Some of the newest and fastest-growing businesses today are devoted to easing the burdens of parenthood. Busy moms and dads rely on entrepreneurs to help them do everything from decorating the nursery to ferrying kids to and from soccer practice. And mothers are turning to businesses that help them learn how to care for their newborns or get back into shape after childbirth.
"The whole country is more child-focused," says Jennifer Basye, author of 101 Extra-Income Opportunities for Women (Prima Publishing, $14, 800-632-8676), of the boom in child-related businesses. "None of these businesses were available when we were kids. Women are working more and [parents are] spending more money on their kids. This is a fabulous field to be mined." Here are 10 great ideas for getting your share of the gold.
Pamela Rohland is a freelance writer and university professor in Reading, Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in Self, Philadelphia Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer.