I know some friends of mine who where active working women before they had kids and some have a big desire to get back into the work force or to pursue other activities. Some opt for part time / full time work that fits in around daycare or school but there is also a desire for home based business ideas.
There are plenty of opportunities for moms around but the key is to pick up some home based business ideas that will fit in with the lifestyle that goes with being a mom. Ideally, its going to need to be flexible so you can dedicate the time that is required to your kids. Obviously, if you are a new mom with toddlers the time available to you is going to be different than if you have young kids at pre school or in first years of primary (elementary school).
What’s out there?
Internet based businesses are probably the first that come to mind. These are the most flexible of all … the good thing about the internet is that it never sleeps, so you can do work at any hour. But best of all you can do some work at any time that suits.
Affiliate marketing via a website is a popular option. It does take some effort and input to get it up and running but can be done any time of the day. But the more effort you put in the better / quicker the results.
Another trending home based business idea is multilevel marketing. Whilst this has had some pretty bad raps in the past it is actually a very legitimate form of business and can be quite profitable.
Please note that I am only suggesting legitimate business ideas and not get rich quick schemes (or scams). I have spent a number of years looking at different internet businesses and have found a fare share of scams. As well as being left out of pocket they tend to have a pretty bad effect on your confidence, so I am definitely not going to lead anyone in that direction.
The nuts and bolts!
Internet based businesses – Affiliate Marketing is a legitimate form of marketing used by companies of all shapes and sizes to promote their businesses or products. They get results by offering commissions to ‘affiliates’ who advertise the company’s product or service. Generally, the affiliate owns a website or blog site, or maybe they advertise on social media or through email.
Effectively, it is the same as the old pamphlet drop in the mail box (am I showing my age ???), just the 21st century version of it.
It’s popular because it is a win win for the company (very low cost in comparison to traditional media advertising – TV or newsprint) and for the affiliate (you, me) get paid for selling product without a storefront or holding inventory .. just the cost of a website, internet and hosting.
Before you say “Yes, well that is all well and good, but I know nothing about websites and internet!”, I can tell you that there are some excellent sites on the internet that will show you how to do all that is required to set up a fully functioning affiliate marketing business.
Again, some are better than others, so the trick is to find one that has the best training and best support.
I came across the ‘Wealthy Affiliate University’ site in my search for the best. They offer the best training resource I have come across and step you through the website building process with great community back up and support. Second to none.
You can also start and get used to the whole thing for free, with comprehensive start up training, website and domain name and hosting all free. To easy!
As I mentioned earlier, it is not a get rich quick scheme. You do have to put in work. The more professional you become the better the results. Wealthy Affiliates give you the tools and support to get there. Wealthy Affiliates offer a premium level option for a small cost per month that takes your learning and development to a whole new level. If you are serious about making this a business this is the way to go.
There are over 2 billion people in the world who buy via the internet each year. Wouldn’t you want to be part of that? An income is achievable and a very good income is also achievable with consistent effort.
Multilevel Marketing businesses – MLM’s or network marketing as it is also known is one of the big trending forms of direct selling, and marketing in general. In the same way as with Affiliate marketing, MLM is a win win situation for the company and the distributor – company uses their distributors to market and sell to their personal network of friends and family so their costs are low but reach is vast.
The Distributor (you, me) get paid a commission on sales and bonuses on volume for selling the companies product or services and incentives for introducing new distributors. It’s a very easy business model and can be quite lucrative.
As a home based business idea for moms it is ideal as they can be worked from home either via the internet or through your social networks and can be worked in your own time. Too easy!
Again you need to find a business that suits you with good products that has a big support network and good training along with excellent incentives (that’s what we are in it for really, isn’t it?)
I have personally been involved in MLM’s with limited success (due mostly to my lack of commitment) and currently have a distributorship with Kyani. Kyani was started in the US over 8 years ago and is now in multiple countries including Canada, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand…and more.
The popularity of Kyani is infectious. They offer an excellent health supplement product range and have the best compensation plan available, with support and processes in place to help you succeed. There are plenty of moms earning good money through MLM businesses.
Again, the majority of MLMs are not illegal pyramid schemes or scams – they are a legitimate marketing business format with product for sale. But do your homework and ask other distributors and do some ‘googling’ (yes, that is a word now).
There is a cost for setting up in the business but in comparison to setting up a conventional business it is a very small investment.
These are just two business ideas. I will cover some others in upcoming posts. I have listed these as ‘ideas for moms’ but reality is that these are genuinely available to everyone who is interested in pursuing work from home. The two I have covered here are legitimate opportunities that I have found to be the best in their class.
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