Are you looking to earn some extra money on the side or 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.)
You can see an example of a very successful business selling Viagra generics under the link, this is an excellent service.
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.
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
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.
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.
The women I’ve featured here are every day women just like you and me. 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?
P.S. If you want to learn from some of the best women in the business I highly recommend you check out the Work at home Summit. This summit is a collection of entrepreneurs talking about a myriad of different work at home businesses they’ve started and grown. This is 100% the best work at home event I’ve ever seen. (Totally scam free.) And it’s free. You can find out more here.
Thank you so much for the mention. This is a great post full of great business ideas 🙂
Hi Elexa I’m new on here I’m a single mom at home how do I go about to do house sitting;baby sitting; or pet sitting thanx Cynthia
Hi Alexa, thank you so much for sharing it.
I believe you will like the video that we launched this weekend about the Coolmine Ashleigh House – Mothers Live With Their Children there is a Treatment Center.
I read Ruth’s blogging book, but didn’t realize she had a course. I’m interested in that but also interested in running an online store, so I’ll have to weigh what I spend my money on!
The other thing I would add to the list is follow a passion. I haven’t done the best job of this, but I still know there is money to be had. I used a particular childbirth method and I got certified to teaching because I loved it so much. I let that certification lapse – oops! I also love fitness and I can get certified to teach classes or own a number of very low cost franchises.
Ruth’s course is awesome. You’ll have to check it out next time.
Yeah I personally don’t feel like you have to follow a passion. I think you have to enjoy what you do but I personally feel like every time I follow my passion I get really burnt out and lose that passion. Plus, I kind of feel like my passion is family and therefore I try to do what I’m good at but that I also enjoy, to allow myself to earn enough money to be able to be there for my kids. I guess to sum it up having work that allows me to take care of my kids and really be there is my passion.
Wow I could not have said it better. I experienced burnout following my passion early in my career and I haven’t looked back! I’m happier now and looking forward to starting a new venture. Thank you for this awesome list of ideas!
Corrisa Malone says
I totally agree. Passion is not necessary, however, you do have to like what you do. Like you stated, your passion could be providing a better life for your family.
I love this blog post because it gives people a place to start and you tell them where to go to get more information.
I see too many bloggers who are afraid to give out resources because they don’t want people leaving their blog. If it’s in the best interest of the reader to go elsewhere to get more info, then you should put up the resources. People will come back to your blog if you’ve provided valuable resources.
Again props on writing a very good article. Keep up the awesome posts!
I would also love to look after kids at my home or look after the elderly I worked at night looking after Alzheimer’s &Dementia patients I worked night shift only thanx Cynthia
I am with your with Ruth. I read her book and was about to sign up for the course but is full.
You need to sign up for the next course. It is amazing. I have been blown away by the information and the results I’m getting. (Check back next Friday for my two month results!)
Hi Brit what course is that thanx Cynthia
Cynthia Badu says
My name Cynthia Badu I have 3 grown up children and I have worked as Carer for the past
2 years and I enjoy looking after the elderly , and I would like to work as full time Carer I live in Hertfordshire area, Sleepover all nights Carer I will do.
Thank you Cynthia
Whoa… I’m totally overwhelmed by all this info ! ~ C
The possibilities are endless…….:)
Connie @ Savvy With Saving says
Love this list. All such inspirational women! Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome 🙂
Anne @ Unique Gifter says
For me, the tricky part is sticking with something and seeing it through. I have more ideas than I can focus on, so making things happen is hard. I’m starting to get close to finished my first ebook, yay! I think the second one will be easier, due to the learning curve on the first one. Here’s hoping, anyway.
You and me both! That is my exact same problem. I’m always flooded with ideas and tend to lose focus. Congrats on getting that first ebook done though. That is huge. I need to get mine done, too!
Lisa M. says
Alexa – These are great ideas. Thank you for sharing!!! 🙂
Joseph Hogue says
Great post Alexa (…great ideas for the guys too)
Am excited to see your post on the Blog Academy. I just started out and am looking for anything to get me started.
I’ve done freelance writing for years and love the job board at Problogger. It’s by far the most professional and reliable I’ve seen. Much more likely to actually get something there than one of the mass market freelance sites.
Website management is a good one too. After spending so much time learning how to manage my own sites, I wish I had just gone with a good assistant.
I know some bloggers and freelance writers and they are already quite accomplished in their field. It’s amazing how someone’s gift in writing can become a lucrative business venture and can actually change lives.
This is a fantastic list of ideas. It’s amazing what is possible now using the internet.
Alexis Grant says
What a cool post! Thanks for the mention — and for the link, since I wouldn’t have stumbled upon your blog without it!
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Hi! You may interested on MLM..I could recommend USANA..You will surely love the products and so with the compensation plan.. The company is listed in the NYSE..
Charlee Anne says
This is so helpful, Alexa! Thank for putting this list together. I’ve never heard of Amazon FBA, but now I want to look into it.
Jonathan Craig says
Bookmarking this post! The Amazon FBA is a great tool I didn’t know about, will recommend this to a friend who runs an eCommerce store!
Nichole Johnson says
I found your blog on Pinterest, You are preaching to the choir about working from homructore. I used to work from home as an online instructor, but recently went back to work this week. I still teach online and just started a new blog with a colleague/friend. I want to eventually get back out of the workforce running my own business. I hope we can connect as fellow bloggers.
I was reading alot of what Michelle Gardner had on her blog and I got tired because I didn’t find anything on there that would help me start my own blog. I see where she promotes people to make a purchase in order to create your own blog but does that really help? Anyway doesn’t Google have a blog section for free?
If you’re talking about Blogger, yes it’s free and you can sign up through Google. I think it’s important to mention though that most people who start blogging with a free platform like Blogger, Wix.com or WordPress.com do eventually switch over to a self hosted platform if they want to grow their blog. This is why it may be best to just start self hosted with Bluehost, GoDaddy etc. and purchase a domain name. Glad to hear you are considering starting a blog though, that’s awesome! Good luck!
Born For Entrepreneurs says
Please can you provide business ideas for Teen!
Thanks for the comment. That’s a great idea for a future post and we will keep it in mind.
Dave Russ says
I found your site very interesting. AMAZON FBA I never heard about it actually but it sounds very interesting and that’s what i’ll try to find out. Thanks for your post.
I love the way that this blog includes examples of women who have achieved success in the different home-based businesses you’ve listed here. When your readers see that someone else has done it, it raises the question “Why not me?” Taking that first step is the hardest thing for a lot of aspiring entrepreneurs, so it’s helpful and inspiring to show how others have done it.
dinithi weerasooriya says
i’d like to start an online magazine.
but don’t know how to start it.
can you give some ideas?
This article might help offer some guidance with this: http://college.usatoday.com/2014/04/16/5-tips-for-launching-your-own-digital-magazine/ Good luck!
I love blogging , by utilizing the spare time alone
Reney genwright says
I want to start my own training, consulting and counseling business.
Adil Zaman says
Great post. Bookmarked this article 🙂
Lori Riddle says
Great list! There are a lot franchises out there that are home based that have significant earning potential. In some cases up to 6 figures depending get on your interest, skills and investment capabilities. Buying a franchise is a great way to be in business for yourself, but not byet yourself. Plus many of them offer discounts on the franchise fee for women!
This is cool. Thank you for posting this article it really helps me on what home based job I can do. Thank you for the tips take care
Keobokile mustafa gaontebale says
That so wonderful,i would like to venture into selling on Etsy..
i stay in Africa , Zimbabwe, is it possible for me to make money through blogging
Yes, the great thing about blogging is that you can earn money from anywhere. Your site just needs to be self hosted so not on Blogger or WordPress.com
Bharati Thakur says
Good ways of utilising time at home for girls as well as ladies as part time jobs.
Dona Niumataiwalu says
i really find all the ideas interesting and I love to express my life on writing.And do we need money to start blogging !
Hey Dona, You can start a professional blog for only $12 for your first year https://singlemomsincome.com/how-to-start-a-blog-with-godaddy/ Everything esle you need for your blog can be found/learned for free. Hope that helps!
Jenni Jooste says
Great Post, I found it very interesting and inspiring , I definitely agree that it helps to list successful women as I have been struggling a little with motivation and have lost a bit of focus but it is all part of the journey, Thanks for the ideas, I think it was just the right post to get me back on track again
Bonnie Welch says
I really liked the information. I have been thinking of starting a blog but I was wanting to do weight loss/fitness. Fitness used to be my passion and was hoping a blog would help me out. Does anyone have an opinion about this type of blog? Was hoping to earn money off of this, is it possible?
It’s definitely possible! In fact, I would say that’s a hugely profitable niche if you can build up a good readership.
how do i creat a membership site… i ve been looking for ways to do that.
Great business idease for women, thanks for sharing
Fayzah Waseem says
I really liked the information. I have been thinking of starting homemade craft.
It is possible to make crafts from here in UAE and sell on Amazon please guide me
I’m honestly not sure. Sorry!
Dinesh Goyal says
Hey, It’s an interesting read. Great ideas shared by you. I have just started my blogging career. Let’s hope it goes in the right direction. Thanks.
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Do you have more info on how to start a online training course? I offer Microblading courses and love the idea of a online course!
I don’t personally have any info on it. A lot of the people I know use Teachable as a platform for setting up a course. I’ve messed around with Teachable a bit and does seem fairly easy to use. I would Google a bit though for some demos/recommendations.
juned pathan says
As a young self-employed mum of 1, I have struggled with getting some sort of balance. I also at times say no to social events to avoid being tired on the weekends, when I like to enjoy walks and Pilates (and squeezing in a little work here and there)- I have felt guilty about not attending social engagements up until recently when my business really started to kick off, now I know I am making all the right decisions and doing what I love, all the time!
Have just stumbled across your site and LOVE it! Have found so much useful info as a social media manager and consultant- will continue to be a reader for sure.
Thanks and best of luck to you!
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Jessica Larrew says
Hey Alexa! Thanks for the mention 🙂 I just found your site and it looks awesome. Amazon FBA rocks, and has seriously changed our lives for the better.
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