Busy moms who want to stay home to raise their children, but also want to contribute to the family income, have many options for building a flexible home-based career. If you're a mom wanting to work at home, then consider these five internet-based home business ideas.
1. Offer a Service Online
The amount of services you can offer from your own home is unlimited. Review your personal and professional talents and interests to determine if any can be turned into a service that you can provide virtually.
Some service ideas include writing, editing, and proofreading, reviewing legal documents, bookkeeping, graphic design, virtual support, and more. In fact, in many cases you can take duties you did while working for a company and turn it into a home business. You can focus on offering services to the general public (B2C), such as tutoring, or to other businesses (B2B), such as web design or marketing.
2. Sell Physical Products Online
If you ever dreamed of opening a retail store, that doesn't have to be put on hold because you're a stay-at-home mom. The internet has made it possible to sell products from any location, including your house. The United States Postal Service even offers Carrier Pickup services that will pick your packages at your house making it simple to run a retail business from home.
As far as products, you can sell products you make, or buy wholesale or used items for resale. Getting your store online is easier and more affordable than ever. Building an e-commerce website doesn't require a great deal of expense or coding knowledge anymore. Or, you can tap into commerce services such as Amazon and eBay.
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3. Sell Informational Products Online
Millions of people go online every day to find information. In many cases, they're willing to pay for it. You can tap into this by creating information products and selling them online.
Information products come in many forms. One of the easiest to create is an ebook or print book and sell it online. If you're interested in book publishing but aren't sure about writing, you can hire a ghostwriter. Selling eBooks, in particular, is ideal for the busy mom, because purchase and delivery can be done automatically, saving you the hassle of shipping. But you can even sell print books through Amazon and other online retailers if you use a print-on-demand service.
Other information products include online courses, seminars, trainings, printables (i.e. planners), and more.
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4. Start a Niche Blog
A blog is a fun and great way to make money from a topic you know and love. This is especially true if many others know and love it as well.
While you offer the information for free, there are many options for making money, including Google AdSense and other ad feed programs, that will place ads on your site. If you use them, you can get paid when people click on the ads.
Other money-making options include affiliate products, selling ad space, or selling your own products.
The trick to success in blogging is building traffic through internet marketing. The more targeted traffic you get to your site, the more likely you'll make money.
5. Market Affiliate Products and Services
Marketing affiliate products and services is basically getting paid to make referrals to other business. It's word-of-mouth marketing that can make you money.
One great aspect of affiliate marketing is that you don't have to sell or deliver products. The most highly paid affiliate marketers either have a niche blog (see above) or use a squeeze page and email newsletter funnel system to promote special affiliate links. When your link is used to make a purchase, you can earn a commission or flat rate from the referral.
Affiliate marketing only works if the people you're making the referral to know and trust you. To do that, your blog readers, newsletter subscribers, and even social media followers need to get more than just ad links from you. Instead, you need to also share helpful tips and resources.