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Back in the day, women had to decide between a career or stay home to raise a family. Of course it was possible to have both but one or the other could suffer.
For me, it was my family (and my health) that suffered. I was so focused on growing with the company I didn’t see the toll it was taking on my family. And by the time I did, it was too late.
When I started working from home, my kids were still in school and I was their taxi. I was dropping off my kids at two different schools. I’d pick up the two older kids from high school at 3pm then go home for about thirty minutes. Then I would drive to the middle school at 4:15pm to pick up the other two. All while juggling side hustle gigs to help make ends meet. There’s no way I would have been able to handle a full-time home-based business.
But times have changed…
5 Part-Time Home-Based Business Ideas Busy Moms Can Start Immediately
I know a lot of mamas with a crazy schedule who have ‘start a business’ on their list of long-term goals. But the last thing they want to add to their plate is the responsibility of running a full-time business.
If you’re still dreaming of becoming your own boss but you’re too busy to handle a full-time business, check out these part-time ideas you can start immediately!
Direct Sales Home-Based Business
If you’re looking for something you can set your own hours to, you should consider running a direct sales business from home.
You don’t need special skills or experience. Just a love for the product you’re going to sell and the passion to grow it into a successful homebased business.
And when you spend the entire day with little ones running around the house and Paw Patrol or PJ Masks on auto replay all day long, it’s good to mingle with grown-ups and get away from mom life for a while.
With a direct sales business you can host networking parties to promote your products and at the same time bond with other mamas in your community.
For a list of direct sales companies, read my post 5 Reasons Moms Should Start A Home-Based Direct Sales Business.
A dropship business is another business you can run on a part-time basis and it’s one of the easiest to start-up.
For one, there is little investment involved. And, you don’t have to worry about inventory or shipment because the supplier handles that for you. And sites like Inventory Source* automatically upload products, and routes orders with dropship suppliers to any online store, making it easier to run your business.
To find out more about a dropship business and for a list of suppliers, check out my post Why a Home-Based Dropship Business is Perfect for Moms.
Gift Wrapping Home-Based Business
If you have a knack for wrapping gifts with pretty bows and ribbons, this might be your niche. I’m not just talking about putting a gift in a bag with tissue sticking out like I do. Hehe!
Seriously though, if you think about it – a gift wrapping business can bring you clients all year long but not too much to overwhelm you. With birthdays, anniversaries, graduations not to mention the holidays you’d have a nice balance of clients to make money throughout the year.
To find out how to get started read How to Start a Homebased Gift Wrapping Business.
Tax Preparation Business
There are lots of people like me who rely on tax preparers to file our taxes come income tax season. This is the kind of business that’s sticky. Let me explain what I mean.
I’ve been going to the same tax preparer for over 20 years now. She’s familiar with our tax breaks and how many dependents we have. She also specializes in filing for longshoremen which is what the hubs works as.
Every year, she increases her rates. And even though I know I can get a better rate somewhere else, the fact we’ve done business with her for this long and she knows which tax breaks we’re entitled to. I simply drop off my documents and she gets to work.
That’s a sticky business. Once you get clients, there’s a good chance they’ll go back to you every year. And their word of mouth referrals can bring new clients as well.
I did the math based on how much I pay and if I had the time I would definitely be working in this field!
If you run a tax preparation business, you can work only during tax season but you can also work all year long. In order to become a tax preparer, you have to get certified and register for a couple identification numbers. To get all those details read How to Start Your Own Home-Based Tax Preparation Business.
Run A Part-Time Catering Business From Home
If you have killer cooking skills, a catering business might be your thing. The beauty of this type of business is that you control the events you book and how often you want to do it.
Read my blog post about starting a home-based catering business for all the resources and recommended products to get you started.
Wrapping It Up
And those mamas are home-based business ideas you can run part-time. Good luck!