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Stay-at-home mom business ideas – part 2

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This article is a continuation of Stay-at-home mom business ideas – part 1.

Even though being a stay-at-home mom can be immensely fulfilling, some women who enjoyed an equally-fulfilling professional life before having children yearn for some way to be a mommy and a career woman.

As Melissa Stanton writes in The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide: Field-Tested Strategies for Staying Smart, Sane, and Connected While Caring for Your Kids:

“I have professional skills that I want to use, but they’ve been put on the back burner. Putting those parts of me aside to fill sippy cups and push swings hasn’t always been easy on my sense of self.”

In addition to virtual assisting, freelance writing and home daycare businesses, moms looking to work from home may find one of the business ideas summarized below suitable to their personal and professional goals.

Direct Sales

Direct selling is defined as the marketing and selling directly to consumers through party plans, one-on-one demonstrations, and internet sales. Avon Products, Herbalife, Mary Kay, and Tupperware are all companies through which stay-at-home moms have been establishing thriving direct selling businesses for decades.

Because direct sales involves operating an online store, hosting parties outside of normal business hours and establishing personal relationships, this type of business affords moms the opportunity to operate on their own schedules.

Furthermore, direct selling business owners can become as large or remain as small as they desire. Most companies encourage their consultants to recruit and train junior associates while also allowing salespeople to operate on a smaller scale if they so desire.

As a result, some women use direct sales to pull in a few extra dollars per month while others build six-figure salaries.

Online Store

From eBooks to t-shirts, opportunities abound for stay-at-home mom business owners who wish to operate online stores. Blogging platforms like WordPress come with third-party plugins that make setting up an eCommerce website fairly simple and straightforward.

Additionally, well-established eCommerce brands, such as Café Press, eBay, Etsy, and Amazon, provide personalized shops for vendors who would like to establish their own storefronts.

There can be a great deal of upfront work involved in writing an eBook or designing a product line, but once an online store is setup, it can often run on autopilot, especially if it is maintained by an online retailer of stock and on-demand products.

Service-based Businesses

Many women earn professional degrees and gain several years of work experience before becoming stay-at-home moms. Dozens of these careers offer opportunities for freelance contracting or consulting.

Accounting, project management, insurance sales, website development, computer programming, and possibly hundreds of other careers and job functions can serve as starting points for home-based businesses.

As with all the other businesses the mompreneur is able to build her schedule, level of flexibility and workload around her family’s needs.

Stay-at-home Mom Survival Tips

Starting and operating a small business from home is no easy task. If a stay-at-home mom wants to work from home, she may still wish to consider childcare options in addition to enlisting the support of her spouse, family and friends.

In addition to numerous SAHM and WAHM websites, A Work at Home Mom's Ultimate Guide to Building a Business, Blog and Brand by Lisa Marcia and The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide: Field-Tested Strategies for Staying Smart, Sane, and Connected While Caring for Your Kids by Melissa Stanton provide lots of additional guidance and advice.

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