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Online Business Ideas for Stay at Home Parents

Updated on October 7, 2019

Are you a stay at home parent? Or maybe you want to quit your day job and spend more time with your kids? Or perhaps you need to generate extra income and wondering where to start?

Being a stay at home parent no longer limits your financial success, and with the increased use of internet your online business is a click away.

This article will not only share online businesses you can run, but will also include tips on how to run a successful online business and will further explain important factors to consider before starting an online store. Now let’s get right into it.

1. Set up an online store

Do you love, crocheting, making jewelry, or toys? You can now set up a website to showcase and sell your products, and the good thing is you do not have to know how to make products. You can also sell baby clothes, sports items, hair products, or electronics, to mention a few.

To set up an online store, you will need around $400, and this caters for a domain for roughly two years, certification to run the business, a business email, and approximately 500 items for sale.

Note: This cost, however, may differ depending on the business. For instance, if you are making the items, you need to calculate the cost spent on items, profit range, fixed costs, and time spent.

2. Starting a blog

This is a lucrative opportunity for stay at home parents. You can share your experiences or even write things you are passionate about. However, blogging has become a popular online venture, thus essential to find your voice


Start-up cost; to run a successful blog for a month, you will need approximately $150, with roughly $2 for hosting, $80 for themes, $30 for email marketing, and around $30 for plugins.

This, however, does not include learning material, the good news though, it is possible to cut down the costs and use free themes or even get free learning material from other bloggers. However, it is important to note, to achieve a successful blogging career, it is vital to provide valuable and relevant information to your readers, also make use of social media platforms to build your brand and increase awareness about your work.

3. Become a YouTuber

Just like blogging, YouTube is another popular online venture you, through YouTube videos, you can get endorsements that help increase your earnings. However, have a unique brand, find your niche and create content that not only educates but also entertains.

To become a YouTuber, you need to invest in a good camera, a microphone, and lighting. However, before buying a camera or microphone, you can use your phone to find out how you feel about becoming a YouTuber.

4. Become a virtual assistant

Companies are now sourcing for part-time virtual assistants to attend to clients and receive calls. Virtual assistants are paid hourly, making it a profitable yet versatile venture as you get to plan your schedule.

5. Tutoring

Do you love math, or maybe you are good at languages? There are thousands of people across the world looking to learn something new. Find out what you are good at and become a tutor.

To become a tutor, you can join job boards that connect learners and tutors, but you can also set up a website that showcases your services or even use social media to reach your targeted audience.

6. Become a social media manager

Social media platforms are not only used for communication but are also used in business. More people are opting for social media to market their products and services, and with the increasing number of people using social media in marketing, the need for qualified social media managers has risen, making it a lucrative venture.

Why stay at home parents should consider an online business

  • Cost-effective, most of these businesses require little capital to start.
  • Gives parents time to bond with their family, setting up an online shop means you can work from home, allowing you to spend more time with your young one, this is also an ideal income option for first-time parents.
  • Online business will pay the bills, this, however, will happen after a few months. Just like other businesses, the first three to six months in online business are the most tasking. However, after passing this stage your online venture will start paying those bills.

Things to consider before starting an online business

Though profitable, it is crucial to have a plan before going right into it. If you want to quit your jobs, then have a financial plan before leaving. Make some sacrifices to achieve your dream, cut down on some costs to ensure the transition is smooth.

However, if you a stay at home parent, then get right into it, however just like other forms of business, it is vital to do your research, find out how the market works, advertisement techniques, build your brand, and, most importantly, be patient.

Get training, although your online business may be your passion, it is essential to invest in training, find out the trends in the market and what works. This will help improve your craft, in turn improving sales.

Though the online business is a long-term kind of company that will provide income even with little effort in years to come, for the first few months, you need to put in the time. Also, make use of social media platforms to market your work and services, and remember online business is not limited, if you enjoy baking, let the world know about your services.


However, do not put too much pressure on yourself, and it is okay to ask for help. Before the business picks, make use of all babysitting offers, but remember the essence for running an online business is to create more time with your family, so take it easy and enjoy the journey.

Things to consider before starting an online business

Though profitable, it is crucial to have a plan before going right into it. If you want to quit your jobs, then have a financial plan before leaving. Make some sacrifices to achieve your dream, cut down on some costs to ensure the transition is smooth.


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