A “mompreneur” is a woman who takes on two jobs ― as a mother and as a business owner. The list of successful mompreneurs is long and growing and consists of both full-time entrepreneurs as well as mothers with side businesses. We spoke with leading mompreneurs who shared the top mompreneur business ideas.
Here are the 30 best business ideas and jobs for stay at home moms, straight from the pros.
1. Become a Freelance PR Specialist or Digital Marketer
Karen Grill, Business & Productivity Specialist for Mompreneurs, Second Act Moms
For moms who want to start a freelance marketing business, it’s helpful to start with a skills inventory, including both hard and soft skills. Identify the types of clients you want to work with. Do you want to work with coaches or service providers or product-based businesses? You want to make sure that you understand your target clients and their biggest pain points in your niche so that you can speak their language. For an online marketing business, you don’t need a lot of money to start. You need an online presence, such as a simple website or landing page and a social media platform or two. You should have a portfolio that can be showcased. In addition, a way to accept payments and an email marketing service will be critical. Once you start to work with your clients and understand who you serve, then you can upgrade your website, expand your marketing efforts, and start using paid advertising.
2. Launch an Online Course
Cynthia Brown, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Only Top Reviews
Online course business has been growing for a while now, and with more people getting comfortable purchasing information products online, why would it stop? There are many moms who have online course businesses about rather peculiar subjects, such as dog agility training, autism therapy, and growing herbs. These businesses are making a lot of money. For instance, the dog training course made the owner more than a million dollars from a single launch. With all the online course platforms available today, you don’t have to worry about any of the technical stuff, either. Just create your content, record some videos ― they seem to work best ― and launch your course. So, what is something that you could teach to the world?
3. Start a Real Estate Management Company
Jeannie Champlin, PMIC, NARPM, Owner, Oyster Creek Properties LLC
Many businesses can launch and become successful from home while still tending to the little ones and keeping a flexible schedule. Real estate management is one of them. This type of career doesn’t require one to be physically present in an office 40 or more hours per week. However, being available by phone and having access to a computer are essential. Both are accomplished easily by setting up a small office at home and making yourself available on the go. Virtual offices are also a great way to be in several places at once.
4. Be a Virtual Wellness Coach
Lindsay Raffaele, IIN Certified Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach & Founder, Finely Nourished
The key to becoming a mompreneur is finding something that you love. Once you figure out what it is that’s calling you, you’ll need to figure out how this can be incorporated into your family’s schedule. For instance, busy moms out there with very limited spare time can take virtual wellness classes and online seminars. You can run these classes a few times a month, which means you’ll still be able to serve just as many people. Either as an in-person, or virtual wellness coach, you can help busy women find their balance just the same.
5. Start a Gift Shop
Mona Moufid, Owner, Mona’s Chocolates
There are so many opportunities for stay-at-home moms, like marketing and selling of items you make yourself or products you bought. You can start reselling giftware to gift shops or within your close network, then eventually transform your business into your own full-time gift shop. There is plenty of gifts ideas such as baked goodies, chocolates, trinkets, books, and other creative items. Before you decide to start your own company, make sure you do proper research on the business direction you would like to take.
6. Sell Your Creations on Etsy
Vicky Lashenko, Live Show Host & Mompreneur Cheerleader, Mompreneur Show
If you are crafty, you can put up your beautiful creations on Etsy. Startup costs are minimal and will be the supplies you need. By selling on Etsy, you get great exposure and only pay some selling fees after you sell the item. Make sure you share your creations and process on other social platforms like Instagram and Facebook.
7. Start a Professional Pet-sitting Service
Beth Stultz, Vice President – Marketing & Operations, Pet Sitters International
Starting a professional pet-sitting service is an ideal career choice for moms and kids who love pets. A pet-sitting service is a type of business that has low startup costs and offers flexible scheduling. This is a superb way to pursue your passion for pets while making a profitable living.
8. Make Money Using Apps
Kimberly Greene, Head of Communications, Intuit QuickBooks Self-Employed
Technology can help organize your finances like Intuit QuickBooks Self-Employed does, and it can even help you make money. For example, if you’re a contractor, using the Task Rabbit app can help you find nearby gigs. If you have a family dog that you take on daily walks, you can make money by using apps like Wag. These examples are also a terrific way to meet new people while making money.
9. Become a Mom Blogger
McKinzie Bean, Blogger, Moms Make Cents
One of the best mompreneur business options that has the lowest barrier or entry is blogging. With a blog, you can share your passion, connect with like-minded readers all across the world, help others, and make money from home. With hard work and dedication, you will be able to grow your blog to a comfortable full-time income. Starting a blog is very inexpensive. The only investment that you need to make up front is for a domain name and hosting. If you want to do it as cheap as possible, you can start a blog for $50 to $100 easily.
10. Sell Things on Amazon
Brandice Taylor-Davis, Designer & Owner, Kannu Collection
The best and easiest way is to do private label products, but there are many moms making money on Amazon. The opportunities are endless ― you can sell products that you love to use yourself, or you can sell your own handmade crafts. Amazon makes it super easy to participate, and it covers a wide range of market.
11. Sell Homemade Goodies
Erika Peterson, Founder, Nerdy Nuts
A great starting point for finding a side hustle or career for stay-at-home moms is to identify what you think you excel at and then cross-referencing that belief with your family and friends. As we all know, we often don’t sugarcoat our thoughts among families as we would in the general public. You can make your own goodies, like homemade peanut butter for instance. Ask feedback from your friends and family as it can help you identify what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong.
12. Do Freelance Copywriting
Amber Brooks, Brand Strategist & Copywriter, AmberBrooks.co
Copywriting is one of the best options for working from home. It’s best for those who have writing skills, love for psychology, and investigative nature to make money. You also get to choose who you work with and when you work. You can work around your schedule so you can still focus on the home and health care needs of your family. Copywriting lets you help entrepreneurs reach more people. You can start this business with very little capital needed ― the initial investment is usually than $3,000 should you decide to register your business as LLC and buy a new computer. But, in most areas of the United States, you can start a writing content freelance for free if you’re strategic about your first client projects. Then, with money made on freelance projects, a business can be built.
13. Utilize Your Skills to Become a Consultant
Geneva Pugh, CEO & Owner, eNver Stop
Utilizing your current skills to provide a valuable service can be very lucrative. For instance, if you were an accountant, you can provide tax services to other work-at-home mothers because you are knowledgeable and can comprehend the day-to-day operational needs of work-at-home individuals. You can give them tax tips on ways to utilize expenses to cut their tax obligations. There is a plethora of ideas that can be implemented with consultancy service to assist a wide range of professions.
14. Become a Virtual Assistant
Eboné, Owner, PurposedPreneur, LLC
Every stay-at-home mom has what it takes to become a virtual assistant. Moms know how to keep things organized, manage other people’s lives, and still find a way to put out the multiple fires that come our way. So, why not put the skills of being a mom to help someone else grow or run their business? As a virtual assistant, you have the flexibility of when and/or where you work. Once you find a “routine” that works for you, nothing in the world can stop you from being peaceful and productive all at the same time.
15. Be an Angel Investor for Technology Startups
Kevin Newman, Angel Investor & Director of Marketing, Goodwall
For those stay-at-home moms who can afford to, angel investing in technology startups is a tremendous fit. Acting as a venture capitalist has been an opportunity only available to accredited investors until 2016 where the United States Security & Exchange Commission passed legislation allowing non-accredited investors to deploy up to $2,000 in capital each year. Angel investors get to support the dreamers and doers who want to create lasting change in the world. They get the opportunity for massive financial returns, learn about what the future of varying technology verticals looks like from the brightest minds, and it’s completely flexible, and you get to provide as much support as you’d like to the founders of the business.
16. Be a Home-based Call Center Agent
David L. Papp, Founder & CEO, Agents Republic
Working from home for a call center is one of the best alternatives for stay-at-home moms to earn income. Typical tasks include receiving calls for general customer and tech support or making calls to take surveys and following up on reservations. Home-based work offers a balanced lifestyle for work-at-home agents, especially for the new generation. One can work not only wherever and whenever she wants, but also decrease discretionary expenses on eating out, clothing, and commuting between the office and work. The model also provides advantages for business as the stay-at-home moms are higher educated, thus can provide a higher quality service compared to their premise-based counterparts. They speak more languages and can be geographically distributed helping seamless business continuity requirements of companies. The on-demand nature of the service supports rapid scalability both up and down as business needs changes. It is also one of the unique solutions which could deal with traffic spikes ― just like how Uber is creating incentives for taxi drivers to manage event-based traffic.
17. Take on Social Media Management Clients
Brian Meiggs, Founder, My Millennial Guide
As a woman, you too can find ample opportunities to work from home. It offers myriad benefits like the flexibility to choose work hours and option to work on crowdsourcing or freelance jobs, when possible. One of the best and fun jobs for stay-at-home moms is being a social media manager. With most companies and businesses marking presence on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms, there is great demand for people who can function as social media managers from home. Also, this job pays lucrative salaries.
18. Launch a Contractor Referral Service
Debra Cohen, Founder, Homeowner Referral Network
There is a demand for finding reliable home improvement contractors, and this is a business opportunity you can address. You can start a home-based contractor referral service that connects homeowners with prescreened, reliable home improvement professionals like painters, plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. Contractors will then pay you a prenegotiated commission on work secured, and you can keep your service free for the homeowners.
19. Start a Multilevel Marketing Business
Stephanie Uchima-Carney, Founder, Stephanie Uchima
Earn a reasonable living depending on your level of commitment to selling the products through a multi-level marketing business (MLM). To join an MLM, there is a buy-in amount required, so you pay to purchase a starter or consultant’s kit that has a lot of the products for you to showcase them for people to sample. They can range from $150 to $1,000 depending on the MLM and the types of products like beauty products, clothing, and essential oils. The time commitment is up to you and what you would like to earn. Some MLMs, however, have minimum sales goals and purchase requirements that are monthly or quarterly as they want people committed vs. using their products just for a discount. You receive discounts on products ― purchasing at wholesale ― and sell at retail and/or earn money from commissions or signing on new consultants. Examples of MLMs include Rodan & Fields, DoTerra, Beautycounter, Young Living, and Arbonne.
20. Launch a Photography Business
RaShea Drake, Business-to-Business Analyst, Verizon Business
If you are a creative mom and have photography skills, you can start a photography service business. Photography isn’t easy, but it is something where you can choose your own schedule. You won’t need to have your own studio as most photography services these days are done outdoors. This is a wonderful side hustle where you can earn and enjoy at the same time.
21. Share Your Skills Through Teaching
Heidi McBain, Professional Counseling for Women, HeidiMcBain, PLLC
As a mom, you surely have special skills and hobbies that you love. Find out what your special talents and passion are, share them with others and earn. For instance, if you are a good singer, share your singing skills and offer singing lessons to kids. If you are good at dancing, you can launch a special dancing class every weekend in your yard. Invite your children’s classmates and your neighbors to become your first students.
22. Become a Certified Transcriptionist
Beth Worthy, Director of Operations, GMR Transcription
One of the most promising side-hustle options for stay-at-home moms is to become a certified transcriptionist. As a certified transcriptionist, you can work from your personal computer, receive audio files online and then transcribe them into text format. It offers flexible hours, allows you to stop when necessary and does not require a technical background.
23. Help With Childbirth Education
Darby Morris, Owner & Founder, Sweetbay Doula
Stay-at-home moms can start a childbirth education business and share their experience and knowledge about pregnancy, labor, delivery, and early child care to first-time moms. You can attend courses and workshops about childbirth education so that you’ll have an idea about what to teach. The best thing about this business is that you can bring your young children along with you.
24. Become a Digital Influencer of Parents
Meg Brunson, Founder & CEO, MegBrunson.com
One way to build a business as a mommy is to become a digital influencer of parents. You can start a blog about anything like family-friendly businesses, write reviews for kid-friendly products and services or your fitness regimen. This can be monetized through selling advertisements and requesting payment for writing your reviews.
25. Start a Home-based Independent Travel Agency
Stef Katz, Owner, The Travel Superhero
A great business opportunity for moms is to become a home-based travel agent. If you have the money to invest, you can start a home-based travel agency franchise. You can also do this as an independent travel agent specializing in family travels. You earn commission for every travel booked successfully.
26. Offer Virtual IT Consulting Services
Donna McAlister, CEO & Chief IT Consultant, Viable Virtual Services, LLC
There are limitless opportunities for consulting services and information technology (IT) is one of the services that have the highest demand. If you are skilled in this area, conduct research to find problems to solve using your IT skills. The costs associated with consulting is the cost of business cards and marketing. However, at the start, you can market via your existing network.
27. Sell Fashion Items
Vanessa Kromer, Business Coach for Women, VanessaKromer.com
Direct sales and network marketing are great opportunities for moms who want to become entrepreneurs. One of the best options is to sell fashion items like jewelry and clothes. Moms often have a network of female friends and neighbors who are interested in fashion and accessories, making these items easier to market and sell.
28. Start an Interior Design Company
Dana E. Baker, Writer & Coach, Parenting in Real Life
Interior designing is perfect for a gig economy. You can do it yourself or even get a few women together and start a design company where you pull in who you need — a bathroom expert, kitchen modeler, engineer, designer, architect, and so on. Pull in from this virtual world who you need, what you need, and when you need them.
29. Offer Tutoring Services
Leslie Fischer, Founder, Sustainable Slumber
One great option to earn income for stay-at-home moms is to offer tutoring services. This is especially great if you live in a neighborhood with many schoolchildren. If you’re skilled in certain areas, or if you’re a former educator, this is a great side hustle to consider. You’ll be helping other people’s kids, you can do it in your own place, and you can even do it while helping your own children with their homework.
30. Set Priorities & Align Your Goals
Kimberlee Leonard, Founder, Single Mommy Tribe
Because we juggle a lot as moms, we can find ourselves torn between conflicting priorities. Mom guilt is real. Staying productive means keeping your energy going in a positive way. This starts with setting priorities and then aligning your goals to those priorities. Moms are always told to take care of yourself and, sometimes, that means cutting yourself some slack. Mompreneurs want to get it all done, but we can’t forget to stop and smell the roses ― or at least the freshly bathed child leaping into your arms with a book to read with you before bed. Business is important, but don’t let it consume you at the expense of being present with your children.
The Bottom Line
There are many business ideas for both stay-at-home and career moms who want to earn extra income by becoming mompreneurs. The opportunities available will depend greatly on your own interests and skills. If you’re looking into the possibility of going into a mompreneurship career path, check out these best mompreneur business ideas as recommended by the pros.