In this post, I will show you some Work From Home Business Opportunities in…….South Africa. These opportunities are available internationally but I want to help South Africans that are trying to find ways to work at home. This is not as easy as it is made out to be but it is possible.

We would all like to earn a decent living, heck, we need to earn a decent living to feed our Families, but how many of us have tried and found that the “system” is not available in South Africa, or you cannot accept payments on line with PayPay in South Africa and the list goes on.

Pinkie Promises

All the Pinkie Promises

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of websites promising South Africans the opportunity to “make your income online” and I am certain that you have seen a few. Maybe you have even visited a few? You know the sites I am referring to. The “Get rich overnight” and “I make $1000 a day and you can too” sites. These sites promise you the opportunity to make your income online at the push of a button, or “Setup and Forget” and the program will earn you money while you sleep. You know the old adage “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”, so hide your credit card.

Sure, there are legitimate online businesses that can make you money, even make you rich. The problem is that they will:-

  • probably cost you money up front,
  • Not deliver on all of their promises,
  • Require you to “upgrade” to get the full use of the program,
  • Do not earn you money unless you are physically sitting there doing the work. But there is an answer.

 45 Business Ideas Perfect For The Work At Home Mom – That Don’t All Work-or do they?

  1. Artist
  2. Blogger
  3. Bookkeeper
  4. Bridal Consultant
  5. Business Plan Writer
  6. Cake Decorator
  7. Career or Life Coach
  8. Children’s Book Writer Children's Books
  9. Craft Business
  10. Consulting Business
  11. Copywriter
  12. Diaper Cake Designer
  13. Direct Sales or Home Based :- Avon, Mary Kay, Passion Parties and The Pampered Chef.
  14. Event Planner
  15. Fitness Trainer
  16. Freelance Writer
  17. Genealogy Researcher & Family Tree Design
  18. Gift Basket Business
  19. Grant Writer
  20. Graphic Designer
  21. Hobby-Related Business
  22. Home-Based Bakery or Food Business
  23. Image/Fashion Consultant
  24. Interior Designer/Home Staging
  25. Internet Marketing
  26. Licensed Day Care Operator
  27. Menu Planner
  28. Nanny or Babysitter Service
  29. Online Store Owner
  30. Online Teacher
  31. Personal Travel Planner
  32. Pet Related Services
  33. Professional Organizer
  34. Public Relations
  35. Scrapbooking Business
  36. Seamstress
  37. Sell Used/Vintage Items
  38. Stock Photographer
  39. Social Media Consultant
  40. Virtual Assistant
  41. Virtual Tutor
  42. Web Designer
  43. Website Content Writer
  44. Write & Sell eBooks Online

44 Business Ideas Perfect For The Work At Home Mom – Why They Might Not Work

  1. Artist Turn you talent for jewelry, sewing or any artistic endeavor into an online business! There are ways to develop that passion into a business. This is true but, when you sleep, your income stops! You only earn while you produce product. How many hours can you work a day? Do you want to work yourself to death to make good money? Don’t forget the orders for goods that never get collect or paid. That takes a chunk out of your income! So,
  2. Blogger (*****)An easy and incredibly self-fulfilling work at home Job. Blogging is probably one of the best examples of how to make dollars in South Africa. You can work around your schedule and write on any topic of your choice. There is not a post that I can think of that you cannot monetise through affiliate marketing. This online, work from home business will work while you sleep and can truly earn you as serious income. I just does not happen overnight. You will have to put in the work and the hours to get it up and running. It usually takes some training on your part but there are some outstanding services that will give you sites to post your blogs on, they will host your site and give you training. Many people are very successful at this.
  3. Bookkeeper This can surely be a successful work from home business if you have the required qualification,Accountant which limits its accessibility to most people looking at how to make extra income. This one is another no work no pay type business which could trap you into long hours to earn the desired income. Again, The secret is to turn it into an online business, so read to the end and I will show you how.
  4. Bridal Consultant To be successful in this no work no pay business, you need to love weddings and be a detail-oriented and organized person. As with all businesses, if you are off sick, in hospital or on holiday, your income stops. So turn it into an online business.
  5. Business Plan Writer Many people have the need to become self-employed. They often have good Ideas but fall short on certain skills, such as writing a Business Plan. If you possess the capability and skills required to Write a professional business plan, you could help these individuals that require your service. Turn it into an online business.
  6. Cake Decorator
    This is a very popular home business. It is one of the more common skills that many people are turning to as a work from home business opportunity. This opportunity is very area bound as the markup is not huge and transport is a factor. Turn it into an online business and make money marketing relevant affiliate products.
  7. Career or Life Coach If you love helping people, this would be an opportunity for you but you will need to undergo some recognised training. Turn it into an online business and make money marketing relevant affiliate products.
  8. Children’s Book Writer (*****)If you love to write and illustrate and can Put good stories to paper, you could to give this a try. Now days, with the iPad and Kindle, you can get your story out to the masses far more effectively. You can test your story ideas out with ebook apps on these devices. When you have success with a book on these devices, you can then publish it, Sell it is an eBook on eBay or from your own website. This business will earn for you 24/7.
  9. Craft Business
    There are many ways to monetise your crafting passion. You can sell your craft items at local craft fairs and Fleamarkets. You can sell them on eBay or Etsy. You can even start a crafting blog with online tutorials for your crafts. Ideally, you should do all three. By doing this, it could earn you an online income 24/7.
  10. Consulting Business
    Do you have the business/industry skills that may be helpful to other people. You may have great startup business skills or be a social media guru. Whatever your specialised skill, you can be sure that other businesses would be willing to pay to learn from you, and avoid the hard-knocks that you’ve learned. You could write how to bocks or develop online classes to teach subscribers “how to” on you own Blog on your own website. You can sell your how to books or subscriptions to your course on eBay or Etsy. Ideally, you should do it all. By doing this, it could earn you an online income 24/7.
  11. Copywriter
    With the age of the Internet coming of age and content marketing becoming the epicenter of it all, copy writing has never had a greater demand. If you enjoy writing and have a firm understanding of the grammar rules that make up our language, becoming a professional copywriter could be one of your ideal home based work opportunities.
  12. Diaper Cake Designer Diaper cakes are now the newest rage at baby showers, and they make a brilliant gift but beware, not everyone can do this nor do they all have the time to master this one. If you have the skill and love the idea of creating awesome diaper cakes, this could be your in to the home business industry. With good networking and great design ideas, this business can be profitable.
  13. Direct Sales or Home Based Franchise If you love meeting and helping people and helping them use the latest gadgets or products, you may want to consider a direct sales business. You are usually given, often you are required to pay for, all the marketing materials you need. You also receive training and have the support of other people who also involved in your direct sales industry. Some of the more popular businesses for this idea include: Herbalife, Avon, Mary Kay, Passion Parties and The Pampered Chef. If you join a Multi level marketing company or you develop your own Blog, you can develop this business into a 24/7 business.
  14. Event Planner
    Love to throw parties? Help others create the perfect event with your Social and planning skills. You need to cater to home-based parties Business and Corporate. Often the best income in this industry is made through business and corporate event planning. Make sure you develop a good network of businesses to work with to ensure that you stay competitive. This is a good contender for an online business.
  15. Fitness Trainer
    Your love of sports nutrition and fitness could become your next business opportunity. This businessFitness Trainer allows you to train people in your home or theirs, or offer online classes through Skype or video chat. You could even start a blog or video training site where people subscribe to follow your training, for a price of course. Using your blog to create a following, you could now market other related fitness and health products from your site, thus turning it into a 24/7 online business.
  16. Freelance Writer
    As the online market has grown, so has the need for writers has grown exponentially over the last few years. Much like the Blogger who writes blogs for other bloggers, the Freelance writer will write specific articles, from website article writing to technical writing to writing eBooks and how to articles for other website owners, your options are endless. If this is something that interests you, you consider specialising in a specific industry to help establish your expertise.
  17. Genealogy Researcher & Family Tree Design
    Knowing your family’s history and past can help with determining health risks, establishing a sense of family pride or helping you find a missing person. If you have any artistic or craft skills, you can develop your research into incredible works of art. This is a very time-consuming business but you develop an online product that you can market through your own website or on eBay etc and market other affiliate products on your site.
  18. Gift Basket Business
    People send gift baskets to people for just about anything going on in their life. From birthdays, holidays, get well wishes or congratulations. Gift baskets are an awesome way to a person that you are thinking of them. As a business opportunity, if you love doing something on the creative side, this could be an ideal work from home business for you. This is one of the products that many would consider being unmarketable online. Wrong, how about marketing other peoples products, other related products such as the baskets or products that are used to make the gift basket.
  19. Grant Writer/Fund Raiser
    Non-profits organisations constantly struggle to get money to the doors open. Grant writing is an important component of raising funds. Your ability to research and write will be the key to your success with this business. In this business, you can help multiple non-profits at once. When you start out, it will probably speed up your authority recognition if you do the first few for free. This will also help establish your resume. And yes, this too can be developed into an awesome online business.
  20. Graphic Designer
    This business has many business opportunities that cater to the skill set of graphic design. You can work as a freelance graphic designer or illustrator. You can definitely use your skills to create your own line of stationery, printables or even web design templates. You could also specialize in specific fields like logo design, infographics or brochures.
  21. Hobby-Related Business
    So you have a hobby that you are reasonably good at? Turn your hobby into a passion for profit. With marketplaces such as eBay and Etsy, you have an instant platform for selling your creative wares. If you wish to sell your creations, Create tutorials and sell that will let others make them instead. Market other peoples tutorials or product online.
  22. Home-Based Bakery or Food Business Your love for baking or cooking is a potentially great business which youBakery could turn it into your own awesome business. Your turn your business into a variety of businesses, from working as a personal chef to baking at home and selling your goods to local Home Industry Stores. Remember, you will have to meet the local health departments regulations or you will face the possibility of being shut down.
  23. Image/Fashion Consultant
    Let your passion for fashion build your income. If you love clothing and accessories, you may want to consider becoming a consultant. There is a multitude of reasons why people may need an image consultant. From needing a complete wardrobe makeover, or they might need help to with their image to land their new, dream job or they may just need to create a good first impression at a first meeting. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of people with that need. And, of course, you can create how-tos and a blog where you can market clothing and accessories as an affiliate marketer.
  24. Interior Designer/Home Staging
    there are many reasons that people go into the interior design business. If you have an artistic flair and a flair for ambiance, you could enter this market without a formal training certificate, diploma or degree, and many people do. Estate agents often use home staging to make an upmarket home that is vacant, look more like a home, thus making it more marketable. Once again, this business is imminently suited to an online business.
  25. Internet Marketing Freelancer
    Internet marketing has grown tremendously as a field, and it’s not diminishing any time soon. There are plenty of business opportunities within this industry, from content marketing to search engine Optimisation. You may want to focus on traffic generation, email marketing or helping businesses with the conversion. Your skill set can help you determine which area would create the best opportunity for your businesses success.
  26. Licensed Day Care It makes sense when you are already taking care of your own Rug Rats (little kids) 🙂 to take advantage of the way you’re already spending your time. Opening a daycare can seem like a natural business choice but it does have some drawbacks too. There are very strict regulations covering the running of Daycare centers and Creches. If you are going to look after more than 6 kids, you need an adult for every six. So, if you have 7 kids, you need 2 adults to see to them. Make sure that you meet all the legal requirements. You could start a web page for your creche and post items on the development of babies and toddlers, how to keep a toddler entertained, what to do when baby starts teething etc and then you can market related products from your blog.
  27. Menu Planner
    If you enjoy planning the perfect menu, this may a successful work at home business for you. Probably the easiest way to start this business is online through a website or blog. Build your network through social media and by offering sample menus on your website. Don’t forget the affiliate marketing option for your website.
  28. Nanny or Babysitter Service There are thousands of people looking for work in almost every area. You can helpBaby Sitter both job seekers and Working parents by starting a nanny service. Create a website and market locally to generate leads to find both potential nannies and babysitters as well as families looking for one or both of these services. If you do this, I would suggest that the baby sitter/nannies have to have fingerprint clearance. This is to protect both yourself and your client families making use of your services to sour their employees.
  29. Online Store Owner You can sell just about anything online these days and opening an online store is becoming very popular. The first place millenniums turn to when they want to buy something is the internet, so it makes perfect sense to open an online store. Now, if you are now imagining piles of capital tied up in stock laying in your garage, you are dead wrong. There are plenty of commerce platforms for you to sell your or other peoples products, as well as the market leaders like eBay and Etsy. To sell products online there is a trick, and that is to specialise in a certain industry, for instance – secondhand car parts, discounted brand name clothing, vintage items, housewares, books, geek products, art, etc. The options are really endless.
  30. Online Teacher If you have a teaching background, you may want to supplement your current income.
  31. Personal Travel Planner
    Have you ever planned that dream vacation? Yes, that one that you can’t go on. So why can you not get paid for dreaming? A travel planner gets to plan dream travel plans and providing custom itineraries based on their client’s needs. Your dream could create the ultimate experience within the client’s budget. You would need Research skills for this business idea, as you’ll need to research the local information such as restaurants, museums and other attractions at the destination. The bigger you can put your dreams into blogs and pictures, the better your business will grow, and there are lots of related products to market on your dream blog.
  32. Pet Related Services
    The pet industry is booming, and people are making thousands of rand online. Your love for pets can be applied to many types of businesses such as pet food, Tonics and treats, grooming, homemade pet snacks, designer pet fashions, pet walking, and even pet sitting. This opens the door to thousands of related pet products for sale on Affiliate Marketing Platforms. This is an emotional theme and lots of people spend a lot of money on these sites.
  33. Professional Organizer
    If you are a capable organiser and want to help people take back control of their homes and lives, you could consider becoming a professional organizer. If not practical go to people’s homes and help them organise, you can develop a blog or website devoted to giving tips on how to organize. You write a series of ebooks dedicated to the topic which you can use as giveaways to tempt people to sign up to your newsletter. A powerful tool to develop a mailing list for marketing.
  34. Press Release Writer A Business’ success is based on the number of customers or clients they have. One of the ways to generate new business is through the press, although the in online marketing and websites are fast taking over. If you enjoy writing and have a gift for marketing, you can put these skills to work by becoming a freelance press release writer. You can also monetize your network by using your blog to sell your services as a freelance public relations expert. Again, writing how-to ebooks would also bring in the cash.Scrpbooking
  35. Scrapbooking Business Many people thoroughly enjoy preserving memories and it seems like a fun hobby to a lot of Scrapbookers. Scrapbooking can be a thriving home industry and online business opportunity. Turning peoples photos into incredible pieces or art, depicting their precious memories for prosperity is another one of those emotional things that some people will pay a lot of money for. Once you have got it down pat, you could create awesome reviews of your work on a web page or blog site which you can certainly turn into a steady income.
  36. Seamstress
    If you have talent with a needle and thread, you could put that talent to work for you, developing it into a lucrative business. Your sewing skills could open doors into a number of business opportunities, from creating Matric Dance Gowns, mending to sewing custom clothes. You could also take it further to creating homespun projects.
  37. Sell Used/Vintage Items Online Many people would rather buy their clothes online than go thrift shopping for themselves. You could find some great clothing at your local thrift shops, fix them up and then list them online. Another option is to find patterns for vintage style clothing and make them for sale on and off-line. This also applies to secondhand jewelry or even vintage brand-related products.
  38. Stock Photographer
    Freelance photography is an incredibly competitive industry and you consider other opportunities in the photography field. A stock photographer takes pictures of any material that tickles their fancy without being influenced by other peoples requirements. He/she can then sell the photo numerous times over. You can sell your pictures through online stock photography websites such as Shutterstock or iStock. Specialising in a specific genre is also a good idea.
  39. Social Media Consultant
    With the growth of sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, there are now specialised courses on social marketing. This indicates that the need for someone to help businesses master these channels is high. If you enjoy and are proficient at marketing on these types of platforms, you could help companies grow their own following. This would make another awesome work from home business opportunity for a stay at home Mom.
  40. Virtual Assistant
    This is not an opportunity that has taken off well in South Africa but this could be because there are not many people offering this opportunity. If you were to market yourself vigorously, you could develop this into a lucrative business by handling travel reservations to answering emails. Your job opportunities are limitless. You could have multiple clients that use you if and when they have a need. Sites like TaskRabbit will give you a good idea of what the market needs.
  41. Virtual Tutor If you have a love for teaching this would be an ideal way to work from home, teaching people online. You will need to be able to communicate online with students through a program such as Skype and be skilled in the area in which you would like to provide tutoring. Sites like Tutor.com, Sylvan Learning, and TutorVista.com are all good places to start.
  42. Web Designer This is an ever growing field that incorporates expertise in designing websites, artistic ability to make it look great and the skill to make it function correctly. Getting that page to rank on the search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo are an important facet of Web Design. With all the tools available today almost anyone can create a template based website. To get it to rank successfully on the search engines and draw visitors takes some special skills. If you want to challenge yourself in a fairly competitive industry, this might just be the business for you if you are prepared to learn the skills required. They are not difficult but there are quite a few to master. It is not impossible if you have the best training.
  43. Website Content Writer
    Creating the website is one thing but you need to have content on that site and not any Writercontent will do. the content must be relevant, informative, engaging and useful to the reader if you want the page to be ranked and if you want your visitors to become readers. There are is not to write content to sell to people. You must first help them and build trust. Once they trust you, only then will they consider buying from you. This is where the content writer comes into play. Many websites make use of content writers for a number of reasons, They need a lot of content in a short space of time and they do not have the time or possibly the skill to write such content. Enter the Content writer. Sites like Fiver are a good place to start your journey.
  44. Write & Sell eBooks Online
    If you have a skill or knowledge that other people need (which is on every topic imaginable) you could consider creating ebooks to sell online. There is always a need for a “How To” ebook and therefore a market for them. You could sell them on a platform like eBay and promote them on your own site by writing posts on the subject and advertising your ebook.

How To Make Dollars In South Africa

As you will notice by the lists above, there is an opportunity to turn any business into an online business, and this is how to make dollars in South Africa. If you have a business, a skill or a hobby, you can earn dollars online. “How” you ask? Let’s take a look at a few.

Business ExampleGoogle Screen shot.

In this example, the business could be a pet shop, pet grooming service, or a Veterinary clinic. All of these businesses could increase their income noticeable…even significantly if they had a website that was set up correctly and was used to promote animal care, Pet food, Animal training, animal health and the likes.

In the Google screenshot on the right, I did a search for the term “Pet Affiliate Programs”. As you will see at the bottom of the image, there are more than 10 pages, each with 10 listings, that is 100 affiliate programs on the first 10 pages of Google. See the potential?

An Example Of A Skill
Let us look at another example. Let’s take a skill, say engraving. Google skill Screen ShotIn this example, I did a search for Engraver affiliate Programs. Again, I found over 10 pages on Google with 10 affiliate programs per page. More than 100 affiliate programs.

We could go through this all day and I do not believe that you will find 1 search with less than 10 pages of affiliate programs. That is 100 opportunities to earn dollars on-line.

Let’s calculate a very conservative figure. 1 website with 50 articles. Only 20% of the pages make a sale each day with an income averaging $4 ea. That is 10x4x30=$1200 @ R12.00 to the dollar = R14400.00

Now, this does not happen overnight. You have to write the 50 articles and this could take 3 to 4 months, depending on how much time you devote to your site. Now just imagine, 2, 5, 10 or 50 sites doing the same. And that is how you make money online.

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4 Comments

  • sergio

    Could this work for someone in Central America and Whats Your recommended product out of the 44.
    Very nice post Gave many ideas to see which one I could do to make money online.Since I have try many times to create a living on the webs and haven’t made any money.
    Nice post I enjoyed reading it very informative.

    • Bryan Botha

      Hi Sergio, Thanks for your comments. Yes, this could absolutely work in Central America, in fact anywhere in the world. As I mentioned, you can use these principals with any business. My preferred business is the affiliate marketing system for which I use Wealthy Affiliates. Thanks again for your feedback.

  • Melissa

    This is a great post! I am a stay at home mom and always looking for ideas to earn an income at home. I think this post offers a great variety of ideas. I have tried a lot of things to earn money online and found that the time I could dedicate was an issue when my son was very young. However, he will be going to school soon and I will have more time to dedicate. Thank you for these ideas!

    • Bryan Botha

      Hi Milissa, I am glad this article inspired you. This list is not nearly all you can do. You could choose from Pickling Veggies, Hot to pottie train your toddler, breading Yabbies to repairing hail damage on your vehicle. you could make any hobby, skill or craft a home business, especially if you turn it into an online business as well. Good luck in your endeavors.

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