From SAHM to WAHM – 12 ways to start your business

The day to go back to work is just around the corner and you are not ready to leave your baby just yet. You might consider staying at home but then money can be an issue. I started to work while I was still at home with my boys because I needed to do something that is not related to poop and baby food. I adore my children, of course, and I was very content with my new mother-role in the first 2 years. And then I just needed more.

And it is OK. It is OK to express yourself on a new level.

from SAHM to WAHM

Here are my tips how you can begin and how to change your life forever. (No affiliate links in this article at all. Just sayin’.)


You can choose a well-established company. There are many many companies like this, it is called direct sale. They sell kitchenware, courses, cosmetics, aromatherapy oils and the list is almost endless. (Find an article with a huge list here on the workathomewoman page!)

You buy a starter kit and you get all the guidance you need.This is exactly what Francesca did and so created her own business, #themadeupmummy. She is very happy and her success gives her confidence a real boost every single day!

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Another direct sale opportunity that you could try, if you fancy cute nails, is Jamberry. Kirstie started with selling products and now she is working towards a nail tech diploma. You will find lovely photos on her Instagram account @kikkisnailsuk.



Getting a license in a specialised area can be a wonderful adventure! It depends on the field of your interest and expertise. Tara, for example, runs The Daisy Foundation Derby and Belper: Derbyshire and offers antenatal support to several local families!

daisy antenatal


There are MLM (multi-level marketing) businesses, such as Forever Living Products that Alice chose (her business is Aloe Alice) or Arbonne. Have I mentioned Chloe’s business yet? She has a health and wellness business with Arbonne: Live what you love. You can also get a franchise business. You might need a few pennies to start, though.



Are you exceptionally talented and would like to create jewellery? Why not? Katie works with her husband and they dream these amazing beauties together! The Flash Jordan Jewellery makes bespoke metal jewellery and corporate gifts. Do you have a small workshop already? Start your planning now!

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Check out Bel’s business, ask her how she started! She found her own niche and created the Yogaberries and her dream came true. She teaches yoga to babies and children. Is this something you would love to do?



Are you organised and do you love structure? With just a very little investment you can become a virtual assistant! You will need to learn a lot, educate yourself before you start supporting businesses but this is normal, it is the same in every business. You won’t start it blind. I know a qualified VA who has several years of experience in administration and projects. Her name is Sarah and she started the Banks’ Business Solutions from scratch. Today she is a successful mompreneur who has to outsource some of her tasks and she is already hiring! I am pretty sure you can get there, too!

banks business solutions


I am not into the details and I hate monotone work. I would not cope well with physical products, the administration, delivery and all sort of things that are required when you run a shop. But there are people who are just simply great with it! Ecoroos is a great example, Paulina created a magical world around her Ecoroos family and their webshop is very popular.



I love the versatility of writing, so I run blogs (yes, you can make money with blogs) and I write books, I help WAHMs with their digital content. Being a copywriter is a great way to work from home and dive into intellectual freedom. Or is there anything you love and could teach? Imagine you move to the beautiful Tenerife and you teach English or writing online. hhmm….


Become a photographer! Check out Jenny’s page, Indigo and Violet Photography, to see how she started. Her photos are amazing, she is very talented. Do you think you could do this, too? Do you have the passion for art? Calculate the costs of the equipment and consider the possibilities how to train yourself. Talk to Jenny or book a session with her.

Indigo and Violet


Are you crafty? You can make small gifts or any handmade beauty. Just like Andrea! She creates lovely decorations that nobody can resist to buy! How is it even possible? You only need a needle and jump into it! Pöttöm Design is now growing and expanding into the European Market, and she really started with one small piece of nursery decoration.

pöttöm design


oh, hi, me again! You might follow this page for a while, so you know that I support new businesses to plan their first steps. My motto is: from dream to plan. You can become a coach or a business consultant, too! Business planning is the number one support you will need even before you start your business. I would love to chat with you and hear what you are up to! Just message me on my Facebook page, MH Consulting. Is it expensive to become a management consultant, business coach or planner? Hmm… well, it depends on how good you want to be! Just like in any business. So, go ahead and educate yourself, learn and never stop learning.


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Mariann Hornyák