I have the fortunate ability to meet women from all around the world and discuss their business ideas with them. Everyone has the same dream, which is the freedom to live and work on their own terms. In this post I will share with you helpful statistics into the world of women in business, as well as, top work at home businesses for women.
Let’s start by looking at the numbers. Entreprenuer.com reports, “Women own 10.6 million businesses in the United States. While they employ 19.1 million workers–that’s one in every seven employees. Plus, their businesses account for $2.5 trillion in sales.” These are remarkable numbers and should exemplify the power of women in business.
Furthermore, the National Women’s Business Council shares a breakdown of some of the most popular industries in which women start their businesses. They state, “Women-owned businesses make up more than half (52.0%) of all businesses in health care and social assistance. The other top industries for women include: educational services (45.9% of all businesses are women-owned), administration and support and waste management and remediation services (37.0%), retail trade (34.4%), and arts, entertainment, and recreation (30.4%).”
Here’s my top work at home business ideas for women:
1) Ecommerce Business
Obviously I am a big proponent of ecommerce businesses. I have owned an ecommerce business that resulted in over a million dollar in sales per year. Now I train and consult clients from around the world on how to become an ecommerce entrepreneur, but my reasons run deeper. Ecommerce is growing at an average rate of 17% per year. Think back 5 years ago, mobile devices and tablets were the rage, but not the norm. Now everyone has a mobile marketing device, iPad, tablet, etc. Will that ever stop? Will technology suddenly stop advancing? Of course not! It’s hard to fathom where we will be in 5 short years from now, but my guess is that majority of shopping will take place online.
2) Service Business Geared Towards Online Business Owners
Here is where I see a great opportunity for women with all sorts of backgrounds. Teachers, editors, writers, tech savvy women or social media masters, they have the opportunity to start a service related business to assist other business owners. As ecommerce businesses grow so do their needs. They need someone to perform their blogging, social media, or editing. Now do a Google query and check out other businesses offering the same services. How can you be different? How can you find your place? Find your niche and use your knowledge to work for you!
3) Personal Virtual Assistant
A personal virtual assistant ASSISTS those who need help. Working from your home you can make reservations, shop online, do email, etc. You assist busy executives or mothers of a multiple children get things done! Your JOB can actually pay for itself. If you’re assisting someone in finding their plane reservations and save your boss $200.00. Then you just saved your boss your salary! If you have the ability to plan or organize areas in your life and love to help others then this is the right area for you.
4) Run a Cleaning Business without cleaning anything
I have always thought this was such a great idea and would start one myself if I had the time. You set up the business, you hire and train, and you do all the marketing, but you don’t go anywhere! You work the crew from your home! You can even buy your cleaning supplies from home. People who want their home cleaned want a safe, trusting company that presents with a sophisticated yet safe appeal. Build the brand, hire the employees and train. Eventually, you can hire a team leader that will take care of the training and hiring.
5) Do whatever you want – but get a partner!
If you want to stay home, but the business you want to start requires you to leave the house. Then I would recommend taking into consideration getting a partner. I have had many businesses that I performed with a partner. Perhaps you can perform the tasks required to be done via the home such as marketing, managing the site, managing the books, etc. While your partner can be the one that goes out and works within the business’ physical location. Of course, in this case selecting a good partner is critical so choose wisely.
Jennifer Varner is the CEO and Founder of www.Pure-Ecommerce.com. She is an ecommerce expert, a work at home mom of four children, as well as, a breast cancer survivor. Over the past seven years through her business she has built from the ground up, Pure-Ecommerce, she has helped hundreds of budding ecommerce entrepreneurs realize their dream of ruling their own life. Pure-Ecommerce offers complete ready to go internet businesses for sale which include 40 hours of step by step ecommerce consulting. Find out more about Jennifer Varner and her story by visiting www.jennifervarner.com.