finds. They make over $100k a year and have a show on HGTV.

They even provide a course to help newbies get started.

To find out more about flea market flipping, you can read this interview with Melissa.

12. Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA)

This is when you buy an item being sold at a low price and sell it through the Amazon FBA service at a higher price. You get paid the difference.

This is a great option because you don’t have to keep a stockpile of items at your home and you don’t deal with shipping and customer issues.

Jessica from The Selling Family makes a full-time income from FBA. She and her husband have courses that will help you get started.

13. Personal Shopper

Would you love to shop for a living?

A personal shopper is an expert that provides personalized fashion advice to clients. Some of these clients you will have for years and communicate with them on a regular basis.

Personal shopping requires no degree to get started. Depending on your list of clients you can make over $100k a year.

Michelle McFarlane started her career as a personal shopper in 2002 and went on to start the Stylist School Online.

She provides the framework for you to start a profitable career as a personal shopper.

14. Teach

Want to get paid for teaching children across the world to speak English?

At Vipkid they provide you with lesson plans and take care of the administrative aspect. All you have to do is have your laptop ready and at least 6 hours per week available to work.

You do need a bachelor’s degree and some experience with teaching or tutoring.

You can work from anywhere in the world and make up to $22 per hour.

I have stay at home mom friends consistently making $2k a month while working part-time hours and raising their children.

If you’re interested in Vip Kids you can find out more here.

15. In-Home Childcare

This option is appealing to stay at home moms because you can watch your child and add a few more to the mix.

To get started, read up on your state’s child care regulations and take advantage of all the tax breaks that come with running a business in your home.

Rosemarie Groner is a mom and blogger who decided to stay home when she had her son.

She has laid out an amazing step by step guide to starting your own in-home daycare in her guest post.

Also, make sure to check out Care.com to see local rates for childcare in your area. This way you can get an idea of how much you can expect to make.

16. Doula

A doula is a “trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.”

If you want to work for a hospital or through an agency you may need certification and some training. If you plan on working for yourself you do not have to be certified.

The income you make from being a doula depends on your location and level of expertise.

You may be able to make anywhere from $300 per birth to over $3,000 per birth.

You can also charge for consultations and providing support. This charge can start at $25 per hour to over $90 per hour.

This course will walk you through how to build a strong foundation for your doula business. 

17. Social Media Manager

Social media can be a hassle when a business has so many other responsibilities to handle.

That’s when they decide to hire a social media manager who will be responsible for their social channels which can include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more.

Your task would include monitoring and responding to comments, creating posts and deciding what posts to share on behalf of the company.

Deanna created her own social media management agency. She was booked out within the first 4 months!

With so many companies migrating to social media, this job is in high demand which means pricing can be competitive.

You can make $1,000 a month to over $10k a month depending on your clients.

Deanna has provided a step by step guide explaining how to become a social media manager.

18. Sell On Etsy

Etsy’s platform allows you to create a store so that you can sell your own products. Types of products you can consider are crafts, shirts, artwork and more.

Depending on the amount of work you put into it will depict how much income you make. You can make a full-time income from your own Etsy store.

For details on how to set up shop and be successful, you can click here.

19. Graphic Design

A graphic designer is someone who creates visuals for clients. Most graphic designs are done online which makes this a great work from home job.

Kara Fidd is a mother of 2 and a certified graphic designer. She also provides terrific courses that I use to help grow my business.

If you have an eye for design, Fiverr.com has plenty of opportunities for you to find clients.

You will notice some prices start at $5. That is for basic work and everyone has add-on options to their services that they charge more for.  

Famous last words…

There are so many options for you to be a work at home mom. The key is to find a career you won’t mind doing.

If you pick a career based on the possible income instead of your passion, you set yourself up for another job that you hate.

Don’t let anyone, including yourself, stop you from chasing your dreams and spending more time with your family.

start working for yourself today!

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