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50 Business Ideas for Women

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New small businesses pop up every day across the country, and a significant portion of those new businesses are started by women. Women are starting businesses doing everything from accounting and bookkeeping to dog walking and freelance graphic design.

The options can seem endless and deciding which small business idea you find most interesting or want to start for yourself can be tricky. The good news is, if you’re considering starting a business, you aren’t going it alone. From 2017 to 2018, there were about 1,800 new businesses started by women each day, according to American Express’s 2018 report “The State of Women-Owned Business.”

Some people start their businesses for a little extra money on the side of their regular income while others start them with the intention of the business being their full-time job and sole source of income. Before starting your business there are a number of things to consider like what you’re looking for and what your existing skills are. Here's what to consider before deciding to start your own business and how to choose one that’s right for you.

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How to choose a business idea

Step one of how to start your business is finding the perfect business idea for you. Choosing something you’re passionate about, and considering the skills and resources you already have can be helpful.

There are a number of businesses you can consider like personal service providers, animal care, educational services, marketing and freelance work, technology services, travel services, and more.

Below we’ve listed 50 of the best small-business ideas for women.

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Marketing and sales business ideas for women.

A number of businesses fall under this category and you might already have experience with some of them. If you do have experience, that can work to your advantage and make you a more in-demand freelancer in that field.

A lot of the work listed below can be done on a freelance basis giving you more flexibility. You can diversify your clients if you want to, or work as much or as little as you would like, on your own time. Businesses specializing in some of these services are great for working from home or on your own schedule.

Graphic design

Editing and proofreading

Marketing copywriting

Content creation

Public relations consulting

Brand ambassador

Photography

SEO consulting and strategy

Social media management

Event planning

Personal service business ideas for women

There are a few different types of work that all fall under the personal services category. There’s a demand for almost every task out there that people have to get done, whether that be helping prepare their kids for the SAT or getting the dog groomed. That means there are also plenty of business opportunities and needs for you to fill.

Some of the businesses below are seasonal, making them ideal if you’re looking for a bit of extra cash but not a full-time job.

Educational services

College essay editing

SAT/ACT prep

College application counseling

Music teaching

Animal care

Dog walking

Pet sitting

Pet grooming

Veterinary services

Dog daycare provider

Dog training services

Animal photography

Home services and repair

Home cleaning

Interior design

Lawn and garden grooming and planning

Personal shopper

Personal assistant

Career counselor

Personal fitness training

Home organizing

Massage therapy

Business support ideas for women

Businesses can always use a little extra help and it can be your business’s job to help them. Bookkeeping and accounting are just two of the heavy lifting tasks that some companies need help with and you could provide that extra support.

But there are plenty of other tasks your business could help with too. Supportive business services are something more businesses need and find useful.

Bookkeeping

Payroll services

Business coaching

Remote customer service

Business event planning

Creative services and goods business ideas for women

If you’re crafty or artistic there’s a good chance you’ve considered how you could turn that skill into some extra cash, or maybe even a whole business. There are a number of ways you could go with this, starting an online store or opening your own brick-and-mortar shop are just two of many.

Online shops like Etsy allow you to easily turn your crafting hobby into a stream of extra income. Other hobbies like baking can also be turned into your own business, maybe it starts with making a cake for an anniversary or birthday party but that business could quickly grow. Some other creative services and goods that can turn into a business are listed below.

Online e-commerce platforms are created specifically for helping you list your business and products online. Some of the most popular ones include Shopify and Squarespace. If you’re looking for something more simple you could also try selling on Facebook using Facebook’s business pages as your online shop.

Handmade item retailer

Boutique owner

Antique or thrift shop owner

Travel advisor/trip agency

Bakery owner

Technology business ideas for women

Just like with marketing and creative freelancing and consulting, the world of tech has a lot of opportunities for people looking to make it freelancing and doing contract work. There are opportunities to work on short- and long-term projects in the tech field and — like with marketing — work on your own schedule.

Freelance website designing

Freelance coding

App developing

IT consulting

Web securities specialist

What to consider before starting your own business

Even if you feel like you’re ready to go ahead and start your own business, there are still so many factors to consider when choosing the type of small business you want to start. You might not be sure where to start, so here are some of the top considerations you should make before deciding on one of the businesses we list later on.

Will this be your main source of income, or in addition to the income you already make?

What will the business startup costs be? How much do you have to invest in the business as of now, will you need further financing and if so, where will it come from?

How much time do you want to spend on your business? This relates to the first one, is this your main job or a side gig?

Do you want to use skills you already have and monetize them? Or do you want to learn new skills entirely for this new business?

Once you’ve thought about what you’re looking for in your new business, you can start considering the type of work you’d like your business to do. Keep in mind that your small business can be just you as a sole proprietor, it doesn’t necessarily require that you have more than one person working there.

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What advice do other female entrepreneurs have?

No matter what you choose as your business you can use the wisdom of others who have gone down the same path as you before with their own businesses. Advice from other female entrepreneurs can help you avoid making the mistakes others have made before you.

Other entrepreneurs have emphasized the importance of making time for resting and relaxing, learning from your mistakes, finding your confidence and more. Articles about female entrepreneurs and women in business can be helpful, but there are other business resources for women specifically available as well.

Development programs, forums, networking sites and more are also all available for women online and in communities. Groups of businesswomen online on LinkedIn and Facebook can be helpful for women looking to get into business. Search for some groups related to women in business or the type of business you’d like to enter to find a forum that could be helpful to you.

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60 Best Small Business Ideas for Women

  • 30 June 2021
  • Fo Alexander
  • Make Money , Small Business

There is no shortage of business ideas for women! This is why women are the fastest-growing entrepreneur group in the US . We always find innovative ways to turn our expertise and knowledge into profitable businesses.

Not only that, but we’ve found a way to do so while raising families and, in some cases, leading our homes. So knowing that women-owned businesses are growing at a rapid rate shouldn’t come as a surprise. The world thrives from small businesses that are led by women.

Now although this list is specifically small business ideas for women, that doesn’t mean that you’re bound to just these ideas. You can leverage any business idea out there and make it your own! These are just some of the best business ideas for women that I’ve come across.

If you’re new to starting a business, you may be a bit apprehensive and have tons of questions. That’s ok! So before we jump into the list of business ideas, let’s talk about getting started in business…

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What to know before starting a business

When you first start a business, there will be a ton of things that you won’t know. That’s completely normal, as you’ll learn a lot along the way.

But here are some things that you should consider before opening your doors–virtual or physical–to customers.

1. Who your ideal customer is

Before getting started, you’ll want to have an idea of the people that you plan on serving. Contrary to what you may think, your business shouldn’t serve everyone. Instead, you should have an idea of the people that are the best fit for your product or service. 

If you’re not sure how to decide who your customer is, I recommend checking out this free guide that I created.

2. What product or services you’ll offer

If you’re in business, you’ll either be selling a product or a service. The question is, what will either of those be? You don’t have to know all of the products that you’ll eventually sell or even the products, but have an idea of a few things that you can try and start out with.

3. How you plan on funding your business

Although you can absolutely start a business with zero investment (especially online), sometimes you’ll need some upfront cash. In this case, you need to plan out how you’ll fund your business. You may use your 9-to-5 income or you can even apply for business funding specifically for women . Either way, I encourage you to create a budget to determine how much you’ll need to get your business off the ground.

4. What systems and tools you’ll need to get started

Lastly, you need to have a list of the tools needed to start your business. If you’re starting an online business, this is pretty simple. In fact, I have a list of all the business tools that I use for my online business that you can grab. If you plan on opening a brick-and-mortar business, this may require a little bit more research. Ultimately, start with what you need and scale as you go.

60 Business ideas for women in any industry

So now that you know a little bit about what to expect when starting a business, let’s look into some business ideas that you can leverage. Remember that you don’t have to actually work in these businesses to own them.

For some of the ideas mentioned, you can hire other people to do the tasks for you! That’s the beauty of owning a business. You have options!

Online business ideas for women

Starting an online business is a low-cost option for getting started. In fact, in most cases, it doesn’t take any investment to get started. All you need is internet service and a laptop or other device to get started. Here are some lucrative business ideas for women at home.

1. Virtual assistant

A virtual assistant is someone who provides administrative support to a person or business remotely. 

Many moms have built five and six-figure businesses from their homes as virtual assistants. In fact, I share how Abbey Ashley of Virtual Savvy turned her VA business into a multi-seven figure business. (Yes, she makes MILLIONS)!

She is pretty much the go-to person for all things virtual assistance and starting a VA business. She helps other moms learn how to start their own VA business so that they can also have time and financial freedom.

I suggest grabbing her FREE virtual assistant checklist & starter kit to learn how you can start your own VA business. She also has a Become Booked Out Webinar that you can enroll in if you’re really ready to get started.

2. Proofreading 

Do you enjoy reading? Then proofreading can be the work from home job for you.

A proofreader is someone who ensures that written content is free of grammatical, punctuation, spelling, and other types of errors. They can also correct for proper formatting and word use.

You don’t have to have formal training to do this, but there are courses that you can take to become proficient at it. 

Proofreading and freelance associations offer an opportunity to network, find jobs, and have access to continuous education. You can also leverage Fiverr to market your services to potential clients.

My post on how to become a proofreader has a lot more details on how you can get started with this online business. You can also check out both the Art of Proofreading and Proofread Anywhere to learn more about starting a proofreading business.

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3. Freelance writing

Writing is another great way that you can make money from home.

I recently picked up freelance writing as a side hustle and have been able to make over $600/mo for writing services. This is just doing a few articles here and there for other blogs.

There are tons of people who have made careers out of freelance writing.

In fact, a fellow personal finance blogger, Holly Johnson, now makes over $200,000 a year writing. She talks about it in her free workshop on becoming a freelance writer .

Not only can you leverage writing to write for publications, but you can also write books to sell online. I talk about this and all the ways I leverage writing to make money online in my post on how to make money from writing .

4. Sell digital products online

Selling digital products is one of the top ways that I generate passive income in my business.

I’ve literally made thousands of dollars in extra income in a month from selling things like printables, courses, and digital downloads.

Selling digital products is a flexible option as a side hustle or full-time business. Because this is a virtual business, it gives you the option to be able to work from home or literally anywhere! The best part is you can start with $0.

I go into a LOT more detail in my post on post on how to start selling digital products .

5. Start an Etsy Shop

Another great way to make money from home online is with an Etsy shop.

I absolutely love selling on Etsy . It’s another way that I’m able to make passive income and not even think about it.

I recommend Etsy specifically to moms who don’t necessarily want to create their own website just to make money online. Etsy has a built-in audience and systems that allow you to sell products with ease.

There are so many things that you can sell on Etsy! My favorite things to sell on Etsy are digital products and I’ve also dropshipped t-shirts .

I have a video that you can check out where I talk about how to make money on Etsy. I also have several Etsy-related blog posts that will give you a ton more information.

6. Start a blog

You’ve probably seen a lot of articles citing blogging as a legitimate way to make money from home as a stay-at-home mom. I agree with this statement WITH a caveat…

Blogging can be a full-time income source. In fact, I make thousands of dollars from this blog each month.

However, it does take work and it does take time. Like most of the things that I mentioned, it’ll take time to build into something that will bring in a full-time income.

Nonetheless, you can make money from home through blogging.

Check out these blog posts to learn more about becoming a blogger:

  • How to Start a Blog for Beginners
  • How to make money blogging (for beginners)
  • 25 Blog Tools & Resources to Run a Profitable Blog

Pretty soon I’ll be doing a series on how I grew my blog to become a significant passive income source for me.

7. Start a YouTube Channel

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YouTube is almost akin to starting a blog. Instead of writing blog posts, you’re making videos instead.

I’ve had a YouTube channel since 2011 and have been able to make consistent income from it in recent years.

Of course, there are influencers whose YouTube channel is their full-time job and they make significant money from it.

Not too long ago, I interviewed Shana from the Wealth Vibe who made $17,000 from YouTube PART TIME! I share here story in my post on how to make money on Youtube .

If you’re not camera-shy and have some valuable content to share, it’s worth giving a try. You can check out my YouTube channel to see the kind of videos that I post for inspiration.

I also have an article on how to start a YouTube channel from scratch .

8. Social media consulting

If you actively use and enjoy social media, then you might as well get paid for it. College students should consider offering social media marketing and consulting services to help local business owners grow their social media presence. 

This is a highly sought-after business that has the potential to really grow into something very lucrative. The key is helping clients become successful and leverage it to gain more clients.

9. Grant writing

Schools and community organizations are always in need of funding. Oftentimes, they rely on grants to fund their programs and initiatives.

Grant writers are highly sought after and can make a substantial amount of money. In fact, I have several family members who do this as a side business.

Put your skills to the test and write grants that can not only help the community but afford you the opportunity to make some big bucks.

10. Affiliate marketing

In simple terms, affiliate marketing is getting paid if someone purchases a product or service that you recommend. 

As an affiliate, you get unique affiliate links or codes that you can share with others that lead to a product or service. If they purchase the product or service using your unique link or code, you’ll earn a commission from the sale at no additional cost to them.

If you’re trying to find affiliate programs to apply for, simply do a quick Google search to find out. Type in ‘[ the brand’s name]+ affiliate program’ and if they have a program, their site to apply should show in the results.

Business Ideas for women in visual arts

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Are you an artist looking for business ideas? Well, you might be elated to know that you don’t have to be a starving artist. There are several business ideas that you can leverage to start making money from your craft. Here are some ideas to consider:

11. Commissioned artwork business

As an artist, you can start a business selling commissioned artwork. You can leverage social media to showcase your work and to advertise. Platforms like Etsy also make it easy for buyers to find your and request artwork. If you need an example of this being a viable business option, check out this artist who’s done it .

12. Paint & sip studio (and mobile services)

A popular pastime among women is painting…while drinking wine! This is a great way for you to share your art, teach others, and also run a lucrative business. You can market to bridal parties or to those who just want to have a fun night out. This can be a low-cost business if you travel to a location instead of renting a building space. In the case of mobile paint & sip services, you won’t have to worry about overhead costs and you can just show up with supplies.

13. Teaching art online

If you have an interest in teaching others about art or how to tap into their inner artist, then online teaching is a great idea. You can use a platform like Thinkific or Teachable to create and sell courses on things like watercolor painting (which is popular). This is a great way to make passive income while still being able to enjoy creating art.

Business ideas for women in food services

Do you have a knack for cooking and serving people? Are you known for your famous recipes and finger-licking good meals? If so, starting a business in the food services industry will be up your alley.

14. Food truck business

The food trucks industry is a $1.2 billion industry that continues to grow. That’s because people are finding them to be adequate, if not better, alternatives to traditional restaurants.

You can always find food trucks at outdoor events and festivals. However, they’ve also become popular for birthday parties and even weddings. This means that there are plenty of opportunities for you to enter this market. Food trucks that sell nontraditional or very specific foods tend to draw large crowds—which can mean lots of money.

Having a food truck does require a financial investment. This means that you’ll want to save up to purchase or rent one. Nonetheless, it is a great option that provides flexibility. You can learn more about starting a food truck business in this article .

1 5. Private chef

Whether it’s a busy celebrity or a couple that wants to have a romantic night in, there’s a market for personal and private chefs. So much so that there’s a whole website dedicated to how you can start your own business. Check out this article to read more on how to start a personal or private chef business.

16. Catering

There’s never a shortage of opportunities to cater for events. You can market your services for weddings, parties, and even corporate events. Aside from knowing how to cook, you will also need to have a sanitary place to cook food in large volumes. Be sure that you have the proper licenses and equipment to stay in business.

Home care & maintenance business ideas

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17. House cleaning business

For most people, cleaning isn’t exactly a task that they want to do. That’s why cleaning services continue to exist and thrive. For this business, you’ll need to have cleaning supplies available for various surfaces and cleaning jobs. You’ll also need to be physically able to do a lot of moving and bending to get the job done. 

18. Lawn care services 

Lawn maintenance is at its peak during the summer months. Though, for many homeowners, it can be an unwelcomed added responsibility after the lull of the winter season. This means that mowing and landscaping services will be in high demand as the temperature starts to warm up. 

You can leverage this demand and offer services like lawn mowing, mulching, and general landscaping. All you need is a lawnmower and a few other tools to get going. Consider offering weekly subscription plans so that you get paid on a regular basis and secure recurring revenue.

19. Pool cleaning services

Running a pool maintenance business is a very low-cost business. You only need a few cleaning supplies to get the job done. Though it sounds simple enough, it’s a good idea to take a class in spa and pool operations so that you know exactly what you’re doing. Once you’re certified, you’ll need to also have the proper insurance for your protection. You’re bound to make extra money with this type of business during the summer months

20. Exterior home cleaning

Pressure washing, window washing, and gutter & roof cleaning are all tasks that most homeowners don’t want to do but know need to get done. That’s why offering exterior home cleaning services is a great business opportunity.

This is another low-cost business option where you’ll only need a few supplies to complete your tasks. Because this kind of business may require that you climb ladders and roofs, you’ll want to also have the proper safety equipment and insurance. 

21. Interior home painting

Painting simply requires that you have the right tools—brushes, ladders, tarp, tape, etc.—and some knowledge of how to paint evenly. You can learn some techniques to become more efficient on YouTube and from just practicing.

One way that you can cut down the time it takes to paint so that you can service more clients is by recruiting family members to help. You could also hire college or high school students who want to make some extra money during their summer vacation.

22. Moving & junk removal services

There will always be a need for movings and decluttering services. This can include helping to pack boxes, move furniture & household items, transporting items locally via a moving truck, and discarding trash from moves.

College students make great employees when it comes to moving businesses. You can usually pay around $13/hr, which would only be a small portion of your profits. Additionally, all that you need are your hands and good physical fitness.

Travel & real estate business ideas

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Do you love to travel? Or perhaps you have an interest in real estate. Here are a few business ideas that you can try within these industries.

23. Airbnb Host

If you live in a high tourist city, you can rent out your empty bedroom or whole house to travelers through Airbnb. Of course, you should be comfortable with strangers in your home or rental properties before taking on this business venture. Make sure you fully understand the ins and out of Airbnb before you jump in. Otherwise, it can be a lucrative business that can even go year-round.

24. Travel agent

Travel agents handle the logistics of booking transportation, accommodations, and excursions for a traveler or group of travelers. If you’re a travel connoisseur and can provide recommendations for various destinations, this is a great opportunity to make some extra money. This can also turn into a year-round business if you continue to get clients throughout the year.

25. Real estate agent

Being a real estate agent is another lucrative business that you can do from home. Although you will have to spend time doing home showings, it’s a business that you don’t have to do full time to make a lot of money. To become a licensed real estate agent, you must complete training and pass the real estate license exam.

26. Transportation services

You don’t have to drive for Uber or Lyft to offer transportation services. You can have your own business with a target market that’s catered to larger parties or even senior citizens. 

You can assist the elderly by transporting them to grocery stores and other locations. Or, you may also want to consider families who may want transportation for the summer vacation. There are so many opportunities with this business and who you can serve. 

27. Car rental business

Renting out your car while you’re not using it is a unique business idea. This business model has become very popular over the years, with several sites facilitating the services. Leverage sites like Turo to learn more about car renting and how to get started in your city.

Health and wellness businesses

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Interested in health and wellness? You don’t have to be a doctor to contribute to making someone healthier. Here are some business ideas within health and wellness that you can consider.

28. Health coaching

If you have a serious interest in health and wellness, then become a coach may be a great option for you. As a coach, you can use various mediums to help others take control of their health and make more educated decisions.

29. Personal training

Translate your love for fitness into a personal training business. You can train at a local gym or service private clients one-on-one. With the right amount of clientele, this can stand to be a very profitable business. You can also expand your reach by offering services online.

30. Massage therapy

Massage therapy is always an in-demand business. Message therapists can set their own hours and you don’t need a physical location. You can travel to your clients to provide in-home services. Requirements to become a massage therapist vary by state, but most require hours of training to become licensed.

Animal care business ideas

Do you love animals? If so, consider these business ideas that will allow you to make money loving on animals!

31. House & pet sitting

House sitters get paid to look after someone’s home and pets and take care of maintenance duties while they’re away. This makes it a perfect summer business idea . Sites like Trusted House Sitters allow you to create a profile to find house-sitting jobs in your area. According to HouseSitters.com , most house sitters charge $25-$45 per day, with some charging more based on responsibility.

32. Pet walking

If you’re a dog owner or dog lover, this is a great problem for you to create a business solution for. In your free time, you can walk dogs in your neighborhood—giving them much-needed exercise and play while helping out their owner.

Sites like Rover.com make it easy for you to connect with other “pawrents” who need someone to check on, walk, feed, or board their dog while they’re away. You can earn as much as $40 per day or more based on your area. 

The great thing about this business is that you can service more than one client at a time. This means more money in less time!

33. Mobile pet grooming

Mobile pet grooming is another great option for a business idea. Pets have to be groomed, but you can make it more convenient by coming to them. Of course, you’ll need to come equipped with all the tools you need for grooming, including access to water.

It doesn’t take much to become a pet groomer. All you need is a high school diploma, and of course, some training—although a license is not required.  

Event & entertainment business ideas

Do you enjoy entertaining? Or perhaps you like attending events. If so, here are a few options that you can use to start your business.

34. Party entertainment

The spectrum of what you can for party entertainment is endless. You can be a DJ, MC, or even do something as creative as face painting or balloon art. As long as you can keep guests entertained and enjoying their time, your efforts will be well rewarded.

35. Private bartending

Offering private bartending services is a great, premium service business. Not only can you charge a flat fee, but you can also make money from tips as well. Your event location will likely have a bar and alcohol so you won’t have to worry about carrying a lot of equipment. If not, you can always invest in a mobile bar and some glasses that you carry with you.

36. Bounce house rental

Bounce houses are very popular for kids’ outdoor parties. Depending on the size and features, bounce houses can range between $300-$2,000 in price. This is a one-time investment that you’ll have to make for this business that can easily be made up from rentals.

You can advertise your services at local party stores and daycare centers. The more houses that you have, the more parties you can rent out to at one time. This means more revenue for your business.

37. Event decor

Whether indoor or outdoors, people will pay to have their events decorated. Professional decor adds a special touch to any occasion. 

Weddings typically top the list for events that employ event decorators; however, baby showers and birthday parties aren’t far behind. Anytime there’s a celebration is an opportunity to secure business.

This business will require that you invest in some decor equipment that can be reused. This means that you’ll need to have adequate space to also store it. 

38. Tent & party rentals

Large tents are extremely popular for big outdoor events. Tents can range from a couple of hundred dollars to a couple thousand. This is a small investment for what you will be able to make up for rental fees.

Your fees can include set up and takedown, which also ensures that you keep track of inventory. Of course, you’ll need a place to store your equipment. While you’re also renting your tent you can add on to your business with other party equipment needs like speakers, decor, chairs, and more!

Business ideas for women in tech & digital media

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Are you good with tech? If so, you can definitely use those skills to start a business. Here are a few business ideas to consider.

39. Professional photography

Although photography does require some skill, it is something that can be learned. Once you get the hang of it, don’t hesitate to start your own photography business.

You’ll want to limit the number of photos that you provide in your packages so that your time spent editing is minimal. Or, you can outsource your editing to a freelancer on sites like Upwork or Fiverr. You’ll want to vet them and their work before making it a large part of your business plan.

40. Freelance graphic designer

There are thousands of people online offering freelance design services on Fivver and Upwork . Join the bunch! You can provide design services for things like logos, apparel, social media graphics, and more. You can even sell your custom designs on sites like Creative Market and even Etsy.

41. Web designer

Everyone has their own website these days. Why not be the person who builds them? Not everyone is tech-savvy. That’s why I actually started a business for building a website or creating a website template.

My friend John Saunders has a course that teaches you how to start an agency building websites. He’s made over 6-figures per year doing this for some really big companies. I recommend checking out his course, Web Design Studio Accelerator . It’s currently on sale for 50% off!

42. Editing services

With the boom of podcasting and videos online, there is a huge need for editors. So if you have experience in audio and video production or can learn quickly, there is tons of money to be made. You can literally learn to do this by watching videos online and practicing. (That’s how I learned!)

Once you’ve built up your skills and are confident in your ability to edit, promote your services on websites like Fiverr . I also recommend joining Facebook groups where you can interact with potential clients.

Child care & services business ideas

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Do you have a gift for working with kids? Here are some ideas for businesses centered around childcare and other services.

43. Child care

Working parents are always in need of childcare, especially during the summer months. Offering childcare services are great for those who love children. 

You can start by offering babysitting services or go directly into launching a full-fledged in-home daycare. Remember that you’ll need the proper licenses and insurance to get started with a daycare versus simply babysitting.

44. Music lessons

If you play a musical instrument or sing, you can easily start a business offering music lessons. You can teach your students how to play instruments or even give singing lessons from your home. For an additional fee, you can also travel to their home to provide lessons as well. It all depends on what you’re comfortable with.

Kids aren’t the only ones who want to learn how to play musical instruments or hone their singing skills. Don’t limit yourself to kids. Market your business to aspiring adult musicians as well.

45. Tutoring

Offer tutoring services to help kids get back on track or ahead of the next school year. You can tutor online or offer in-home services. Tutors can make upward of $45 per hour for high school students and even $85 or more if they’re a teacher. If you niche down your tutoring can charge even more.

Don’t forget that college students will be studying for the MCAT, LSAT, and every other entrance exam imaginable! Offer services just for them and up your fee.

46. Swimming lessons

Swimming lessons will be in high demand during the summer months. If you can swim then you can charge to teach others how to as well. You can host lessons at a local swimming pool.

This is especially popular for young children, but there are also adults who want to take swimming lessons. Perhaps carving out a niche specifically for adults will be even more lucrative.

Business and personal assistance services

Are you great at assisting others? There are many business opportunities that are centered around helping others.

47. Personal assistant & errand service

You can make a great business out of running errands and being a personal assistant. There are tons of busy people who just need good help to do things like pick up clothes from the dry cleaners, grocery shop, and even take kids to various activities.

For this business, you’ll need a reliable mode of transportation and a cell phone to contact clients. If you’re organized, this can make for an easy job where you can take on multiple clients.

48. Laundry services

Starting a laundry service can be a business that makes a lot of money. For business professionals and entrepreneurs, doing laundry is probably the last thing on a lot of people’s minds. And, if they have disposable income, they’re likely to pay someone else to do it for them on a weekly basis. 

For this business, you simply need access to a washer & dryer and iron—all things that you probably have in your home. You can pick up clothes, wash, iron, and fold them and return them to your clients.

49. Parking lot cleaning

Ever wondered how some store parking lots stay so clean? It’s because businesses hire people to clean them! Parking lot cleaning is another low-cost business idea that you can even continue throughout the year. 

To be successful, advertise your services to local businesses and outdoor event organizers. You can work to secure ongoing contracts with these businesses so that you can ensure consistent income.

Best business ideas for women in fashion

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Are you a fashionista? Do you have an eye for fashion or maybe you can make clothes? Here’s how you can turn those gifts into a business.

50. Fashion stylist

If you have a knack for fashion and styling, you may want to start a business as a fashion stylist. Celebrities aren’t the only people who need to be styled. There are everyday men and women who would appreciate your fashion sense to style them for their next event or photoshoot.

51. Fashion boutique

Use your fashion sense to buy and sell fashion online. Sites like Shopify make it easy for you to set up shop and start selling merchandise online. You’ll need to grab your wholesale/resale license and incorporate your business for this side hustle, so be sure to do your research.

52. Made-to-order garments

If you’re ok with sewing for other people, this is a great way to make money. This business can range from making things like dresses and suits to creating costumes. You can decide what your niche will be and go with it!

53. Alterations

Alterations is a huge business. The need to modify clothing will never go away. Though it’s a bit of a different skill than sewing a garment from scratch, it’s one that can be learned and monetized. If you’re up for the challenge, offer alteration services from your home.

54. Reselling clothes

The concept of reselling clothes is quite simple. You buy clothing items for a low price and then sell them for higher. Ideally, you’ll want to get them for as low as you can sell them for as much as possible. The key to being successful with flipping items, including clothing, is to find things that will sell. This takes a keen eye and being up to date on the latest trends.

Business ideas for women in beauty

The beauty industry is ever-growing. This means that there is ample opportunity to create a business in this industry. Here are a few ideas that you can consider!

55. Hair & body care products business

Creating and selling homemade hair & body care products is always a great small business option. More consumers want natural and organic beauty products in lieu of chemical ladened commercial products.

Start with simple products like body butter, bath bombs, and body oils. You can add more products as you grow your business and learn more. You can always find recipes online for free! Need inspiration? Check out Lisa Price’s story on how she started Carol’s Daughter (valued at $27MM) doing exactly this!

56. Freelance makeup artist

YouTube has made many people freelance makeup artists. Hone your skills and grab your brushes and become one too. From everyday events, photoshoots, and weddings, there’s always a need for freelance makeup artists. Leverage social media to market and show off your skills.

57. Cosmetic line

If you’re going to do makeup, why not serve your clients with your own products? Owning a makeup line is easier than you think. Like many things today, there are companies who will produce and brand products for you and dropship them to customers.

DIY, crafts, handmade business ideas

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Are you great at making crafts and doing things with your hands? Here’s a diverse list of business ideas that may suit your skills and interests.

58. Sell crafts

If you have a knack for making wreaths, paper crafts, jewelry, furniture, or the like, you can definitely start a crafts business. In addition to selling your products in person, you can leverage Etsy to sell them online.

Craft shows, flea markets, and festivals will be in full swing during the summer months. They’re also a great place to sell your homemade crafts to other locals or tourists in the area.

59. Furniture flipping

Furniture flipping can be both a fun and lucrative business venture. You can find items as flea markets and yard sales. This business will require a bit of work and time to find items and then to actually repair them. Vintage items can sell for hundreds of dollars more than you paid for them, which makes the flip worth it. Need help starting this business? Check out this ultimate guide to flipping items .

60. T-shirt design and printing

There’s always a t-shirt for special occasions like a family vacation, family reunions, or birthdays. Since a lot of these events will be happening during the summer, t-shirt design & printing will be in demand.

You can purchase your own design software and printing press or you can leverage dropshipping for these items. Dropshipping allows you to have a third-party print-on-demand company handle the fulfillment of your orders so that you don’t have to carry inventory. 

61. Florist

Flowers are beautiful accents to any home and occasion. There’s always an occasion that will require flowers. Why not sell them? If you’re great at arranging flowers, this is a great business idea.

To become a florist, you’ll need to know flowers and plants well. This doesn’t mean that you need to go to school or get formal training. You’ll also need to have the space to store flowers at the proper temperatures and to house your final arrangements.

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Don’t stop with these business ideas. There are many more businesses that you can start throughout the year, whether it’s a side hustle for a full-time business.

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Whether you’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur or you’re leaving behind the office to avoid sexism in the workplace , you can join the millions of other women who own small businesses.

But if you don’t have that perfect business idea just yet, don't worry―lots of entrepreneurs need a little help getting started.

That's why we've come up with this list of dozens of business ideas for women across many industries. Plus, we'll tell you how to get started with the next steps so you can take your favorite idea from dream to reality.

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Whether you’re into dogs, cats, horses, or something more exotic, you can find a way to spend time with animals as part of your startup business :

  • Dog daycare
  • Dog walking
  • Pet sitting
  • Pet training
  • Veterinary services (traditional or mobile)

B2B (Business to Business)

Interested in using your business to help other businesses? Consider one of these options that lets you be your own boss while supporting other bosses:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Business coaching
  • Content writing
  • Payroll services
  • Remote personal assistant
  • Virtual accounting

For women who enjoy making things, one of these creative business ideas might be just the ticket for turning your hobby into a profession :

  • Art commissions
  • Bespoke clothing
  • Clothing alterations/tailoring
  • Hair styling
  • Freelance writing
  • Illustration
  • Makeup artistry
  • Photography

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If you’ve got a knack for teaching, you might like one of these educational businesses. And keep in mind―you can gear your business toward many different ages. Lots of adults want music lessons, for instance, so you don’t have to love children for these business ideas:

  • Test prep (ACT, SAT, LSAT, and more)
  • Music lessons

Love feeding people? Whether you want to work out of your home or bring people to your eatery, we’ve got some food-related business ideas for you:

  • Franchised restaurant
  • Personal chef

These ideas let you take on gigs as your schedule allows. You can use apps like Uber, Postmates, and TaskRabbit if you like. They’ve made it easy to become an independent contractor . Or you can try to set up your own solo service:

  • Delivery service
  • Driving and ride-sharing
  • Personal shopper
  • Vacation rentals

The healthcare industry offers tons of space for new businesses. Some of these ideas will take degrees or certifications, so they’re not right for everyone. But if you’ve got the education (or want to put in the time), you just might love having a healthcare business:

  • Hospice care
  • In-home nursing
  • Lactation consulting
  • Medical practice
  • Newborn care

Home and real estate

These home and real estate business ideas let you work from home―though it might be someone else’s home:

  • Home organization
  • Interior design
  • Investment property flipping
  • Landscape care
  • Landscape design
  • Real estate agent

You don’t need much capital or setup to start a marketing business. You can start freelancing with almost no investment (except of your time):

  • Copywriting
  • Editing/proofreading
  • Event planning
  • Graphic design
  • Product photography
  • SEO consulting
  • Social media management
  • Technical writing

If you’re a natural saleswoman, you can put your skills to work with one of these retail businesses:

  • Art gallery
  • Consignment shop
  • Used media sales

Love working with computers and the internet? Then take a look at these tech business ideas. You can start as a freelancer or contractor worker―or you can start your own consulting firm:

  • App development
  • Coding/programming
  • Information security
  • IT services

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How to know if a business idea is a good fit

There are so many good business ideas for women out there―so how do you know what could be the right business for you?

Well, first of all, you’ll want to pick something that interests you. If you love animals, for example, look for a role like being a vet or groomer that lets you be around them. Or if you like helping people, maybe a business in service or healthcare would be best.

Don’t just look for the most profitable business idea you can―that’s a recipe for burnout.

Of course, you’ll want to make sure there’s a market for your business idea. Do a little research before you start your new business. You need to find the right balance―something that has demand but not oversaturation.

For instance, if your city already has five bakeries in a one-mile radius, then maybe you shouldn’t start another one. But a lack of competition doesn’t always mean you have a surefire business idea . (Maybe your city doesn’t have a shop specializing in Beanie Babies resales because there isn’t a demand.)

So try to find the sweet spot. Make your business something that people want and need―but not something they’re already overwhelmed with options for.

And finally, yes, you should consider the money. You’ll need to think about this both as you choose your business idea and as you set your prices.

For example, pretty much all crafters have been told to start an Etsy shop at some point. But as you consider that option, make sure you really factor in the price of materials and your time. You don’t want to sell a quilt that took dozens of hours for $20 over the cost of materials. But also, you need to price things so that they sell.

In other words, you’re again looking for a good balance. What idea can you charge a decent amount for―and find someone to pay for it?

How to start your new business

Once you’ve found the perfect business idea, you’ll need to do a few things to get it off the ground. (We’ve got a checklist explaining how to start a small business that can help.)

For starters, make sure you do all the necessary paperwork to keep things legal. In most cases, you’ll need to organize your business and register it with your state. And if you plan to have employees, you likely need to get an from the IRS.

You may also want to come up with some kind of business plan ―even if it’s pretty basic. That way, you’ll have a clear direction for your small business.

Funding your new business

When you're first getting your new idea off the ground, you'll probably need to self-finance your business .

That doesn't mean you have to have tons of cash on hand to start a business. Some business ideas (like freelance writing) require very little money to get off the ground.

And if your idea does need a little more working capital, you can try these methods of getting funding:

  • Family and friends
  • Home equity loan
  • Retirements accounts
  • Grants for women

Just don't run out to the bank and ask for a business loan for your brand-new business. That would, unfortunately, be a waste of your time. Traditional lenders prefer to work with more established businesses with a track record of success.

Once your business has been around for at least six months, you can start applying for small-business financing―including for the best small-business loans for women . 

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The takeaway

Women who want to become small-business owners can choose from dozens of ideas.

Whether you want to work with clients or never interact with people, work from home or sell from a bustling location, we have business ideas that can work. Just choose the idea that hits on the right combination of your interests, a good market, and potential money.

Good luck on your new venture!

Get your business started on the right (financial) foot by learning about small-business bookkeeping basics .

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Business ideas for women FAQ

Almost any business idea can become a profitable business idea for women, assuming you have the time, energy, and capital to invest.

But technology-based businesses are always a good bet. You can set high prices for your coding, IT, and other tech services―and so far, demand only seems to be growing.

Some of the easiest business ideas are freelance services, like freelance writing, editing, web design, and so on.

Freelance businesses tend to have almost no overhead to get started, and they often don’t require specific education or licensing.

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More women are starting their own small businesses every day. Working women continue to face unique challenges, especially as small business owners, so what are the absolute best business ideas for women? Starting with the most profitable businesses , best online business ideas , low investment business ideas , and best side hustles , we’ve curated a list of industries where women entrepreneurs are set up for success.

These business ideas either offer flexibility for when you work, flexibility for where you work or are in women-dominated industries. Some of the business ideas are a combination of all 3. We’ll walk you through some of the top business ideas for women, pointing you to helpful resources to help turn your idea into reality.

Let’s look at the 26 best business ideas for women. With creative ideas, home business ideas, and service business ideas, there’s something for every entrepreneur.

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Creative Business Ideas for Women

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You may already have experience working in one of these creative fields, which will give you a leg up when starting your own business. Many of these small business ideas can be done as freelance work, which involves the shortest launch time. You can also incorporate your business and work as a consultant or form your own agency, which gives you the opportunity to scale and hire employees in the future.

1. Start an Etsy Shop

Etsy provides a space for creative female entrepreneurs to market their products to an existing customer base. In 2022, there were 95.08 million active buyers on the platform worldwide. If you make something that fits into a particular niche, if you’re known for a scalable craft, or if people are always complimenting you on your embroidery or bridal denim jackets, then you might want to start an Etsy shop .

Opening an Etsy shop isn’t a guaranteed win. While there are millions of active buyers on the platform, there are also millions of active sellers (7.5 million in 2021). To stand out and grow a successful business on the platform, you’ll want to:

  • Learn how to optimize your product titles and descriptions for Etsy’s search. You can use a keyword tool like this one to research the best terms to use so your listings show up in search results.
  • Grow your own social media presence so you can drive customers to your shop directly from your social media profiles.

2. Interior Design

Interior design and decorating can help you monetize your impeccable taste. While many interior designers go through professional training and licensing, they are generally not required to work as an interior designer in the US (In some states, you need to be licensed to work in commercial spaces ).

Interior design can be a great career for women entrepreneurs looking for flexibility. If you run your own design business, you can decide how many clients and projects to take on. Because it’s client-based work, you can adjust your workload to make it heavier or lighter depending on your personal, family, and financial circumstances.

If you want to start your own interior design business, you can begin by creating an Instagram account to showcase your work. Because Instagram is a visual medium, it’s well-suited towards boosting your interior design profile within the industry and to prospective clients. Many of the most popular interior designers, like Studio McGhee, have found their success in large part due to the platform.

But how do you grow your Instagram followers? Learn the top growth tips to help your Instagram reach 10k+ followers.

3. Graphic Design

With the emergence of digital marketing as a driving force for most brands, there is a greater need for graphic design than ever before. A graphic designer might begin their career at an agency or in-house at a brand and then later go out on their own. Graphic design is one of the professions best suited towards a consulting model. When you start your own graphic design business, you can control what you charge and who you work with.

4. Build an AI Tool or App

Would any 2024 article on the future of business be truly complete without mentioning AI?

While the snake oil salesmen climb over each other to try and sell get-rich-quick AI courses that will ultimately come crumbling down, you can get to work on using AI to produce a proper business, such as building a new AI tool or app, either by yourself or with the help of freelancers.

As AI in the mainstream is still very much in its infancy, now is the perfect time to try and get in on the action and build your own AI business .

5. Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is another business that has boomed thanks to the advent of digital marketing. To turn your words into a profitable business, you’ll want to ensure that you develop a solid understanding of search engine optimization (SEO) or social media engagement. You don’t have to know both, but you will want to specialize in at least one of these areas.

Here are some resources to help you get started:

  • The Art and Science of Writing Good Instagram Captions
  • A Proven 10-Step Framework for Writing Copy That Converts
  • 5 Important Steps to Becoming a Highly Paid Freelance Writer

6. Social Media Marketing

Social media is driving sales for everything from clothing to education. According to research from The Content Factory , the average organization spends $250-$300/day on social media. That’s an average of $6,000 to $10,500 every month. Given the demand, there’s a wealth of opportunity for savvy entrepreneurs to carve out a niche for themselves in social media marketing.

One of the reasons social media marketing has become such a hot business for female entrepreneurs is that it can be done fully remotely. Because posts are usually scheduled (there’s always the odd exception), you can also organize your work around your lifestyle, making this an ideal creative career for working moms.

An easy way to differentiate yourself is by becoming an expert at TikTok, the fastest-growing social media platform. Here’s some TikTok 101 info:

  • How to Make Money on TikTok: 14 Surefire Ways
  • How to Use TikTok for Your Business (Ultimate Guide)
  • TikTok Ads Guide: How to Capitalize on the Fastest-Growing Social Platform

7. Brand Ambassador/Content Creator/Influencer

Instead of helping a business with its social media, why not get paid for doing it yourself? You can swap out labels like an influencer , brand ambassador , or content creator , but they essentially are all the same thing .

Do you have a social media presence that has enough influence that brands want to work with you?

This doesn’t mean you need 100K followers to earn income as a content creator. Many microinfluencers can earn four to five figures speaking to a niche audience. Here are some of the fields in which brands are looking to partner with ambassadors or influencers to promote their products:

  • Fitness and exercise
  • Diet and health
  • Cooking and baking
  • DIY and home improvement
  • Parenting and childcare
  • Beauty, skincare, and makeup

So, if you have a passion or hobby that people are interested in hearing about on social media, think about how you can leverage your following to get compensated.

Pro Tip: Women can carve out a niche in stereotypical male hobbies and interests like sports, hunting, fishing, grilling, beer/whiskey. 

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8. Become an AI Consultant

As we have already touched on, the world of AI within the workplace is still in its infancy, making now the perfect time to strike.

A few decades ago, some individuals made the bold decision to become experts in a little-known industry called “computing.”

Needless to say, many of those gentlemen went on to become extremely valuable, in high demand, and successful.

But it’s 2024. So this time, why can’t women lead the tech revolution? Check out this great video on how to get started.

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9. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is a type of advertising where a company pays an affiliate based on the performance of their referrals. Think of it like working a commission sales position, only instead of earning commission from in-person sales, you use affiliate links and referral codes.

You’ve likely come across affiliate marketing on your favorite influencer’s posts. While it might seem like the kind of profession that only the already-internet-famous can do, it’s actually a lot more accessible than that—and it can be profitable.

Want to start your own affiliate marketing business? Check out these resources to hit the ground running:

  • The Ultimate Guide to Affiliate Marketing for Beginners
  • Is Affiliate Marketing Worth It? Yes.

10. Dropshipping

Dropshipping is a business model that allows an entrepreneur to sell products without having to keep those products in stock. The store (often an ecommerce store) sells the product, and then the order is fulfilled by a third-party supplier and sent to the customer.

So what makes dropshipping a fantastic business for a female entrepreneur? Think of it like the anti-Lula Roe. Instead of being required to purchase stock before you can sell anything, dropshipping allows you to start selling without having any products on hand. It’s a really accessible business to start because it requires low investment, outsources many of the logistics of order fulfillment, and it’s incredibly flexible.

In recent years, Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) has become a popular hybrid dropshipping option. Amazon FBA isn’t a true dropshipping business because you’re only outsourcing the shipping to Amazon. They’re not responsible for inventory. Small business owners have found this to be a profitable dropshipping model because it allows you to leverage Amazon’s substantial logistical and shipping resources to sell products, along with making products available on one of the internet’s most popular marketplaces.

11. Ecommerce

Ecommerce refers to any business selling goods or services online. Ecommerce consistently ranks as one of the most profitable businesses you can start. It doesn’t require significant investment to get your ecommerce business up and running, and you can start making money relatively quickly.

Considering whether you should start your own online store? You won’t want to miss these resources.

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12. Life Coach

A life coach counsels their clients on personal and professional challenges. Many life coaches work with the intention of helping their clients find greater fulfillment and success. If you’re someone who really enjoys helping others find their path, this might be the business for you. There aren’t any state or federal agencies that regulate life coaching, so pretty much anyone can be a life coach. That’s both good and bad. It makes it a really easy career to enter or test as a side hustle, but it can also be harder to make yourself seem credible to prospective clients without a certification. While it’s not required, some formal training will likely help you make more money as a life coach.

You can also make your life coaching business more marketable by getting more specific. There’s tons of competition out there for general “life coaches,” but by getting more specific about the strengths of what you can offer and who would be served by it, you can carve out a highly profitable niche for yourself. Think “life coaching for working moms,” “body-positive life coach,” etc.

13. Career Coach

Career coaches help professionals navigate job searches, career development, career transitions, and meet their professional goals. If you have developed certain expertise through your years in the workplace and you enjoy working with people, career coaching might be the business for you . Thanks to Zoom, there are no longer strict geographical limitations to career coaching, meaning you can offer your services as an online business without ever leaving your home.

14. Online Tutoring

Online tutoring platforms are booming, and many are in search of new tutors. If you are an ace in a certain subject or if you have teaching credentials but don’t want to commit to working in person, you might want to consider becoming an online tutor.

15. Online Course

An online course, where students can sign up to learn on-demand, requires time and effort upfront with the potential to turn the course into passive income. The beauty of an online course is that you only have to build it once, and then students can continue to enroll over time. This business model can be equalling appealing to a woman entrepreneur who is working a high-stress job full-time and would like to make some side money or for a woman business owner who is trying to minimize the hours she spends bringing in revenue so she can maximize the time she can spend with her family.

To start building your online course, you first need to determine your niche. Then you need to do market research, decide which platform you want to use, build your course, and market it. Want to learn more about building an online course? We’ll help you learn absolutely everything you need to know to start making money from your personal expertise.

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16. Real Estate

Real estate is another business that has the potential to turn into a passive revenue stream. There are different ways to make a business out of real estate. If you want to create a real estate business from home, you’ll probably need some capital to start. Let’s start with the downside, real estate requires substantial investment to start and it does carry some risk.

But the upside is huge in that you can potentially generate a passive income that’s relatively low risk compared to other investments (assuming you’re investing in a rental property and not trying to flip houses with no experience).

It is important to note that the real estate market is ever-changing, meaning there are certainly better times than others to get involved. Before investing heavily, we recommend speaking to market experts to get their advice on what the best way to enter the market is and what the right time to strike might be.

17. Web Design

Web design includes many disciplines related to website maintenance, including interface design, web development, user experience (UX) design, search engine optimization (SEO), and interface design.

You can approach your web design business in a couple of ways. You can go direct-to-consumer and help end-users design websites, or you can sell your services to other businesses to help design their customer-facing websites.

18. Digital Marketing

Digital marketing encompasses many disciplines, including social media marketing, freelance writing, graphic design, and email marketing. Digital marketing is a booming industry, and you can do the work from anywhere. All you need is a computer and an internet connection, making this an ideal home business idea. If you’re just starting out, you might want to begin working in digital marketing as a freelancer. It’s often easier for a company to hire a freelancer than an agency (there’s typically less vetting required), so you can drum up business and start making money faster that way.

Once your digital marketing business is well established, you can always incorporate it, giving you the opportunity to hire employees and grow your business(if that’s something you want to do).

19. Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant provides administrative, technical, or creative support to clients in a remote capacity. Most virtual assistants are self-employed and work from their homes. If you’re looking for a way to make some extra cash, this can be a great option.

20. Virtual HR

One of the only benefits that came from the recent years many of us spent working from the kitchen table (or hunched over by the washing in the spare room), is that it showed employers that virtual work can, well, work!

And in some instances, it’s not just a solid substitute but a better alternative to in-person work. As a result, there are many more companies open to the idea of hiring virtually, with industries like HR becoming on of the popular options for this.

It allows the employer to keep costs low and meet business requirements, and it allows you to keep impartiality when dealing with issues, all without getting out of your slippers.

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The service industry, the business sector that provides customers with services or intangible goods, is ripe with business ideas for women. Many sectors of the service industry have been dominated by working women historically, so why not leverage your power within the industry to start your own small business?

21. Wedding Planning

Weddings are one of the most important days in life for many, and they’re usually one of the most complicated. A wedding has many moving parts—from navigating the catering to the ceremony and reception decor, coordinating with vendors, and managing the families—there’s a lot that couples need help with when planning a wedding. If you’re a really organized person who loves details, solving problems, and helping couples realize their dream weddings, then wedding planning might be the business idea for you. You can begin by leveraging your network to find clients. Ask for referrals and testimonials when you work with a client, so you can continue to build your business by word of mouth.

No matter what’s happening in the world, people keep getting married. Even during the height of the pandemic, optimistic couples found innovative ways to tie the knot and celebrate their nuptials. For this reason, wedding planning can be an incredibly stable business to start. It also has a seasonal cadence, allowing you portions of the year to relax and regroup while gearing up for the next wedding season.

Not sure you want to work all the time? That’s easy to control. Once you get your business started, you’ll have a sense of how much time and energy each wedding takes. Then you can determine how many clients you want to take on based on how many hours you want to dedicate to the business.

Keep Learning: This Founder Turned Her Wedding Hacks into All-in-One Bridal Business

22. Personal Chef

Personal chefs work in private settings to cook for an individual or family. There are a few different ways to approach a personal chef business. Many chefs work in a family’s home to prep the meals for the day. Then they leave the family with heating/cooking instructions so they can finish the meal themselves and enjoy a private family meal. Other chefs cook the meal from start to finish with the client present. There’s also a hybrid model, where a chef might cook for several clients at once at an offsite kitchen and then deliver packaged meals with reheating instructions to their clients. As you can see, there’s a lot of flexibility for what kind of business model and what kind of workday you have as a personal chef, making it one of the best business ideas for women.

23. Event Planning

An event planner manages the process of planning a ceremony, party, meeting, convention, tradeshow, or other events. While the industry took a hit during the pandemic, it’s returning to continued growth now. You might make a great event planner if you enjoy being around and working with people, you’re organized, you’re a quick thinker who knows how to problem solve, and you love to process of bringing a vision to life.

Tech-savvy? Know how to run a Zoom event like a pro? The pandemic has ushered in a new market for hybrid and virtual events. These events come with their own set of challenges, which means that you can tailor your services to meet these new needs directly.

24. Makeup Artist

If you’re a pro with makeup, you might want to consider starting your own makeup artist business. Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok have provided novel ways for makeup artists to showcase their work and create a portfolio. If you’re just starting out, you can start by posting your work on social media. Eventually, you can build a bustling business helping people look their best for work events, holidays, special events, and anything else that calls for a professional beauty touch.

25. Animal Care

70% of US households own a pet, and at some point, they’re going to need help taking care of them. So, whether you walk dogs, have space for overnight care, or are willing to pick through fur as a groomer, pet care is a booming industry. Because a majority of pet owners need care during business hours or while on vacation, this is an easy way for stay-at-home moms to earn extra cash while their kids are at school.

26. Cleaning Business

People are messy. This universal truth has long made a cleaning business a solid, reliable business idea. But the pandemic (and our subsequent need to disinfect literally everything) made a cleaning business one of the most opportunistic small business ideas out there. Everyone needs cleaning, especially spaces where people gather. You can offer commercial cleaning for office spaces, restaurants, or other businesses. Or you could carve out a niche for yourself by offering “pre-event” cleaning to help clients feel safe as they gather with friends and family. Now, more than ever, there’s an enormous opportunity in the cleaning sector to carve out a niche for yourself. All you need is an idea and the wherewithal to test it.

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Now that you’ve combed through all our small business ideas and nailed down the business that works for you, how do you go from idea to revenue-generating machine? We’ll review the major points in every entrepreneurship journey. For a step-by-step walkthrough, check out our guides 15 Steps to Starting a Successful Small Business and Learn How to Start a Small Business at Home .

Test Your Idea as a Side Hustle

Before you put all your resources into your new small business idea, you want to test it to ensure that there’s demand in the market and that your idea has the potential to make money. One of the best ways to do that is to start your small business as a side hustle. This requires a smaller investment, will help you make some extra cash, and will give you valuable information about your business—allowing you to see what’s working and what needs adjustment.

Our Start Your Side Hustle course can help you create a roadmap for how to start an online side hustle in 30 days or less, including how to “fail-proof” your ideas, how to come up with your unique value proposition, and how to identify your money-making skills.

Create a Business Plan

A business plan states what your business is, what you’ll do, and how you’ll do it. It will act as a road map to help you determine how your business will achieve its goals. A business plan will help you avoid losing money. And it will also help you secure outside capital if you need it.

Here are some helpful resources to help you craft the perfect business plan:

  • How to Write a Business Plan (Tips, Templates, Examples)
  • The Guide to Defining Your Target Market
  • The Complete Guide to Market Research: What It Is, Why You Need It, and How to Do It

Determine How Much Capital You Need

Money. You can’t start a business without it. To set yourself up for success, you need to first determine how much money you need to start your business. Your business plan should give you a sense of how much capital you’ll need upfront.

Find Funding if You Need It

Once you have that estimate, you can figure out how to get it. Many small business owners raise money first by bootstrapping (the process of self-financing) and asking friends and family to invest. A business loan is another popular, common way to finance a new small business. Venture capital, on the other hand, is a less likely form of financing. Venture capitalists tend to prefer investing in established, scalable businesses.

For a full rundown of everything you need to know about getting funding for your new small business, read our guides:

  • Startup Funding: How Does It Work and What Are Your Options?
  • How to Find Investors

What if you have an idea that wasn’t on this list? Are there other business ideas for women? Yes, the world is full of opportunities for entrepreneurs. When starting a small business, the 2 most important things to consider are whether you’re passionate about the work and whether there’s an opportunity to make money. Without the first, you won’t have the energy or the fortitude to put in the work required to start a small business. Without the second, it’s going to be a money pit.

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These questions will help you determine whether your idea has what it takes to become a successful small business.

  • What products or services will you offer? (It’s best to begin by getting as specific as possible. It’s better to do one thing well than 10 things poorly, especially for a new business)
  • Who needs your product or service?
  • Do you already have the skills, experience, certifications, or licenses required to start this business? If not, what would be the financial and time investment needed to acquire them?
  • How much money would be required to cover startup costs? Will you need further financing down the road? If so, how much?
  • Are there people in your network who can help you—either financially or by lending their expertise?
  • What are your goals for this business? Do you want it to become your main source of income? Are you hoping it will become the primary income source for your family? Do you want it to be a side hustle? (Get specific. It will help you reach your goals.)

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Is it worth starting an LLC for a part-time business?

First and foremost, we always suggest talking to a tax professional about business finances. The rule of thumb is that if your side hustle earns you $600 or more net profit, you'll need to file that as income as a self-employed freelancer. However, if you hope to turn your side hustle into a full-time business, then as soon as it financially makes sense, get started on filing for an LLC and securing your trademarks. If your business involves contracts or anything that could be liable to legal action, separating your business and personal finances is a must.

When is the best time for women to start a business?

Yesterday. If not, today. There's never a perfect time to start a business, so don't get caught up in the timing. Instead, focus on your long-term purpose of starting a business. Timing can be even more difficult for female founders trying to navigate starting and raising a family. Make sure you have a robust support system and understand the sacrifices it will take to make your business sustainable.

What challenges do women face in starting a business?

Unfortunately, we still live in a world where women earn less on average than men. That trend trickles into business ownership as well. As a female founder, you will face unique challenges because of your gender, especially in a traditionally male-dominated field like IT, finance, or consulting. The key is not to go it alone and seek out female mentors, female-friendly incubators and investors, and a community of customers that will have your back.

There’s nothing that matches the inspiration or information you can get from stories of real women entrepreneurs who’ve turned their ideas into highly successful businesses. Here are some of our favorite resources and stories from women business owners who have been there .

  • What It’s Like to Go On Maternity Leave When You’re a Founder
  • Why Kendra Scott Risked Everything on the Customer Experience
  • 3 Ways to Build Confidence from Quest Nutrition Cofounder Lisa Bilyeu
  • How This Ukrainian Female Founder is Building an Agency in a Time of Crisis
  • How Samantha Brett Built Naked Sundays into Australia’s #1 SPF Skincare Brand
  • How Jessica Sepel Built JSHealth’s Women-Run Brand
  • How Holly Thaggard and Supergoop! Took Sun Protection Global
  • Eat My Baby Co. Founder Turned Nostalgic Snacks into an Apparel Brand That Celebrates Heritage
  • Brow Code’s Melanie Marris Doesn’t Need Motivation to Innovate – Founder Q&A

This article was updated with support from Graeme Whiles .

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About Mary Kate Miller

Mary Kate Miller writes about small business, real estate, and finance. In addition to writing for Foundr, her work has been published by The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Bustle, and more. She lives in Chicago.

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27 Best Business Ideas For Women 2024

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Did you know that 42% of small businesses are started by women? But wait—it gets better! Female business owners break the glass ceiling by earning more revenue and growing businesses faster than men. That’s why we created a list of the best business ideas for women.

These business ideas cover the full span of the U.S. economy, showing that the ladies can do anything men can do—and often, they do it better! 

Click on some of the business ideas below to find out more about how to start your own business.

3 Best Business Ideas For Women

3 manufacturing business for ladies ideas, 3 online business ideas for women, 3 best small business ideas from home for ladies, 3 self-employed ideas for females, 12 unique business ideas for ladies, #1. real estate.

If you want to pick up on strategies and methods to get into the real estate business, watch how Thach Real Estate Group became a successful business through the learnings and experience of the founder, Thach Nguyen.

Two of the largest real estate companies in the U.S., Howard Hanna and Perry Homes, are owned by women . If you have financial resources, investing in real estate is among the best business ideas for women who want to grow their company to 7 figures and beyond.

Multi-unit residential properties are among the most reliable recession-proof investments available. That’s where Emma Powell built her company, which today manages more than 300 units and earns revenue of over $25,000 a month. Listen to her podcast interview below to hear how she got started in investing: 

#2. Restaurants

Opening a restaurant is a risk, but it’s one that can pay off big time. The female-owned Panda Express chain of restaurants had revenue over $4.5 billion in 2022 , for example. The industry as a whole was projected to reach $997 billion in 2023, so there’s plenty of revenue to go around in this industry. 

For those who don’t have the financial resources to open a brick-and-mortar business, food trucks are great business ideas for women. Jen Gustin started Boss Mama’s Kitchen to break free from her corporate job and become her own boss. Two years later, she was named Food Truck of the Year by South Sound Magazine. Hear how she grew her business in this video:

#3. Human resources

When Janice Bryant Howroyd started her human resource management company, she only had $1,500 to her name. Now, it’s a $2.5 billion firm with more than 17,000 clients around the world. 

What makes HR one of the top business ideas for women is that it’s always in demand. Every company needs employees to function, and managing that team is a challenge for many entrepreneurs. If you excel at communication, leadership, and organization, you can make a good living helping them solve that challenge. 

Jessica Miller-Merrell started her HR firm, Workology, in 2005, and has gained national recognition, being honored by Forbes as one of the top recruitment resources. Hear her story and advice in this podcast:

#1. Build custom sheds

If you’re looking for fun business ideas and love building things, a small business making custom sheds can be a great way to earn money. While you will need some construction knowledge and permits, the licensing requirements are less stringent than with full home construction, giving it a lower barrier to entry. 

Susan Frair drew on her expertise in sales when she started Shed Gal, and in a few short years, grew to the number one shed dealer in the state of Washington. You can learn more about her business model and how she finds business opportunities in this video:

#2. Make your own beauty products

The manufacturing segment of the beauty industry is massive, valued at $49.7 billion in 2022 . There are still plenty of underserved niches in this market, too, and if you have ideas for products to fill them, it can be a very lucrative business idea. 

Charmaine Nicole started her small business, Black Hair and Skincare, based on her own struggles to find beauty products designed for people with alopecia. She’s grown it not just into a successful business, but also a community for people of color around the world. Learn how she started and grew her business in this podcast interview:

#3. Start your own shoe or clothing line

The fast pace of change in the fashion industry is both a challenge and an opportunity for female entrepreneurs. On the negative side, it can make sustaining your own business a challenge. That said, the fashion world is always looking for what’s next, and that makes a clothing or shoe line good business ideas for women able to anticipate these trends. 

Afshan Abbas was inspired to start a new business, Fuchsia Shoes, after buying a unique pair of artisan shoes in Pakistan. That proved to be a lucrative business venture, especially once she partnered with online influencers. Hear her full story in this video:

#1. Start an online store

Selling products through an online store is one of the easiest and most affordable online business ideas to start. It can be a very profitable business idea, too, especially if you have digital marketing skills or a large social media presence. 

As far as what you can sell, the options are just about endless. Jewelry, custom apparel, and home decor are popular niches, especially for those who enjoy productive crafts like knitting and woodworking. 

Jazmin Richards, for example, started making clean-burning candles for her own use. She turned that into an online store, Blk Sunflower, and made $300,000 in her first 18 months. Hear how she grew her business in this video:

If you’d rather not deal with inventory, a print-on-demand store can make an excellent small business for women. Kerry Egeler from The Shirt School shared his advice on starting a custom apparel business online in this podcast: 

#2. Make and sell online courses

One advantage to online courses is that they’re a mostly-passive source of income once you make and release them. Because of this, an online course is one of the best online business ideas for women who are parents, students, or otherwise can’t always devote full-time hours to a business. 

The biggest challenge with an online course is that you have to put in a lot of time to make it before you can start earning revenue. People who already create educational content have an advantage here since they can repurpose blog posts, lesson plans, or other materials into their courses. 

For more advice on how to make money online selling courses, check out this podcast interview with Jacques Hopkins. He turned his hobby playing piano into a very lucrative business idea:

#3. Social media management

Social media marketing has become the go-to way for both online and brick-and-mortar business owners to connect with customers. Many small business owners don’t have the time or skills to effectively use social media for their small businesses, though, or the budget to hire an in-house social media manager. 

This makes opening your own digital marketing agency a good business idea for a business woman who has social media management skills and experience. With a 2022 market size of over $193 billion and an annual growth rate of 19.4%, there is ample profit to go around in this industry. 

The biggest challenge of opening your own business as a social media manager is often finding clients and building their trust. Jason of Socialistics shared how he started and grew his marketing agency in the video below:

#1. Photography business

Have you ever wanted to turn a hobby into a lucrative business? Check out how Korbin and Whitney started out, turning their passion into a business they find enjoyment in doing.

There are a variety of ways to start your own photography business from home. You could convert a spare room into an in-home portrait studio, provide mobile photography services for events, or work with other small business owners to help them make marketing materials and promote your brand. 

If you’d rather set your own schedule, a photography business can also make money online by selling prints or print-on-demand products in an online store, taking on freelance clients, or selling stock images to websites like Shutterstock or Getty Images. 

The variety of potential revenue streams is one reason it’s among the best business ideas for women at home who have an artistic eye and photography skills. As you gain skills and grow your brand, you can even make money sharing those skills through a coaching business or online course. That’s how Katelyn James Photography makes a mostly-passive 7-figure revenue with her photography business. Hear how she did it in this podcast interview:

#2. In-home childcare business

Offering childcare services is an excellent way for moms and caregivers to become small business owners. As more companies call their workers back to the office, babysitting and childcare services are increasingly in demand, especially in urban areas with a high number of potential customers.  

The advantage of an in-home daycare, as opposed to a nanny or babysitting service, is that you can watch multiple kids at once, expanding your potential revenue. 

#3. Wedding planning business 

If you excel at organizing parties, meetings, and other gatherings, event planning is a great business idea to pursue. Wedding planning specifically is one of the most profitable business ideas in the event planning niche, with a market value of around $900 million in the U.S. in 2022.

While people of any gender can work in event planning, the majority of wedding planners are female entrepreneurs. Not only is this an easy small business idea to start from home, it also has low startup costs and ongoing expenses, with typical profit margins of up to 90%.

These low costs are one reason it’s among the top home business ideas for women who are skilled planners and communicators. Since most weddings take place on the weekend, it’s also among the best side business ideas for ladies looking to make extra money to supplement a full-time job.

#1. Freelance writing business

Freelance writers can make money in a lot of ways. The type of content you write can range from a blog post or news article to an entire book. The flexibility freelance writers enjoy makes it a great side business idea, as well as a potential full-time job. If you’re skilled with grammar and detail-oriented, you can expand your services with a freelance editing business.

It also doesn’t cost anything to become a freelance writer, and you can start your business online from home. This puts it among the most popular small business ideas for girl students, as well as an affordable online business for women with a strong command of the English language.

#2. Graphic design business

For visual artists, doing freelance graphic design work is a great way to make extra money, and is among the best home business ideas for ladies with artistic skills. People and businesses who need logos, website graphics, and other images often hire freelancers on platforms like Fiverr and Upwork . Create an account, and you can start making money right away.

You don’t need to take on clients to start your own business in graphic design, either. Another option is to sell products featuring your designs. That’s what Vlad Kuksenko did when he started his 7-figure Etsy shop TagPup (see his story in the video below):

#3. Data entry

You don’t need much to offer data entry services—just some basic computer equipment, an eye for detail, and decent typing skills. The low barrier for entry and flexibility of the work are ideal for women seeking home-based small businesses they can easily fit into their life.

#1. Interior design

Interior design is among the best small business ideas for women who don’t just have an artistic eye but are also able to bring other people’s creative vision to life. Making connections with other local small businesses is often the best way to grow a business in this niche, so it’s a great small business idea for creative women who excel at networking.

#2. Virtual bookkeeping business

Keeping track of financial transactions is critical for a small business, and virtual bookkeepers help business owners to do so. While you will need strong math and accounting skills, you don’t need to be licensed as a CPA to start. 

That lower barrier to entry, along with the flexibility and low startup costs it offers, is why a virtual bookkeeping business is among the top business ideas for women who are mathematically-minded.

#3. Resell shoes or vintage clothes

If you have a knack for finding the best items at thrift stores and garage sales, reselling is one of the small business ideas you should consider. 

All you need to get started is knowledge of fashion trends and brands and a minimal budget to get your first items. You can reinvest the profit from those sales to grow the business further. Sneak City started this way, with just $50 and working out of a garage. Now they’re a thriving brick-and-mortar business with multiple storefronts. They shared their story in this YouTube interview:

#4. Professional organizer

Being a professional organizer is among the best business ideas for women who have both right-brain and left-brain intelligence. 

Organizers help others to declutter and order their homes, offices, or other spaces, improving their clients’ mental health along the way and giving them tools to maintain the system you help them establish. To do this, you need a lot of empathy and strong communication skills, along with analytical, problem-solving, and spatial reasoning skills.

Since you’ll work in the client’s space, this is among the top business ideas for women at home, and it also offers a low start-up cost and high flexibility. The biggest challenge is often establishing your reputation to build a client base. If you’re a strong marketer or networker, that can be an advantage for growing your new business faster.

#5. Start a farm

People don’t think of farming as a lucrative profession, but the truth is the median household income of farmers was $92,239 in 2021 , higher than the American average. Roughly 89% of farms in the U.S. are small businesses, so there’s a lot of room in this space for future women entrepreneurs who want to work the land for a living. 

Marion Acres started from scratch in 2012 as a way for two families to grow their own food. It’s now a thriving chicken farm with its own market and processing plant. You can see how they got started in this video:

#6. Dropshipping business

Dropshipping is an ideal way for women entrepreneurs to make money online and set their own schedules. In a dropshipping business model, the things you sell are stored and shipped from elsewhere, giving it very low start-up and ongoing costs.

The flexible time commitment of dropshipping makes it a great way to start your own online business while still working a full-time job, and it can bring in enough revenue to serve as your sole income stream if you have the time to commit to it. 

Heather Johnson started her print-on-demand dropshipping business to make extra money when her hours were cut during the pandemic. In a few short years, she’s grown it to $15,000 a month in revenue. Hear her story in this interview:

#7. Open a bakery business

Like other businesses in the food industry, opening a bakery can be a big investment, but with an equally big potential payoff. It’s among the best small business ideas for women who love to bake and love interacting with people.

There are many niches you can choose as a bakery, too. Some focus on treats like cupcakes and pastries, while others make bread and other baked goods to sell to restaurants and stores.The right niche for you will depend on both your interests and your local market.

#8. Personal trainer

The fitness industry is large and growing, projected to reach a total market value of $5.77 billion by 2027. This makes a fitness training business a great small business idea for female entrepreneurs who are passionate about exercise and health. It’s also a potentially profitable business, with the average independent personal trainer earning just over $54,000 a year in take-home income. 

A personal trainer business has very low upfront costs, in part because you don’t need your own brick-and-mortar storefront. You can open a home-based studio if you have the space, or offer mobile services, working with clients in their homes. You can even offer remote services with video conferencing, or in an online course that can serve as an extra passive income stream.  

In this interview with Bedros Keuilian, see how this self-made entrepreneur went from eating from bins to making $200 million a year with his franchise Fit Body Boot Camp and business coaching company Empire Systems.

#9. Home, office, or Airbnb cleaning business

Cleaning is one of those things every home or business needs but most people don’t like to do. This makes it a perfect business idea for women business owners who enjoy bringing order to chaos and don’t mind getting their hands dirty now and then. 

Chris Mondragon started Queen Bee Cleaning with about $5,000 and now teaches other business owners how to do the same in his 7-Figure Cleaning Business Blueprint . You can see what a typical day in his life is like in this video if you’re curious about the day-to-day of starting your own business:

The variety of cleaning jobs available is another reason this is a great business idea. Chris gets a lot of his revenue from cleaning Airbnbs, in addition to his residential cleaning clients. If you’re not sure which niche to choose, do some market research on the services already offered in your area to see where there’s a gap you can fill. 

#10. Life coach

A life coach helps their clients overcome challenges in their career, relationships, or other areas of their life. That makes it a very rewarding career and the best business for women who love helping others thrive. If you’re the person your friends always turn to for advice, becoming a life coach is a natural way to start your own business sharing that problem-solving talent with others. 

#11. Laundry business

Laundry is a universal chore, but not everyone has the equipment at home (or the time) to do it themselves. A laundry business provides a useful service that’s consistently in-demand, making it a great choice as a woman-owned small business. 

Opening a laundromat does require more up-front investment than other options on the list. On the plus side, though, it has potential to be a mostly-passive income stream with the right team. Hear how Rosie Wash Express Laundry started and grew her laundromat business in this interview:

#12. Baby equipment rental business

Baby equipment is expensive—which makes it even more frustrating considering how quickly they grow out of it. A rental business lets you help parents get high-quality equipment for less. It’s among the best business ideas for parents because you can make money from items your kids have outgrown rather than letting them sit unused. 

FAQs About What is a Good Business to Start for a Woman

What is the best business for a woman to start.

Great new business ideas for women can come from any industry. According to the most recent data , the most popular entrepreneur ideas for women are in retail (26%), health, beauty and fitness (17%), and food and restaurants (14%). That said, though, the number of female-owned businesses is growing across sectors, and any of the business ideas for a woman on this list can be a great choice for the right entrepreneur.

What percent of women own businesses?

49% of startups are women-owned , but only 7.1% of the female population are business owners. (We calculated this figure using the number of female-owned businesses divided by the number of women in the population.)

Meanwhile, 10.8% of men are small business owners.

How to start a business as a woman

UpFlip’s ultimate guide on how to start a business is an excellent resource that answers this question step-by-step.

Where can I find women in business scholarships?

There are several organizations that offer scholarships for women in business. This College Guidepost list of 16 national business women scholarships is a great place to explore your options.

What is the best way to get a business loan for women?

The Small Business Administration has women-owned business loan resources that you can explore. You can also get advice on finding and obtaining start-up business loans for women in this podcast interview with National Business Capital founder Joseph Camberato, whose company has helped entrepreneurs secure more than $2 billion in funding:

Which Business Idea Will You Choose?

Ladies, y’all are doing phenomenal at raising the bar, creating a more compassionate business culture, and driving success in business. 

It doesn’t matter what business you choose to enter—you are more likely to find success than men.

Keep doing what y’all do well, and, hopefully, we’ll get the better world many of us are trying to build. I hope whatever industry you choose, you make it better for everyone. 

Which of the small business ideas for women will you choose for your next business venture?

Brandon Boushy

Brandon Boushy lives to improve people’s lives by helping them become successful entrepreneurs. His journey started nearly 30 years ago. He consistently excelled at everything he did, but preferred to make the rules rather than follow him. His exploration of self and knowledge has helped him to get an engineering degree, MBA, and countless certifications. When freelancing and rideshare came onto the scene, he recognized the opportunity to play by his own rules. Since 2017, he has helped businesses across all industries achieve more with his research, writing, and marketing strategies. Since 2021, he has been the Lead Writer for UpFlip where he has published over 170 articles on small business success.

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No specific business idea aptly suits women.

The perfect business idea for a woman is the one she wants to start.

But here’s the thing. 

Women often need an idea that suits their demanding situations, like getting paid less than their male counterparts, being a single mom, or running a family household. 

That’s why many women need a second income, want to quit their jobs to work from home and be with their children or have a burning desire to become an entrepreneur.

Whatever your reason, if you’re a woman looking to diversify your income source and build equity, this list of business ideas is for you.

Online Businesses for Women

Are you looking for an additional revenue stream or want to start a business that enables you to live your entrepreneurial dreams without selling your soul to the corporate machine?

If so, one of the following business ideas could be the answer you’re looking for!

1. Online tutoring

Online tutoring

Online tutors provide students with education, guidance, and support in every subject imaginable.

For example, you could offer pre-exam/project academic advice, study strategies, or course materials. 

You only need a knowledgeable subject, delivery skills, and the right marketing platform to attract your target audience. 

Online tutoring is a low-cost way to start an online business with high profit margins; Tutorme.com reports tutors can earn between $20 and $60 per hour.

2. Online fitness coaching or yoga instruction

Online fitness coaching or yoga instruction

The online fitness and yoga industries are booming, with some coaches earning $100,000 per year on platforms like Exercise.com .

Fitness coaches/yoga instructors can work one-on-one with clients or with groups or create fitness programs their target audience can purchase and download.

All you need to start is an accredited National Commission for Certifying Agencies certificate and an online fitness coaching platform.

3. Provide remote tech support

Our digital world needs 24/7 global tech support to keep running, which means enormous opportunities for anyone with experience in this field.

Tech experts offer their skills and knowledge to fix any tech problems their customers may encounter.

Glassdoor reports remote tech support salaries range from $40K to $60K per year. 

To become a remote tech support entrepreneur, you only need technology experience, excellent problem-solving skills, and a Wi-Fi connection!

4. Social media management

Social media managers create, schedule, and publish content to interact with and grow their employer’s online community. Managers also monitor the content’s performance to develop strategies with the highest engagement rates.

And it’s lucrative, with social media managers earning between $35 to $350 per hour!

To start an online social media management business , get a certification, choose your niche and the services you want to provide.

5. Virtual assistant

VAs provide professional services like administrative duties and technical help to other business owners and large corporations on a full or part-time self-employed basis.

VAs can earn between $10.75 to $27.46 per hour, depending on your service. Your primary investments are your laptop and internet connection, so it’s a profitable online business idea.  

To start a virtual assistant business, you’ll need computer skills and experience with software and business programs, and you can find clients using a virtual assistant agency .

6. Online wedding planner

Wedding planners help design and run every aspect of a couple’s big day, from drawing up a budget, finding and hiring vendors, structuring and setting a timetable for the ceremony and reception, and overseeing everything on the wedding day. 

Wedding planners can charge between $40-$70 per hour for online consulting services.

You don’t need a degree to become a wedding planner , but experience (and contacts) are essential. 

7. Dropshipping

Fancy running a low-risk online business where you don’t buy, handle, or deliver the stock?

Welcome to dropshipping. 

Drop shippers promote and sell other businesses’ products via their websites. When they receive an order, it goes to the supplier, who ships it to the buyer; the drop shipper then gets a commission for making the sale. 

To start dropshipping , choose a niche, perform competitor product research, find a reputable supplier, build your online store, and market your dropshipping business.

8. Etsy shop

The Etsy online marketplace platform enables independent artists, designers, crafters, and collectors to sell their creations, and 80% of its sellers are women! 

Etsy is popular because it’s a quick and cheap way to sell digital products or handmade goods online. 

To sell on Etsy , create a free account, open your shop, upload your product images, and set your prices and shipping fees.

9. Start an eBay business

eBay is an e-commerce platform that allows you to sell (almost) anything.

It’s a great way to enter the e-commerce world as it has a global customer base, and you could begin selling today by advertising anything you have but no longer need!

To start an eBay business , create your listing and follow the instructions; it’s the easiest way to start an online business!

Home business ideas for women

Do you fancy running a business where the commute is a short walk from your bedroom to your home office via the espresso machine?

The following business ideas for women at home could be the perfect fit.

10. Home-based bakery

Home-based bakery

Home bakery entrepreneurs use their kitchens rather than renting expensive commercial spaces to bake bread, pies, cakes, cookies, pastries, muffins, cookies, and similar items for private and commercial clients.

Home bakery incomes are rising, with monthly profits ranging from $300 to $2,500, depending on what they bake and their clientele. 

To start a home-based bakery business , contact your location’s Environmental Health department to inform them of your new business and to get the relevant permits.

11. Home-based catering business

Home-based caterers can run their business in 2 ways:

  • Prep from home and then cook at the venue.
  • Cook everything from home and deliver.

Home-based catering businesses suit aspiring culinary entrepreneurs who need low start-up costs and high-profit margins, as pretax profits are 15% more than restaurants !

Contact your local Environmental Health department for permits and licenses to start a home-based catering business .

12. Home-based daycare

Home-based daycare provides care for children, from infants to elementary, during working hours, Mondays to Fridays. However, some offer extended care for parents working weekends or non-traditional schedules. 

Daycare is a lucrative business, with an average monthly cost of $1,230 per child.

To start a daycare business, contact your state’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to research regulations . And research the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website for qualifications.

13. Sewing and alterations

Alterations and sewing are popular in the wedding and fashion industries and for individuals who need to make clothes larger or smaller. 

Starting a sewing and alteration business could be highly lucrative as these skills are becoming rare and difficult to find. Research shows that home-based alteration businesses can earn a 40% profit margin, which is handsome in any industry! 

All you need to start is the experience (not essential as you could take a course) and the right equipment.

14. Personal laundry business

Now for a business that could clean up by providing laundry services to other local companies like B&Bs, boutique hotels, busy individuals, and large households in their local vicinity. 

To start a personal laundry business, get the licenses and permits , and source 2nd-hand commercial equipment on websites like lowlaundry.com .

15. Candle-making business

Starting a candle-making business is affordable and requires little experience.

But the rewards could be red hot as the U.S. candle market is worth over 3.2 billion annually , and profit margins per candle are around 300%!   

You can start your candle-making business at home , learn online, begin with essential equipment, and sell at farmers’ markets, church sales, wholesale outlets, and online using eBay, Amazon, Houzz, and Modalyst.

Airbnb entrepreneurs use their properties (or others with contracts) to provide short and long-term rental spaces to businesses and private individuals.

Startup costs depend on your property’s condition and your profits on its location. Still, with a global audience, it’s a business opportunity that unlocks your asset’s potential to create additional income.

Airbnb reports hosts earn (on average) $924 a month, but many make far more!

To start your Airbnb business , join the platform, list your property, write your property description, upload quality images, set your rates, include your contact information, and contact your local Department of Revenue or county clerk’s office to learn about the legalities in your area. 

Business ideas with little to no cash upfront

It’s hard to start a business with no money; most need some financial investment.

However, the following ideas tick the box of little or no cash upfront.

17. Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is a low-investment, high-margin business idea where you partner with other brands to sell their products or digital services from your website/landing page through an affiliate link. 

To start an affiliate marketing business, you’ll need a website and relevant content that ensures people find you when searching for that product or service. You receive a commission once they click the link and buy the product. 

A solid social media following would be advantageous as you can promote your affiliate links to your audience.

18. Create a print-on-demand business

Create a print-on-demand business

Print-on-demand is a low-investment order fulfillment business idea where a supplier prints your design on your chosen products when you make a sale.

You join a POD platform , choose your products (of which there’s an endless choice), create your designs, sell them on your website or your PODs platform, and your supplier prints and delivers, taking a commission for each product sold.

The POD advantage is you can outsource your designs to freelancers on websites like Fiverr or Upwork, and you only pay for what you sell.

19. Freelance services

Freelancers are independent contractors (like me) who earn their wages on a per-task, per-job, or retainer basis. 

Freelancing has many benefits, like a flexible work schedule, working from home (or a beach), and a better work/life balance.

Freelancing startup costs are low; you only need a website, a LinkedIn account, or a profile on a freelancer job site like Fiverr.

Some freelance ideas are:

  • Photography or photo editing.
  • Graphic design.
  • Social media management services.
  • Email marketing.
  • Website content.
  • Business consulting.

20. Selling digital products

Digital products are digital information you deliver electronically via a website and email, like online courses, eBooks, software, digital art, music, and virtual goods.

The advantage of selling digital products is that they become a lucrative passive income once you create them and begin marketing. 

To sell digital products, you’ll need expertise in a specific subject or industry, and you can learn how to develop and launch your digital product business on websites like Teachable and Kajabi.

21. Creating and monetizing content

Monetizing content is a comparatively new and highly lucrative business idea.

You monetize content by becoming a social media influencer, creating podcasts, or creating a YouTube channel, then promoting other brands ‘ products (or your own) and advertising space.

As these marketing channels are free to join, monetizing content can be a low-cost, profitable business idea.

22. Handywoman

Now for an off-line low-cost business idea that people always need and pay good money for.  

Handywomen do odd jobs in people’s homes that are too small for a tradesman, like repairs, basic carpentry, and interior and exterior maintenance. 

Anyone with basic craftsmanship or trade skills can become a handywoman, and it’s a lucrative niche with high hourly rates because of high demand and low startup costs.  

If that sounds up your alley, check out my guide on how to start a handyman business . 

Business ideas for women without experience

You don’t need experience to start a new business; instead, you can work within your strengths and weaknesses, get help from others with the skills your niche requires, and learn as you go.

Some business ideas, however, are more suitable for inexperienced budding entrepreneurs, so let’s look:

23. Dog care/walking service

If you love dogs, exercise, and need flexible working hours, a dog care/walking business is perfect for those with zero entrepreneurial experience. 

Your startup costs are low, and according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, you can earn up to $33,873 annually! Not too shabby for doing something you love, right?

To start a dog walking business , you might need a local business license and liability insurance; you can find clients using social media (local dog-loving Facebook groups), word-of-mouth referrals , and a website to take bookings and promote your glowing testimonials.

24. Cleaning Business

There are 2 types of cleaning businesses: commercial and residential. For inexperienced entrepreneurs, residential offers a lucrative opportunity to clean up financially!

Residential cleaners work in people’s homes, cleaning bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, etc. But you can also provide specialized services like window cleaning, pressure washing, disinfection, and chimney sweeping.

To start a cleaning business , you need a local business license, a permit, and insurance. And a range of cleaning products like mops, brooms, dust rags, a commercial vacuum cleaner, certain chemicals, and transport.

25. E-commerce reselling

You don’t need experience to become an online entrepreneur! You can start your business today using e-commerce reselling. 

E-commerce reselling involves buying products in bulk from wholesalers and selling to individuals at a higher price. And you can also resell 2nd hand goods on sites like eBay, Poshmark, The RealReal, Depop, and thredUp. 

Reselling has low startup costs and high profit margins, so it’s an attractive option for inexperienced entrepreneurs.

26. Online transcription

Online transcription involves converting speech into written text for business, legal, and medical clients.

While you need little experience, you require fast typing skills to make it profitable. 

Average pay rates range from $15 to $30 per hour. All you need to start is a computer, a messaging service, and software like Grammarly or Pro Writer to ensure your transcripts are always perfect. 

To start your transcription business , pick a niche, set your rates, and find clients using websites like indeed.com .

Small Business Ideas for Women

Small business ideas are ones you can start and run without the expense of hiring part or full-time staff but with the potential of expanding with demand. 

The beauty of small business ideas is you call the shots and only outsource when you know it`ll be profitable. 

Okay, here are my favorite 5:

27. Freelance photographer

Freelance photographers work as self-employed contractors providing images per their clients’ requests or for sale on photography platforms like iStockPhoto, Shutterstock, and Unsplash, which pay royalties when individuals use your pictures.

The job involves meeting client contract specifications or taking images of your favorite hobby (travel or nature). Simply put, you’re a lens for hire as a freelance photographer.

And you have many niches, like real estate, portraits, products, food, weddings, events, and sports.

Salary.com reports freelance photographers earn between $40,028 and $52,770 annually. 

To start your freelance photography business , create your business plan, choose your niche, purchase the proper photography equipment and software, set your prices, market your business, and develop your portfolio.

28. Jewelry brand

Entrepreneurs with a flair for jewelry could start a jewelry brand. And with low startup costs and high-profit margins (on average 42.6%), it’s a financially viable niche!

Jewelry has 3 categories: custom, handmade, and fine jewelry, and all are in high demand.

All you need to start your jewelry business is some jewelry-making knowledge ( which you can get online ), a jeweler’s bench, and tools. Or you can focus on the designs and outsource the production!

Then, use social media platforms like TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram to promote and sell your products or book a stall at local jewelry markets.

29. A personal trainer

Gym Bunnies can turn their love for fitness into a thriving business by becoming a personal trainer and offering virtual, group, or private fitness seasons.

The fitness industry is booming, with trainers’ wages starting at $25 and rising to over $100, depending on your target market and experience.

To become a fitness trainer , you’ll need an accredited certification from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies ( NCCA ), training equipment, the proper licenses, some liability insurance ( an LLC is perfect for that ), and a stimulating attitude that inspires your clients to reach their fitness goals.

30. Nutritionist

Nutritionists advise clients on what to eat to lead a healthy lifestyle and achieve health-related goals, like reducing blood pressure or losing weight.

The nutritionist’s average salary is $52,785 annually, but what you can earn depends on your certifications, experience, location, and target market.

To start your nutritionist business, you’ll need an accredited diploma in nutrition and dietetics . You can advance your nutritionist skills (and earn more) by completing an undergraduate degree in health science.

31. Esthetician

Esthetician professionals provide skincare and beauty services to clients to help improve their appearance. Services include hair removal, waxing, facials, makeup applications, and body treatments.

Self-employed estheticians may earn as much as $52,100 per year . But estheticians specializing in skin care treatments, like cosmic dermatology, medical esthetics, and laser treatments, can earn far more because of the high demand. 

To become an Esthetician, research your state’s Board of Cosmetology requirements and get an esthetician license.

Famous women entrepreneurs to take inspiration from

Famous women entrepreneurs to take inspiration from

We all need inspiration to start a business , and who better to inspire us than famous women entrepreneurs who’ve changed the business landscape and contributed to society?

The famous women entrepreneurs below are household names, but some you might not know; however, all are inspirational!

Oprah Winfrey: 

Media mogul and philanthropist known for her influential talk show and media empire.

Sara Blakely: 

Founder of Spanx (Oprah funded Sara when others refused), a famous shapewear brand, and a self-made billionaire.

Coco Chanel: 

Founder of the iconic fashion brand Chanel, revolutionizing women’s fashion in the early 20th century.

Arianna Huffington: 

Co-founder of The Huffington Post, a successful online news and blogging platform.

Estée Lauder: 

Founder of the Estée Lauder Companies, a significant player in the cosmetics industry.

Indra Nooyi: 

Former CEO of PepsiCo, recognized for her leadership in the corporate world.

Sheryl Sandberg: 

Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and author of “Lean In” which promotes women’s empowerment in the workplace.

JK Rowling: 

Author of the Harry Potter series, who went from a struggling single mom to one of the world’s most successful authors.

Melinda Gates: 

Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, focusing on global health, poverty, and education.

Gloria Steinem: 

Feminist icon, journalist, and co-founder of Ms. Magazine.

Sofia Vergara: 

Actress and entrepreneur, co-founder of Latin World Entertainment, a talent management and entertainment marketing firm.

Diane von Fürstenberg: 

Fashion designer and founder of the iconic wrap dress.

Mary Kay Ash: 

Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, a successful direct-selling cosmetics company.

Business Resources for Women

Below, you`ll find business resources to help you start and run your business.

National Association of Women Business Owners ( NAWBO ): NAWBO provides resources, networking opportunities, and advocacy for women business owners.

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council ( WBENC ): WBENC is a leading advocate for women-owned businesses, offering certification, networking, and educational resources.

SCOREWomen’s Business Center: SCORE provides mentoring, workshops, and resources tailored to women entrepreneurs.

Small Business Administration ( SBA ) Office of Women’s Business Ownership: The SBA offers resources and programs to support women-owned businesses, including the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program.

Women 2.0: Women 2.0 promotes women in technology and entrepreneurship, providing events, content, and resources.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day ( WED ): WED celebrates and supports women entrepreneurs, offering events, mentorship, and resources.

Association of Women’s Business Centers ( AWBC ): AWBC supports a network of women’s Business Centers across the U.S., providing resources, training, and counseling.

Ellevate Network: Ellevate offers networking opportunities , resources, and events to support professional women and entrepreneurs.

Women’s Venture Fund ( WVF ): WVF provides training, financing, and support for women entrepreneurs in underserved communities.

SheEO: SheEO is a global community supporting female entrepreneurs through a unique funding model and mentorship.

Business grants for women: A list of resources , including mentorship, networking opportunities, funding information, and educational resources.

Check out relative forums: You can also find business resources on discussion forums like Reddit and Quora .

What is the cheapest, most profitable business to start?

Businesses with low startup costs and high profit margins include affiliate marketing, dropshipping, e-commerce reselling, and local handywomen services.

What is the easiest business to start right now?

Dog walking, house cleaning, home (or online) tutoring, pressure washing, virtual personal assistant, and Airbnb hosting are all simple businesses to start.

What is the most fun business to start?

Fun is subjective, so it depends on what you enjoy doing. For example, if you love gardening, starting a landscaping business could be a blast; if animals get you giddy, pet sitting or grooming could be the perfect business.

What small business is the most successful?

Like fun, success is subjective, so the answer depends on what you want to achieve by starting a business. For instance, to spend more time with your family, choose an online business like virtual freelancing or selling on eBay.

Now, launch your business and begin taking the steps toward becoming an entrepreneur.

And remember, regardless of what anyone thinks, go for it if you can and want to do it.

I’ll leave the last words to Barbara Ann Cocoran, founder of the Cocoran group, one of New York City’s most successful real estate businesses. 

                       “Don’t you dare underestimate the power of your instinct.”

Powerful words from a powerful woman.

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Terry O'Toole

Terry OToole

Terry is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience building businesses across multiple industries – construction, real estate, e-commerce, hotelier, and now digital media. When not working, Terry likes to kick back and relax with family, explore Taoism’s mysteries, or savor the taste of fine Italian red wine.

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How To Choose A Business Idea

Starting a business is one of the most challenging endeavors that anyone can partake in. After all, it’s not just a case of choosing from the best business ideas for a woman – you also need to figure out if it has the potential to be profitable. 

When choosing from the women’s business ideas below, you need to determine the time commitment and cost – those are the two main factors that will help you to make a final decision.

Naturally, you need to consider if there is a need for your business as this will ultimately ensure that you make money. If there is no need for your business, then you’re not going to make any sales!

Here are some aspects to contemplate when choosing a business idea:

  • What are your strengths and interests? What skills do you possess? What do you enjoy doing? Choosing a business idea that aligns with your skills and interests will make your business more rewarding. 
  • Is there market demand for your idea? Do people want the product or service you’re offering? Conducting market research will help you to understand if there’s demand for your idea. 
  • Is there any competition? What businesses are offering similar products or services? Analyze your competitors to determine how you can differentiate your business to stand out in the crowd. 
  • Can you manage your business on your own? Will you need a team or is this something you can do by yourself?
  • How much does it cost to get started? Will you need to save up some cash, get a business loan, or are you able to start your business with minimal investment?
  • Will you be able to sustain your business in the long term? Is this something that has the potential to grow? Will you still be able to work on your business years down the line?
  • Can you test your idea? Can you assess the potential profitability of your idea to determine your chance of success?

Keep in mind that there is no guarantee of success when starting a business. However, by carefully considering your options and what you need to make a start, and grow it in the long run, you’ll give yourself the best chance of succeeding. 

The Best Small Business Ideas For Women

Now that you know how to narrow down your business choices, here are 41 of the best business starter ideas to consider. 

These best small business ideas for women are segmented into online small business ideas, work from home business ideas, unusual business ventures, and those that are best for beginners. 

Online small business ideas

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Starting a blog is easier than you think, and it’s a great way to earn money. You can earn money through sponsorships, affiliate marketing, advertising, and selling your own digital products . 

Like any business, blogging requires time and effort. Plus, it’s best to have a blog that focuses on a particular niche . I have a post all about finding your blog niche here , and I have many resources on niche ideas. 

Blogging isn’t only a way to make money – it’s also a fantastic way to grow your skills too – whether that’s your writing, organizational, communication, or research skills. 

The massive advantage of blogging is that if your blog doesn’t take off, you can sell your website on Flippa or a similar platform as a starter blog. That means you’ll still get some cash for investing your time and effort. 

Investment cost: Minimal

Easy to get started: Relatively easy

Freelance writing

If you’re interested in becoming a freelance writer, there are a few things you should know. Firstly, it’s important to have a passion for writing.

Secondly, it’s helpful to have some experience in the field – whether that’s through internships, previous jobs, or even just personal writing projects like blogging . Finally, it’s essential to be organized and professional in your approach to work.

If you have all of these things going for you, then starting freelance writing can be a great way to make some extra money – or even a full-time living!

The first step is to put together a strong portfolio of your best writing samples. Then, start reaching out to potential clients either through job boards or cold emailing and let them know what services you offer.

You can also set up some Fiverr gigs , although there is more competition here.

The main thing is to communicate clearly with your clients –  this will help you build a reputation as a reliable and trustworthy freelancer. With hard work and dedication, you can make a fantastic living as a freelance writer (I know this only too well as I started freelance writing from my blog back in 2014). 

Read the full guide on becoming a freelance writer with no experience here.

Easy to get started: Fairly easy

Be a virtual assistant

A virtual assistant is someone who provides administrative, clerical, or other support services remotely. This can include anything from scheduling appointments and managing email to providing customer service or social media support.

There are many reasons why being a virtual assistant may be the best business idea for you. Perhaps you’re looking for a flexible job that you can do from home. Maybe you have experience in customer service or administration and want to use your skills in a new way. Whatever your reasons, there are a few things you should know before getting started.

First, it’s important to do your research and make sure you’re well-qualified for the role. There are many different types of virtual assistant positions, so try to find one that’s a good fit for your skillset. 

Once you’ve found the right position, build up your online presence and create a strong portfolio of work to show potential clients. If you’re looking to get started as a VA, there are numerous websites that have job listings and roles. You may want to get some experience under your belt first though to show that you’ll excel at your duties. 

Teaching English Online

If you’re a native English speaker, then teaching English online may be the ideal business idea for you. There are several different ways to teach English online. You can work for an online school, start your own business, or just offer private lessons. Whatever route you choose, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Ideally, you’ll need to have some teaching experience as this will help you to effectively communicate with your students. It’s also important to have a good internet connection and reliable computer as you’ll be spending most of your time on video calls with your students. 

Finally, you need to be patient with your students. Many of them will be learning English for the first time, so it’s important to be understanding and helpful. If you’re able to do all of these things, then teaching English online can be a great opportunity for you. 

Social Media Management

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Are you passionate about social media and always up-to-date with the latest trends? Do you have a knack for creating engaging content that gets people talking? If so, then a career as a social media manager could be the best business idea for you.

Social media managers are responsible for developing and managing another person/business social media strategy. This involves creating and sharing interesting content, monitoring metrics on social media platforms, responding to comments and questions, and running social media campaigns.

You need to have excellent communication skills and be able to work well under pressure, as well as being highly organized and proactive. A strong understanding of different social media platforms is also essential. If you think you have what it takes to be a successful social media manager, then consider offering to run the accounts for a local business by giving them a trial run. Once you’ve proved your worth, you can start pitching your professional services. 

Proofreading

If you’re looking for a career that combines a love of language with attention to detail, proofreading might be the ideal fit for you. As a proofreader, you’ll read through written materials and identify errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and formatting. You’ll then correct those errors so that the final product is perfect. 

Proofreading is a critical step in the publishing process, so it’s important that proofreaders have strong language skills and a keen eye for detail. Although you don’t need any formal qualifications to get started, it’s important to develop strong language skills. This means being able to spot errors quickly and knowing how to fix them. 

You’ll need to be able to focus for long periods of time and have the patience to read through materials carefully. Also, it’s helpful if you’re familiar with different style guides (like APA ) so you can format documents correctly.

Social Influencer

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One of the most popular social platforms for influencers is Instagram. With over 1 billion monthly active users, it’s a great place to connect with friends, family, and brands. And, it’s also a great place to build your personal business.

If you’re looking to become an influencer, you’ll need to have a strong following. This means that you need to post interesting and engaging content that will resonate with your audience . People need to interact with you, either through views, likes, or comments.  

It’s also a good idea to be active on other platforms, such as TikTok and YouTube. This will help you build up a strong online presence and reach more people. Influencers tend to make the most money through brand deals so being able to professionally communicate with others is an advantage. 

Easy to get started: Hard – need a following to make money

App developer

If you’re great with coding and technology, becoming an app developer may be just your thing. You’ll need to come up with a great idea for an app to get started, or become employed by someone who needs an app. 

The next step is to grow your designing and coding skills. If you’re planning on releasing apps for your own business, then you’ll also need to test out your app thoroughly to make sure it’s working correctly. Once your app is ready to go, you’ll need to submit it to the appropriate app store for approval.

Making a successful app can be tricky, especially as you’ll need to promote your app to users in order for them to purchase it. 

Investment cost: Moderate

Easy to get started: Difficult if you don’t know how to code

Graphic Designer

If you have a passion for design and creativity, you may want to consider becoming a graphic designer. However, you need to be aware that it’s hard work. Graphic design is a competitive industry, so you’ll need to be prepared to hustle and grind it out to get ahead.

You also need to have some basic technical skills. Most designers use Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) so it’s important to familiarize yourself with these programs. Having some experience with HTML/CSS can be helpful as well. 

Graphic designers need to have strong communication skills since communicating with clients and collaborating with other creatives is a big part of the job. You have to be able to express your ideas while taking on those of the client. 

Easy to get started: Difficult if you don’t have any skills

Small business ideas from home for ladies

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Event Planning

If you love planning parties and events, then you may want to think about starting an event planning business. 

Event planners are responsible for coordinating all aspects of various types of events, from small gatherings like birthday parties and weddings to large-scale conferences. To become an event planner, you need to have excellent organizational skills and be able to work well under pressure. You also need to be creative and have a good understanding of the latest trends in the event industry.

If you want to start an event planning business, consider reaching out to friends and family first and organizing their events. You can then create a website and social profiles to showcase your work and start pitching for clients. Alternatively, research companies that offer event planning services. When you find one you’re interested in working for, reach out and inquire about any open positions or internships.

Easy to get started: Moderate – you need to be able to find clients!

Being a life coach is all about helping others to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. It’s a highly rewarding career, but it’s also one that comes with a lot of responsibility. 

As a life coach, you’ll need to be able to motivate and encourage your clients, while also providing them with the tools and resources they need to succeed. You’ll need to be able to handle difficult situations and provide support during times of crisis. 

Becoming a life coach is not an easy task, but it is one that can be incredibly fulfilling. There are no specific qualifications required to get started but joining a training body or taking a course will help you to understand the profession in more depth. 

Easy to get started: Moderate

Photographer

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When it comes to photography, some people start out by taking classes or earning a degree in photography, while others learn through trial and error, teaching themselves as they go.

The best way to become a photographer is to simply start taking pictures. Grab a camera and start shooting whatever interests you. As you keep shooting, you’ll gradually start to develop your own style and approach to photography. 

Of course, becoming a professional photographer takes more than just taking great pictures. You’ll also need to be good at business and marketing if you want to make a living from your craft. But if you’re passionate about photography and are willing to work hard, it’s definitely possible to turn your passion into a career, especially as you can offer more than 1-1 photography, such as stock photos or memberships.

Investment cost: Can be expensive – camera equipment required!

Easy to get started: Slightly difficult

Home Baking

Have you ever dreamt of starting your own home baking business? This is a great way to make some extra money, and it can be really fun too. 

Before you head into the kitchen, you’ll need to decide what kind of baked goods you want to sell. Will you specialize in cookies, cakes, pies, or something else entirely? Once you’ve decided on your specialty, it’s time to perfect your recipes and practice your decorating skills since your products should be both delicious and visually appealing.

Before you start selling any baked goods, you’ll need to obtain the proper permits and licenses from your local government. It’s important to operate legally to avoid any fines or penalties. 

Once you have everything in place, start advertising your business online or through word-of-mouth. You could also set up a stall at local events and craft fairs. Running a home baking business takes effort and dedication. But, if you love baking and working with people, it can be a very rewarding experience.

Home Cleaning Business

Starting a home cleaning business can be a great way to earn money in your local area. First, you need to make sure that you have the time and energy to commit to running a cleaning business. This means being organized and disciplined enough to set aside time each week to clean other people’s homes. 

It can be tough to find that kind of time if you’re also working another job or taking care of kids, so make sure you’re realistic about what you can handle before getting started. You also need to think about the type of cleaning you want to do, and how much you’ll charge for it. A good idea is to see what other people in your area are charging and set it around a similar price. 

You also need to think about your schedule and what hours you want to work. If you’re planning on cleaning corporate businesses, then you may need to work early or late hours when people are out of the office. Once you’ve considered these things, you can start advertising your services. 

Investment cost: Moderate – need to purchase cleaning supplies

Personal Training

If you’re looking for a career that will allow you to help others achieve their fitness goals, then becoming a personal trainer may be the perfect fit for you. Personal trainers work with clients of all fitness levels, helping them to set and reach achievable health and wellness goals . 

As a personal trainer, you need to be able to motivate and encourage your clients, as well as provide them with the knowledge and resources they need to make healthy lifestyle changes. It goes without saying that you’ll need to be physically fit too. 

Finally, if you don’t have your own gym, you’ll need to find a gym where you can train others. This either requires paying to use their amenities or becoming hired as a trainer by the gym. 

Investment cost: Average

Mobile Nail Technician

If you’re interested in becoming a nail technician, there are a few things to consider. Depending on where you are in the world, you may need to complete a cosmetology program that is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). If you’re in the UK, you’ll need to acquire some sort of nail technician training. Upon completing your training, you’ll then need to obtain a state license in order to practice. There’s also insurance to consider too. 

There are different types of nail technicians, from those who work in salons to those who provide mobile services and/or work from home. The most important thing is to find a niche that suits your interests and skills. Once you’ve done that, it’s simply a matter of perfecting your craft and advertising your services to acquire clients. 

Dog Walking

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Are you a dog lover? Do you enjoy getting some fresh air and exercise while spending time with furry friends? If so, then you may want to think about dog walking as a business idea. 

As a dog walker, you would be responsible for taking care of other people’s dogs while they are away. This includes walking them, feeding them, and providing any other basic needs they have. You also need to be comfortable working long hours, as many dog owners work during the day and need someone to take care of their pets while they’re gone.

If you’re interested in becoming a dog walker, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you’ll need to be physically fit enough to handle walking multiple dogs at once. Second, you must be reliable and able to commit to walking the dogs even on days when it’s raining or snowing outside. Third, you must be patient and comfortable around all types of dogs, as each one has its own personality and needs.

If you like the sound of becoming a dog walker, then start doing your research today. See what other dog walkers are charging, how they advertise their business, and how they communicate with potential clients. 

Uber Driver

Have you ever wanted to be your own boss while driving your own car? If so, how about becoming an Uber driver?

With Uber, you can be your own boss and set your own hours. However, you need to have a valid driver’s license and insurance, and be at least 21 years old. You also need to have a clean driving record and own a reliable car that meets Uber’s requirements.

If you meet all of the above requirements, then becoming an Uber driver may be the best business idea for you. It’s super easy to get started. Just sign up on the Uber website and follow the instructions. 

Investment cost: Expensive if you don’t have a car

If you’re looking for a business idea that can help you relax and connect with nature, gardening may be the way to go. While it takes some time and effort to get started, becoming a gardener can be a wonderful experience.

There are many various types of gardening, such as commercial or private gardens. The hardest part is going to be getting clients since not everyone has a garden or needs a gardener. Think about what type of people in your area may require your gardening expertise, and how you can sell your services to them – you could post leaflets that advertise your gardening business, or put up posters in community areas. 

You’ll also need to gather some supplies, including gloves and tools. Once you get your first clients, consider offering some type of referral discount for referring new clients. 

Easy to get started: Average

Brick and mortar small business ideas for women

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A food truck can be a highly profitable business idea since everyone needs to eat, right? That said, you’ll need to have some money behind you in order to invest in a truck or cart. Once you’ve got that, make sure you have the proper permits and licenses. 

Next, it’s important to choose the right location. You’ll want to pick a spot that’s high traffic and visible to potential customers. You’ll also need to create an appealing menu. Your menu should be reflective of the type of cuisine you’re serving up, whether that’s international cuisine, baked goods, or something else. 

Finally, you’ll need to think about promoting your food truck. Use social media, word-of-mouth, and traditional marketing techniques to get the word out about your food. Running a food truck isn’t easy but if it’s something you’re passionate about, it can be a brilliant business choice. 

Investment cost: High

Easy to get started: Difficult

Clothing boutique

If you adore fashion, starting a clothing boutique could be the ideal business for you. Now, with a clothing boutique, you could specialize in a certain style of clothing, like vintage or sportswear, or you could sell a variety of different types of clothes. 

Once you’ve decided on the type of clothing you want to sell, you’ll need to find a good location for your boutique to ensure your store is extremely visible. Once you’ve got a location, you need to get stock from wholesalers or manufacturers.

When you’ve got a store and stock, it’s time to promote your business via social media and local publications. You could also hold special events to attract attention and build up excitement around your new boutique.

Dog grooming business

If you love dogs and have always dreamed of owning your own business, a dog grooming business could lead you to success. 

To build a dog grooming business, you’ll need a retail/store location in an accessible area so your clients can easily reach you. You’ll also need to find somewhere with enough space to accommodate your equipment. 

Once you’ve found the perfect location, you’ll need to acquire all the necessary supplies. This includes items like bathing tubs, dryers, scissors, brushes, and combs. In addition to having the correct supplies, it’s also important to be knowledgeable about dog grooming techniques. This way, you can offer your clients a variety of services and ensure that their pups always look their best. 

Finally, don’t forget to market your business. Let people know about your new venture by passing out flyers, advertising online, or word-of-mouth. With some careful planning and lots of love for dogs, starting a dog grooming business can be a brilliant business. 

Vending machines

Starting a vending machine business can be an excellent earner, and you don’t need to spend hours working on your business either. However, you will need to lay out some initial investment to purchase one or more vending machines. You can find these for sale online or at businesses that sell office supplies or other equipment. 

Next, you will need to find locations for your machines. These can be in office buildings, retail stores, or other high-traffic areas like community places. Once you’ve found suitable locations for your machines, you’ll need to stock them with items that people want to purchase. The most common things to sell are snacks, drinks, and small toys. 

Finally, you’ll need to set up a system for collecting money from the machines and restocking them as needed. This can be done manually or with the help of a service that provides this type of support. 

Create a community space

A community space is a place where people can come together to socialize, learn, and have fun. Creating a community space can be a great way to bring people together and build relationships, but it can also be a profitable business too since people can pay for entry and hire your space for events. 

There are many things to consider when creating a community space, such as what type of activities will take place there, who will use the space, and how the space will be organized. 

Start a nursery/after school club

Starting a nursery can be a lot of work, but it can also be very rewarding to see the children in your care grow and develop. There’s a lot to consider when starting a nursery or after school club business. If you’re going to be caring for children, you need to have the right qualifications. It’s also beneficial to have experience working with children. 

Also, consider the practicalities of starting a nursery, such as finding the right premises and making sure you have all the necessary equipment and resources. There’s the cost of renting or buying premises to think about, as well as staffing and maintenance costs. 

Finally, there are the policies and procedures you’ll need to put in place. This includes everything from health and safety policies to employee contracts, and the management of day-to-day life at the nursery. 

Start a coffee shop

Starting a coffee shop is an excellent business venture and something I know a little about as my brother-in-law has recently founded a coffee shop business. One thing I do know is that it isn’t easy – but, once you’re up and running, it’s a business that brings joy every day. 

If you want to start a coffee shop, think about the type of venue you want to build, and who your target customers will be. Finding the right location is also essential – it needs to be somewhere where you can easily get eyes on your brand. If you’re aiming for a busy, vibrant vibe, look for a spot near other businesses and foot traffic. If you’re going for a more relaxed feel, choose a location with easy parking and access.

Since a coffee shop business needs funds behind it, be sure to create a detailed business plan. This is vital for any new business, but especially important for coffee shops as they can be quite costly to set up and run. Your business plan should outline your goals, start-up costs, and marketing strategy.

Unless you have deep pockets, you’ll likely need to take out loans to finance your new coffee shop venture. Be prepared to present your business plan and explain why you’re confident in its success.

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Luxury personal shopper

Becoming a luxury personal shopper is a career path that many people assume is difficult to start, but it’s actually not that hard to begin. First, you need to decide what type of personal shopper you’ll be. Will you be shopping for clothing? Events? Interiors? 

Once you’ve decided on that, it’s time to start finding clients. You can use online platforms like Craigslist or TaskRabbit, or you can reach out to people you know who might need your help. When you’ve got a few clients on board, it’s important to build good relationships with them. Be punctual, professional, and polite at all times. Keep them updated on your progress and listen to their feedback. If they’re happy with your work, they’ll be more likely to recommend you to others.

Becoming a personal shopper is a great way to earn money and do something you love at the same time. With a little effort, you can build up a clientele in no time.

Subscription box

There’s a lot to love about subscription boxes. They’re convenient, they’re often personalized to your interests, and they make great gifts. But starting your own subscription box can be a bit daunting, if not a good way to build a business.

First, you’ll need to decide what kind of subscription box you want to create. There are many different niches out there, so take some time to research what’s already available and see where there might be an opportunity for you to fill a gap. Once you’ve settled on a niche, it’s time to start thinking about the products you’ll include in your box. Again, research is key here. What are other similar boxes including? What do customers seem to love (or not love) about them? Make sure you’re offering something unique that will really appeal to your target audience.

Next, you’ll need to set up some basics for your business, like choosing a name and designing your logo. You’ll also need to set up a website and figure out how you’ll be accepting payments. Once all of that is taken care of, it’s time to start promoting your new business. Reach out to bloggers and influencers in your niche, post about your box on social media, and get creative with your marketing efforts. 

Sell upcycled furniture

If you’re looking for a creative and eco-friendly business option, upcycling furniture might be perfect for you. There are many ways to upcycle furniture, from repainting and reupholstering to simply giving it a new lease of life with some creative accessories. Plus, you don’t need a lot of money to get started. You can often find cheap pieces of furniture at charity shops or garage sales and then upcycle them into something amazing. 

You can sell upcycled furniture pieces on Facebook Marketplace, Etsy, or your own website. Before you do this, you may want to contemplate the type of pieces you’re going to upcycle and the interior style you’re going to be influenced by. For example, you could turn old chairs into shabby chic pieces. Do some research online to determine what interior styles are trending, and what types of furniture people are looking for. 

If you haven’t yet upcycled anything, there are loads of tutorials online to follow. Maybe begin with a few personal projects and see how they turn out.

Investment cost: Low

Easy to get started: Easy

Online arbitrage

Online arbitrage is when you purchase products at a physical store or online and then resell them at a higher price. Typically, these are items that are on sale or limited edition, meaning you can make a significant profit by reselling. One method of doing online arbitrage is via Amazon. 

The first step is to find a product that you think will sell well on Amazon, and then find a supplier where you can buy the product at a lower price. You can also try to find products on clearance at brick-and-mortar stores. Once you’ve got a couple of products, you can then sell them for profit on Amazon or eBay. 

The key to being successful with online arbitrage is finding a good source for products that sell well. If you can figure out this step, you can potentially create a successful business. 

Virtual interior styling

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If you love interiors, virtual interior styling could be the ideal business move. This relatively new service allows you to work with clients to create a customized look for their homes without having to leave your house.

Virtual interior styling means you’ll take on board their desires and create a mood board with products and colors so that they can recreate the vision within their own homes. Typically, this type of styling is cheaper than hiring an in-hour interior stylist. 

To become a virtual interior stylist, you don’t need any qualifications as such, but you’ll need to get clients so establishing an online presence is a good idea. You could create a blog or Instagram filled with images or mood boards that you put together. Once you begin to build a following you can advertise your professional styling services. 

Mobile car wash

A mobile car wash business involves traveling to clients’ homes or offices to clean and polish their vehicles. This type of business can be a good money-maker since many people own vehicles and may not have the time to keep them clean and tidy. 

To start a mobile car wash, you’ll need some cleaning products and access to clean, warm water. Once you’ve got these basics, it’s time to find some clients. Consider advertising on social media and to local businesses. You could even give your first couple of cleans an introductory discount to get the ball rolling. 

Once you’ve got a couple of clients, build your own website and promote your services via blogging and SEO . This is an effective way to expand your reach and get new customers on board. 

Healthy meal delivery service

A business that prepares and delivers healthy meals to customers’ homes or offices is a good business idea for anyone that enjoys cooking. For this, you’ll need somewhere to prepare and cook meals, as well as a car/vehicle to deliver them. There are also legal aspects to consider, including licenses and insurance. 

If you’re prepared to follow all the requirements and invest some cash for food/unit rental, then a healthy meal delivery service could be a successful venture. After all, there are many people, including the elderly, who can’t go outside or struggle to prepare their own meals. 

Investment cost: Average/high

Easy to get started: Moderate to difficult 

Online psychic or tarot reading services

If you have a talent for psychic or tarot reading, you could start a business offering these services online. This involves offering your services 1-1 or within a group setting. The most difficult part of starting a spiritual-based business is to find people who are willing to pay you for your services. 

Starting a website or building social media pages is probably the best way to get started. If you have a lot of friends or family, you could also ask them for their help in promoting your services. Once you’ve got some customers, you’ll likely find that word-of-mouth referrals will help you to grow your income. 

Easy to get started: Moderate 

Online plant nursery

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What is an online plant nursery, I hear you ask! An online plant nursery is where plants are grown and nurtured before offering them for sale. For example, you could specialize in rare and unusual plant varieties with the option for home delivery.

To start this type of business, you’ll need to have some knowledge of plants, how to grow them, and how to care for them. If you have limited funds, you may want to start with a few plants first and test your idea out. Ideally, you’ll need a website to sell your plants and some social media accounts like TikTok and Instagram to grow your fanbase. 

Mobile farmers market

A mobile farmers market travels to different neighborhoods and sells locally grown produce and other products. If you have space to grow produce, then this is a promising business. Obviously, you’ll need to ensure that your goods taste delicious in order to build your reputation in your local community. 

You’ll also need a van or vehicle to sell your products from. Once you’ve got those things figured out, you should advertise your business within your local area. For example, you could hand out leaflets to residents and small businesses, letting them know when you’ll be around to sell your produce. 

Selling at local markets and fairs will also help you to get your business name out there. This is also an excellent way to test out your business idea before investing in a vehicle. 

Investment cost: Moderate/high

Easy to get started: Moderate/high

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What business is best for beginners?

There are many businesses that are well-suited for beginners, depending on your interests, skills, and resources. Some options to consider include:

Freelancing –  If you have a particular skill or expertise, you can start a business offering your services as a freelancer. This is an excellent option if you have a flexible schedule and want to be your own boss.

Service-based business – If you have a particular skill or talent that you can offer as a service, then start a business providing services to clients. This could include services like home cleaning, pet sitting, or lawn care.

Blogging – If you have a passion for writing or creating content, start your own website. You can monetize your content through advertising, sponsorships, or by selling products or services.

Remember that the key to success in any business is to identify a need or problem that you can solve, and to offer value to your customers or clients. 

What are the best business ideas for women with a low investment?

Here are some of the best business ideas that require minimal investment:

Freelancing or consulting – You can start by offering your services on platforms like Upwork or Freelancer, or by building your own website to advertise your services.

Affiliate marketing – This involves promoting other people’s products and earning a commission for each sale you generate. You can start an affiliate marketing business by setting up a website or blog and promoting products through social media, email marketing, and other online channels.

Selling digital products – Setting up an online store allows you to sell products to customers all over the world. You can start a digital product e-commerce business by setting up a website and using platforms like Shopify to sell your products.

What are the best small business ideas for female students?

Here are some small business ideas for female students to inspire your career journey:

Online tutoring or teaching services –  If you have expertise in a particular subject, you can consider offering online tutoring or teaching services. This can be a great way to earn extra income while also helping others.

Social media management – Many small businesses struggle to manage their social media accounts and could benefit from hiring someone to help with this task. If you have a knack for social media and are familiar with various platforms, this could be a good business idea for you.

Handmade jewelry or crafts –  If you have a creative streak, you might consider starting a business selling handmade jewelry or crafts. 

Personal styling or fashion consulting – If you have a passion for fashion and an eye for style, you might consider starting a business as a personal stylist or fashion consultant. You can help clients select the right outfits for various occasions and provide advice on trends and fashion choices.

Pet sitting or dog walking – If you love animals, starting a business as a pet sitter or dog walker may be the perfect job. 

Home organization – Many people struggle to keep their homes organized and could benefit from hiring someone to help with this task. If you have a passion for organization and are skilled at decluttering, this could be a good business idea for you. You could even include ironing services for an extra fee. 

The Best Small Business Ideas for Women

There you have some of the best small business ideas for women in 2023. I hope this post was helpful in providing some inspiration for your next career move.

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Are you looking to swap your day job and start a successful home-based business?

Today we are going to take a look at some of the best women’s small business ideas, that involve a low start up cost and can be done remotely.

These business ideas for housewives are going to be a game-changer, and I will keep this list updated as I find new and legit ways to make money from home.

What kind of business can I start as a woman ?

The first thing to do is to brainstorm some ideas on what type of home business would suit you.

Are you looking to create and sell your own products online?

Or do you prefer selling a company’s product and earn a commission from it?

What are you passionate about?

  • Creative Writing
  • Proofreading
  • Bookkeeping
  • Freelance illustration
  • Photo editing
  • Baking and selling treats
  • Sell digital printables

There are a number of different small business ideas in this post, to cater almost every interest and passion. Find one that suits you and pursue your dream career from home.

Here is a complete breakdown, of the most successful and flexible business ideas for ladies at home.

27 Small Business Ideas for Women

1. online proofreader.

If you have the knack for correcting grammar mistakes, and picking out spelling errors this one is of the best work at home business ideas for women.

As a proofreader, you get to correct errors on pre-written documents from your clients. It can be in the form of website content, blog posts, email newsletters, research papers, an e-book or a physical file/book.

Use your word skills to turn your passion to profit as a proofreader.

How to begin: Here is a free in-depth video workshop to help you understand more about this lucrative career that can pay up to $40,000 a year.

2. Online Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping is a well paying business idea for ladies who enjoy working with numbers.

We interviewed Cheyenne, a stay-at-home mom who earns over $3,000 each month as a new online bookkeeper without any previous experience in the field.

Unlike becoming an accountant, you don’t need to have a college degree to become a bookkeeper.

Freelance bookkeepers have the potential to earn up to $60 an hour.

How to begin: This free mini online bookkeeping class will help in understanding what it takes to become a virtual bookkeeper. This is also the same online course that Cheyenne took to begin her own virtual bookkeeping business.

Duration of course : It is a self paced course and you can aim to complete it in less than 3 months.

3. Sell Digital Stickers

Almost everyone these days use a planner to stay on top of things. Those looking for paperless options go for digital planners.

A digital planner is not but an online planner that you can write your notes using an iPad or tablet. Many people buy these digital planners on Etsy and other online stores.

Customers who use these digital planners often buy stickers, to make their planners look pretty and customised.

These digital stickers, can be shapes, picture frames, post-it notes, charms or washi tapes. A quick look at Etsy will show you that digital stickers is now a growing trend.

sell digital stickers

How to begin – If you like to start a business at home selling digital stickers, you can check out Michelle’s Digital Stickers course – which is perfect even for those who can’t draw stick figures!

She teaches everything there is to know, from creating to selling digital stickers. Michelle earned over $7,000 selling digital stickers on her Etsy store in less than 6 months.

4. Illustrator

Another creative small business idea that can be done remotely is illustration.

For those that enjoy playing with colors and drawing, this can be a rewarding side hustle.

Read our interview with Angela , a freelancer who started her home based business illustrating greeting cards, business cards, wedding invites and even couple portraits.

She earns over $4,000 a month with this small business that is suitable for ladies who enjoy being creative. You can also check out some of her amazing work in the post!

How to begin : Here is an online illustration course with Procreate.

5. Dog Treat Business at Home

If you love baking, why not consider making dog treats and sell online for an extra$1000 a month?

I recently found out that you can bake dog treats in your kitchen and sell them online or at a farmers market.

This is a creative side hustle where you can explore and invent new and tasty dog treats like vegan dog cookies or pet-friendly waffles!

Kristin ran her successful dog treat business for years and is now ready to teach others how to do the same with her online training Diva Dog Bakery.

diva dog bakery

How to begin :  Check out her Kristin’s online workshop here , that teaches:

  • Why the homemade dog treat business is HOT and getting hotter every year
  • How to turn a dog treat bakery business into a side hustle pulling $500-$1,000 per month, or how to scale it into a 5-figure/year business
  • The best places to start a dog treat business, online or offline
  • How to price and sell your treats

In the course, Kristin shares dog treats recipes that she personally developed and used.

  • Get paid to test products with Pinecone Research
  • Get paid up to $50 for your opinion
  • 16 Ideas that will get you free money
  • Daily surveys up to $35 with Swagbucks

6. Wedding Photo Editor

While you can also consider starting a freelance photography business, becoming a photo editor would be a 100% remote business idea.

Wedding photographers generally outsource their editing work to private photo editors, who can work from home or anywhere in the world.

Katie Rivera, a private photo editor makes an average $75,000 per year editing wedding photos from home. According to Katie, she makes $275-$375+ per edit job, and edits anywhere from 10-30 weddings per month.

photo editing business

How to begin : Katie has created this 30 minute free online video training to learn about the photo editing industry and how you can make $50-$100/hr with this small business.

7. Make Money On Instagram

Are you interested in making money on social media?

Do you enjoy posting videos and pictures on Instagram?

You can use social media to share products you used or tried to make money.

Two important components to making this possible are, growing a loyal following and being honest and helpful with products you promote.

If you can nail these two then, you can make money on Instagram all year round. With a following of say 10,000 or 100,000, brands will reach out to you offering to pay you to do sponsored posts, by sharing their products to your readers.

If this sounds like something that interests you, check out this free Instagram masterclass . Learn what it takes to grow a following and promote products on Instagram.

8. Pinterest virtual assistant

As a Pinterest VA, you get to work with bloggers, online business owners and content creators that are looking to market their products using Pinterest.

For example , if there is an online jewellery store that is looking to promote products on Pinterest, you offer them services like opening up a new Pinterest account, creating pin images, organising Pinterest boards and pinning their content so they get more visibility.

You are assisting them in promoting their business.

As a Pinterest VA, you can earn between $18-$35 an hour, and if you move on to become a Pinterest manager you can charge more than $50 an hour depending on your experience.

This mom will show you how to become a Pinterest Virtual Assistant  starting from scratch.

9. Tutor Online

If you have a bachelors degree and experience in babysitting, mentoring, coaching or teaching you can apply to be a tutor with VIPkid. It’s an online tutoring company that allows you to teach primary school kids online.

It’s fully flexible as you get to choose your own hours of work and can earn up to $22/hour.

In here are 5 other online tutoring opportunities for those ready to teach English to primary school kids.

10. Podcast Assistant

As a podcast assistant, you will help in scheduling appointments and responding to emails for each guest on the podcast.

You will give your guest an overview of the format and general information on how the show is run.

Other skills required are editing titles, description, background music, soundcheck and also write a blog post that goes in line with the podcast.

How to begin : There are trainings available to help with learning these skills. Download this free workbook to help you understand work as a Podcast VA better.

If you are interested in pursuing this as a career, here is a course that teaches you how to become a Podcast VA from scratch.

11. Rent on Airbnb

Airbnb is one of the largest platforms to place your home for rent – whether it’s for the weekend or during the holidays. You are in full control, from setting the rates, house rules and availability.

This can be a great small business idea for women who have a part of their home or a spare room to rent.

Airbnb requires that guests provide contact information such as verified phone number and email address.

You can also request guests to provide an ID or recommendations from other hosts. To keep your home and belongings safe they also cover each booking with $1M USD in property damage protection and another $1M USD in insurance against accidents.

Enter your location here and see how much you can earn renting your home with Airbnb.

I live in the UK and their rent calculator shows my earning potential to be over £3,500 a month.

Airbnb screenshot of money that can be made renting.

12. Deliver Food with DoorDash

While a delivery driver job can be demanding if you are delivering large parcels, food delivery might be the best alternative.

There is more than one reason why DoorDash is one of the best food delivery jobs.

  • You don’t need a car to deliver. Instead, you can choose to use your bike or walk in some locations.
  • Get paid weekly
  • Choose your own hours – mornings, night or just weekends

It’s free to sign up and you can join DoorDash using your email.

13. Online Craft Business Ideas for Women

If you are good at making products like handmade goods and crafts , have you considered selling them for profit?

There are two ways you can do this.

– First set up an Etsy  or Shopify store to sell your own products. You can sell anything handmade like scarves, jewellery or gifts. On Etsy, you can also sell printables like inspirational quotes.

– Another way to do this is to have a blog or a website. With your own website, you can write content as well as create your own online store on the same platform. Selling digital products like ebooks or online courses is a good idea if you want to avoid the hassle of dealing with package and delivery.

Related: Best things to sell on Etsy

14. Freelance writing business

If you don’t want to start your own website and write content, you can choose to become a freelance writer.

As a freelance writer, you can choose the type of work you want depending on the niche and the rate of pay. As a beginner, its a good idea to write for a magazine where to can get paid up to $200 per post.

Here are 16 websites that are accepting writers in various fields even as a beginner.

If you are looking to take on client work and write for websites or online businesses I highly recommend this free training.

The training has been created by Holly Johnson who makes over $200,000 a year as a freelance writer. Learn how you can turn your passion for writing into a six-figure business.

15. Cake business

You can begin your very own cake business from home. There’s always a need for people to buy customised cakes – birthdays, weddings, Christmas or a family event.

If you enjoy baking, combine this with some cake decorating skills  and you have a flexible side hustle to begin.

You might need to check with local authorities about the health and safety rules with beginning a home-based cake business.

16. Sell Stock Photos Online

There are many ways you can earn as a photographer.

You can create and sell stock photos on your website, offer newborn or birthday photography services in your area, and also sell photos on big platforms like iStock and Shutterstock.

Almost every business needs stock photos to promote their content – so there is always work available.

Don’t worry, it’s not necessary that you take a course or earn a degree to become a professional photographer. You can try online classes like Skillshare (free trial) to learn photography from home at your own pace.

And if you have an interest in becoming a food stylist/photographer, this  affordable guide  will teach you how to take stunning food photos that sell!

17. Coaching from Home

Provide one-on-one coaching, like in fitness, business/finance, health and well-being, cooking or sewing.

Depending on your niche you will need to be certified especially if you are looking at health-related coaching.

While certain fields like SEO consultation, blog audits or Pinterest assistance wouldn’t require you to have qualifications.

Coaching you provide can be in the form of a skype call, email session or by creating a report of your audit and emailing it to your clients.

18. Interior designer

An interior designer or decorator is someone that designs homes or workplaces.

You can work either for a company or as a freelancer.

A formal qualification is not mandatory, but an associates degree would be needed.

You can build your portfolio as a beginner by offering your services for a lesser than normal price. Showcase your work to your clients with before and after photos of your work to help them see your potential.

How to begin : Check out this online interior design training.

19. Wedding/Event planner

If you are good at organising, you can consider becoming an event planner.

You can plan events like weddings or parties by creating a vision for your project and work within the time-frame and budget of your clients.

The job will involve working with other contractors that will be part of the event – like catering and interior decorators.

Gaining experience can be in the form of volunteering or working as an intern. You can also do a few short courses to get a basic understanding of the skills needed.

20. Home staging

This is an interesting job if you enjoy decorating and tidying your home.

As a home stager, your job is to set up and decorate homes to sell.

You will prepare houses for potential buyers to view. If you like to put your decorating skills to use, this might be the perfect job for you.

When the property market is high you have more chances of finding work, and the best way to gain clients is by taking before and after photos of any of your previous work to display your talent and potential.

21. Personal stylist

A personal stylist is someone who helps give advice on fashion choices like clothes and shoes that are current and suits each individual.

Formal education is not necessary, but having a background in fashion, hairdressing or previous customer service experience can work in your advantage. As a personal stylist, you have the flexibility of working for yourself and from your own home.

22. Seller on eBay

Melissa and her husband have made over $133,000 in one year selling thrift store products on eBay.

They teach you how you can buy things from flea markets and sell it for a profitable price.

You learn everything from how to buy, sell and also handle packaging and delivering products.

This can turn out to be a great full-time business if you enjoy doing little DIY projects.

23. Teach an online course

If you like to create video tutorials instead of an ebook, you can build an online course. This gives readers an easy learning experience as they get to see you in action and learn everything through visual learning.

You can create a course on health and fitness (yoga/pilates), pottery, crafts, cooking techniques or recipes.

If you need more inspiration, jump on Amazon and see what are the top-selling books.

If any of those topics interest you, create an original masterpiece and sell!

This online class will teach you how to create and sell an online course.

24. Blogging

This should have been on the top of this list because this is what makes me money from home.

When I started blogging I never imagined I’d make money from it.

This blog generates a full-time income from home each month and all I invested was a hosting company for  under $100 and a theme ($89 – optional). You can also start with a free theme and move on to a paid one at a later stage.

Check out this post on mom bloggers making money with their websites.

If you have a passion to write, I’d say start a blog.

The flexibility is incredible and you will love the income when your blog picks up momentum. Here’s a tutorial on how you can start a blog and make money from it.

From personal experience, blogging would be the best small business idea for women – especially busy moms at home.

Its a flexible, self paced side hustle that can be easy to juggle with family life.

25. Virtual assistant

Being a virtual assistant is like an online personal secretary. Your hours of work can be as little as 5 hours a week to 40 a week.

As a VA you will perform admin roles like sending and receiving emails, keep track of clients work and create a calendar schedule for the week/month.

If you are looking for ideas and inspiration download  this free list of 275+ services  to offer as a virtual assistant.

And if you like more details on this topic, here is my interview with a millennial mom and expert virtual assistant , that’s killing it in this field.

26. Personal trainer

As a personal trainer, you can either work for a fitness company or as a freelancer. You can choose to provide one-on-one fitness coaching for individuals or cater to smaller groups.

Education in this field is necessary and you will need to check what qualifications are available in your state.

You can also progress to be a yoga, pilate or children’s instructor, so there is room to expand in your career.

27. Sell crafts

If you are a crafty person and enjoy making crafts as a hobby, there are over 40 items you can make at home and sell for profit.

These are quite simple ideas and are also suitable for beginners.

What are the best businesses for stay at home moms?

Now that we have covered that long list of well-paying home business ideas.

Below are some successful moms that I had the privilege to interview on their transition from a stay at home mom to a work from home mom. Check them out!

Successful blogger Tracie Fobes makes money online not just from blogging, but also selling printables on her online store. Read the full interview here.

Jessica makes a full-time income from home with her Amazon FBA business.

Business Ideas for Women at Home

10 comments.

Jean

Very informative

Rahul Yadav

Interesting blog, good information is provided regarding tips for Women Start-Ups. Was very useful, its really amazing content.

Saranya Ramanathan

Thanks Rahul!

Sunandha

Nice, information regarding work at home it will be very useful to mothers like me

ShanORA Networks

I enjoyed your article! It brought back some memories. I remember my mom having a cake decorating business. I have also done a few of these myself – now I am training WordPress… from home!

Cynthia

Very Informative, practical and easy reading! Thank you!

sylvia edna

Podcast assistant is a new one for me. Great tips. thanks.

Faran bettany

Hi! after your article i start been tutor on VipKid. I am good in Sweden and English. It takes few days before they approve my profile and now i am working from home))) big thanks to you for this topic

Mondayninjas

Hi Saranya!

It’s great to see women encouraging other women to indulge in business. Starting your own business as a woman is not so difficult nowadays and this article actually provides some better ideas.

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60 Best Small Business Ideas for Women Entrepreneurs in 2021

Are you a woman entrepreneur searching for the perfect business idea? Look no further than our comprehensive list of 40+ best business ideas designed specifically for women like you . We’ve done the research and compiled the best options for starting or growing a successful business that aligns with your interests and skills. So, read on to discover the opportunities available and get inspired to take the first step towards your entrepreneurial dreams.

Women entrepreneurs are a force to be reckoned with in today’s business world, and the number of women-owned businesses continues to grow at an impressive rate. If you’re a woman looking to start your own business or take your existing venture to the next level, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll explore some of the best and most profitable business ideas for women. From creative endeavors to service-based businesses, we’ll provide you with the inspiration and information you need to succeed in today’s competitive market.

47 Best Business Ideas for Women Entrepreneurs

Starting a business is not limited to a specific gender. With the right knowledge and research, any woman can begin a successful venture. However, with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. That’s why it’s essential to evaluate and compare some of the top business ideas for women entrepreneurs. In this way, making an informed decision becomes easier, and you can move forward with confidence.

1. Blogging

It is one of the most suited business ideas for women as you can do this sitting at your home. The best part about this job is that you can work flexible hours. For starting a blog, you would need to create a website and start writing articles about anything of your interest. You can choose any topic such as cooking, sports, education, politics, etc.

There are various benefits of starting a blog , but you will have to make a lot of effort to increase visitors initially. Once you have enough visitors, you will be able to earn a good amount of money through sponsors and ads as well.

2. Event Planning

Women are already great at organizing and planning things well. If you too have these skills in you, then event planning can be a great option for you. Unfortunately, many people lack the expertise and time to plan the event themselves. This job needs multi-tasking and coordinating well with other departments.

It would help if you grabbed all the opportunities of planning an event such as a birthday party, corporate or social party, retirement party, or any local event. If you have multiple ongoing events, you need to ensure that you can manage everything well, and for that, you would need a good team.

So, when you think of starting event planning, you should always focus on making contacts with décor people, caterers, flower arrangements, photographers, DJ, etc. This is important for making your event not just good but the best.

3. App Development

60 Best Business Ideas for Women (2023)

If you have interest and experience in app development, this can be the best business for Ladies with low investment. App development is very much in demand and trend these days as almost every big company and brand has their app. So they need people who can update the app regularly with new ideas that make the app better and different from others.

You can make an app in any area that you find interesting or if you have a unique idea in your mind, then nothing more than that. This is a great business idea, and you can earn a lot of money through this business.

4. Freelance Content Writer

60 Best Business Ideas for Women (2023)

With the advent of the internet and now e-Commerce, the demand for the content writer has increased tremendously. If you are creative and possess excellent writing skills, this is the perfect business idea. You can start this business from home, and there is no investment cost to start this business.

Content is the king for everything, such as a website, graphic designing, animation, or bloggers . There are a lot of freelance websites and platforms where you can find legit clients for the beginning, such as Fiverr, UpWork, Behance, etc. Along with working on these platforms, you can also start your website as well.

5. Bakery Business

This is a great side business idea for women as several females love cooking and baking. What can be better than turning your passion into a profession? Initially, you can start this business from your home, and later, as the demand increases, you can open a bakery in the marketplace.

It would be best if you remembered that to make more clients and keep the customers loyal, it is important that you use quality ingredients and a great presentation. So you can also open a website start taking orders online as well. The start-up cost would be from Rs.5000-Rs.10000 as you would need to buy an oven plus a few ingredients.

6. Crafty Ideas

This is a very enticing and profitable business idea for female entrepreneurs who are creative and love creating unique handmade products for decoration. The world is seeing a transformation towards handmade products as they are authentic and different.

You can make jute bags, wooden crafts, do embroidery, handmade goodies, or anything you know well. These items sell at a very high price; you can either make your website and sell them or approach any big website such as Amazon, Flipkart, etc. and sell your products there.

Starting this business would cost just $200-$500 , and you can earn thousands of dollars in a month from this business idea.

7. Bookkeeper

As a bookkeeper , your role is to record financial transactions such as sales, purchases, receipts, and payments by a person or organization. This business is for you if you are good at math and accounting; if yes, you can get trained in bookkeeping and start with this business.

You can also find many bookkeeping jobs online; hence, you can opt for this profession part-time and full-time. As your work increases, you can even keep a few people who can work for you. This is a perfect business for women as along with this business you give time to your family.

8. Online Retail/Wholesale

This is a great online business idea for women as here you get the freedom to sell whatever product or services you like. In today’s time, when everything has become digital, people like buying things online as it saves them time and cost to travel, plus the ease of shopping at home also attracts a lot of customers.

Therefore, you can open an online boutique, sell bras, eco-friendly clothes, handicrafts, baby supplies, or anything that you have an interest in. Of course, this business requires a lot of time as you have to be updated with the latest trend and update it accordingly, but if you are able to make a good customer base, then there is no stopping.

Also Read: Best Flexible Remote Jobs for Moms

9. Tiffin Service

If you get a lot of compliments on the food your cook and recipes, why not turn it into a profession? This is one of the most popular business ideas for women as they like cooking, and making this a profession gives them satisfaction. Also, for making this business famous, you can make a list of friends and family and inform them about this business and let word of mouth do the rest.

Ensure that you use good quality ingredients, and your presentation should also be top-notch. You can also drop flyers in areas around colleges and offices as their people look for homemade food. Give it a try and see the overwhelming response.

10. Daycare Services

If you are fond of kids and love spending time with them, then starting daycare services can be an excellent idea. Start it professionally by renting out a big space where you can provide them with all the fun activities, small beds where kids can sleep if they want, table & chairs, books, toys, and everything required to keep the kids involved.

For doing this, you might have to invest a little money to get all this stuff. However, it can be a profitable business as many parents search for a safe and healthy environment for their children, and if you can provide that, you will see a lot of parents sending their kids to your daycare center.

11. Fashion Designing

Businesses centred around clothes, jewelry, and accessories have always been favorites for women worldwide. If you have a great fashion sense and love designing clothes, then you can make this your career. You can start your fashion business and make your client look divas by creating the most trendy and comfortable clothes.

You can make a lot of money in this business as firstly, the investment is low, and secondly, if the client likes your fashion sense and designing, they would prefer contacting you only. If you have space at your house, you can transform it into your studio and begin your new venture.

12. Image Consultants

A few women love to present themselves in certain aesthetics, whereas others might not be. Therefore, you can help such females earn a decent amount of money through this business. Your role as an image consultant would be to assist other women in shopping and guiding them on the type of clothes they should wear as per their body type.

Please give them a few tips on dressing up and accessorizing their clothes as per the current trends. This is one of the best small-scale business ideas for women who have a great fashion sense. The good part about this business is that there is no investment in it; all you need is updates on the latest fashion trends.

13. Photography

You can also make photography your full-time business if you have an interest in it and have great photography skills. This business requires a massive investment as you would need a professional camera, lenses, and lights. When you enter this business, you would have to create your portfolio as that would get clients to your business.

You can become a professional photographer and take event photography, such as at weddings, birthday parties, celebrations, or business parties. You can use social media account to let people know about your new business or create a website to showcase all your work.

14. Home-based Hobby Classes

If you have a skill that you can train others on, why not start classes to share it. For example, you can start classes on painting, cooking, pottery, flower making, creative writing, or anything you are interested in or good at. Then, you can easily promote this business by sending flyers in the neighborhood or making a Facebook or Instagram account to promote it.

It is one of the best business ideas for women entrepreneurs who want to work from home and do not want to spend much time. In this business, the investment is very less as you would need chairs and a table where students can sit. This is a profitable business, and you can earn pretty well during the summer or winter vacations.

Also Read: 30 Best Home Based Business Ideas for Housewives & Moms

15. Urban Landscape Artist

This business might sound new to you, but you must have seen this landscaping a lot of times around you. The role of an urban landscape artist is to turn your home green by putting beautiful planters all around. It is similar to gardening but with a professional touch that turns even a simple thing into a designer one.

To start this business, you need to have a good knowledge of organic gardening and natural pesticides. This business has recently gained a lot of popularity, which is new in the market as not many people are into this business. However, you can take this opportunity and earn a good amount of money by designing homes beautifully with urban landscaping.

16. Travel Agent

If you love traveling and have good knowledge about geography, why start any other business. You can either open your office/website or search for an online job if you want to gain experience before starting your venture.

As a travel agent, your role would be to book airlines, hotels, cruise lines, railway tickets, car rentals, travel insurance, offering public transport timetables, or giving them a complete package of all the services. This is a very interesting business that can help you earn a good amount of money every month, but that would depend on your clients or the bookings you do per month.

17. Interior Designer

If you are creative and love decorating every corner of your place elegantly and uniquely, then this business can be the perfect option for you. For starting this business, you would need to create a portfolio to show the clients your work.

The role of an interior designer is to analyze the space requirements, choose the essential decorative pieces for your place, select colours, material, and lighting. Therefore, it is imperative for you to know how to make blueprints before becoming an interior designer. You can either start this work from home or rent out an office space where you can conduct meetings with your clients.

18. Pet Sitter

This can be a great option for you if you love keeping pets or have experience in how to take care of them. For example, many people travel and cannot take their pets along, or they are working and don’t want their pets to be alone and want someone who can take care of them.

This can be a profitable business, but you need to ensure that you take proper care of them. If you want to expand your business, you can also offer additional services such as bathing, grooming, and taking them for a walk. This is a fun business for people who love pet animals, plus the benefit is that there is no time limitation in this business.

19. Stock Trading

This is one of the best business ideas for women as this can be done easily sitting at home, and you can earn limitless money in this. Obviously, to earn more, you need to invest more; plus, before investing, you would need to analyze the market carefully. However, several market-savvy homemakers are turning the stock market into their office.

You can do stock trading sitting anywhere in the world, even with your full-time job as well. You can earn extra cash by stock trading and that too without going anywhere. Numerous websites allow you to trade, and they charge a small amount of commission for that. You can start an investment with a small amount of $500 and increase the investment once you understand the market well.

Also Read: Top 10 Largest Stock Exchanges in the World

20. Social Media Influencer

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Social media has become one of the biggest platforms to create brand awareness amongst millions of people. You can also become a social media influencer as this business is very much in demand for a couple of years. Any talent can help you become an influencer, such as makeup, travel, cooking, fashion, education, etc.

You would need to do daily conversations with your viewers or followers plus post pictures, videos, and blogs as it can help to increase your loyal content consumers. The camera of your phone will be your gateway to success. There is no investment in this business; all you need to do is posting creative and value-adding content regularly.

21. Become a Teacher

You can start teaching online or take classes at your home. If you have a teaching background in any subject, this can be an ideal business idea. However, there are many parents who are working and do not have time to teach their kids, and they search for a safer teaching environment for their kids.

If you want to teach children in the primary section, then along with the knowledge, you would need skills to handle kids as well. If you start home-based tuition classes, you would need to invest in chairs and tables, but if you start online classes, there is no investment as all you would need is a laptop and headphones.

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22. Digital Marketing Services

This business has great potential and is perfect for women looking for home-based work. For starting this business, you would have to take a digital marketing course that can be done online. Once you have the certification, you can start the business.

As a digital marketer, you can freelance with small brands that look for digital marketing services. It is a great way to begin your business and build your portfolio. Create a website and showcase your work there, which would help build the credibility of your business. For starting this business, you would need an investment of $1000 to $2000.

23. Owning Rental Properties

You can earn passive income by owning rental properties as well. This is a great idea as the involvement is less in this business, but you can earn a decent amount of money through this. You can offer any rental business such as cars, furniture, crockery, air conditioner, quilts, furniture, etc. You can start with the products that you think there is demand around your place.

You need to ensure that the products are maintained properly and are cleaned again once the client returns, as the customers would only come back to you if they find your products hygienic and in good condition. You can either create your website or can also do marketing by sending flyers in your neighborhood.

24. Jewelry Business

Do you possess a love for jewelry? You frequently receive comments on your clothing, and you may spend hours looking for the ideal accessories. Then you might think about launching a jewelry business. Either register in a school or learn how to make jewelry on your own. Alternatively, you might limit yourself to design and hiring experts to handle the manufacturing.

To build a larger audience for the company and efficiently spread the word, one can start small by creating a social media profile and a small social media shop. One can eventually grow their firm based on the demand and available funds.

25. Soap Making

This business is also in trend these days because people love using skincare products that are homemade or chemical-free. So if you can make such soap that is pure and made of natural products, you can easily make a huge customer base. So for getting started, the first thing you will have to learn is making soap.

You can either start this business part-time or full-time as per your budget and demand. For example, you can initially start this business from home, and when you create a market for your product, you can expand it.

Also Read: 50+ Ways to Make Money as a Kid

26. Music Teaching

A lot of folks aren’t only interested in listening to music. Many of those who want to listen to it is also enthusiastic about learning how to play an instrument. A music lesson offers experienced new and amateur musicians to get further instruction to enhance their musical talents as well as a means for beginning musicians to learn to play an instrument. Private or group classes in a home or a classroom can be provided by you as well.

A business that offers music instruction charges students for the sessions, which typically run between 30 and an hour. Lessons may be priced per lesson or by the hour.  Group classes are less expensive than private lessons because several students are being taught in a single session. You can choose your model of music lesson business so that it can meet your schedule and objectives. Read on to learn more about the latest best business ideas for women.

27. Home Organizing

You might be able to start a career as a professional organizer if you enjoy the sense of accomplishment, you receive when you turn a chaotic mess into a completely neat, organized, and useable place. Many individuals deal with clutter or disarray in their homes and places of business. The development of routines and procedures for an ongoing organization can be a significant task. When working as a professional organizer, you can promote yourself as a general organizer while also focusing on one particular type of organizing. You may establish your target customer base using your talents and interests as a guide.

In your role as an organizer, you’ll concentrate on assisting clients in making the most of their available space, increasing storage, and offering a method they can continue to use long after you’re gone. Along with your expert organizational abilities, it’s crucial to be patient, adaptable, and a great communicator because you’ll be working with a variety of personality types and lifestyles.

Also read: 25 Best Scalable Business Ideas You Can Start

28. Fitness Trainer

People have become fitness freaks and wish to live a healthy life by eating well and exercising every day. If you are also an exercise enthusiast, then you can become a fitness trainer and make money. This is a nice business option as you not only earn money through it, but you also keep yourself healthy.

For becoming a fitness trainer, you need to have some experience, plus you will also need a certification for it. You can either take sessions at home or offer online classes to serve clients who cannot come out of the house or are based in a different part of the country.

29. Personal Chef

Becoming a personal chef is the ideal business venture for you if you enjoy cooking and are frequently in charge of preparing meals for friends and family. You would be in charge of preparing meals for your clients as a personal chef following their unique dietary requirements and preferences.

Furthermore, as more individuals become health-conscious and choose to consume cooked nutritious meals, there is an increasing need for personal chefs. If you love to cook then becoming a personal chef is one of the best business idea for you.

30. Nutritionist

If you enjoy eating and leading a healthy lifestyle, becoming certified as a nutritionist is a terrific alternative even though the process may take longer. As a nutritionist, you may work as a personal diet coach, a consultant to food establishments and producers, teach workshops and conduct seminars, or partner with health clubs and enterprises that value good health to assist your customers achieves all of these goals. This is the company for you if you enjoy educating others about healthy lives, celebrating their accomplishments, and inspiring them when they reach a plateau.

The benefits of becoming a nutritionist include the ability to make a tangible impact on others’ lives, the ability to assess your success via the accomplishments of your clients, the ability to start part-time, and the ability to work from home.

31. Podcaster

Starting a podcast can be exciting, interesting, and profitable as one of the best business ideas for women. Depending on your objectives, you may start a podcast as a pleasant pastime, a side gig, or an immediate business. A podcast is an episodic audio series in which one or more hosts discuss a certain subject. Podcasts are an effective marketing tool since they are a more personal medium. You can connect with individuals who are intrigued by what you have to say and who can help you advance your career or help develop your business.

With a podcast, there are various methods to earn money. There are certain strategies you may use to your advantage without having a sizable audience, while others depend on demand and viewing to be effective. One may monetize their podcasts in a variety of ways, including sponsored ads, affiliate codes or links, accepting donations or tips, advertising networks, gated content or memberships, etc.

32. YouTube Channel

The appropriate business concept for you can be content production if you’ve always wanted to create and share stuff on social media. One of the most sought-after careers for the younger age is that of a YouTuber. Not without cause, either. Leading YouTubers claim to have made millions of dollars by converting their channels into companies.

You can pick the subject that your channel will focus on, and as it gets more popular, you can monetize it in a variety of ways using things like affiliate marketing, AdSense, brand deals, and more. The rapid shift in the social media environment is a drawback for this industry. You must constantly be ready to adapt to new platforms and understand how to use them for your career as a content provider.

33. Voice Actress

If you have a good voice, narrating audiobooks is one of the best business ideas for women. Every year, more book enthusiasts are turning to audiobooks for entertainment. You might begin by working for organizations or launching your own business that provides voice acting for writers. Voice-over productions of any size can be quite successful. The voice-over you provide benefits every client you work for, whether they are a global powerhouse or a regional small business.

The freedom to set your hours and work from any location with an internet connection is one of the voice-over industry’s most alluring features. One can make good money if they network well and work on high-demand projects.

34. Affiliate Marketing

One of the most successful internet business concepts is affiliate marketing. An affiliate can make money by promoting the goods of another individual or business by using affiliate marketing. The affiliate merely looks for a product they are interested in, promotes it, and receives a cut of the revenue from each transaction. Through affiliate connections from one website to another, the sales are monitored.

It’s a passive source of income that may bring in up to $50,000 or more per month. You will receive ongoing returns on your original campaign investment as customers continue to buy the goods over the next days and weeks. Most businesses provide an affiliate marketing program that you can join directly to participate in and begin earning a commission from. You may also become a member of an affiliate network.

Also read: 31 Best Pay Per Lead Affiliate Programs (High-Paying)

35. Woodworking

Small-scale, home-based woodworking enterprises are possible to start. The vastly varied field merely requires that you choose the appropriate product. In addition to traditional wooden furniture, there are a variety of themes, techniques, and crafts that are included in the great cultural and ethnic diversity of wooden handcraft. The enormous domestic market need and the availability of contemporary equipment to match this demand are major drivers of this rise.

Walnut, Sandalwood, Teak, Sheesham, Deodar, Ebony, Redwood, Rosewood, Red, Cedar, Sal, and many more types of wood are used in  woodworking. It is up to each individual to select a specialization within the woodworking sector, whether they wish to specialize in designing wooden interiors or in other types of wooden products. Read on to know more about best business ideas for women.

36. Faux Painting

The faux painting gained popularity throughout time, resurfacing during the nineteenth-century neoclassical revival and the 1920s Art Deco style, and is mostly utilized in public and commercial settings. Nowadays, there are two main categories of fake painting techniques. Using a transparent mixture of paint and glazes create what resembles textures, but the finished product is typically smooth to the touch. The other faux painting method is plaster application, which is often done with a trowel or spatula and can be done with colored plasters or washed over with earth colors. The finished product may have texture or be flat to the touch.

Even if you haven’t been fake painting walls professionally, if you can master a few simple faux finishing methods, you can provide your services to family and friends without them minding that you are new to the game. You can earn some additional money on the side as long as you can make the walls appear lovely. After that, you can gradually create your portfolio and work to develop a clientele and audience.

37. Sewing Business

You may be the person who fixes buttons and hems garments since people will always need these things done. If you enjoy sewing and have a sewing machine in your home, you can start by providing basic sewing services, and then as your clientele and demand grow, broaden your range to include dressmaking and design. This can be a great choice among the best business ideas for women.

To start a sewing and alterations company, you don’t need a particular license or degree, but it’s important to develop your talents so you can embark on more challenging assignments. High-value customers will desire intricate apparel items like suits, slacks, gowns, and dresses customised. You’ll notice the most potential for profit there. All in all, one can start their business from home itself and can avoid several overheads. And in the future, if the business does create a base, then there is a large scope for expanding the sewing enterprise.

38. Errand’s Business

Let’s face it, many working people just don’t have enough time for even the most basic tasks, like bringing the pet to the veterinarian for a normal appointment, purchasing a birthday present, or collecting the kids from school. This is due to today’s hectic lifestyles. This is fantastic news if you’re a problem-solver trying to launch your own straightforward, low-cost, and possibly extremely lucrative business.

A mobile phone and dependable vehicles are all you need to run an errand service. Gain clients by networking and by putting together a straightforward marketing brochure that details the services you offer and includes your contact information. A few promotional products, such as pens and notepads imprinted with your company’s name, logo, and phone number and distributed to potential clients, will go a long way toward serving as a daily reminder of your quick, dependable, and reasonably priced errand services.

39. Laundry Business

One of the ideal business ventures for women is running a washing operation. Laundry is one task that is always necessary and must be completed. Indicating that there is a steady need for laundry services. And there are several methods to advertise your company because doing laundry is such a frequent task. Through web advertisements, word-of-mouth, or even fliers and posters in nearby shops, you may reach your target demographic.

One can either invest in starting a Laundromat business or can ideate a pickup and delivery-like laundry service. Depending on the quality of the clothing, you can provide several washes. Paying attention to the details will help you stand out in a crowded market. Before washing, pre-treat the clothing, and use the right water temperature for the fabric. Read and abide by the washing directions printed by the maker on the clothing. The garments should be returned to their owners in the best condition you can manage.

Also read: Buying a Laundromat: Everything To Know

40. Food Truck

Ever wanted to own a restaurant but weren’t quite ready to make the leap? Use a food truck to test out your ideas. Before establishing or making an investment in a brick-and-mortar shop, it’s a terrific opportunity to learn about cuisine and restaurant licensing locally, see what folks like and dislike, and develop a rabid following.

The cost of a food truck will be higher, but fortunately, you may rent the actual vehicle. Since the cost will be significant, renting one in advance of an event like a concert or food festival is advised. There, you’ll get the chance to gauge the level of interest in your cuisine and decide whether the food truck industry is a good fit for you. Read on to know more about best business ideas for women.

41. Online Courses

One of the finest internet business ideas for women is to develop and market online courses. You may earn money by teaching others about a subject you are knowledgeable about by developing an online course on a range of subjects, from health to business.

There are several apps and platforms out there that allow anybody to easily host and manage an online course. You can set it up quickly and affordably, and you have access to a wide range of tools to develop landing pages that will help you market and sell your course.

There are many different things to think about while starting a business. One of the better possibilities for women is to start a café. Here are a few of the reasons why this is one of the best business concepts for women. First off, opening a café is a reasonably inexpensive business venture. They might also be highly profitable, which is the second benefit. Thirdly, they provide a flexible work schedule, which is perfect for women with other responsibilities like family or kids.

One can also make their café exclusive by building it around a certain theme. It is crucial, to choose a theme that is relatable to the general customer and the target crowd.  One can say that starting a café is a terrific alternative if you’re searching for a business endeavor that checks all the boxes.

43. Online Dating Consultant

Another one of the best business ideas for women is starting a dating consultancy. For their time, dating consultants typically charge a fee. They assist people in building effective online dating profiles, finding potential matches outside of the usual internet channels, and providing a degree of personalization that a site like Tinder cannot. Consider yourself to be a natural at this game. You may want to get into this line of work.

You’ll need a website that features information about you and offers free dating materials that your clients could find useful if you want to establish an online dating consultant business. You can invite them for a free consultation once they download the material. Online dating advisors require high degrees of empathy, as well as good interpersonal and communication abilities. There are no particular schooling or license requirements, which is fantastic news.

44. Resume Writer

It can be challenging and time-consuming to put together a résumé, cover letter, and portfolio when applying for a new position. That’s why many individuals use assistance. Helping customers by creating resumes that are customized, cover letters that are well-edited, and meticulously curated portfolios that are hard for employers to overlook is one of the best business ideas for women who want to work in their own time. A resume-writing firm is cost-effective, requires little training, and has low overhead. Once you’ve mastered the art of creating resumes, you can expand your services to include cover letters and even provide career counseling alongside these services.

45. Specialty Food Store

You may find a specialty food shop for any cuisine, including gourmet foods, cheeses, sake, and wine. Open a business where you provide the kind of knowledge and selection your target market could only dream of finding from their neighborhood grocery and put your affinity for a particular type of cuisine to good use.

Women may choose and source the products from artisans they love and trust to establish their own gourmet food business. Find local producers of the food you would like to sell by asking around in your neighborhood. These producers are typically amenable to cooperation, especially if they receive a share of the earnings.

If a physical site is too expensive to start with, you can begin by establishing stalls at local markets and food festivals when it comes time to sell. Alternatively, you can also start your online store by delivering to a larger customer base.

46. Tour Guide

Interested in your state’s or city’s local history? Think about working as a tour guide. To perform the job successfully, you will undoubtedly need to do a lot of studies, but that’s half the pleasure. Offer tours that focus on a particular aspect of the history of your neighborhood to set yourself apart.

While some tour guides design guided gourmet excursions for visitors to get a genuine sense of the area, others give historical walking tours of their town’s most eerie locations. This is one of the new addition in the list of best business ideas for women.

47. Flower Shop

Flowers are fantastic for every occasion, and opening your own flower business doesn’t require any formal education. Opening a flower store is very affordable; all you need to do is rent a location and purchase a chiller to keep your flowers fresh. You can buy flowers from local flower aficionados or cultivate your flowers in a greenhouse. Residents will appreciate having access to fresh flowers for celebrations like weddings, memorial services, dances, and other occasions.

These were some of the best business ideas for women; you can choose any idea of your interest and your skillset. Yet, there are a few things that you should consider before commencing any business.

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How to find the best business idea for women?

You can use the above list and review all the options you like and make a list of them. Then, analyze the options and see which one is best for you and your family. There is a well-known saying that “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. Therefore, you need to think out of the box when you review the options, as the more the risk, the more you can earn.

Questions to ask before starting any business

Here is the list of questions that one should ask yourself before opting for any business idea:

  • Will this business be a part-time source of income or make it the main source of income?
  • Analyze and see the business start-up cost plus the monthly fixed expense to run the business. Then, check how much you need to invest in the business initially and where would it come from?
  • As per your schedule, see how much time you can spare in the business? Of course, this would also depend on the first question.
  • Think and ask yourself if you want to use the skills and experience you already have or you want to start with something entirely new?

Once you decide on the type of business you want to commence, start looking for other things such as location, team members (if required), financers, look for the vendors from where you can buy the raw material at the lowest prices etc. All this takes time, and after reviewing all such factors, you would analyze the cost of the business set-up.

No matter whatever business you choose for yourself, remember that you can always use others’ wisdom who have done the same business. Talking or taking advice from other female entrepreneurs can help you in averting the mistakes they might have made.

Also, as per the experts, you need to make a schedule in such a way that you get time to rest and relax as well. Also, read articles of other female entrepreneurs as that can help you gain insight into their life and issues they faced while making a balance between work and home.

Are you ready to start?

In conclusion, there are numerous business ideas that are perfect for women entrepreneurs. By following your passions and considering your skills and interests, you can find a profitable business that aligns with your goals and values. Whether it’s starting an online business, offering a specialized service, or becoming a consultant, there’s no limit to what you can achieve. With the right planning, research, and determination, you can turn your business dreams into a successful reality. So, take the first step today and start building your empire as a successful woman entrepreneur!

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70 Small Business Ideas for Anyone Who Wants to Run Their Own Business

Meg Prater (she/her)

Published: July 31, 2023

A good business idea may seem hard to come by, but with some planning and preparation, you can easily launch a small business to supplement your income — or become your own full-time boss.

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Maybe you already have an idea of the business you’d like to start. But while you might feel ready for a new venture and passionate about your idea, you might be looking for some direction.

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The first step to becoming a successful entrepreneur is finding a business idea that works for you. In this article, you’ll find dozens of small business ideas you can start from home and scale up as your clientele grows. Let’s get started.

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Not all small business ideas are made equal: Some require more effort and funding than others, while some can be launched with few resources — or resources you already have. As a potential small business owner, you’ll want to save as much money as possible on training, rent, supplies, and other necessities.

Let’s go over what makes a good business idea:

  • Requires little to no training . A good small business idea will ideally leverage your existing field of expertise and require little to no training. That will not only shorten your time-to-launch, but also lessen your expenses, since training courses can cost a significant amount of money. Plus, you’ll be more confident offering services that you feel prepared to deliver.
  • Requires low setup costs. Your business should be cheap to start. Maybe you only need to purchase a website domain or buy a desk for your garage.
  • Requires little hands-on inventory or supply management . A great business idea needs few supplies and little inventory management. If you want to sell physical goods, you can either try drop-shipping and manually make goods in small batches.
  • Is based online . The best small business ideas are based online and can be carried out from your personal computer. This will automatically lower your commuting costs and give you greater flexibility over your personal and work life.
  • Can sustainably be managed by few people . As a small business owner, you won’t have the funds to hire other people to help you run your business — at least not at first. A good business idea should give you the ability to run your business on your own.

Airbnb Co-founder, Brian Chesky, said, "If we tried to think of a good idea, we wouldn’t have been able to think of a good idea. You just have to find the solution for a problem in your own life."

If you’re like Brian and you’ve already thought about a solution for a problem you encounter in your life — or you’re on the path to doing so — then starting a small business may be in your future. It may also be for you if you dream of clocking out of your nine-to-five job for the last time and becoming your own boss.

Below, we include the absolute best ideas for you to start your small business — with resources and examples to help you get started.

1. Handyman

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Are you always fixing things around the house? Often on-call when friends need small projects completed? Create a website , conduct a competitive analysis to determine what your time and expertise are worth, and turn to the friends you’ve helped before for referrals.

A handyman business is a good idea if you’ve already built a robust set of skills to help others fix up their homes. Consider specializing in what you feel well-prepared to do — for instance, if you know your way underneath a sink and water system, then you might provide sink fixing services to start, then expand your offerings once you earn more skills.

No certifications are needed to become a handyman, and there are no special education requirements. You might need, however, a license if you’re planning to undertake jobs worth more than a certain dollar amount. Some states might not require this license.

To start your handyman business, we recommend the following resources:

  • Handyman License Requirements by State
  • The Most Requested Handyman Services
  • Association of Certified Handyman Professionals

2. Woodworker

Similarly, if you have a passion for crafting beautiful furniture or other home goods out of wood, that could be a small business niche for you. Get started by listing a few of your pieces on sites like Etsy . Once you build a following, consider starting a website, accepting custom orders, or expanding to refinishing work and upholstery.

A woodworker small business is ideal if you already have a passion for woodworking, as well as the tools to begin fulfilling orders as they begin to come in. Since delivering a well-made product is key to keeping your customers happy, you don’t want to be “training” as you create a custom shelf or a custom storage box. It’s recommended to have at least one year of experience as a woodworking apprentice.

To start a woodworking business, there are no special education requirements, but there are a wide range of woodworking training certifications online, so we suggest starting with a certification. The Woodwork Institute , YesTomorrow , and The School of Fine Woodworking are potential places to start.

3. Online Dating Consultant

Dating consultants usually charge for their time. They help people create successful online dating profiles, source possible matches from outside the typical online channels, and offer a level of personalization that a site like Tinder can’t. Think you’ve got a knack for the match? This might be the business for you.

Online dating consultants need to have strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as heightened levels of empathy. The good news is that there are no special education or licensure requirements, though we recommend getting a certification such as IAP College’s relationship coach certification or Hart Academy’s online dating coach certificate .

To start an online dating consultant business, you’ll need a website that shares all about you and offers free dating resources your customers might benefit from. Once they download a resource, you can loop them in for a free consultation.

4. Sewing and Alteration Specialist

small business idea example: sewing and alterations

People will always need clothing hemmed and buttons mended — and you could be the person to do it. If you love sewing and have a sewing machine at home, start by offering simple services like those mentioned above and expand your repertoire to dressmaking and design as you build a customer base and demand.

You don’t need a special license or degree to begin a sewing and alterations business, but it’s essential to build your skills so you can take on more complicated projects. High-value clients will want to customize complicated items of clothing such as suits, pants, gowns, and dresses. That’s where you’ll see the highest potential for profits.

Altering these items require special skills, however. A few courses you might consider include:

  • International Open Academy's Tailoring Course for Beginners
  • Jackson Sewing Academy’s Basic Alterations Course
  • American Bespoke Tailoring Academy’s Programs

You’ll also need to shop for sewing supplies of all colors to accommodate your clients.

5. Freelance Developer

From building websites for other small businesses to providing technical support for certain projects, quality web development is in high demand right now. As a web developer, you'll naturally have a technical skill set. Distill your knowledge and expertise so customers who don't have your experience are able to understand what it is you'll be helping them achieve.

To help with this, test your messaging on friends and family who don’t have a firm understanding of the work you do. If they’re able to summarize what you do, your messaging is likely effective among people outside of your industry. You can start finding your first freelance contracts by visiting different freelance websites .

Unlike a few other options in this list, a freelance developer does need some training to launch a successful business and start taking on projects, but if you’re a beginner, don’t worry. There are plenty of boot camps to get you up to speed with either full-stack or front-end web development. Some of these boot camps are even offered through accredited tech schools.

Some boot camps you might consider include:

  • Coding Dojo
  • Fullstack Academy
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Coding Boot Camp

These vary in price, so be sure to do extensive research to find one that fits you and your budget.

6. Personal Trainer

Offer in-home consultations, personalized nutrition and exercise regimens, and community boot camps to get the word out. Don’t forget to populate an Instagram feed with inspirational quotes, free exercise videos, and yummy snack ideas as well — it’s a common way for fitness gurus to build their brands in our digital world.

If you choose to go this route, it’s OK to start small at first, then scale up. For instance, MOURfit is a personal training business in Indianapolis that started in a shared gym, then grew to a private gym that offers group fitness, personal training, and nutrition services.

To start a personal training business, you’ll need a certification. If you already earned a degree in an unrelated discipline, we recommend starting with the NASM-CPT certification , which is nationally accredited and only requires a high school diploma or GED. You can also get a Bachelor’s degree in physical and exercise science — here’s one example from Emory & Henry College .

7. Freelance Graphic Designer

Set your own hours, choose your projects, and build a portfolio and business you’re proud of. From website design to blog graphics and more, many companies seek out experienced graphic designers for support on a variety of projects.

The good news? There are no special education requirements for becoming a freelance graphic designer, though we recommend seeking a credential (like SAIC’s graphic design certificate or RISD’s graphic design certificate ) or an Associate’s degree in design so you can confidently present your portfolio and complete your first few projects.

If you’re just starting out with graphic design, try these tips and tricks that are ideal for beginners. If you’re more experienced but need to build your portfolio to attract clients, these prompts will get your creativity flowing in no time. We also recommend reviewing other people’s work on portfolio websites to get a feel for what is “trendy” and receive feedback as you grow your small business.

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8. Life/ Career Coach

If you have experience navigating career, personal, and social transitions successfully, put it to good use as a life or career coach. Many of us are looking for guidance in our careers — and finding someone with the time to mentor us can be tough.

Life/career coaches don’t come cheap, but they are able to offer clients the intense and hands-on training and advice they need to make serious moves in their personal and professional lives. After all, everyone needs some uplifting advice from time to time.

To start your life/career coaching business with confidence, you can look for a certification program (like the Life Coach School’s or Diane Hudson’s ), then apply your skills as you acquire new clients.

small business idea example: Career Coach Nariah Broadus

A resume writing business is economical, has few overhead costs, and has few educational requirements. We still recommend having an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree and a few resume samples on hand. If you still feel that you need to brush up on your resume writing skills, you can take a course like Coursera’s or LinkedIn Learning’s .

Once you’ve gotten resume writing down, you can expand your business to include cover letter writing, and even offer career coaching services in conjunction with these services.

10. Freelance Writer

If you have writing skills , there’s someone out there willing to pay you for them. Write blog posts, magazine articles, and website copy galore — just make sure you have a body of work built up to share with potential clients. Even if you create a few sample pieces to have on hand, they’ll help exhibit your work and attract new business.

To become a freelance writer, it’s essential to choose a specialty. For instance, you might choose to only write for publications in the healthcare industry (maybe because you were previously a healthcare worker), or focus on lifestyle publications. Whatever the case, specializing will help you find your niche market and gain confidence as a new freelancer writer.

There are no educational requirements to freelance writing, but you do need strong writing skills. It also helps to enjoy writing. While a certification may beneficial, getting practice and writing every day is more important. Try these writing prompts to start.

11. Landscaper

Mowing, tree-trimming, and seasonal decor are all neighborhood needs. If you have or can acquire the equipment, a landscaping business can be a lucrative affair. It’s also a great choice if you enjoy doing it for your own home and have a good eye for landscape design.

The good news is that you can start small. For instance, you could offer your neighbors seasonal planting services and start with a few perennial plants, or simply offer mulching services.

To grow your landscaping business, you should consider taking some formal training. The following organizations offer courses:

  • New York Botanical Gardens

After completing a course and getting enough experience, you can apply for a certificate from a landscaping organization. While a certificate isn’t necessary to work in the field, it can build your credentials and help you make industry connections to take your landscaping business to the next level. The Association of Professional Landscape Designers offers one potential certificate you could pursue.

Some states require licensure, especially if you’ll be using pesticides and fertilizers. Be sure to review the requirements for your state.

Learn some of the basics now with this video on landscape design from Lowe’s:

12. Videographer

Video production requires you to have invested in the equipment up front, which can be quite expensive. But that’s also what makes your services so valuable. Make sure you have a reel of your work to share or create a website with several selections of your work available for interested viewers.

There are no educational or licensure requirements for starting a video production business. As with writing and other creative arts, though, it pays to specialize. Real estate videos differ radically from wedding videos, and wedding videos differ radically from in-studio interviews and testimonials. By specializing, you target a highly specific customer who’ll benefit the most from your services, and you can also skill-up more effectively in one shooting style.

While you can find general classes on videography, you should consider taking a class in the type of videography you’d like to do. For instance, you could take The Complete Wedding Videography Course , if that’s the route you’d like to take.

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13. Photographer

Start by conducting photo shoots for your family and friends. As you build a body of work, ask for referrals and reviews. Photography businesses often grow by word of mouth, so create a Facebook page where you can tag recent clients. Photos where you tag those clients will show up in their friends’ newsfeeds, where they can view your work. You can also ask them to leave reviews on your Facebook business page.

Like with a video production small business, you’ll want to specialize. Will you do product shoots or portraits? How about wedding or fashion photo shoots? Once you specialize, you’ll be able to create a body of work that most accurately represents your strengths.

There are no educational or licensure requirements for starting a small photography business, but we recommend investing in a few photography courses, especially if you haven’t used your camera in a while. Some courses you might start with include:

  • Cornell’s Digital Photography Certificate Program
  • New York Institute of Photography’s Course

From there, seek courses that help you build skills in your chosen specialty.

If you’re not sure where to start with freelance photography, take a look at Erica Clayton’s journey into the business below. Her advice? Give yourself a firm deadline to turn a profit.

14. Bed and Breakfast Owner

small business idea example: bed and breakfast

This is another business venture that will require you to research the correct licensure from your state, but it will be well worth it to see your dreams come true. Consider what guests will be traveling to your area and create special packages and themed stays that coincide with their interests in your locale.

To start a bed and breakfast business, you’ll need a physical business location and a small staff for maintenance, customer service, and upkeep. For that reason, we recommend it if you have startup funds to start your business. (Don’t have any? Here’s how to start crowdfunding to launch your new business .)

A successful bed and breakfast business will also need an SEO-optimized website with a hotel booking system. If you create your website on the WordPress platform, you can easily create a B&B website using a hotel booking plugin — so there’s no need to code the booking form from scratch.

With Airbnb and hotels stealing market share, the competition is tough in the bed and breakfast space, so we recommend providing a unique angle to the stay. As mentioned, the stays can be themed — maybe your B&B is a vintage home with all original furniture, or maybe you offer traditional fare from your homeland.

15. Clothing Boutique Owner

If you dream of building your own fashion empire, why not start with a local boutique? Build buzz with impressive clothing styles, inspiring social media accounts, and heavy community involvement. While you can open a physical store, you can easily start online — and if that proves profitable, you can open up a local shop.

There are a few ways you can start a clothing boutique. First, you can make the clothes yourself if you already have experience in fashion design or know how to sew, knit, and curate colors and patterns.

Alternatively, you can design certain aspects of the clothing — such as a graphic or a logo — then send it to be printed on-demand at a local print shop when orders come in.

Lastly, you can dropship the items from a warehouse you’ve partnered with. This method is less reliable because there’s less quality assurance for each item, especially if you never visit the warehouses yourself. Regardless of the method you choose, starting a clothing boutique is highly doable, and you don’t need to have a fashion degree (though it certainly helps).

Take some inspiration from Sleep Ova , a luxury loungewear boutique based in Los Angeles, CA.

small business idea example: sleep ova

16. Specialty Food Store Owner

small business idea example: specialty food store

Gourmet foods, cheeses, sake, wine — you name a food, there’s a specialty food store out there for it. Put your passion for exotic olive oils to good use and open a store like American Provisions where you offer the kind of expertise and selection your audience couldn’t dream of getting from their local grocer.

To start your specialty food store, you’ll want to curate and source the items from makers that you love and trust. Ask around your community to find local makers of the food you want to sell, and the makers will likely be open to a partnership, especially if they get a cut of the profits.

When it’s time to sell, you’ll want to find a physical location, but if that investment is too high, you can start by setting up stalls at food festivals and local markets. Or you can go the ecommerce route and sell the products through your website, taking care to carefully pack perishable items.

17. Food Truck Owner

Always dreamt of owning a restaurant but not quite ready to take the plunge? Test out your concepts with a food truck. It’s a great way to become familiar with food and restaurant licensing in your state, see what people like and don’t like, and build a ravenous following before ever opening or investing in a brick-and-mortar location.

Food trucks will require a larger investment, but thankfully, you can rent the truck itself — the Food Truck Group and Roaming Hunger are two potential leasers you could look at. The cost will be high, so we recommend renting one in preparation for an event such as a food festival or concert. There, you’ll get to test out the popularity of your cuisine and see if the food truck business is right for you.

Taco Nganas , a taco truck in Memphis, TN, started with one food truck and expanded to three, building a loyal customer base along the way.

18. Car-detailing Specialist

small business idea example: car detailing

The devil is in the details, and you can be too. Car-detailing services that travel to the client are convenient for busy people who can’t find the time to run through the car wash. With this business, your clients only have to pay and the service will be done for them before they know it. Just make sure you have the flexibility, transportation, and equipment to take your business on the road.

There are no educational requirements for car detailing, but you should still take a course such as Auto Finesse’s detailing training to learn core concepts and brush up on your skills.

To get your car detailing business off the ground, you’ll need an SEO-optimized website and a way for customers to book online with you. Before you take that step, however, consider listing your services on websites like Angi , Thumbtack , and even Nextdoor.com so you can get your first local clients.

Don’t have a lot of money to start your business? Check out the ideas below.

1. Translator

Speak a foreign language? Start a translation service. Consider specializing in a specific genre of translation, like medical or financial translation, as you might be able to fill a niche need in your community.

small business ideas: translator

To become a translator, you should have a rock-solid grasp of two languages — ideally, you’ll be near native level for both. You don’t need special credentials to become a translator, but a certification (such as from the American Translators Association ) will legitimize your business and help you get clients.

Prior to gaining a certification, you can also pursue an online certificate, which will teach you the basics of translation. Some providers include:

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • The University of Arizona
  • University of Georgia

2. Garden Designer

Many people have the willingness to do the dirty work in their backyards, but few have the know-how to complete the first part of this process — designing and planning the backyard space. Draw up the designs for your clients’ outdoor spaces and let them do the actual digging.

But you can also offer installation services, or hire your own contractors to fulfill the design.

small business ideas: garden designer

To become a garden designer, you should seek at least one credential so you’re well-versed in the basics and prevent damage to a client’s landscape. The American Academy of Garden Design offers courses and certificates that start at $450. A cheaper option is New Skills Academy’s Garden Design Certification ($120).

Remember, the goal is to start a business for cheap, and a certification can have a high ROI after you book your first few clients for garden design.

3. Travel Planner

The time of the travel agent might be passing, but people are still looking for those with a knack for more nontraditional travel coordination. If you always plan the perfect vacations complete with beautiful hotels, the ideal location, and a bevy of delicious restaurants lined up for every evening, consider advertising your services as a more modern approach to travel planning.

You don’t have to only plan trips for individuals, either. If you’re experienced enough, you can even start a group travel company, like Art N Soul Escapes .

You can become a travel planner by first volunteering to plan a few trips for your family and friends. Try it and see if you like it. Once you feel like you’ve gotten a good taste, attend a travel planner program and get certified. Some options include:

  • The Travel Institute Training & Certification Program
  • Penn Foster Travel and Tourism Specialist Diploma

You can also seek employment at a travel agency first, then strike out on your own once you’ve learned the basics.

4. Home Inspector

A home inspector examines a house’s drywall, electrical wiring, energy efficiency, and structural integrity to find potential issues on behalf of a home buyer. Home inspectors work in the field. They visit homes in person and provide a written inspection report. Alternatively, some home inspectors offer virtual inspections, which may be a good fit if you’d prefer to work from home.

small business ideas: home inspector

Working as a home inspector requires certification and a great deal of expertise, but it can offer a flexible work schedule and stable income. Confirm the licensing requirements in your state before getting started with this type of small business. You’ll want to make sure you’re providing the best service to your clients by having all of your credentials in order.

To become a home inspector, you should invest in a certification program, such as:

  • International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
  • ATI Home Inspector Academy

Be sure to check local authorities and universities for a course.

5. Personal Chef

We all love to eat, but few of us have the time or energy to cook healthy, delicious meals. Advertise your services to local families and businesses alike. To save on start-up costs, consider scheduling certain groups of clients together — say, vegetarians — so you can cook larger quantities of the same dish.

You can also begin by selling food in batches at local farmer’s markets or via a food truck. Once you’ve generated some awareness, you can begin taking on clients. Alternatively, you can start a delivery meal prep service by cooking 5-7 days’ worth of meals for clients.

small business idea example: personal chef

Chef Paul’s mouth-watering dishes are available to clients across the country. His clientele niche consists of athletes, corporate businesses, and local gyms.

6. Property Manager

Many people maintain properties they don’t live in — often based in different cities or states. As a property manager, you can help a property owner ensure their home is well taken care of, handle small fixes as they arise, and serve as a liaison to renters. It’s helpful if you have a background in real estate.

This option is a great fit if you have stupendous organizational, administrative, and customer service skills. As a property manager, you’ll be handling everything from screening potential tenants to collecting rent.

To become a property manager, you must first complete coursework in your desired state. We recommend working at an existing property management company to get your foot in the door. Once you’ve learned the basics, you can then start your own property management business.

7. Massage Therapist

Soothe aching muscles and promote peace for your clients as a massage therapist. As a massage therapist, you’ll offer targeted, personalized care that’s an edge above in-shop or mall massage services. To start this small business, you should invest in customer service courses, as well as a massage therapy certification.

small business idea example: massage therapist

Be sure to look into training and certification courses in your city and state, and to invest in a portable bed to take on client visits.

8. Interior Designer

Similar to landscape design — there are many people who have the ability to buy the furniture and home decor they need to fill their rooms, but few who know where to start. It might take some time to build a portfolio, but documenting your projects and sharing them online can build a fanbase beyond your wildest dreams.

To start an interior design business, we first recommend trying your hand at decorating your friends’ homes and working with their vision and specifications. One big aspect of interior design is providing fantastic customer service and knowing how to fulfill a client’s design vision while employing your interior design expertise.

You can then take an interior design course to round out your knowledge, such as the one offered by The New York Institute of Art and Design .

Need inspiration? Check out Sandra Cavallo’s interior design Instagram account.

small business idea example: interior designer

9. Nonprofit Owner

If you dream of devoting your life to a cause you believe in, it might be time to start a nonprofit. You’ll need to incorporate your business and file for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status — and then you’ll be required to meet ongoing standards of compliance, but the payoff is making a meaningful impact on a cause you believe in.

The best thing is that you can begin a nonprofit easily from your home, even before filing for 501(c)(3) status. First, create a non-profit website (ideally with a .org top-level-domain). Define your mission and goals, and figure out how you’ll execute your non-profit activities. For instance, if you’re raising money to buy books for local schools, who will deliver them? Which retailer will you use? Start small, then expand.

Thereafter, apply for exempt status so that you’re not taxed like a regular business. The profit margins may be smaller, but the job is endlessly rewarding.

Whether you’re a math whiz, piano master, or Shakespeare aficionado, there’s someone out there who needs a little help in your area of expertise and is willing to pay for it. Advertise your services through local schools, community colleges, community centers, and even social media to get the word out and build a customer base.

To start a tutoring business, you should first gain experience educating others by either volunteering or even teaching friends and family. But you can begin straight away by listing your services locally and online and launching a tutoring website.

Be sure to define your niche. Will you be tutoring students in their homes? Or opening a local tutoring location? Which subject will you teach? Create handouts, use textbooks, and know which online resources will be best for your tutee’s learning style.

11. Consultant

If you have significant experience in or knowledge of a specific subject, consider becoming a consultant. Perhaps you’re an expert at hiring practices, have a knack for SEO , or have led multiple sales teams to six-figure success. Identify your expertise and market yourself as a consultant and charge the going rate.

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Some consulting industries are more competitive than others, so be sure to complete your research prior to starting a small consulting business. One way to find out how competitive a consulting niche is by doing keyword search . If your target niche is highly searched or already is dominated by big companies, you may have a harder time breaking in. You can use keyword research tools to uncover keyword volume and local demand.

12. Event Planner

An event planning business is an excellent choice if you have great organizational and interpersonal skills, and it’s relatively cheap to start. You might choose to specialize in a specific type of event — like weddings or company meetings — or set yourself up as an event planner of all trades.

The good news is that event planners are always in demand. It’s not a job that can be easily automated, so this small business idea is set to thrive regardless of the digital landscape. To start, you’ll want to look for a platform that will easily allow you to advertise your availability, such as event planner directories like Eventective and WeddingWire .

If you’re highly organized, are detail-oriented, and have experience planning large events, it might be time for others to benefit from your skills.

13. Personal Assistant

Personal assistants help business owners and executives take care of administrative tasks. To launch a freelance personal assistant business, you should leverage networking opportunities on LinkedIn and attend small business events at local chambers of commerce. Most local business owners might not even know they need a personal assistant until you market your services to them.

If you’re an organized, highly-detailed person, the life of a personal assistant might be for you. Don’t want to be tied to one office or person all day, every day? Consider becoming a virtual assistant, which allows you a more flexible work environment.

To become an assistant, choose a niche — will you be helping women business owners specifically? Do you have a specific field of expertise, like bookkeeping? A website can also go a long way, and be sure to print business cards for you to hand out during networking events.

14. Consignment Shop Owner

If you have an eye for style but don’t want to invest in the inventory of a brand-new boutique, consider starting a consignment shop. It will allow you to curate a collection of clothing that matches your goals and aesthetic, without the overhead of a boutique selling entirely new garments.

The beauty of a small consignment business is that you can now start one online. You can sign up on a platform such as Poshmark , Depop , and even Etsy , then easily start selling your own used fashion from home.

Once you’ve defined your niche — such as vintage clothing, unique locally made art, or colorful shoes — you can begin sourcing new products from your local stores and thrift shops.

15. Caterer

If the personal chef gig is too restrictive for your schedule, consider catering instead. Pick your projects, work on fewer but larger events, and hone in on your time management skills.

Becoming a caterer is a natural step for those who are used to cooking for large events — for instance, you may have already catered your friend’s wedding, or brought a 20-person meal to a potluck (that counts, too!).

It’s essential that you have enough temperature-regulated storage for the meals prior to each event, and that you arrange for reliable, temperature-controlled transportation to and from your home kitchen. Alternatively, you can lower your costs by inviting customers to pick up their order at your home.

16. Gym Owner

Kickboxing gyms, yoga studios, CrossFit, oh my! Turn your passion for fitness into a community for others by creating your own gym — start one from the ground up, become an affiliate, or open a franchise location.

Available franchise opportunities include Anytime Fitness, Orangetheory Fitness, Pure Barre, Planet Fitness, Crunch Fitness, and more. Be prepared to take out a loan to finance your franchise — most agreements start with fees upward of $20,000. But the payoff can be tremendous due to brand recognition. You’ll have no trouble recruiting new members as long as you use local marketing strategies .

Alternatively, you can create a local studio, but ideally, it should be for a specific activity instead of general fitness. Yoga, pilates, bootcamp-style gyms, and martial arts perform well as independent fitness studios.

17. Boutique Agency Owner

What’s your specialty? Whether it’s marketing, social media, or PR, it might be time to start your own agency. Many other small businesses need this type of help but don’t have the resources or volume to necessitate a full-time position.

To start an agency, you would ideally have worked in your specialty for a number of years. You should also be prepared to interface directly with clients, fulfill their requirements, and temper their expectations (if they want results in an unreasonably short amount of time).

Consider building a small team and learn from other entrepreneurs who’ve successfully started their own agencies, like Duane Brown of Take Some Risk .

18. Coffee Shop Owner

Turn your caffeine addiction into something a little more lucrative. Opening a franchise or buying an existing shop are lower-risk entry points to the coffee game, but they usually require a little more cash upfront. Starting a shop from scratch requires more planning and work — but it also maximizes your earning potential in the future.

A coffee shop is an excellent fit if you already have a full-time remote job and wish to supplement your income with a small business. You can manage the coffee shop as you work at one of the tables, but be sure to have the budget to hire an experienced barista who can pick up the slack.

If you would like to open a coffee shop and run it full-time on your own, you’ll need to undertake barista training, understand worldwide coffee sources, and have excellent customer service skills.

19. Moving Company

A truck, moving equipment, manpower, and the correct permits and insurance are the building blocks of starting your own moving company . Before you buy your first fleet of trucks, however, start small with a moving van and keep your costs low.

Still sound like too much of an initial investment? Consider offering packing services only, which have a much lower financial barrier to entry. You can partner with moving companies and offer to do their packing, or have them refer clients to you.

You could even take a niche approach to the industry as Astro International has by offering international moving services.

small business idea example: moving company

20. Home Staging

If you have a flair for interior design, a staging service might serve as your creative outlet and professional calling. You can build a portfolio with little initial investment by staging homes using the owner’s existing furnishings and decor. Most stagers eventually build up an inventory of furniture as they become more established and network with area realtors.

To get your first home staging clients, you should first rely exclusively on networking. Find your local realtors’ association and attend their events with business cards handy. Once you’ve gotten your first clients and built your portfolio, you can begin posting your designs on your home staging website.

small business ideas: home staging

If you don’t yet have enough experience, be sure to pursue an interior design course before opening this small business.

These home business ideas give you a few more business options that are either based at home or online.

Frontend, backend, and every type of code in between, this skill requires no in-person interaction with your clients. But one skill you’ll want to carry over from the in-person world for this type of business is active listening. It can be easy to zone out while building a product, but developing a connection with the client is just as important as developing the code for their website.

If you keep the client top of mind when you can’t be around physically, you can ensure that you’re meeting their development needs with your coding work.

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2. Vending Machine Owner

Since 2015, the growth rate for vending machine businesses has increased 1.4%. Even as social distancing restrictions are still in place, this business can still be lucrative if you choose the right locations. High-traffic is key — places like hospitals, schools, and community centers are smart places to start placing your machines to generate enough revenue to cover cost and turn a profit.

small business idea example: vending machine owner

3. Social Media Manager

Do you have a knack for social media? As a social media manager, you can use your skills to manage the social media accounts for companies and even individual people. Influencer marketing has become more common and many influencers rely on marketing agencies or employees to help them run their social channels.

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4. Data Entry Clerk

Many businesses seek data entry clerks to help them enter information into their computer systems and spreadsheets. If you have strong computer and typing skills, this might be the business for you.

5. Audio or Video Editor

As of March 2021, there are 1.75 million podcasts available to listeners. For this reason, brands are turning to audio and visual content to connect with consumers. The catch is that many don't have the time to invest in the production of this content, or they don't have the skills to do it. Audio and video editors are in demand when it comes to producing quality content for hungry audiences.

6. Voiceover Artist

Speaking of podcasts and videos, many content creators recognize the value and level of professionalism that great voice talent can bring to a project. There are gigs out there for podcast intros/outros, narration for explainer videos, or even voice work for audiobooks. Learn how to get started with no experience from Kat Theo below:

7. Dog Walker, Groomer, or Trainer

Licensing and insurance will be the two most important factors in opening a dog walking, grooming, or training business, but your canine colleagues will surely make up for the initial red tape. To test the waters before jumping in, consider walking dogs through companies like Rover. Ready to run your own show? Consider a franchise like Dogtopia .

8. Candy Seller

If you grew up in a close-knit, southern neighborhood, you're probably familiar with the " Candy Lady ". This home business can be started by anyone who's trustworthy in the community. Aside from selling the most popular snacks, a candy seller can provide the neighborhood with fresh fruit and produce that may be harder to find if you live in a food desert.

Online Business Ideas

If you want a business idea that you can run entirely online, check out the ones below. These ideas are ideal for those looking for a passive income stream. In other words, you shouldn’t need to do too much manual work to launch these businesses from your home or preferred business location.

1. Become an online reseller.

To become an online reseller, all you need is some business savvy and some funds to invest in product stock from manufacturers — or, of course,the willingness to sell your own used items. Generally, this is a low-touch but high-performance way of creating a passive income online business.

Online resellers usually use a platform, such as Facebook Marketplace or Amazon Sellers, to sell either their own or manufacturers’ stock. The benefit of using Facebook Marketplace is that you can begin today with your own Facebook account, and simply list items that you already own.

Interested buyers typically drive directly to your home for pick-up — but if you’re not interested in human interaction, you can leave it outside and have the buyer pay via an online platform.

online business ideas: amazon seller

Amazon Sellers requires a little more up-front investment, but the yield is usually higher and you can turn your Amazon reselling business into a more passive income stream. Amazon allows you to buy stock from various manufacturers, which they then keep in their warehouses. When an Amazon user buys from you, Amazon will fulfill that order and then give you a substantial cut.

2. Try affiliate marketing.

An affiliate marketing business is a great fit if you already own a website or a blog you wish to monetize. We’ve already shared how blogging is a great business to start — if you’ve already bought a domain name and begun writing content, then using it to start your affiliate marketing business is a great option.

Affiliate marketers create blog posts and content that contain affiliate links. When a user clicks on that link, a cookie is added to their browser that tracks their activity for a specified period of time. If they make a purchase at the affiliate website, then you get a commission — usually recurring, if you’re selling subscription products.

There are countless affiliate marketing programs for you to start your online business. These programs come with many benefits, such as pre-made advertisements and lazy copy for you to use.

To create a viable affiliate marketing online business, you should choose the right blog niche , such as technology, household decor and organization, or fitness, and then find affiliate marketing programs that offer products your readership would be genuinely interested in.

3. Become a content creator or influencer.

Instagrammers, YouTubers, podcasters, and TikTokkers with more than ten thousand followers can eventually turn their accounts into a small online business that generates passive income.

As a content creator or influencer on social media, you can not only earn money from sponsored partnerships, but you can monetize your audience in other ways, such as creating Subscriptions on Instagram , allowing companies to advertise on your YouTube channel, or creating a paid-only newsletter.

online business ideas: content creator

Becoming an influencer or content creator takes hard work, but it can be a fun way to create a small online business, assuming you’re posting content that you enjoy creating. First, you should choose a niche, such as thrifted fashion, work-from-home hacks, or even industry tips. Then, you should learn how to become a social media influencer and digital creator , then create a social media content calendar .

Most importantly, have fun with this online business idea as you give it a try. The good news is that it has little overhead — all you need is a willingness to spend time on social media content creation.

4. Open a dropshipping store.

We’ve mentioned dropshipping a few times already, but this is such a great online business idea that it’s absolutely worth mentioning again. Dropshipping businesses don’t manufacture what they sell, or even buy stock from manufacturers in advance. Instead, wholesalers fulfill the order directly after a buyer places an order through your website.

Opening an ecommerce store can be forbidding for those who don’t want to deal with inventory management or supply chain logistics . Dropshipping is the best alternative.

The only thing you need is the willingness to invest in an ecommerce website builder and the ability to manage relationships with local or international manufacturers. From there, you need to only publish your site and advertise your brand via ecommerce marketing .

Learn how to start a dropshipping business here , with examples.

5. Sell print-on-demand products.

Print-on-demand (POD) is another way to start a dropshipping business, except it’s a little more frictionless because most POD services allow you to create a storefront right on their website, instead of you needing to look for a separate ecommerce site builder.

With a POD online business, you design unique artwork. The print-on-demand provider will allow you to place that design on t-shirts, hats, tote bags, phone cases, and more. You do not keep any inventory; instead, the POD provider will print it only after a buyer makes an order, then ships it directly to them.

online business ideas: print on demand shop

The only thing you need to start this small online business is a penchant for design and the budget to pay for a print-on-demand subscription (although most providers are free, and they simply take a cut of the sale). Get acquainted with design principles and color theory , and you can get started with this business in no time.

6. Become an independent author.

Think becoming an author is only for those who are extremely lucky? Think again. Whether you write historical epics or self-help guides, chances are that there’s a market to read your work, and you can now easily publish it online .

We recommend editing and proofreading your book, or hiring someone to do it, before self-publishing it. Then, it’s as simple as signing up on a self-publishing platform such as Kindle Direct Publishing or Barnes & Noble Press , uploading your file and cover, and pushing it live. You’ll enjoy benefits such as large royalties (up to 70%) and the ability to unpublish the book at any time, in case you find a typo or another change you’d like to make.

To get this online business idea off to a strong start, invest in an author website , spend some time doing social media marketing , and learn the basics of book marketing .

7. Sell downloadable digital products.

Downloadable journals, templates, art prints, designs… Some people would simply prefer to print these at home, instead of paying for the full price of the paper and the design. Downloadable digital products can be a profitable small business idea for those who are already design-savvy or who are willing to learn how to use an online design tool .

online business ideas: digital products

But if you’re not too crafty, you don’t need to create full-on journals or beautiful art prints, either; you can create templates for marketplaces such as Canva’s . There, people are able to customize a base design to their specifications, so you don’t have to worry too much about creating something specially beautiful — it’s more about functionality and customizability.

If you plan to create digital products that buyers can print at home, think about printing specifications, such as recommended paper size, paper weight, PPI (pixels per inch; a higher PPI results in better print quality), and so on. It’s essential to create a positive customer experience, even if users are ultimately responsible for what the final result looks like.

8. Publish a subscription-based newsletter.

We’ve already discussed becoming an independent author, but if long-form writing, such as novels, seems out of reach, you can always go for something much shorter and simpler: Newsletters. And the best part about paid newsletters is that you typically don’t need to have a separate website and blog; instead, you can sign up on a platform and begin publishing right away.

A website can, of course, benefit you, but the core of your revenue will come from the newsletter itself.

online business ideas: paid newsletter

With newsletter monetization platforms such as Substack or even Patreon , you can publish shorter content that features your opinion, experience, and expertise. We recommend pairing this small business idea with a robust social media marketing strategy , where your followers can learn more about you and be swayed to subscribe to a gated newsletter.

Choose a niche you’re passionate about, and this online business idea can feel less like work and more like a profitable hobby.

9. Create an online course.

If you want to monetize your expertise a little further for your online business, then creating an online course is the best choice.

To create a course, you’ll need to sign up on an online course platform such as WordPress or Teachable , sketch out a curriculum, film your lectures, and create worksheets and guides. You can be as hands-on or as hands-off as you’d like, but to make this online business as passive as possible, you’d ideally record all your lectures at once and allow users to access them by paying a premium fee.

If you’d like to try your hand at it first, you can try publishing a course on a platform such as Udemy and see if it feels viable to you. To become an online course teacher, you don’t need a specific level of education, but you should have a strong grasp on the material you’re teaching and a strong set of customer service skills to handle inquiries or course refunds.

10. Transcript videos, shows, and podcasts.

A freelance transcription business is an excellent idea for those who speak only one language and are passionate about improving communication. Transcribers listen to speech, write it out — usually verbatim — and deliver it to the original publisher in an organized document.

This small online business is a good fit for those who are looking for a part-time side business. You should be able to type quickly and have a good listening ear. Indeed has listed the top transcription companies where you can get your foot in the door.

Once you understand how the industry works, you can consider opening your own small transcription business and offering services on freelancer marketplaces such as Fiverr or Upwork .

Whether you’re looking to start your venture today or you simply don’t want to jump through the normal hoops of launching a small business, the below ideas are extremely easy to start — so easy, all you’ll need to do is sign up on a website or tell your friends about your services.

1. Vacation Host

Have you ever used a home-sharing service instead of a hotel? You could make a living by hosting visitors in your own home or renting out a room. Consider becoming a host with companies like Airbnb .

To become a vacation host, you don’t need any special skills except friendliness, courteousness, and agility (in case of guest emergencies or language barriers). A customer service course will prepare you to welcome guests and give them a pleasant stay.

You’ll need to invest in supplies and toiletries, such as new bedding and one-time soaps and toothbrushes, but the overhead is relatively small, and you can stop at any time.

2. Pet Sitter

Do you have a passion for pets? Consider becoming a pet sitter. While the pet's owners are away on vacation, either host their pet at your home or make visits to their home. Join a pet sitting service like Wag to get started.

small business idea example: pet sitter

If you start a pet sitting business, be sure to have some experience with dogs, cats, and other household pets. You should also choose a niche based on timing. For instance, do you prefer long-term arrangements? You can market yourself as an excellent vacation pet sitter. Do you only do single afternoons, or only on weekends? You can pull in clients by telling them you’ll take care of their pets during their dates or weekend trips.

3. Daycare Owner

Childcare continues to be in high demand. While nannies and nanny shares are popular right now, a good daycare is hard to find. Fill a need in your neighborhood by opening your own. And, as always, make sure you’re complying with your city and state’s zoning, licensure, insurance, and inspection requirements.

Home daycares are especially a good fit if you’re an experienced parent and have all supplies ready at home. But be warned that you’ll also need to buy more supplies to accommodate the additional children you’ll need to take care of.

We recommend getting a soft start with this business by advertising it first to your friends, families, and close neighbors. That way, you can better gauge whether it’s a good fit for you and whether you want to make the full investment.

If there’s a topic you have a heavy interest in, then there’s an audience out there with a heavy interest in it too. A blog can be used to build an online community whose engagement can be monetized. Affiliate marketing , sponsored content , and co-marketing are some ways to make money once your blog develops a following.

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Blogging is one of the most accessible small businesses to start, and there are countless niches to choose from. That said, because there are many blogs online, you’ll need to learn blog SEO and keyword research to ensure your audience finds you. That way, you actually make money out of your blogging efforts.

The great news is that a small blogging business has a ridiculously low overhead. All you need is a custom domain and your time for writing blog posts.

5. Home-Baked Goods Seller

Warehouse-made, store-bought chocolate chip cookies will never compare to a batch made with love in someone’s home. Simple desserts can be easily baked and packaged to sell at local events or around your neighborhood. Use custom labels and watch the word spread about your goods!

You can begin a baked goods business easily by opening a Facebook and Instagram profile. Facebook and Instagram are both excellent platforms to market your goods, show pictures of your previous baked products, and even showcase happy clients.

Build a loyal following slowly, and save on costs by asking clients to drive to your home to pick up their order. Choosing a niche can be helpful here, or baking in a specific style that can’t be found at grocery store bakeries. The overhead can be especially low if you already have most essential baking supplies.

6. Ecommerce Store Owner

Do you create, collect, or curate anything special? Consider starting an ecommerce store and turning your hobby into a full-time job. Whether you need somewhere to sell all that pottery you’ve been making, or an excuse to search for the sports memorabilia you love tracking down, an ecommerce store can make it financially viable for you to pursue your passion.

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Starting an ecommerce store is simple and easy. You can set up a shop using an ecommerce website builder , all of which start at a minimal monthly subscription (some even start at free). Be sure to take good photos of your products and write descriptive product pages .

If you don’t have inventory, you can always own an ecommerce store by using dropshipping . Instead of creating and shipping your products yourself, you’ll instead partner with a dropshipping website and have them mail out the orders directly to your client.

7. House Cleaner

With a low barrier to entry, house cleaning can be a great way to start doing what you love — soon. Consider advertising to homes in your neighborhood and get more bang for your buck by earning a few small businesses as clients as well. They’ll usually bring in a higher paycheck for a similar amount of work.

To become a house cleaner, you should be prepared to invest in cleaning supplies and accessories, or be willing to use your own. If you plan to serve small businesses, you should buy industrial janitorial supplies so you can get work done more effectively.

Need some inspiration? This small business cleaning service grew virtually overnight on Instagram after their content went viral during the pandemic.

small business idea example: go clean co

8. Packing Services Facilitator

Moving is always a pain, and many people hire the entire packing process out. As a packing services facilitator, you’ll be going to people’s homes and packing up their smaller items into organized boxes. To start this business, you must be comfortable with face-to-face contact and with manual labor.

small business ideas: packing services facilitator

You can begin this business by advertising in your own neighborhood. Once you’re ready to expand, consider partnering with a local moving service that will refer new clients to you. That way, you’ll have a steady stream of clients, and you won’t have to invest in a moving truck (the moving service will take care of that for you).

Business Ideas for Students

1. etsy shop owner.

Creating novelties by hand is a fun and unique way to start a small business, and you can easily sell them via Etsy . Whether you make jewelry, knitted comfort items, or even custom wigs , there’s probably a market for your products and an Etsy buyer who’s ready to purchase.

small business ideas: etsy shop owner

This idea is excellent if you’re already an expert in the craft you aim to sell. That way, you don’t need to pursue additional education or certification courses. Once you set up your Etsy store, which is free, tap into your audience with creative marketing on social media and optimize your website using keywords that describe the products you make.

2. Tour Guide

Love the local history of your city or state? Consider becoming a tour guide. Sure, you’ll need to conduct plenty of research to be able to do the job well, but that’s half the fun. Set yourself apart by offering tours that speak to a specific niche of your community’s history.

You can start a tour guide business easily. First, decide what your specialty will be. Some tour guides, like the ones at Freedom Trail in Boston , offer historical walking tours of their town’s most haunted spots while others curate guided foodie tours for guests to get a true taste of the city.

small business idea example: tour guide

Maybe you love the outdoors and are an experienced backpacker — you can then offer hiking tours. To begin, use a platform such as TripAdvisor or Airbnb, where you can sign up as a tour guide provider. Remember to launch a website, and to file for sole proprietorship status .

3. Online Class Instructor

Tutoring is often done in person and with one client at a time. Remotely teaching an online class offers more flexibility because you can teach multiple students from home. English is a common subject for online classes because of how many people want to learn it. But anything that you have a mastery over could be translated to a virtual class.

4. Small-Batch Goods Seller

Using organic, all-natural ingredients is more expensive, but worth it. There are many products you can learn how to make at home without any preservatives, chemicals, or toxins. Candles, soaps, shampoos, and moisturizers are some examples of goods you can create and tailor with custom scents. Try starting out making soap with this complete beginner’s guide to soapmaking:

5. Makeup Artist

Many people prefer to have a professional do their makeup because they may lack the proper products or just the skills. It may be for a special occasion, photoshoot, or video shoot, or another event. Being able to do a variety of different looks will make your business more attractive to more customers.

To run a successful makeup artist business, you’ll need to be social media savvy . Instagram in particular is an excellent platform to advertise your services and get new clients.

You should also consider honing in on a specific niche. For instance, you might do wedding makeup exclusively.

6. Professional Organizer

A lot of people struggle with clutter or disorganization in their homes and offices. It can be a large undertaking to create organized systems and habits. Grab a lot of storage bins and a label maker and get started!

To become an organizer, you’ll first need to have the chops: Is your own home organized? Do you enjoy making order out of chaos? Then, launch a website to market your services locally. Be sure to create local listings to ensure people find your business, including listings on Angi, Houzz, and Thumbtack.

Meg Golightly, founder at Gosimplified , has made this small business idea into a successful career.

Is your head buzzing with small business ideas yet? After all that brainstorming, you’ll need a practical plan to get started with your new small business.

  • Identify your small business idea.
  • Start as a side business or hobby.
  • Decide on your software.
  • Create a business plan.
  • Decide whether you'll be an LLC or sole proprietorship.
  • Create a business bank account.
  • Determine if your business idea works well from home.
  • Set up an office.
  • Get to work!

1. Identify your small business idea.

Whether you choose an option from the list above or have another idea up your sleeve, it’s important to have the experience, training, or skills necessary to be successful. Want to run a daycare but have never even visited a successful daycare center? Spend time conducting research to learn whether this is really the right fit for your experience, interests, and target audience.

2. Start as a side business or hobby.

Can you get your business off the ground as something you do in the evenings or on the weekends (a.k.a. a side job)? This allows you to make some mistakes, test the market, and understand whether your idea has legs before you quit your nine-to-five job and lose your primary income.

3. Decide on your software.

You’ve got a lot of things on your plate when first starting up. But one step that’s critical (and often forgotten by first-time entrepreneurs) is deciding on the software that can help you be more efficient as your business grows.

Every business is different — but almost all companies can use software to help with analytics, project management , accounting, bookkeeping, email marketing, and other basic day-to-day tasks.

One of the most important software tools every small business should utilize is a free all-in-one CRM platform to keep track of important customer information in one central database. It will help align your team and make sure you stay organized as your business grows.

4. Create a business plan.

No business plan? No business. Particularly if your small business idea requires investors, you'll need to draft up a business plan to provide an overview of your market positioning, your financial projections, and your unique competitive advantages. You can download HubSpot's free business plan templates for free to get started.

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Your business plan should include the following elements:

  • Executive summary — A high-level overview of your company and market placement.
  • Business model — Outline what your business does, who your business serves, and how your business is structured. You should include a description of what products and services you offer, and how they meet the needs of your customers.
  • Market condition — A summary of pertinent competitor information. Determine the strengths and weaknesses of your closest competitors.
  • Products and services — Use this section to describe your products and services in detail, and outline what differentiates your product from others in the market.
  • Operations and management — Outline your business’ organizational structure, key roles, and responsibilities.
  • Marketing and sales strategy — This section should describe how you will market and sell your product. Include information on your ideal customer, how you plan to position your offering, and your sales strategy.
  • Financial plan — Create a detailed outline of your business financials. Include your start-up costs, your initial financial productions, and how you anticipate generating funding.
  • Appendix — Once the above pieces are complete, end the document with an appendix summarizing your business plan.

Every business is different — but almost all companies can use software to help with analytics, project management, accounting, bookkeeping, email marketing, and other basic day-to-day tasks.

5. Decide whether you’ll be an LLC or sole proprietorship.

Two common legal structures for small businesses are limited liability corporations (LLCs) and sole proprietorships.

An LLC is a more complex business structure than a sole proprietorship and can include individuals, corporations, and other LLCs as members. Additionally, LLCs are not subject to a separate level of tax and offer the business owner liability protection and tax advantages. LLCs are formed on a state-by-state basis.

Sole proprietorships are businesses owned and operated by one person and are not identified as a separate entity from the owner by the government. While a sole proprietorship is the simplest business structure, sole proprietors are personally liable for their business.

Besides an LLC or sole proprietorship, there are a few other options for you to consider.

Sean Flannigan, Sendle's Content Manager, says, "While many small businesses might be best served by choosing an LLC or sole proprietorship, there are a few other options."

"Partnerships are great for businesses operated by several individuals. It hews most closely to a sole proprietorship in that the individuals take on the business liability and pay taxes on a personal level."

He adds, "To completely avoid personal liability, small businesses might choose to incorporate as a corporation, S corporation, or B Corp. S corporations avoid corporate taxation whereas B Corps must meet a threshold for public benefit and accountability."

Additionally, Flannigan says, "There are tons of great reasons to become a B Corp beyond just doing good business. All that said, many small businesses that aren't aimed at super-fast growth choose to go with an LLC to keep things simple while shielding owners from too much liability."

Learn more about choosing the right structure for your business from the Small Business Administration.

6. Create a business bank account.

Once you have a legally formed business and have been issued an Employer Identification Number (EIN), open a bank account specifically for your business. Having a business bank account is essential for keeping your personal and business finances separate which can help you gain an accurate picture of your business’s cash flow and financial health.

Additionally, keeping your personal and business finances separate makes bookkeeping and tax preparation easier.

Many banks offer business checking and savings accounts. Business checking accounts typically do not have a limit on the number of transactions that can take place, and issue a debit card that can be used for making business purchases. However, these checking accounts do not accrue interest.

Business savings accounts typically earn interest over time but have a limited number of transactions that can occur each month. When you’re just starting out, look for a business bank account that does not have a minimum balance requirement so you are not penalized for having low funds as you work to build your business.

7. Determine if your business idea works well from home.

Ask yourself whether your business idea will work well from home. Some businesses simply aren’t suited to be based from home. If you want to run a dog boarding center but live in an apartment without a backyard, you might want to consider a dog walking business instead.

8. Set up an office.

If your business idea is well-suited for being run from home, it’s still important you have a designated workspace. While a home office might not be possible, consider setting aside a corner in your living room or putting a desk in your bedroom for a space that inspires you and creates the conditions for success.

Need a more professional space? If you conduct client-facing work requiring you to be on video calls, no one wants to see your rumpled sheets in the background. Check out local coworking spaces for memberships that earn you access to conference rooms, desk space, and more.

9. Get to work!

You’ve put in the hard work and I’ve got good news — it’s only going to get harder. But most entrepreneurs will agree that the payoff of being your own boss, making your own hours, and working on projects that you’re passionate about will pay dividends for the rest of your life.

Starting a Small Business: FAQ

What are the types of small businesses.

The types of small business structures are sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs), and corporations.

Which business type is best?

The best business type is a limited liability company (LLC). Operating as an LLC means that your personal assets are separate from your business assets. If your business goes bankrupt, your personal holdings won’t be affected. That said, it’s also one of the costlier types, requiring a fee paid to the state.

The easiest business type to start is a sole proprietorship. The main downside is that there’s no differentiation between you and your business.

How do I create a business idea?

To create a business idea, determine your skill set, work preferences, startup budget, and available resources. It’s important to strike the right balance between what you can feasibly offer and what you can feasibly afford in the short and long term.

We recommend starting with your skill set so that you can easily determine the niche in which you can effectively compete. For instance, if you have ample experience as a writer, you might consider starting a freelance writing business. But if you know you’d prefer to work with clients face-to-face, you might choose to start a ghostwriting business instead. That’s why it’s so important to take your work preferences into account, as well.

After that, take a look at your budget and determine the type of business you can start based on the resources at your disposal. For instance, you might not be able to afford a physical office or location, so a location-based business will likely not be a good fit. In that case, starting an online business is your best option.

What are some of the most successful small businesses?

Every small business has the potential to be successful and profitable, provided it’s backed by a strong product-market fit and a robust business plan . These two elements are essential. Maybe post-natal services are one of the most successful small businesses to launch, but if you live in an area with declining population or a large elderly population, then that small business idea won’t yield a high return on investment.

Think carefully about the market where you’re launching your business, and you’ll be more than likely to see lasting success.

What are the top growing small businesses?

top growing small businesses as reported by the bureau of labor statistics

The top growing industries are healthcare support, technology, personal care, food preparation, and community and social service. As such, launching a small business in any of these fields is bound to yield a high return on investment, but remember to take your target market into account.

Here are some small business ideas for each of those industries:

Healthcare Support

  • In-home care assistant
  • In-home elderly care provider
  • Psychological care provider
  • Pre-natal and post-natal support specialist
  • Freelance programmer or web developer
  • Freelance IT support specialist
  • Freelance cybersecurity expert

Personal Care

  • Hair stylist
  • Nail technician

Food Preparation

  • Personal chef
  • Food truck owner
  • Food delivery

Community and Social Services

  • Non-profit owner
  • Education specialist

Brainstorm Your Next Small Business Venture

Selecting a small business idea to work on is a personal decision. Money is important, but you’ll need more motivation than that to keep going. Bounce ideas off your friends and family until you reach the perfect idea that works for your schedule, fulfills your life’s passion, and makes financial sense. Don’t be afraid to ask for help throughout this process — and remember to have a little fun while you’re putting in the work.

Editor's note: This post was originally published in August 2020 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.

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How To Start a Small Business from Home

47 Best Home Business Ideas for Women (My Top Picks)

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Online and Offline Business Ideas

So you’re wanting to start a small business from home , but at this stage you literally don’t have any idea as to what type of business to start.

Business Ideas for Women

Choosing the best home business idea for you is crucial as to whether you will be successful or not.

In this guide, I have laid out the best home business ideas for women (both offline and online) no matter what your age is, what your life circumstances are and what you like and dislike.

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This article is in two parts:

Part One: 47 Best Business Ideas for Women At Home

Part Two: Frequently Asked Questions

I see so many women (me included) that have started yet another new home business because the original one didn’t work out for them. So wouldn’t it be much easier, more cost-effective, and much less stressful, to find and start a home business which you enjoy, and a one which will have the best chance of success, from the onset?

I can say this because there are so many different business models to choose from, that there is bound to be a one for you.

BUT – how do you:

  • Know what all the home business ideas for women are in the first place?
  • How do you go about choosing one for you, and…
  • How will you know if you’ve made the right choice?

We’ll start with my top 47 home business ideas for women, and then we’ll take a look at some frequently asked questions:

  • Business Ideas for Women at Home
  • Frequently Asked Questions

easy business ideas for ladies

My Top 47 Home Business Ideas for Women

This list is in no particular order, but I’ve tried to list them as to how popular they are.

1. Proofreader

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Do you have a good grasp of the English language? And more importantly, do you have excellent knowledge with punctuation and grammar?

What Is It? Ideally it would be beneficial to have a Degree in English Language, but you can also offer proofreading services if you sincerely have a good grasp of the English language.

Basically, you will become a self-employed freelance proofreader and you have to go out and find proofreading jobs. These jobs can easily be found online on freelancing website such as www.fiverr.com .

This is actually a really good business or side-gig for teachers , or ex teachers. But of course, anyone can do this as long as your spelling and grammar is up to par.

Income Potential

Proofreading writing can be very lucrative. This is especially true if you have a Degree in English because you can demand higher rates because of your professional qualification.

  • Learn more about being a freelance proofreader

2. Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is a very popular home business, especially with women.

So if you have a very good grasp of English, spelling and grammar, then you can certainly make a very good living simply by writing.

What Is It? You would be a self-employed freelance writer where you would look online for freelance writing jobs.

Whilst there are already thousands upon thousands of freelance writers, there’s always room for more because they are so in demand. And whilst there are many freelance writers out there, a lot of them are very mediocre writers, so if you have excellent writing skills, along with a creative mind and being able to do some basic research, then you can easily be a stand out and in demand freelance writer.

You can easily command a price of $300 for an article length of 2,000 words.

Many freelance writers also work with clients on monthly retainers. A monthly retainer is where you have an agreement and a contract with the client where you as the writer would write and produce, say 4 articles a month, for a monthly retainer fee of $1,200.

  • Learn more about becoming a freelance writer

Business Ideas for Women

HOME BUSINESS IDEAS FOR WOMEN

3. become a virtual assistant.

If you have previous experience of secretarial, clerical or administrative work, then this is the ideal opportunity for you. The Internet and digital technology era are making more and more home-based entrepreneurs and Internet small businesses who are looking for clerical support on a virtual nature.

What Is it? Office-based clerical and secretarial positions are now being replaced with virtual assistants (VA’s) within the small businesses and sole-entrepreneurs. The reason being is that it is much cheaper for the business owner to hire a virtual assistant than employing and housing a permanent (or even temporary) member of staff.

Potential Income This is really hard to say as the rates of pay structure can vary depending on what type of service you offer. However, for example’s sake, you could earn between $15.00 – $25.00 an hour.

More Information If this is something that you are interested in then you need to write down the skills that you have (typing, powerpoint, general admin etc.) and then target the potential customers who would need your skills.

So for example, if you can answer emails and organize Online events, then you should target online entrepreneurs who would require these services.

  • How To Become a Virtual Assistant With No Experience
  • Free Virtual Assistant Training

4. Blogging

Do you love to write and have a subject matter which you would like to share with others?

What Is It? From the onset, you have to get into the right mindset that your blog is your business model. It’s not a hobby blog where you write a little blog post here and there, you have to treat your blog as a business – because it is.

Blogging is a lot of initial hard work, but once you have a few exceptional blog posts and a solid digital marketing strategy in place, then you can earn passive income from your blog with a variety of monetization methods e.g. digital products and promoting affiliate products.

Just like earning passive income with digital products, the earning potential is unlimited with blogging.

I know many bloggers who earn $2,000-$5,000 a month, and there are many bloggers who earn upwards of $10,000 a month.

  • Learn how to start and launch a blog business

5. Email Customer Service Agent

This one is for the moms/mums who can only work one or two hours a day while your little ones are having their daytime-nap.

Have you heard of the phrase ‘if it sounds too good to be be true then it probably is’ Well, this phrase isn’t true or relevant any more – you literally can make at least a part-time income from working only a few hours a week from home on the Internet.

What Is it? There are many online entrepreneurs who sell products and need a support help desk to answer email queries. These online business owners don’t have time to answer the emails so they hire somebody else to do it.

This is where you would come in. You would log-in to the HelpDesk software and simply answer emails.

Potential Income This depends on the business owner, but you could expect to get paid anywhere from $10.00 – $20.00 per hour.

Some business owners like to pay their staff per email (50p earned for each email query).

Further Information I did this job from May 2011 to June 2012 and literally only worked ‘on average’ 7-8 hours a week.

If you’re good at this, then the online entrepreneur may give you other ‘admin’ jobs to do as well.

  • Read more about making money with email

6. Typing From Home

No typing from home scams here! What I’m talking about is starting your own typing business from home . This is a great opportunity for all you typists out there.

What Is It? You’re not relying on others to get typing from home jobs. You’re creating your own typing from home business working the hours that you want to work and earn the income you want to earn!

You don’t even need to be a super-fast typist either. As long as you can reach deadlines, then you can offer this service.

Potential Income You can earn in excess of $1,900/£1,200 per month. There are different pay structures for different types of typing work, but they all earn a good hourly rate.

Further Information I’ve ran my own typing business on two separate occasions. The first time was tar targeting offline business and clients, then a few years later, I started up again and targeted online work.

I honestly would advise to take matters into your own hands (to avoid scams) is to start your own freelance typing business.

  • Learn more about freelance typing from home

7. House Cleaning

Offline Business

Wherever there’s dust, there’s money to be made. Anyone can run a house cleaning business as there are no special qualifications or skills needed. You just need an eye for ‘attention to detail’ to make sure you do a very good clean!

What Is It? This business requires very little start-up capital, all you need is a few cleaning products and you’re on your way. You don’t necessarily need a car (although this helps enormously), but you would need to be very specific in what areas you clean as to cut down on travelling time.

This is a great business idea for housewives / home makers as you can start to profit from house cleaning!

Potential Income If you do lots of advertising and are prepared to work a full week, you could earn $450/£300 a week. However this business is very flexible and you will find that customers tend to want the same slots each week or bi-weekly. This means that you can plan your cleans to allow you to work on a part-time basis if you so wish.

More information There’s not a great lot of preparation that needs to go into the setting-up of this business, but there is a few things which you need to know in order to run a professional and profitable house cleaning business .

  • How To Start a Cleaning Business from Scratch
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8. Home Based Jewelry

Make your own jewelry and sell it at craft fairs, party’s or Online. This is a good little side-business if you are into crafts so you can enjoy your hobby but earn from it at the same time.

What Is It? Learn how to make your own jewelry, find good wholesalers with a big variety of jewelry make equipment and learn how to sell it to a mass audience.

Income Potential I cannot put a figure on here as there are too many variances, but I do know that you can earn at least a part-time income this from. If you put a lot of effort and time into it, then earning a full-time income is very doable too.

9. Home Based Cake Decorating

Do you love baking cakes, and love decorating them even more?

Women tend to start to decorate their cakes for fun and and then decorate cakes for family members, for birthdays and anniversary’s etc.

What Is It? You enjoy decorating cakes, you have a talent for it and now you’re thinking of making this hobby into a business, whether that be a sideline or a full-time business.

Income Potential This business can be time-consuming so it depends on how many cakes you make per week and how much you charge for them. But if you enjoy this as a hobby then it’s a great little earner.

Further Information This business model is definitely on the ‘up’ as creatively decorated cakes are definitely in demand, especially among moms who want them for their children’s birthday parties.

  • How To Start a Cake Decorating Business from Home

BUSINESS IDEAS FOR WOMEN AT HOME

10. home based day care.

If you love children and have a calm temperament, then get paid for looking after little ones.

What Is It?

A day care in your home may be a great way for you to start a home based business. In this business, you will be caring for children of your clients. This includes playing with them, keeping them safe, and sometimes offering a bit of education, too. This type of business can be very successful if you love children and are passionate about caring for them.

There are some very strict laws in place regarding this type of business, so you will need to do some additional local research before getting started.

The hourly rates varies depending on which country you live in, which area and and and in what state (if in US), but you can expect to charge anywhere from $15-$30 per hour.

11. Bookkeeping

Offline & Online Business

Do you have a qualification in bookkeeping? Do you do this as your main job?

What Is It? You can start by doing bookkeeping as a side hustle around your main job and then when you’ve saved enough money and have a backlog of potential clients, then you can take the leap to do this as a full-time business.

With many more people starting home based and small businesses there’s always a demand for both a local and virtual bookkeeper.

Bookkeepers tend to charge between $35-$55 per hour.

  • Learn how to become a virtual bookkeeper here

12. Wedding Planning

you just love all things weddings? Are you great at organizing events with confidence and have attention to detail?

What Is It? As a bridal consultant / wedding planner you will help with locating venues for the wedding and reception. You will help find entertainment, photographers, wedding attire, and transportation. The job of a consultant is often multifaceted, for example, you will need to work with the bride and groom to make decisions while keeping the wedding within budget.

As a bridal consultant you must spend a lot of time ensuring that tasks have been completed, which is why organization is so important.

Taking into consideration that there is a lot of work involved and that the stakes are high (bridezilla’s), you can expect to charge in the region of $1,500 per wedding. However, some wedding planners charge a lot more, say $3,000+ per wedding, depending on who their clientele are.

13. Virtual Tutoring

This is an excellent extra source of income for teachers, retired teachers, mom teachers on maternity leave, postgraduate students, or anybody with a Degree.

What Is It? Thanks to the Internet and the advancement of online learning resources, virtual tutoring has took a dramatic upturn.

There are many websites now which provide a platform for online tutors to register and marketing their services. An example of such a website is https://www.tutorhunt.com/

You would obviously provide tutoring in a subject matter which you have a qualification in and are qualified to teach.

Not everyone is qualified for this position, but for those who are, the options can be endless.

Home tutors can charge anywhere between $20 and $80 per hour depending on the type of  subject matter they teach. For example, you would charge more for very specialist and in-depth subjects.

14. Voice Over Artist

Do you have a voice that stands out from others? Do you feel as if you could use this natural talent to make you money and even into a full blown business?

What Is It? Also known as a voice actor, is a freelance side hustle where you would become an auditory performer.

Voice actors are in demand for TV commercials, radio, video games, e-learning courses, apps, audio books and online videos.

Normally a voice artist would get paid per individual job and the income potential can be huge.

You can do a quick voice over job for $20 and can potentially earn hundreds of dollars just for an hours work.

  • Learn more about voiceover work

15. Travel Agent

Do you love to travel and enjoy all the research, organization and booking that comes with it?

What Is It? A freelance home-based travel agent, also known as a Personal Travel Consultant , is where you would book and arrange travel for a variety of clients.

Not everyone enjoys the research and booking aspect of going on holiday or on a trip of a lifetime, and so a lot of people are more than happy to pay someone else to do this for them.

As an independent travel agent you would earn money on a commission basis. So each time a client books a holiday with you, you earn a commission.

So when you book a flight, a cruise or a holiday, you would earn the commission from the travel supplier.

16. Dog Walking

Do you love dogs? Do you like to go out for walks?

Why not combine the two and get paid for it!

What Is It? Dog walking has become very popular over recent years. This is mainly due to the fact that people who would not normally buy a dog, because they go out to work, are now buying dogs because they know they can hire a dog walker.

Dog walkers can charge per dog walk, per 30 minutes or per 1 hour walks.

This can range from $10-$20 per walk, $20-$30 per 30 minutes and $30-$50 per hour.

  • How to Start a Dog Walking Business

17. Creating & Selling Digital Products

Fancy earning passive income with little digital products?

What Is It? Digital products are the currency online when it comes to sharing information. Apart from blog posts, you read and learn from digital products such as PDF ebooks, printables, online courses and membership sites.

And the great news is that creating digital products is no where near as complicated as you might initially think. For example, to create and sell an ebook, it’s simply the case of typing your information into Word or the free Google docs, saving it as a PDF document and then using a digital delivery service such as SendOwl to automate the delivery of your ebook.

The income from selling digital products is unlimited!

You create the digital product once , and then you can sell it 24/7 for months and even years ahead.

  • Learn how to create and sell digital products

More Business Ideas For Women

Still not found a home business which you think you might enjoy?

Here are some more home business ideas…

  • Personal Trainer
  • Tax Preparation
  • Business Consultant
  • eBay Selling
  • Amazon Fulfillment
  • eCommerce Store
  • Direct Selling / Multi Level Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • Ironing Service
  • Sewing Alterations
  • Podcast Editing
  • Video Editing
  • Create an Online Course
  • Start a Monthly Membership Site
  • Create an eBook
  • Create and Sell Printables
  • CV/Resume Writing
  • Children’s Author
  • Publish Kindle Books

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. What’s The Difference Between a Small Business v Home Business

I know that some people might think that there is no difference between a small business and a home business, but for the sake of this article I’m going to say there is.

Because there are so many types of businesses out there now to choose from, we have to try and differentiate and put them into some sort of categories in order to make it easier for us to choose from.

So from this point of view, this is how I would separate a small business from a home-based business.

Small Business

A small business is where you run a business with five or less employees and this business is run out of a small outlet or rented accommodation.

A small business could also just be you as a sole-trader, but you have to travel to your office or small shop.

Examples of small businesses:

  • Fashion boutique
  • Dog grooming
  • Flower shop
  • Business consultant
  • Hairdresser

Home-Based Business

A home-based business on the other hand is… well… exactly what it says on the tin! A business where you are based at home.

But I do want to point out here that you don’t actually have to work at home to be classed as running a home-based business – remember, this is just my own personal point of view of how the different types of businesses are categorized and classed.

So yes, you don’t have to work from home all day long to earn your income, because you can literally just be home-based.

Examples of work-from home businesses:

So here are some examples of businesses you would literally run from your own home.

  • Jewelry making and selling online
  • Typing service
  • Bookkeeping
  • Hairdressing (your clients come to your home)
  • Beautician (your clients come to your home)
  • Cake decorating

Examples of home-based businesses:

You don’t earn your money by working from inside your home, but you also don’t rent office space – your ‘base’ is literally your home.

  • House cleaning service
  • Dog walking
  • Mobile hairdresser
  • Mobile beautician

Q. What Are The Best Businesses for Women To Start?

Of course this is a difficult question to answer as I’m sure you will appreciate because it’s literally asking the same kind of question such as ‘how long is a piece of string?’

Because all women are so diverse and different that it’s really difficult to put a list of home business here to suite everyone – one size does not fit all.

What I would say is that you really need to dig deep and find the answers to these questions:

  • What are your personality traits?
  • What experience and knowledge do you have?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What do you personally want from a home business?
  • What type of lifestyle do you want to live?

All of these questions have a bearing on what type of home business to choose.

Q. What Are The Easiest Businesses To Start?

The easiest businesses to start are ones which you already have great experience and knowledge in. It sounds pretty obvious when reading this out loud, but you would be surprised at how many people start a home business where they have no prior experience or knowledge of it.

You also have to take into consideration any start-up costs and if there are many steep learning curves.

I know a lot of people who are now making money blogging and they all started their blog with no previous experience or knowledge in blogging. Yes, they blogged about a subject they knew and were maybe passionate about, but the learning curve for blogging is very, very steep.

Therefore, this makes blogging not the easiest business to start.

In a contrast example, I’m a trained typist and I used to be a (very fast) copy and transcription typist. So it made sense for me to start my own Typing Service business from home. I already had the experience and knowledge, I just needed to do some advertising and before I knew it I had three new clients.

So ask yourself the question ‘ What experience and knowledge do I already have that I can turn into a business? ‘

  • Are you good at admin tasks? You could be a virtual assistant to either local offline businesses or an online entrepreneur.
  • Are you already a bookkeeper for a local firm? Can you start this up as a home business?
  • Hairdresser? Beautician? Nail technician?

This doesn’t have to be work related either, it can be a hobby or interest:

  • Can you make and sell jewelry?
  • What about decorating and selling celebration cakes?
  • Do you have a love for dogs? Start a dog walking or dog sitting business.

You also don’t have to have a qualification in something either where you’ve had to attend College or University.

  • Anybody can dust and clean. Start your own independent house cleaning business.
  • Any able person can walk dogs… dog cleaning business.
  • Do you enjoy, and are good at, your own social media? Offer that as a service (this is in huge demand!)

So do you see that when you dig deep and categorize the different types of businesses, some will automatically ‘pop’ out to you and will become a strong contender?

Q. What Are The Best Low-Cost Businesses to Start?

This is the great news when it comes to starting a home-based business – the start-up and overhead costs are extremely low – especially when you consider how much it costs to start a small business in a rented outlet or shop.

If you’re offering a service, which most home-based businesses do, then you need minimal or no stock at all.

For example, you can start a house cleaning business with zero start-up costs.

If you start an independent cleaning business, then all you would do is:

  • Use word of mouth to get your first 2-3 clients.
  • Use your clients’ cleaning supplies.

The only money you would need is for petrol or transport fares to get to your house cleans.

The same goes for a dog walking business or a bookkeeping business – you either need no inventory at all, or you would have it already.

Think what you could offer as a service which requires non, or minimal start-up costs?

So now you know that you need to do a self-evaluation to find out what type of business would suit you, and then categorize all the home businesses so you can rule out some, and look more deeply into those businesses which match your self-evaluation.

If you need more help in finding your dream home business, then you might be interested in this Home Business Roadmap eBook .

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It categorizes 70+ home business ideas so you can easily see which types of businesses you’re drawn too, and then the second part consists of a self-assessment followed by four other exercises and worksheets.

When you’ve worked through this section of the workbook, you should have identified your dream home business.

But the book is sooo much more than finding your dream home business. It then goes on to show you the very next steps to take once you’ve found your ideal business idea.

>> Learn more about the Home Business Roadmap here…

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Hi, I’m Claire Bullerwell

I’ve ran dozens of home-based businesses, both offline and online, since my early twenties. I started this blog to share all my wealth of knowledge and experience to help women just like you; to find your dream home business and to live your best life.

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30 Best Side Business Ideas for Women in 2024

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One of the easiest ways to begin your journey as an entrepreneur is to start a side business as a woman while keeping a job that pays the bill.

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As a woman, if you wonder if you can start and run your own business while keeping a full-time job, especially with the number of businesses that already exist worldwide, the answer is a resounding YES!

There’s an abundance of side business ideas for women that make it easy for you to make extra money, whether you are employed or a stay-at-home wife. Keep in mind that each of these opportunities requires dedication and consistency to become a success.

Choosing the perfect business idea for you is the key to starting a successful business. Pick a side hustle that you are passionate about. Use your skills and resources as the benchmark for the type of business you want to start.

Best Side Business Ideas for Women & Working Ladies

From becoming an interior designer to virtual assisting, these are the 30 best side business ideas for women in 2022:

  • Freelance Content Writing
  • Social Media Manager
  • Travel Agent
  • Interior Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Virtual Assistant
  • E-Commerce Store
  • Photographer
  • Makeup Artist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pet Sitting/Training
  • Daycare Center
  • Digital Marketing
  • Affiliate Sales and Marketing
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Event Planning
  • Baby Equipment Rental Business
  • Brand Ambassador
  • Start a Youtube Channel
  • Music Instructor
  • Ghostwriting
  • Car Washing And Detailing
  • Freelance Customer Service
  • Voice-Over Artist

1. Freelance Content Writing

Freelance writing is an excellent way for you to make more money while working from home. An organization essentially hires you to write articles on their topic of choice.

Freelance writers can have different clients or just one client that provides steady work.

You can work as a generalist and cover different topics from automobiles to culinary arts or choose to specialize in one area. Bear in mind that specialists tend to earn more than generalists and get more assignments.

There are multiple ways to launch a freelance writing business. Some people leave full-time jobs knowing they have enough money to live off and clients from their previous job. Other writers start by finding small writing jobs online while holding on to their 9 to 5.

2. Social Media Manager

As a social media manager, your job is to optimize your client's social media presence through your understanding of the relevant social media platforms.

While social media itself seems to be all fun and games on the surface, the job of the consultant behind the page is not.

Social media marketing requires you to understand project management, SEO principles, and content marketing in addition to the creativity you may already possess before you can earn money from this side hustle.

The best way to start is to build your own social media page, then you can look into working on other pages for free before scoring your first job. Like many other profitable business ideas, this is a great way to make money online.

Social Media Manager Checklist

3. Travel Agent

If you enjoy scanning flights and hotel rewards points and are a fervent traveler, then a good business idea for you might be a travel agency.

To become a travel agent, you don't need a specific educational or employment background. Your knowledge of destinations, sales, itinerary planning, and booking software is crucial for your career and getting your license.

While choosing a niche in this viable business option is not a requirement, you should choose one. With that, all that’s left to do is build your client base but remember, slow and steady wins the race.

4. Interior Designer

Most interior designers begin their journey with a relevant degree, but you can flourish in this career without one. To get started, you need to conduct adequate market research on which online course you should prioritize and the licenses you will need.

As an interior designer, your eye for detail and creativity level increases with experience so you need to focus on building a credible portfolio in order to turn this great business idea into a money-making business.

You can gather experience as a contractor or work for an expert. The experience you gather from each of these routes will help you determine the type of service you want to provide.

5. Graphic Designer

While some graphic designers can brag about a college degree in graphic designing, it’s not a requirement. Many companies hire entry-level designers based solely on their portfolio and experience rather than their bachelor’s degree.

With that in mind, you will need a few things as a graphic designer without a degree: some raw creative talent, the dedication to learn critical skills, and an impressive portfolio that will convince employers to choose you.

The last is perhaps the most important in the job-hunting process: you must have a portfolio of work to demonstrate your creativity and design skills, so potential employers have something concrete to base a hiring decision on.

Types of Design Careers

6. Web Designer

Unlike web developers that build the skeletal framework of a website, a web designer improves the look and feel of a website using colors, fonts, and graphics that appeal to the eye. You can also choose to learn both skills.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach when building a career in web design. No matter the route you take, you must first learn the necessary skills like visual design, HTML, UI/UX, and everything in between.

As a woman entrepreneur, you’ll have to invest in the tools for designing, focus on your niche, start designing even without a job, and build your portfolio before you can turn your idea into a profitable business.

Possible Career Trajectory

7. Virtual Assistant

Working as a virtual assistant is a great business venture for any aspiring woman entrepreneur because you work on your own hours, its high demand rate, and the low start-up effort it takes to start the business.

Once you have invested in the necessary tools for the job, a good laptop, you can take courses related to virtual assistants. The great thing is that many of these online courses are free and even provide certificates.

Bear in mind that virtual assistants do more than provide administrative support. After doing your research, list the type of services you can offer. While you decide which freelance app to upload your profile to, don’t forget to upload your status to your social media pages.

8. Food Truck

A food truck is one of the best small business ideas for women. While the mobile food business is not as expensive as starting a full fledge restaurant, it will still cost you a coin. The first step is conceptualizing your menu and the type of food you want to serve.

Draw out a complete business model that contains all the details of your prospective business especially if you want to take out a loan to purchase your food truck and obtain the necessary licenses.

The minimum license requirement for a food truck business is a food service permit and business license but bear in mind that the requirements are different for each state.

9. E-commerce store

Creating an online store is top of the list when discussing women-owned businesses. The sales of ecommerce stores worldwide reached nearly $5 trillion in 2021.

Finding the right product to sell is instrumental to the success of your online business, so you can research the products that make the most money, are easier to get, and has the least amount of competition.

You can create your own website, but it is better to use ecommerce platforms like Shopify to reduce the cost of starting the business. Once you’ve started your business the hard work of marketing your products to gain customer attention begins.

10. Photographer

The rise of digital photography has led to a massive increase in photography, both as a form of creative art and a full-time career.

To start your photography business, you have to buy the basic equipment, learn the concept of photography from multiple free online classes on photography, start practicing and improving your photography skills, and find the niche you can focus on.

Though it sounds simple, it is not easy. Photography is a competitive field that requires talent, discipline, and marketing insight to set your own photography business apart from other photographers.

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11. Blogging

One of the misconceptions about starting a blog is that you must be a great writer first. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. People go to blog sites to get their perspectives on subjects, so many bloggers write in a laid-back and conversational style.

With this format, most successful bloggers write about different related topics on the same blog. In addition, you don’t need to be an expert on any topics you write about to have a successful blog.

For Instance, visitors of a cooking blog don’t want to read a long, boring article but the experiences of someone who has experience with cooking real meals, giving an account of the mistakes and all.

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12. Makeup Artist

The best way to truly master the art of makeup is with an education. The fastest option is called a cosmetology school. You learn the skills and techniques you will need to succeed in the beauty industry.

Like any other artist, your cosmetology portfolio must highlight your talent and creativity. Use engaging pictures to showcase your skills. Build your portfolio early and upload it to social media.

The key to successful businesses in the beauty industry is who you know. Most of your clients and work will come from referrals, so building your network is crucial. The more connections you make, your chances of landing a job are higher.

13. Personal Trainer

Personal trainers are passionate about the health and fitness of their clients. They create workout plans, assist with their clients’ workout routines and advise them about their health, nutrition, and lifestyle.

You have to earn the certifications you need to work with clients. Most personal trainers need cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) certifications to aid clients in an emergency. These certifications usually require taking a one-day class in person and passing a test.

You’ll also need communication and customer service skills. After developing your skills, you can begin applying for personal trainer jobs. You should craft a resume highlighting your education, professional certification, and relevant work experience.

14. Pet Sitting/Training

Pet sitters are babysitters for animals in that they provide daily care for pets while their owners are away on vacation, business trips, or even while at work.

This is not an online business because you typically visit clients’ homes to do this, though some also host pets in their own homes.

Pet sitting goes beyond having a love of animals. A pet sitter requires a unique and diverse skillset to succeed on the job.

Pet sitting is a physically demanding job, as you will spend your day moving from house to house and dog walking around neighborhoods.

15. Day Care Center

If you’re a teacher, a former teacher, or simply have years of experience caring for children — and an entrepreneurial spirit — you might have considered starting your own daycare center, either from home or in a dedicated facility.

As is the case starting a business in any industry, however, your passion for your craft alone isn’t quite enough to ensure that your daycare business is copacetic, either financially or legally.

You’ll need to pay due diligence when looking into how to start a daycare business, paying special attention to licensing requirements, and ensuring that your facility and program align with your state’s health and safety codes.

16. Digital Marketing

There are different facets to digital marketing, and general education in these different areas — from Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and email marketing to social media — is crucial if you must understand how each discipline works together to drive your business to success.

The good news is that you can learn the skills you need for digital marketing from home in your spare time, thanks to the multiple free online resources available.

The best form of education is actively practicing what you’ve learned. Once you’re confident with the study materials, take the associated certifications and qualifications to test your knowledge.

11 types of digital marketing

17. Podcasting

Podcasting is an exploding content medium that, unlike blogging or video-blogging, is less technical and solely relies on the knowledge you want to share with the world.

Since not many people are doing it around you, it’s a great opportunity for you to be the first to get started.

There are numerous podcasting tools that you can use to get the best sound quality for your podcast but don’t be afraid to start small. Once you have a good microphone and laptop, you're good to go.

Once you have recorded your podcast, hosting them on a podcast hosting service is next. These podcast hosting services will provide you with an RSS URL, enabling you to upload your podcast on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Sticher, and other podcast services.

18. Affiliate Sales and Marketing

When learning affiliate marketing , knowing where to start is important. It’s all too easy to put the cart before the horse, and that metaphor covers a variety of scenarios.

Finding merchant partners, high commission affiliate programs, or affiliate marketing jobs that pay well and are consistent requires great up-front work before you’re ever in touch with a merchant.

Every affiliate marketer has a niche in which they try to influence their audience. But if you’re too greedy and try to speak to too many niches, you could risk overextending and making your efforts ineffective.

You’ll need to set up an account to create ads, which means you’ll need to use Google ads, Facebook ads, or even Bing ads depending on your audience.

How to Choose an Affiliate Program

19. Fashion Stylist

It is easy for small businesses in the fashion industry to go under with how cutthroat the industry is. Only those who excel at socializing can generate full-time income. As a stylist, you need a solid client base, a network with designers and other industry professionals, and an invitation to numerous industry events.

In terms of education, experience is the best teacher because when you’re pitching for a job, the topic of college may never come up. Years of experience in the industry will open more doors than a particular diploma.

20. Event Planning

The event planning business is great if you have gained experience working as an employee of a company that runs an event or wedding planning business. You should also complete programs hosted by trade schools to help you understand what to expect from your clients.

When looking for your first few clients, you want to start locally and only commit to planning social and corporate events that you can deliver on. Most clients request to see a portfolio of successful events that you’ve helped plan.

It’s crucial to market your experience and showcase your skills online and in person. As your event planning business grows, you’ll build a network and eventually a strong foundation for freelancing.

21. Baby Equipment Rental Business

This business is one of the numerous home business ideas that make it simple to earn more money – you lend baby items to parents who need them.

Parents who are traveling, babysitters in the area, and even small businesses may want to rent supplies anywhere from a day to several days or weeks.

You’ll charge a rental fee and list your things online, so people will know which items you have.

This is one of those profitable businesses that require a business plan and a lot of research.

You may also need to transport gear to renters and pick them up. However, this is a very flexible business where you can set your own hours and spend more time at home with your family.

22. Brand Ambassador

Brand ambassadors are spokespeople that attempt to influence a community to buy a company’s product or service. While celebrities were once the primary public brand ambassadors, today, it is possible for almost anyone to become an influencer and make money doing so.

Start looking for brands that represent your interests or relate to content that you already produce. If you already publicly support a company or brand, it may make it easier to become an official ambassador for them.

Being a brand ambassador is impossible if you do not have a decent amount of followers on social media. Build your followership and online personality to meet the standard of the brands you have in mind.

23. Start a YouTube Channel

YouTube stars are today’s self-made celebrities—people who have earned an audience by creating video content geared toward teaching, entertaining, reviewing, and being awesome on the web.

Since making money is the main goal of starting your YouTube channel, you have to create a channel and put out your content in your area of interest, so you don’t get burnt out. You do not need any education to start your channel.

Growing your audience is the key to unlocking your YouTube channel’s earning potential, similar to the case with Instagram influencers or bloggers. This is just the beginning because YouTube offers multiple revenue generation streams like Ads, the YouTube Partnership program, fan funding, and much more.

24. Translator

A fundamental ingredient to becoming a translator is properly understanding two languages. If you don’t have that might as well start learning another language or just throw in the towel right now.

Most people suggest you gather experience from a professional before starting on your own because being bi-lingual might not be enough. You either get experience or find a mentor to put you through. The great thing about this side hustle is that you don’t have to spend money to learn it.

To set yourself up for success, make sure you know the tools of the trade. Of course, the primary resource that a freelance translator needs is a working computer. Freelancers can and should take advantage of the many apps and websites designed as computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools.

25. Music Instructor

Even if you don’t have a degree in music, you can teach music privately but need to have had some form of musical training. The main requirement for this job is to have detailed musical knowledge since you can’t teach what you don’t know.

The pay for music tutors is quite nice; it starts at $30 per hour but could be more than that, depending on your experience. Of course, this side hustle is not all sunshine and rainbows.

While teaching music privately does not require a degree, you should possess excellent communication skills because teaching is no small fit, especially if you teach little children.

Getting a job as a music tutor is not particularly hard. You just have to ensure that your target audience knows the service you offer.

26. Ghostwriting

Ghostwriters play an important role in creating content, including books, blogs, articles, and scripts. Becoming a ghostwriter requires learning valuable writing and marketing skills.

Ghostwriting requires more skills than just being able to write well and create well-structured stories. If you're interested in joining this career field, it helps to know how to translate another person's words and ideas into writing.

You must first build a strong portfolio as a content writer who has written in various areas. You can get a job by posting your portfolio on job search websites or social media.

27. Car Washing and Detailing

It’s important to know the market landscape before starting a business. You want to be confident that when you start your auto detailing business, you will have enough customers in your area who want to purchase your services.

This will ensure that you can make money and stay in business. In your research, gather as much information as possible to understand the market's supply and demand, your competition, and your potential customers.

28. Caregiving

As a caregiver, you help with daily tasks such as grooming, household chores, cooking, and transportation. You often act as a companion for the client and assist them when they undergo activities at home or outside.

An independent contractor caregiver can work in a private home or for an assisted living facility.

The qualifications needed to work as an independent contractor caregiver include certification, a high school diploma or GED certificate, and general housework skills. You need a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record if you provide transportation.

Some clients seek applicants who are certified nursing assistants (CNAs) or home health aides (HHAs).

The requirements for these certifications vary by state, and training typically lasts a few weeks or months. Some clients only ask for certification in CPR and basic life-saving.

29. Freelance Customer Service

When starting your freelance customer service business, the first thing to do is to know your value. Knowing your market and what they are willing to pay is essential in determining how much you should charge.

Look for a job marketing platform that suits your demands Toptal and Upwork are great options to start with.

Believe it or not, putting customers first is easier than it sounds. The best way to start doing this is to make a professional and memorable first impression. A freelancer's first interaction with a customer will set the tone for the entire relationship, so getting this right will pay dividends far into the future.

30. Voice Over Artist

You don’t need a professional qualification to step into freelancing as a voice-over artist. Countless renowned voice artists have begun their careers as amateurs with just a good USB mic that have gone on to make a name for themselves in the industry, largely due to their hard work and experience.

As a voice artist, you are in charge of your own business. You can work in industries like music and film, gaming, advertisement, documentaries, and many others. Just make sure you do a lot of research about various industries.

This is a great business idea because you make all your money online and do not have to meet clients physically.

There are multiple freelance websites like Fiverr, Freelancer.com, Upwork, and others that connect you with many other prospective employers who need your voice-over services.

The best ideas for women are the ones that make the most money. Many factors contribute to what can be considered the best business idea for women entrepreneurs, like their interest, availability, and budget. Our recommendations are blogging, podcasting, e-commerce, and ghostwriting. 

The best way to choose a lucrative business is to focus on ideas centered on your skills, experience, or passion. You don’t have to be an expert but can leverage your skills to increase your chances of success. You must ensure that the business idea suits your lifestyle to prevent burnout. You also need to do proper research on your business idea and have a plan before jumping in. 

The amount of money you make from your business ideas depends on the type of business and your dedication to the business. A recent survey showed that the average income of a lucrative business venture owner is $8000 per year.

Top Side Business Ideas for Ladies Uncovered

From consulting business, dog walking, babysitting services, virtual bookkeeping business, being a personal chef, laundry business, and many more business ideas that are not on the list, the business ideas for women that want to make extra money cannot be exhausted.

What’s important is that you are willing to take the online course, make the investment and commit the time to transform a few business ideas into a ticket to financial freedom . Take a look at our choice of top business opportunities ideas for women:

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To learn more about making money and growing your income, check out the following articles:

  • How to make money blogging
  • How to start a profitable online store
  • Best ways to make money online
  • Best small business ideas to make money online
  • Legit ways to make money from home

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16+ Best Business Ideas for Women at Home

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Home Business for Women

Are you looking for business ideas for women at home that really work?

Perfect, because I’m going to show you a list of online business ideas that women are doing today.

There’s no need to reinvent the wheel, you can follow a proven success model, make it your own, and become successful.

I know when I was looking for business ideas I had no idea what I wanted to do and I couldn’t find anything that seemed legitimate online.

Out of frustration, pregnant with my second child and wanting to stay home with my kids, I decided to reach out to successful work from home moms and ask them:

  • What is their business?
  • How could others get started?
  • How much does their business earn?

They were gracious enough to answer so I created this website to share their stories for people like me looking for LEGITIMATE business ideas for women at home that pay well AND with the tools and resources you’ll need to get started.

As women, we have many talents and sometimes need help narrowing down what we really want to do. This is a great list of business ideas for ladies sitting at home as well.

Quick question:  Are you on our  email list?  If you’re a mama like me, you definitely want to be on our list where we send out regular new mom jobs, productivity tips, and inspiration to get through this tough yet awesome journey of motherhood.  Click here to subscribe .

I also just interviewed John Flick who is a Notary Loan Signing Agent and this is one of the best business ideas that I have to add to this list because he is earning $5k-$7K per month only working 3-4 days a week!

How To Find The Best Business Ideas For Women at Home

Use this list! Take a look at each business idea on this list and decide what’s feasible for you and your family.

This basketball quote has stuck with me over time, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.

It’s important to just get out there and Start. Something.

This list of business ideas is perfect for housewives because they not only pay well but can also provide you with the freedom to spend more time with your family and build an empire.

These business ideas, unfortunately, do not offer health insurance, so if you’re in need of health insurance you’ll want to learn how to get health insurance when you’re self-employed .

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16+ Small Business Ideas for Women at Home

I am passionate about the top online business ideas for women on this list because I’ve used some of them to build my own income from home. Check them out below.

1. Blogging

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Blogging is the #1 online business idea for women because it’s what I do :-). I was inspired by other moms who enjoy blogging as a business and also have the advantage of staying home to raise their kids at the same time.

Blogging is one of the best stay at home mom jobs because you work completely on your own schedule.

After seeing blog income reports from $2k-$50k a MONTH, I thought, why can’t I do that? And now I am!

Blogging is one of my favorite forms of passive income . I make money just for people reading my articles from ads.

I can assure you, I did not write this article today and yet it’s making me money.

When you get a nice amount of people reading your articles it brings in a nice income. Here’s a screenshot of my earnings from the other day.

Mediavine earnings screenshot

I made $400 in one day just from ads, and I also make a lot of money in Affiliate sales. You can see how I make money blogging .

You DO NOT need to be an excellent writer to become a blogger, you just write like you talk.

I spent a lot of time working on my blog the first year with a full-time job, busy toddler, pregnant with my second child and also “trying” to be a wonderful wife to my wonderful husband.

Now I work VERY part-time and I’m making more money than when I was at my corporate job.

Blogging is such a great business idea because I’ve learned so many skills like how to create a WordPress website, write, learn search engine optimization, social media, and so much more.

I could offer so many of these things I’ve learned as a service and charge a nice fee and so can you once you learn the ins and outs.

But I’m not doing that just YET because I’m remembering my “Why” and focusing on being there for my kids, I make enough money with my blog where I don’t have to look for more work.

It is important to note that blogging does take a while to earn a decent income. It took me a year before I started earning money that really mattered.

If you like to travel you could even start a travel blog, see how you can make money traveling here .

If you want to start a blog, I’ve detailed all the steps in my How to Start a WordPress Blog article from scratch! I also mention the most popular niches that make the most money and get the most traffic.

2. Get Into Real Estate BUT w/o Selling or Buying Anything

A woman smiling at work as a real estate agent

Yes, this really is a thing. I met Boss Mom Danielle Pierce who is doing this earning over $400,000 a year WHILE homeschooling her 3 kids!

It’s called Property Preservation or Repairing Foreclosed Homes. Danielle outsources 100% of the work and only does admin work.

How much you can make varies but Danielle says it’s very feasible to gross $100k+ or more in revenue within 18 months

Check out my interview with Danielle to see how to become a property preservation contractor .

3. Proofreader

woman proofreading on a tablet

Do you find yourself easily catching errors when reading? Do you cringe when you see grammar mistakes? If so, you might make a great Proofreader. This is one of the best businesses for ladies as we tend to have a keen eye for detail.

Proofreaders are NEEDED, I know because I use one myself.

Caitlin Pyle made $43,000 her first year Proofreading PART-TIME! You can see the full interview in my  How to Become a Proofreader  article. There are many others making between $1,000-$4,000 a month.

If you want to learn the skills needed to start your own freelance proofreading hustle or see if this is the right career for you, check out this FREE introductory workshop .

4. Bookkeeper

woman using calculator and taking notes at a desk

Bookkeepers record financial transactions from the comfort of their home.

I had the pleasure of interviewing two successful stay-at-home moms who work from home as a Bookkeeper and started out with NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE.

This is a MUST read as one of the moms has NINE kids, homeschools six, AND still has time to earn a living Bookkeeping. So I’m convinced anyone can do this. You’ll have to read it in my How to Become a Bookkeeper article.

If you want to start your own Virtual Bookkeeping Business and make $60 per hour, check out this free bookkeeper training  to find out if it’s right for you.

5. Make money putting kids to sleep

Did you know you could make $2k to $10k per month helping parents get their kids to sleep through the night? 

That’s what happened to Jayne Havens. She is a stay-at-home mom, always getting asked if she could help others get their kids to sleep through the night since she had early success.

She started charging people, and in her first month in business, she made $2,400! By the end of her first year in business, she was having $10,000 months!!!

Naturally, other women wanted to learn how to do the same thing so she began teaching them and they started having the exact same success! See how she did it and how you can too in our how to become a sleep consultant article.

6. Become a Freelancer

woman reading to her children

Freelance jobs are one of the best business ideas because you work when you want with unlimited earning potential!

Your skillset may be one of the following:

  • Virtual Assistant
  • Social media
  • Design tech
  • Copywriting
  • Customer Service, etc.

If you’ve ever had an interest in one of these it’s time to pursue it!

If you don’t know-how, that’s okay because I met BOSS MOM Micala who is helping women start a profitable freelance business from scratch.

She was a teacher working 50-60 hours per week earning $2,300 per month, miserable dropping her baby off at daycare every day. She needed to work. And, wanted to work but on her own terms. So she turned to freelancing.

Within a few months of freelancing, she was working 15-20 hours per week, earning double her old paycheck with her baby beside her every step of the way. Now she teaches moms/women how to do the same.

I had an AMAZING interview with her on how to become a freelancer online . She shares some of her tips and experiences on how to get started freelancing from home.

Micala created a free workshop to show you how she did it and how you can too. Spend some time listening to her experience to see if freelancing is right for you. Click here to check out the free workshop.

7. Freelance Content Creator

This is a different take on Freelancing than what we mentioned above. This form is unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.

I met Shannon Livingston who does this and she’s a stay at home mom, and she makes so much money she was able to retire her husband from his job and now both of them are now home living life on their own terms.

She teaches others how to do the same, so we did some digging to see if this could be duplicated.

We found one of her students and asked how much did she earn and she told us in her first month, she made $4,000! (She just finished her program). We had to interview her to see exactly how and we did! Check out our How to become a content creator article. See how she did it and how you can too!

8. Flip Items from Flea Markets and Thrift Shops

A family of five sitting on a wagon and flip items at a flea market

Rob from the Flea Market Flipper is the MASTER flipper (I know he’s not a woman, but he does this with his family). He made over $130,000 flipping items from Flea Markets and thrift stores PART-TIME.

And, you don’t need to have a lot of money to start either. Rob recommends his students to start with a budget of $20-$50 to find items. Based on that, they should be able to make $100-$300 (mostly reselling on eBay) and then take some of the profit and do it again.

Rob created a free workshop to turn your passion for visiting thrift stores, yard sales, & flea markets into a profitable reselling business – in as little as 14 days. They make it easy and fun to follow in their footsteps.

You can click here to sign up for the free workshop .

9. Freelance Writing

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Do you like to write and need a business idea for housewives? You can make a lot of money as a writer, I know because I interviewed Holly Johnson who makes OVER $200,000 a year as a Freelance Writer. I didn’t even know that was possible!

Holly said that she finds it hard NOT to earn $40,000-$50,000 a year writing full-time.

She’s found the secret sauce when it comes to writing and charging the right rate for your work. She created a free introductory training  on how to build a six-figure writing career.

I highly recommend taking Holly’s course if you want to work from home writing and follow her path to success.

I also have a number of ways to get writing gigs below my interview with Holly .

10. Create Printables and sell on Etsy

Did you know you could make $500-$1,000 per month in passive income with printables on Etsy? 

You can actually make a lot more than that, I did a video recently showing how this woman is earning $8,000 a MONTH in printables on ETSY! The best part is that it’s all passive income.

You make a printable once and can sell it over and over and over again. 

This is a great way to make money from home and to see how to get started check out my article How To Make Printables to sell on Etsy .

11. Life Coach

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Do you love personal development and enjoy helping people? Do you want to build a business of your own? If that’s you, you should consider becoming a Life Coach.

See how Natalie Bacon became a Life Coach making six-figures on her way to seven-figures in my my article on  How to Become a Life Coach .

How much you can make really depends on your market. If you are targeting lower-income you can charge $47 per hour, if you’re targeting higher-income you could charge $297 per hour or much more.

It also depends on your model, are you doing 1-to-1 coaching or group coaching. If interested consider taking this Life Coach Certificate Course .

12. Start a Dog Bakery Business

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Starting a dog bakery is a great business idea for women because the earning potential is great. We interviewed Kristen Larsen and she showed us how she has $4,000 months selling dog treats!

If you have a dog, like to bake this is definitely something to consider.

See how she got started and how you can too in our how to start a dog treat bakery article.

13. Create an Online Store with Drop Shipping

Dropshipping is a method where you can sell third-party products from a Drop Shipping Company without ever seeing or shipping the item. When you make a sale, the product is shipped directly to the customer from the drop shipper.

Your profit is the difference between what you charge your customers and what the drop shipping company charges you.

Here is a great infographic to show how it works:

a chart showing how dropshipping works

Boss Mom Theo McArthur has great success with it and created a dropshipping course on Udemy that teaches you how to launch your first profitable Dropship Website in 14 Days or less and grow your Income to $10,000 per month in profits.

14. Transcribe

woman working on a laptop

This is a great job based on its flexibility and pay. Transcriptionists listen to audio files and record (type) what they hear. Consider a career in Transcription by taking this Free Mini-Course first.

You can make $7-$21 per hour with transcription companies hiring or more if you build your own business.

Learn how to become a transcriptionist here (and see how Kim does it while homeschooling her son).

15. In-home Childcare

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If you love children and have a passion to impact a young life, this is a great opportunity to start an in-home childcare business. You also get the added benefit of playtime and socialization with your kids.

To get started I recommend taking this neat course called  How to Start a Home Daycare Business . Ladonna operated her own profitable home daycare and shows you how you can do the same along with all the information you’ll need to get started.

You can also check out Care.com for opportunities to grow your own daycare business.

The amount you can make varies on location but you could charge $30 a day which turns out to $600 a month (assuming its for 8 hours a day) for one kid, while some daycares will charge $900 or more a month.

Feel free to raise your prices to stay competitive with the daycares in your area.

Important to Note: Make sure you add childcare endorsement to your homeowner’s insurance in case someone gets hurt and check your State regulations on the number of children you can care for without a license.

Related: 30+ of the Best Small Business Ideas

16. Photography

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If you’re the family photographer and love taking pictures, you should look into becoming a Photographer.

My sister recently purchased the Canon EOS Rebel T6i Body , and she takes AMAZING pictures (she literally has NO experience at ALL), she also purchased the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens which is a KEY component of taking quality photos.

It is an investment that can pay off significantly.

To get started, take pictures of any and everything, take classes and learn photoshop to polish off your photos and add quality finishes.

Related: See the top apps to make money taking pictures from your phone (no previous experience needed).

Post your best work on social media and start your online portfolio on 500px (it’s Free!).

You can also:

  • Contact your local real estate agents and offer your services to take professional pictures of their new listings
  • License your photos through stock photography sites like iStock and Shutterstock
  • Submit images to The Sun Magazine
  • Offer your services for free to friends and family who want to take holiday, newborn, senior, weddings pictures, etc. If you do a good job, those same people could turn into paying customers.

Consider charging:

  • Wedding Photography -$700 – $3,500+
  • Senior Portrait Photography – $100-$300 a session
  • Small local businesses – $25 – $200 per image

17. Sell low content books on Amazon 

This is one of the best business ideas for women because this is something you can do while watching tv and make a great passive income each month.

You create a cover of a book and one interior page (no graphic design experience needed). Post it to Amazon KDP and let your work sell. 

This may not make a lot of sense but we break it down in our article How to make 1000s selling low content books , or you can just watch as we show you how to do this in minutes.

18. Interior Designer

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Do you have those creative genes to decorate rooms and arrange furniture? Do you watch HGTV and think, I can do that, I want to do that? See how Boss Mom Julie P. got started and manages to earn a six-figure salary.

To become an Interior Decorator (this is different from Interior Designer) I recommend starting a website , take quality photos of your work, ask friends and family if you can work for them at no charge to help add to your portfolio.

Once you’ve created a polished visualization of your work you can then start to charge for your services.

You can make anywhere from $50-$150 per hour as an Interior Decorator, and as an Interior Designer, you can make six-figures or more.

Find out how to become an Interior Designer .

19. Clean Houses

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Do you enjoy cleaning or just know it’s something you wouldn’t mind doing to make extra money? If so, you really should consider doing this because you could make a lot of money.

These are great side business ideas for ladies who want to make money on their own terms. Like $1,000 per week working part-time!

Check out my article on How to Start a Cleaning Business and get all the information you need to get started today.

20. Start a Laundry Business

Yes, that’s right, Laundry. You can make up to $500 a WEEK doing it, this is a great business for ladies sitting at home.

Laundry is an ongoing chore that we all do, BUT for some who don’t have the time but do have the money, outsourcing is the new normal. Which opens a door for you.

This is a simple business for ladies and you can see how to start a laundry business here.

For Additional Business Ideas for Women Consider:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Real Estate
  • Wedding Planner
  • Event Planner
  • Fashion Designer
  • Sewing & Alterations
  • Massage Therapist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Pet Business

Bonus Tips to Make Money

Even if you’re not ready to start your own home based business, there are other opportunties to make money online in the meantime.

Sign up for Research Studies – Up to $400 per study

You can make quick easy money by participating in research studies. Below are the best-paid companies to sign up for

  • Respondent  – $50-$400
  • User Interviews – $50-$100 per hour

Earn $75 or more as an UpVoice Panelist

Get paid for the time you spend on Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, YouTube and more.

I did a full review of UpVoice , and it’s literally one of the easiest ways to make money online. Currently only applicable to candidates in the United States.

Click Here to Sign Up for UpVoice

I do want to caution you. Be aware of taxes when you have a business!

Whether you have a business or you want to start one, please watch this video when you can about how to prevent paying so much in taxes from a Certified Public Accountant. I had to pay WELL over $20,000 because of pure ignorance and I want to save you guys from making the same mistake.

Ready to Start Your Home Business?

Did you find anything that interests you? If not, keep in mind one of the best business ideas I can offer is to learn a skill that others don’t want to do or don’t know how to do and will pay someone like you to do it.

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Know of anyone else wanting to start a business? We created this list of gift ideas for entrepreneurs to help motivate them and support them. There’s nothing like support. 

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Providing childcare services can be a fulfilling and reasonably well-paid business (I don’t mean to stick to stereotypes, this is just an example), however there are many possibilities. If you are good at cake decorating, I know a good number of women who enjoy cake decorating, and often do it as a secondary income. One lady I know collects ~$180 for a simple cake. Another lady I know calculates her prices for cakes by taking the cost of ingredients and multiplying by two – her cakes usually come to about $80 each. If you take a more “business-oriented” approach, you can collect upwards of $400 per cake. This does appear to take considerable patience to do, but the profit can be quite substantial.

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Great article! I will definitely be doing some research and figure out which of these options best suits me. 🙂 Thanks for posting!

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I wish I had found this blog post earlier! It would have saved me a lot of time and trouble. Great information and some great insights on what to focus on in order to find where real money online can be made.

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Thank you so much for sharing this. I just wish I knew this earlier. Will definitely look into the ideas and see what will work for me. I am home all the time and its time to start earning something for the time I spend on the internet. Thanks once again

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Thanks so much for sharing this. I have had to do home cleaning services before I became an Early childhood education. Providing childcare services can be a fulfilling and reasonably well-paid business (I don’t mean to stick to stereotypes, this is just an example), however there are many possibilities. If you are good at cake decorating, I know a good number of women who enjoy cake decorating, and often do it as a secondary income. One lady I know collects ~$180 for a simple cake. Even If you have no skills sets at all you can just google spirassp and they will help.

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Top 20 Best Business Ideas for Women in India

We've all had those a-ha! moments as women. You know, those times when you suddenly have an amazing business idea out of the blue that you're sure will make you a millionaire. You get so excited about it that you can't even think straight.

So you go ahead and quit your day job, take out a loan, and start your business...only for the realities to hit hard a few months down the road. Sound familiar? What could be the reason? Probably you might have started with the wrong business idea.

Don't worry, you're not alone. This happens. You need to pick one business idea that, even if it is ridiculous, describes your passion. Don't shy away from ideas that are branded as ridiculous or common. In fact, some of the most successful businesses started with what seemed like ridiculous ideas.

So the next time you have some "crazy" business ideas for women, don't write them off so quickly—you might just be on to something! Register with Amazon business for setting up your business without much hassle.

Here we cover some of the unique business ideas for ladies. But first, let's understand what business is.

Why You Need A Business?

A business is like a garden. You have to plant the seeds, tend to the young sprouts, pull the weeds, and so on. But unlike a garden, a business can give you a much greater return on your investment.

With hard work and dedication, your business can provide you with a steady source of income and opportunities for growth and expansion. Trust us, even if it's a small-scale business for women.

In addition, owning a business can offer you a certain degree of autonomy and independence.

You get to be your own boss, set your own hours and make your own decisions. Look into some cool startup ideas for women.

How to choose a Business Idea?

There are a few things to consider while coming up with unique business ideas for ladies or any business for women:

  • Answering questions like, what are you passionate about? What are you good at? What does the market need? May help you narrow down your options and choose small business ideas in India for ladies you're excited about.
  • Consider your target market and research to create a business aligning with their needs and setting you apart from the competition.
  • Don't be afraid to think outside the box. There are always new and innovative businesses being created, so don't be afraid to brainstorm unique ideas. When it comes to choosing business ideas for women, the sky's the limit!

What to consider before starting your own business?

Before making the jump into the world of entrepreneurship, there are a few things you should take into consideration:

  • Do your research

What type of business do you want to start? What are the initial costs? How much time and energy are you willing to invest? Before taking the plunge into business ideas for women at home or otherwise, find answers to these questions.

  • Create a business plan. This will serve as a roadmap for some of your business ideas for women, outlining your goals, strategies, and financial projections. Without a plan, measuring your progress and making necessary adjustments along the way will be difficult.
  • Assemble a trusted advisor team for support and guidance as you navigate the challenges of starting your own business. Choose people with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, so you can benefit from various perspectives.

Best Business Ideas for Women

Here are some best business ideas for women who are keen to don the hats of entrepreneurship.      

Salon

First, the beauty industry is growing rapidly, and there is a high demand for salon services. Second, starting a salon allows women to be their own boss and run their businesses according to their schedule. Moreover, it can also be a business for women at home.    

Third, salons are relatively low-cost businesses to start, and they have the potential to generate high profits. With all of these factors working in its favor, it's no wonder that starting a salon is one of women entrepreneurs' most popular business ideas.

Here are other reasons why catering is one of the prospective business ideas for women:

  • It is a versatile business that can be scaled to meet your needs. Whether you are catering small parties or large events, there's a market for your services.
  • Catering is a great way to get involved in the social scene and build a network of potential customers.
  • It is a relatively low-cost business. You don't need to lease a commercial kitchen or invest in expensive equipment, making it the best business for women in India.
  • It is a people-centric business. Catering could be the perfect business for you if you love being around others and enjoy creating memorable experiences.     

Cloud Kitchen

Cloud Kitchen

Women have always been the backbone of the food industry in the home and commercial settings. So, the cloud kitchen is a unique business idea for ladies to consider. A cloud kitchen is a commercial kitchen that is not open to the public.

Instead, it focuses on delivery and take-out service, eliminating the need for costly real estate, and making it more affordable to start up. With the rising popularity of delivery services, a cloud kitchen is one of the top-ranking small business ideas for women in India who are looking to enter the food industry.       

Home Tutoring

Home tutoring is a small scale business ideas for women to try. Here's why:

  • This job offers flexibility as it can be done around the schedule of children and families.
  • Home tutoring businesses are usually pretty small, minimizing the financial investment.
  • Women are often natural teachers and have a lot of patience - two essential qualities for tutors!

Home tutoring is a great way to make a difference in the lives of children while also earning a good income.

Soap Making

Soap Making

You know what they say, "the best business ideas for women are the ones that are right in front of you." And what could be more right in front of you than your daily shower? Not only is soap making a small scale business for women with low capital investment, but it's also a high-margin business with endless potential for growth.

And let's face it, who doesn't love a good bar of soap?

Soap making is the perfect business for women because it combines creativity and multitasking. We are natural-born nurturers and caretakers, and what could be more nurturing than creating a product that cleanses and protects our bodies?   

Bakery Business

Why starting a bakery business is one of the best business ideas for women? For one, the bakery industry is predicted to grow in the next decade, so there is a lot of potential for growth and profitability. It offers you scalability whether you are looking for small business ideas for ladies or converting them into a chain.

Moreover, baking is a creative and satisfying activity that can bring joy to both the baker and the customer. And finally, owning a bakery allows you to connect with the local community and build relationships with other small businesses.         

Fashion Designing

When it comes to fashion design, women have a clear advantage over their male counterparts.

Fashion Designing

For one thing, women tend to have a better sense of color and proportion. They also tend to be more detail-oriented, a critical skill when it comes to creating well-crafted clothing.

Women are generally more familiar with the latest trends in fashion. They know how to accentuate the positive and create both flattering and stylish clothing. It's no wonder that so many of the world's top fashion designers are women. They have the natural skills and talent that it takes to create beautiful clothing. Isn't this one of the coolest business ideas for women from the lot?

Home-Based Hobby Classes     

Women have always been excellent at multitasking and taking care of the home. Throw in a few kids, and it seems like there's nothing they can't handle! So, it's no surprise that many women now turn their domestic skills into successful businesses by offering home-based hobby classes and coming up with small business ideas for ladies.

Not only is this a great way to earn some extra money, but it's also a great way to meet new people and share your passion with others. Now, that's one of the killer business ideas for women on the list.

Health and fitness have been gaining popularity among women of all ages, leading to a growing demand for gyms and other fitness facilities catering specifically to women. And there's no doubt that starting a gym is the best business idea for women.

Not only will you be able to tap into this growing market, but you'll also be able to create a safe and supportive environment for women to achieve their fitness goals.

At your gym, women can work out without judgment or intimidation, and they'll appreciate your dedication to helping them lead healthier lives. Another one of the top business ideas of women is that do some societal good.

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Ration Shop

Ration shops are a great business venture, with many benefits making them an attractive proposition for aspiring women entrepreneurs. One of the main advantages of ration shops is they are relatively easy to set up and run. There is no need for extensive premises or large amounts of stock, and the running costs are relatively low.

Ration shops also have a captive audience, as people will always need to purchase food at below-market rates. Are you rolling your sleeves up for one of the best business ideas for women?

When it comes to business ventures, there are many different factors to consider. For women, one of the best options is opening a café. Here are a few reasons why this is such a great idea from many business ideas for women.

First of all, cafés are relatively low-cost businesses to start up. Second, they have the potential to be very profitable. Third, they offer a flexible work schedule, ideal for women with other commitments such as family or children. So if you're looking for a business venture that ticks all the boxes, opening a café is a great option

Cafes

Blogging is one of the perfect online business ideas for women at home since it can be operated around the clock, from anywhere in the world ( to learn more, read our blog on how to start an online business in India ) .

It is a creative endeavor that allows women writers to share their stories, insights, and knowledge with an audience of interested readers.

And it has very low startup costs, making it among the small business ideas for women in India with minimized financial risk. So, if you're a woman looking for the perfect business venture, look no further than blogging.        

Social Media Influencer

Nowadays, everyone is trying to become a social media influencer. However, the most successful influencers are ones with a niche audience and unique perspective.

Women have an advantage in this area as they are often more relatable and authentic.

In addition, women are often more adept at connecting with their followers on a personal level. As a result, they are more likely to build a loyal following of fans who appreciate their content.

Mobile & Electronics Shop

Mobile phones and other electronics are a necessity in today's world. Very few people don't own a smartphone and even fewer don't use one daily. That's why a mobile and electronics item shop is the perfect business idea for women.

Not only will you have a highly enthusiastic audience, but you also have products people are constantly replacing or upgrading. In addition, people are always looking for the latest and greatest gadgets, so you'll never be short on customers.

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Handmade Crafts

For women looking to start their own businesses, crafting handmade goods is the perfect opportunity to do something they're passionate about while also making a living.

There are numerous advantages to starting a handmade business. For one, it's relatively easy to get started since you likely already have many of the supplies you need at home. Additionally, there's a growing demand for handmade items, as more people are interested in supporting small businesses and buying environmentally friendly and ethically produced products.

So if you're searching for a business idea that's both creative and rewarding, look no further than starting your own line of handmade crafts. With a little hard work and some elbow grease, you'll be on your way to success in no time!    

Dropshipping

There are a lot of great business ideas for women out there, but dropshipping is hands-down the best home business for women. Here's why:

  • Dropshipping is a low-cost way to get started in ecommerce without the hassle of inventory management . You can start your business with very little money.
  • It is flexible and scalable. You can run your business part-time or full-time, and it's easy to scale up as your business grows.
  • Whether you want to work from home , a coffee shop, or anywhere else, dropshipping gives you the freedom to work from wherever you want.
  • You can be your own boss and in charge of your own business, and you'll have the freedom to make all the decisions.

Personal Chef   

If you love to cook and are always in charge of making meals for your friends and family, then being a personal chef is the perfect business idea for you! As a personal chef, you would be responsible for cooking meals for your clients according to their specific dietary needs and preferences.

Plus, there is a growing demand for personal chefs as more people are becoming health-conscious and want to eat healthy, homemade meals. If you have a passion for cooking and want to be your own boss, then becoming a personal chef is the best business for women in India!

Laundry Services

Running a laundry service is the best business for women. For one, laundry is an essential chore that always needs to be done. Meaning there is a consistent demand for laundry services.

And because laundry is such a common chore, there are many ways to market your business. You can reach your target audience through online ads, word-of-mouth, or even flyers and posters in local businesses. Register with Amazon Business and set up your laundry shop easily.

Photography

Women make the best photographers. Not convinced? Here are our reasons.

  • Women are often highly perceptive and observant, noticing details others overlook. They're usually good multitaskers, which comes in handy trying to capture the perfect moment.
  • Women tend to be natural curators thanks to their innate sense of style with an eye for composition and aesthetics.

Their patience and ability to connect with people, and it's no wonder that more and more women are making a name for themselves in the world of photography.        

Cosmetics Shop        

Who knows the nuances of cosmetics better than women? This superior knowledge of the cosmetic industry can make them very persuasive in sales and marketing. So why shouldn't women try their luck running and managing cosmetics shops?

A cosmetic shop could start as a small scale business for women and grow into something big like Nykaa. Our collection of beauty products will come in handy to materialize any small business idea for ladies in the beauty domain.

Facilities for Women

Women can do anything if they put their will and mind to it. Understanding the power of women's contribution to society and the overall economy, the Government of India, through the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), has provided facilities for women that empower female entrepreneurs by helping them fulfill their dreams and break the societal pressure of being a homemaker.

Under the Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) Scheme, women entrepreneurs have launched 1.38 lakh projects since January 23, 2019. The government has provided loans to many women under this scheme. Women entrepreneurs started approximately 30% of all PMEGP projects.

Here is a list of the top 5 Government Loan Scheme Facilities for Women Entrepreneurs:

Mudra Loan for Women

Mudra Loan for Women provides financial assistance to women business owners. Woman entrepreneurs don't need to provide any collateral under this plan. The MUDRA loan payback period spans from one year to seven years, with interest rates starting at 7.30% p.a.

Under the Mudra Loan Scheme, there are three categories:

  • Shishu Loan: The maximum loan granted under this scheme is Rs. 50,000.
  • Kishor Loan: The minimum loan you can avail of is Rs. 50,000 and the maximum amount is Rs. 5 Lakhs.
  • Tarun Loan: The maximum loan amount available is Rs. 10 lakhs.

Udyogini Scheme

The Udyogini scheme was established to assist rural women business owners and uneducated village women. This scheme emphasizes promoting women's entrepreneurship, financial freedom, and self-reliance. People with a family income of at least Rs. 1.5 lakh per annum can choose this option. The maximum loan amount under this scheme is Rs. 3 lakh.

  • Cent Kalyani Scheme

This is one of the most popular schemes for female entrepreneurs. It is intended for new enterprises and those who want to grow and expand their business. However, this scheme does not provide loans to businesses like self-help organizations, retail trade, and education and training.

The maximum loan amount under this programme is Rs. 100 lakh. Additionally, there are no processing fees associated with this no-collateral loan.

  • Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Yojana

The Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Yojana (PMRY) is one of the best loan schemes for women entrepreneurs. This programme aims to empower women in urban and rural areas with financial independence. With a maximum of Rs.12,500 per borrower as a constraint, the loan subsidy amount can be up to 15% of the project cost.

The plan applies to all business initiatives in the trade, services, and industrial sectors. The loan cap for businesses is Rs. 2 lakh, while the cap for services and industry is Rs. 5 lakh, and the age restriction is 35 years.

Annapurna Yojana

The Indian government provides loans of up to Rs. 50,000 to female food caterers under the Annapurna Yojana. Business ideas for women wanting to make it big in the cloud kitchen space just found their funding!

The borrowed money could cover working capital needs, such as buying kitchenware, a mixer/cumulative grinder, appliances, tables etc. For the loan to be approved, the applicant must be between 18 and 60. The money must be paid back in 36 monthly installments once approved.

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How can a woman start a small business?

The most important aspect of starting a business is the willingness to do so. Business ideas for women entrepreneurs need only a little bit of grit and power. Be willing to take up the challenge, decide what type of business you want to undertake, create a business plan, research the licenses and permit requirements, look for financing options and get started!

Are there any Government Loan Schemes for Women?

There are various government loan schemes available to fund business ideas for women. Some of them are listed below:

  •   Annapurna Scheme
  • Mudra Yojana Scheme
  •   Udyogini Scheme
  • Stree Shakti Yojana
  • Bhartiya Mahila Bank Business Loan
  • Dena Shakti Scheme
  • Mahila Udyam Nidhi Yojana

What are the MSME Schemes for Women Entrepreneurs?

Women entrepreneurs add to the economic development of the country. Business ideas for women will find their funding in these schemes. Here are some of the Micro, Small and Medium Business Loan Schemes for women entrepreneurs:

●      Trade Related Entrepreneurship Assistance and Development (TREAD) Scheme

●      Cent Kalyani Scheme

●      Udyogini Scheme

●      Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Yojana

●      Stree Shakti Yojana

●       Bhartiya Mahila Bank Business Loan

●      Dena Shakti Scheme

●      Mahila Udyam Nidhi Yojana

●      Mudra Yojana

Can I start a Business with low capital?

Yes, you can start a business with low capital. Create a business plan and capital requirement plan before you start looking for funding. To start with low capital, make sure you create a business plan that requires less funding in the beginning. Some of the low capital ideas include:

·        Content creation

·        Event planning services

·        Social media consultant

·        Online tutoring

·        Affiliate marketing

·        Graphic design

What are some startup ideas for women?

Here are some of the startup ideas for women to try:

·       Online business ideas for women like tutoring, consulting, career counselling, content strategist, etc.

·       Home business ideas for women include bake shops, flower shops, food/ tiffin services, yoga instructors, etc.

·       Small business ideas for women include tailoring, saloon/ beauty parlour, skill classes, content writing, graphic designing, etc.

What are some new business ideas for women?

Some of the new business ideas for women include:

·       Stock trading

·       High fashion reseller

·       Virtual bookkeeping

·       Dropshipping store

·       Market research

·       App Developer

Starting a home business for women is also a good idea to kickstart your journey.

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21 Pandemic-Proof Work-From-Home Business Ideas For Women In India

Want to be a businesswoman? Learn how to start a small business at home with these 21 pandemic-proof work-from-home business ideas for women in India.

A large number of businesses have had to shut shop as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns. Some, like the international travel business and the real estate business, may never recover completely.

On the other hand, a crisis for some businesses can mean opportunity for others. While some businesses are downing their shutters, many work-from-home businesses are thriving.

With social distancing restrictions, people have found ways to connect online using video and web conferencing and ecommerce is growing every day, providing new opportunities to Indian women at home.

So if you’re wondering how to start a business from home, are willing to open your eyes to new business opportunities, and learn new skills to help you become a successful businesswoman , these home business ideas for women may be just what you need.

21 Pandemic-Proof Work-From-Home Business Ideas For Women

Whether you’re a businesswoman who needs to pivot or a wannabe entrepreneur who wants new business ideas that are pandemic-proof, these upcoming business ideas in India in 2021 can help you start a new business from home.

If you’ve been wondering how to start a small business at home with no money, you’ll love the fact that many of these home business ideas for women include low-cost or zero-investment business ideas.

1. Become an online reseller

If this is your present situation and you’re wondering how to start a business with no money in India, then online reselling is the best business for ladies sitting at home.

The pandemic has accelerated the shift away from physical stores to digital shopping by roughly five years . Ecommerce took off like a rocket in 2020, and today most people prefer to do their shopping online to avoid crowds and contagion.

This has opened up new opportunities for women who want to start a work-at-home business, with reseller apps making it easy for them to start an online business without investment.

While there are many money-earning apps that claim to make you rich as an online seller, the truth is that most of them offer cheap, low-quality, unbranded products.

If you’re willing to learn sales skills and want to sell high-quality, branded products with zero investment, join the SHECO Partner Program and earn from your mobile phone.

You’ll see why SHECO sellers call it the Woman Fortune-Changer Platform once you learn how to make money with your Smartphone with this life-changing business idea for women in India.

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2. Start a food business from home

Starting a food business from home is one of the easy business ideas for ladies in India. Many Indian women are excellent cooks, having honed their skills in the kitchen from a young age.

Although the restaurant business has lost a lot of its customers, the food delivery business is going great guns. Apps like Zomato, Swiggy, UberEats, FoodPanda, and Dunzo have made it easy for home cooks to deliver piping hot and delicious homemade tiffins to people in their locality.

All you need is the business savvy to price your food right and market it well on food delivery apps and in local social media groups that let you promote your home tiffin and food preparations.

Learn how to start a Ghar ka khana tiffin service with Shipra Baranwal, founder of a six-figure home-kitchen business in India.

You could also sell wedding cakes or pastries to local clients or sell homemade pickles and speciality foods through online retailers, like the inspiring Rohini Patel .

If you decide to start a food business from home, make sure you complete all the legalities and get the licenses you need to sell food products in India.

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3. Become a financial consultant

Did you know that you don’t even need a degree or have any work experience to be a self-employed, work-from-home financial consultant?

All you need is a 10 th pass certificate and the willingness to learn new skills, so you can sell insurance policies and products to your clients. A financial consultant helps her clients make wise investment decisions that secure the future of their family and loved ones with insurance products.

In a pandemic, financial consultants will always be in demand, as people understand the need for life and health insurance products. Women, especially, make great financial advisors because of their empathy, social skills, and communication skills, as well as their desire to help others.

The reason why being a financial consultant is one of the best business ideas for housewives is that it can help you earn a passive income.

That means you continue to make money from recurring commissions of insurance policies you sold earlier, even if you stop working for some reason.

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4. Start a digital marketing agency

With the growth of digital business during the pandemic, many more businesses have realized the importance of having an online presence.

As a result, the demand for digital marketing services and digital education has skyrocketed and is not likely to decrease anytime soon.

If you’re a digital marketing expert, this is the best time to start your entrepreneurial journey with your own social media marketing agency or digital marketing agency.

There is a growing requirement for competent digital marketing experts who can either train other entrepreneurs to take their business online or do it for them.

5. Become an online counsellor or therapist

Anxiety, depression , social isolation, loneliness, suicide, domestic violence and abuse – all of these mental health issues have reached a crisis point during the pandemic leading to a need for more mental health specialists .

If you’re a mental health professional, becoming an online counsellor or therapist is a natural career transition, as you can grow your business online while helping others deal with their mental health issues.

You can sign up as a counsellor on a number of online counselling websites or apps or start your own counselling practice online with video and web conferencing apps like Zoom.

6. Start a virtual assistant business

A virtual assistant is someone who helps entrepreneurs and small businesses with tasks they would rather outsource. As a virtual assistant , you’ll be hired to work from home and manage tasks that other businesses want to outsource.

Some of these virtual assistant tasks can be purely administrative and include responding to emails or phone calls, or providing customer service and support.

Others, such as Pinterest VA services , social media marketing, writing articles and newsletters, and even bookkeeping or accounting, may require more advanced training.

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7. Become a digital content freelancer

During the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns, bloggers and podcasters saw an uptick in their traffic as people began consuming reams of information online.

According to the World Economic Forum , the lockdown led to a spike in new media platforms such as podcasts, with listenership reaching audiences of over 15 million in 2020, creating opportunities for digital content freelancers.

Many people turned to blogs and podcasts to find help or advice on the issues of managing remote work, home organisation, boosting their health and immunity, and finding new recipes to cook for their families.

If you love creating content and have some knowledge or expertise to share on popular topics, you can start a blog and a podcast and monetize them with brand sponsorships and affiliate marketing.

The key to monetizing your blog is to think of it as a real business. Many professional bloggers use freelance content creation as a side hustle to cover their costs and monetize their blogs while growing their audience.

Digital content producers are in high demand in India and freelancers are being employed as Content Coordinators, Bloggers, YouTubers, and Podcasters.

Even though there are millions of blogs and podcasts online and the competition is fierce, there is always an opportunity to make money blogging or podcasting in niches and sub-niches, especially if you have a unique voice or point of view that your readers enjoy.

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8. Become a YouTuber

For content creators who prefer creating videos to writing blogs, vlogging, or creating useful and entertaining video content on topics that you’re passionate about, is a great way to make money on YouTube.

Most people don’t realize that YouTube is actually the 2 nd most popular search engine after Google and that it’s possible to grow and monetize a YouTube channel much faster than a blog.

Also, with internet speeds increasing the world over, more people are watching video content when they want to learn something new, be inspired, or just be entertained.

As with blogs, niche channels do better than broad topics. So, if you’re planning on starting a YouTube recipe channel , you could target a popular niche such as keto recipes, vegan recipes, or baking recipes.

If you can create useful and engaging tutorials on topics that people are searching for and build an audience of tens of thousands of subscribers, you can actually make a lot of money with the YouTube Partner Program .

But even if you don’t get enough views and subscribers to monetize your channel with YouTube ads, you can work as a freelance video content creator and earn money through brand sponsorships and affiliate marketing.

9. Start an Amazon FBA business

If you want to sell products online and are willing to invest some money in your work-from-home business, you can try Amazon’s Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) business model .

As an online seller, you need to source the products you want to sell on Amazon from a supplier or manufacturer at wholesale rates and purchase the inventory. You can ship your product from a local or international manufacturer and store it in Amazon’s warehouse.

From Amazon’s Fulfillment Centers it is then shipped to the customer when they purchase it on the Amazon store and you receive your payment, minus Amazon’s fees. Again, it’s important to choose a profitable niche and a manufacturer that provides quality products.

You’ll need to do some market research and connect with different suppliers. If you find a manufacturer that offers a private label option (adding your own brand on the products), it can help you establish your own brand.

If you’re wondering about the difference between dropshipping and Amazon FBA, just remember that in drop shipping you don’t actually own the merchandise and are just the middleman between the manufacturers and customers.

With Amazon’s FBA program, you have to actually invest money in your product inventory and store it in Amazon’s warehouse from where it is shipped to the buyer.

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10. Start your own online store

According to the World Economic Forum , ecommerce has the potential to level the economic playing field for women in developing countries and can become one of the driving forces in women’s economic empowerment.

Given the cultural barriers in societies like India that require women to stay in the house, ecommerce offers women the liberty to work from home while expanding a business.

If you have something unique and original to sell, you can sell your products through your own ecommerce store instead of paying fees to online retailers like Amazon.

This is another small home business idea that requires a small investment to start and grow, but you can build an online shop without investment in the SHEROES app for women .

To support every woman in her entrepreneurial journey, every micro-entrepreneur on the SHEROES app for women can now start a SHOPonSHEROES to sell her own products in a social setting, with content tools, dashboards and her own community.

SHOPonSHEROES is a way to build an online store for free and showcase your products and services. Customers can check what products you sell or services that you offer. There are absolutely no charges for setting up your shop. It is completely free.

Some products you can sell through your SHOPonSHEROES ecommerce store include eBooks, games, art and paintings, sculpture, home décor, pottery, natural cosmetics, or even food products such as pickles or dry foods.

When you set up your online store , you are responsible for creating the products, setting the prices, marketing and promoting your store, and handling the shipping and fulfilment. However, you also get to keep all of the profit.

So if you’re selling high-ticket items or customized or bespoke items, you may want to start your own store so you can allow your customers to design or customize your products to their personal preferences.

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11. Become an eBook publisher

Books and eBook sales benefited in the wake of the pandemic. Book sales surged as people in lockdown began looking for inspiration, education, and entertainment in novels and non-fiction books to help them get through isolation.

Many savvy entrepreneurs and authors jumped on the bandwagon and made a killing by frequently releasing new book titles that were ghostwritten by other writers.

So, you don’t even have to be a writer to take up book publishing as one of your small business ideas at home, since you can hire ghostwriters who enjoy getting paid for what they do best and focus on promoting and marketing the books.

In fact, book publishing can provide you with a very good source of passive income, and fiction genres such as romance and fantasy novels and book series do especially well if you understand the ever-changing principles of book promotion.

12. Start a mask-making business

If you have a talent for tailoring and crafting things from fabric, you could start a customized mask-making business.

In India, many women lost their jobs in the unorganised sectors and making masks at home has provided livelihood opportunities in their time of need.

There are a number of artisanal businesses, like Village , that are empowering rural women in India with the dignity to earn their own livelihood by stitching masks at home.

If you know of disadvantaged women who need help to survive, you can start a home business for ladies by employing them to stitch attractive masks and selling them on online retailers.

If you have your own stitching and embroidery business , you can create beautifully embroidered masks and sell them online or to well-known fashion designers for premium prices.

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13. Teach online courses or host virtual summits

Do you have something to teach others? Are you an expert on a popular topic? Did you get paid to conduct in-person training programs before the pandemic?

If you were conducting live training programs, such as POSH training or speaking at conferences, you can now leverage your knowledge and take your programs online by creating an online course or conducting live online group training.

When you create an online course , it becomes a perpetual sales machine that can earn money while you sleep. That’s just one of the reasons why online courses are one of the most popular online business ideas from home.

While doing group coaching or live training is more time-intensive, you can team up with other speakers and experts to launch high-ticket coaching seminars and virtual summits that can bring in massive sales and passive income.

Many former public speakers who got paid to give keynote talks and speak at events are now charging to speak at virtual events that offer more value and are priced higher than online courses.

14. Become a software developer

Did you know that you don’t need a technology background to become a software developer? Read the story of a stay-at-home mom, Suman Humane , who leveraged Trailhead to up-skill and become a Senior Salesforce Professional.

To start a business as a software developer , you can learn coding, or partner with coders, or hire coders who can create a software solution for you.

There’s a great deal of demand for SaaS software products that fulfil a certain need in specific markets and if you have a great idea for an in-demand SaaS product, you can build it yourself or outsource it and earn a steady income from sales and subscriptions.

For example, read the story of Neha Kanodia, who built the GoGaGa dating app for people looking for serious and meaningful relationships.

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Some other examples of useful SaaS products are ecommerce website builders, email marketing solutions, online website builders, computer utilities, and online cybersecurity tools .

You could even build mobile apps that help people improve their mental and physical health with meditation or yoga classes or money-earning apps that help women earn cash from their mobile.

When it comes to creating new software and tech solutions, you’re only limited by your imagination.

15. Become a game developer

Millions of people found themselves housebound during the pandemic and lockdowns and turned to online gaming to deal with the boredom of sitting at home.

Paytm First Games reported an almost 200% increase in their user base during the pandemic. Even now, the trend shows no signs of dropping off and game developers are benefiting from public health efforts to enforce effective social distancing during the pandemic.

The online gaming industry was even supported by the World Health Organisation’s #PlayApartTogether campaign encouraging people to stay at home and limit the spread of the virus.

If you want to capitalize on the gaming trend, you can either learn how to become a game developer yourself or start a company with other game developers to build and monetize your games.

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16. Start a safe salon-at-home service

Although beauty salons were shut down during the lockdown and are only just beginning to open up, there are a number of salon-at-home apps that offer a safe salon-at-home experience .

Whether you’re a beautician whose business was affected by the lockdown or want to start a new beauty salon business , you can register your beauty services on these salon-at-home apps.

Despite the pandemic, many people are comfortable with getting safe beauty parlour services in the comfort of their homes and these safe salon-at-home apps can help your beauty business survive the pandemic.

17. Start a streaming entertainment channel

People who are housebound are always looking for a source of entertainment. Online movie channels have seen an increase in paid subscriptions during the lockdown with Netflix alone reaching 203 million subscribers .

Many of these streaming channels are also investing heavily in making original shows and films to get an edge over their competition in the streaming film market.

If you enjoy making entertaining videos yourself or are willing to partner with others and invest in getting them made, you can set up your own entertainment website and start earning revenue with brand collaborations, sponsorships and advertising.

There will always be a lot of demand for entertaining content that helps people alleviate their boredom, so this can become a very lucrative online business from home if you’re willing to make the initial investment and put in the work of building collaborations.

18. Start a home-based recruiting business

With the job market in flux during the pandemic, an estimated 12.2 crore people lost their jobs and India’s unemployment rate shot up.

However, there were many organisations that actually increased hiring, especially those whose businesses were unaffected or increased during the lockdowns.

Some of these industries include corporate services, legal services, public safety, software, and IT services.

A lot of these businesses are now looking to recruit for remote positions, especially entry-level positions, and corporate organisations are hiring talent to select roles that require niche skills.

This is the perfect scenario for former HR personnel to start a home-based recruiting business putting new graduates into remote jobs and connecting corporate organisations to the right remote employees .

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19. Start an online fitness studio

With most gyms shutting shop during the pandemic, many fitness professionals took their coaching online, providing online yoga classes, and even personal training online, to clients looking to avoid the pull of the sedentary lifestyle.

If you’re a fitness professional or was hoping to become one, you could start a yoga or Pilates studio online . You can create online courses, provide live group sessions, and also personal coaching to your fitness clients.

If you want to add another revenue stream to your fitness business, you can also earn money reviewing and promoting home exercise equipment for sponsors or as an affiliate.

An online fitness studio is a great business for ladies with low investment and all it requires is a camera to record your sessions and a web conferencing solution, like Zoom, to connect with your clients online.

20. Start online tutoring or ed-tech startups

According to the WEF , the coronavirus pandemic has changed how millions of young people around the globe are educated and has seen the rise of e-learning and remote teaching on digital platforms.

When schools shut all across the world, over 1.2 billion children were out of the classroom and it became clear that this pandemic has disrupted an education system that was already losing its relevance.

As online learning has been shown to increase retention of information and take less time, the online tutoring websites that grew due to the coronavirus pandemic might be here to stay.

So, how can you leverage the growth in online learning to start an online tutoring business or ed-tech startup from home? These examples of entrepreneurs who did just that will inspire you to start your own online tutoring or ed-tech business.

The growth of online tutoring has been profitable for Ed-tech entrepreneurs like Vidhu Goyal of WONK online teaching app , India’s largest online and home tutoring booking app providing services in India and across 5 continents.

Michael Black , managing director of NSW-based tutoring franchise Success Tutoring, is another entrepreneur who was able to transition to online tutoring quickly and he’s hoping to jump into franchising as the economy recovers.

Interested in applying for online teaching jobs part-time? Join the Glow & Lovely Careers community on the SHEROES app to know everything about being an online tutor.

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21. Start a personal concierge business

When many people were forced to be housebound or were unable to leave the house during the lockdowns, they turned to personal concierge services like Dunzo to help them run errands and do deliveries for them.

Although we usually call them “peons” in India, personal concierges are freelancers who save their clients the time and effort of running errands themselves.

As customers pay personal concierges for helping them save time, the more time you can save for your client, the more you can charge them – within a limit.

If you have good organisational skills, you can run your personal concierge startup as a small business from home by hiring young people to run errands for your clients and paying them accordingly.

With the COVID-19 pandemic not projected to end anytime soon and the vaccine yet to reach billions of people, these work-at-home business ideas will have many takers for years to come.

We wish you great success with your business at home. Get more entrepreneur inspiration from our list below of home businesses for ladies sitting at home.

About the author:

Priya Florence Shah is the Group Editor at SHEROES and author of Devi2Diva, an emotional self-care book for women .

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