Are you looking to earn some extra money on the side or to potentially start your own business?
Today I want to highlight some of the best small business ideas for women to motivate you to take that first step!
That’s not to say that men can’t pursue these ideas as well, but for today we’re honoring all the female entrepreneurs.
This list contains the businesses that I’ve seen women do exceptionally well with. As an added little bonus I’ve included some amazing women you can learn from no matter which business best suits you!
(And remember these are women just like you and me. They’re not celebrities, they’re not part of a get rich quick scheme. If they can build up amazing businesses you can, too!)
Amazon FBA is a program that allows you to send the stuff you want to sell on Amazon directly to an Amazon warehouse. When one of your items is sold Amazon will pick, pack, ship, and deal with customer service for you (for a fee, of course.)
This is an amazing program for anyone who is wanting to sell online without spending countless hours dealing with shipping.
I tried Amazon FBA earlier this year and have now got my Dad’s store set up with it. If you can find products on clearance or through wholesale contracts you can make some serious cash!
Just like any other type of successful money making endeavor you have to treat this like a business! (Which I wasn’t prepared for.) Learn from some who is extremely successful instead.
A woman killing it with Amazon FBA – Jessica Larrew.
Making money through blogging is seriously like the best thing ever. It’s a wonderful feeling to get paid for your words and ideas.
To be honest, I recently just reignited my blogging spark after taking Elite Blog Academy (the best course EVER!! More on that later this month.) And since then my traffic has doubled and my blogging income is on a steady rise too.
As of February 2016 I’m now making a full time income from this blog (at this time it hovers between $7,000 – $10,000 per month.) Here’s how to start a blog and five proven ways to make money blogging! ( <–That links includes an offer from GoDaddy to start a professional blog for only $12 for your entire first year!)
If you need some hand-holding feel free to sign up for my 7 Day Blog Biz Start-Up Challenge. You’ll learn how to set up a blog, organize your categories, create posts and pages and make money!
Freelance writing is how I got my start in the online income earning world. Freelancing is the best way to make money FAST. (Here’s a complete guide on getting freelance blogging jobs.)
But as with every money making opportunity goes – your own mileage may vary!
Learn from someone who is now making good money from freelance writing and blogging services.
A woman killing it with Freelance Writing – Holly Johnson
Think software development is just for men? Think again!
If you have a great idea for a piece of software or even an App you can bring that idea together by hiring a developer to do the work for you. Some of the most creative ideas come from women. (And I just love the one featured below!)
A woman killing it with Software Development – Laura Roeder.
I mentioned earlier what a HUGE impact Ruth Soukup’s Elite Blog Academy has had on my blog in just one month. (And I’m not exaggerating – at all.)
Ruth has seriously created the best online course for blogging or writing that I have ever taken. And I’ve taken a lot of courses! (Remember that expensive $600 writing course I took a while back? It doesn’t even TOUCH Ruth’s course and was more than twice the money!)
If you have something to teach get that idea out to the world. Create a membership site and start an online course. Learn as you go!
A woman killing it with Online Courses – Ruth Soukup.
Selling on Etsy
I don’t have a single crafty bone in my body but if you do Etsy is the place to be!
Etsy is simply a selling platform (like Amazon or eBay) that features only handmade products. The items sold on Etsy are very broad and can range from digital downloads, handmade home décor, and even clothes.
If you’re a creator and want to get paid for it you need to give Etsy a try!
A woman killing it with Etsy – Wendy Kaehr
Affiliate Marketing/Niche Sites
Niche sites are simply websites that are focused on a particular topic and are monetized, usually through affiliate sales. (When you make an affiliate sale you earn a commission from the company you’re promoting.)
I’ve tried my hand at affiliate marketing with niche sites a couple times and miserably failed! That’s not to say it isn’t an awesome business idea. It is! And it’s also fun.
While my niche sites didn’t work out (read about that here) I still had so much fun building them and it was an amazing learning experience.
A woman killing it with affiliate marketing – Jill Stanton
Website management is a very diverse business and is actually something that I’ve ventured into rather than only freelance writing.
When it comes to website management you can do everything from sell ads, edit and schedule content, hire writers, promote on social media and more.
Since this is such a diverse area I wanted to highlight two women who are successful website managers but make their money in very different ways.
Women killing it with website management – Alexis Grant.
MLM/Independent Sales Rep
Does the phrase MLM (multi-level marketing) put a bad taste in your mouth? When done in a sleazy way it definitely can. But what if you’re completely in love with the product you’re selling and confident that it helps other people?
Well, in that case you make a lot of money promoting a product you truly love.
There are many companies who hire independent sales rep – Avon, Scentsy, Beach Body, and a whole lot more. Some of these companies require you to host parties and make commissions directly off of your sales. Other companies will influence you to get people to sign up as coaches underneath you and you’ll receive a percentage of their sales. In short that’s how MLM works.
Want to learn more?
A woman killing it with MLM – Kelli Gimenez
I’m a total dog lover. (Sorry, cats.) If you are too you can start a pet sitting business.
To be honest I never really understood how a pet sitting business could be profitable until following Crystal’s journey. And let me tell you, she is doing pretty awesome with the pet sitting business!
Wanna learn more?
A woman killing it with pet sitting – Crystal Stemberger.
Wish it. Dream it. DO IT.
All the women I’ve featured here are every day women just like you and I. They’re not celebrities and they weren’t handed their success on a platter. They worked for it.
If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur I want to encourage you to pick your business idea and take that first step today. Then take another step tomorrow, and another step the next day. All those small steps will add up and you’ll eventually get to where you need to be!
What’s your favorite business idea for women?