First-time motherhood is an especially creative time. Women experience the
world in a new and wondrous way. As a result, many great business ideas are
born. For example, Julie Aigner-Clark created Baby Einstein in 1997 after
she discovered there were no age-appropriate products to share her love of
art, classical music and poetry with her newborn daughter.
Pixie Lily began around the same time, after Leda McIntosh Jackson started
dressing her newborn in heirloom clothes that had been passed down. She was
amazed at the reaction they received. Moms loved them. The styles were simpler.
The fabrics were better. The details, like crochet and embroidery, were more
She began handcrafting vintage-inspired clothes made with fine fabrics inside
her Charleston, S.C.
home. She sewed while her baby daughter, Suzanne, slept. "I did it at night
and while she napped. Blissfully she would nap for three hours at a time."
She took baby steps to see whether her idea would fly. It did. Today, her
layettes are in 500 stores around the country and her designs are must-haves
among celebrities like Kate Spade, Holly Robinson-Peete and Jessica Seinfeld,
who started her own non-profit organization, Baby Buggy, after the birth
of her first child.
This is a wonderful time to experiment with ideas. But for the well being
of you and your baby, consider ideas that give you flexibility - with your
time and your energy. Don't spread yourself too thin. Focus on ideas that
allow you to grow your business over time. Also, avoid taking on debt.
The sky is the limit in terms of potentially lucrative home-based business
ideas. They include catering, party planning, and even travel consulting.
You can generally ratchet up business ideas like these over time by writing
articles, books and speaking publicly.
Here is a look at several business ideas, in a little more depth, that offer
flexibility, decent pay scales, and growth potential:
- Are you superb at staying organized? Do you know all the
tips for organizing homes, offices, cupboards and closets? You might consider
becoming a professional organizer. This is a trendy, popular and growing
industry. The hourly pay runs the gamut from $25 to $200 an hour. An excellent
way to learn more about this profession is by contacting the National Association
for Professional Organizers, www.napo.net.
- Do you walk into a house and begin to think about new and
creative interiors? Did you love to decorate your own home? Are you artistic?
Then you may love a career as an interior designer or an interior decorator.
This industry has experienced renewed interest thanks to shows like "Trading
Spaces," and "While You Were Out." Interior Decorators largely focus on
the finishes of a home, like fabrics, furniture and window treatments.
Interior Designers need to meet licensing, certification and education
requirements. You can learn more at www.asid.org and www.fider.org.
- Have you ever lived abroad? Do you have mastery of a second
language? Then you might consider a career as a translator. This industry
is growing, dynamic and dominated by home-based businesses. The work is
interesting, start-up costs are minimal and the pay is good. Contact The
American Translators Association, http://www.atanet.org for more information.
- Do you love to attend weddings? Are you able to stay focused
under pressure? Then wedding consulting may be for you. Start-up costs
are low, and you don't need expensive equipment. There are around 10,000 wedding-consulting
businesses nationwide. A new consultant charges around 10 to 15 percent
per event. An experienced consultant, handling around 40 weddings a year,
earns $70,000-plus annually.
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