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Mompreneur Possibilities

Dying to get your own business off the ground? Not sure what you want to do? Or if you have time? In this article, I’m offering up a list of possibilities for your consideration. The list is just a starter one, to get you thinking. It might be that your perfect mompreneur venture is different, and that is fine. Do what works best for you.

Your business may start out as a side hustle, but it can be turned into your main source of income if you work at it. Who knows, you might make way more money than you’re making at your day job. Give it a try!

When Skye and Zowie were young, I did a few different things to earn extra money. From selling crafts at a local store and providing childcare in my home, to writing for online entities. I sometimes had a day job as well. Other times, my main income source was in childcare or writing. I even cleaned for a few people sometimes. We didn’t have a lot of money, but we got by.

Here’s my list of mompreneur possibilities. Remember, it’s not a complete list. Just a jump-start.

Neighborhood School Walker

A school walker picks children up at their homes and brings them to school, picks them up at school and brings them home, or both. One thing to consider is how you’ll work things if you have one or more half-day students, some who go in the morning and others who attend in the afternoon.

I’d charge a flat daily or weekly rate for this, or so much each way. I’m not sure if there are any rules or laws about how many children you can walk at once.

Childcare Provider

This is more convenient, in my opinion, when done from your home rather than theirs. Children are dropped off to you, or you might be responsible for picking them up at school or dropping them off there. You can choose to only work weekdays or evenings, provide overnight care, or even only give care on specific days – such as weekends. Perhaps you want to only provide before and/or after school care, and maybe school vacation care except a few specific holidays.

You can decide what holidays you’ll have off, and vacation days.

Providing care at home means you can clean your place while the children nap, or do paperwork. You might clean the kitchen while helping with homework or directing arts & crafts time, and you’ll have a safe place for children to play outside. It also means you can prepare for activities in advance, for less work while the children are there.

Check with your city/state to find out how many children you can legally care for at once. As an example, you may be able to care for as many relatives as you like, but only 2 or 3 children at a time who are not related to you – without a license. With a license, the count would be a bit higher, depending on the age of the children.

I always preferred hourly rates for this type of care.

Freelance Writer/Blogger

This can be done from home, or anywhere else with wifi. I love writing! And I have a website for freelancers. Many people become so successful at this they can leave their day jobs behind. Right now this is more of a side hustle, earning me money here and there, but I’ve certainly had years where I’ve made thousands of dollars at it. My main focus is with books that I’m writing for the site now, and I have a few published already.

You may want to specialize in one area of expertise, or diversify. Either is fine, but I do suggest also writing a book, ecourse, and other publication, for added income. Putting these on your site and pointing people to where they are sold will boost your income. Don’t worry about starting out with a product, and take your time creating one or more.

This makes an ideal side job because you can choose how many projects you take on at once.

story writer

My dream job! I’ve published nine stories so far, am working on more, and even have an author site.

Are you a spinner of tales? A teller of stories? Start publishing your writing! I waited far too long to do this. I can’t even afford great covers, but I’m selling copies every so often. I’d be selling more if I was better at promotional stuff, but I’m putting forth the effort to learn. Self-publishing those old stories took some time, but I’m proud of myself for doing it. And starting to get the word out.

When my income is higher, I’ll get professional covers done. And, hopefully, I’ll be able to afford an editor. But know I’m just doing my best.

So why not try this? Write stories, edit them as well as possible, learn at least the basics of cover design, and start selling.

Photographer

I can think of a few people who should be doing this but aren’t. They take gorgeous nature shots, or wonderful baby or pet photos. Are you someone with such a talent? Then why not start your own little business and grow it into a big one.

The possibilities here seem endless, from specializing in photographs taken of people at the coast, to baby pictures in your home studio. Maybe you’ll have different specialties according to the time of year.

scrappin’ business

Still a favorite pastime of so many people, you can run a scrappin’ business from your home, or by visiting others. You don’t need to sell scrapbooking supplies at all, but can offer classes where material costs are included, and you show them different projects from card-making to holiday scrapbook projects. Cater to the seasonal or holiday scrapper, the family scrapper, or even the small business scrapper. The ideas are endless.

And you can have so much fun with this one!

Recently I added the article The WAH Single Mom, which will also be helpful. I want to be sure I’m helping single moms in all aspects of life, including their career paths. Success is what we make of it, after all. This article will (hopefully) help you to get a start on something you’ve maybe been wanting to do for some time now: Starting your own business.

What side hustle are you thinking about?

Shannon

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