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Small Business Tips \ OCT 6th 2011

Business Ideas for Stay-At-Home Moms & Dads


A major conflict in the modern adult’s life is the need to decide between family and career. Parents all over the globe are torn between their job and their kids, but does it really have to be this way? What if there was a way to be a full time parent and still continue working and earning money from home?

But there is! Stay-at-home moms and dads (gender equality rocks!) are using the internet in original and creative ways to keep a steady income without having to give up on family-time. There are numerous options for what you can do with an internet connection. Just consider your skills, experience and talents, and let the ideas flow.

For inspiration, here are five wonderful ideas for businesses that are completely sustainable from your own home.

Writing and Submitting Articles/ CV’s/ Translations

Producing content is one of the most simple ways to earn money from home. If you have the ability to articulate yourself clearly or if you are proficient in different languages, you can turn these skills into a job.

Professional content writers are usually hired by business owners to create articles about specific topics related to that business. These articles are then used to entertain, educate and excite potential clients.

CV authors help their clients produce a professional looking CV that is articulated and formatted to meet the highest standards. In other words, their job is to create a killer CV that will increase their clients’ chances to get jobs.

Translations is a broad business. It may involve articles, promotional texts, personal documents, legal documents or even text for websites. Official and notarized translations require permits and licenses, but casual works usually just require experience and proficiency.

Online Cooking Service

Those who were blessed with the gift of cooking can use it to establish a local catering service. It’s very simple: You post your menu online, receive orders, prepare and deliver them. These personal cooking services are now enjoying a huge popularity, as people are starting to appreciate a healthy, home-cooked nutrition.

A very clever way to brand your online home-cooking business is to offer specific genres and styles of food, for instance low-fat cooking, vegetarian or organic dishes, food for the elderly, postnatal moms etc.

And… if you want to get the kids involved, you can ask them to deliver the meals on their bike.

Creating and Selling Unique Artwork


What used to be a hobby can turn into an enjoyable and profitable business. Paintings, photography, dolls, quilts, recycled art – you name it! The online community is bringing together original artists and those who support their work. It’s a fun and fulfilling way to earn money and get acknowledgement for your talent. You can set up an online store for your art products and sell directly from there. In addition, you can sell your creations on sites like eBay,Etsy and Craigslist to increase sales.

Online Market Research


Generation Google has an unprecedented ability to gather and sort information. Companies and brands are making good use of this ability and are frequently investing more and more resources into online market research.

Generally, research employees are asked to gather information on a competing product, to assess the public sentiment about certain brands, to gather online sources that are related to a specific field and so forth. Some assignments may feel a bit boring, but many of them can also be challenging and educating.

It’s a fairly simple operation to run (no materials, no packages, no driving). You can team up with an existing agency or create a website with a free website builder and offer your services individually to small businesses.

Event Invitations & RSVPing Service

A growing business field that fits home-workers perfectly. Engaged couples and conventions holderd often need someone to help them with sending out invitations and collecting RSVP’s.

If you’ve ever had to plan an event with a large number of guests, you already have experience in the business. If not, it’s quite simple to figure out: Your clients provide you with a guest list and with the invitations. You are responsible for shipping the invitations and for gathering the RSVP notices from the guests.

It’s a significant assistance for the very busy organizers and an easy occupation for you. Other than dropping the envelopes at the post office – you won’t be sweating this one!

At-Home Customer Service

You’d  be surprised to learn how many customer service reps that answer your calls are doing it from the comfort of their own homes. and why shouldn’t they? All you need is a phone and an internet connection.

At-home reps react to incoming inquiries through email as well as over the phone. Unlike many home-jobs, they are required to commit to specific working hours, but part-time is almost always an option. They are asked to attend a training seminar of about 7-14 days, but afterwards the job is 100% from home.

It’s the kind of position that requires a lot of patience and level-headedness. Also, since reps should be available for phone conversations it is advised to plan shifts according to your kids’ kindergarten/ sleeping schedule. The most significant advantage is that these jobs provide a steady and secure income.

Online Interior Design


Hiring a professional to decorate houses is a privilege that very few people can afford, but most people could still use an insightful tip about their interior design. It doesn’t have to be expensive and it can be done completely online.

If you believe you can help people with their home décor, you have the option to offer 21st-century consulting services on the web. It works like this: Clients send you images or videos of their homes; You then use your talent to suggest improvements and recommend changes. Everybody wins.

Make sure you ask clients for testimonials and even “before and after” images, so that you can create a real portfolio of your work.

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