4 TOP BUSINESS IDEAS FOR STAY-AT-HOME MOMS IN NIGERIA
How do you describe a stay-at-home mom? It is simple, just as the name implies, a woman whose job is managing her home and family, taking care of the kids, cooking, cleaning, buying groceries, and doing any other domestic duty with, maybe, the exception of heavy duties traditionally reserved for male handling.
What most people fail to understand is that this is one of the hardest jobs any individual can take up. It is time-consuming, tests your patience, changes you, brings out another side of your being you never thought existed.
In this kind of job, you are dealing with a strange class of humans – children. You have to understand their way of thinking and the meaning behind every tear in addition to household chores.
I could go on about how tasking it is to be a stay-at-home mom, but that’s not our purpose here.
Every stay-at-home mom dreads these four words: “What do you do?” because it begins to question their identity. Yes, you can easily say, “Oh, I am a stay-at-home mom,” but many times the real quest for the questioner is to know what you do asides staying home and taking care of the kids. I am sure you don’t want to run into having an identity crisis.
As a stay-at-home mom, you need to be very creative and find a business opportunity where others do not see one. Discover something you are good at, prepare a business plan and make money out of it or build a skill.
As a stay-at-home mom, have you ever thought of starting your own daycare centre? I think this is easily one of the best jobs any stay-at-home mom can possibly do. Imagine you put up a poster or distribute flyers, saying career mums could drop off their kids at your place with a monthly fee of 20,000 naira.
So let’s imagine five mums are interested in your services. This means you have made a sum of 100,000 naira for that month by looking after kids. Running a daycare allows you spend a great deal of time with your kids while looking after other people’s children as well. This business idea is a good choice for women who already have experience in caring for kids.
I am sure you are wondering what I’m up to talking about the transport business. We are in a world where most people still find it difficult moving from one location to another. As a stay-at-home mom, saving up and buying two or three motorbikes (also known as okada) is something you should think of doing. You give these bikes out to individuals you trust and they come back to you every day with the total amount made from the day’s job. You then decide on the percentage they take. By doing this, you have automatically become an employer of labour.
Medical Consulting Services
If by chance you studied medicine in school, then starting your own consulting service is a business idea you should consider. I have been to a hospital where people pay 25,000 naira as consultancy fee. You could also advertise and offer your services online and get paid for it.
Internet Research Business
Some people are very good at conducting research. It is a very good business opportunity for stay-at-home moms. Starting your own internet research company, helping people conduct online research and getting paid for it is another way of making money without leaving your home.
Being a stay-at-home mom is not the end of your working life. It is surprising to see how many stay-at-home moms still provide for the family. Get up, push yourself and be productive.