10 Home Business Ideas for Women Entrepreneurs

| August 16, 2010 | 23 Comments

When making the decision to become an entrepreneur, the first question that often comes to mind is: “What business should I start?”

With so many home business ideas out there, we have selected ten businesses that we found to be ideal, suitable and practical for home-based women entrepreneurs and work at home moms.


1. Virtual Assistant. One of the hottest new home businesses today is the virtual assistant business. It is the reinvention of the secretarial and administrative assistance business in the age of the Internet.

As a virtual assistant, you perform the typical tasks of an administrative support professional such as word processing, researching, event planning, and other office chores – except everything is done online. Your client may even be hundreds of miles away from you (even from a different country), and you may never even get to meet them as all communication are often done via email, password-protected web sites, instant messaging or phone calls.

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2. Blogging. The number of blogs has grown significantly in the last few years, and many women are publishing and posting to blogs. According to a 2009 study by BlogHer.com , about 8 million women publish blogs. Blogging as a business is ideal for home-based women entrepreneurs, as it is an activity that can easily fit into a busy schedule running the household.

To earn from blogs, the most common way is through advertising. There are a number of advertising programs out there that you can use such as Google Adsense, and for higher trafficked blogs, Federated Media.

The key to success in blogging is creating compelling content that will attract a lot of readers. If you’re using advertising based model, it is important to choose a topic that attracts a lot of advertisers to get better payouts for your blog.

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3. Home Staging Business. The tough economic climate hit the real estate very hard, and sellers nowadays have to try harder to sell their houses. To compete with other sellers, they need to make their homes look a cut above the competition and be the hottest property in the neighborhood.

When home sellers do not have the budget for extensive renovations and repairs, the best option is to turn to staging their real estate listings, using quick fixes that can turn their house for sale into a showcase. For a fraction of the cost of renovation, home staging can make the house look bigger, brighter, warmer resulting in a faster and more profitable sale.

The ongoing recession and buyers’ market in real estate has significantly boosted the demand for home staging. Agents and sellers are embracing home staging to sell their real estate listings during this time when there are more home sellers than buyers.

To become a home stager, some start out by taking some courses on home staging to better understand this business (note: there are even online courses that are available to learn about home staging). You need to have a good eye for design and a talent for organizing. More importantly, you need to be able to communicate with clients well, and listen to what they want. It is important to network with real estate agents and make your business, as their go-to stagers should their clients need such services.

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Jewelry designer 4. Daycare. Childcare has always been one of the common businesses run by women entrepreneurs from home. As the number of two working parents grows, there is a demand from busy working parents for reliable, loving and safe day care for their children.

Before starting a daycare business, learn the licensing regulations in your state. Make sure your home is in compliance with the rules regarding daycares. Check the zoning requirements in your area, as well as rules in your homeowners’ association (if your HOA has any).

Consult with your neighbors and let them know that you will be running a daycare business. The last thing you want is for neighbors to complain to the city or county office about the noise and traffic resulting from your daycare business. Neighbors may object to the noise of the kids playing in your backyard, as well as the comings-and-goings of parents dropping and picking up their kids. Once your neighbors complain, your county or city may move to close your business.

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5. Handcrafted Items. Hand crafted items have been given a huge boost with the popularity of online auctions, giving handicraft enthusiasts and business owners a wider venue for their products. EBay.com has allowed handicraft makers and easier and wider way to reach the market, but it is Etsy.com that has really opened spurred the market for handcrafted items. Etsy.com is a dedicated marketplace for handcrafted items, where sellers pay as low as $0.20 fee for an item for a four months exposure on the site.

If you are making crafts now, think about kicking your hobby into a higher gear and turn it into a profit-generating endeavor. Depending on your craft, you can sell your crafts retail, wholesale, or one-of-a-kind in fairs, online auction sites, bazaars, boutiques as well as mail-order catalogs, gift shops and department stores.

The challenge for many craft enthusiasts is turning their hobbies into full-blown businesses, and developing a more professional attitude toward their home business. Finding the right price for their products has always been a difficult task, but the cardinal rule is to always make at least twice as much as you have paid for your supplies. Keep up-to-date with the latest trends by reading crafting magazines and try to find your own “niche” market for your crafts.

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Isabel Isidro is the editor of WomenHomeBusiness.com. She also writes for PowerHomeBiz.com and Learning from Big Boys .

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  1. Neha Wasnik says:

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  2. Patrice says:

    So true – those are very good and practical business ideas for women entrepreneurs. Personally, I started as a virtual assistant then write some blogs and it works well on me. Now, I can say that this type of business is really great for me.

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      • admin says:

        None of the businesses listed in these articles are scams – because these are legit businesses that you start. None of these are business opportunities or MLMs where scams abound. Personel chef or starting a herb farming business are not scams.

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    • Anita says:

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    • Pearl says:

      Ward
      Can you please provide me with the information on how to make money online in just 15 minutes a day? I really need the help.
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  4. Purity 12 Lover says:

    I’ve seen these kinds of businesses on TV, radio and on the internet and I never really believed that you can actually be truly successful and always thought that it wasn’t a career. When my friend endorsed to me, I definitely gave her my piece and told her that you can’t gain anything from it and she’s just wasting her time and energy. But now, she’s laughing at me because I had to take it all back after trying one of their products. Now, I’m paying my apartment rent with the money I earn from my business! It’s a great opportunity that I’m glad I didn’t miss.

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  5. Home based work says:

    The way to make more money online is to choose one successful business model and focus all your efforts on that one goal. Don’t let the tons of spam emails you receive distract you. Ignore the clever sales pages asking you to spend money on things you don’t need. Sure, they may look great, but you can easily waste hours and money if you don’t maintain self control.

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  10. Noor says:

    Hi.

    I am housewife with 3 kids,and want to work from home can any one help me to start a bussiness that generates money.

    Thank You.

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    • Anantha Valli says:

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    • Donna says:

      Hi, I’m a single parent can you tell me how I can make money from home, plz

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  11. Anita says:

    I am housewife and i want to work from home can any one help me to start a bussiness that generates money

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  12. Stella says:

    These are all essential tips for women entrepreneurs to start a home based business. With passion, determination and commitment to your business you’ll be able to succeed.

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  13. renay says:

    I am a housewife with 5 kids and I want to start a business thar generates money can someone please help me out?

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  14. reinaldohollars says:

    WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for business ideas for women entrepreneurs

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  15. lourdes mercy says:

    hi everyone,am mercy from Uganda an its gd to be am entrepreneur.i would love handcraft

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  16. lourdes mercy says:

    its much easy to start small en end big so dia ones believe in yourselves.

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