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10 Small Business Ideas So You Can Work From Home

Jenna Kutcher 

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April 5, 2023

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The desire to work from home is not a new trend, but it has undoubtedly increased during the pandemic, particularly among women. A FlexJobs and Mental Health America survey in 2021 revealed that 40% of women who worked remotely due to the pandemic wished to continue working from home full-time in the future. Another study by McKinsey & Company in 2020 found that women were more likely than men to have switched to remote work during the pandemic, with 27% of women working remotely compared to 19% of men.

The benefits of working from home for women include greater flexibility, reduced commuting time, increased productivity, cost savings, and improved work-life balance. However, there are downsides to remote work, such as isolation, lack of structure, distractions at home, the blurring of work and personal life, and limited career advancement opportunities.

Therefore, it’s crucial to weigh the benefits and downsides of remote work when considering whether it’s the right choice for you. While some women thrive in a remote work environment, others may prefer the structure and social interaction of a traditional office setting.

If you’re interested in exploring remote work and you know it’s right for you, I’ll share 10 options to explore in this episode, so press play for the full discussion.

Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant provides administrative and technical assistance to businesses or entrepreneurs. The job may include tasks such as email management, scheduling appointments, social media management, and bookkeeping. Being a good VA requires excellent communication skills, strong organizational skills, and tech-savviness.

Online Tutoring/Teaching/Coaching

You can use your expertise in a particular subject to teach students online. Platforms such as Kajabi, Thinkific, Teachable are great for online teaching. You can take your expertise and teach it online to many students, even if you are in a service industry and serving one-to-one.

Before you write off this idea, a quick Google or Pinterest search on a keyword that sums up your expertise can show you that there are already people out there who know what you know and taking advantage of the online education world.

Freelance Writing

If you have a talent for writing, you can offer your services as a freelance writer. You can write for blogs, magazines, or businesses that need content for their websites. To become a freelance writer, you need to hone your writing skills, develop your voice, and create a portfolio of writing samples.

Graphic Designer

If you’re a creative person with a talent for design, you can become a freelance graphic designer. You can create designs for businesses or entrepreneurs, such as logos, websites, social media graphics, and marketing materials. Being a graphic designer requires strong design skills, creativity, and attention to detail.

Web Developer

If you’re tech-savvy, you can become a freelance web developer. You can create websites for businesses or entrepreneurs, including designing and coding the website. Being a web developer requires strong coding skills, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills.

Social Media Manager

If you’re a social media expert, you can become a freelance social media manager. You can manage social media accounts for businesses or entrepreneurs, including creating content, posting content, and engaging with followers. Being a social media manager requires excellent communication skills, creativity, and knowledge of social media platforms.

Accountant/Bookkeeper

If you have a background in accounting or bookkeeping, you can become a freelance accountant or bookkeeper. You can manage financial records and transactions for businesses or entrepreneurs. Being an accountant or bookkeeper requires strong math skills, attention to detail, and knowledge of accounting software.

Event Planner

If you’re organized and creative, you can become a freelance event planner. You can plan events for businesses or individuals, including coordinating vendors, creating event timelines, and managing budgets.

The Big Picture

We know that working from home has become increasingly popular among women, especially during the pandemic. And it’s not hard to see why – there are some great benefits to remote work, like more flexible schedules, less time spent commuting, and cost savings. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows – there are also some downsides to consider, such as feeling isolated, struggling with structure, and limited opportunities for career advancement.

That being said, there are plenty of job options available for women who want to work from home, like being a virtual assistant, online tutor or coach, or freelance writer. It’s important to carefully weigh the pros and cons of remote work and find the right fit for your personal and professional goals. Ultimately, with the right mindset and skills, working from home can be a really fulfilling and rewarding experience for women.

Press play for more ideas and advice for starting your own work from home career.


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