Small Business Ideas for Muslim Women
Have you always wanted to have your own business, but been uninspired or unsure on what to do? We’ve got you covered! Here are five small business ideas for Muslim women who want to start their own businesses.
Being a Muslim woman in 2022 seems as if its becoming increasingly difficult. We face a lot of obstacles, and many of them are gendered. Some of those obstacles involve being a visible Muslim in the workplace, where we may be subjected to discrimination or harassment because of our religion and clothing choices. Or perhaps we aren't able to work outside of the home because of our family responsibilities, but we still want to contribute financially to our families. Maybe we just want to follow in the footsteps of sister Khadija, and be a businesswoman because that’s what lights us up. Whatever our individual motivations are, there are many reasons why owning a business can be an attractive option for Muslim women.
If you’re interested in starting your own business as a Muslim woman, let’s take a look at a few halal small business ideas so you can get some inspiration.
Monetize Your Hobby – If You Want
The most obvious place to start would be sitting down and making a list of the things you do for fun; things that you love doing. What are you great at? What do your friends ask you to help them with? Is this a skill you can monetize?
Make istikhara about turning this into a business. There are many people who will immediately advise you to monetize every hobby you can, but that’s coming from a capitalist framework. It’s very important for you to have hobbies you do solely because you enjoy them. You don’t even have to be good at them; you just need to enjoy doing them.
Make a list of the hobbies you do just for the pleasure of doing them versus the ones you do really well. The ones you do really well are candidates to be monetized. Again, give careful consideration to the fact that once you monetize something, it’s no longer a hobby; it becomes work. It will still be important for you to maintain activities that you do solely for pleasure, without the pressure of having to be good at them or the pressure of having to scale them into a business.
If academics are your thing, there’s always a demand for tutoring. Tutoring can be done either remotely or in person. You can choose the age ranges you want to work with, from primary school through college, as well as the subjects. The hours are flexible, and you can generally work as little or as much as you want. If you speak Arabic, Urdu, or another language, you can even have a business teaching English, teaching those languages, or even translating.
Do you throw amazing parties? Is everyone always complimenting your decorations when you throw a birthday bash? Are you the friend everyone goes to when they want to help with their mehndi or their baby shower? Then maybe you should consider offering your services as a professional event planner! Start building a portfolio of your previous work, ask for testimonials from people whose events you’ve put together in the past, and put together a website. Inshallah soon you’ll be on your way to getting your first paid clients!
Selling Products Online
This is a great option for those who love to shop online. If you have experience with online purchasing and know your way around the best deals and products in a particular niche, you could just turn it around and sell some of your favorite products. Nowadays many large retailers offer their products at wholesale or white label (they put your logo or brand on their products for resale) and you can easily your own line of products. Whether you're into fashion, makeup, electronics, or even fitness, starting your own online business has never been easier.
Halal travel agency
In 2016, the halal tourism market was worth $155 billion, representing 13% of travel. Those numbers are only expected to increase as the world opens back up again as the pandemic eases. Muslim families are not willing to compromise their values to travel. They’re looking for vacation packages and destinations that reflect their values and ethics. You can be part of providing that experience – and inshallah gain sadaqah as well.
Muslim-themed items small business ideas for muslim women
Muslims are generally always looking to support other Muslim-owned businesses. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather buy my hijabs and abayas from another sister than some random seller whose background I don’t know. There’s also a huge market for Islamic and Arabic-themed items such as wall plaques, decorations, shirts, and of course, halal baked goods, candies, and other product-based items.
Become an Affiliate Marketer
If you have a blog, Youtube channel, or any other social media channel with a lot of followers, this option is a great way to promote some of your favorite brands and products and earn commissions. When you join an affiliate program, you get a personalized link to the company's website that you can share online. When someone clicks on that link and purchases from that company, you earn a commission on that sale! Pretty simple right? And yes, we at Tuesday in Love also have an affiliate program that you can sign up for (it's free!). Check out our Affiliate Link.
Finding inspiration for a business may seem overwhelming, but there are lots of ways to monetize things you’re already doing and skills you already have. Learning how to market and package your talents, as well as tap into the network you have, can make a big difference in helping you to get your business off the ground, and help you to start getting paid for the amazing skills you have. You got this, girl! May Allah guide you to the best business for you, that will allow you to help many others, and put all the barakah in your business.
Do you have your own business? What type of business do you have? We’d love to hear from you – and hear what advice you have for sisters just getting started. Drop a comment and show some love, and be sure to follow us on Instagram at @tuesdayinlove. Feel free to use our comment section to network and support each other! After all, we are all about the love here at Tuesday In Love!