I am in great need of finding ways to make money at home. We have a few chickens, ducks, geese, and I am open to any kind of ideas. Crafts? I have tried the surveys online and never received any money.
Do you enjoy or have the space for a garden? Farmers' markets with fresh vegetables can be a great source of income. No taxes to pay on what you make, I believe. You do need time and energy though. Very little cost for supplies compared to what you can bring in. My sister has a huge farmer's market stand and is looking at putting up a U-Pick at her place next summer. (10/13/2004)
Some stores will take craft items on consignment, or maybe you could sell craft items at the farmers' markets, too. I've often wondered if area ski resorts might like to put a few knitted caps and mittens in their glass cases in the gift shops. Also word of mouth, if you know someone who works in an office, you could make them a scarf, vest, shawl, anything, and tell them to let people know you make and sell them. You might also do alterations and mending. Just a few ideas. Best wishes! (10/15/2004)
The best way I have found to make money at home has been to become a Treatment Foster Care provider. It's not for everyone and each agency pays at a different rate so you need to research the requirements and pay rate. The money you receive is not considered "income" and is completely tax free, in addition, if a child has been in your home for the whole calendar year you may be able to claim them on your tax return. We earn nearly $20,000 per year from our agency. It is hard work, but very satisfying if you enjoy working with teens. (10/25/2004)
If you can raise chickens and get certified as an organic farmer you could make good money. Organic poultry is very expensive and the whole organic market is rapidly growing due to the increasing demand. (12/19/2004)
First, make a list of all the ways you can cut back at home. I do a lot of shopping at our Dollar Discount store. Everything is either $1 or 2/$1. They have everything from foods to cleaning supplies. I got into the habit very quickly of turning off lights. I don't need lights on during the day when the sun is streaming into the house. Too many people think they do. I cool the house in the summer the "old fashioned" way. I keep it shut up during the day. When the cool breezes start coming late at night, I open all the windows. In the morning, the house gets shut up again. I have heavy drapes and keep them closed on the side where the sun is. No need for air conditioning and most of the time, not even a fan. In my humble opinion, it's an easy way of saving a lot of money with the power bill. (05/28/2005)
Did you try the chickens that have colored eggs like Martha? They are a big rage for some areas and markets. Or try guinea hens, there is a big market for them. I bought my mom a pair for her farm and found out that people love their eggs. They are feathered watched dogs and love to eat bugs. The two chicks set me back a few bucks, bought a male and female. They are great birds.
If you Google about chickens and hatcheries, wow, that is a big business. My mother is too old for such a project, but the birds opened a whole new world. I live in the Chicago land area so the hens would do me no good.
Herbs is where my mom made some extra money. She made a deal with a few restaurants to keep them supplied with fresh herbs, plus her farmers' market. Use low cost pots and your best looking herbs. Start small get yourself a few accounts and build.
Fresh eggs to local restaurants could also make some income. Fresh eggs are the best!
I have several survey companies that pay me. I have belonged to them for 5 years. If you would like the information I would gladly share.
Also include lavender in your garden for local farmers market. This is a big seller. You can dry or sell plants for the garden. Just a small bunches of dried lavender is a good seller. Do a little research, check the prices and you will see it is a big business with not much investment needed. Just have to make yourself some contacts, in your area. They pretty much are all low maintence.
If you are where you have a little room, worm farms are great, plus you will have extra for your birds. You can ship worms without a lot of problems. Recylers love them and the castings are worth money to gardeners. They have wonderful worm farms that look like garden bins, all shapes and sizes. Did you know the waste from your birds is used as a fertilizer? (01/03/2006)
I save or make money at home by having a veggie garden, grow all our food 12 months out of the year. I freeze what we don't use, also share with friends and neighbors. We have all kind if fruit trees and grape vines, it's a very good pass time and keeps my mind busy.
If you like to sew you can let people know and you can make good money with it. I use to sew for lot of people and 2 stores in a small town. Call the fabric stores to see if they need somebody to sew for them. As you may know most fabric stores have somebody to sew for them or put an ad in papers and a sign out front ("I sew"), good luck. (01/29/2010)
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