If you are a stay at home mom who fancies to earn money online in the comfort of your own home while looking after your kids, then there are many home businesses that you can start with very little money. Today, the Internet offers a wide variety of home business ideas that will most likely fit in to your lifestyle. Here are top 5 business ideas for stay at home moms to make money and contribute to their family.
5 Home Business Ideas for Stay at Home Moms
1. Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is one of the best online businesses that can bring in a decent income for you. There are different ways to find writing jobs online. You can join online bidding sites likeElance, Upwork, Guru, and Freelancer and bid on writing projects. If a client accepts your bid for their project, you will be awarded the project, and get paid once the project is completed successfully.
Some writing job sites like Textbroker, iWriter, Online Writing Jobs etc feature writing jobs on various different topics and you can pick up any job from these sites’ online job boards. Generally these writing jobs require you to write keyword-rich articles and web content. You have to complete each piece of write-up within a specified period of time, depending on the length of the article, and once your submitted work is approved, you get paid instantly. You have to reach the minimum threshold amount which is $10 if you work with Textbroker before you could withdraw your earnings.
Some sites will send payment to your financial account, e.g. PayPal, automatically based on how these sites release funds or you have set up your payment information. Another great way to make money writing online is by working as a contributor writer for different upfront pay content based websites where you can submit content and get paid. These websites include Break Studios, Wise Bread, wiseGEEK etc. It is a god idea to create a website to promote your freelance writing business.
2. Start Your Own Money Making Website
If you do not want to write for other, then you can create your own money making information website. You do not need to have any technical expertise to build a website. If you have an interest in writing about a subject or more in which you are an expert, you can build a profitable freelance business from your own home by creating your own money making website. The first step is to choosing a good domain name for your website that reflects your business. Choose a domain name that is relatively short, memorable and related to the core concept of your business.
The next important step is to choosing a cheap but reliable web hosting company that will host your website on a secure server for the world to access your website. GoDaddy is pretty inexpensive – about $3.95 – $12.00 per year. If you are not an expert in creating your website with html codes and other web programming languages, you have to choose a website publishing platform like WordPress, Joomla, Blogger, etc. WordPress is the most popular CMS (Content Management System) webmasters, bloggers, and business owners use to publish their websites and blogs. Don’t worry, GoDaddy was kind enough to setup WordPress for me once my domain and hosting was setup.
Now that you have chosen a platform to publish your website, you will need to add content to it regularly to build an audience that will become loyal over time. You will need to write high quality, informative and interesting content, i.e. articles, blog posts, reviews, infographics, videos, etc depending on the type of website you want to create, to attract targeted audience to your website. You can make money using various different ways from a website if it provides value to its readers or visitors. With a larger traffic, you can by integrating CPM ad which is when you get paid by an advertiser for every thousand page impression with the advertiser’s ad being displayed via your website. PPC, standing for Pay-Per-Click, ad is the most widely used ad program webmasters use to make money with their websites. PPC ad is good for websites with moderate to higher traffic. Every time a visitor clicks on an ad located on any web page of your website, you get paid. The amount you can earn may vary, depending on the niche or industry of the advertiser, the popularity of your website, origin of your audience, etc among other factors.
You can sell private ad space on your website. Affiliate marketing can be the best way to make money from your money making website. You simply recommend products and services of other companies and individuals to your audience, and when they buy any product or service or perform any other desired action through your affiliate link you earn a commission or a flat fee.
3. Online Affiliate Programs
Many people earn a living by simply running affiliate programs on their own websites, social media accounts or other third-party websites. However, to increase your earning potential you should run affiliate marketing on your own website or blog website. Affiliate marketing is the best way to make money from a website for many webmasters. A few reputable affiliate marketing programs I recommend are ShareASale, Escalate Media, Commission Junction, Amazon, Panthera Network, and more.
If you love writing reviews about products and services of other businesses and individuals, you can recommend the products and services to your audience. When a user buys your recommended product or service, you get a flat fee or a certain percentage of the sale price from the merchant, i.e. your affiliate partner. You can also recommend a company, product, and service in your content without actually writing a review and get paid when any user click through your affiliate link to land on the merchant’s website and perform any specified action, e.g. sign up for a newsletter, fill out a form, purchase a product or service.
4. Work as a Freelancer
Freelance work encompasses a wide range of skills and talents. Writing content online and offline is just one of the many freelance opportunities. You can earn money as a web designer, graphic designer, web developer, and many more freelance positions, depending on your skill set, and experience. Having a website or blog or and a social media presence could be important to market yourself, your service to your potential targeted audience. If you have a marketable skill such as writing, editing, graphic design, web design, photo editing, etc, you can sell it to make extra money or even a full time income if you put in enough time and effort to build a customer base. Sites like Upwork, Guru, Freelancer,PeoplePerHour, etc freelancing marketplaces feature a wide variety of freelancing jobs.
5. Become a Virtual Assistant
Many small businesses and individuals across the world need extra help with admin, secretarial, payroll and creative tasks, but they do not want to or cannot afford to hire a full-time employee. This is where a virtual assistant comes in. Small businesses and individuals in particular hire virtual assistants to provide them with administrative, technical or creative help. An independent contractor or freelance worker, usually working from home, who supports other businesses and individuals by providing administrative, secretarial, technical or creative services. You can earn a steady income working from home as a VA. Some of the best websites listing virtual assistant jobs include Task Rabbit,etc.
There are many business ideas online and offline (or both) for moms who want to work from home. The top 5 business ideas listed above can help stay at home moms make money immediately providing they have the required skill sets and willingness to put in the time and effort required.