6 Small Business Ideas for Busy Mothers

Sometimes people make the parenting decision to be a stay at home mom. Other times it is the financially most feasible decision. But it can be challenging to live without a second income. Here are some ways that one can earn money even while being a busy mom taking care of children. (And just how perfect is this stock photo?) Or even if you aren't a parent and have a full time job but need supplemental income, here are some additional ways to make money part time.

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto

Being a mom is a full-time job and certainly keeps you on your toes. However, sometimes, you may want to find a way to make some extra cash. Not only is this helpful for your family, but dedicating time to do something you love can be great for your mental health.

Starting your own business is a excellent choice, as it allows you much more flexibility and control over your hours. But what options are out there? 

Below we are going to take a look at six small business ideas for busy mothers.

Let’s get started!

Freelance Writer

Becoming a freelancer writer is undoubtedly one of the most popular options for mothers. This is because it’s not only flexible but requires little start-up cost. All you need is a laptop/computer and a stable WIFI connection.

What’s also great about this is that there are a lot of different types of freelance writing. From copywriting and transcription to blogging and even becoming a virtual assistant. There is something out there for everyone.


Do you have a particular skill that you would like to share with others? Why not consider becoming a tutor. It’s so simple to get started, and you can run classes online via webcam. However, if you’re more of a people person you can do it at home or visit others. 

It doesn’t have to be just regular math or English classes either. You might consider teaching a language or musical instrument.

Market Stall Owner

If you want to start up more of a “business business,” one great idea is to create your own stall. Most markets run on the weekend, which makes it a great option for those with children as they can help out and get involved in the entire process.

The best part is you can choose whatever you want to sell. Stock up on wholesale stickers and stationery for a craft stall, sell your own handmade baked goods, or flip clothing. The choice is up to you.


Have a passion for taking photos? Becoming a photographer is another great flexible job that pays very well. You don’t even need to be qualified to get started. There are many stock websites online that will pay you for your images; even ones that are taken with your mobile phone.

Doggy Daycare

Many pet owners hate leaving their furry friends alone all day. Another profitable business that you can run from your own home is to set up a doggy daycare or cattery. Just keep in mind that you do need to have enough space, and you may need to apply for certain licensing depending on your location.


Finally, the last idea that is great for busy mothers is to become a private cleaner or professional organizer. Since you work for yourself, you can have full control over your hours and can take on as many clients as you want. All you need to do is invest in some equipment, and you can get started.

Penniless Parenting

Mommy, wife, writer, baker, chef, crafter, sewer, teacher, babysitter, cleaning lady, penny pincher, frugal gal

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