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Small Business Tips \ NOV 10th 2014

10 Business Ideas for Stay at Home Moms (and Dads!)

Career or parenthood? Nowadays the need to make a clear decision seems no longer necessary. Young parents today are discovering that they can continue to strengthen the family income, advance their careers and still be there to watch their children grow.

This important development has much to do with changing social norms and a growing realization that there is more than one possible model for family life, but it relies also on the expanding online market that offers employees greater flexibility and control than traditional industries.

So what are the types of work that are available for stay at home moms and dads? Obviously parents need to able to structure their work day around their children’s schedule, so the ultimate job will be the kind that allows for maximum freedom. In addition, parents should aspire for more than just a menial position that pays the bills and try to find work that will generate career opportunities.

10 Business Ideas for Stay at Home Moms (and Dads!)

Let’s have a look at 10 promising ideas:

Tutoring: Offering private or group lessons is a great solution for home employment that recently got a serious boost through the spread of online long-distance teaching. In home-based lessons, you will have the advantage of working with your local community members who trust and respect you; while online, you will get the opportunity to reach larger audiences.
  Parenting Coach: Every young parents knows that no matter how satisfying, parenthood is never a smooth ride. As someone with plenty of recent experience and a good ear, you can offer struggling parents much needed assistance with things like constructing a healthy schedule, potty training, ideas for activities and other types of guidance that do not require the advice of a professional medical or pedagogic adviser.
  Pet Daycare: Busy people with pets feel bad about leaving their precious ones alone all day long. What a perfect arrangement! You happen to be at home most of the day and can take care of a limited number of house pets. Not to mention, it’s wonderful for children to grow up around animals, so your kids benefit too.
  Affiliate Programs: In the online world, affiliates are professionals who earn money for generating profitable leads to online businesses (even Wix has an affiliate program!). A lot of people arrive to this field without prior experience, but with the right motivation and willingness to learn, it’s a solid method of making a steady income and learning a whole lot about online marketing techniques.
   Arts & Crafts Store: If you’re gifted with scissors and glue, why not take this opportunity to start your own arts & crafts line and sell your creations online? Many new parents find themselves especially inspired to create and designs things that are baby-themed, or things that other parents might enjoy themselves. You can start setting up your online store using one of these cute templates: Wooden Toys | Sewing Shop | The Paperie.
   Application Adviser: For those of you who have a great eye for detail, are excellent with the written word and possess solid communication skills, providing guidance to college applicants and job interviewees can become a successful business venture. You won’t believe how many people out there lack the skills to present themselves in a charismatic, enticing way. They will be grateful for any assistance.
   Local Chef Services: Let’s face it, you’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen anyway. If you’re passionate about cooking and people tend to praise your dishes, you may want to consider opening a home-kitchen-based cooking service. You could either sell your food to local stores or at local markets, or you could offer an online meal plan service and deliver to a regular clientele.
   Children’s Books Author/Illustrator: Even though all parents have to face the challenge sooner or later, not everyone can come up with ideas and narratives that keep the youngsters fascinated. If your storytelling abilities are proving to be highly impressive, you should consider spreading out to a wider readership and publish. Same goes for parents with a talent for doodling. If you can get children excited by your works, you definitely should consider this as a profession.
  Photo Reconstruction & Editing: Even if you are not at all familiar with the process of photo reconstruction or photoshopping, there are so many resources available that can get you started without any formal and time-consuming training. This type of work can be technical but also very fun and challenging. It can be done at all hours of the day, and all you need is a functioning computer and a place to plug it into.
  Baby Shower Planner: Use your recent experience to come up with creative ideas and fun themes that will get the expecting parents excited. Though this type of work requires some amount of time outside the house for errands, most of it can be performed at your home with not much more than a functioning telephone device and a computer.

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