It’s a fact that some business ideas for women have limited potential. On the other hand, some business ideas have the potential to scale well-beyond six-figures.
That’s why this list of business ideas for women is focused on ideas that really pay.
When starting a business, it’s best to ride a wave versus swim upstream. In other words, you want demand in the marketplace to exceed supply.
More so, you want to enjoy running the business. That’s why each of these business ideas for women focus on opportunities that give you control over how much you work and when. Most of the work isn’t urgent – there won’t be client calls to take throughout the day. You can log your hours when you have time available.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a new graduate fresh out of college or a busy mom juggling never-ending obligations. Or maybe you’re a few years from retirement and wanting to ease your way out of your current job situation — these jobs are workable at any stage of your life.
Best Online Business Ideas For Women
#1 — Blogging
If you have a talent for writing or you know a lot about a certain subject, you may want to think about starting a blog.
By no means is a blog an instant money machine. As an example, it took a one-year for this blog to break $3,000 in monthly income. But after 18 months, it earned over $10,000 in one 30-day period and now supports my family.
The great thing about blogging is that it doesn’t cost much to get started. You can do it as a side job until you start earning enough money to make it your primary source of income.
Also, the skills you build running a blog (content marketing, SEO, social media management, etc..) are in high demand. As such, you can freelance on the side while you build your blog.
If you’re interested, check out The Ways to Wealth’s free email course: How To Make Your First $1K Blogging.
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Six-Figure Women Blogging Case Studies
- Just A Girl And Her Blog Income Report Archive
- Making Sense of Cents Blog Income Report Archive
- How I Went From $18/month to $86,000/month Working From Home
#2 — Creating an Online Course
Global Market Insights released a report in 2015 about the growing demand for online learning.
In 2015 the market for online learning was valued at $165 billion. In 2023, it’s expected to exceed $240 billion.
Do you have a special talent people are always asking you about? If so, why not develop an online course? You’ll be giving people the workable information they need while making a good living at the same time.
Sites like Teachable and Udemy will walk you through the steps you need to follow to create your course. They’ll take all the guesswork out of it.
They’ll do some of the marketing for you as well so your course will be more likely to succeed. Freeing up your time will let you concentrate on the next course you want to tackle instead of all that backend work.
Six-Figure Women Blogging Case Studies
- Inside Caitlin Pyle’s 7-Figure Online Course Business
- How Dorie Clark Built a 6-Figure Online Course in Five Months
- How Elizabeth Rider Built A 7-Figure Health & Wellness Business Online
#3 — Freelance Writer
On any given day as a freelance writer, you’ll never find yourself bored. If you love to research topics and connect people with the information they’re looking for, this is the field for you. In my opinion, it’s one of the best part-time jobs around — although you can scale it up to a full-time opportunity if that’s your goal.
You won’t reach six-figures as a freelance writer overnight, but it can happen quickly. Once you land that first paying client, you’ll see your results snowballing. One offer will usually lead to another as you build your portfolio.
The best way to maximize your earnings is to write what you know. Find your niche and become the go-to person in that field. If you’re an authority in your field, clients will pay you a higher rate per word, per article, or per hour for your work.
If you’re interested, check out my guide: “Freelance Writing for Beginners — How to Land Your First High-Paying Client.”
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#4 — Self-Publish Books
Whether you’re a creative writer longing to tell the stories in your head or you have a great idea for a self-help book, the world of self-publishing can be lucrative.
Self-publishing is a great opportunity to create something that can sell online passively. While you’ll have the upfront work associated with writing a book, it can continue to sell for years for you with no other work on your part.
Some writers have great success because the new book titles they publish entice their readers to check out the earlier books they’ve published as well.
While in the past, many writers looked down on self-publishing, that isn’t the case today. Top-selling author E.L. James, who wrote 50 Shades of Grey, began that series as a self-publishing attempt, selling millions in the process.
Women Self-Publishing Case Studies
- How to Self-Publish a Book and Earn $1,152 in Passive Income [Case Study]
- Amanda Hocking, the writer who made millions by self-publishing online
#5 — Start a Podcast
When it comes to business ideas for women, podcasts are hot right now. It’s a growing market and allows you to discuss things you’re passionate about. If you have the gift of gab, you may want to start a podcast. You can discuss anything that’s on your mind – chances are, if you’re thinking about it, someone else is too.
If you have the ability to make people think or simply entertain them, you could do well financially with a podcast. You can make money through sponsors, donations, charging for content, and advertising.
#6 — E-commerce (Selling on Amazon FBA, Shopify, Etsy, or eBay)
E-commerce is a great way to make money, whether you’re an artist creating your own product or you’re selling someone else’s products. There are many marketplaces for you to consider.
Starting an e-commerce business is easy and can be pretty inexpensive too. As an example, as a hobby my friend and I run a E-commerce business selling fitness equipment on Amazon.
We both put in about $2,500 to start.
You can go much lower, with strategies like retail arbitrage. This is where you’re buying items on deep clearance from local stores and reselling them for a higher-price online.
Interested? Check out: How to Make to Money on Amazon — The Definitive Guide
#7 — Become a Virtual Assistant
In this busy world, there are a lot of business ideas for women that involve making money by being someone’s back-up support. As a virtual assistant, you can fill in a number of roles, including managing websites for bloggers, executive assistant duties, light bookkeeping, and writing emails.
You can have many clients at once. Once you show your clients how capable you are and the word spreads, you’ll likely have more work offers than you can handle.
If you have special skills such as being multilingual, competent in certain computer programs, and a can-do attitude, the sky is the limit on what you can earn.
Six-Figure VA Case Studies
- Becoming a 6-Figure VA with Tracey Osborne, the Entrepreneur’s Secret Weaon
- Three Virtual Assistants Who Have Taken Their Businesses to Six Figures
#8 — Social Media Manager
Social media managers can do a lot to grow a business and make it more profitable. That’s why they can command high fees per hour or per project.
A social media manager will oversee things like Facebook ads, track the results of social media campaigns, and plan social media content strategy. They’ll need to have a good understanding of marketing, quickly respond to comments and questions, and have a clear grasp of the brand they’re promoting.
Six-Figure Social Media Manager Examples
#9 — Consulting
If you have a special skill or training that you did well with in your 9-to-5 job, you might want to consider becoming a consultant in that field. A good consultant can often charge more per hour than they would earn at their regular job. It can be part-time work or project work.
The best part about consulting is that it can often be done on your own schedule. Consultants are needed in many fields, including the business world, marketing, and even retail.
In addition, consulting work can offer more job security than a full-time job does. If you get downsized from your full-time job, you’re out of luck until you find another job. But if you have multiple clients, you make yourself immune to the threat of downsizing. As one client leaves, you can fill that hole with another.
Six-Figure Consultant Resources
#10 — Graphic Design
A freelance graphic designer will be the creative right-hand man for a business. They might create a logo for a company, do layout design work for print or online media, do package designs for products, and make web display icons.
The graphic designers who make six-figures are often the ones working for bigger companies. If you’re new to the field, you’ll have to build up your portfolio by taking on some smaller clients that will pay less. But it won’t take long to land those higher-paying clients.
The best graphic designers will help a company make money, which means you need to have a solid understanding of marketing as well as the visual aspects of design.
Six-Figure Designer Resources
#11 — Copywriter
Copywriters craft the words and ideas that help illustrate the message of an advertising promotion. You’ll increase brand awareness and urge people to take action, whether it’s buying a product or signing up for a course.
Copywriters are in demand right now. To cash in on this market, you should be able to write well, be creative, and excel at collaboration.
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