You already may know how much freedom starting a business could bring you and your family. If you are someone who wants to start a business that can start making money right away, and you are willing to exchange your time for money (you know, the way jobs and money work, right?), starting a service-based business may be a good choice for you.
It all sounds great, right? But what can you do that someone else will actually pay you to do? This is such a common concern, but let me tell you that you don’t need to worry about that. When you do something really well or easily, it is easy to forget or not even realize that other people don’t have the same interests or skills as you do. I wanted to get your brain started with some ideas of things you already do that people will pay you for.
You already do these things and someone would actually pay you to do them.
Bet you didn’t think this was going to be the first one? You know that thing you do all day every day that has just become a basic part of life? People will pay you to run errands for them. Grocery shopping to laundry to Target runs. You name it. You could set up a weekly errand run per client and charge them per hour or per trip.
2. Meal Service
You can cook, prep and deliver meals to busy clients. You already have to meal plan, prep and cook meals for your family so if it is something you enjoy you can make a business out of it and deliver it to clients. Many families are looking for healthier quick-food options for dinner and you could be the solution.
3. Pin Stuff on Pinterest
Um, yes. Did you know that there are people who are personal assistants who specialize in Pinterest? You can help them create Pinable images for their site and make sure their Pinterest is kept active and up to date. This will take a little research to make sure you understood a successful Pinterest strategy, but there are many resources out there if you spend 2 seconds googling it.
I figured I’d address it since it’s the header image on this post. I know what you are thinking: everyone and their mother is a photographer and while that is true, there is still a huge need for skilled photographers. The more niche you can be the better. If you are willing to hone your craft and provide exceptional images to clients, you can earn a good living while being a stay-at-home mom.
5. Cleaning Service
This is one that I pay for personally. People like my mother-in-law and some of my friends think it’s crazy that I pay for this service (which they shouldn’t because they’ve been to my house and know I’m a horrible housekeeper) because they know they can do a better job than anyone they hired. Me, on the other hand, am a terrible and impatient cleaner. It’s not my skillset, plus I could be using that time to work on my business which would be a much more valuable use of my time. What I love about this business, is that if you want to scale your cleaning service business you can hire other women to work for you and allow them to earn money doing part time work as a part of your company.
6. Writing & Editing
Writing may technically fall under a “freelance” business, but I’m going to address it here because it is a service where you are paid based on the amount of work you do. Companies all over are looking for people to write for their websites and publications. All the leading marketing gurus claim “Content is King” and you can’t get content without writing. The problem is that writing takes a lot of time and doesn’t come naturally to some people, or their time could be better used doing something more in their skillset. Everything that is written must also be Edited, so you could offer either or both services to clients who want to produce more quality content for their business.
7. Laundry Service
While this one makes me cringe because it takes me forever to complete an entire cycle of laundry, this feeling is universal which is why this is such a great service to offer people. You can start by using your own washer and dryer and if your business should scale, you could invest in some more industrial machines to provide the highest quality service to your clients.
8. Sewing Services
Do you feel comfortable behind your sewing machine? People will pay you to hem their pants, take in their dresses, or mend their suits. You by no means need a storefront to do this, just a sewing machine in the comfort of your own home. If this is already something you do for your family, why not offer it as a service to clients?
9. Comment on Social Media
Many business owners know they need an active and engaged social media account, but in order to achieve that they need to spend a lot of time ON social media and engaging with their fans and followers. This is time they could be using to grow their business in other, more profitable ways. Many companies hire out Social Media Managers to plan, post and engage on their social media platforms on their behalf. This is a job you can do completely from home with not much more than an iPhone.
Everyone knows how to organize, you think to yourself. Not true. For many people, even brilliant successful people, they have no idea how to organize or simplify a home in a way that makes any amount of sense. Let alone in a sustainable way that they can keep organized. This is where you come in. If you are the type of person who gets giddy over the newest container store catalogue, this may be the business for you.