Finding the perfect business idea can be a struggle for even the most motivated women.
It’s quite frustrating to watch some people have their ideas flow so freely while you might struggle to find your footing. Ideas are sometimes vague and we never fully explore them.
This post is going to explore some of the best business ideas for women that you can start from home today. When appropriate, I’ve embedded some awesome explanation videos by some female leaders in their respective fields.
Let’s get started. Deciding on the right business idea starts with creating a plan.
If you’re going to be successful at working from home, then it has to be something you love doing. If you hate your work, then it’s going to be extremely difficult to stay motivated during the hard times.
You need to ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I want to get out of my home-based business?
- What kind of work do I love?
- What business idea suits me and my personality?
- What kind of work am I good at?
- Is there a profession I would love to learn?
Ask if you’re just looking for a second income stream or if you’re seeking the challenge (and potential rewards) of starting a new business from scratch.
Whatever the case, here are some of the best business ideas for women.
Business Ideas For Women
Who Want to Work From Home
1) Try your Hand at Blogging
Blogging is seen by many people as a hobby but it can be developed into a full-fledged business. In fact, the blogging model is the main way we drive traffic to this site for generating leads and income for our business.
Blogging is a popular choice among women who enjoy the idea of being able to stay home with their kids while also being able to enjoy the benefits of having their own home-based business.
What makes blogging so appealing is that you can work on your own schedule. What’s also amazing about this business is that you can write about anything and in any niche.
The scalable nature of the internet means that you can reach a large audience regardless of the niche you’re in. I’ve seen blogs about cats pull in five-figure numbers.
People are interested in all kinds of topics so you can find an audience for whatever topic you’re interested in.
The difference between blogging as a business and blogging as a hobby is that bloggers work to maximize the monetization of their content.
They use affiliate marketing, ads, and sponsorships. They’re also on the constant lookout for ways to monetize their efforts. Remember, if you’re not making money, then it’s just a hobby.
Here’s a great starter video on how to make money blogging. It’s a man… but I promise he’s the only man instructor on this page.
2) Become a Published Author
Most people do not see publishing as a business, but it can be if you treat it like one.
Besides, those who treat publishing like a business are more likely to be successful anyway. Make no mistake, writing and publishing a book can be quite profitable.
The wonderful news is that publishing has never been easier. Using Amazon, you can self publish and self promote your own book without heavy upfront costs.
Here’s Gillian Perkins to teach you exactly how to do it.
The great thing is you can set this up for printing on demand. This means Amazon will print, ship, and fulfill any orders as they come in.
The power of technology. You certainly couldn’t do that 50 years ago! That’s why you needed a publisher.
This is something I did myself years ago and my book is still available on Amazon for anybody who orders it.
But publishing an outstanding book that sells is a bit trickier. You will need the time and patience to lay out your idea in a way that others can relate to.
Then, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have an editor who can help hone those ideas into a masterpiece.
There’s no special technique for being a successful author. Everyone has a story to tell. Some people have an exceptional story to tell and all people possess a skill that can help others.
The real trick is to tap into your knowledge and story so you can present it in the most meaningful way possible.
The next trick is to do learn marketing and promotion so you can let the world know it exists.
It seems to go without saying but I’ll say it just to make sure you recognize the connection… having a blog can really help with the promotion and marketing of your book (are you seeing a pattern)?
3) Affiliate Marketing
Once again, this can be an extension of your blogging efforts but even in itself, affiliate marketing can be an amazing opportunity to bring in a lot of money from home.
Affiliate marketing is the process of recommending other products and/or services to others through a specific and trackable link. You then get paid a percentage of any sales that you generate.
In short, you find a product that you like and get an affiliate link to that product. That affiliate link is unique to you. Then when an individual clicks that link and makes a purchase, you get a percentage of that sale.
As mentioned earlier, blogging is a great way to promote affiliate links. Just find products that directly relate to the niche of your blog (preferably products you already use), then write about them and sprinkle them into your blog articles.
You can see an overview of all the products we use and promote on our resources page.
If this is something you’re interested in, here’s Jessica Stansberry to help get you started.
4) Use Drop-shipping to Build an Online Store
Dropshipping is the process of selling third-party products without physically holding the item or shipping it yourself.
1) You build an online store with several products.
2) When someone buys one of those products, you send the order directly to the supplier.
3) The supplier ships the product directly to the customer while you get to keep the profit.
Profits are simply the difference between what you charge a customer and what you pay for the product.
You can actually combine this with blogging and affiliate marketing too (there’s that pattern again). I see a lot of bloggers add small shops to their website.
The key is to focus on one business and then branch out in a way that makes sense.
5) Become a Virtual Assistant
This is one of the more popular business ideas for women.
If you are task-oriented, organized, and possess the proper business skills, then it’s a great opportunity. First of all, you will need the following skills at the very least to be a great virtual assistant:
- Social media management
- Photoshop editing
- Data Entry
Specific clients might require additional skills but those 6 are usually required of all virtual assistants. Here are some methods you can use to get started.
- Create an Upwork account to find clients.
- Set up a LinkedIn account. There are a lot of entrepreneurs looking for virtual assistants on this platform.
- Consider setting up gigs on Fiverr. Fiverr is very similar to upwork but in my opinion it’s a downgraded version. While I’ve never worked on either Fiverr or Upwork, I have found virtual assistants on both. I prefer Upwork because it seems I find higher quality people there and I like the platform better. If you’re looking to make some extra income, I think you’d make more on fiverr as well.
6) Sell Products on Online
Making Money on Amazon
If you enjoy shopping and have the time to look for great local deals, then selling on Amazon might be right for you. Basically, what you do is find products in your local brick and mortar stores and then resell them on Amazon.
This requires an investment up front and can be riskier than the businesses mentioned so far. But as you build your reputation on Amazon, you can expand your business to include other sales like dropshipping.
Since Amazon is so well known, there are also scanner apps that can help you mitigate your risk.
The way these apps work is this. You scan an item in a local store. It shows up in the app and gives you an idea of the price it’s selling for on Amazon. I think some of them also tell you whether the item is selling or not.
This helps take the guess work out of buying so you’re not just hoping to find deals. You will know BEFORE you buy something if it will be profitable or not.
If you get your seller account set up on your phone, you can post stuff pretty quickly after purchase (or before you leave the store).
Selling on Etsy
This is similar to the Amazon idea but you’re using a different platform. The thing with Etsy is that many of the products are created by the people selling them (in this case… you).
So you can carve out a little niche for yourself and create a virtual online store. Maybe you make things for classroom teachers, or handmade jewelry, or products for moms decorating their homes.
Regardless, if you’re creative and crafty, this may be the perfect opportunity for you.
Here are some selling basics for the Etsy Platform.
Making Money with Poshmark
Poshmark is a website (and app) that people can purchase name brands at discounted prices. It’s mostly for clothing, shoes, and accessories.
Many of these items are being sold by people who bought them and either barely used them or didn’t use them at all.
However, there is a growing number of people who are starting to use Poshmark as a side hustle. Since it’s all about clothing and fashion, it’s a great business for women entrepreneurs.
Customers can sort items in a variety of ways in order to browse what they want. But what seems to sell the best are items listed as “new with tags” or NWT items.
My daughter is a junior in college and this is her favorite method for generating income.
Her strategy is to go to TJ Max to source expensive brands (with a focus on high ticket items, especially purses). When she finds something still in fashion at a great reduced rate, she buys it for resell on Poshmark.
It’s fantastic and I’m proud of her for thinking of it. She lives in a high income area of Florida and has 3 TJ Max stores (and others like it) near her.
She hasn’t pad for her college yet but I don’t think she’s lost any money yet. She just started to build her Poshmark brand and followers now and was part of the inspiration for writing this post.
Feel free to check out and follow her closet here.
Side Note: There is a negative to Poshmark. They take a 20% cut of the sales price. In a Las Vegas casino, we would call that the rake. In the financial world we would call it usury.
I guess online, it’s just called the cost of doing business.
That being said, I mention it just to make sure if you decide to try this that you make sure you buy low… very low. That way when you sell and take out the 20% fee you can still turn a profit.
7) Start a Day Care
This is one of the most popular businesses for women because it plays to their motherly instincts, they can do it at their home, and it’s not a bad gig if you like children.
Plus, if you already have kids that you’ll be taking care of during the day, why not monetize it by adding a few more.
Okay, that’s sounded bad but it’s really not. It’s practical.
Not only can you make money, but you will help your children develop valuable social skills as well because they’ll have others to interact with.
You won’t get rich, but you can certainly create a predictable income fairly quickly. Day care isn’t cheap either, so you could do fairly well as a side hustle.
All you really need to get started is a Facebook profile.
Just look for parenting groups in your local area and reach out to anyone seeking day care.
Look up the rates for commercial day care centers to find the market rate. Just remember that parents are willing to pay more for personal day cares because they are a safer option.
I would suggest getting video monitors installed. The safer you can make parents feel, the higher premiums you can charge. Plan to charge approximately 10% more than a commercial day care.
In my area, daycare costs at least $400 per month per kid. If you watch 4 children, that’s a hefty little side gig with only 4 paying clients.
Yes your income is capped, but of all the options on this list, it’s probably the quickest way to a stable income.
You will also have to add a childcare endorsement to your insurance plan just in case a child gets hurt.
Also, check your local laws regarding licencing and regulation information. I don’t want you getting in trouble!
8) Photography is Risky, but Highly Profitable
If you love taking pictures and posting them onto your Instagram and social media accounts, then photography might be your cup of tea.
However, this is one of the more costly business ideas for women.
You’ll need to purchase a high quality camera when you transform photography from being just a hobby into a profession.
But this investment can have a high return. Just be sure you’re serious about it before you start because it’s not one of those business ideas that you can just quit without taking a significant loss.
Of course, if you already have a high quality camera, you may be able to get started without too much of an investment.
Consider taking classes to hone your skills too.
You might be an amazing hobbyist but that does not mean you’re great at taking professional quality photos.
Besides, taking classes gives you additional material for your portfolio.
Here are some ways that you can get started:
- Promote yourself on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
- Again… a website and blog would be a good idea for promotional purposes.
- Contact some local agencies that require pictures and offer your services. Real estate firms are an amazing first choice since they always require photographs for new properties.
- Take photos and then place them on a photography site like Shutterstock where you can license them.
- Offer your photography services to friends and family for free at their big events. Wedding are a big market for photographers so it never hurts to have some wedding pictures in your portfolio.
- Build relationships. Photography is hugely a word of mouth and referral business.
9) Become a Graphic Designer
If you have the skillset, then graphics design can lead to huge profits.
Right now, it’s one of the most in-demand services in the world. Are you good with Adobe Creative Suite? Can you design compelling graphics using InDesign and Photoshop?
If so, then you can tap into a lucrative market.
This is a perfect home-based business opportunity too because you can choose how much work you take on.
Your first step is to learn as much as possible about Adobe Creative Suite.
Even if you’re already well-versed in this powerful set of tools, I recommend you take an online course because there are features that most people don’t even know about until they are pointed out.
You don’t know what you don’t know.
Finally, get active on social media because a lot of graphics design is based around social media marketing.
10) Social Media Managers are in High Demand
All of the big names have someone behind the scenes who is managing their social media presence.
Why not try to become that person? If you spend a lot of time on social media responding to comments or researching home remedies, then you should start earning money from that expertise.
Some people earn thousands per month managing social media for celebrities, entrepreneurs, local businesses, and athletes.
All you need is a social media presence to get started.
Then visit websites like Upwork again or Freelancer to find some great opportunities. The most important thing here is to build a network. Just like photography, referrals are what will land you the best social media jobs.
Here Alex Miotto shares how she got started in social media management:
11) Become a Life Coach
This is a popular home business for women who have a family because you get to extend their nurturing instincts.
Mothers have an unmatched ability for helping others. So if you’re dependable, good at listening, and don’t judge others, then this can become a highly profitable business.
The type of life coach you want to become will depend on your passions as well as your skill sets and abilities.
You probably have life experiences that have given you a particular perspective. A perspective that other people would happily pay for if you shared your story and offered coaching services.
Some women who are coaches for new parents, helping them prepare for this important change in life. Others are really great at helping motivate people to find their passion in life.
Some other Coaching examples include:
- Career coaching
- Business coaching
- Life coaching
- New teacher coaching
- Parenting coaching
- Sales coaching
- Health coaching
- Fitness coaching
- Nutrition and diet coaching
Life coaches earn money by charging for one-on-one calls, selling books, and holding live seminars. There are a lot of ways that coaching is monetized.
For example, you can write a book that helps encourage women who are about to have a baby. Then add in some webinars and a personal one-on-one coaching service for added income.
Then you’re making money from the book, but you’re also using it to position yourself as an expert and sell a higher end product to those who want it.
Another example would be to become a trainer for people who are struggling with their health and would like to get into shape.
The options are unlimited. Look at your specific set of knowledge and experience and get creative.
Do you find yourself doing your taxes and the taxes of your relatives? Do you like it?
If so, then this home-based business might be perfect for you.
Bookkeeping is not always going to be as straight-forward as doing your mother’s taxes though. You’ll find yourself keeping track of business accounts, e-filing, and doing small business payroll.
You must have experience in bookkeeping in one form or another before a business is going to trust you enough to hire you.
Online courses can help build your knowledge and portfolio. Start small by looking for smaller gigs on Fiverr and Upwork, then work your way into more complex jobs.
13) Start a Traditional Home Based Business
What do I mean by traditional?
I mean… silence…. wait for it… network marketing.
OH NO! I didn’t just suggest network marketing! Well, yes I did.
We all know the network marketer that just bugs friends and family to do home parties.
That’s not what I’m talking about. They’re doing it wrong and frankly, unprofessionally. You don’t have to build a business like that to be in this industry. In fact, it helps if you’re not the annoying person everyone wants to dodge.
Let down your guard for a moment and dismiss your preconceived ideas… just for a moment.
You’re probably looking for something you can do with a small start up investment, something you can do from home, and something you can make a very high monthly income from.
If this is your thinking, then you’d be wise to not automatically dismiss network marketing.
Many women have been burned by companies in the direct sales industry. That’s a fact.
Some companies require large purchases of products and major investments to get started and/or stay qualified for commissions.
That’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about the new network marketing models in the health and wellness space.
These companies offer high quality, consumable, and all-natural nutritional supplements (such as weight loss, energy, vitamins, etc.). You find one of the products you’re passionate about and then you find others who want to use it as well.
As your customer base and sales team grows, your monthly income grows as well. The only investment is a small sign up fee and enough product for your own personal consumption.
If the products and company are right (as we believe ours is), you’ll never have a garage or closet full of unused merchandise that you can’t get rid of.
You get to be healthy, change lives, build relationships, and make money… all at the same time.
This is our favorite business model for women and many women have been highly successful in our company.
The industry is rapidly changing.
If you’re interested in learning more, here is additional information:
- What network marketing is
- Why you should re-evaluate this business model
- The benefits of network marketing vs. traditional business
- Why network marketing is a good idea
- How the network marketing industry has evolved over time
We’ve investigated all of these business ideas for women. Network marketing has the biggest potential for the least amount of risk.
Consider working with us to build a leveraged business that you can combined with some of these other models to increase profitability.
Putting it All Together
No matter what model you choose, one of the most important things about starting a home-based business is marketing.
I highly recommend you have a LinkedIn account to showcase your skills. You should also clean up your social media presence so you don’t come across as unprofessional.
Unfortunately, many of us share or say things on social media that we probably shouldn’t. So clean it up.
Sit down and develop a business plan before you get started. You need to clearly define your goals and be willing to make an initial investment to market your services and get things going.
Get started with one of these today!
We always end with this thought… If nothing changes, nothing changes!
If you decide to join our growing team, we can help you plan.
Jason & Daniele
Did you find these business ideas for women helpful?
Did we miss any? Feel free to share your experience and ideas in the comments below.