I think we can all agree that being a parent is tough. And that running a business is tough. But doing the two together? “Tough” would be an understatement. But as a mompreneur — an entrepreneur who is also a wife and a mom of two kids, one of whom is less than a year old and still breastfeeding — I want you to know that it is possible.
Yes, hustling and kids can be mixed! It can be done. You don’t have to give up one over the other. You most definitely can be a mom and build your business at the same time.
Setting up your own business even when you are a stay-at-home mom is not only a definite possibility, if you do it right, you could even end up making more than your previous or current salary. Here are some ideas for businesses that you can build and prosper in while also being a hands-on mom.
1. Sell online
It’s all about picking up bulk items for a low price and then selling them for a higher price! Selling items in Shopee or Lazada is definitely something that you can explore and you can even do it from the comfort of your own home.
Selling online is something that we talked about in more detail with fellow mompreneur Trixie Tagorda in a recent episode of the Mompreneuring Thru Crisis series that I host every Monday, so if you’re interested in learning more about this business idea, check out our video here: https://www.facebook.com/mompreneurMD/videos/392946748382767/
2. Be a virtual assistant
Virtual assistants (VAs) are growing in popularity as they are a fantastic way for businesses to save money through outsourcing. You can find opportunities to become a VA on websites like UpWork and Fiverr.
Sunshine Mercado, a psychologist turned mompreneur, used to be a traditional business owner before establishing Sunshine Creatives, a virtual assistance and freelancing business. She shared her experience with me in another episode of the Mompreneuring Thru Crisis series, which you can view here: https://www.facebook.com/mompreneurMD/videos/672197050343167/
3. Make a product
What kind of skills do you have that you could leverage into sales? Think about products that you could create yourself, preferably at a low cost, that other people would want to buy. Generally, the longer it takes to make them by hand, the more you can charge for them.
A fellow pediatrician and mompreneur, Dr. Ciela Tomawis, is the founder of AutismMom by Doc Cee. She is also the owner of two online brands, ArtCeeCo and AUsome Treats, and she gave us helpful tips in creating our own products and putting up our own shopping site in this Mompreneuring Thru Crisis video: https://www.facebook.com/mompreneurMD/videos/362728211428706/
4. Network marketing
I know the network marketing industry gets a bad rep, but if done right and ethically, it’s a great way to build passive income. The secret to this is finding a reputable company and working with a tribe that has a solid business system.
One of my ultimate idol mompreneurs, Ivy Sepe, has come a long way from her childhood roots in Tondo. From working as a saleslady in SM to being a multimillionaire mompreneur, industry leader, public speaker, and passive income coach, you can listen to her inspiring journey — and copy her network marketing secrets — in our Mompreneuring Thru Crisis episode here: https://www.facebook.com/mompreneurMD/videos/383884636289864/
5. Start blogging
Mommy blogging is at an all-time high. You can make money from placing ads or sponsored content on your blog and selling ebooks or other resources to your subscribers. And would you believe that even 50-something-year-olds who are not even proficient in Microsoft Office applications, let alone WordPress, can learn to blog and have a Google Adsense income that is much greater than their previous job salary?
Learn how you can do it too from Cille Balatibat, founder of Penfires and Isensey, in this Mompreneuring Thru Crisis video: https://www.facebook.com/mompreneurMD/videos/778817976244361
What kind of business do you want to start?
Let me know in the Comments section below and let’s talk about how we can make your mompreneur dreams come true.