If you’re a mom with the entrepreneurial bug but haven’t been blessed with an ‘a-ha!’ or ‘lightbulb’ moment yet for a business idea, maybe one of these five easy-to-start business ideas will spark something and start you on your journey to a successful mompreneurship. If not, all is not lost, just thinking about business ideas is good for thinking of business ideas.
When you’re constantly thinking of solutions to pain points, products that have the potential for high sales and ways you can market and sell your own unique skills and talents, the right idea could very well come out of nowhere.
Once you have decided on what kind of business suits you and before you start spending or making any money, you’ll want to make sure you choose the right business structure, register it with the CRA and set your business’s finances up accordingly. The last thing you want is the stress or for your hard-earned money paying back taxes, penalties and interest.
If you need financing to get your business off the ground, check out the Government of Canada’s “Funding for Business Women” page. On it, you’ll find resources for several government funding programs. Maybe going through the list will inspire you and/or help you start visualizing your business idea coming to life.
Become an Online Reseller
Setting up a retail website with an e-commerce platform that will provide plenty of support is easier than ever. Maybe you’ve got an eye for vintage clothing and can curate a collection for your online store or maybe you’re able to source portable, solar-powered cell phone chargers from overseas. Whatever the product may be however, it’s important to conduct thorough market research before you commit to any purchases. Make sure you have online retailer insurance for your store.
Become a Guru
If you had a career before your career as a mother, depending on your level of experience and how long it’s been, you may be able to touch base with your professional network and start offering your freelance services right away.
Reconnect With Your Inner Artist
From writing a blog or self-publishing a book to photography to painting, these days all it takes is a platform or website and a good SEO strategy to sell your wares.
If you like gardening and have the space for your own urban farm, your produce can contribute to improving your community’s health. If you enjoy driving and know your area well, there are plenty of ridesharing and food delivery platforms that allow you to make money on your own schedule. Other ideas: a dog-walking service or an after-school program – although depending on your jurisdiction, you might have to jump through some hoops to get a license.
Sell Your Skills and Experience as a Mother
You’ve already built up a valuable store of knowledge that can help new or expecting mothers who are nervous about all the unknowns they’re about to face. Your blog or consulting service can be mom-based and can specialize in areas like baby-proofing, children’s clothes and toys or everything under the sun.