Motherhood is certainly a life-changing event. Our children become the center of our lives, and we must make adjustments to make sure they’re cared for. Instead of hiring a babysitter, more and more moms are choosing to start their own businesses so they can be there for their kids and still contribute to the family income.
Self-employment offers a certain amount of flexibility. But in most businesses, a certain amount of time outside the home is required. At the very least, you’ll need to meet with clients in your home. This can be rather inconvenient for moms, especially when they have small children. So many of them are looking for opportunities to make money online.
Starting an online business has a number of advantages for moms. These include:
* Start-up costs for an online business are often low. So even if you are not currently working outside the home, starting an online business is usually within reach. Setting up a website and buying some software are often all that’s needed to get started, and that can be accomplished for a few hundred dollars or less.
* Doing business online doesn’t require one to keep regular hours. You can work early in the morning before the kids get up, during the baby’s nap, or late at night when everyone is in bed. And with the automation that the Internet has to offer, orders can be processed and virtual products delivered while you are sleeping or taking care of the kids.
* You can get some work done with the kids right by your side. Older children may even be able to help you with simple tasks. Did you know that the IRS allows you to deduct wages (up to a certain amount) paid to a child who is age seven or older to work in your home business from your taxes?
There are all sorts of online businesses that are great for moms. You could sell your crafts on eBay or Etsy.com, or you could start your own ecommerce website. You might offer services such as writing, transcription, web design or virtual assistance to customers around the world. Or you could create and sell information products. Even blogging offers impressive money-making potential. The possibilities are many, and there’s sure to be something out there that’s just right for any mom.
Moms make up a large portion of the people who are making money online. This allows them to take a hands-on approach to raising their children while still making money to support the household. They don’t have to count on a sitter to take care of their children’s needs, and they don’t have to make a commute part of their daily routine. It’s no wonder that the number of moms starting online businesses is growing in leaps and bounds.