Take hand-made cards. Many enjoy making these and can do it for a few pence. It's therapeutic and creative. So if you can start small making for fairs, school fetes, old people's homes, etc, it can grow and grow.
Cake making, again, many people enjoy doing this and creating different designs so doing this for friends, family and then a wider circle can grow your mini business. It may not make you a million but can certainly be the start of a business. Social media networking can also help grow orders and promote what you offer.
This can be a great start into working life again. You can still be at home for the family, work school hours and enjoy what you do.
One lady I have known for many years had a career in retail previously and changed directions into training. But she always had a passion for fashion and had a flair and head for style. After being made redundant she decided to take her passion one step further and open a boutique.
After six years her boutique Femme is going from strength to strength and she's now opened a shoe shop.
She has kept one step ahead and given something different to the local town. It's something she has always enjoyed and she takes her stock to care homes, gift fairs and bridal events.
Another lady I came across recently wanted to work but still be at home for her kids. She does lots of ironing daily so her idea was a mobile ironing service. Again, this is a thriving business. She advertises on social media, has a large regular client base, and has now secured premises and expanded into laundry.
Although this may not have been a hobby it is something she did on a daily basis and she's cleverly taken advantage of the situation.
These are two different ideas and neither need a massive lot of qualifications to start. Once you are running your own business the list of training and qualifications is endless such as undertaking NVQs in management, customer service, business administration, etc.
So really Ladies what have you got to lose?