Back in the day mamas had to decide whether they wanted a career or stay home to raise a family. Of course it was possible to have both but one or the other would suffer.
For me, it was my family and my health. You see, I was so focused on climbing the ladder of success that I didn’t see the toll it was taking on my family until it was too late.
By the time I realized it, my oldest daughter was already rebelling by cutting class and sneaking out after curfew. And later, I would be diagnosed with depression, anxiety and a mood disorder.
But thanks to technology, times have definitely changed. Forbes reported back in 2016 52% of small businesses were homebased. I can only imagine how much that percentage has grown.
What’s also changed is that families are busier than ever so for some mamas a fulltime homebased business isn’t in the cards for them.
When I started working from home I was dropping off my kids at two different schools. And I was picking them up at different times of the day, too.
I’d pick up the two older kids from high school at 3pm then go home for about thirty minutes and head back 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 fulltime homebased business.
I know a lot of mamas with a crazy schedule and they last thing they want to add to their plate is the responsibility of running a fulltime business.
But that’s the beauty of running a business from home. There are some businesses that can run fulltime or part-time.
Part-time Homebased Business Ideas
If you’re thinking about starting a homebased business but looking for something to do part-time, I put together a list of businesses you can run from home on a schedule that’s convenient for you.
Direct Sales 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 Homebased 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.
To find out more about a dropship business and for a list of suppliers, check out my post Why a Homebased Dropship Business is Perfect for Moms.
More Part-time Homebased Business Ideas
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 ten 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 that she knows what I mentioned above and the thought of having to start over with someone new is what keeps me going back to her.
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 Homebased Tax Preparation Business.
Over to You
Those are just four types of business you can run part-time. I’m we could come up with even more ideas if we had the time.
I hope this post inspired some ideas of your own!
So what do you think? Do any of these homebased businesses sounds like something you could do? Can you think of other businesses that can be ran on a part-time basis?
Tell me what you think in the comments below.
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