Small Business Ideas and Opportunities for Housewives to do at Home in 2019


Twenty years ago, Sheela was just the wife of Kochouseph Chittilapally, owner of a successful company V-Guard, an electrical appliances manufacturer based in Kerala. Today, in her early 60s, Sheela is one of the most successful woman entrepreneurs with a Rs 750 million lingerie business.

“It was a slow transformation of a simple housewife into a businesswoman. Today, I have the courage and confidence to talk to anyone. Sometimes I feel all the housewives have such abilities in them, but they remain hidden as they get no exposure,” Sheela Kochouseph reminisced while recounting her journey from a housewife to a successful entrepreneur.

Choosing to stay at home doesn’t dim your prospects of making a fortune. If you are a housewife or a stay-at-home-mum who is tired of sitting around, watching corporate women strut around boasting of their careers, fret not. What if I tell you that you don’t have to leave your home to be a successful entrepreneur?

As Jenn Scalia’s story confirms, “After two layoffs in two years, I got a gentle nudge from the Universe that I needed to create my own destiny and my own financial security. While staying home as a full-time mom, I started looking for opportunities where I could use my skills to make money. That’s when I discovered that I could be an online coach and decided to dive in headfirst.”

Just like Jenn Scalia, perhaps all you need is a little push. If you feel like starting a business, but adherence to the status quo of having a ‘real’ job is putting you off, we are here to provide you with amazing business ideas that are an instant hit in 2019.

1. Start a Day Care Centre

Start a Day Care Centre

Do you love being surrounded by little ones? Do you have kids of your own? Why not start a day care at home? Running a family day care allows stay at home moms to be near their own children, while eking out a generous income simultaneously – an idea situation for a housewife. This business is ideal for women who are adept at taking care of children. Back in the good old days, fathers were solely responsible for the bread and butter of the family. But parents are getting wiser now. Just because you have to stay home to take care of your little one, doesn’t mean you cannot turn it into a full-fledge business. In addition to providing basic childcare, why not structure your day to include activities for different age groups, such as story time, puppet shows, quiet time, arts and crafts, free play, educational activities, musical activities, outdoor play, and physical activities, in addition to fun mealtimes. Perks of the job: eager smiles, peals of laughter, bucketful of fun, and unlimited cuddle time.

2. Pinterest Virtual Assistant

Pinterest Virtual Assistant

If the idea of getting paid to hang out on Pinterest appeals to you, then hold onto your hat; what if I told you that you could make a fortune out of it. As a Pinterest VA, you get to work hand-in-hand with your favorite content creators, business owners, and bloggers who are looking to market their products on this platform. For instance, for a newly launched online jewelry store, you could help promote their products on Pinterest such as organizing their Pinterest boards, creating pin images, opening up a new Pinterest account, and pinning their content to enhance visibility. Depending on your expertise, you can earn up to $50 an hour as a Pinterest VA. Here is all you need to know about becoming a Pinterest VA and get to meet stay-at-home moms who are taking their careers to new heights.

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3. Start a Medical Transcription Service

Start a Medical Transcription Service

If you tout excellent typing skills and a strong command over the English language, you could really get your feet wet in this career. Medical transcripts never go out of demand and most docs prefer to outsource theirs. With minimal equipment and an extremely low overhead, you could get started instantly. Medical transcription involves transcribing audio or video reports from healthcare professionals into text format. Not only does this career path afford flexibility, it is a lucrative business idea that promises a stable income for your family, all from the comforts of your home. Once you start getting more orders, you could start hiring and being in more staff.

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4. Fashion Consultant

Fashion Consultant

Do you harbor a penchant for fashion? Do you yearn for your very own boutique, but don’t have a bank account that allows you to invest in a brick and mortar storefront? Fret not. The direct sales industry has opened up avenues to have your very own home-based business within the world of fashion. A lot of Companies have home business opportunities that are affordable and easy to set up. For instance, consider the beauty company Avon: Avon Representatives earn 40 percent on sales on their first six orders. Starter kits range in price from $25 – $100. Similarly, Start your own business at Chloe + Isabel for just $175. Merchandisers can earn 25 – 40 percent commission on all items sold.  Stylists at Stella & Dot can earn 25 – 30 percent commission on sales and additional commission for building a team.

For a small investment in a starter kit, you can make a fortune while doing what you always wanted to do. Your first prospects and buyers will be co-workers, family, and friends; you will then build your customer base by getting referrals from these people.

5. eBay Entrepreneurs

You can sell anything on eBay given the right blend of tools. As the giant of online auction services, eBay is one of the most lucrative and inexpensive tools for selling anything, be it real estate or a hand-made candle. To ace the art of eBay business, look out for retail stores discontinuing product lines or going out of business. Buy as many items as you can at a discounted price, tweak them as you like, and sell them on eBay. You can make up to $2,000 a month on eBay by just dedicating 20-30 hours per week to serious eBay sales. You might not be tempted with the figure but over the course of an year, you could earn a lot more; all with the perks of being your own boss!

6. Start a Catering Service

Are you something of a sous chef? Do you love hosting parties? Catering could be your dream career. Whip up scrumptious treats right in your own kitchen and only spend a minimal time out of the house. Not to mention, you can hire help as your business grows. You could grasp contracts for parties, weddings, events, public houses, or hotels. Craft an irresistible menu, be generous with handing out samples, and work your magic in the kitchen. Make sure the food is finger licking good, fresh, tailored to the unique needs of the client, and affordable to stand out from competitors.

7. Sell Stock Photos

Sell Stock Photos

Are you always found with a camera hung around your neck? Do you have a knack for capturing everything you lay your eyes on? However, if you cannot pursue a career as a photographer since it entails staying out a lot, there are many ways you can earn as a photographer. What if I tell you that you can create and sell stock photos on your website, as well as on platforms like Shutterstock and iStock. If you have beautifully captured photos in your camera, don’t just keep them hidden. Make a fortune off your hobby.

8. Start an amazon FBA business

Start an amazon FBA business

The Fulfilled by Amazon program is an extremely lucrative way to start your own business by selling on Amazon. The simple and cost-effective way will have you up and running in no time. No need to get your feet wet in marketing, handle the shipping, store the inventory, or build and maintain a website. Let Amazon take all the nitty gritty matters off your hands, such as picking, packing, and shipping orders, while you roll in cash. By being alleviated of even the responsibility of handling customer service and returns, you are free to focus on growing your business. You are only charged for the completed orders, as well as the storage space. The fees is inclusive of the cost of shipping, with no extra charge for Amazon Prime FREE Two-Day Shipping and FREE Shipping on eligible orders. The smart way to launch your own business on Amazon is to keep a look out for sales, buy discounted products in bulk, pack them and send them to Amazon FBA, priced regularly. All revenue is deposited into your Amazon seller account.

9. Blogging

After she was looked over for a long-overdue promotion due to her pregnancy, Tara Gentile decided to become a business owner.

“Six months after my daughter was born, I started a little niche website and community. I then purchased an existing blog business, and almost overnight, started making more money than I had in my previous job; all from the comfort of my home.”

In the world of bloggers, this one is a no-brainer. If you have a flair for writing, the flexibility afforded by this business is incredible and you will love the income when your blog picks up momentum. There are a plethora of blogs out there run by stay-at-home mums like  Suzi Whitford and Carly Campbell, that are making a full-time income from home.

You can also be a copywriter, writing content for commercial use for business websites and Blogs. If you have what it takes to write some compelling content on any subject, this idea is great for you. Courtney Jonnston found what she was looking for through copywriting,

“After graduating college with a French degree, I quickly realized that I was ‘unemployable’ and decided to start finding ways to make money for myself. A few business ideas later, I started my copywriting business, and have never looked back.”

There is a plethora of different copywriting jobs available such as SEO writing, technical copywriting, social media copywriting, online copywriting, and ad concepts. The best places to launch this home-based business as a freelancer include Fiverr, O-desk etc.