Starting a business can sound like a lot of effort, but if you’re willing to put in some time and dedication, it can work out as a fantastic alternative source of income or a side hustle. However, you need to approach it with the right mindset if you want to actually make money instead of just wasting it on things like a website.

So here are some practical tips on how a busy mum can start a business.

What are you good at or experienced in?

A great place to start is picking something that you’re good at or have experience in. For instance, if you’re currently working as a bookkeeper or accountant, then you could consider a job that relates to those things. One example would be to teach others how to become an accountant, such as offering accountant coaching. This can be done with the help of an online learning platform that allows you to create and advertise your courses to other people.

If you don’t think you’re particularly skilled at something, then you could consider what you want to improve or learn. For instance, if you’re passionate about music, then you could try to sell stock music or even create backing tracks for people. There are plenty of opportunities, but it’s important to look around and pivot your interests and skills.

What specialists can you talk to?

No matter what type of business you start, it’s always a good idea to speak to a specialist at various stages. For instance, you could speak to a learning management system (LMS) marketing specialist if you’re looking to run your own learning platform to share courses and videos for educational purposes. You could also speak to a friend or family member if they have experience starting their own company.

The idea of listening to specialists is to try and learn something from their perspective. Since they’ve been in the industry longer than you, they can offer you tips that they would’ve appreciated when they started. Things like this can make a huge difference in the success rate of your own company, so don’t overlook the advice that others are willing to give (even if it’s for a price!).

Who’s available to help you?

Perhaps your significant other is willing to support your endeavours and look after the kids while you’re locked in your study working on your business. Perhaps you have a work colleague who’s expressed an interest in starting up a business with you. There are plenty of opportunities to work with other people so you can share the burden of starting up a business.

Of course, you need to be able to trust these people as starting up a business is a long-term commitment and not something you do for a couple of weeks and quit. If there are trustworthy people that you know who would be willing to help, then brainstorming ideas with them can be a fantastic way to start a business even if you’re busy.