Today’s question is from Carrie:
I would like to supplement my full-time job to pay down some debts. I want to do it from home as I am a single mom and I always have my kids with me.
I could do something in the evening while they are sleeping or on the weekends when they are playing. I’ve tried the online surveys. I’ve sold Avon. I have good computer, typing, and proofreading skills.
Does anyone have any ideas?
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I tutor and teach piano lessons. If you have those skills, both can be easily done from home.
domestic diva says
I work at home as a distributor for Young Living (while being a SAHM and homeschooling my kids). I love the product, and it has a potential to make good money.
Take a look at this [outdated] post from my up-line, it gives you a good idea: http://issuu.com/youngliving/docs/2015_productguide_online?e=2440491/9771116
And she provides TONS of support so everyone under her can do the exact same thing. It’s fantastic, and really a team environment. Everyone helps each other to succeed.
Please feel free to PM me for more details: lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com
Lisa Yates says
i also needed to supplement my income several years ago. I was a single mom working full time. I decided to help my siister with her morning paper route. I started just helping a day or tow a week. When i realized I could work 21 hours a week(3 hours a day 7 days a week– ALL while the kids slept) and make full time wages I started my own route. 21 years later I still work 3 hours a day 7 days a week and have all the time I want during the dy with my family. I can’t just leave for a weekend but I am still available for all family things. Just so you know I make around 450-500 a week working just 21 hours a week. Call your local paper and see if they have something available. You might have to build up to making this kind of money(I started making 200 a week), but I would not trade my job for anything right now!! GOOD LUCK!!
Celia Lyons says
Since you have a computer and good typing skills, you might look into doing home-based medical transcription.
Sell items on Facebook. I do this often. I recently made $300 in one week. All I do is go through my home and if we aren’t using the item anymore…I sell it! Don’t price your items too high, and make sure to be descriptive and honest in your description. I hope this helps!
Abby @ Mother on a Mission says
I’ve had good luck with textbroker.com. It’s a site that allows you to do small freelance writing jobs. The money isn’t great, but it’s decent, considering you aren’t attached to a phone. Also, if you enjoy writing, like me, you might find it more enjoyable than other options.
Sherri Stotler says
I was asking myself the same questions several years ago and I researched so many options I wrote a book about it. 🙂 You can read it free if you have kindle unlimited (otherwise it’s $4.99 but WELL worth it!)
You could check out my website I just launched that will have money savings ideas, extra income ideas, etc at makingitpaytostay.com. There is a ton out there, I have full confidence you will find some great ideas!
I work for a company called Juice Plus. Our mission statement is to inspire healthy living around the world. I have auto immune diseases and these products have changed my life. Lost 30 lbs since Aug. I am not a sales person but since I had such a positive experience with the products I wanted to help as many people as I can get healthy.
DoTerra! Go to essential5team.com and watch the video. This is seriously a no brainer! I can send you my wellness advocate number to delve more into it. There is absolutely NO RISK and you can be making 5 figures in less than 5 months with $150 investment (which you get the same amount in the amazing product)! This really works!
Yes…I came across a wonderful opportunity myself to not only buy better safer products at a fraction of the cost of your speciality stores for my family, but also share it with others and get to earn an income. What I love about it is what it’s not….not direct sales, not a party plan or MLM and you don’t sell anything…you just share with others and watch peoples lives change for the better! Would love to tell you more..contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. Absolutely No Obligation information!
I swear by HireMyMom.com. I signed up almost 3 yrs. ago and have been a writing consultant for the same PR firm since. It’s $30/3 mos. for access to job listings. It’s basically smaller sized companies needing help in all areas & fields. It’s for women who are hardworking and have some experience but want to stay home with their kids. I found 2 jobs within 2 wks. so cancelled my membership at 3 mos and made the money back right away. I work when I can (evenings, weekends, during day if possible) and do all work thru email so no phone calls! Hire My Mom has won several awards & is well respected. If you’re able to do virtual assistant type positions there are a lot of jobs listed usually. FlexJobs.com is another top rated one but I didn’t have good luck finding jobs thru them. I’ve looked into so many companies to work from home & really didn’t want to have to sell and have home parties personally as the mkt is so saturated where I live. Check job listings on WAHM.com too. They offer job listings and advice. Good luck!
If you are curious about health and wellness, check into Juice Plus! Amazing company to work for while simply living your life! The company is very different from any of the other at home sales companies because they combine several business strategies (network marketing, franchise, corporation) and they are mission driven to educate and inspire healthy living. We market a line of whole food nutritional products that consists of fruits, vegetables, berries and grains in capsule or soft chewable, two flavors of a protein drink mix, two flavors of a nutrition bar and we even have a vertical gardening system that you can grow your own fruits and vegetables. Once you see the power of whole food in the various forms that Juice Plus offers and what it can do to transform people’s health, it’s contagious and therefore very easy to earn income just by sharing your story in your free time! I hope you consider it!
I work from home as an independent contractor writing web copy for a variety of clients. My initial client required a Master’s degree, which I do have. I quit my job 3 years ago and now do this while my children are napping or watching a movie alongside me. It’s not a full-time income, definitely nowhere near what I made in my full-time job and 8 years of experience in my field of expertise. However, I have no travel costs, no start-up costs, no childcare costs, no advertising costs, I don’t have to buy any thing, I don’t have to host any parties and most importantly to me, I don’t have to constantly ask friends and family if they want any of my products! What I enjoy the most is being able to exercise my brain as a writer. I spend time doing research and editing as well as the actual writing.
About 3 months ago, I purchased Young Living Essential Oils as a way to enhance my families health. What started out as a way to keep my family healthy, in one of the most natural ways possible, I was quite surprised when all of my friends and family wanted to know what I was doing. I inadvertently became a Young Living independent distributor and my little business is growing. If you are interested, I would be happy to send you samples so you can experience this natural Gift for yourself!
Stephanie Hanouw says
HI, if you know even the rudimentary foundations of math and reading (the sounds of the alphabet, etc,.) I would like to suggest you put an add on Craig’s list for tutoring. You can make a lot of money tutoring, but high prices kinda knock out those who need it most and can’t afford it. I have seen prices range from $20/hr. up to $60/hr. Some people can pay that and will, but the most people need the lower range. I change $35/hour and go down if it is really necessary. (I also pay a tithe on it by giving every10th session free of charge.) I don’t feel good about keeping someone from the help they need because I insist on a price to high for them. I have toyed with the idea of just letting God move on people’s hearts and let them pay what works. I’ve not come to the conclusion that that is His plan as of yet since I am trying to help pay my daughter’s college tuition.
Robyn Ramsey says
I have my hand in several pots – I sell on eBay, I do virtual admin assistant work and I cook and bake (sort of catering but not totally). I am also a notary public and I am an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay. As others have mentioned, if you would like additional information about Mary Kay, I would be happy to share it with you. We have amazing products and the earning potential is unlimited.
Best of luck to you in whatever you choose! 🙂
How did you get started with virtual assistant jobs? Were did you look or what avenue did you take when you started this? Thank you for any help.
How do you go about the notary job? I have been interested in doing that. Where do you start, fees involved, and around how much do you make? Can you email me more info, please? email@example.com
While several people have mentioned selling on Ebay here you can also sell on Amazon. I sell through FBA which means I send all my products to Amazon as soon as I list them and then Amazon takes care of all the shipping and customer service when it sells. I absolutely love it and I can do it with my 17 month old. Let me know if you want more information.
What kind of things do you sell on amazon? Do you need to have an inventory to get started?
Sarah B says
Megan- Are your items new for FBA? Can you compare between Ebay and FBA?
I sell both new and used products on Amazon including grocery, books, general household items, health products and baby products. I sell a mix of thrifted items, retail arbitrage items, and wholesale items. There are definitely products that are better on Ebay (used clothes, antiques) but overall your products will sell for more money on Amazon. Feel free to email me if anyone has more questions, firstname.lastname@example.org
The best resource I found when I was learning all about this was thriftingforprofit.com, they have a free weekly podcast (now called the streamer show). Listen to all of the archived shows if you’re really interested.
I would love to know more about this too. Thank you!
I would also love to hear more about this! Sounds interesting.
I just begun working for a company named Primerica. It has flexible hours and I am learning so much about finances and debt. I take my children with me and you can work evenings and weekends. There are lots of wonderful ideas and I wish you the best!!!
Kathryn Nielsen says
Advocare is a great way to supplement income! It’s nutrition based supplement. Being an independent distributor you can earn income and also get a discount on products! Any questions feel free to ask!
Have you heard of It Works Global? Health and wellness company. All natural products. Happy to share more info if you are interested.
Heather Abbott says
Another option is becoming a consultant with Usborne Books & More, the best children’s book company in the world. My kids and others children are often guests of my party – who better to try out the books you are selling then kids! Its a great way to earn cash, trips, free books and other great incentives. The start up costs are low, but I love that even if I decide to stop selling, I will have books that will stay with my kids and I for a lifetime.
Amy R says
usertesting.com!!!!! I easily make $200/ month through them. As long as you have a computer already there is no start up cost! When we were saving for our trip to disney and i really buckled down, I made $1600 in 8 weeks. Not typical, but possible.
Can you explain a bit about what you do for usertesting.com? What’s your job title? Everything I can find on their website requires work in their San fransicso office.
Amy R says
It’s basically beta testing websites, apps,etc. It’s all done from home. I get notified of an available test and log in to see if I qualify. It takes just a minute to tell…not a 20 minute survey to then find out I don’t qualify. Most tests take 10-15 minutes and I am paid $10 for each test done on the computer. I also have an iPhone and can do tests on the phone too. Those pay $15 each. If I happen to come across a test that takes longer, they pay a bonus. I am paid via PayPal 7 days after taking each test so I am literally getting paid almost 6-7 days a week. On the website, you’re looking for the tab on the top that says “get paid to test” The tests come slowly at first, but the longer you work with them, the more you get. I’ve been working with them almost 2 years now and have had absolutely zero problems!!
Thank you, Amy! I’m going to look more into this!
Heart and Haven says
There was a period time both hubby and I had to get 2nd jobs to pay off some unexpected expenses.
I worked early hours at my FT job (6 am – 3 pm), but was able to find a babysitting job watching a special needs boy in the evenings. I picked him up at 3:30 after school from his bus stop until 7:30 pm 3 x a week. It was definitely more work than watching a “normal” child, but I made $12/hr and was able to provide well needed respite care to another family.
I continue to be blown away by how well my Jamberry business is doing. I started in June this year. In my first three months I made over $1000. In October alone I’m already coming in at over $600. I didn’t do a single party in October. You can read my story here: http://carrieactually.com/joining-team/
I LOVE what I do. I help other families save money and earn money! I would love to show anyone who is interested what it’s all about. Then you can make your own educated decision about whether or not this is for you. No inventory. No selling. No parties! Choose your own work hours since you’re your own boss! I love helping our families.
Email me! email@example.com
No details, either. This would look a lot more reputable if it had a bit more concrete information. Legit employers tend to be pretty open about what their business is.
I am a Tupperware consultant and I also do transcription/typing work for a local home inspector. Both are very helpful and flexible!
Cheryl S says
Amazon has work from home opportunities for those residing in select states.
Tiffany Thomas says
Where do you find out how to do that and which states it is for? I couldn’t find it on the Amazon website anywhere.
Cheryl S says
Hi Tiffany, its not easy to find. Here’s the link for you. Hope it helps!
Cheryl S says
For some reason, that link I previously posted says the opportunities are not available when you click on it. Try this: go to http://www.amazon.com/csajobs. Then just scroll all the way to the bottom and the very last job posted should read “Seasonal Amazon Work from Home Customer Service Associate”. Open that and you will see the states where this can be done. Now I hope this helps! 🙂
I started Jamberry a few months ago. So far I’ve been able to pay for gas, a car payment, and some groceries in one month. I generally do most of my work during nap times and after the kids go to bed. Plus advertising is cheap 🙂 I wear them!
I work as a general transcriptionist. I don’t make tons of money, but it’s great for me because I can do it when my kids are in bed.
I also work as a distributor for Young Living. I’m not making much with them yet, but it does have the potential for being good income. Again, it’s a good job because it can be done around mothering responsibilities.
Melinda, what legit companies hire a general transcriptionist? I would love to make some supplemental income?
I started with Mile High Transcription (http://milehightranscripts.com/). Admittedly the starting pay with Mile High is fairly low, but she hired me with no transcription experience. She is awesome to work for! Mile High is a small company, and I enjoy having more of a relationship with the woman I work for rather than just working for a huge transcription company.
I also did work for Rev and MTurk when I first got started, but both of those really don’t pay much at all. Both of those companies also let me work for them with no experience. Once I started working with Mile High, I stopped doing the other two. Mile High typically has great audio and so it’s on the easier side as far as transcription goes.
I’m curious to know how you found your job with Mile High Transcription. Do you know if she is taking new transcriptionists? =)
I actually found Mile High through my sister who worked for Teri before I did. I’m not sure if she is currently hiring new people or not. We are heading into a slow season for transcription work so even if she is there probably won’t be tons of work (at least there wasn’t this time last year), but during the spring/summer there is typically a lot of work.
Do you have a degree or certificate for transcription?
I do have some degrees but not related to transcription work.
If you want to do legal or medical transcription, that takes additional training. I didn’t want to do that training so I opted to go with general transcription work.
Crystal Dosser says
I’ve recently become an AdvoCare Consultant. It is a nutrition supplement company that provides solutions for health and finances! The income I’ve received has blown me away and allowed me to stay home with my 18 month old daughter.
I am an Independent Consultant and Area Manager with Arbonne. I know there are lots of direct sale and network marketing companies out there, but I’d love to send you some samples and some info on why I believe Arbonne is the one of the top companies to start a business with! Let me know if you’d like more info.
I would love to get more info?
I supplement my full time job with virtual assisting work. I love it and it has been a nice way to add to my family’s income as my Hubby finished nursing school. It sounds like it would be a good compliment to your skills. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about virtual assisting! I’m happy to share!
This is what I do also. I won’t sell anything (of any sort) so all of those opportunities don’t interest me. I was a Legal Secretary before coming home with my kids so being a VA fits in well with my skills and my schedule. Check out Odesk.com or Elance.com for opportunities.
Grace Hernandez says
I am a new Stay at home mom and am also new to the state I now live in. I would love to hear more about virtual assisting. To be able to still care for my child and work from home would give me back some of my identity!
What sites did you use to get started?
For those who suggest ebay – can you clarify how you use this? Do you take packages to the post office every day? Do you have shipping stuff at your house and print labels? What equipment is needed? Thanks!
In regards to your ebay question. You do need a basic printer at home preferably. You need a basic digital camera that takes decent pics for your postings. You can set up on your sales how long it takes for handling.. ex. I use 2 days. 2 days from the time I get paid it should be mailed~ It some times is free to list your items. Currently you get so many per month free.
A good resource to learn is youtube videos. BTW you need to be aware between paypal fees and Ebay fees and shipping fees you have to sell the items enough to cover this plus put money in your pocket. The USPS has a pretty decent learning tool for shipping as well. Hope this helps.
Thank you! This was helpful!
Heather @ My Mothermode says
Agreed. I learned from another ebayer that pricing an item higher=perceived value and more sales! I began listing many more items at $9.99 (never, ever $.99!) and my sales really increased.
Very GREAT not “good” advice. If you list a 10.00 item for .99 and only one person bids on it for 1.09 you SOLD it! Never start out at .99 because of this. i have started my sales out at my lowest offer expected and done well. If I want no less then 10.00 I start my price at 9.99. Ebay is a great resource if you follow the basic rules. It gets scary if you follow for example on facebook. A lot of people have experiences that are not common but they post it. If you take great patience in descriptions and pics and document. You should be OK.
we have been selling on ebay for a while and they make it easy to learn about by having videos to watch. Just go to ebay. click on sell on the top left, then scroll to the bottom and click on seller information center. All you ever wanted to know is there. Also, we were using a third party for shipping but found that going thru ebay’s shipping option worked out cheaper. we just bought a scale from walmart and use that then send to your printer. You can order boxes from USPS to your house and schedule pickups by your mailperson instead of running to PO. pretty easy once you get in the groove. 🙂 Good Luck!
I have sold some items on ebay, but haven’t bought a scale yet. Was yours very expensive? Do you mind putting more information about the one you bought? Thanks!
I used a kitchen scale to weigh items that cost about $20. It is flat and you can pull out the part that shows the weight in case you have a larger item on it. It probably wouldn’t work for very large items. You might need to take those to the post office, but it worked great for clothing in a pouch or medium sized box. There are also flat rate priority mail boxes that you do not need to weigh. This may work for some of your items, too.
our scale is rated for 35 LBS or less. we do make sure it is accurate by having an item weighed periodically at the PO but other than that not much to tell. should be about 20ish dollars @ walmart.
Robyn Ramsey says
Also, if you sign up with stamps.com, they usually have a great deal where they will give you a free scale (to weigh your packages) and an introductory package. I am a subscriber, bou can cancel anytime so you are not obligated to stay with the company unless you really like their service, but you still can keep the scale. 🙂
Robyn Ramsey says
Also, if you sign up with stamps.com, they usually have a great deal where they will give you a free scale (to weigh your packages) and an introductory package. I am a subscriber, you can cancel anytime so you are not obligated to stay with the company unless you really like their service, but you still can keep the scale. 🙂
I check/verify insurance for patients at a physicians office from home. I also did paralegal work from home for a while. Drafted documents and answered forwarded phones during lunch hour. If you are bilingual, you could translate books/documents/fliers, etc. I am currently working in a romance novel that I’m going to sell through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and a blog documenting the writing/publishing process.
If you don’t mind me asking where did you find this job? It would be perfect for me I have insurance/medical background and would love to work from home! Thanks!!
To be honest, I work for the family business, my Dad’s medical practice, which allows me lots of flexibility. However, if you found a physician willing to work with your schedule it’s very feasible to do that from home. Especially if you are supplementary staff. I am not the only person doing insurance.
Robyn Ramsey says
What is your blog address, if you don’t mind sharing? I work for an up-and-coming author in San Diego and we are looking for publishing ideas, etc. I would love to read your blog (and perhaps your book as well :). Thank you!
I appreciate your interest in my book! Please be aware that it is only 1/3 of the way finished but just as a heads up it is paranormal romance. Please feel free to email me with any questions. I would be happy to send you the first chapter if you are interested. firstname.lastname@example.org
My blog has not been updated recently. But here it is.
Robyn Ramsey says
Thank you so much! 🙂
Giselle Borges says
Hi Jennifer, I really like your suggestion about translating books. I’m bilingual (Portuguese/English) and I would love to do that. How would I go about translating books and publishing them through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing? You need to get authorization from the writer first, right? How is that process?
I am an author and I would DEFINITELY want someone to ask permission before translating ANYTHING I wrote! LOL
That being said, looking at it from your perspective, I would not do anything for free. Get a commission from someone who is looking to have their book translated. Please note that I am no expert on this, but I’m sure that there are guidelines out there.There may be a specific place to advertise your services via Kindle Direct Publishing for all I know…good luck!
Davonne Parks says
Crystal has several GREAT income-earning ideas on this blog that are super helpful! I also wrote a post with several work from home job ideas plus 9 tips for people who are considering earning an income from home:
Good luck to you as you work towards generating another source of income!
You did a series quite some time ago about ways to make money before Christmas. I can’t remember the exact title, but it was something like – “31 Ways to Earn Extra Cash Before Christmas or For Christmas”. Something like that. Even though it’s probably been over a year since you did that post, I’m sure that some of the opportunities are still available.
Although I’m foggy about many of the specifics, I do recall that there were some good ideas on that post. I remember one in particular involving call center work from home. I don’t remember the names of all of the companies, but I think some were:
— Alpine Access
— Work At Home Agent
I think that U Haul offers work from home jobs as well.
I know that these call center jobs require that one have no noise in the background. But I thought of these since the reader mentioned that she would try to do the job when her children were asleep. (In the evenings)
If I’m not mistaken, you may have done other posts on earning a supplemental income from home . (Again, I don’t recall the title of the post.) Or at least featured a guest post from another blogger. There was one from singlemomsincome.com. The blogger of singlemomsincome features quite a few ways to earn money from home on one of her posts.
Try selling on ebay. I just started doing that this month and i have made over $50 in just these 3 weeks! My friend help me set up my ebay and my paypal. I started selling my kids clothes on there and other clothes that I have at home and they have started selling. And thanks to my using the Checkpoints app, I was able to cash that in for a $10 Amazon gift card and get my mailers for free!. My husband is not working nor getting unemployment so I had to figure out a way to make some type of income. I also do Swagbucks (you can cash out your points for PayPal payouts as well) and Inbox Dollars, plus sign up for Ibotta, you can cash out your money to your paypal, extra money there. I have Ibotta & Checkout 51. I also do Shopkick and Checkpoints to get more gift cards. I use the Shopkick to get free gift cards from Target. By using these apps and getting gift cards you won’t be using your own money to pay for certain things and you can then use that money for other things. And because I follow Crystal, these are all things that she has suggested to make extra money. Good luck to you.
Heather @ My Mothermode says
ebay: I get plenty of free boxes at the recycling center in town. And many items shipped via Priority Mail (which is often the best shipping price) fit into free Priority Mail boxes from the post office. They even offer free clear pockets to slip the label into. My only expenses were a scale (to ship from home) and packing tape- which my husband buys in bulk for his business.
My advice would be to use the search function here on this website and look for ‘work from home’ or something similar, and go through and read the comments on those articles. The subject has been addressed numerous times.
sell items on ebay? swag bucks.
I work from home full-time as a babysitter. A lot of parents want nannies, and that does pay more, but there’s always a few parents who like that their kids can go to your house and eat your food and mess up your playroom instead of theirs. 😉 Websites like care.com, sittercity.com, or even Craigslist can help you find clients. My expenses are minimal, I still get to stay home with my kids, and occasionally find time during the day to get things done (sometimes more, actually, as the kids can occupy each other).
A lot of babysitters only work M-F during daytime hours (for regular care instead of things like date nights), but you could probably do very well on weekends for parents with irregular schedules.
I would personally LOVE to have someone I could count on to watch my girls while husband and I have a regular date night! Our parents aren’t able to do much babysitting and our regular daytime sitter doesn’t do evenings and weekends. You could probably make pretty good money with just a few regular clients.
The odd hours babysitters are soooo hard to find. Good ones are even harder/impossible! I am a nurse and do not have 8-5 hours. If you register with the state, it will make it so much easier for people to find you. I live in a town of almost 200,000 people and there are 6 sitters that work night/weekends that are registered. That doesn’t mean I have 6 options. Most are filled.
Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker says
I have seen people advertising this on Facebook garage sale pages. Some allow it, and some don’t, so check the site.
Do you charge less than a nanny would for this? How much less do you consider fair? The going rate for nanny services in my area seems to be $10-15/hour, and I have one child. I struggle with how much to charge! Parents seem to want to get a deal, and often say they are not receiving the same kind of service as with a 1:1 nanny.
Randomly Fascinated says
For during regular business hours watching kids at your house with your kids I would charge less than a nanny would. For nights and weekends I would charge nanny rate or more. This is my perspective as a past nanny and current parent.
This is basically what I do. I provide full-time care for one family with two children, and they are getting a “great deal,” but I don’t feel like I’m being shortchanged since I am staying in my house with my kids, too, and they are great kids and I like having them. I could make more if I operated more like a regular daycare, but that would involve additional expenses and changes in how I do things that I’m not willing to make right now.
For evening and weekend care, or only a few hours per week, I charge closer to the regular babysitting rate.
I recently became an Independent Presenter with Younique (a natural makeup and skincare line–their 3D Fiber Mascara is a best seller)! It is 100% work from home and I’m doing it while home with my three boys. It is a direct sales company but the difference is all of the parties are done online and through social media so you can truly do it completely from home. Other than purchasing the Presenters Kit there are no other out of pocket costs with the business. You get paid DAILY with their instant royalties program, get a free website, and there is a great community of presenters with tons of support and help to get you started! You can get more information on becoming a presenter here: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/BethanyB/business/presenterinfo
Ashley P says
Following this. I need to find a part time work-at-home job after baby #2 is born next April. Can’t do call-center type work during the day because most places have a 0 tolerance noise policy and I’m gonna have 2 under 2 with no one else to watch them. I can do work that doesn’t require being on the phones (proofreading, web-based support, things like that) or I can do phone work in late hours after the kids are asleep. But all the usual work at home channels seem to require phone work during peak hours, something I simply cannot do.
Have you heard of/tried Jamberry? I have a 5 and 1 year old and am able to do it while I’m at home or on the go. I also put in a little time 30 min to an hour during nap times or after they’ve gone to bed. Let me know if you’d like more info! I’d be more than happy to send a sample or info packet
Ashley P says
Yeah. I’ve heard of it. Not sure it’s a good fit for me, though. I’m a chronic nail biter.
Lol Ashley you’d be surprised how many nail biters there are. My friend was one and now she’s a consultant.
Try selling Royale’ Health supplements and Beauty products to your friends and families, online, Facebook, Instagram. I am also a stay at home mum and I get customers not only in Australia but anywhere in the world. I only do it when I have free time. If you want to hear more please visit our Facebook page ‘Aspire Team Australia’ for more details. Low start Up capital.
You can also sell items on ebay with items you have around your house already. Little start up cost, if any. In the first couple months, I was able to purchase a new laptop and some other items to make my ebay business run more smoothly. I have 3 small children that are home with me and one on the way, and I was able to do this. There are lots of resources on the internet to get you started. Good luck!
Could you babysit? I don’t have kids but I make enough money babysitting for 2 hours a week to pay for my groceries. I’m sure many families would let you bring your children or let you babysit their children at your house.
Plus it would be like a play date for your children and some extra cash for you.
I was wondering … how much do sitters typically get paid? I’m in my 40’s, love kiddos, but haven’t done babysitting for many, many years. 🙂 My schedule is open, so I could be really flexible with times, eves, etc. I live in SW FL. Anyone have some insight? Thanks.
I think it absolutely depends on where you live. I get paid $30 to pickup up 2 under 3 at daycare at 5:45pm, drive them home, give them dinner and play with them until 6:45pm. It’s a higher pay because it is short amount of time and driving is involved.
If you are a nanny in someone’s home you can expect $12 for one child and an addition $2 an hour for each additional child. If you are babysitting in your own home I would discount that number by about 20%.
Hope that helps!
Randomly Fascinated says
Look on care.com for your area. That would give you an idea of what you could earn. It is also an excellent place to find babysitting jobs! I used it for years (I worked as a nanny before having kids).
The going rate in our area is $ 10 per family. So, whether there are 2 kids, or 4 it is the same rate. Some do minimum hours as well. Hope this helps 🙂
Jessica Claire says
I started selling on Etsy with very little start up cost! If you already have crafting hobby, try it out! I make a few hundred dollars profit each month. It is minimal time for me. I am filling orders now during my kids nap time and you can either bring the packages to the post office or schedule a pick up from your house!
This is an awesome idea, in fact I was just thinking how i should start an Etsy page for my crochet work. Also would be something I do around my 14 month old nap/bedtime. Would you mind telling me a bit about how you started, how you advertise and what is on your page. I appreciate any advise you have. The extra money would be great to be able to pay for preschool ( even a co-op is pricey.)
Jessica Claire says
Starting an ETSY shop is so easy! Once you get in, they ask you step by step the questions to sell each item. A few tips :
– Start with 50+ items. At .20 cents each to list items, it is a cheap start up cost that will launch you much quicker. The more items you list, the more you can be found in search. The chances to have exactly what the buyer is looking for.
– Do your research. See how much the items are seeking for using ETSY search. Make sure that the time you put in its worth the money you will be making. I started out crocheting then realized I wasn’t near fast enough to make any money! Lol
– Utilize tags. You get 13. Use them all. This is how your buyers will find you! 2 word phrases are best. Crochet gloves. Yellow gloves. Winter attire.
– Titles are just as important! The first three words are the most important to be found. Yellow crochet gloves. You don’t want to title it as an advertise. “The softest crocheted gloves you’ve ever worn ” won’t help you get you item found.
– Pictures. Make sure your photos are bright and appealing. Since people aren’t able to touch the item, photos are the only way they can experience the item. I use picmonkey to lighten the photos then fotofuze to make my photos pop.
– Advertising. Long story short. I don’t. ETSY advertising is terrible! Good photos, great titles and tags, those are going to get you a lot further than advertising!
– Last tip. Visit the forums. There is a wealth of information in the forums! Ask questions often. No question is a dumb question. There are a ton of very helpful people there.
Hope that helps!!
In my shop I sell party supplies, confetti, wedding tags, and other paper items. It is a blast! My etsy shop is linked to my name above. It is called Bits n Pieces Shoppe. Best of luck!!
Thank you! Very helpful information. I’m going to check out your page for ideas and how you did your pictures/tags.
Randomly Fascinated says
If you haven’t already opened a shop then I have a link that can get you 40 free listings. Just sign up through here http://etsy.me/10CidJ0.
Also christmas is coming so this is the perfect time to sell! If you can make any christmas related items or good presents then those will sell well right now. I agree with Jessica about being specific with your title and using tags, it helps you be found. And you can do some advertising off of the etsy site. I have done a few giveaways and blog ads. So far not tons of extra sales, but a little bump. I think my shop is being viewed more. I need to get more items up, I know that would help visibility.
Colleen Casey says
How do you get started? I started an etsy store and have gotten no responses at all. I make candle holders and octopus dolls.