The best part about making the switch from working in an office to working in your own home is getting to be a part of the family action. You get to wake up every day to the sounds of little feet pitter pattering to the kitchen in anticipation of the morning’s promise of Cheerios and orange juice. After all, that’s why we make the switch, right?
With the mom facet of you being fully fulfilled now, you need to work on keeping the mompreneur within you satisfied as well and finding the perfect home-based business to work at while staying close to the family goes hand in hand with this.
If you aren’t sure what kind of company you’d be able to run from the comfort of your home, here are my three home-based business suggestions for the one-part mom, one-part businesswoman.
1. Event Planning
Now more than ever, people are too busy and over-scheduled to plan their own events. A CEO is too busy running a business to plan a team retreat. Parents have hectic schedules with their respective jobs to plan a sweet sixteen party for their daughter, and it is no longer common for an engaged couple to plan an entire wedding by themselves.
This is where the much-needed event planner comes in – and there will always be employment opportunities available in this field.
If you have impeccable organizational skills, can create and stick to a budget and have an eye for design, event planning may be the perfect at-home business for you. Though event opportunities are abundant, it’s up to you to market your new business as a company that stands out from the crowd while remaining professional and reliable. You can do that with a sleek, easy-to-navigate website that you can regulate right from your living room couch.
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If you have plenty of business experience and (preferably) a master’s degree, being a business consultant could be the best at-home business for you.
Business consultants analyze businesses, identify problems within the businesses they work with, and come up with solutions to said problems. Most consultants specialize in one specific business subject. This could be anything from human resources to taxes and even inventory management. Once you’ve found your niche, market, market, market! Getting hired by an established business to give them advice can be challenging when just getting started, so you’ll have to prove your business smarts and what you have to offer in how you present yourself in your marketing.
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3. CEO Coaching
Though similar to being a consultant in that you are offering up your own advice, a business coach is all about coaching business owners and managers on how to be the best leaders they can. In this tough economy, business owners need all of the advice they can get on how to maintain success. As a business coach, you can empower these individuals to improve their work performance through the power of personal change.
Being a successful business coach means having experience in leading a business in some way. If at one point you were the owner or co-founder of a business before making the switch to home, you will have even better advice to give based off of your own experience.
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Once your new home-based business has been decided on, don’t forget to incorporate! Incorporating and forming an LLC will protect your business, protect your assets and give your business the sense of legitimacy you want it to have.
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Deborah Sweeney is the CEO of MyCorporation.com. MyCorporation is a leader in online legal filing services for entrepreneurs and businesses, providing start-up bundles that include corporation and LLC formation, registered agent, DBA, and trademark & copyright filing services. MyCorporation does all the work, making the business formation and maintenance quick and painless, so business owners can focus on what they do best. Follow her on Twitter @mycorporation.