29 Best Home Based Business Ideas for Housewives & Moms

By Myilraj G 

Updated on Dec 30, 2023



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29 Great Home Based Business Ideas in 2023 (For Housewives and Moms).

Home-based business ideas for housewives and home moms are really a blessing as they can be started easily with low investment and require less time.

Moreover, they can spend more time with their family and side by side they can earn their living also.

Many housewives and home moms are searching the internet to find some part-time jobs during their spare time.

There are lots of resources available, but most of them are scams and few are good.

Those, who are looking for some genuine home based business ideas can use the information shared in this article.

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Why do people search for home based business ideas?

The economy is growing higher but not the salary. Many great companies were reducing their staff which in turn increased the number of stay-at-home moms.

The unemployment rate increases thus more people search for some alternative source to make a second income.

The development of the Internet and its technology has turned every computer into a cash-generating machine.

Even those great companies were looking for people, housewives to work from home because it is the most cost-effective solution.

With the present economic surge, the income alone from the man is not sufficient to sustain the family.

Hence, it became important for every housewife and stay-at-home mom to find some additional source of revenue to support their family.

29 Business Ideas for Housewives and Home Moms:

This article is however important to read by every woman to get some knowledge about the various online jobs.

There are many ways to earn money if you prepare a mindset of working from home. Let’s spend the next few minutes reading this research article.

1. Daycare center

A Daycare is a care given to a child, toddler (or) preschool kids, by a person other than the child’s parents (or) legal guardians.

It’s a type of ongoing service only for a specific period of time, such as when the parents went for office work.

This is one of the best home based business ideas for housewives and moms, especially if they love being with children and kids.

It allows you to earn some additional second income spending time with your own children while taking care of other people children’s as well.

This business idea was a good choice for women who are already experienced in handling children.

  • Capital to start a Daycare center: Rs. 50000
  • Maximum profit margin: Variable
  • Category: Service-based business.

2. Gift Baskets

The woman is always creative and likes to do things differently from others.

If you are a creative individual and have an interest in making artwork, then these home-based business ideas are for you.

You can start making gift baskets full of distinctive charm, with artwork and glitters.

Create these items from your home and start selling them in the local market for the money.

With proper marketing skills, you can earn a lot of money during festive seasons such as Christmas, Diwali, etc.

The sales opportunities are endless, as many people are most likely to gift some customized things rather than the common items available at gift shops.

This small business from home will earn you a nice additional income if you are artistic, creative, and entrepreneurial.

  • Capital to start this business: Rs. 10000
  • Maximum profit margin: 10% – 15%
  • Category: Product-based business
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3. Candle-Making Business

In the olden days without much electricity feasibility, candles are the only source of light in most houses.

Nowadays candles are widely used in birthday parties, marriage functions, get-together occasions, and in many more functions.

Candles occupy the most integral position and are used as a decorative items for most functions and occasions.

So these kinds of home based business ideas for housewives and moms will surely help to make some additional revenue during their free time in their homes.

Check the newspaper’s classifieds section to find some reputable candle-making franchise providers in your area.

They will supply all the raw materials and machines. Also, you can sell back the finished products to them and make money.

  • Starting capital: Rs. 5000 – Rs. 10000
  • Maximum revenue: Rs. 1000 per day
  • Category: Product-based business

4. Publish the Ebook

Do you have the habit of writing diaries? Do you read novels and stories?

Then, why waste your free time at your home, instead you can start writing a storybook, novel, DIY guide, Tutorial book, etc.

You can publish your book in digital format [E-book] through Amazon, Kindle, etc. If you have your own blog, you can publish it for direct selling.

You can spend your leisure time writing some useful information, and compile a book that you can later sell for money.

There are E-book authors who are making tons of money every day by selling their publications. One book can earn you very often.

It takes some time to reach the market, but once done, the income is not in your hands.

5. Beauty Parlour

This is also the best part-time business idea for housewives.

Many college-going girls and young working women were spending huge money on toning their external appearance.

Hence, I am sure this home business will be one of the most profitable ones for every woman who planned to start.

It needs specialized beautician training and there are many training institutes available in your area, that conduct some 3-month (or) 6-month courses.

Join any one of these institutes and get the training with the certificate. Then find a suitable place in your locality and rent a 10 x 10 room.

Purchase the required furniture and accessories to start this business.

  • Capital to start a Beauty parlor business: Rs. 25000
  • Maximum profit margin: Variable
  • Category: Service-based business idea.

6. Catering Service

Do you love cooking? Do you enjoy cooking delicious dishes?

Are you the only person who cooks for family events and holidays?

Then, it’s time to convert your passion into profits by starting a home-based catering business service.

Prepare a menu that you are specialized in and contact your local people asking for a chance to cook for their functions and events.

By the day, you can easily grow your business if you are true and passionate about it.

7. Online Travel Guide

Who doesn’t like to visit interesting, admiring, adventurous (or) natural places?

This is a new concept that creates businesses for people who can provide guiding services.

People are traveling every day to many different countries (or) cities.

You can make some good income by providing the best travel guide services to tourists.

You can arrange for them a hotel to stay in, plan for the places to visit, and also guide them to find some more interesting places.

This is a seasonal business but a high-income earning opportunity is available.

8. Affiliate Marketing

It is a performance-based business model where an individual can earn a decent income by selling other merchants’ products (or) services.

This is a nice business idea for housewives because no products are required to market. No physical store setup is needed.

Just Google to find some reputed affiliate marketing programs and register a free account with them.

Find some of the best-selling products and promote them using various marketing strategies. On every successful sale, you will earn a commission.

A computer with an Internet connection and a bank account is all that is needed to start this home-based part-time business.

Some recommended places to start this business was: Amazon, Flipkart, Commission Junction etc.

9. Business Coaching Service

This part-time business is suitable for educated housewives who have completed their master’s degree program (or) have practical administrative experience.

You can become a freelance business coach (or) set up a physical office in your area and place a display board about your offer.

Your prime duty would be to empower small business owners and managers to improve their performance in their work, personal development, and career growth.

10. Selling Home-made Foods

If you hesitate to start a home-based catering business, then there is another way to convert your passion into profits.

You can prepare the food at your home and sell it in the local markets.

In Tamilnadu, I can see many small homemade foods serving hotels abutting highways and markets.

This small business is often good to start and is suitable for any people who are good at cooking.

You can get help from your family business to support your cooking, prepare the food and pack them with aluminum wrappers.

Display them in your home (or) sell them to the local shops with a small profit margin.

11. Hand-made Craft Business

The creative knowledge of a woman can be converted into a home business to earn additional money.

Many women have the hobby of crafts making, home decor making using plaster of Paris, and other items available on the market.

This hobby can be converted into a venture and can be run from the home location. This small business does not require any huge investment to begin.

There are a lot of different things that can be made by using Plaster of Paris, such as play dolls, lead casting, sculpture with paintings, sand casting, etc.

You can use a chemical color, watercolor, and oil color to give a better look and design.

The final product will be marketed through the local fancy store, specialized dealers, (or) even direct marketing will help you earn money.

Online marketing will work better to grab the world market right from the beginning.

12. Sell home-baked goods

In countries like India, people often make laddoos, jaggeries, sweets, and snacks in their homes during every festive season especially Diwali, Pongal, Christmas, etc.

Do the people love your laddoos so much?

Were your snacks famous in your locality?

Then, it’s time to start a home-based business on the side. Make some large quantities of laddoos, jaggeries, and other desserts for selling.

You can either directly retail your product in your area or tie it up with some grocery shops, bakeries, and departmental stores.

With proper marketing skills, you can earn a decent income every day from part-time home business.

Your specialty turns into money.

  • Capital to start making home-baked products: Rs. 5000
  • Maximum profit margin: Variable
  • Category: Product-based business idea.

13. Cake Designing and Making

The best low-investment business idea is cake designing and making. You can start this business in your home kitchen as it doesn’t require many tools, resources, and space.

Also, there is no need to go for some training classes (or) any skilled labor for cake making.

But you should be extremely good to create your own market, so be a little creative to show in your product.

Initially, you took some orders from your neighborhood, and once you are good at making cakes in high quantity, tie up with local bakeries.

You can gradually increase your sales in your area and expand your home business.

  • Investment required to start: Rs. 5000 – Rs. 10000
  • Expected Profit margin: 5% – 10%

14. Offline and Online Tutoring

Women’s education is being supported by most countries in the world, thus increasing job opportunities and skilled labor for every IT company.

But after marriage, many women stop going to a 9 to 5 day job because to look after their family. What will cause their education then?

You can still find a way to use your academic knowledge by taking home tuition for school students, college students, and part-time studying candidates.

Times are changing, and if you think you are sound in your field, then you can choose to teach someone else your knowledge.

This part-time home business can earn you a decent second income every month without investment.

Initially, you can take home tuition for school students in your locality and then expand your wing.

  • Capital to begin: Nil
  • Maximum profit margin: Variable
  • Category: Service-based business ideas

15. Computer Repair Services

Women are educated and they are even working in software sector industries. If you are tech-savvy, then you can start a computer repair service business.

If you have the knowledge of finding the cause of an issue and can able to fix them on your own, then you are the perfect fit for this small business.

You can start from your home by allocating a room dedicated to this work (or) hire a 10 x 10 room in your area to manage this business.

  • Capital to begin: Rs. 30000
  • Maximum profit margin: Depends
  • Category: Service-based business.

16. Wedding Planner

The wedding is an auspicious event where two souls unite together. Everyone wants to preserve this one-time memorable event in their lifetime.

Women are generally having some organizational skills and also possess the talent to work under pressure.

You can start a wedding planning consultant service and organize every event in the function like Catering, Reception arrangements, Wedding purchase planning, etc.

Video coverage, Photo, and album making, and even sometimes should transportation facilities if the marriage event is planned at a remote place.

You can charge some Rs. 50000 per event to manage, and organize all marriage events. This is a good small startup business idea for housewives and stay-at-home moms.

17. Interior Designing

It is a perfect business idea for all individuals who are very passionate about design, artwork, and home decoration.

Initially, you take an internship (or) work with some establishing companies to gain some practical knowledge.

Later you can start this business on your own at your home base.

If you are excellent at giving unique creative ideas, you can easily grow this home-based business.

The days are gone when people built homes just for shelter, but the trend is the home becomes one of the most integral parts of their status in their society.

This always increases the demand for an internet design career. This is one of the highest in-demand jobs in this era.

Interior designing is not only for homes but also for commercial purposes such as offices, hotels, commercial buildings, malls, restaurants, etc.

18. Cooking Class

The nineteenth home business idea for housewives was running a cooking class for college girls and other passionate cooking ladies.

It is a pure ladies’ business where you can convert your passion into money.

You can just use your Kitchen (or) create a space at home with cooking facilities to start this home business.

This business idea will surely work because many young housewives are showing interest to show uniqueness in their cooking.

This is becoming a trend in India and most parts of the world have made this business start-up a successful one.

  • Initial Investment: Rs.20000 – Rs. 30000
  • Expected profit: 40% or more.

Because you will charge some monthly coaching fees where expenses are the purchase of groceries, vegetables, and other cooking items.

Then the rest of the fee was your profit.

19. SEO Consulting

There is always a huge competition between every online business [websites].

The business that ranked first in the search results always gets more sales.

SEO is the activity performed to bring the web page to the first page of the SERP results.

If you think you are an expert, then you can start a freelance home-based SEO consulting service.

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. The websites that appear first will get the most sales and attract the most visitors.

So, online businesses should avail themselves of help from some expert SEO professionals to rank their business.

This home based business is a creative business with unlimited earning potential based on your knowledge and the results you drove.

You can start your own service from your home and all you need is a computer with an internet connection, a social profile page, a small blog to list your services, and a contact number.

20. Web Design Company

Today’s technology has let every small business open for the international markets through a website (or) a blog.

There are huge opportunities available for creative UX / UI web designers on the internet because all businesses are web-based.

The best example is Amazon, Flipkart, and many more, which don’t have any physical store in different places but they have their market across the country.

They made this possible by running a purely web-based business [Ecommerce store]. So you can ask, how can I earn from this business?

The Amazon website was built by a web designer. Maybe you got the point, you can able to earn huge money in this business.

You can start from your home if you have the knowledge and the computer with all the required software.

  • Capital to begin: Dependable
  • Maximum profit margin: Variable
  • Category: Service-based business.

21. Event Planning Service

This service-based business is a process of giving hospitality in the name of entertainment in some events held by corporate (or) businesses to their staff, clients, etc.

This small home business is easy to start, and profitable, and also really you will enjoy it when doing it.

Some of the events you can arrange are our weekend dining party, business conference, meetings, seminars, birthday celebrations, etc.

As an event planner, you have to fix things such as time, actions, transportation, etc.

To get started you need to name your startup, a business card, an online portfolio (blog), and some unique ideas to canvas.

Start by organizing events in your area to gain some experience. Later contact the corporate and other established business firms.

22. Jewelry Business

Jewelry always holds an integral part of human civilization, especially among ladies. Every woman in India and across the world was fond of wearing jewels.

Mostly they were during festive seasons and at auspicious occasions such as marriages, parties, meetings, and other engagements.

Jewels I mean here are not only made of Gold and Platinum, but Gold Plated jewels also give the same feeling as real gold jewels.

Comparing to the cost also is lower and hence starting this small business at home is the best choice for housewives.

With a little investment, you can buy from some whole seller and stock in your place. Later, you can sell those jewels in your area with some profit on your investment.

These home-based business ideas will work for sure and it is one kind of profitable business. But it takes some time to establish yourself in your market.

  • Capital to start Jewellery business: Rs. 20000
  • Maximum profit margin: 5% – 15%
  • Category: Product-based business.

23. Freelancing

Working as a freelancer is another great way of making money from home.

This is a very profitable business for all people including educated housewives and home moms.

There are lots of opportunities to work as a freelancer in the fields such as Web Designing, Data Entry, Form Filling, Photography, Content writing, etc.

I have written an article to explain step by step procedure to register with the freelancer website and also wrote how to get one online job from that site.

Freelancing is a great source to earn extra income from home and this is the best suitable home-based business idea for housewives as far as we are concerned.

No matter your expertise, you will surely find one work from home job with the freelancer site. There are other sites such as O-desk, Fiverr, etc.

  • Investment: Nil
  • Maximum profit margin: 100% [set your own price]
  • Category: Service-based business.

24. Blogging

Blogging is the most popular small business idea suitable for everyone including housewives, and home moms.

You can start this business from home, and can easily make some money using your creative ideas. One can start a blog on any subject based on their passion and interest.

To start this perfect home-based business, you need to register a domain name and purchase reliable hosting and WordPress.

Install the theme, design the blog, start writing the content on the topic you have chosen, and then perform SEO activities to drive traffic to your blog.

To start making money from the blog, you can use various monetization techniques such as installing Google Adsense, Affiliate Marketing, Selling your own products (or) services, etc.

You can make a good second income in your free time by doing a blogging business at home.

25. Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant is a person who provides support to other businesses from a remote location. They are self-employed and provide professional, technical, and administrative services.

They also support the smooth running of businesses managed from their own location. Various services including checking and answering emails, organizing a to-do list, maintaining schedules, etc.

Some important qualifications are good communication skills, time management, resource management, and problem-solving abilities.

Stay-at-home moms and housewives are the perfect fit for these home-based businesses. You can earn up to $50 [Rs. 2000] per hour by working from your home.

Recommended sites are Livehelpindia, Elance, and Craigslist. There are many different types of virtual assistant jobs and some of them are, account assistant, event planning, staffing, etc.

26. Online Surveys

One of the legitimate home based business ideas for housewives and stay-at-home moms was doing paid online surveys from home during their free time.

Surveys are a set of questions asked to gather feedback on a product (or) service from the people. Many MNCs are ready to spend billions of dollars on surveying.

Survey companies are there to undertake survey programs on behalf of these MNC companies, thus offering a wide range of huge online earning opportunities.

There is a huge opportunity to earn from home with paid surveys. Registration is free and acceptable worldwide.

The work is very simple, register free and complete your profile surveys. Whenever a new survey comes, they will send you an email invitation to participate.

Attend the survey and on successful completion, you will be rewarded with cash (or) gift vouchers. But, be aware of the potential drawbacks of online surveys.

27. Copywriting Service

A copywriter is a person who writes content for commercial use for business websites and Blogs.

If you know to write some compelling content on any subject, then these small home business ideas are for you.

Some of the highlights are own working hours, no boss, no time limit, and can work for anyone. Set your own rates based on the project you take.

Educated housewives and knowledgeable working women can do this business from their homes either evening (or) in their free time.

Normally you can earn up to $20 [Rs. 1000] per hour you spend writing the content.

There are many different types of copywriting jobs available such as ad concepts, online copywriting, social media copywriting, technical writing, SEO writing, etc.

The best place to start this home-based business was a freelancer, Fiverr, O-desk, etc. You can Google to find some other websites in your area.

28. Diet Instructor

In this running world of technology, people don’t have time to look after their health.

They eat anything that comes in front of their eyes when they feel hungry.

This causes serious health issues and hence it creates the demand for personal diet instructors.

More people are concerned about their food habits to maintain good health.

So home-based freelance diet instructor jobs have become profitable ones.

People were ready to pay for them and the dietician’s prime duty was to organize an eating schedule for their clients.

29. Professional Photographer

The last and final recommendation on this list was to become a professional photographer for online businesses.

Every housewife and woman has Smartphone who are fond of taking selfies. Do you know you can transform this passion into profits?

Online businesses are looking for professional photos for their websites and blog.

A perfect home based business idea for housewives to start with some little skills and passion.

There is always a great demand for high-quality pictures, and unique photos and many online ad agencies are ready to pay for them.

To start this business, you should get some training by attending photography training classes.

Then some knowledge of photo editing software (A professional course would be the best).

A professional camera and a computer is the required equipment and there are many online websites available to buy your photos.

Some recommended sites: Shutterstock, Fotolia are the great sites to sell your photos to earn money.

Why this article?

I have written this article to create awareness about the various home business opportunities for housewives and working women.

The present economic situation pushes both husband and wife to go for a job, but at the same time, it creates a bonding gap between them and their children.

But, thanks to the technology that brought up tons of earning opportunities for everyone who wishes to make money from home.

I have listed some of the best online and offline home based business ideas for housewives and stay-at-home moms.

Activity Part

Learn these 30 ideas and think about starting one today. There is an opportunity for all groups of people to start a legitimate online business.

1.) Comment me below if you have any queries (or) new ideas that I missed here.

2.) Comment which idea you took today for your home-based career jobs.

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