If you are looking for business ideas as stay at home dad, you are in the right place. Being a stay-at-home dad is a full-time business. However, there are some dads who feel like they have more to give. They either find their routine monotonous or want to do something else for a while. Others want to prove to the world that they can take care of the house and the kids, as well as be breadwinners of the household at the same time.
Regardless of your motivation, there are several restrictions that stay-at-home dads will face when looking for business opportunities. For instance:
- The work needs to take place at home
- Work hours need to be flexible
- Low initial capital requirements (preferable)
Fortunately, there are a lot of business ideas that tick all of these boxes so here are some of them.
1. Virtual tutoring
If you have a skill, literally any skill, you can try tutoring online. Language teaching is quite popular business nowadays and native speakers are in demand, regardless of their degree. Still, on various platforms, there is both an offer and demand of some of the most unusual skills. For instance, if you’re good at a video game, chances are that you can offer coaching sessions. On the other hand, if the game in question has a ranked ladder, there’s a fortune to be made boosting accounts. A practical skill can be just as lucrative so explore your options and interests.
2. Content creation
Starting a blog or a YouTube channel are always great business idea. This way, you can profit off your knowledge (similarly to a previous idea) or simply on your opinions and personality. For a lot of people without previous experience in this field, both blogging and YouTube content creation may sound easy. What people don’t see is that producing a single blog post in 2021 takes 3 hours and 55 minutes. Those who are really dedicated will spend more than 6 hours per piece and you always need new content. In other words, it’s an exhausting full-time job. One of the hardest parts is finding inspiration and topics for new content.
You can also blog about any topic or subject that is interesting to you and you are fully experienced in it. To make money as a blogger, you should get a lot of people to visit your blog and see your contents. So, you need to be a good writer and a perfect content producer and you should write engaging content.
Those who have a natural knack for negotiation may want to consider a career in wholesale. This is a career path that may help you advance in many industries. For instance, becoming an online fashion wholesaler is a potentially lucrative career path. In the age of COVID-19, online sales are thriving. They involve less contact and they allow people to shop without having to go to crowded malls or brick and mortar resale places. This industry, on the other hand, seems to be more resilient to this type of change.
4. Creating and selling art
Never before was it so easy to sell your own art. So, if you had a lifelong dream of becoming a career artist, now’s the time for you to try it. For instance, if you want to become a creative writer, the simplest way to do so is to self-publish your work via platforms like Kindle Direct Publish. There are also platforms where you can upload your music, photography, etc., thus, making it immediately available to your target audience. These platforms can help increase your online presence and even offer you some elegant marketing solutions.
5. Selling arts and crafts
Because it’s easy to find a platform where you can sell your own arts and crafts items, this is truly one of the most interesting notions out there. In fact, you don’t even need a website or an e-commerce shop. You can just make a social media page, upload images of your products and take orders. Sure, this is not the most efficient way of doing it but it is the simplest and it gives you a chance to try your hand in this field without overcommitting with investments. Also, it opens up some simple marketing options.
6. Fitness and nutrition
Creating a home gym is always a great idea for a stay-at-home dad who wants to stay in shape. With all the online opportunities for education and self-improvement, you could even get yourself certified in the fields of fitness and nutrition. There are a lot of stay-at-home dads out there who need to learn how to prioritize their health. You could be the one showing them the way. Keep in mind that leading by example is one of the best methods to do this, so you need to start taking care of yourself.
7. Publish an eBook
If you have a professional experience, you can easily transform it in digital book form. Writing an eBook is pretty influential, and if you have unique experience to share, it would be so rewarding.
The good news is that you can easily record your ideas and pay a professional writer to do the writing for you. So, you don’t even need to write or type something.
8. Real Estate
A perfect business idea for stay at home dads is real estate. The time demand is quite low especially if you are not seeking for large income. There are also a few ways to make money through real estate. The first way is becoming a real estate agent and the second is buying buildings, and then reselling them for more profit. This could be a pretty lucrative business idea.
9. Graphic design and web design
You can easily run a home-based graphic design business if you know how to create graphics for businesses. The only thing you need is a computer and software with little expense. To be a web designer you don’t need to know everything. It helps to know HTML and CSS, and a specific design platform such as WordPress or Joomla. So, you don’t have to code from scratch.
With these ideas, you can earn an income while also raising children. However, like any career, it requires tremendous effort, deep research, and planning.
10. Small business advisor
By being a small business advisor, you can put all your years of business experience to practice through helping out small business owners. Being a small business advisor can be done in your own local community, or you can go online and advise small businesses around other countries and areas.
11. Personal baby photography
If you’re a stay at home dad who is into photography, the Personal Baby Photography could be an interesting and rewarding way to make money from home. You can use different areas of your home with different themes, and photography accessories and then invite your clients to your home to take the pictures.
Initial costs may be a bit costly and demanding since it requires a high-quality camera, lighting and backdrops, but we can assure you that modern parents will spend a lot on their babies’ photos; So, the investment could be worth.
12. Spousal dating setup service
There are many couples that want to go out on dates together, but can never think of anything interesting to do. Some couples are even so busy that they don’t have time to make important plans. This kind of service would be beneficial for couples who are so busy with working and taking care of their children, and they don’t have enough time to make those simple plans.
You can easily provide them with a full package and the couple would simply pay you a fee and then they would be able to get a recommendation for an entire day or evening to enjoy with their partners. If you can plan dates and are familiar with the best spots in your area for the different kind of couples, this could be a great business idea for you.
13. Direct sales company
Do you have any experience in sales as a stay at home dad? If so, this company could be a perfect choice for you to start. It involves working with other businesses to sell their products directly to the consumer. It could be done online.
Being a successful entrepreneur is hard and being a great dad is even harder. This is why trying to pull both of these feats at the same time is an even more difficult task. Still, difficult and impossible are not one and the same. In order to be relevant, a goal needs to be hard to obtain in order to be a real challenge. This way, obtaining the goal will be both meaningful and satisfying. Not to mention that pursuing career of your dreams is a reward on its own.
As a dad, if you’re choosing a home-based business, make sure you consider all the rules and regulations regarding that job. For instance, food-based businesses need a government inspected kitchen, which in many homes is not possible.