In my practice, I work with women who express the desire to have more control and flexibility in their work hours and want to build something for themselves. I hear it over and over again, and it’s some iteration of this: “I work hard. If I’m going to continue to work my butt off, I want it to benefit my bottom line and not someone else’s.”
In a recent survey conducted by Franchise Business Review, (the leading surveyor on franchisee satisfaction) 90% of female franchisees surveyed said they enjoy operating their business. So, here are 5 of the hottest franchise opportunities for you to consider that cover the spectrum of industries and investment ranges:
1. Blo Blow Dry Bar
Blo is North America’s original blow dry bar. They launched the original ‘no cuts, no color’ concept. Their distinctive hot pink branding and cute slogans like “you’re not cheating on your hairdresser” and “so you say you want a blo?” attracts rabid fans. This is a hot beauty category that continues to attract customers with convenient and affordable blowouts. Additional revenue streams are provided by makeup and some other retail offerings.
The investment range is reasonable at around $300K “all in” for one location. It’s easily scaled, and as you add locations to your budding empire, you will begin to work less and oversee the managers. A super fun business to run if you don’t mind a staff of young artists.
2. Huntington Learning Centers
With a 40-year track record, Huntington knows what works. This tutoring center offers test preparation and subject tutoring. The company boasts that utilizing their system, students improve over two grade levels in reading and math in just three months and an average of four ACT points or one hundred ninety SAT points.
The centers are accredited by the same organizations that accredit local schools, a recognition of excellence that few other tutoring companies earn. With a claim that their centers earn 63% more than their next closest competitor, this is an obvious must-see for anyone interested in giving back to their community and helping students achieve. The overall investment range is $125K to $225K, depending on your location and buildout.
3. Just Between Friends
This is the dominant brand in the rapidly growing consignment sales event industry and the leading pop-up consignment sales event franchise in North America.
Franchise owners collect sellable items from consignors and hold at least two large (VERY large – like 20K square feet large!) consignment events a year. People seeking bargains purchase the items, and the owner makes a percentage of every item sold. It’s a great win for all parties involved. Consignors can earn money back on unused baby clothes and gear, maternity items, and kid’s clothes in great condition, as well as children’s toys and games.
Investment in a Just Between Friends franchise starts at $14,900, making it very affordable. Franchisees hold a minimum of two events a year, which makes for an easy-to-manage, flexible business. It is excellent for anyone looking for supplemental income, and a good choice for the stay-at-home parents who want to generate more money – or even someone currently working and looking for a way to own his/her own company. This is a more or less ‘part-time work for supplemental income’ type of business.
4. Oasis Senior Advisors
Oasis Senior Advisors provides a free resource to seniors and their families to help them find senior living communities, whether that be an assisted living, memory care, or independent living community. The communities pay a referral fee (to the franchisee) that is typically 70%-75% of a community’s monthly bed fee.
Oasis franchisees focus on the model’s three simple components: Build an inventory of communities, then develop referral partners (social workers, hospital discharge nurses, geriatric professionals), and help families. This is a business you run from home, typically by yourself with no employees to start. You are helping seniors and their families by providing an extremely valuable service during a time of extreme stress in their lives.
With a low investment of just $60-$80K, it’s one of the hottest franchise opportunities for someone wanting to work from home with no employees. I recently profiled a successful owner in my “She Owns It” series. You can find Connie’s story here.
Showhomes is America’s largest home staging provider with a unique five streams of revenue approach. It’s not your mother’s staging business anymore! Showhomes began in 1986 with the concept of transforming unappealing, vacant houses into fully-furnished, inviting, valued Showhomes. Now in their third decade of service to homeowners and their realtors, they’ve become America’s premier home staging service coast-to-coast.
Every major national media outlet in the U.S. has praised the work of Showhomes, and the company’s work has also been featured on The Today Show, HGTV, and the Travel Channel.
With an “all in” investment under $80K, this work from home model appeals to anyone who loves homes, looking at homes and improving the appearance of homes. You are required to have at least one employee to attend training as one of you will be sales and the other admin. You should also be prepared to network with realtors and home builders in your area. The homes you service will be the very cream of the crop in your market (the top 20%).
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I know several bloggers who use freelance writing to supplement their income. It certainly isn’t passive income and can be labor intensive, but the earnings generated can get you by in lean months. The exposure received is also beneficial to your brand and business. Occasionally submitting work to editors helps improve your writing skills as well. Heaven knows we can all use a little constructive criticism from time to time.
Whether you’re looking for a feather in your cap or some moolah in your pocket, Writer’s Market annual guide is an excellent resource to help you find paying assignments. I cannot stress enough how important this book is to the freelancer trying to get paid for her work. Every year, a new addition is published with tips and tutorials on how to submit your work in a professional and efficient manner. The best part is, the guide reveals who is accepting articles, where to send submissions, how long it takes to get approved, and the pay rate.
Writer’s Market is divided into categories like Child Care and Parental Guidance, Food and Drink, Health and Fitness, Beauty and Salon, Hobby and Craft, Travel and Camping, Business and Finance. If you want to save yourself hours of legwork, buy the book! You can pay for an annual subscription of $40 to WritersMarket.com or purchase the book for considerably less online. I choose to order the physical copy every year.
Take a peek at my 30 high paying side hustles for bloggers and freelancers. Several sites were found in the book. I’ve separated the list into categories depending upon your niche. But first, here’s a helpful video by Maggie Linders for those of you who have little or no experience with this type of writing.
Mommy and Parenting
StorkGuide is the hub for pregnant women and new moms. This site accepts how-to’s, guides, and tips about mothering small children. You’ll be paid $50 for posts 700 words or more. Additionally, you’ll have a byline with a link to your website.
Parent.co publishes posts about parenting and life as a mom or dad. Compensation starts at $50 for up to 1,200 words. There is also a bonus program for social shares that pays between $50-300.
Red Tricycle is geared (no pun intended) toward busy parents who want helpful articles that will inform and entertain them. Your submission of 800 words gets you a 2-3 sentence bio and a backlink. When your post reaches 25,000 page views, you earn $50. They will occasionally take articles you have already published.
Fitness and Health (Physical and Mental)
Whole Life Times prints stories about natural health, alternative healing, green living, and sustainable food. WLT pays $100-175 for articles 800-1,100 words and $35-150 for shorter posts.
American College of Healthcare Sciences invites experts to submit posts of 600-1,000 words on topics related to holistic health and wellness. For your effort, you’ll receive $50. Also, you will gain exposure with a photo, short bio, and a link to your personal blog or business website.
Anxiety Foundation is interested in those who would like to share their experience, knowledge or tips about mental health. Posts should be unique and a minimum of 550 words. Expect payment of $50, a biography, and a link to your website. Nice!
Money Making/Saving and Personal Finance
The Dollar Stretcher is a group of publications providing readers with ways to assist them in saving time and money. They want articles with practical tips that people can use to help them stretch their dollars. Your posts should be 500-700 words and will earn $50-70.
Doctor of Credit accepts posts on consumer credit/finance topics including money making opportunities, bank sign up bonuses, and credit sign up promotions. You can make $50 per post (they suggest 600+ words) including a short bio with no links. Another option is to write an article for no compensation. You’ll be allowed a bio and two promotional links to your website or an affiliate program you want to promote. Excellent!
FundsForWriters is all about earning a living as a writer. Duh, right? They want articles with pointers, success stories, and profitable business practices related to freelancing and blogging. Short and sweet posts of 500-600 words will earn you $50 for original content and $15 for reprints.
“If you are a writer, ask to be paid for your work. If you are asking a writer to appear, pay them.” – Hope Clark, Editor, FundsForWriters
Hobby and Craft
Knitty accepts patterns and tutorials on, you guessed it, knitting. Check out the site to find examples of what this publication desires. Compensation is $120-200 plus a link to your website.
IndieMade needs original posts related to the marketing of creative companies involved in crafts, music, writing, photography, clothing design, and jewelry production. The site only pays about $25 for a 500-word article, but you can make $60 for a 2 minute, edited video post.
Bead and Button is a bimonthly magazine dedicated to the designs, materials, and techniques needed to make beaded jewelry. Articles range from 1,000-1,200 words and earn $75-300.
Cultures and Cuisines is a site dedicated to traveling and food. Posts can be about exotic locations or places near your home turf. Pay is a non-negotiable $200 for articles 800-3,000 words.
DesertUSA is a regional publication that focuses on the North American Desert. Subject matter should emphasize natural history, adventure, and local culture. Posts range from 1,000-1,500 words with 3-5 photos and earn $50.
Viator Travel Blog publishes travel advice, things to do, and places to go. You must agree to write a batch of 2-5 posts on a particular area or region. Word counts range from 300-500 and pay is $45 per article. Not bad!
Great Escape Publishing needs 300-600 word articles for its newsletter, The Right Way to Travel. The site pays $50-200 each. Please Note: They only respond to unsolicited articles on an as needed basis. You may want to send an email first.
Business, Marketing, and Work at Home Mom
Freelance Mom is a blog about the topics close to the working mom’s heart. Posts should be 900-1,500 words and earn $75-100. If your article is the most shared that month, you’ll receive a bonus of $150. That’s a real incentive to assist with the promotion of your article.
Women In Business is a bimonthly magazine covering issues affecting working women. Topics include business trends, self-improvement, retirement issues, and small business ownership. Article length should be 500-1,000 words. They compensate with $100 per 500 words. Good work if you can get it!
Home Business Magazine covers home office, marketing, sales, technology, networking and everything else related to home-based businesses. This publication will pay $40-200 for articles 200-1,000 words if they are assignments. They only offer a byline for unsolicited articles, so it might be a good idea to send a query via email first.
Tech, Website, Computer, and Internet
WPHub focuses on the WordPress development community. Submission topics range from coding, themes, plugins, and design trends. Your post should be 800-1,200 words and contain visuals. Rates offered are $100-200.
A List Apart produces features, articles, and mini-articles on the design and development of web content. Posts should be 500-2,500 words. Compensation ranges from $50-200.
WorldStart will pay $35 for an 800-word post. They look for articles about Windows, internet and e-mail tips. Submissions should have at least one image.
HostPresto will pay you to write tutorials about web hosting, web development, and web software. Articles should be 1,500-3,000 words. You will earn between $75-150 for your efforts.
Thriving Family focuses on parenting and marriage from the biblical perspective. Posts of 50-200 words pay $50 while posts of 450 words receive 25 cents per word or about $110. That is an outstanding rate.
Tablet is a daily online magazine consisting of Jewish news, ideas, and culture. You’ll need to negotiate per-post pay as no rates or word minimums are listed on their submission page. Rumor on the internet is that the site pays $400 for 1,000-1,500 word articles.
Providence publishes posts from 500-1,000 words on topics related to Christian faith, theology, foreign policy, international relations, and political theory. The website offers $100 per job but pays $500-1,000 for longer essays and features.
Answers In Genesis is an evangelistic, educational ministry that produces a magazine dedicated to a creation-based worldview. Article lengths vary between 500-2,000 words and pay from $75-400.
Listverse is a quirky, funny site that publishes lists. I know, not a surprise, given the name. Here’s the premise; you write an unusual, entertaining post of at least ten items composed of one paragraph each. Submissions should be about 1,800 words, including the introduction. If accepted, you’ll get $100.
Women on Writing accepts articles related to the craft of writing and publishing. Articles range anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 words and earn $50-75.
LoveToKnow offers advice to women on the topics of beauty, health, technology, home and garden, money, lifestyle, and travel. This gig is freelance, but you would be under contract. They require at least one year of professional writing experience and offer $25-100 per post.
Well, that’s my complete list of 30 high paying side hustles for bloggers and freelancers. It is intended for fledgling writers or seasoned authors who need to pad their resume and pay off a few expenses. If you need additional ideas on how to generate cash, read my post about paying off debt here.
I hope you found the information valuable. If so, please share it with others so they can get paid what they are worth. Do you know of other sites that offer fair compensation to writers? Give us the low down in the comment section below.
Life is better when we lift each other up.
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I love shopping. Not for clothes, handbags, makeup, shoes or jewelry, but for products that make me more efficient. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate a quality outfit. However, nothing relieves my stress more than finding a tool that boosts my productivity. Okay, maybe yoga and wine are also on my list for anxiety relief, but I’ll keep my focus on organizational tools for now. After all, time is our most precious commodity. If there’s a system or technique that will help me manage my work and avoid anxiety, I’m all over it. In my never-ending search for the latest and greatest, I’ve found 7 innovative sites to help you crush it in business from this day forward.
Grammarly – I’m telling you, this tool saves my bacon. I started using it when I wrote my first article and have been relying on it ever since. The basic features are free, but I paid the nominal annual subscription rate for the upgraded version. Grammarly checks for spelling and grammar errors as well as correct sentence structure in my blog posts, emails, social media messages, and Word documents. I also use the browser extension when I surf the web. This impressive platform can also be used for cover letters, term papers, business proposals and works within Microsoft Office.
DialMyCalls.com – This business began in 1999 as one of the internet’s first wake-up call services and evolved into a mass online notification company with over 80,000 clients including Fortune 500 companies, schools, and government agencies. With this service, you can send voice or text messages and emails to groups of customers, coworkers or family members. You can send a 30-second message to up to 25 contacts once per week at no charge. Beyond that, you can use a pay-as-you-go package or subscribe to the economical and unlimited monthly plan. DialMyCalls is available on Android and iOS mobile devices.
WorkFrom – I recently started using this site because I was tired of working from the same old haunts I had been visiting for months. I desperately needed a change of scenery and some better amenities. If you are a remote worker and long for unique, new spaces with available wi-fi, then WorkFrom is for you. After you create your free account, you’ll gain access to the listing of public and private spots that will allow you to get stuff done more efficiently. Each location is rated by you and other Workfrom community members for high-speed internet connections, comfort, access to outlets, and other details important to digital nomads. You can access the website or use the iOS or Android app.
TimeAndDate You don’t want to miss an important client call or phone meeting with a colleague rooted in another time zone. I was recently attempting to schedule an interview with a podcaster who was located thousands of miles from me. For some reason, it was difficult to correctly calculate the time difference and schedule a time that would work for me. Fortunately, I managed the task, but the experience took longer than it should have. I vowed to correct that problem and found TimeAndDate. It’s free, but you will need to open an account to get access to most of the site’s offerings. This powerful tool helps calculate more than the hours between time zones. It boasts features that lookup international dialing codes, print and manage calendars, find worldwide weather forecasts, plan national and international meetings and more. The app is available on iOS and Android devices.
CamCard – This site and app are more than just a business card management system and scanner. After you take a photo of a card, it auto-populates text fields and creates a contact for you to save and share with your email and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) programs. CamCard can also export this information into Microsoft Office programs. The technology is perfect for networking events, conferences, and client meetings as you can exchange e-cards with each other. How eco-friendly can you get? The stripped-down, free versions are available on Android and iOs as well as the paid, upgraded apps.
Gboard – This is an app rather than an actual website. As a new user of this third-party iPhone or Android keyboard, I appreciate that it’s increased my texting speed. I’m probably the slowest smartphone keyboard user on planet Earth! Gboard offers glide typing and built-in search. This means you can be in the process of texting someone and look up an address or any other information you need and paste it in the conversation without opening your browser. Just tap the Google button to search. Easy as pie! Use Slash Keyboard as an alternative if you are an avid Android user.
TripIt – I used to equate travel with stress. That was before I began utilizing this wonderful travel organizer. Now I can’t imagine booking a recreation or business junket without this handy tool. TripIt consolidates the confirmations and emails from hotels, airlines, and car rental companies into a master itinerary on my phone or computer. No more flipping between apps or emails! If a flight is delayed, canceled or a gate number changes, I get a quick update that saves me time and aggravation. The platform’s basic features are free to use, but you can upgrade to the annual plan or TripIt Pro that keeps track of reward program points, finds alternate flights with open seats, and shares itineraries with others.
I hope you utilize this list of 7 innovative sites to help you crush it in business. If you found these resources valuable, please share it with coworkers, family members, and friends and let me know which is your favorite tool and why.
Life is better when we lift each other up.