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Top 10 Home Based Businesses For Work At Home Moms

Mar 27, 2008
We've all seen the late night infomercials that try to convince you that you can make $5,000, $10,000, even $25,000 a week without lifting a finger from the privacy of your own home. Well, if you haven't figured it out yet, if a business opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And while that may mean you're not going to become a millionaire overnight, if you're a work at home mom looking for a real way to make some real money without having to re-invent the wheel, a home based franchise may be the perfect business for you. With hundreds of different franchises to choose from, you can choose the franchise that fits you best and with the ability to run the entire business out of your home, you'll save a lot of money each year on everything from commuting costs to tax deductions for home offices. If you're a work at home mom and you're interested in getting into a home based business, look no further because here's the top 10 home based businesses for work at home moms, and no, they're not too good to be true.


"Home inspections. Done Right." is the tagline for HouseMaster, but another thing they do right is provide an excellent franchise that consistently receives high marks from all over the industry including a four star franchisee satisfaction rating and a ranking in the top 50 franchises in franchisee satisfaction. Not only is HouseMaster ranked as one of the best in the business, they also stand behind their brand meaning and they're confident that you will too. In fact, in the first year of your franchise, if you're not completely satisfied, they will refund your franchise fee. HouseMaster knows the home inspection industry in and out and as a franchisee, they're mission is to teach you how to get into the home inspection industry and master it.

Cruise Planners

Cruising has been the fasted growing segment of the travel industry for over 20 years and it is still on the rise and Cruise Planners can put you at the front of the action. Cruise Planners is one of the largest, privately owned, nationally recognized cruise selling agencies in the country and you can dive into this exciting business opportunity with little or no experience in the travel industry. That's because cruise planners provide you with everything you need to get going. Entrepreneur has ranked cruise planners #1 for five years in a row and it's easy to see why. Their business model of providing the franchisee with a customized website, in depth training and continued ongoing customer and franchisee service from their support staff makes Cruise Planners a can't miss home based business.

Molly Maid

Over 10 Million households use paid domestic service and the industry is approaching annual sales of $20 billion dollars. Molly Maid helps you to capitalize on this booming industry by giving you the tools and training to get started, while also giving you the motivation and skills to lead and mobilize your own team of professionals. With Molly Maid, the initial investment is relatively small but the freedom and potential for this high-demand service is incredible. With a franchise business from Molly Maid you can build a booming business while still having time for the kids since you won't be working nights or weekends. This could be the perfect business opportunity for the working mom.

AllOver Media

With the advent of new technology such as Satellite radio, TiVO and digital content delivery, advertising is becoming increasingly more difficult to target broad audiences. AllOver Media is one company, however, that is thriving in today's commercial skipping economy. AllOver Media's goal is to create and capitalize on new and unique methods of advertising including digital indoor, gas pump, indoor print and more. As an AllOver Media franchisee, you'll be provided with years of expertise and industry proven methods for non-traditional advertising. This home based sales business is perfect for anyone looking for a great small business franchise with low startup costs but high potential for growth and profit.

Bark Busters

Bark Busters is a home-based franchise that gives you the training to be a skilled, on-site dog trainer in very little time. With Bark Busters proven method (which has trained over 300,000 dogs worldwide) you can tap into the $36 billion dollar pet industry with confidence knowing that Bark Busters is the #1 Pet Franchise (as ranked by Entrepreneur.) With many unique qualities such as a "Life of the Dog Guarantee" and the ability to change a dog's unwanted behavior in a two to two and a half hour session, Bark Busters is a great franchise for the working mom, and a must for any pet lover.

Caddy Card

The goal of advertising is to reach the right people with the right information to make the sale, and Caddy Card has put a lot of thought into their business model and come up with a way to... "advertise to a segment of the population with one of the highest discretionary incomes in the nation... golfers." Caddy Card's product is an attractive golf course guide book complete with scorecard, training aids, course information and advertisements. Your job as a Caddy Card franchisee is simply to sell the advertising space on the caddy card and then literally give them away to local golf courses. Golfers love Caddy Cards because it provides all the detailed information then need about the course and lets them track all of their important information throughout the day. Golf courses love Caddy Card because it's free for them and it attracts new players by providing more information about the course and making the golf course look more professional and attractive. You'll love Caddy Card because of its low initial investment ($11,800) and its fast return and high income potential.


Moms everywhere are familiar with Gymboree, but did you know that Gymboree is not only a great place to take your kids, but it can also be an incredible home based business for a work at home mom? If you're a mom, then you will probably already meet Gymboree's #1 requirement for their franchisees, you love to work with children. Gymboree can be a great business opportunity as well as a personally fulfilling career as you develop and shape young minds. You will be helping children develop socially, mentally and physically. If growing young minds sounds more like fun than a business, then this could be the perfect franchise for you.


...is the world's largest junk removal franchise with over 330 franchises throughout the world. Boasting growth of over 500% in the past 3 years, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Is on the rise and is a great option for anyone looking to start a home based business. Their motto of, "Man with truck - will haul junk" encapsulates the core idea of this company. It's a young, dynamic company looking to dominate a new market niche that it's quickly becoming an entirely new industry with 1-800-GOT-JUNK? leading the way. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is so confident about their product that if you don't hit $100,000 in revenue in your first year, they'll refund your 1st territory fee.

A+ Nannies

If you're a working mom, you know how hard it can be to balance taking care of the little ones and a career. A+ Nannies sets out to help relieve that burden for families across the country. A+ Nannies offers a variety of child care services including full time and part time permanent positions, temporary nannies (school breaks, vacations, etc...), on-call sitters and post-natal helpers. From consulting and training, to custom website development, A+ nannies will give you all the tools you need to start your home based business in the much needed and rapidly growing area of nannying.

Palm Beach Coffee

With coffee being the #2 commodity in the US, it's no wonder this $18 billion dollar industry is commonly described as "recession proof." Palm Beach Coffee provides a home-based business in the coffee industry that begins with you placing their fully automatic specialty coffee machines in high traffic areas and then in as little as 2 hours each week, your business can be up and running and making money for you. Set your own hours and spend as much or as little time as you want. This franchise makes a great additional stream of income and will start generating cash flow immediately.

With so many business opportunities out there, it can be overwhelming to choose one. All of the franchises listed will provide you with top-notch service, training and help with setup and each of them is a great way for the work at home mom to get into her own business. Hopefully one of these franchises will appeal to you, and if you'd like to find out more about any franchise in particular, simply request more information on any of them and see for yourself what a home-based business franchise can do for you.
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