As a parent, you have special factors present when looking for home business ideas. You need to work without punching a clock or being available at particular hours. Otherwise, you have to get a babysitter. Here are the ten home business ideas for parents that don’t require clock punching, or answering to anyone but yourself.
Parents’ Home Business Ideas
You’ve decided to work from home. But, where do you start? There are 100’s options out there. The internet has made working from home even more possible than ever before. But, you may become bombarded with all these options. You could find a work from home job, but those often require you to work certain hours and have no distractions or noise. That’s not going to work if you want to work with your children present.
Now it may seem scary and exciting at the same time, but starting a business like any of these home business ideas below, could be your best option to earning an income at home on your own terms. Parents who want to start a business from home may have special challenges if they don’t want to hire help. But, it’s not impossible.
1. Stock Photographer
Stock photography is used in numerous applications, from websites and blogs to print ads. The demand is quite high for good and unique photographs to use for these reasons. Therefore, most stock photography companies allow independent contractors to upload pictures for sale on their websites. You can also start your own website offering the images for use.
2. Graphic Designer
Designers are needed everywhere; the demand is high. If you’re good with using creative software to make webpages, advertisements, banners, book covers (eBook and paper) and more, you can work for many companies at the same time performing these services. While it’s deadline based, you can still work at 3 am if you need to.
3. Freelance Writer
As a freelance writer there are many different opportunities today based on your skill level. You can write for so-called content mills, individuals looking for writers, as a copywriter writings specific sales copy, or you can write for yourself and publish your own books as PDFs or via Kindle Direct Publishing.
4. Arts and Craft Seller
If you’re artsy and like creating art, you can do more than just create. You can sell, and you can make bank. Sites like Etsy.com, DeviantArt.com, and Art.com make it easy for individuals to upload pictures of their work to sell. You are responsible for shipping it on time, and you’ll give a percentage of sales to the website you list on. You can also start your own website but usually you’ll make sales faster working through an established and trusted venue.
5. Amazon Seller
Fulfillment by Amazon has started a trend in individuals selling both new and used merchandise through their service. Leaning how to sell on Amazon can take a little time but there are people who are making six plus figures doing it, and you can too. This is something you can do on your own time, with your children in tow.
6. EBay Seller
Selling on eBay is a little harder than the other choices, but many people do it successfully as a full-time job. If you have access to the right products, you can do it too. Again, this is something you can do on your own time. The only thing that might take a lot of work on your part is packing and shipping.
7. Life Coach
You’ve seen a coach at a football game, but did you know that some people hire “life coaches” to help them with everyday life? Some people need help with parenting skills, whilst others need help getting through a life challenge like divorce. You can become a life coach with no experience. The hardest part is setting up the process, marketing your business, and getting new clients. There are also courses that you can take to help.
8. Lifestyle Blogger
You’ve likely seen the movie, “Julie & Julia” right? Well, Julie started out as just another blogger, blogging about her adventures cooking from Julia Child’s cookbook. She became very popular, sold the rights to her story, and a movie was made. She made money off the deal, of course. Today, bloggers blog about all sorts of things and earn money through advertising, affiliate marketing, and product promotions. You can, too.
9. Herb Gardner
This work-at-home business takes a little time and work, but it’s healthy, the children can help, and you can make a nice income a year from your back yard if it’s allowed in your area. You can sell at farmers’ markets but you can also sell directly to restaurants if you plan and market right. Some even sell seeds and plants online, including Etsy.
10. Online Teacher
If you have a degree in teaching you can teach at online K-12 schools right from home. You can also, if you have at least a master’s degree, teach college courses online. What’s really great is most of the time you can sign on when you want to, from anyplace with an internet connection to do your job, as long as you meet certain minimums.
Some of these give you a lot of freedom to pick your hours and work along side your children. You may even consider hiring a helper to watch your kiddos while you get work done. It will make you more productive and enable to raise your earnings, making having a helper an asset you can afford.
Working from home is often a parent’s dream. They can be near their kids, not have to work by someone else’s clock, and still earn enough money to not only pay for needed items but the wanted items as well. What could be better?