"Many people think starting a small business is too hard, and they tend to stick to their 9-5 instead," the folks at Empowered Ezine say. "However, starting a business is not as hard as one may think. There are several ways to get started when it comes to working for yourself."
Being your own boss has its perks, especially for mothers with small children. Here are Empowered Ezine's five small-business ideas designed with moms in mind.
Is there something you are really good at making, such as aprons or all-natural candles? Handmade is all the rage right now, so mothers could capitalize on this trend and sell their wares online (think Etsy). Setting up a Web-based store is easier than you think and could allow you to sell your handmade items around the globe.
Design (Web developing, software design and graphic design)
If you're good with code and design, you could easily start your own Web-design business. You can dip your toes into the world of Web and graphic design through sites such as 99 Designs that allow you to compete for an array of design jobs. If you love it, then take the next step and open your own design business.
Mom-run photography businesses are popping up everywhere. If you have a decent digital camera and know the basics of digital photography, check out sites such as Clickin' Moms or Shuttermom University for tips on how to get started.
Are you good with words? A plethora of opportunities are online for reviewing stories, articles and books to ensure that all content is clear and concise. Websites such as Flex Jobs and Elance are excellent resources when you're getting started. Browse and apply for available freelance editing jobs without ever leaving the comfort of your home.
If you're computer-savvy and have an Internet connection, being a virtual assistant could be perfect for you. A virtual assistant, also called a virtual office assistant, typically provides professional, administrative, technical or creative assistance to clients remotely from a home office. The hours are flexible, which is perfect for moms, and depending on how much time you have, you can pick up as many clients as you'd like.
Social Media Marketing
Are you addicted to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram? You could use your addiction to your advantage and launch a small business focused on social media marketing. What is it? In a nutshell, it's the process of gaining website traffic or attention through social media sites. Basically, you post interesting content to increase traffic to your client's website.