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March 29, 2022

Business Ideas for Stay-at-Home Parents

You can earn money while staying flexible and spending time with your family by setting up a business and working from home. Although it sounds like a lot of work, it's easier than you may expect, especially if you base your home business on a pre-existing skill or hobby. Plus, you're rewarded by doing something you love and working on your terms.

Business Ideas

Music Lessons

If you have a particular skill you can teach to others, this can be a great way to earn money at home. Music is popular as many parents want their children to pick up an instrument, especially in a cultural center, such as Washington, DC If you can play an instrument well and have some music theory knowledge, offer to teach others in your local area.


Similarly, you can offer to tutor if you have specialized knowledge. If you're fluent in another language, particularly one taught in DC schools, or if you have academic experience in any subject, from math to literature, you can qualify to tutor. Many parents want to give their children extra help, and you can offer affordable prices compared to an expensive tutoring facility. 

Repairing and Restoring

Services in restoration are a fantastic option. If you're handy or have technical expertise, whether it's restoring antiques, repairing watches, or fixing electronics, you can earn money by offering your services to others. If you're good with a sewing machine, consider mending or altering clothes for locals.


You can also use creative skills to create things for sale locally. Flea markets all over Washington, DC are seeking niche, handmade products. If you already have a hobby, such as knitting or painting, you can make unique items. Other great options include making candles and soaps. You can learn to make these from home. They make great gifts, and you can create a range of scents and designs to make your products stand out. 

Setting Up Your Business

Next, consider financing for your new business. Most ideas mentioned above require little investment, but some capital is helpful. Consider using some of your savings or borrowing from a friend or relative. Another option is to apply for a small business loan with your bank, but have a detailed business plan ready before you approach the lender.

Use these funds to invest in any equipment you need. Designate a workspace in your home, and invest in a decent chair, desk, and laptop. A few local advertisements can help lift your new business off the ground quickly.

Registering Your Business

Next, consider how to legally structure your Washington, DC business. Consider registering it as a limited liability company to protect you from personal liability. An LLC is a good option for small businesses as it's flexible, easy to maintain, and offers favorable tax options. Filing for an LLC yourself or using a formation service can save you expensive legal fees too, so you can direct your available cash toward other business necessities. Before you proceed, check the regulations in place for setting up an LLC in DC.

Life as a Stay-at-Home Parent

Setting up a business at home is one way to help your family financially. For tips and coaching on parenting, contact Genie Dawkins.

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