50 Business Ideas for Moms

business ideas for moms

Business ownership can certainly be time consuming. But if you’re a mom (or dad) and want to start a business while still having time to spend with your family, there are options out there.

There are so many successful mom entrepreneurs that can inspire your own entrepreneurial journey. Or you can start any  of the businesses listed below that are perfect for mom (or dad) entrepreneurs.

Business Ideas for Moms

Child Care Service

If you’re a parent, then you already have experience caring for children. So you can turn that into a daycare business plan by starting a daycare service in your home.


You can also start your own blog, where you’ll have the freedom to work on your own time and write about a subject of your choice. You can even start a blog about your family adventures or one that offers tips for other parents.

Freelance Writing

Or you can offer your writing services to other blogs or publications on a freelance basis.

Event Planning

Event planning is another area where you can offer services while enjoying a fairly flexible schedule. You can help people make arrangements with vendors and put together weddings, corporate retreats or a variety of other events.

Social Media Management

If you’re knowledgeable about social media, you can offer to manage various social media accounts for businesses as a social media manager.

Virtual Assistance

50 Business Ideas for Moms - Virtual Assistance

You can also offer a variety of different services to business clients as a virtual assistant. You can work from your home while helping businesses stay organized, manage communications and more.

Handmade Product Sales

Ecommerce platforms like Etsy and Amazon also make it possible for you to work from home making your own handmade items and selling them to customers around the world.

Ecommerce Reselling

But you don’t necessarily have to make products by hand to have your own ecommerce business. You can also purchase products and resell them on platforms like eBay.

Consignment Store

If you would rather open up a physical store location, you can open up your own consignment store to sell secondhand items to shoppers.

Flea Market Vendor

You can also sell a variety of different items at flea markets in your area. You can create a regular schedule or just sell at flea markets whenever you have extra time on the weekends.


50 Business Ideas for Moms - Baking

If you’re a skilled baker, you can build a business where you bake specific items for events or even sell various baked goods to local bakeshops in your area.


You can also start a business as a caterer, which could allow you to take on events or clients as your schedule allows.

Event Photography

Likewise, working as an event photographer could allow you to take photos mainly on the weekends and leave your weekdays free to edit from your home.

Portrait Photography

You can also enjoy a fairly flexible schedule working as a portrait photographer. You can schedule clients when you have time available and then do your editing and clerical work from home.


If you enjoy teaching, you can build a business tutoring kids or even adults in various academic or practical areas.


50 Business Ideas for Moms - Proofreading

You can also enjoy a flexible schedule and work from home by offering proofreading services to businesses, authors or individuals.

College Prep Consulting

If you have experience with the college application and financial aid process, you can help others navigate the process by offering your services as a consultant.

Resume Services

Or you can focus on helping those who are entering the job force by helping them put together their resumes or cover letters for job applications.

Errand Services

You can also offer a variety of different services for people who need help running their daily errands like grocery shopping or dry cleaning.


For those who enjoy spending time outdoors, you can build a business by offering gardening services to local homeowners who want help maintaining their outdoor spaces.

Lawn Care

50 Business Ideas for Moms - Lawn Care

Or you can offer basic lawn mowing or fertilizing services to people who need help maintaining their lawns.

Gift Basket Service

If you want to put together products for your customers, you can start a gift basket service where you put together custom baskets for gifts or special occasions.

Web Designing

For tech savvy parents, you can build a business by offering web design services to businesses or individuals that need help putting together their own websites.

Graphic Designing

You can also offer graphic design services to those who need help making things like logos, marketing materials or other branding elements.

App Development

If you’re skilled specifically with mobile technology, you can build a business designing apps for clients or even creating your own to sell in mobile marketplaces.

Grant Writing

Or if you want to help charity organizations or other groups get funding, you can start a business that offers grant writing services on a freelance or contract basis.

Event or Group Organizing

You can also build a business planning your own events or even starting your own membership group or club. You can even start one that focuses on other moms or parents.

House Cleaning

If you want to start a business that lets you have a flexible schedule during the day and have your nights and weekends mainly free, you can offer house cleaning services to local homeowners.

House Painting

Or you can focus more on projects like house painting where you can take on work as needed or as your schedule allows.

Handyman Service

You can also offer a wider variety of home improvement or maintenance services to homeowners in your community.

Medical Billing

Medical facilities often outsource things like coding and billing to businesses or freelancers. So if you have experience in that area, you can build a business and work with those medical facilities to provide coding and billing services.

Dog Walking

If you enjoy spending time with dogs, you can offer dog walking services to people in your community.

Music Instruction

For those skilled with music or various instruments, you can offer music lessons out of your home or a small local studio.

Clothing Design

If you have an eye for design, you can start your own clothing line and create items to sell online or even to local boutiques.

Clothing Alteration

Or if you’d rather work with clothing pieces that are already constructed, you can have people bring you their items and you can provide alteration or repair services.

T-shirt Design

More specifically, if you have an idea for a fun t-shirt design, you can easily use an online service like CafePress or Redbubble to print and sell t-shirts and other items.


If you have training or experience working as an accountant, you can start your own business offering those services to businesses on a contract basis.

Life Coaching

You can also start your own business helping individuals with various areas of life, from relationships to finance, by becoming a life coach.

Business Consulting

Or you can get more specific and just offer services to businesses and entrepreneurs that need some direction when it comes to things like marketing, finance or other aspects of building a successful business.

eBook Authoring

It’s easier than ever to become a published author thanks to the wide adoption of ebooks. You can even self-publish titles on platforms like Amazon.


You can also offer writing services for things like ads, product descriptions or other types of copy by starting a business as a copywriter.

Direct Sales

Or if you prefer working in sales, you can offer your services to various business clients that need help in that department.

Personal Training

For those entrepreneurs that enjoy physical fitness, you can help others achieve their health and business goals by starting a business as a personal trainer.

Interior Decorating

If you enjoy home design and decorating, you can offer interior design services to clients in your community.

Affiliate Marketing

You can enjoy complete control over your schedule by building a business as an affiliate marketer that works with brands to promote their products and services online.

Online Course Creation

Or if you have expertise in a specific area, you can create an online course and sell it to customers that need help in that specific niche.

Professional Organizing

For those who have great organizational skills, you can offer your services to others that need help getting their homes, files or other items organized.

Product Invention

There are plenty of opportunities for new products. And moms or parents are especially likely to come up with new ideas that can help with specific aspects of parenting or family life.

Public Relations

If you want to work with business clients, you can start a business that offers public relations services and then build a base of clients in your area of expertise.

Antique Store Ownership

For those entrepreneurs who want to start a business with a physical location, opening an antique store or mall can be fairly straightforward. And you can also set hours that work with your family responsibilities.

Related reading: 51 Business Ideas for 2020

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Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

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  1. I love that moms now have the option to work at home. This allows them to be with their kids and provide for the family at the same time.

    • This is such an amazing resource for anyone who is looking. I am a mother of two – 8 & 18 mos. They are the reasons why I started my own business online. I get to work and run my own business from the comforts of my home or from anywhere with a very reputable global company. It’s an amazing opportunity for stay at home moms, parents, singles, retirees or anyone who is looking for additional income. We don’t do any selling, no bugging friends and families. Not MLM. You can set your own hours. You can work alongside your FT or PT job, while taking care of your kiddos and some others. Everyday we’re expanding! If anyone is interested, let me know and I will give free access to our free online workshop.

  2. Really nice list of ideas. I love the fact that stay at home moms now have the power to make money and even run their own business.

  3. Annie: Have you done a post on business ideas for dads? 😉

  4. Combining career and raising kids is not easy. I have 3 kids and 2 foster kids in Jos, Nigeria. I lecture at a university. However, l understand PARENTING is too important to be neglected so l want a side business until my kids grow to become adults.

    Your list will help me research/write my Business plan. Thank you for taking time to put this online. You inspire me to write all ideas l have since l do not know it will be helping.

  5. Hi Annie! Thanks for sharing lots of business ideas for mother. She can choose her career according to her interest. Working moms are positive role models. Keep blogging!

  6. I am a single mom. Please share with me more on how to get started. Thanks in advance, Zen.

    • Hi Pam! Yeah would love to! would love to share to anyone what has worked for me. Check azenithlawas . com to see our free workshop.

  7. I am a single mom and I need guidance to how to start my own business: dance studio, karaoke spot, and boutique. I’m also interested in 3rd shift childcare.

  8. I would love to know more Zen, thanks

    • For sure Bianca! Check out azenithlawas. com to see our free workshop. Hope this helps. Ty

  9. You have mentioned some of the ideas that requirements more investment and time than others like blogging, reselling, etc which can be done when they will free from other work. I like your concept of some business ideas like freelancing, social media management, etc. Thanks for sharing this information, I know it takes a lot of time to combine the small pieces in a great blog post.

  10. These are great ideas, there are so many good small business options out there!

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