Top 5 Business Ideas For Stay-At-Home Moms

Every stay-at-home mom dreads these four words: “What do you do?” because it begins to question their identity.

There’s a stigma around being a stay-at-home mom, and society doesn’t talk about the loneliness, isolation, and loss of identity that sometimes accompanies this choice.

What most people fail to understand is that this is one of the hardest jobs any individual can take up. It is time-consuming, tests your patience, changes you, brings out another side of your being you never thought existed.

When a woman chooses to stay at home to care for her children, it can be difficult in terms of family finances.

It is even more imperative now as the economy is biting harder by the day.

There is a pressing need more than ever for multiple stream of income in the family as “take – home” is no longer able to take many to even the office car park let alone home!

This is why most times its easy to drift into a state of depression and feeling guilty that the money you’re spending isn’t yours.

But it doesn't have to be this way. You can change that.

You can be a stay-at-home mom and be proud to own a business that generates you income working from home.

So darling, do not be fazed. Becoming a stay-at-home mom doesn’t put an end to your career.

You are still cool, waking up early in the morning, preparing your kids for school and heading to the office.

The only difference is, your home is your office. Thanks to telecommuting and technology, you can still work from your own convenience.

And Here are 5 Business Ideas For The Stay-At-Home Mom

This is basically the act of you offering a service and getting paid for it.

This is actually very interesting because you can be here in Nigeria and offer your services to someone in the United States.

The good thing about this is that you can start with arbitrage. Which simply means you get clients for a certain job and you find someone with adequate skills to handle the jobs.

You can start with arbitrage if you think you have no skills to sell. However, I will advise you learn a skill.


Becoming good at something only requires repetition as they say “repetition is the mother of skill”.

Below are a few sites where you can sell your services;

Note: You don’t even need money to start this. All you need is a device with an internet connection and the necessary skill

Below are some skills that are high in demand;

This is very suitable for people with almost zero capital and you don’t even have to be an expert at something before marketing it.

You see, people are constantly searching online for information that either expands their skills or solves a problem.

YOU can provide that information in the form of digital information products.

Marketing and selling information products can help you start earning from home while helping others in a big way.

And even if you’re no expert at what they are looking for, you can partner with someone who can provide the answer/solution and package it into an information product.

Have you ever purchased an ebook or a video training course online?

Have you purchased a book from book stores or from stand still Lagos Traffic?

Those are examples of information products.

For example, If you were able to help some of your friends relocate to canada or get permanent residency in Dubai.

You can document the process and package it in form of a video series or pdf.

Once you create these informational products, you would then market and sell the products to people who want to know how to relocate to Canada or get a permanent residency in Dubai.

Side Note: Most Pastors are also doing this. The likes of Chris Oyakhilome and David Oyedepo.

Maybe your daddy G.O is too *wink*

These days, with everyone looking to the Internet to solve a variety of problems, selling informational products online is one method to satisfy the demand.

And guess what?

It’s about to get interesting.

Just keep reading.

What if I told you that, you don’t even have to create the information yourself before you can start selling information products online?

You don’t have to bother or go through the headaches of researching what people want or spending hours putting together a report or even worrying about how to satisfy customers?

What? Jonathan are you serious?

Yes! with 100% certainty.

This model is called affiliate marketing(selling other people products).

All you have to do is find someone who have created what people want and market it yourself for a certain percentage commission.

It could be 30%, 50%, 70% and you can find such products on a marketplace like Expertnaire.

Expertnaire is an online platform that allows Experts(those with quality information, knowledge and expertise) to list and sell their products on their marketplace.

And other people who want to make some money can help them sell those products and smile to the bank.

Let me explain better.

I consider myself to be someone who is an expert at creating valuable knowledge products (books, videos,courses etc) Over the years, I have created knowledge products and sold tons of them on different areas like:

  • Relationship
  • Business
  • Etc

I have also taught a lot of people how to do the same.

There is no doubt that one of the surest ways to build an online business and generate a lot of income is by creating and selling products that share valuable information in formats like e-books, videos etc.

But the truth is this:

At the end of the day, most people can’t create their own high demand knowledge products to sell for various reasons.

E.g. Some just don’t get it regardless of how easy I try to make it.

Some just don’t have the time because of their job and other life issues.

Some just have other unexplainable reasons.

This is not only in Nigeria.

It happens to people all over the world.

So, someone (I actually don’t know who started this but that person must be one brilliant son or daughter of a mother) came up with this concept where you can sell another person’s product online and get a part of the commission.

In many cases, you can even use the same marketing materials that person created to sell the product and get paid (how interesting).

That is how the Clickbank marketplace was launched back in the day.

On Clickbank, there are 2 groups of people.

The first group are known as merchants.

These are people who are able to create high value products (digital) and list them on the Clickbank marketplace along with the marketing material to sell them.

The second group are the affiliates who simply sign up on Clickbank and what they do is to pick any product from the Clickbank marketplace.

For each product, there is something called an affiliate link attached to it.

It usually looks like this:

All the affiliate has to do is to find people who are most likely going to be interested in that product and recommend the product to them through his affiliate link so that they can buy through the link.

So let’s say a merchant lists a product about “dog training” and let’s say the product sells for $40.

The merchant can now set an affiliate commission for the product.

Let’s say 50% which is most common.

What this means is, if an affiliate makes a sale of the product (via his affiliate link), he gets paid 50% of that $40 which is $20.

Are you following me here?


Unfortunately, Clickbank blocked-out Nigerians.

Whatever was the reason, many Nigerians still find a way to register on Clickbank though but most of them (about 99.9%) don’t generate any income because they don’t know how to market and because they are competing with other well trained and experienced affiliates from all over the world.

I actually told you all this long story to help you understand the concept of selling other people’s digital products.

So, Let’s Go Back to Expertnaire.

On Expertnaire, Nigerians with quality knowledge based digital products can list them along with marketing materials that makes selling them easier for affiliates.

Then affiliates can sign up to the Expertnaire platform,pick one or more products like “10X Ecommerce Masterclass” to market and use the affiliate links of each product to market them.

When someone buys the product via the affiliates’ link, the affiliate will get a commission for that product.

Note: You’ll need N10,000 to register as an affiliate on expertnaire

If you follow through with the registration, you will be able to access all the products you can promote.


Let’s say you are promoting a mainstream product (a mainstream product is a product that appeals to a mass audience)

Then let’s say you have about 2000 people on your FB friends list who are at least 28 years upwards.

Next, let’s say you make a post on your FB wall where you are simply recommending an article on the product for others to go and read:

If you have at least 2000 active people on your

FB/Instagram/Whatsapp friends list who are between ages 28-45, many of them will read the article, click on the affiliate link there and many will buy immediately.

Just imagine promoting a product like 10X Ecommerce Masterclass and for every person who joins the program you get 40% commission (N14,000).

Or Information Business Machines and get N25,000 for every sale!

If you can get just 20 persons from your friends list monthly that will be an extra N280,000 or N500,000 from Information Business Machines for you.

The consulting business is the next level information marketing if rightly packaged can be passed down to your children.

It’s basically offering advice based on your expertise to a specific group of people. So, you have to be an expert at something to do this.

A consultant’s job is to consult. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s that simple. There’s no magic formula or secret that makes one consultant more successful than another one.

But what separates a good consultant from a bad consultant is the passion and drive for excellence.

And oh yes a good consultant should be knowledgeable about the subject he or she is consulting in.

That does make a difference.

You see, in this day and age, anyone can be a consultant. All you need to discover is what your particular gift is.

For example, are you very comfortable working around computers?

Do you keep up with the latest software and hardware information, which seems to be changing almost daily?

And are you able to take that knowledge you have gained and turn it into a resource that someone would be willing to pay money for?

Then you would have no trouble working as a computer consultant.

Now, don’t get the wrong picture here.

This is not about getting a fancy office and employing a thousand staffs.

You can do this from the comfort of your home and make 6-7/month and consistently.

Commerce has been here for long (almost as old as mankind) and the introduction of the internet making it possible to transact online with people regardless of their race or location was the birth of e-commerce.

And, e-commerce is basically the selling or exchange happening on the internet.

So you have a product people need, you simply set up a sales system and get people to find it online via marketing and when they do, they order for it so you get it delivered to them.

And you do all of these without leaving your house.

This is How Aliko Dangote , Cosmas Maduka Started and Tara Fela-Durotoye

At the age of 21, Aliko Dangote borrowed $3,000 (N1,080,000 current exchange rate) from his uncle to import and sell agricultural commodities in Nigeria. 

His business venture quickly became a success, and as a result, he managed to repay the entire loan within three months of starting operations.

Cosmas Maduka on the other hand started with the N200 his uncle parted him  with and today he owns a multi-million naira company.

Tara Fela-Durotoye a Nigerian-born lawyer turned Africa’s leading beauty and makeup entrepreneur. She started House of Tara at the age of 20, from her living room.

In summary, they all started with buying and selling and still does that.

Unlike the days of Aliko, Cosmas and Tara buying and selling has become a lot easier with the power of the internet.

Yes, ecommerce. Many people call it mini importation But you must do it the right way if you want to be profitable by running what I call the Smart ecommerce business.

Before I tell you what smart e-commerce is and why I recommend it for stay-at-home moms, I want you to stop for a moment and think about what many people spend their money on asides shelter, transport, school fees, food and drinks.

If you think about it carefully, you will agree with me that most of what we spend money on comes down to physical goods that help us to live a more comfortable life and enjoy life better.

Things like:

The point I am trying to make is this… “People spend a lot of money every year on physical products and that is why companies like Jumia & Konga are growing FAT every day”

The market for these products is HUGE and UNLIMITED. And majority of these products are imported from places like China and the US But unlike Jumia and Konga, you do not need a big website with lots of bells to make a lot of kesh importing and selling these physical products.

As a matter of fact, you could generate millions from a single product when you use the smart e-commerce approach.

I am not sure what your income goal is…

Maybe it is an extra N500,000 a month


N1 million a month Or even N5 million a month

The smart e-commerce model I am about to explain to you can make it happen for you (that is, if you are not lazy like many people are and I find stay-at-home moms as the most hard working people. In fact stay-at-home moms are superheroes)

How Smart E-commerce Works

I am about to explain how the smart e-commerce business works and I will do this by explaining 3 important things you must keep in mind when starting

  1. Don’t get too clever for your own good.

    Start by finding out what people WANT to buy

    It’s called research and everything you need to know about what people want to buy can be found via Google trends, Facebook groups, Twitter threads, YouTube comment section and so on…

    It is very important you do this before thinking about creating a product or importing anything to sell to people.
    Many people make the mistake of creating and importing a product they think would sell without first finding out if people truly want to buy it.

    And this is why you find vendors shouting up and down for retweets and shares because their customer is on your timeline.

    The market should be the first thing to consider and a product should be the last. Once you find a hungry market, finding a product for them becomes easy.

  2.  Learn How To Get Quality Attention

    Quality Attention = People paying attention to what you’re saying and buying what you’re selling.

    Bottom line, learn how to sell.

    You can go on YouTube and watch any video by Gary Halbert or John Carlton or Frank Kern.

    You can’t go wrong by learning from these guys and implementing what they teach.

  3. Start with what you have.

    Don’t wait until you have N1million to run ads on Facebook.

    If you can’t spend money to run ads, use your social media profile.

    Even your WhatsApp status is a great medium to promote what you’re selling but in all of these,

    Understand that nobody will buy what you’re selling if you’re not applying the principles of salesmanship.
    This is why it is important that you learn how to sell (start by checking out YouTube videos from those legends I mentioned in step 2)

Now, of course the next question you want to ask is;

What is the best kind of business I can do online right now as a stay-at-home mom?

Well, it is a matter of opinion but from my experience, there’s one business model that brings huge returns if you really sit down to learn and do the work.

And that is ecommerce (It involves buying high quality products that are very high in demand at a ridiculously low price (Factory price) and selling for a profit of 2x, 3x, 5x , 10x and even more times your initial cost.

I started my own business in 2013 importing and selling a tablet to a roommate and since then I have had my fair share of failure and success.

If you’re interested in this business of trading (Buying low and selling high) and you’re not sure where or how to start, you can watch my new 2hr:30mins training on how to get started without losing alot of mulah or going through hell like I did jumping up and down begging people to buy my products.

Best part? You can access the training immediately

It’s not by force o… It’s your choice and you might as well pretend you never saw this article and carry N50,000 to dash people who will only waste your time after speaking plenty of grammar and at the end leave you hanging when you’re confused.

The major successes in ecommerce are from consistency and building a brand and if there’s one thing you must know is that choosing to run an ecommerce business simply means you’re now a digital marketer.

In other words, it is a continuous learning process for you, you have to continually learn how to grow your business and market your business.

This is what is going to keep you ahead of others.

The truth is that if you are not doing things right your ecommerce business probably won’t be around by this time next year.

That’s why I have created this 2hr:30mins training on;

How You Can Start a Profitable Ecommerce Business From Home in Your Pyjamas…Even If You’re Just Starting Online Today

Here’s what you’ll discover:

  • How to find (and import) hot products that people are happy to buy
  • How to quickly find quality customers who will buy your products once you import them
  • My proven process for getting new buyers every day without going on Social Media to beg people to buy from you!
  • 3 costly mistakes you must avoid if you want to grow a profitable ecommerce business in Nigeria
  • How to cut costs by half by dealing directly with manufacturers (Instead of allowing middlemen steal from you)

Heck, I’ll even give you the opportunity to have my list of 30 perfect ecommerce products you can start importing and selling immediately

(I’m serious. When you do things the right way, competition becomes irrelevant)

Once you click the button below, you’d be taken to the page where you can fill in your details to access the training

That’s it, ladies.

I hope you enjoyed it.

But most importantly, take action because without taking action there will still be no change and you’d remain in same position.

If you have questions ask in the comment section below and also share with someone who will benefit from this article.


What Students Say

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