Being a mum is an exciting experience unless you’re faced with leaving your child at daycare to go to a job. Many Nigerian mothers look for a way to work-at-home, allowing them to have the best of both worlds; raising the children while also contributing to the family income. Unfortunately, finding work-at-home jobs, can be a challenge.
Take advantage of these home-based business opportunities, this collection of  20 home business ideas is especially suitable for Mums and mums-to-be who want to spend more time at home.

1. Day Care Service

A day care centre is one of the best businesses you can start from home, especially if you love being around children. Operating a day care centre allows you to spend a great deal of time with your own children while taking care of other people’s children as well.

This business is a good choice for mums and wives who are experienced in caring for children. Times are changing, the economy is getting tougher and parents are getting wiser. Back in the good days, the father works to provide the daily needs of the family while the mother sit at home to raise the kids and take care of the family.

 2. Coaching Services

Do you have administrative or management experience? Have you been through trying times and overcame? Then you can render coaching service. When the economy gets tough, business owners need all the help they can get to move ahead. Create a niche based on your skills, talent, knowledge or experience E.g Finance, marriage, Business, Weight loss etc

3. Affiliate Marketing

Online affiliate marketing does not require you to directly interact with customers or worry about finding a place for products in your home. You can start a successful affiliate marketing business by finding companies that offer products you are interested in and then you market them on the Internet. Some of the biggest affiliate marketing companies on the internet include eBay, Amazon, Clickbank, CJ, etc.

4. Event Planning Business

Do you possess good organizational skills? Do you thrive under pressure? Do you have a flair for putting together beautiful events? If yes, then you will succeed as a wedding or event planner. You can even take your business further by putting it on the web. If you are passionate about the romance and beauty that come with weddings, then chances are that you will jump at the idea of becoming a wedding planner or manage events.

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5. Online Travel Guide

A new online business concept is providing tour-guide services to people traveling to your country or city. This is a very good business opportunity for people who live in places where people visit for vacations. When tourists arrive a country; they always need personnel to escort them in their site-seeing trips and in social events they are invited to.

This single need is the reason why many escort services have emerged in the industry. Business-minded people that understand the potential of the tourism industry always seek ways to tap into the escort business because they know that money pours in this venture.

6. Virtual Assistant service

There are lots of opportunities for Virtual Assistants online. A Virtual assistant is someone who provides administrative and clerical services to people who need it from a home office. In order to save the cost of hiring in-house employees to handle secretarial and clerical tasks, many professionals and businesses now resort to hiring virtual assistants on a contract basis.
This has increased the demand for virtual assistants and has created more opportunities for them. In case you didn’t know, a virtual assistant (or VA, for short) is like an office assistant. But unlike in-house office assistants, virtual assistants work from remote locations.

7. Cake making and Designing

As a stay-at-home, you can bake cup cakes for sale and make use of the internet to increase sales. All you need to do is to create a business website where people around your local area can order for your cakes and have them delivered to their door steps. Cake decoration is an art that is performed in places all over the world. This is the main reason why there are a lot of contests and baking competitions especially in the Western World.

8. Online Baking Institute

The internet has made a lot of things possible and it is now very easy to transfer your knowledge of baking to others on the internet by starting your own online baking school.

9. Online Health Food and Vitamin Store

If you are someone who is passionate about helping people to live healthy, you can start your own online vitamin shop and make money from selling health products and supplements to people. People all over the world are becoming more health-conscious.

And many are now trying to use vitamins to prevent illness as a much cheaper alternative to expensive prescription drugs and healthcare bills. This explains why the demand for vitamin supplements is on the high in most parts of the world, leaving huge opportunities for sellers of these products.

10. E-mail Marketing and Bulk Sms Consultant

E-mail marketing is becoming more popular among business owners. You can help people create contents for their e-mail marketing campaign and make money from it from the convenience of your home. Also you can make money by selling Bulk sms to Business owner, schools,individual or corporate organizations.

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11. Bridal Consultancy Services

How many brides can go through the stress of planning their wedding? Very few indeed! If you are good at organizing and you are someone who pays attention to even the smallest details, you would make a good bridal consultant and you can earn money from helping brides reduce the stress of organizing a wedding.
If you have a combined passion for both weddings and fashion, then you can turn that passion into a rewarding and lucrative endeavour by starting your own bridal shop. Even in a poor economy, brides to be and their wedding parties spend a lot of money on bridal gowns and wedding supplies because wedding are memorable once-in-a-lifetime events.

12. Jewellery and Accessories Making Business

If you enjoy making jewellery and beads, you can make money from it by creating lovely pieces and selling them online. You can also take orders for custom jewellery and make them to suite customers tastes. Look around you and you would find that fashion is one art that cannot be phased out of the earth.

There would always be the need to look and act in a particular manner. Whilst some have a particular sense of style and what fits their taste, yet others still battle with what fits them. One of the things that have been birth by fashion is beads.

13. Organic Soap and Cream making

A craft passionate person can start home based soap making business with comparatively low capital investment. You can start decorative speciality soap making and start selling to you local community or in gift stores. Speciality soap making business enterprise actually evolves from an individual’s craft hobby.

The business can easily be set up and run from home and will not require very much start up capital investment to get rolling. It is a wise idea to be well on the way to establishing a profitable and personally rewarding home based speciality soap making business. It all needs creative mind and a true passion about crafts.

14. Social Media Consulting

Almost every people uses Facebook, tweeter, LinkedIn, Pinterest these days and many companies are ready to pay people to get the service of their social media accounts management. Social Media Consulting is one of the highly profitable internet-based business ideas for women entrepreneurs.

15. Online Cosmetics Store

Are you very good with make-up application? Do you have a good knowledge about cosmetics? You can provide online makeup tutoring services to people or sell cosmetics online for a profit. Homemade and artisan cosmetics are becoming more and more popular due to booming consumer demand for custom made cosmetics. And now is the best time to break into this lucrative market.

One of the bright sides of this business idea is that you don’t have to be worried about whether your target customers live close to your locality, because you can simply retail your products online, without having to leave the comfort of your home.
16. Online Fashion business

This is one business you cannot go wrong with. A lot of fashion lovers barely have time to go around shopping and would rather sit in front of their computers and admire as many clothes as possible before settling for the best ones. You can sell shoes, bags or clothes

Online Fashion business is getting more popular and this is one business that you would enjoy doing if you are fashion conscious and you have a little capital to spare. Selling designer clothing is a very lucrative business as a lot of people identify brands with quality and class. People generally believe that if it has a designer label on it, then it has to be of high quality.

17. Publish your Own Book

Yes. You can become a publish author without even leaving your home. Instead of spending your free time gossiping with other jobless housewives or chatting online, why not write a book. You can either publish through a traditional publishing company or you can self publish online through Amazon and Kindle. J. K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter series became a billionaire right from home. If she can do it, you too can.

18. Wig Making Business

Retail wigs, hair and hair goods business can be very lucrative and many people are starting a local shop, expanding their hair salons, getting into the medical wig business or opening up internet businesses selling wigs, hair pieces, lace wigs or hair replacements and other wig and hair products. The wig and hair business has been rapidly expanding since the 1960 and had become a billion dollar industry.

Essentially, most anyone can get into the business with a little knowledge. With some training and more knowledge one can build a large business selling custom hair pieces and wigs at a considerable profit.  If you have good people skills this is a great business to be in. Whether you sell ready to wear or custom wigs, hair pieces, hair replacements or hair extensions will depend your current experience, continued education,  knowledge and skill level. There are many suppliers who are willing to educate you further to so you can get into the more profitable products like hair replacements, medical wigs, and custom wigs and hair pieces

19. Making Gifts basket Business

If you are a creative individual, and you have an eye for good art designs; then you can start making gift baskets from home. With proper marketing, you are sure to make a lot of money on Christmas, St Valentine day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, etc. One of the most enjoyable and profitable businesses is a gift basket business. Anything can be placed inside gift baskets and it can be used by many people

20. Small chops or homemade snacks

If you are skilled in baking and making snacks, you can as well consider going into the business of selling home baked snacks. This business is lucrative especially when you become a known brand within your neighbourhood. You can start by baking cupcakes, pies, buns, homemade bread, etc.

NOTE: The businesses profiled are only intended to stimulate thinking and give readers ideas of possible businesses they might like to do. We advise you consider your skills, passion, experience, knowledge and environment to determine the business to start.

Are you into any of these businesses or you have a business ideas suitable for Stay at home Nigerian Mums and Mum to-be, Kindly share with us in the comments section.