Running a household, looking after kids and generating a healthy income is no easy feat. For many single parents, going to a 9am-5pm job is simply not feasible.
Who’s going to look after the kids? Who will pick them up from school? What happens when they’re sick?
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways single mothers (and dads) can start making money from home with very little initial outlay required. While you don’t need a huge budget to get one of these businesses up and running, you will need dedication, a willingness to put in the hours and the confidence to sell yourself.
Here are our top 10 businesses single mothers should consider:
- Graphic Design Consulting
Are you creative and know your way around a computer? Graphic design consulting can be a lucrative home-based business. From designing pamphlets and catalogues to creating wedding and birthday invites, you could be working on regular projects with a range of clients.
2. Freelance Writing
If you have a way with words, you can offer your writing services to businesses and website owners around the world. Freelance writers are often engaged to write e-books, marketing material, website copy or blog articles.
3. Virtual Personal Assistant
More companies are choosing to utilise the services of freelancers to reduce their overheads. Virtual Personal Assistants are in demand to organise anything from meetings and correspondence to data entry and travel arrangements. If you’re the organised type, a virtual assistant may be the next career for you.
4. Beauty Treatments
Interested in all things beauty? Setting up a home day spa to provide beauty treatments can generate a healthy income. Think makeup, nail care, spray tans or massage.
5. Dog Sitting or Walking
Those who love their four-legged friends will enjoy earning some money caring and walking other people’s dogs with very little outlay. If you do have some savings, investing in a mobile pet grooming business could also extend your services.
6. Wedding Planner
Weddings are big business with plenty of people willing to splurge to make their perfect day. If you’re very organised, detail focused and happy to get a little creative, wedding planning could be a fun and profitable business.
7. Affiliate Marketing
Build a website and try your hand at affiliate marketing to earn some extra cash from home. Every time you make a sale through an affiliate such as Amazon, you’ll earn a small commission in return for promoting the company.
8. Etsy Seller
Consider yourself crafty? Put that talent to the test by setting up an Etsy store. It’s a great selling platform for all things handmade. Make clothes, jewellery items, home décor, beauty products or art. Be careful, you may grow so quickly you’ll be searching for cheap warehouses for lease within no time.
9. Website Manager
With most businesses going online, the need for someone to manage their content, update copy and even run their social media platforms is growing. All this can be easily done from the comforts of your home.
10. Family Day Care
If you love the company of kids, starting a family day care could be a great option for you, especially if you have young children still at home. You’ll need some minimum early childhood qualifications, a first aid certificate, and an appropriate venue before you get started. Once you’ve been approved, you can provide care for several kids in your own home generating a daily income.