I had done it. Now I was sitting back at my desk, hands and legs shaking from the fear.
Did I do the right thing?
How will we ever make it?
Do I even know how to start a home business?
Am I crazy?
You see, I had just turned in my two-week notice to resign from my 19-year career with one of the best companies to work for. I was walking away from a job I loved and from a 6-figure salary with bonuses.
But I was walking toward home.
I had been dabbling in different direct sales businesses while working and was earning a modest paycheck from those efforts, but that certainly wasn’t going to be enough to replace even half of my annual salary.
I knew I needed to find a home business that offered reliable, consistent and regular income. But I didn’t know how to start a home business or even which type of business was a good fit for me?
For many moms, this is the question that keeps them from making the leap from working mom to work-at-home mom – What type of home business can I do that fits the skills and talents I have?
Types of Home Businesses
One quick Google search and you’ll discover there are hundreds of different types of home businesses out there. Although the numbers are many, they can be narrowed down into four broad categories:
One of the best ways to begin working from home is to use the resources and skills you already have. Using the equipment you have at home, you can start a housekeeping business. Or you can use your home to run a daycare that helps other working parents.
If you love gardening or outdoor work, perhaps you can start a landscaping business, or grow and sell produce at the local flea market or farmers’ market.
Sales-type businesses offer a product to customers, whether it’s handmade or redistributed. It can include products distributed through home parties or person-to-person, such as Avon or Mary Kay, or it can be a larger variety of products sold through a brick and mortar store.
Many work at home moms start out with direct sales businesses. Most companies provide you with a website and other marketing tools, and even help you with sales techniques. It’s a low-risk way to start working from home and can potentially allow you to earn a good income.
For those comfortable working online, there are many computer-based businesses you can start from home. If you have design skills, you can become a graphic designer and design images, logos or websites for other businesses. If you are technically savvy, you could outsource yourself to other companies to help solve their technical issues.
Perhaps you are great with networking and building engagement on social media. If so, you could establish your own social media marketing business. You could also start an online retail business by handcrafting your own items, by developing relationships with online wholesale suppliers, or by buying and selling items on an online auction website.
If you have specialized skills in a particular field, you may want to consider starting a home business using your experience. If you have experience as an accountant or CPA, you could offer bookkeeping or accounting services to other businesses or entrepreneurs. Your sales experience could be used to offer sales consulting services, or your musical knowledge could be turned into music lessons from your home studio.
There are hundreds of business ideas that fit into these categories. To get you started, be sure to download my free guide, 20 Savvy Startups Moms Can Launch for $100 or Less.
How to start a home business
So how do you know which category is the best fit for you? The answer to this question begins with identifying your strengths.
A great method for discovering the strengths you possess is to think back to your childhood and look for those positive patterns of behavior that seem to have always been a part of you.
Think about those activities you engaged in that made you feel strong and excited. What were those things that got you up early in the morning or kept you up late into the night?
Were you a natural at persuading others to do what you suggested? Then sales may be a natural fit. Were you a tech-wiz, able to figure out complex computer programs or a natural socializing online? You may be a great social media manager. Were you the crafty type, creating beautiful, handmade items that others begged you for? Maybe an Etsy shop or an Ebay store is an ideal place for you to sell your items and earn an income.
When we ignore the “tools” we were equipped with from birth and try to operate outside our true purpose, we are left feeling empty, unfulfilled, and dissatisfied. We begin to envy what others have and doubt our own abilities. This leads to imitating those we wish to be like and ignoring the strengths and natural abilities we’ve been gifted with.
Resources to get you started
If you need help in discovering your strong traits, skills, and natural abilities, the free You Were Created for More video training series may be a good place for you to start.
Starting a home business doesn’t have to be difficult. Begin with identifying the talents, strengths, skills, knowledge and experiences that you have and enjoy using. Match those up to a type of business that uses those qualities and then take the steps to get started.