22 Business Ideas For Women
Whether you’re looking to transition out of your current career, or supplement your income by taking on a new money-making venture, here are 22 business ideas for women to explore! Obviously, these are just suggestions and a jumping-off point. We know there are so many options out there for women to flex their skills and be a #bossbabe. After reading our list, we would love to hear YOUR thoughts on the best businesses for women to start! We live to encourage, support, and cheerlead our fabulous community, especially highlighting women’s achievements.
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I am sure you are feeling all the feels and asking yourself – can I be my own boss? Can I really start a side hustle? Do I have the time? The talent? Why me? And the answer is YES, yes you can – to all of it! Did you know that about 13 million – yes, you read that right! – 13 million American workers have more than one job? According to Census.gov, “women were more likely than men to have a second job — 8.8 percent compared with 8 percent, respectively. While most of these multi-job workers only had two jobs, a small percentage (6.9 percent) worked more than two jobs.”
Okay, ladies now let’s get in formation.
1. Personal Costco Shopper
We all love a Costco run, so why not make some money while going to the best place ever?! Gather shopping lists from your clients – start small and ask your friends and family – and go shopping for them. They will quickly realize how much time has been saved from having to go each week, that they will refer you to others and that’s how your small business can and will grow! Make some extra bucks AND taste samples? I mean…what could be better??
2. Lactation Consultant
For some reason, aka #thepatriarchy, has made breastfeeding something that we as women should just know how to do – well, guess what? We don’t and that is normal! It will take a bit of training, but you can become a Lactation Consultant and help provide training, support, and encouragement to new mamas during those first and most special months!
3. Become a Franchise Owner
One of our favorite business opportunities for women entrepreneurs is buying into a franchise! Owning a franchise is a great way to start your own business quickly while following proven systems and being part of a known brand. Franchise ownership also comes with a built-in support system and community of other owners so that you have someone to cheer you on and coach you along the way. Many franchise opportunities, like owning a dance fitness business such as DivaDance, can be run part-time while you transition out of your current career or full-time if you’re ready to go all-in. A dance studio franchise is also a chance to make a personal difference in the lives of others. DivaDance looks for boss babes across the country who share their values of Confidence & Community and are ready to put in the work! Dance franchise business opportunities for women who know what they want and go get it!
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4. Virtual Personal Trainer
A great small business idea for women is becoming a Virtual Personal Trainer. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that we can do anything virtually. Now at first, you might be thinking “Oh I can use my health & fitness skills to train, encourage, and support clients from not just my own community, but now across the country!” And you would be correct. That is a great idea! However, we are also thinking about the greater meaning of “personal trainer.” Why not offer any of the services you can provide virtually? Are you an awesome public speaker? Do you know how to host virtual events? Are you an expert at communicating via social media? Do you know all the latest TikTok trends? If you said “YES!” to any of these then why not share those skills and talents by helping others. The list is endless for the help people need and being able to do things virtually has made experts available worldwide to people. This could be the ultimate brand new business idea for women, just sayin’!
5. Tutor / College Prep Consultant
Another amazing business idea for women is with the academic year almost over, there will be lots of students needing extra tutoring as well as some college prep necessary for rising juniors and graduating seniors! It can be overwhelming for students to be able to manage their time and studies and applying for colleges can turn into a part-time job. Why not be part of that unique time in a young person’s life, especially a young woman, and help mentor her to be all that she can be. Bonus points if you did this for yourself or one of your own children already. The insider tips you would be able to provide will be a game-changer!
6. Personal Organizer
Is it just us or do you find yourself cleaning out your closets and cabinets and asking what sparks joy? Or perhaps color coding everything you own like The Home Edit? Well, then why not start a personal organizing business where you can flex all your skills to finding the perfect place for everything! This can turn into a quite lucrative side hustle and if you’re really amazing, even a full-time job or your own business. Start small and do your bestie’s pantry and then your mother’s linen closet and over time you will build up a clientele that continues to grow and pay you. The average wage for a certified professional organizer in the United States is around $21.23/hr. Doing what you love and getting paid to do it? Sign me up!
7. Household Manager
Listen, women are just better at some things (okay, most things) and one of the best businesses for women to start is being a Household Manager. You probably already do this for your own house, so why not help others and get paid to do it? You can help a family by managing their home’s maintenance, bills, appointments, schedules, and mealtimes. You can do this job full-time for just one family or mix it up and take on many families part-time. Get that money, honey!
8. Interior Decorator/Designer
Being an interior decorator is an awesome way to get those creative juices flowin’ while transforming a space into something beautiful! You would think interior design and decorating would be the best business for women, but although it is a woman-led industry, the people in charge are still male! “An industry that starts off as approximately 90 percent female ends up with far fewer women as leaders…Of the six companies, only one had a female CEO, and that firm didn’t have any other women in the C-suite. The percentage of C-suite women at the six companies was 5 percent.” – ContractDesign.com. Unbelievable, right??
So start your own company, hire all the most talented and powerful women you know, and start shakin’ up that “leaders” board with some GIRL POWER.
9. Dog Trainer/Dog Walker
Do you walk by humans and greet dogs first when you see them on the street? No, just us? Cool! Turn your puppy love into a job. Partner with Wag or Rover to build up your client list and then over time if you are the ultimate Dog Whisperer you could start making some serious money. This job can really become a big money maker and with the right referrals, you could turn this side hustle into a full-blown, full-time business and career! A definite no-brainer for small businesses for women! Cesar Milan ain’t got nothin’ on you!
Having a green thumb is a special skill and talent that people will pay big money for so why not offer your services to your friends, family, and neighbors. Whether it’s simple planting and potting or full-blown lawn care and design, you can be the SHEro of your community by beautifying one outdoor space at a time. AND to diversify your portfolio, as they say, you can also offer classes on growing your own garden of herbs, fruits, and vegetables! So many people want to eat fresh and healthy so by educating your clients on how to do this, you will be making an even bigger, greener impact on their lives!
11. Proofreader / Editor
When you’re out at a restaurant do you love finding the little mistakes and typos on menus? Or maybe finding a misspelled word on a Billboard? If so, take those skills and become a proofreader or editor for blogs, newspapers, websites, etc. It is an easy way to make some money while also making the world a better, more grammatical place.
12. Kids Birthday Party Planner
One of the best business ideas for women that we have discovered is something that we already do. Planning and hosting your kids’ birthday parties can be a full-time job! It is 2021 and the days of cake and ice cream in the backyard or around a picnic table are over. Help take the stress away from a family and throw the ultimate birthday bash for their children. You can use your skills of creativity and organization by coming up with the theme, decorations, menu options, fun activities, and take-home bags – all the things that make a birthday memorable! And peep this – the national average salary for a Birthday Party Coordinator is $42,012 in the United States. Yes, I will take that money and have my cake too, please!
13. Etsy Shop Owner / Maker
Another entrepreneur idea for women is something a bit more creative and crafty. Are you a creative person who loves to make things and when you do then people stop and say “omg, that’s soooo cute! I need one!?” If you said “duh!” then stop and take this time to set up your own Etsy Shop. People crave unique and one-of-a-kind gifts – from clothing to accessories to art to funny, pop-culture-themed kitchen towels. Bring a smile to someone’s face while also building your empire.
14. Virtual Event Producer
With COVID-19 being thisclose behind us, virtual events, or elements of them, may stick around. Virtual events allow for a much bigger and wider audience to participate and let’s face it – sometimes it’s nice to attend events in your pj’s after a long day or week at work! Start producing virtual events with an already existing company OR start your own. This looks like it’s going to be around for a bit so why not jump on the train and be a pioneer in this newly discovered frontier!
15. Skin/Makeup Product Seller
If you love skincare and makeup another wonderful small business opportunity for women is being a skincare or makeup product seller! I know you may be skeptical, but I also know you have seen them all while you scroll, so why not give it a try? If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. BUT, I personally know people who have made a good amount of money and have earned free cars, free vacations, and financial independence – what a feeling!
16. Yoga Instructor
Are you passionate about yoga? Do you take classes and think to yourself, “I could do this!” There is no time like the present so why not become a yoga instructor and help fellow yogis achieve their personal best, while also pocketing some extra money? And remember, with everything available to be virtual, you can host Zoom Classes for clients around the country in the safety of your own home.
17. Uber or Lyft Driver
Make your own schedule and meet new peeps? Done and Done! Become an Uber or Lyft driver in your town or city and make some extra cash in your free time.
Are you a writer? It doesn’t matter! With blogging, people just want you to be yourself and to write about what you know and what you don’t know; what you love and what you don’t love. Career? Relationships? Womanhood? Motherhood? Recipes? Parenting Tips? TV shows? These are all things you can talk about. Just start writing – share all of your thoughts, opinions, hot-takes, hopes, and fears about anything you want. The more authentic you are the better and guess what most of the biggest experts in truly all industries started from blogs – have you ever heard of Joanna Gaines? Anyone?? ‘Nuff said!
19. Airbnb Hostess
This seems like an obvious idea, but think about it – this could be the latest craze in small businesses for women. Be the hostess with the mostess and you could make a substantial bundle of moolah by just renting out your property on Airbnb. It’s a great way to make some great contacts and help others have a memorable experience in your hometown!
20. Mystery Shopper
Being a Mystery Shopper is a totally easy way of combining your love of shopping while getting paid! Check out the official FTC website to find which mystery shopper companies are legit and which to avoid. You will need to register, however, you will really be helping a company get the honest customer service feedback that is necessary to make a brand succeed.
21. Social Media or Graphic Design Assistant
There are a million and two companies that exist that need help with everything from administrative to financial assistance. One of the biggest needs is social media and graphic design help. Already scrolling on your phone while reading this? Help a company go from drab to fab (yeah, I said it!) by creating original content, participating in current trends, and creating a social presence that cannot be ignored. And did we mention, the pay can be really nice and steady!?
22. House Sitter
A unique business idea for women is to volunteer your services to be a House Sitter while people are away on vacation or traveling for business. You can stay at their house (great for someone who is still living at home and in need of some space and privacy!) and attend to any of the needs they may have – collecting the mail and deliveries, keeping the porch light on at night, and if they have animals – taking care of them! Charge a nightly fee and we guarantee you will provide reassurance to those that their home is safe and secure while away and that my friend is priceless – no really, you can make a decent amount of money doing this!
So in conclusion, as we said, these are just some of the fabulous business ideas for women. The list is endless. Feel free to share your ideas below and remember to always follow your passion, listen to that inner voice, and continue to shatter that glass ceiling! Okay, ladies, let’s get to werk!