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Is there a flea market in your area where you could set up? Are there weekly auctions or estate sales? When I was separated this kept me going. A small investment in box lots that I resold at the flea market was what I sold. It was a hobby at first but I loved it. It helps if you have a van or a pick-up truck. (car with a big trunk) I met lots of nice people plus I met my present hubby. I still love auctions.
I just read a great book called "Shattering the 2-Income Myth." It teaches ways for a stay-at-home spouse to "work the home." There are a lot of things you can do from home, working or not, to make up for the lost income. It's really interesting and has hundreds of great tips. Pick it up from the library.
Baking can be good money. I do this every once in a while and birthday cakes can sell for as much as $20. It usually costs around $5 to make the cake, but if I catch the decorations and cake mixes on sale or clearance then my profit margin is way higher. Use the dollar store toys for the decorations on top, add candies, etc. Usually you will get tips as a bonus. Dog cookies and people are also good sellers. I can't make enough of these to keep up with the demand when I do get the time.
I clean other peoples houses for extra money. I clean a church and do some cleaning for the Pastor. If I need to I can take my grand-baby with me, she is 2 and plays in the nursery or I give her simple little jobs so she feels like she is helping.
How about sewing for the public or do mending for a dry cleaners?
My sister in law works from home doing medical transcription and my ex sister in law has decided to do the same. She is taking a four month class while working full time. My sister in law makes about 12 dollars an hour doing this.
You are best off doing something you have a passion for, because that's when you are more likely to stick with it. Most of the work-at-home jobs advertised are scams, whereby you send off $12 for information, and the way you make money is by lying to others about sending them information for $12. Pretty much any job you'll find online is sales oriented - books, Amway, toys, jewelry. make-up etc. and you'll need to do evening parties, but if you have the love for the product, some self-discipline, staying power and some party energy, you can make money.
I have a stressful workplace but a great trade and it's too bad that my boss has to be a jerk. I decided to become a dog trainer and I am still in the learning process but once I get my business going, I will quit my present job. Once I graduate I will continue working at my present job and earn extra cash doing in-home training until I feel secure enough to quit my present job.
Training obedience doesn't require much physical effort if you are concerned about that. Mostly it's teaching the dog owners how to handle their dogs. My study course is half online and half in the 'field' and I haven't gotten to that part yet.
If you love dogs, becoming a trainer is a way to make extra cash. There are other options to this as well. You can learn how to train guidance dogs, service dogs like search and rescue or law enforcement.
I realize this isn't for everyone but dogs are my passion and wouldn't it be wonderful if humans didn't put their dogs in shelters because they (humans) didn't know how to train their dogs? That's the main reason dogs are in shelters and rescues and that's the main reason dogs die.
Something to consider.
There are so many options! My husband and I have been entrepreneurs for years. It's simple - find a need and fill it. Then the hard part comes - you have to keep filling it. It takes work, but what doesn't?
What skills do you have? Typing? Accounting? You can do those online for others. Among other things, I teach music at home. Do you have a skill you can teach others? My brother composes music from his home. Do you write? If not, can you learn? You can be a free-lance writer.
Check out organizations for the small business owner:
We have many friends who run their businesses from home. Some jobs require getting out occasionally. Here are some jobs our friends do from home:
Working from home is GREAT! I love it! Good luck!
I read on one of my email newsletters about a gal who posted in her local paper offering to take in ironing and that is how she makes money. she charges like $1 or $2 a piece.
Here's on article on the FTC's website about what to avoid.
An easy way to make money from home is by selling things on Ebay. Get a post office box, don't give out your home address. And accept money orders or cashier checks only then you don't need Pay Pal. Just remember that the buyer's can post feedback that other's can read, so be sure to package up things very well and charge extra of they want it insured. Ebay offers tips on how to get started. I know a lot of my friends sell crafts on Ebay and others sell fabric and little things, you want light things that don't cost a lot to ship. TIP: At the post office you can pick up or even have them mail free FLAT RATE boxes to your home, no matter how much they weigh, it's one flat price. Nice!
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