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Business Ideas for Women

Hello and thanks for stopping by to read this free guide.

This ‘Business Ideas for Women‘ guide used to be in ebook format where you would have to subscribe (give me your email) so you could get access to the book.

I’ve since decided to put the content of the ebook in a blog post where you can read it freely without having to exchange your email address.

But Wait!

Read This First:
Take Your Mini Self-Assessment & Know The
Five Different Types of Home Businesses

You need to know the above first, before you decide which home business is right for you.

However, because it was in ebook format, it consists of 12,500 words.  Making it waaaayy too long to put in one blog post.

So I’ve split it into three different parts to make reading it easier.

This is part I.  There’s a link at the bottom of the page to part II.

Also, this business ideas for women guide is split into four different sections:

  • Online Business Idea
  • Home-Based Business Ideas
  • Craft Business Ideas
  • Use Your Skills Business Ideas

I would encourage you to read through them all as you never know what will stand out to you – maybe something which you never even thought of!

Enjoy and I truly hope you find something of interest!

Business Ideas for Women

Part I

Online-Based Businesses

Online Freelance Writer

Do you have a passion for writing? Non fiction writers can make an amazing income working online.  The main type of freelance writing is constructing website copy for business websites. Every business in the developed world is likely to benefit from having a website. By writing articles, blog posts and press releases for them; you’ll help these companies market their business successfully online.

How It Works
To be a freelance writer, you definitely don’t need any experience to start.  You can learn as you go.

It would be very beneficial to understand and know how to write content for the Internet.

This includes:

  • Knowing how to make website content search engine friendly (SEO; Search Engine Optimization)
  • How to write non sales and sales types of copy, and
  • how to write in the tone that’s expected online (lay terms, short paragraphs and bullet points)

But don’t worry if you don’t have this experience yet.

If you’re serious about making a living from freelance writing, then consider investing in an online course or even join a membership specifically for freelance writers.

You don’t have to figure all of this out by yourself.  Get help and guidance from already successful freelance writers.

Potential Income
How much money can you make writing as a freelance SEO writer?  There are many SEO freelance writers who earn $100-$400 per 1,500 word article, and there are thousands of people / businesses who will gladly pay that money to have well written articles made up for them.

You only need a small handful of clients to make an amazing full time salary just by writing at home.

So you can easily see that it’s very possible to earn $100-$500 per day.

More Information
For those ready to make this type of living from home, a good place to start is with other writers. A number of Facebook groups are available to help you to learn the markets available to beginners.

As a freelance writer you do need to know how to persuasively sell online. You will need to invest some time in learning the ins and outs of the business. This includes learning skills like search engine optimization and writing content for websites.

You’ll also need to be able to sell yourself as a professional in the industry.

High paying jobs are rarely available right from the start, but many individuals can start to earn money online immediately and increase their income very quickly.

Be careful to avoid scams which are aimed at freelance writers.  This is the reason that it’s a good idea to get involved with other already successful freelance writers so they can mentor you and steer you in the right direction from the very beginning of your new career.

Learning Resources: Freelance Writers Den

Become A Virtual Assistant

If you have previous experience of secretarial, clerical or administrative work, then this is the ideal opportunity for you.

Or if you’re familiar with online technology and online marketing tasks, then know that these services are in big demand.

The Internet and digital technology are making more and more home-based entrepreneurs and Online small businesses who are looking for admin support on a virtual nature.

How It Works
Office-based clerical and secretarial positions are now being replaced with virtual assistants (VA’s) within the small businesses and sole-entrepreneurs industry. The reason being is that it is much cheaper for the business owner to hire a virtual assistant than employing and housing a permanent (or even temporary) member of staff.

Potential Income
This is really hard to say as the rates of pay structure can vary depending on what type of service you offer. However, there are many VA’s who earn between $15.00 – $25.00 an hour.

More Information
If this is something that you are interested in then you need to write down the skills that you have (typing, powerpoint, general admin etc.) and then target the potential customers who would need your skills.

So for example, if you can answer emails and organize Online events, then you should target Internet Marketers who would require these services.

Learning Resources: Start and Grow a Virtual Assistant Business

Email Customer Service Agent

This one is ideal for the moms/mums who can only work one or two hours a day while your little ones are having their daytime-nap.

Have you heard of the phrase ‘if it sounds too good to be be true then it probably is’ Well, this phrase isn’t true or relevant any more – you literally can make at least a part-time income from working only a few hours a week from home on the Internet simply by answering emails.

I know this as a fact because I’ve done it myself.

What Is it?
There are many Internet Marketers who sell products and need a support help desk to answer email queries. These Internet Marketers don’t have time to answer their own emails so they hire somebody else to do it.

This is where you would come in. You would log-in to the HelpDesk software and simply answer emails.  Don’t worry, you will be trained accordingly in order to answer these emails correctly.

Here’s an example of a company providing email management for busy entrepreneurs.

Potential Income
This depends on the Internet Marketer, but you could expect to get paid anywhere from $10.00 – $15.00 per hour. Some marketers like to pay their staff per email (50p earned for each email query).

Further Information
I did this job I done from May 2011 to June 2012 and literally only worked ‘on average’ 7-8 hours a week. If you’are good at this, then the Internet Marketer may give you other ‘admin’ jobs to do as well.

Pinterest Virtual Assistant / Manager

If you love Pinterest and are good at creating pin images, why not do it for small businesses in your area or for online entrepreneurs?

What Is It?
Pinterest is a virtual search engine and needs to be treated similar to Google.  So you need to understand Pinterest SEO and how to create pin images in Canva, PickMonkey or some other image creator.

Potential Income
Pinterest Virtual Assistants normally charge a monthly fee for their services. It depends on exactly what type of services you offer as to what you charge, but you can earn anywhere from $150-$500 per month, per client!

Further Information
There are two different ways you can run a Pinterest business as a service.

Virtual Assistant: As a Pinterest VA you would create pins and follow instructions from your client. It’s up to them to have their own Pinterest strategy and they don’t blame you if they are not experiencing the results that they wanted.  You are merely assisting them in the delivery of their Pinterest strategy.

Pinterest Manager: This type of role has more responsibility because you are planning and executing the Pinterest strategy for the client with the intention of getting results for them. So the client is relying on you to make Pinterest a great traffic generator for them.

Learning Resources: How To Become a Pinterest Virtual Assistant


Social Media Marketing Manager

If you’re a social media junkie, then have you thought about doing this for others and being paid for it?

If you know Instagram inside out or Facebook, even just for fun and personal use, then you could definitely offer these social media services to local businesses or online businesses.

What Is it?
Social media is massive in developing a strong brand for businesses and keeping in touch with clients or customers.  It just seems a very necessary marketing tool which cannot be ignored by any business wanting to succeed online.

However, most business either don’t know how to use social media to their advantage, or they simply don’t have the time to do social media marketing.

Enter you!

All you would need to do is to post on Instagram / Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn on a daily basis to keep the client present and relevant with their audience.

However, not all businesses will be on all of the social media platforms so you would have to decide which social media platforms you want to offer as your services.  Although they are pretty easy to learn quickly and so you could actually offer services for all platforms.

It’s up to you and what you feel comfortable doing.

Potential Income
Normally Social Media Managers charge a monthly retainer fee for their service – which means you pay a recurring $xxx fee per month.

Income depends on how many social media accounts you manage for one particular businesses and how often they want you to post.

But to give you an example, some Social Media Marketing Managers earn anywhere from $1,000 – $8,000 per month.

Further Information
Although this initially sounds like a lot of work – posting daily across several social media accounts for several clients – the good news is that there are many social media automated tools where you can input your clients’ promotional messages and then these messages would be automatically posted to the client’s social media accounts

So what this means is that you could spend one day a week to write and post the messages and images into the automated tool and then these would be posted out automatically throughout the week.

Voila – how good is that!

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Home-Based Web Designer

For those who are looking for a way to make money from home and who have web design skills, working as a web designer may be just what you need.

A web designer is a professional who is able to build websites, service websites and sometimes develop communities for others. This job is not the type of job that is right for everyone, since you do need a solid understanding of web design methods, software and technology to do well. For those with these skills, taking your web design talents to the online community can be very profitable.

Can You Do This Job?
For those who would like to consider themselves web designers, there may be more to the process than just being able to start a blog. Most often, individuals will use self design software to design their blogs for them. They do not need to hire a professional. Rather, a web designer may instead be able to create a website from scratch. They need to be able to use various resources and programming languages to do so. Many also have a good amount of knowledge in search engine optimization. Some also provide content to these websites.

The Job
If you have what it takes to be a web designer from home, you don’t need to invest in a lot to get started in this business. Rather, you will need to put up a website that allows you to communicate your skills to the world. You then need to market the services that you offer. Web designers take their client’s information and website design goals and make them happen. They often invest a good deal of time in the development of unique software or use software to put together the website as the client wants it. They may spend a good deal of time reworking aspects of the website that the buyers do not like. Many will also offer services such as repairing or making changes to websites.

Further Information
To get clients, you’re best bet is to focus in on a target market, as opposed to trying to to do web design for everybody.

Your target clients could be:

  • Female Service Providers
  • Moms wanting blogs set up (mom blogs)
  • Start-up businesses in the health & beauty niche.

So figure out where your target market hang-out (Facebook groups?) and then mingle with them there.


Home Based eBay Business

eBay is a leader in the auction world and there is no doubt you can make a business out of it working from your home. Start out by selling what’s in your home but expand to run your own business selling products and goods drop shipped from manufacturers (much like direct sales, but with a focus on selling through eBay.)

A business through eBay can be very profitable over direct sales for one main reason: people go to eBay more regularly than they would a standard website. They know about eBay, they trust it, and this company ranks very well in the search engines, all key factors that help in making an online business a success.

How It Works
To use eBay, create an account and go through their training tutorials. You can sell your own items immediately. Do research to determine which products will sell well as a drop shipper. The company offers tools that allow you to research the going rate for products and services.

There is little to no initial investment. You may decide to purchase items (from manufacturers or even garage sales) to sell at your eBay store. You just need to get the items online and wait for them to sell. In truth, there are many tricks of the trade to being successful with eBay including using a variety of different marketing methods.

Potential Income
Making money on eBay has potential to be large. Like every other business, the more work you do, the better your return will be. Sales in the $100’s per month are a good place to start, but there are many sellers making $1000’s each month. What many people do not realize is just how large the potential is here. You do not need to have a house full of “junk” to benefit from selling on eBay.

Further Information
To get started, it’s helpful to read a few books on how eBay works and research and read many blog posts on this subject.

Keep in mind that a home based business like this may take quite some time out of your day as you’ll need to post items daily and you also need to interact with customers.

Amazon FBA Business

Well, I know that you’ve heard of Amazon, but what exactly is an Amazon FBA business?

This is explained below and I point you in the direction of a free video to watch explaining this business model too.

The thing to take away from this home business idea is that once set-up, it’s the nearest thing to passive income you will get with an online business.

So if you want to make a full-time income, work from home but don’t want to offer a service or put in hours per day – then maybe this is a business which you should look into.

What Is It?
An Amazon FBA Business (Fulfillment by Amazon) is where you, the seller, would purchase stock and then send it to the Amazon FBA warehouse where it will be held. So here, Amazon is ‘looking after’ your stock.

Then when a customer buys one of your items, the whole transaction bypasses you (the seller) and goes straight to the FBA warehouse. The item is picked from the warehouse and shipped to the customer.

This is all done by Amazon and 100% hands-free to you.  Amazon even handles all of the customer service including returns and refunds.

And to the customer, most don’t even realize that Amazon is not the one actually selling the product item because there’s practically no difference.

The customer experiences the same:

  • Delivery options.
  • Customer returns policy.
  • Customer service team.

All you have to do is:

  • Find and purchase stock.
  • Get it shipped / delivered to Amazon FBA.
  • Focus on promotion and getting sales.

Potential Income
As you can imagine, the income from this business model can vary significantly because it depends on many factors such as the type of products you choose to sell, how many you sell, the profit margins, your competition and your promotional efforts.

However, as a starter in this business I’ve seen people make from $1,000 profit per month within a few short weeks to $10,000+ per month. Obviously, the more products you sell, the more potential profit you will make.

Further Information
I totally understand that the Amazon FBA business can be very confusing when you first come across this home business idea.  So if you want to learn more about it, then visit the Amazon Sharks link below and watch and listen to the video by Andrew Minalto explaining exactly how it works.

Learning Resources: Amazon FBA Business Explained

The link above leads to a single sales page, but you don’t have to buy his course.  If you scroll half-way down the page, Andrew has a one-hour video (free to view on this page) showing you how he started and made a massive profit with his own Amazon FBA business.

eCommerce Store: Etsy

If you’re into crafts and would like to sell your creative wares, then have you given Etsy a thought?

What Is It?
Esty is an online ecommerce platform where sellers can sell their handmade or vintage items or handmade items.

So if you create and sell items such as:

  • Jewelry
  • Wall art
  • Clothing
  • Craft supplies
  • Toys

etc.. – then maybe you can start making a profit from your creative hobby by selling on Etsy.

You have to sign-up to Etsy to become a member of the platform, and the good news is that it’s free to join.

However, you do have to pay Etsy a sellers’ fee which includes:

  • A product listing fee.
  • A sale transaction fee, and a
  • Payment processing fee.

Potential Income
Again as with most home and online based businesses, it’s difficult to give you an estimate as literally – how long is a piece of string?

But I know of Etsy sellers making at least $1,000 per month from their Etsy store. Some make much more.

If you browse the Etsy store itself and peek in on other sellers’ shops, you’ll get an indication of how much they’re making.  A bit of income research!

Further Information
The great thing about a platform like this is that customers are already perusing on this platform; they are looking to buy. Of course you’ll have competition, but at least it’s a readily-built platform full of buyers with their credit card in hand (very similar to Amazon).

Learning Resource: The Beginner’s Guide To Selling on Etsy


eCommerce Store: Shopify

If you want to sell stuff online but don’t quite fit in the Etsy ‘creative’ niche, then there is another option.  Shopify.

What Is It?
Shopify is an online e-commerce platform where you can sell anything you want – well, within reason of course.

It’s an online store which is quick to set up and manage because of the easy interface and ‘building blocks’ the creators have put together specifically with beginner sellers in mind.

It has an online store front where you display your products to potential customers, this is then integrated with a shopping cart and payment processor for easy and automated collection of payments from your customers.

They see a product they want to buy, click on the add to basket button and payment is automatically put into your PayPal (or other) payment processor.

You then just have to ship the product to your new customer.

Further Information
Have you heard of dropshipping?

Dropshipping is another option where you can sell stuff from your online store but without having an inventory.

You find merchants who will ship the item to the customer on your behalf.

So the customer buys a product, you receive the payment and then you send the order to the merchant and pay them for the product and they ship it to your customer.

Visit the dropshipping link below to learn more about this.

Learning Resources: Get a 90 day free Shopify trial

Blogging For Money

Is a blog a business? It could be for some individuals.

If you have a blog you could potentially make a substantial amount of money from it but only if you have a passion for your chosen subject/niche.

Your goal is to pull together a method for making money with your blog, such as selling informational products, promoting products or services, or even using affiliate marketing methods. You can make money just by using Ad Networks too.

What Is A Blog?
A blog is a collection of posts, informative articles and messages sent out to your readers. Anyone that visits your website can read what you have to say and learn from it. For example, perhaps you love your pet, you could put up a blog about pets and help to sell affiliate products for pets, such as pet clothing or organic pet food.

Using affiliate marketing, you can make a percentage of the price of any sale that comes from your website. You may later decide that you want to write an e-book on how to potty train your dog. You can sell that at your website, too, making all the profit from each sale of the book. Plus, you can use Google Adsense or Mediavine on your blog. These small ads are placed om your blog and if any of your readers click on them, you make a small amount of money for each click or impression.

Getting Started
If you have a hobby or interest that you’re passionate about, you definitely can start a blog and get to work making money from it. You don’t have to invest a lot of money, but you will need about $100 upfront in order to:

  • Purchase a domain name
  • Buy monthly web hosting
  • Invest in a blog theme template

Blogging is an online home based business which is ideal for women but you will have to work on it daily and consistently to become successful. Running a blog business is a commitment.

It can take some time to make money at it, but some professional bloggers are making hundreds, if not thousands, per month blogging. You will need some light HTML experience and a range of other skills, including the ability to interact with a community.

Learning Resources: How To Start a Blog

Affiliate Marketing

A variety of businesses with products to sell online need help promoting those products around the Internet. The Internet is so large it takes hundreds of people to get the word out and to promote the company’s product. In order to accomplish this, the business agrees to offer an affiliate program, where they will pay affiliates a set percentage or amount per sale made.

If you are hoping to work from home, this unique opportunity may be one of the best you find. The fact is, affiliate marketing is easy to start and can be worked on in your spare time. More so, there is no limit to the amount of money you can earn.

However, you do need a working knowledge of using the Internet to promote business, but even this can be easily learned.

How It Works
You sign up as an affiliate marketer (find affiliate programs on sites such as www.shareasale.com) for the program(s) you wish to promote. Then, you use either the software provided by the company or you set up a website or blog to promote their product. They’ll give you an affiliate link, which automatically credits your account any time someone gets to their website using it. There is minimal investment, if any.

Set up a website or blog and promote it. Do this through a variety of methods such as promoting through social marketing, Pinterest, Facebook etc. You can also sell through emails and signature links. The more you promote it, the more sales you will make.

Potential Income
With an affiliate business, you can earn a small amount or a significant amount. Earning $1000’s per month is possible, depending on the amount of promotion you do. Creating a respected website and promoting it will help massively.

Affiliate programs are a fun way to make money online. For many individuals, they are also a way to work in a field they are knowledgeable in since virtually every niche offers some type of affiliate program.

Businesses need to use affiliate programs to help them to make sales online. You simply work as the sales person in the middle helping the business to find consumers.

Start a Membership

This is one of the best ways to earn a recurring income.

What Is It?
Think of your local gym where you pay a monthly membership fee.  Now think about a monthly online membership program in any kind of niche.

You create and set-up a website which acts as a membership club for paying customers.  Once the customer has joined, you will receive automated monthly payments from them until they decide they no longer want to be in the membership club anymore.

Membership clubs can be on just about any subject matter that you can think of:

  • Sewing / knitting / crochet club
  • Business training / mentoring
  • Weight loss and dieting membership
  • Meal planning

The list is endless.  If you have knowledge in a specific area and know that other people will benefit from this knowledge and be part of a community, then you have the making of a monthly membership program.

Potential Income
Typically membership programs range from $20-$50 per month, with the most popular being at $37.

So if you charged $37 per month and have 500 members, then that’s $18,500 in recurring monthly payments!

And if your program is full of amazing content for your members, then you will be surprised at how long members actually stay.  It’s a myth that most members only stay for three months and then cancel their membership subscription.  If you continue to give them real value for money, then a large proportion of them stay for many months, even years.

Learning Resources:

Have You Read This Yet?
Take Your Mini Self-Assessment & Know The
Five Different Types of Home Businesses

You need to know the above first, before you decide which home business is right for you.

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4 thoughts on “30+ Best Home Business<br>Ideas for Women”

  1. Great business ideas for women at home especially with the situation at hand. There’s no better time to start a business, if not now.


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