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25 Home Business Ideas for Mums

Based on the stories that have been shared on Mumpreneur Inspiration we’ve compiled a list of business ideas for Mums. These have been inspired by the stories shared on Mumpreneurs Inspiration somyou know they can really work for Mums.

 

The 25 HomE Business ideas for Mums

Selling things on the Internet – If you’ve got some space for storage then selling on the Internet could be an option for you. The promotion can be done in your own time and little ones usually quite enjoy a trip to the post office. Even if you don’t want to develop your own website their are plenty of third party sites you can sell through such as eBay and Etsy.

Best for: Mums with storage space who need complete flexibility
Worst for: Mums without customer service experience

Stories from Mums who are running businesses selling online

Virtual assistant – If you have great administration skills and are good with technology you could offer your skills as a virtual assistant, helping other business owners with their day to day tasks. You can generally work in your own time as long as things are done by the deadline.

Best for: Mums who are organised and good at working to a deadline
Worst from: Mums who find admin tasks dull and repetitive

Stories from Mums who are virtual assistants

Creating and selling information products – If you are knowledgable about something you could consider creating information products such as online courses, ebooks or even a blog to share that knowledge. Once the products are created you can focus your time on marketing so this can be a great home based business for Mums.

Best for: Mums who are knowledgeable about a particular topic
Worst for: Mums who don’t have the best IT skills

Stories from Mums who are selling information products

Remote coaching – If you’re very experienced in something you could consider remote coaching, this lends itself well to coaching in areas such as business, marketing and finances.

Best for: Mums who enjoy helping others
Worst for: Mums who don’t enjoy working on a one to one basis

Stories from Mums who are remote coaches

Face to face coaching – Some types of coaching work better in the real world but can still be scheduled round family life. You may already have skills that you can coach such as fitness, parenting or counselling or you could train in one of these areas. You could either run this as a home based business if you have a home office or hire space at a local business centre for the actual consulting.

Best for: Mums who have access to some space to carry out the coaching
Worst for: Mums who have small children with them full time

Stories from Mums who are face to face coaches

Antenatal classes – Some woman are inspired to join this industry through a good birth experience and some by a bad experience. Whichever is true for you, if you’re passionate about woman’s experience of birth this could suit you but you will need some childcare.

Best for: Mums with a passion for supporting new Mums
Worst for: Mums who don’t have great empathy

Stories from Mums who run classes

Childminder – Probably the only job where you can have your children with you all the time while you do it. Everyone in your household will need to have a background check and you’ll need to do some basic training. The government is keen to increase the availability of childcare so there is lots of support available.

Best for: Mums with a decent sized home and don’t mind some red tape
Worst for: Mums who don’t enjoy looking after children

Stories from Mums working in childcare

Baking – Becoming a cake maker or decorator is something that appeals to lots of women. If you’ve got the skills to create something really beautiful then you can make some money.  You’ll have to be very well organised to fit it around small children. You’ll also need to keep your kitchen very clean to meet the health and safety requirements.

Best for: Mums who have a good kitchen space and like to keep it clean
Worst for: Mums who don’t have time to keep on top of the cleaning

Stories from Mums running food based businesses

Crafts – If you enjoy crafts then you could make them to sell. You could either do this online, through your own website or a third party site, or via local craft markets.

Best for: Mums who enjoy working with their hands to create something
Worst for: Mums who won’t  put as much time in to selling as creating

Stories from Mums running craft based businesses

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.

Stories from Mums who run Bespoke item based businesses.

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

Stories from Mums who run Design based businesses

Book keeping – Accountancy and book keeping can work well around a children 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

Stories from Mums who run book keeping/accountancy based businesses

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

Stories from Mums who run baby & toddler classes

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

Stories from Mums who run after school classes

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

Stories from Mums who run fitness classes

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

Stories from Mums who work in childcare

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

Stories of Mums who run hair/beauty businesses

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

Stories of Mums who sell by subscription

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

Stories from Mums who run events based businesses

Pet Sitting – If you love animals then pet sitting could be a great home based business for you. You look after other people’s pets in your own home, usually for a few weeks while they are on holiday but sometimes for longer.

Best for: Mums who like animals
Worst for: Mums who like things clean and tidy

Running an animal themed website 

Making and Selling Jams and Chutney – While you’ll need to have your kitchen approved by the local council and follow strict hygiene rule, if you have a talent for cooking you can turn it into a business.

Best for: Mums who love being in the kitchen
Worst for: Mums who don’t like cleaning

Stories from Mums who work with food


Indexer
– If you have good attention to detail and enjoy being organised then you could consider training as an indexed.

Best for: Organised mums
Worst for: Mums who don’t like detail

Stories from Organised Mums

Seamstress – If you’re handy with a needle and thread you can earn an income from it by taking in mending in alteration work. If you’re creative you could also make your own items to sell.

Best for: Mums who enjoy sewing
Worst for: Mums who don’t like fiddly stuff

Stories from Mums who make a living through textiles

Social Media Manager – If you love social media there are companies who will pay you to run their accounts for them, you’ll need a good knowledge of the platforms and be able to follow their style guidelines.

Best for: Mums who enjoy being online
Worst for: Mums who find social media addictive

Stories from mums who run online businesses

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Dribbledry

DribbleDry – Launching a Problem Solving Parenting Product

Tell us your name and a bit about your family? When did you become a Mum and to whom?
My name is Hannah Rayner, I’m 37 years old and I have two sons; Jack ages 15 and Harry aged 8. I have been married to Scott Rayner (42 years old) since September 2014 and have a step son Dylan 15 too. We live in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire but I am originally from Wiltshire. My husband owns Cheshire Building Contractors which is going from strength to strength so we both have our own company’s to run now!

What’s your business called?
DribbleDry

Can you describe it in one sentence?
An all-in-one innovative solution to keeping your baby dribble free all day!

When did you become a Mumpreneur and what inspired you?
It was in 2009 when my youngest son Harry was two years old and dribbling lots. Bibs didn’t work and I was fed up with changing them several times a day (and the washing!), his chest area was always wet and therefore caused dribble rash. I remember just looking at him and thinking of how I could improve this and it was then I came up with the solution DribbleDry!

How did you fund your start up?
At first it was through small savings and a credit card, and I paid for a worldwide patent search, design boards and a patent to be drafted but then I became a single mum of two with a demanding job and no disposible income to take my idea further. Luckily three years ago I met my husband Scott and this all changed. Scott has funded dribbledry for the last two years and we are now successfully selling our products to parents!

How do you manage working around your children?
I work mainly from home during the week and do what I can when my boys are at school, then depending on what they are doing in the evening I will either play with them or pop back on the laptop! I tend to do lots of social media which I can do when they are in bed on my phone in front of the TV! My husband will also help with them if I have something urgent to put together but generally we just all muddle through ok at the moment!

Can you describe a typical day, what tasks do you have to get done, how do you manage your time?
I have a big ‘To Do’ list and put everything in my diary to keep organised and work through everything in the week. I am always emailing someone! My manufacturer, retailers, customers, baby awards, accountant, website team, my media company are just a few and I’m always creating new posts for all of the social media. Instagram seems to be working well for our website sales! I also sell on Amazon so this takes some work too. Its about building the brand and sales at the moment in all ways I can.

What challenges have you faced in your business and how have you overcome them?
The biggest challenge for me at first was funding everything! It costs so much to get an idea off the ground with prototypes, Intellectual Property, Manufacturing, Website, Business plan, Photos and then all the advertising that’s needed! Everyday I learn something new and I love that! Everyday there are always more opportunities that come along which is exciting! Its all one big learning curve especially when sourcing a manufacturer and IP.

What’s the best thing about being Mumpreneur?
I can be there for my children after school, if they are ill and during the holidays as I can be flexible with my work and where I am. I also have a lot passion for what I do which keeps me fully motivated and happy which then has a positive impact on my family! I have the best of both worlds.

What are your plans for the future?
Luckily we are off to a good start and in two months we have had hundreds of positive testimonials from parents, celebrity endorsements and nationwide press releases! The future is looking quite bright at the moment and we plan to expand our DribbleDry baby clothing range and start manufacturing for new range of products to help those with disabilities like Cerebral Palsy. We have been approached by two special needs schools and a care home who strongly believe there is huge potential for our products in that sector. The next step is probably investment.

What advice would you give for someone just starting out in business?
Research a lot, what can you offer that’s better than your competition, find people you know who can offer advise about marketing, accounts, Intellectual property and manufacturing (if your making a product). I have had to learn to be very patience to! It took a year from having my samples made by my manufacturer to receiving my bulk stock to sell so you need to make allowances for this.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
Hearing such fantastic feedback from parents about our products is the best feeling ever! My family and I are now very excited about the future!
www.dribbledry.com
www.facebook.com/dribbledry
@dribbledry (twitter & instagram

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