5 Work at Home Business Ideas
Low Start-Up Cost Businesses Moms Can Work From Home
By: Kelby Carr on: Thu 10 of May, 2007 [19:34 UTC] (4056 reads)
Many moms would love the option of both staying at home and having a career, but many employers won't allow it. There is a solution, which is to take matters into your own hands. Here are five realistic and low start-up cost ideas for businesses moms can work from home.
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When choosing a business to work from home, consider your situation (for instance, is it hard to place calls when the kids won't be screaming in the background) and your interests (you won't want a work from home business you hate).
1 - Freelance Writing Business
Even if you aren't a seasoned writer, there are many opportunities to write from home. Get a few books with writing tips, and make a list of topics you are an expert in. These days, as Web sites struggle to add content to get more traffic, many sites are hiring writers. About.com often has openings for writers for numerous topics. Suite101.com also hires freelance writers.
Start-up Cost : $15
Spend it on a good writing book, particularly one tailored to writing in your interest area or the medium you will target, such as Web or newspapers. You need nothing but time and basic writing skills, so long as you have a computer and Internet access.
2 - eBay Business
An eBay business requires only a couple things: stuff and a computer. You will pay listing fees, but they are quite small and you can always start small until you bring in money to fund those fees. Start by collecting all those things around your house you've been meaning to throw away. In fact, odds are good you have lots of baby and children's clothes and gear you don't need any more.
If you are good at making things, you might even consider creating something to sell on eBay that is your own creation. It's cheaper to sell on eBay than to set up your own online shop or, even more so, open a brick-and-mortar store.
Start-up Cost : $10
Spend it on eBay listing fees for your first auctions. Later, you can use your income to hit area yard sales or buy in bulk on eBay to sell.
3 - Web Site Business
Start a Web site or a blog. The simplest way is to join Blogger, where you can get a free blog that you can ad revenue generating Google ads to. You can also start small by creating a Squidoo Lens, which is a basic page with information, links and revenue-generating options like Amazon links added onto it.
The key to success with a Web site is to learn everything you can about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and to publish often.
Start-up Cost: $15
Spend it on a book on Web writing or on SEO. Alternately, you could spend it on some pay-per click marketing like Google Adwords to drive traffic to your site.
4 - Start a Home-Based? Daycare Center
If you have kids and you love kids, and you think you could handle watching more of them, consider opening your home to other children with a home-based childcare center. You will need to check your state's laws closely to determine the requirements, but many locations have only basic locations and a license for a small fee.
The good thing is you probably have lots of the needed equipment, such as high chairs, toys and gates. You should also talk to other moms who run daycares to get a good feel for what you're getting yourself into.
Start-up cost: $50
Spend it, in this order of importance, on your license, safety items you need such as plug covers, books on running a daycare and childcare and, if you have a few bucks left over, new educational toys for the children. Save advertising money by asking your mom friends to spread the word and by registering with a local daycare referral service (if available), which is usually free.
5 - Sales Business
There are many options for sales for a work from home mom, whether you want to sell Avon, Tupperware, Mary Kay or work with any other number of representative sales companies. While this requires a little hustle and an assertive nature, it works around your schedule and has low start-up costs. You can even use it to socialize by throwing parties to sell items.
Start-up Cost: $30
While this can change from company to company, expect to pay a sign-up charge of some sort. Spend the rest on business cards or a small ad in a local niche publication like a parenting magazine.