There are so many home based business ideas that you can explore to start making money from home! In fact, starting a profitable home based business for moms is easier now more than ever.
The truth of the matter is that we all should consider having a home based business.
Not only does it allow you to bring in additional income for your family on a flexible schedule, but it is a great way to lower your taxable income.
Most people don’t even consider the tax benefit of it all. Taxes are the number one expense in every family, so the more that you can do to reduce it, the more income you’ll have for your financial goals.
If you want to learn more about how you can lower your taxes with a home based business, I recommend checking out the book Lower Your Taxes by former IRS attorney Sandy Botkin.
To help you get started, I’ve created a list of over 40 home based business ideas that you can use to start making money from home.
15+ Top online home business ideas with low startup costs
Here are 15+ online home-based business ideas that you can start with little to no money at all. These will give you the flexibility to work from anywhere, not just your home.
1. Virtual assistant
A virtual assistant is someone who provides administrative support to a person or business remotely.
Many moms have built five and six-figure businesses from their home as a virtual assistant. In fact, I share how Abbey Ashley of Virtual Savvy turned her VA business in to a multi-seven figure business. (Yes, she makes MILLIONS)!
She is pretty much the go-to person for all things virtual assistance and starting a VA business. She helps other moms learn how to start their own VA business so that they can also have time and financial freedom.
I suggest checking grabbing her FREE virtual assistant checklist & starter kit to learn how you can start your own VA business. She also has a Business Jumpstart Challenge that you can enroll in if you’re really ready to get started.
Do you enjoy reading? Then proofreading can be the work from home job for you.
A proofreader is someone who ensures that written content is free of grammatical, punctuation, spelling, and other types of errors. They can also correct for proper formatting and word use.
You don’t have to have formal training to do this, but there are courses that you can take to become proficient at it.
Proofreading and freelance associations offer an opportunity to network, find jobs, and have access to continuous education. You can also leverage Fiverr to market your services to potential clients.
My post on how to become a proofreader has a lot more details on how you can get started with this online business. You can also check out both the Art of Proofreading and Proofread Anywhere to learn more about starting a proofreading business.
3. Flip items for profit
If you’re a couponer, you may love this idea.
My friend Cierra, occasionally hosts yard sales to sell items that she’s acquired for ridiculously low prices from couponing. As Cierra puts it, she “flips” her stockpile!
Flipping is nothing more than reselling items for a higher price than you purchased them for. The difference is what you can pocket as profits. You’d actually be surprised by how much you can actually make doing this.
Rob and Melissa Stephenson of Flea Market Flippers actually built a six-figure business by simply reselling items that they purchased from (you guessed it) flea markets…and thrift stores.
They actually have a free training where they help you figure out if flipping items is right for you and teach their strategy for making it a profitable venture. They also have another training on how to make $100/week flipping that you can check out as well.
Read these articles for tips on reselling and flipping items:
4. Become a freelance writer
Writing is another great way that you can make money from home.
I recently picked up freelance writing as a side hustle and have been able to make over $600/mo for writing services. This is just doing a few articles here and there for other blogs.
There are tons of people who have made careers out of freelance writing.
In fact, a fellow personal finance blogger, Holly Johnson, now makes over $200,000 a year writing. She talks about it in her free workshop on becoming a freelance writer.
Not only can you leverage writing to write for publications, but you can also write books to sell online. I talk about this and all the ways the I leverage writing to make money online in my post on how to make money from writing.
5. Sell digital products online
Selling digital products is one of the top ways that I generate passive income in my business.
I’ve literally made thousands of dollars in extra income in a month from selling things like printables, courses, and digital downloads.
Selling digital products is a flexible option as a side hustle or full time business. Because this is a virtual business, it gives you the option to be able to work from home or literally anywhere! The best part is you can start with $0.
I go into a LOT more detail in my post on post on how to start selling digital products.
If you’re interested in learning how you can start a digital product business like me, then check out my FREE training. I talk about how you can create passive income with digital products. Sign up for my free training!
6. Start an Etsy Shop
Another great way to make money from home online is with an Etsy shop.
I absolutely love selling on Etsy. It’s another way that I’m able to make passive income and not even think about it.
I recommend Etsy specifically to moms who don’t necessary want to create their own website just to make money online. Etsy has a built in audience and systems that allow you to sell products with ease.
I have a video that you can check out where I talk about how to make money on Etsy. I also have several Etsy related blog posts that will give you a ton more information.
7. Start a blog
You’be probably seen a lot of articles citing blogging as a legitimate way to make money from home as a stay at home mom. I agree with this statement WITH a caveat…
Blogging can be a full time income source. In fact, I make thousands of dollars from this blog each month.
However, it does take work and it does take time. Like most of the things that I mentioned, it’ll take time to build into something that will bring in a full time income.
Nonetheless, you can make money from home through blogging.
Check out these blog posts to learn more about becoming a blogger:
Pretty soon I’ll be doing a series on how I grew my blog to become a significant passive income source for me.
8. Start a YouTube Channel
YouTube is almost akin to starting a blog. Instead of writing blog posts, you’re making videos instead.
I’ve had a YouTube channel since 2011 and have been able to make consistant income from it in recent years.
Of course, there are influencers whose YouTube channel is there fulltime job and they make significant money from it.
Not too long ago, I interviewed Shana from the Wealth Vibe who made $17,000 from YouTube PART TIME! I share here story in my post on how to make money on Youtube.
If you’re not camera shy and have some valuable content to share, it’s worth giving a try. You can check out my YouTube channel to see the kind of videos that I post for inspiration.
I also have an article on how to start a YouTube channel from scratch.
9. Edit podcasts
With the boom of podcasting, there is a huge need for podcast audio editors. So if you have experience in audio production or can learn quickly, there is tons of money to be made.
As a podcaster, I’ve gotten quotes from editors ranging from $35 all the way up to around $200 per episode.
You can literally learn to do this by watching videos online and practicing. (That’s how I learned!)
Once you’ve built up your skills and are confident in your ability to edit, promote your services on websites like Fiverr.
Fiverr is a freelancer marketplace that you can use to promote your services to potential customers. I also recommend joining Facebook groups where you can interact with podcasters and potential clients.
10. Become a social media manager
Everyone is on social media, including business. These businesses, in particular, need help to manage their accounts.
If you’re good at social media, creating content, scheduling, and engaging with people, managing social media accounts for businesses is definitely an option for you.
This is definitely something that you want to jump into as businesses are continuing to move online. Social media is a huge part of online businesses and businesses in general so it’s a side hustle that will be here to stay.
11. Become a notary
A notary public is a person who serves as an impartial witness and performs notarial acts. They are appointed by the state and their duty is to help prevent fraud.
Most people are familiar with notaries signing and stamping important documents or conducting wedding ceremonies.
Valencia Morton, a work from home mom, has served as a notary for three years now. As one of her many side hustles, she has made anywhere from $20 for a notarial act to several thousand dollars.
Now that most people are working from home, you can now do notary acts online–which makes it a viable option as a work from home business.
You can learn more about becoming a notary public in this post.
12. Teach online courses
You can literally create a course about anything.
I’ve seen courses sold for as low as $37 to as high as $2,500! The price truly depends on the value that you’re able to offer to your students.
One of my students in my own course, Product to Profit, generated several thousands of dollars in sales in two-days from her own course launch!
Tutoring is a long standing business that you can get in on. You can offer tutoring services to help students get back on track or ahead in their classes.
You can tutor online or offer in-home services. There are several websites that allow you to get paid for tutoring.
You can tutor online or offer in-home services.
Tutors can make upward of $45 per hour for high school students and even $85 or more if they’re a teacher. If you niche down your tutoring can charge even more.
14. Start an online fashion boutique
Who says that moms aren’t fashionable. Use your fashion sense to buy and sell fashion online.
You don’t even have to carry the inventory to have a boutique. You can simply dropship items and having another company fulfill your items for you.
If you do plan to start an online boutique, you’ll need to grab your wholesale/resale license and incorporate your business.
You’ll likely have to pay taxes to for products sold in different states. It’s best to talk to an accountant about this.
15. Freelance graphic designer
You can provide design services for things like logos, apparel, social media graphics, and more.
You can even sell your custom designs on sites like Creative Market and even Etsy.
16. Web designer
Everyone has their own website these days. Why not be the person who builds them?
Not everyone is tech-savvy. That’s why I actually started a business for building a website or creating a website template.
My friend John Saunders has a course that teaches you how to start an agency building websites. He’s made over 6-figures per year doing this for some really big companies.
I recommend checking out his course, Web Design Studio Accelerator. It’s currently on sale for 50% off!
17. Grant Writer
Schools and community organizations are always in need of funding. Oftentimes, they rely on grants to fund their programs and initiatives.
Grant writers are highly sought after and can make a substantial amount of money. In fact, I have several family members who do this as a side business.
Put your skills to the test and write grants that can not only help the community but afford you the opportunity to make some big bucks.
18. Affiliate marketing
In simple terms, affiliate marketing is getting paid if someone purchases a product or service that you recommend.
As an affiliate, you get unique affiliate links or code that you can share with others that lead to a product or service. If they purchase the product or service using your unique link or code, you’ll earn a commission from the sale at no additional cost to them.
If you’re trying to find affiliate programs to apply for, simply do a quick Google search to find out. Type in ‘[ the brand’s name]+ affiliate program’ and if they have a program, their site to apply should show in the results.
19. Digital marketing manager
Digital marketing has exploded as online businesses continue to grow and more businesses emerge. If you’re able to master online marketing and platforms like Facebook and Pinterest, you could really have a lucrative business as a digital marketing manager. You would be responsible for planning and executing the online marketing effort of a business or brand.
25 Small business ideas from home
Of course, your business doesn’t have to be online. There are some other small business ideas from home that you can do in person. Here are some ideas to choose from.
1. Teach after school/weekend are classes
As a kid, I watched a show on PBS that taught kids how to draw. Though I didn’t have a knack for it, it was still fun to do. You can offer such classes in person on the weekends at a local library or community center.
2. Paint & sip classes
Throw a little wine into your art class and you’ve got a raging bridal party ready to paint. Use your skills to host paint and sip classes that are all the rage these days! My cousin actually travels with her paint & sip classes and really enjoys this business idea.
3. Sell made-to-order meals
Everyone knows somebody who sells plates on the side. So why not you? If you have the culinary gift you too can start selling made-to-order plates for your hungry customers. Be sure to get the proper licensing and clearance so that the health department doesn’t shut your operation down.
4. Meal prep
Another option that you can explore is offering meal prep services. Sometimes people are just too busy to cook their own meals. Instead, they’d rather pay someone to prepare their meals for them so that they can just heat them up and go. Take advantage of this market and start offering a healthier, yet convenient, alternative to fast food.
5. Teach cooking classes
Everyone’s mother didn’t teach them how to cook. That’s where you can step in. Offer one-on-one or small group cooking classes in your community. Trust me, there are plenty of people who would be willing to learn a thing or two in the kitchen.
Of course, there’s also the obvious side hustle of starting a weekend catering business. There’s always a need for food at events and weddings.
7. Babysit or home daycare center
Create a profile on sites like Care.com and start by offering to watch kids in your neighborhood. Depending on where you live, you can charge as much as $25 per hour. You can even start a home based daycare.
8. Carpool service
Think of it as Uber for kids! Transport kids from school to their busy afterschool and summer activities. If you’re not ready to start your own business, become a driver for an established one.
9. Sell made-to-order garments/costumes
If you’re ok with sewing for other people, this is a great way to make extra money. Trust me. Once people know that you can sew, you’ll get requests for garments. Just be sure to stand firm on your pricing and value your own work.
Alterations is a huge business. The need to modify clothing will never go away. Though it’s a bit of a different skill than sewing a garment from scratch, it’s one that can be learned and monetized. If you’re up for the challenge, offer alteration services from your home.
11. Dance teacher
You don’t have to have a degree in dance to teach it. As a kid my parents shelled out some coins for us to learn tap dance, ballet, and jazz. By no means am I a dancer, but I at least have fond memories from my dance classes. Find a local space in your community and start offering services for kids and adults!
12. Fashion stylist
If you have a knack for fashion and styling, you may want to start a side hustle as a fashion stylist. Celebrities aren’t the only people who need to be styled. There are everyday men and women who would appreciate your fashion sense to style them for their next event or photoshoot.
13. Personal trainer
Translate your love for fitness into a personal training side hustle. Show others how to get a beach body or high school reunion ready. You can train at a local gym or service private clients one-on-one.
14. Sell homemade hair, body care, and beauty products
Creating and selling homemade hair & body care products is a booming side hustle in the beauty industry. Conjure up your best recipes and start selling your products at your local market or online. Check out Lisa Price’s story on how she started Carol’s Daughter (valued at $27MM) doing exactly this!
15. Health coach
If you have a serious interest in health and wellness, then become a coach may be a great option for you. As a coach, you can use various mediums to help others take control of their health and make more educated decisions.
16. Event coordinator/host
Step it up a notch and coordinate or host events. Whether it’s a cocktail hour or conference, you can use your gift for hospitality to host epic events that guests will love.
17. Wedding planner
If you’re great at planning events, niche down and become a wedding planner. You can do this from home and only have to be present during rehearsals and the actual wedding ceremony.
18. Interior design
Interior design is definitely a gift. So if you have it, use it. There are people (like me) who would pay someone to put a little spice on their home decor.
19. Event decorator
There will always be a need for event and wedding decor. Tap into this vast and lucrative market by providing decorating services. If you can master this craft while having superb customer service, you’re bound to always be in business.
20. Decorate dorm rooms
This new and innovative approach to interior decorating is one that you shop hop on. Parents are now paying local decor companies to adorn their kid’s college dorms with the latest trends. This is a unique small business idea that can stand to make you significant funds during the start of the school year.
21. Teach music lessons (Singing, musical instruments, etc.)
As a musician, I’ve thought about this side hustle more than a few times. In fact, I have paid for music lessons as an adult. If you are gifted in this area, you can offer services from your home or travel to your clients.
22. Professional photographer
If you own a DSLR camera and have an eye for a great shot, a photography business will be easy to implement. From portraits to weddings to capturing events, there’s ample opportunity to make extra money taking photos.
23. Travel agent
Travel agents handle the logistics of booking transportation, accommodations, and excursions for a traveler or group of travelers. If you’re a travel connoisseur and can provide recommendations for various destinations, this is a great opportunity to make some extra money. This can also turn into a full-time business if you continue to get clients throughout the year.
24. Real estate agent
Being a real estate agent is another lucrative way to make money from home. Although you will have to spend time doing home showings, it’s a business that you don’t have to do full time to make a lot of money. To become a licensed real estate agent, you must complete training and pass the real estate license exam.
25. Massage therapist
Massage therapy is always an in-demand business. Message therapists can set their own hours and you don’t need a physical location. You can travel to your clients to provide in-home services. Requirements to become a massage therapist varies by state, but most require hours of training to become licensed.
Ready to start your home business?
Starting a home based business has so many benefits, especially if you’re a stay-at-home parent. Having your own business allows you to have flexible hours, working from your own home, and in your free time.
Now you have over 40 of the best business ideas with low startup costs. I’ll be adding more to this list as I come across more unique small businesses so be sure to check back!
In the meantime, let’s get started with this easy way that you can make money online.