Working for somebody else will never make you rich.
And who doesn’t want to work in your own business, working hard to provide your family with the benefits of your blood, sweat and tears. If you don’t know where to start, start here! We give you 62 ideas on small businesses to start from home. All can be scaled up as much or as little as you wish.
Find a line of clothing you really love and start your own small online boutique. Purchase fashion from places like Etsy or even look at having clothing custom-made overseas in the styles you love. You can also sell your fashion through Etsy, eBay or start your own Shopify store!
If you want to design and manufacture your own line of clothing, you can start smaller. Have a look at this Free List of Fashion Wholesalers and Manufacturers which might help you on your way! You probably should prepare a start-up cash of at least $1,000 to purchase stock in advance.
Also, check out this article on ‘A Beginners Guide to Launching Your Own Clothing Label’.
If you don’t have the cash to design and make your own fashion line, perhaps you should consider Drop Shipping. Drop Shipping is selling other people’s products, and then the manufacturer sends the item directly to your customer – so you don’t need to buy stock – you just pocket the difference. I’ve got more information on Drop Shipping here!
Other information on a Fashion Start Up:
- List of Wholesale Fabric Suppliers Worldwide
- Australian Retailers that Offer Drop Shipping
- List of Australian Fashion Pattern Makers
- List of Fashion Affiliate Programs to Sign Up To
Someone that has done it: Check out Jane Wu who started Showpo from her garage in 2010. She has now built an empire that is envy-worthy.
If you have a spare room in your home, a rental property or a Granny Flat that can be rented out – why not look at becoming an Air BNB Host and and earn as much as $1544 per month (as per their website!).
Make the area look clean and tidy, give it some art work or a lick of paint – and start being the Hostess with the Most-ess…
3. Cake Baking and Decorating Business
If your family and friends are always begging you to make that delectable chocolate cake with that amazing icing for their special occasions, why not look at providing your skills to the wider public. Whether it is cupcakes for a school birthday, or wedding cakes and everything in between – showcase your work on your Facebook Page and start charging for your services.
What you can expect to be paid: From $80 per cake
Someone that has done it successfully: Jessie & Co is Gympie based cake decorating business. Jessie made this amazing ‘Shades of Lavender Cake’ and offers wedding cakes, baby shower cakes and decadent cupcakes for every occasion!
If you don’t want to actually sell cakes – you can still make a good income with the following ideas:
- Start a Cake Decorating Youtube Channel
- Start Online Courses in Cake Decorating
- Set up a Cake Decorating Subscription Box – they are all the rage at the moment!
4. Buy Wholesale Adult Products to Sell at a Profit
Did you know that there is up to a 300% mark up on adult products? There really isn’t a more perfect product to buy cheap, and sell at a huge profit. Sure it isn’t exactly ‘Savoury’ – but it can be a lot of fun!
Check out our article on Where to buy Wholesale Vibrators to Sell at a Profit for more information!
Potential Clients: School Mum’s, Friends, Family
Ideas on marketing your new Adult Business include:
- Start a Party Planning Business with your Sex Toys
- Produce a monthly catalouge and distribute it
5. Cake Baking Small Business
If you aren’t into decorating cakes but can cook like a demon in the cake department, or you make the most amazing Mars Bar Cheesecake the world has ever seen, make your wares and sell them to local bakeries and cafes who are always looking for delectable sweets to serve with coffee! What you’ll need is access to commercial kitchen, transportation and basic baking tools.
Provided you use a commercial kitchen and check with your local Council and list the ingredients on supply, there is no formal qualifications required.
Potential Clients: Delis, Cafes, Cake Decorators, Caterers.
6. Makeup Artist
If you are creative and have a knack for making your models look incredible, or have a bit of a thing for stage makeup, perhaps consider advertising your services for makeup artistry. Whether it is a classic style for Spring Racing, something sinister for Halloween or a full bridal look, take loads of pictures of your work and place it up on your Facebook Page and Instagram. To get a bit more practise under your belt, approach your local theatre groups.
What you can expect to earn:
From $80 per look on onwards depending on the quality of makeup and experience.
What will I need:
You will need to provide all the makeup (good quality), brushes and transport.
High School girls for their school formals, hairdressers
7. Hair Upstylist
Do people admire your daily hairstyle? Can you braid like a demon? Do people stop you on the street to ask you who did your hair? Then perhaps you should do ‘Upstyles’. Perfect for school balls, weddings or formal occasions, many people would love to pay to have the services done in their own home! You’ll need to invest on your own hair styling equipment and learn lots of hairstyles and techniques!
What you can expect to be paid:
From $60 for a simple hairstyle. More for weddings and special occasions.
Where to advertise:
Consider ‘renting a chair’ at a local hairdresser during school formal and wedding season. Otherwise print out flyers for local noticeboards, start your own Facebook Page and advertise your services on local Buy Swap and Sell pages.
8. Web Content Writer
Many websites are always on the lookout for new writers to supply content on various topics. If you are a confident writer, are careful with your spelling and grammar and can write under a deadline – why not look at this type of freelance work?
What you can expect to be paid:
From $20 – $150 per article
Where to find writing work:
Check out the following websites for writing work:
- iWriter or approach larger style websites with an example of your writing style.
- Stay at Home Mum also pays up to $50 per article if it is accepted.
- Blogging Pro has a job board that advertises paid writing jobs.
Check out more information here:
9. Transcription Services
If you can type quickly and efficiently, why not be a freelance Transcriptionist. Work would involve listening to a tape (pre-recorded) and typing out the content word for word. You’ need a computer and internet connection. You should also be detail-oriented, organized and can type lots of words in a minute.
What you can expect to be paid:
Medical Transcription can start from $50/hour
Where to look for work:
Check out Stay at Home Mum’s Positions Vacant section – these jobs come up all the time!
10. Write and Sell E-books
If you are an expert on a particular topic, why not write a ‘Go to Guide’ on your topic, and turn it into an Ebook. The great thing about Ebooks is that once the work has been done, that’s it! You submit it to websites for sale and watch the commissions come in. You’ll need to invest in a computer, internet connection and a good editing software.
What you can expect to be paid:
A basic E-book about 30 pages can sell from $1 and go up as high as $300 depending on how niche your topic is!
Got an idea but don’t know how to get it to market?
Stay at Home Mum is always looking to buy great quality completed e-book manuscripts – so drop us an email!
For a complete guide on how to write and sell e-books for a living – make sure you download our Guide!
11. Resume Writing Business
If you are diligent with spelling and grammar, can type and have a good internet connection, why not do professional resume writing and cover letters. There are always people that don’t know how to put together a professional looking resume together. Advertise your services on local Facebook Pages and Noticeboards. There are literally thousands of beautiful resume templates online that are free to use to give you a few ideas. If you already have a computer, internet connection and a printer at home then you’re already set!
What you can expect to be paid:
From $300 per resume and cover letter.
12. Sell Images to Stock Image Websites
You don’t need to be a professional photographer to make money selling your photographs. Many stock image sites are always looking for day to day photographs of people doing ‘normal people things’. There are hundreds of these sites such as iStock Photo, Shutterstock and Bigstock. Once uploaded, this is a passive income type of online job.
What you can expect to be paid:
From $2.50 per download per image. If your image goes viral – you could earn thousands of dollars from a single image.
Where to Sell Your Images:
- Alamy – they have over 155 million images and are based in Australia
- iStock Photo
- Getty Images
13. Start a Small Business Selling Jewellery Online
Jewellery is something that never goes out of style, it is also an item that sells online particularly well. So why not consider starting your own small business selling unique jewellery! But wait – if you don’t make your own – we can help – we have a list of where you can buy wholesale jewellery around the world!
How to Market Your Business:
- Promote pieces on Facebook and Instagram.
- Hold local jewellery parties.
14. Family History Researcher
There are amazing websites around now that help you trace your family tree back as far as it will go. They even have access to birth certificates, wedding certificates and details of where your ancestors lived. Many people are interested in genealogy but simply don’t have the time (or patience) to do it, so why not put your researching skills to work and become a Family History Researching for other people!
Sign up to a couple of genealogy websites so that you have access to all the records.
- Find My Past
- Family Search
- My Heritage
How much can you expect to earn:
From $20 per hour
How to start:
Approach your local Family History Society to get a bit of know-how under your belt, and advertise locally.
15. Become a Virtual Assistant
A Virtual Assistant is the perfect job for computer-savvy Mum’s that are juggling kids but still want to make money without having to leave home. You will need a good computer, access to the internet and be able to put aside enough time to get your assigned work completed.
16. Online or Home Visit Tutor
If you were a wizz at maths or an ace in English, and you are good with kids then tutoring is a terrific idea. You can work the hours that suit you and you are making a difference in the life of a child. There are even online tutoring companies around now so you can work at home! Experience in teaching is definitely a plus. The number two things you’ll absolutely need is passion for teaching kids and the patience of a saint.
Another option is to go and work for one of the larger online tutoring companies such as:
17. Home Cook
If you adore cooking and don’t mind spending time in the kitchen, why not offer your services for busy families that don’t have time to cook a delicious dinner at night. Either provide pre-prepared foods or even cook at your client’s house and serve dinner straight to the table!
How much can you expect to earn?
From $10 per serving.
Outside the Box Ideas:
Ever heard of Lite n Easy or Hello Fresh? You could be the next big thing. If you want to go big, think of doing a website so your customers can pick and choose their own meals and dietry choices!
18. Become a Drop Shipper
Drop Shipping done well is awesome. It means that you are selling a product, without having to buy it first, pack it and send it. You effectively are buying the product directly from the wholesaler and selling it for a profit – directly to your client. Best of all, you don’t just have to get products from China, there are now many reputable Australian based drop shippers – with the list growing every single day!
19. Christmas Decorator
If you have an eye for decorating and adore the Christmas period, why not advertise your services as a Christmas Decorator. Put up the Christmas Tree, add the fairy lights and ensure the Christmas Decorations look amazing! Many businesses don’t have the time or patience to do it themselves, or even look at approaching your local shopping centre. Advertise your services at the local Christmas shop in your area. Drop in your prices to local shops and put your services up on local noticeboards and Facebook Pages.
What you can expect to earn:
From $150 per home decoration
20. Homemade Beauty Products
Organic and vegan makeup and skincare products are in high-demand. If you have a recipe for a magical clay mask or a moisturising cream that changes lives, consider making small batches and selling it to others who will appreciate your hand-made products. Many small operators making their own beauty products start out selling their range on Etsy.
Since labeling requirements for cosmetics can be quite tricky, you’ll need to learn more about it before starting your business. Find out more from the ACCC.
Who has done it?
How to do it?
Just a hint, many laboratories now will make a generic (but high quality) product that you can brand to your own liking. Check out Stay at Home Mum’s Ebook for more information!
21. Buy, Swap and Sell Trading
This is a good way to make money at any age!! Buy and sell items that you are interested in, make a profit for every sale! To start, subscribe to all your local Facebook Pages that buy, swap and sell. Keep an eye on newspaper listings and noticeboards selling items that are a great deal. Get to know your local antiques and second-hand dealers.
Items you can make money on:
Cars, Boats, Mowers
Where to Find Items?
- Local Noticeboards
- Facebook Buy, Swap and Sell Pages
22. Grow and Sell Plants for Resale
If you are a budding (see the pun!) gardener, why not grow seedlings and look at selling them at your local market or online. All you will need are some pots, good quality soil, fertilizeriliser and patience! Succulents are huge at the moment and they are really easy to grow – so why not cash in on the phase!
Where to sell them:
Local markets, local corner shops, offer a mail-out version too (many post them in the mail because they are so hardy!).
23. Design Invitations and Sell Online
Are you a pro at designing invitations for birthdays, events and other important occasions? Many people are looking for their invitations to be designed and printed by pros. Invitation designing and printing will require creative skills as well as graphic editing skills. If you have these two then you can definitely start with that! If you already have a computer or laptop and a printer at home then you can cater for small jobs at first then upgrade as you grow more clients. Advertise your work on your personal pages or create an instagram account solely for work.
Types of Invitations:
Don’t just think weddings and birthdays, think BIG! On Etsy you can buy custom invitation packs, or even downloadable designs for invitations.
24. Packing Services
What you will be selling here is labour and time. When you’re planning a packing service business, you will be offering a quick and no hassle experience for customers who are moving and have no time to do it themselves. This is perfect for people who are organised and have enough manpower to help out with the business. To thrive in this kind of business you will need to meet some real estate people who can recommend you to get the job done. You’ll need transportation, manpower, boxes, containers and other packing materials.
- Apartment rentals
25. Product Reviewer
Try out a product and write a review about it! Some brands would like to know about what consumers think. The feedback will help them improve their product. While some companies send free products for you to review, some just offer a discount when you buy it. Some companies also offer incentives. Here’s a thorough guide on how to be a product reviewer as well as a list of websites that look for product reviewers. You’ll need a pone/laptop/desktop computer and a stable internet connection.
26. Data Entry Work
There are a lot of data entry jobs and it is one of the most convenient options for SAHMs. You’ll almost always find one that has a negotiable time of work which you can fit in during your free time. Now, data entry jobs vary from one company to another. But basically, it is all about organising spreadsheets and document related work. For better understanding, a data entry clerk is someone who inputs and maintains information. You will need extreme focus and high attention to detail.
You also need to be reliable and organised as you are in charge of making sure all information is accurate and up to date.
27. Wedding Organiser
Being a wedding organiser is no easy job, but if you have a passion for organising weddings then this is definitely a great gig which can ultimately lead to a bigger business. Who knows! If you’re new to the industry, you need to do lots of homework. You also need to familiarise the latest trends in the wedding industry. Basically, being a wedding organiser means you’ll have to make sure the Groom and Bride isn’t stressed and the wedding day is perfect.
28. Film Online Videos
Starting a Youtube channel is easier nowadays, but the trick is in maintaining the channel and getting enough subscribers to create income out of it. Watch lots of youtube videos and do some research to prepare yourself. If you can get a minimum of 4000 views on Youtube per month, you can monetize your channel – plus you can get sponsorship and product reviewing etc! You’ll need wit, charm and lots of fresh ideas.
How much can you expect to make?
From $200 per 60-second video.
29. Start Your Own Organic Skin Care Line
Starting an organic skin care line won’t create instant income for you. It’s going to take you a bit of time to reap the fruits of your investment. However, interest in organic skincare is increasing and people are digging natural products.Do research and watch tutorials. Study skincare recipes and take advantage of the free information from the internet. Etsy is a great place to sell your new line of homemade skincare. There are also lots of places to go to get ‘White Label’ skincare. That is, you get a laboratory that makes a great line of skincare – and brand it yourself! We have loads of information in our new Ebook: ‘How to Find, Source and Buy Products Online’.
30. Do Some Driving for Uber
Being an Uber driver means you can choose your own hours. Great for Mum’s! The more you drive, the more money you make. And you’ll need to start is a car and an Uber account.
31. Design and Sell Forms
Do you have a knack for creating simple and straightforward forms? You can definitely make money out of that! Create online forms and sample contracts that can be customised and sell it online. You’ll need a website to put your forms up on sale and some online tools to create and design forms.
I know myself that I have bought the work of designers with an eye to details for my own business!
Where to sell forms:
- Approach small businesses
32. Make Wedding Favours
Start a wedding favours business while at home! If you are someone who loves to do craft especially wedding giveaways, then you can definitely start a wedding Bomboniere business. What’s great about this is you can start small. Your first customers can be your close family and friends. Make sure to take photos of giveaways you create and upload it to your social media.
Soon questions will pour and you’ll attract interest. Make sure you give discounts for large orders!
Check out our article on 50 Affordable Wedding Favours for the Modern Bride for more ideas!
Wholesale Wedding Favors Sellers:
33. Launch Your Own Online Course
Online courses are a terrific product to sell as people are now comfortable with buying digital products online. If you are good at a topic (and everything is good at something) – then look at designing your very own online course.
34. Start Your Own Line of Macrame Gifts or Designs
Are you great at creating Macrame gifts? Post it online and sell it! Pinterest has a lot of ideas for patterns that are trendy. Sell your products on Etsy and see the money come in!
35. Look at Being a Professional Pet Sitter
With more and more people having fur babies that they don’t want to put in a kennel when they go away, hiring a pet sitter who will love and adore your pet is becoming a more popular option. You will need to have good transport, have a love for animals, and be trustworthy!
A Pet Sitting business is a low cost business start up that usually runs on word of mouth.
36. Design Your Own Line of Plates
Are you into calligraphy or are you someone who loves to draw? Designing your own line of plates can be a great business idea for you!
37. Import Kids Clothing for Your Own Cute Kids Line
Order name-brand kid’s apparels from online suppliers and create your own clothing line. Create a marketing strategy and promote your clothing line on your social media. You can also create a website to post your products!
Find wholesalers here!
- Free List of Fashion Wholesalers and Manufacturers
- Free List of Eco and Vegan Clothing Wholesalers and Manufacturers
- 10 Steps to Start Your Online Business
38. Sew Your Own Vintage Style Baby Rompers
Sew vintage style baby rompers and sell it to friends and family. Offer styles and design and do it on a per order basis. It’s important to have passion and deep interest in sewing and clothes to prosper in this business idea. Sell them through Etsy or Madeit or just promote them on your very own Facebook Page!
39. Design Wedding Non-Floral Bouquets
There aren’t many options for non-floral wedding bouquets right now so designing and selling is a really great idea. This is also most likely a per order basis based business or you can create some and then post online! These day wedding bouquets are made from everything from latex, to newspaper!
Marketing Your Business: Sell them on Ebay, Etsy and in local florist shops.
40. Locate and Sell Vintage Clothing
Do you get excited and high when you score some vintage clothing at the thrift shop? If you are great at this, why not consider it as a business! Find what is in demand and sell them at a profit!
41. Design Funny T-shirts
Design funny shirts and get them printed as a t-shirt line of your own! You can use FB, IG or a website to sell your clothes online. There are many memes you can find online that you can use for your shirts. Funny ones or relatable ones sell the most!
The thing with t-shirts is that you can get them drop-shipped really easily! Shopify has loads of ‘Print on Demand’ Apps that you can upload right away – without having to life a finger!
42. Kid’s Party Entertainment
Do you love children? Do kids love you? If you have passion for entertainment, performing and children then that’s a great combination for someone to start a Kid’s Party Entertainment business. With this business you are in charge of the fun in a kid’s party. You can do magic, clowning, storytelling and the like. You’ll need to invest in transportation, music, party props, face paint makeup and other necessary equipment.
43. Make and Sell Nappy Cakes
A nappy cake business is a great idea for a business because it is easy to start and it’s totally okay to do at home. You need to have a creative streak for this one and lots of patience! Sell them on Facebook or Etsy.
44. Sell Products on Consignment
Sell goods on consignment! Order goods from a dealer or consignor and sell it on your FB page or store. Usually, you get a percentage for each product sold. One great thing about this business is that you have the right to return goods that doesn’t get sold.
45. Home Daycare Provider
Do you have a passion for children? Then you might want to start a home daycare provider. With a home daycare business you can watch over your kids will making money as well. The most important requirement to start a home daycare business is a license to be a home daycare provider and a designated space at home. You home should have a designated area that is safe, clean and conducive for kids to learn and play.
For further details on how to start a home daycare business, check out familydaycare.com.au.
46. Swimming Instructor
Becoming a swimming instructor can be a great side gig in the summer. Kids love to be in the water in the hot summer months so most of them will ask their mums to learn swimming! It’s important for you to have experience and certificates prior becoming a swimming instructor. Having your own swimming pool at home is more convenient for you, too! To start, you’ll need a private swimming pool, professional certification and years of experience as a swimming coach.
47. Buy and Flip Small Websites
Buying and flipping websites can be a great way to generate income. If you’re new to this business, it is basically buying a non-performing website, improving it to attract buyers and then selling it. The hard part is in how you’ll improve the website. If you succeed in making the website into a high-performing one, then there’s a high chance of it getting sold. It is a low-capital business that anyone with interest and knowledge can start doing. Basically, you’ll have to have knowledge in web design and a basic understanding about the industry. You’ll also need to invest in a computer and internet connection.
48. Make and Sell Gift Baskets
Gift baskets are great gift ideas because it can be customised to be what the receiver likes and you can adjust it to whatever budget. If you’re into creating gift baskets for your family and friends, then you can definitely consider this as a small business. You’ll need to have creative and entrepreneurial skills as well as basic marketing.
49. Property Manager
To be a property manager, you must have a background in real estate. Your job is to manage residential properties in behalf of the owners and interact with tenants. You will also need to schedule the inspection and maintenance of the properties you are trying to sell. Keeping track of tenant or lease information is also one of your responsibilities as well as following up on rent. Being a property manager can also be time consuming, but, it’s great for Stay At Home Mums because you can schedule a time that works for you and you can definitely do it while the kids are at school.
50. Upstyle Vintage Furniture
Are you into upcycling old furniture? If you have interest in interior designing and upstyling furniture, then you can definitely make money out of it! Upcycling is a skill and practising can definitely make you better. Start with simple and basic styles. If you’re confident in doing the basics, then you can learn more of those complicated techniques.
51. Create a Subscription Box Business
I definitely looove subscription boxes and I think it’s a great business idea. Just put together a unique selection of goods that you think will be well loved by your target market and have beautiful packaging, you’re gonna be a hit. Read more about how to start your own subscription business here!
52. Start a Party Planning Business
For a party panning business, you need to be extremely organised, detail-oriented, resourceful and the desire to bring joy into people’s lives through a perfectly organised events.
53. Bake Pies and Biscuits
Perfect a pie or biscuit recipe and sell it as your signature product/delicacy. Package it into gifts or consign it at local cafes so you can make money out it! The best thing about this business is that you can do it at your own time and pace. Perfect for mums!
Potential Clients: Local Cafes
54. Start a Blog
Do you have a passion for writing and are interested in several topics such as travel, cooking, parenthood, beauty or more? Blogging can be a great way to generate income for Stay At Home Mum’s. Starting a blog might not be profitable at first, but if you attract a large number of people, income generating opportunities will come through advertising and/or affiliate marketing.
55. Become a Doula
Women have been supporting women during birth since the old days, and becoming a Doula can definitely be something many stay at home mums consider. To be a Doula, you’ll have to take up some training and a acquire certificates. It’s also important to have great people skills. The birth mother, the husband and the doula should have to build trust prior birth. Being a Doula can be on-call work so you’ll also have to be flexible.
56. Garage Sale Organiser
Do you have a space that’s great for holding garage sales? Having a space that’s convenient to display preloved stuff is a great start. If you don’t have one and just want to be a garage sale organiser, then your job is manage everything for that event. As an organiser, you are in-charge of the space, marketing the event and making sure the entire thing goes well smoothly. There are a lot of people interested in holding garage sales, but are not able because of lack of venue and resources.
57. Take Online Surveys
I would love to take online surveys during my free time, but I have so little patience! lol. If you got lots of time and patience then you can definitely earn cash while taking online surveys! Here’s a list of great websites who pay you for taking surveys about brands, products, services and more. Check it out here!
58. Evaluate Websites
Bloggers and website owners are concerned whether their website is working properly for users or not so there are some who pay for objective reviews from a number of people. To evaluate websites you’ll need to be objective and internet savvy since you’ll need a basic understanding on how it works.
Here’s a list of websites you can check out! Click here.
59. Create and Frame Your Art
Do you love to paint and create artwork? It might be a good idea to frame it and put it out for sale. Earn extra money while doing what you like. Sounds like a great idea, right? Now, how much should you sell your art for? A great advice would be to put a high price to it. That way, buyers will value it more.
If you sell it at a lower price, then the buyer will think it is cheap and value it accordingly.
60. Create Educational Videos
Educational videos are fun to make and can help you generate income. It should be brief, easy-to-understand, entertaining and backed by facts. It is also important to determine your audience to know what educational videos to make. Just like blogging, income generating opportunities are in the form of advertising and/or affiliate marketing. Make sure to research for trendy topics to keep your video ideas fresh!
61. Online Cooking School
If you have deep passion in cooking and think you can explain and teach it in a manner that is easy to understand, then an online cooking school is a really great way to earn money at home. If you’re a nutritionist, you can teach how to make recipes healthier with alternative ingredients. If you’re a trained chef, teach your students hacks and techniques. For this type of business, you’ll only need basic kitchen equipment, enough kitchen space, a camera, internet connection and your cooking skills!
62. Affiliate Marketing (Sell Other People’s Product for Commission)
Affiliate marketing is a great way to generate income. Youtubers, bloggers and popular public personalities earn extra money using affiliate marketing. They talk or advertise a certain product or service from a brand. When people buy through a link provided by the publisher, they get a revenue from the link or code.
Earning from affiliate marketing can be slow and come in little amount, depending on how saleable a product or service is. It will also depend on how you advertise a product. However, it costs little to none and you don’t need to produce your own product and service so it’s convenient for stay at home mum’s!
Here is a list of reputable affiliate programs to sign up to: