In celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday, 8 March, we’re highlighting some of the innovative ways in which women can make and have been making money as entrepreneurs.
If you’ve been looking for inspiration to start your own business, here are 10 ideas:
- Make money from your garden
- Rent a room for tax-free cash
- How to become a celebrity and make a fortune
- Start your own sewing business
- Use your musical talents to make money as a busker
- Help other women find their style by becoming a personal shopper
- Earn money by becoming a mobile manicurist
- Set up a floristry business and make money with flowers
- Become a foster carer
- Make money cooking: start a supper club
If you’re among the women who love gardening and are always receive compliments for your green fingers, you could actually turn this into some revenue.
From using the soil for growing saleable produce to renting your garden for private functions, there are loads of ways to earn pretty pounds from those lovely petals.
Here are 13 ways to make money from your garden.
Are you a mom with a newly empty nest? While it’s obviously amazing when your children find their way in the world, it can be a tough time for many women.
Well, here’s an idea: bring some life back into the home by renting out one of your spare rooms.
Apart from the fact that transforming a room into something that’s ready for rental can be loads of fun, you could also make up to £7,500 a year in tax-free cash.
There are various ways to go about it and quite a few things to keep in mind before taking on this relatively big responsibility. Read more about making tax free cash from renting out a spare room.
Shout out to all the naturally fabulous women out there! If you’re always turning heads and enjoy being the centre of attention, why not channel your natural charm into a lucrative business?
With reality television and social media, catching the eye is easier than ever before. Plus, there are countless tales of amazing women who’ve hit the big time by just stepping out into their limelight.
Take Susan Boyle, for instance. At first glance, the quaint contestant on the Britain’s Got Talent stage seemed devoid of any charm. But then she opened her mouth and a beloved songstress was born. This was back in 2009 and in the meantime, she’s released seven albums and won numerous awards. Not bad for a “Scottish cat lady in sensible shoes” as Stephen Colbert referred to her at the 2010 Grammy Awards.
So, if you fancy yourself as brave (and talented) as Ms Boyle, why not audition for reality telly yourself?
Here are a few more ideas for becoming a celebrity.
Are friends and family members always running to you with torn trousers and crazy Halloween outfit ideas? Ever considered using your obviously brilliant sewing skills to earn some extra cash?
Well, the good news is that there is a whole range of ways to make money from this talent!
From fixing other people’s garments to designing a range of your own; making cuddly toys for children or offering sewing lessons to others. The opportunities are really endless and can end up being quite a substantial income!
Read more about making money from sewing.
Do you have the voice of a nightingale? The fleetest fingers any guitar has ever felt? If you enjoy performing, but don’t feel confident enough to enter the official concert circuit yet, you could always get some practice with busking.
Earnings vary depending on many factors: what the weather is like, the time of day, the location you choose and the amount of generous pedestrian traffic passing by.
Some people make hundreds a day, particularly at festivals.
However, you may get nothing for one hour and then earn over £20+ the next hour.
Read more about how you can make money busking.
Are you stylish? Do you dress well? Do you know how to put an outfit together? Have you got a background in fashion? Do you always know which shops have which clothes? Do you check the high street weekly to see what stock’s in, what’s sold out or what’s selling like hotcakes?
Many department stores (and airports) employ personal shoppers and this is an option if you are free to work full-time. The stores usually ask for at least two years experience in clothing retail. Competition is high.
- Starting salaries are £18 – 22k although this can rise to £30k with experience (more in London).
- If you prefer a steady job to the uncertainty of self-employment, this could be for you. When you work for a store, you also get commission on the items you sell and this is another nice boost to your salary.
Follow our guide on how to be a personal shopper!
Become the saviour of busy women everywhere when you set up a mobile manicurist.
If you’ve always enjoyed decorating your own nails and looking for a bit of extra cash on the side, this could be a perfect part-time job for you.
Mobile manicurists are usually fully trained and offer a flexible schedule which means it can be a great part-time money maker for those who have a full-time job.
If you want to offer your treatments to high-end clients you can charge anything from £25-£30. When starting out, however, you should charge around £7 – £20 and increase your rates as your business picks up.
Read our guide to becoming a mobile manicurist.
What could be more romantic than working with beautiful blooms all day?
With floral design experiencing something of a global resurgence, floral entrepreneurs can tap into the market without necessarily owning a ‘flower shop’.
Whether you do arrangements for weddings, create bunches for people to order online for special occasions or sell fresh flowers at a farmer’s market, you could earn a lovely bit of extra cash.
Read more about how to make money by starting your own floristry business.
With a growing number of children in need of temporary homes, the UK is facing a huge shortage of foster carers.
This means there are loads of opportunities for kind, caring women and men to make a massive difference to the lives of children.
You also get paid a good amount as it can be tough work.
The government sets minimum allowance rates, which are currently between £125 and £219 per child per week. These change each year and differ depending on the age of the child and where you live.
You can also receive further allowances and grants for childcare, educational, domestic or even holiday expenses. These can exceed £200 per child per week, depending on circumstances and region.
Follow our guide to becoming a foster carer.
If your friends and family are always finding excuses to flock to your dinner table, it’s safe to say your cooking skills are well above average.
So, why not turn your talent into a thriving business?
One of the most exciting to pop up onto our radar recently is to start a supper club of your own.
With their roots in the cabaret culture of the 1930s and ’40s, supper clubs are experiencing a revival as affordable alternatives to fancy restaurants and opportunities for diners to connect more authentically.
Because of the novelty of the experience, you can charge between £30 and £50 a head. Which could translate into a nice sum of money if you have an average of 10 guests per meal.
There are a couple of rules and regulations to keep in mind, however. Read on for the MoneyMagpie guide to starting your own supper club from home.