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If you’re a stay at home mom, you understand the pressure that comes with the title.
While your friends who go off to work each day sometimes seem to think your day is all relaxation and enjoying time with the kids, you know the reality.
I’m not saying there’s no relaxing and spending time with the kiddos isn’t fun, it is work, with a capital W-O-R-K!
The problem is that while you’re working, you probably also feel the pressure of the ever present money crunch, leaving you wondering if there are any businesses you can start from home that actually work.
The answer is Yes!
And, I’ve put together a list of the top 5 right here…
Ones I’ve either done myself or know someone who has so I know they can generate real income for your family.
Even better, you won’t see any of those hokey fill out surveys for money schemes here.
If you’re worried about trying to work from home when you have kids, check out our post on 6 Ways to Successfully Work from Home When You Have Kids.
So, let’s get down to it.
#1 – Copywriting
I know the first thing that probably came to your mind was that little c you see on printed material but no, I’m not talking about a copyright.
I’m talking about copywriting.
That’s making money by writing copy (marketing materials and content) for businesses.
And, I know this one works because it’s how I currently make my income from home, a very healthy income.
The secret is to choose what types of companies you want to write for – technology, healthcare, insurance, real estate…
The list goes on and on. Just choose an area you have some sort of experience in to give you an edge over the other writers out there and start contacting companies.
Emails work great for this.
You’re probably wondering what types of writing you’ll be expected to handle and I’ll say that depends on you. You get to decide whether you plan on writing everything under the sun or you want to specialize.
Types of things companies are looking for include website copy (that’s the words actually on their websites), blog posts, social media, brochures, case studies (customer success stories), white papers (longer more in-depth looks at solutions to a problem), sales letters, newsletters….
The list goes on and on.
#2 – Selling on Amazon or Other Channels
Don’t want to hunt for clients like with copywriting?
You could find a product that fills a gap in the market and sell it online.
The key to that sentence was “fills a gap in the market”.
You have to pick something that customers will actually want to buy which means you have to do your research.
The first step is to decide where you want to sell your product.
Now, the most obvious place to look is Amazon. After all, Amazon is a marketing powerhouse.
But, there are other choices too…
Ebay, Zulily, GroopDealz and more all offer advantages depending on what marketing you plan to make money in.
For the sake of ease, let’s walk through the process of selling on Amazon.
First, you’ll research the market. Look at Amazon for products that are selling well but don’t necessarily have a lot of reviews (you don’t want to compete with someone with thousands of reviews to back them up).
Next, choose your product options and check out Alibaba.com and Aliexpress.com to see how much you can buy your product for, including shipping to the U.S.
If you can make at least $10 on the product after expenses, it might be a good bet.
Once you make your choice, test your market with a small order – up to 500 units.
It’s best to have the product shipped to you but then use Fulfilled by Amazon for shipping – this means you will need to ship it all to Amazon’s warehouse.
Promote your product on a Facebook Fan Page, offering an extreme discount for 20 products per day for 3-7 days to spike sales.
Use Amazon Pay-Per-Click ads to boost sales and your seller ranking.
Sit back and watch the orders roll in and adjust as needed.
Simple enough, right?
If your still confused, I promise to go into more depth on the process in a future post so keep an eye out.
#3 – Virtual Assistant
If you don’t want to run your own business but still want to make money from home, look into working as a virtual assistant.
You never have to leave your house and often the hours can be very flexible.
Basically, you’re functioning as an administrative assistant for someone else who just needs some help.
You could do everything from answering phones to typing emails and letters, handling mailings, or even setting up meetings.
The tasks that will land on your shoulders are up to you and your boss.
You can find work as a virtual assistant through sites like Upwork.com or sign on with a company that matches virtual assistants to businesses in need.
#4 –Part-Time Bookkeeper
You don’t have to be a CPA or financial planner to help businesses manage their money.
As long as you have some decent computer and organizational skills, you can make money as a part-time bookkeeper.
You can choose to set up your own website and email companies to find clients or try Upwork.com like we talked about above.
And, the good news…
Bookkeepers can earn up to $60 per hour.
Not bad, right?
#5 – Blogger
If you love to connect and have an idea that you feel can help or inspire others, blogging could be your answer to creating an income from home.
And, starting a blog isn’t expensive.
A simple website design, a domain name and an internet hosting company are all you really need to get started.
Add in your own ideas for posts, a great “About Me” page, pretty graphics and a good Pinterest strategy and you can get your blog off the ground.
But the big question is how do you actually turn it into money, right?
I know that’s what I would ask if I were you.
Well, here’s the short answer.
Affiliate income (that’s where you mention a product and have a link to it and when someone buys it you get paid), sponsored ads (where companies pay you to advertise for them) and creating and selling your own product are all options.
I will say that the Holy Grail of blogging income is the last one.
That’s because you will never make as much selling someone else’s product as you will your own, as long as you do it right.
Want to learn how to start your own blog the right way, right away?
I can’t say enough good things about Abby Lawson’s Building a Framework course.
That’s what I’ve used to figure it out and get on the road to a full-time blogging income and I know a lot of other bloggers have used it to with amazing success.
But, don’t buy it if you won’t follow the advice laid out for you because it won’t work.
Only get it if you want a plan you can follow step-by-step from zero income to real money.
In Building a Framework, Abby uses video tutorials to teach you how to start a blog from scratch and turn it into a money making business. Being able to see how she does each thing step-by-step really makes launching a blog much easier.
And, don’t worry…
If you want to start a blog from scratch the easy way, check out our post on How to Start a Blog in 15 Minutes or Less.
So That’s a Wrap
Well, that completes my round up of the 5 best ways to start a business for a stay at home mom. I hope it helped!
Want even more advice on how to make money from home, check out Our Roundup of the Top 6 Blogs that Teach You to Make Money from Home.
And, as always I wish a strong family, optimal health and smart incomes.
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