Bespoke items – One of the things that small businesses can do better than larger ones is create personalised items, this might jewellery, pieces of art, castings or clothing.
Best for: Mums who have sometime alone to work on items.
Worst for: Mums who want a business they can scale.
Graphic/website design – If you have design skills these can allow you to work around your family as you can design for other people in your own time while little ones are asleep or at school. It’s a busy marketplace but if you can develop a good reputation in your niche then you can be successful.
Best for: Mums who either have or are willing to learn design skills
Worst for: Mums who don’t like their creativity to be directed by someone else
Book keeping – Accountancy and book keeping can work well around a family but you’ll need to already have the skills and qualifications as it’s difficult to get qualified without a period of working for someone else.
Best for: Mums who enjoy attention to detail
Worst for: Mums who don’t already have qualifications in the area
Baby and toddler classes – Massage, music, gymnastics, dance, babies and toddlers can do it all these days! These can combine well with having children, some people take their children along to the classes but it is easier if you have enough childcare to cover class times, then admin, lesson planning and marketing can be fitted in elsewhere.
Best for: Mums who are comfortable standing up in front of the group
Worst for: Mums who don’t enjoy small children
After school classes – If you prefer older children and have a skill you could teach them then you could run after school classes, karate, music, swimming and dance are all popular things for children to take part in after school.
Best for: Mums with a skill to teach
Worst for: Mums with no childcare
Fitness classes – This could be standard adult classes, a buggy fit style of class or a class for Mums and babies to do together. If you’re interested in fitness you could train as an instructor even if you don’t already have the skills.
Best for: Mums with a passion for fitness
Worst for: Mums who,wouldn’t be comfortable with teaching
Nanny – There is much less regulation for Nannies than for childminders and full time Nannies are often employees of the parents whose children they look after however some Nannies work on a self employed basis but in their clients Homes.
Best for: Mums who would enjoy a long term relationship with their clients
Worst for: Mums who don’t want to work in someone else’s home
Beauty therapist/hairdresser – These jobs can be done from home or on a mobile basis, while you couldn’t really have your children with you it’s possible to book appointments for times that you have childcare.
Best for: Mums who have some help with childcare, even just at the weekends or in the evenings
Worst for: Mums who don’t have a qualification in the area or the willingness to get one
Selling by subscription – Subscription boxes where people sign up to receive something each month, great because there is automatically repeat business and can be promoted online and via social media in your own time.
Best for: Mums with a great product idea
Worst for: Mums who get easily bored
Events – An event based business can work well around children as the events themselves can be scheduled when childcare is available and the promotion can be fitted in to evenings and nap times.
Best for: Mums who are organised
Worst for: Mums who don’t enjoy marketing