Searching for the perfect small business idea?
You have come to the right place! I’ve gathered all the best small business ideas for women and all the best info on running a business! From choosing the perfect small business idea to branding, marketing and growing your business. This page is a definitive resource so make sure you pin it so you can find it again later!
I know many parents want to be home with their kids while they are young, or even travel full time with their kids, but still need to make money. Starting a small business that can be run locally, online or is location independent is the perfect way to make that happen.
Finding Your Small Business Idea
Much of the beginning work is done in your head. Give yourself some time to think, alone if you can!
You need to figure out what kind of business to run of course, but even more than that you need to figure out what problem your business will solve.
If you don’t have an idea yet grab the Business Idea Breakthrough workbook and get brainstorming!
It took me a while to settle into a business. You can read more about my journey and some important questions to ask yourself in this post about starting a business.
You can also find tons of small business ideas for women on my website:
- Work from Home Business Ideas
- Work at Home and Online Business Ideas for Moms
- 38 of the Best Small Business Ideas for Women,
- The Best Small Scale Food Business Ideas
- 599 Small Business Ideas
- 9 Women Running Unique Small Businesses
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Legal and Financial Aspects of Running a Business
Once you have an idea you will also need to decide on a name and tagline in the very beginning. Naming your small business can be a fun process if you keep an open mind and check out the fun (and free!) tool I recommend.
The tagline can be a bit tricky since you want to let people know exactly what your business does and who it does it for. Take your time with this and try to get rid of any extra words so you tagline is short and to the point.
There are different business registration requirements in different states. You will have to do a search for “How to register my small business in (insert your state here.)” Some counties and cities have requirements too, but you should be able to find that out through your Secretary of States office.
Another consideration is if you should become an LLC or Corporation. Donata Kalnenaite, Esq. wrote a great guest post about the different kinds of business structures. Before you decide for your own business check with a local tax expert to make sure you are doing what is best for your business type.
If you are contemplating using financing, this article list a ton of different business finance options. You’ll also have to write a full-fledged business plan. Start with my simple One Page Business Plan to get a feel for the direction your business needs to head.
If your business needs a Trademark or to be Copyrighted, then check out this guest post from Andrea Vetter on the difference and how to file for each.
Building Your Small Business Brand
You should work on creating a cohesive brand from the beginning. This doesn’t mean you need to spend a ton of money, but it does mean you should take the time to get it right! There are many ways to create your own logo and graphics.
One of my very favorite resources is Canva. You can create everything from logos to ebook covers to social media graphics. The free version is enough to get started and if you find yourself using it a ton the monthly upgrade is only $12.95.
If you need more help with branding consider purchasing my e-course Brand Your Small Business. It walks you through all the steps above, plus creating a mood board and how to use Canva.
Build a Small Business Website
A small business website is important for almost all business types. People want to be able to find out more about what you offer before they call or order.
I love using WordPress for websites. It has a learning curve, but is so flexible! You can get your own website up in no time if you follow the step by step instructions in How to Design Your Own Small Business Website.
Marketing Your Small Business
Marketing is one of those topics that seems way more complicated than it really is. 15 Ways to Market Your Small Business for Free has great ways to get your name out there and connect with customers.
Don’t forget all the ways you can market your business for free using small business directories. Here is a list of directories you can list your business online so that customers can find you.
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Pricing your product
When you are just starting out, pricing can seem overwhelming. Whether you have created a product or are offering a service, pricing can make or break your business.
If you have a product to offer, I cover ways to set your retail and wholesale prices in Pricing for Profit. Make sure you are pricing with wholesale in mind, even if you don’t think you will be offering your product wholesale anytime soon. You never know when an opportunity will come along!
If you are offering a service, check out Packages Vs. Hourly Rates. This is geared towards Virtual Assistants but can help any service-based business figure out pricing.
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The future of your small business
Your business needs to have a plan for the future. You don’t need to know all the answers now, but it is important to think about what you want to move towards.
Creating a Small Business Vision Board can help you focus on what is important to you and your business. I encourage you to set some time aside to create a visual representation of the future of your business. It is a creative way to set goals and inspire creativity.
You might be thinking about creating a Business Plan too. It is easy to get overwhelmed with writing a full business plan. There are graphs and projections and five-year plans. A small business doesn’t necessarily need all of that.
A One Page Business Plan is perfect for a small business. It asks you to think about the most important questions but doesn’t require months of research. You can sign up at the bottom for access to a webinar where I walk you through all the steps and supply you with a template to fill out.
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Small Business Resources
Small Business Administration – A government resource for small businesses. They have tons of information available for free!
SCORE – You can get a free business mentor from SCORE! I have worked with three and they have all been a wealth of knowledge.
Wave – Keep track of your financials with this free easy to use accounting software. You can even send invoices and get paid right through the software.
Toggl – If you need to keep track of time for clients this free software if perfect! You can just click one button and be done.
AirTable – the best online organizational software out there! I use this to create to-do lists, daily reminders, keep track of my editorial calendar, my Virtual Assistant clients and more.
Canva – Create your own logo, graphics, ads and more with this free online software.
Music for Concentration – this post has a list of sites that provide free and low-cost music or sounds that will help you concentrate.
Grammarly – if, like me, you need help with your spelling or grammar then this is the app for you! Add it to Chrome and see how much your writing improves.
StockUnlimited – I finally gave in a bought a subscription to a stock photo site. I am really impressed with the value of StockUnlimited!