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Posted on 06/08/2004 11:46:45 AM PDT by hsmomx3
I am curious to know how many of you stay-at-home moms do part-time work using your computer from home?
I have searched so many web sites and want ads for part-time work using my computer from home, but many of the ads and web sites appear to be a scam. In most instances , you have to pay them to obtain information or to register!
Wanna be a Mystery Shopper?
BTW, no legit service will ask you for money...
I'm looking too!
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If you haunt garage sales and have a digital camera, you can also sell stff on eBay.
That's the name of the company that made my all-time favorite space combat simulation PC games: Freespace 2!
May break into the market for fashionable yet modest girls clothing since I make most my daughter's clothes. I know there's a website that lists tons of ideas for home-based jobs...let me think a minute and get back to ya.
Thanks for the info, tiamat, Piper's Mom may also be interested...
proofreader for legal firms can be done. It takes some training, and often means working evenings or nights more than mid-day hours, but it pays ok and very home-office doable.
I've heard of that game.
THIS "volition" is a search engine and posting board that allows you to get in touch with companies who hire Mystery Shoppers or the people that you see in the grocery store handing out samples, or people who do inventory audits at stores.
My wife sells rare books online as a 2nd income from her full time job. Its a thriving little business. She has been working on it for about 3yrs. I trade the financial markets from home online (took me a few yrs and a few thousand $$$ to learn(school of hard knocks), though).
TIP: If you work at home full time. Get a timer lock for your refrigerator.
Here's the link I was thinking about - grea list, work through it and see if anything strikes your fancy...
Gotta do some HS, but I'll be back!
~~TIP: If you work at home full time. Get a timer lock for your refrigerator~~
No wiser words have ever been spoken. :-(
If they ask you for money, they are a scam. Period. "Get a government job"--scam. "Assemble products at home"--scam. "Mail anything"--scam. The only reason I do not include the myster shopper employment in my rant is because a) I have not been personally scammed on this one and b) our local community center offers a seminar on being a mystery shopper. I've been bitten enough times to have finally learned a tough lesson--there really is a sucker born every day.
Have you considered day-caring someone's child? Its not great money but its something.
I wish freeping paid!
Glad to help!
I only Shop when the weather is decent, as they don't pay enough to risk wrecking the car....( And right now i am not Shopping at ALL because i am involved in moving...)
I used to do a lot of grocery stores...you get free food, and ten-15 bucks, and it takes about 20 minutes.
American Century Mutual Funds used to have (I don't know if they do any more) a substantial work from home option for customer support. http://www.americancentury.com/welcome/index.jsp
Customer support out of a home is a challenge. From the way I understood it, this meant that the hours you worked were 100% dedicated to the employer. Customer support is especially hard, even in the office as the supervisor schedules breaks away from the phones and the computers.
On the other hand, what I really enjoyed about support work was in solving a customer's problems and making them happy.
My wife and I both do this part-time. It's phone order processing for other companies.
My wife works for the HSN line, processing orders for the Home Shopping Channel, and I work the Direct Response line, which processes orders for infomercials. Work your own schedule, pick your own hours, in one-hour increments.
Totally legit, and the extra cash is very helpful.
If anyone wants more info, feel free to FReepmail me.
Fierce Allegiance wrote:
I wish freeping paid!
This is another site that my wife frequents. She's been able to find some really good resources here:
BTW, we have a Fridays-only thread started, mostly for moms but sometimes the subject is good for all parents. If you want to be added to the ping, let me know. We discussed family finances recently, I think the name of the thread was "Still No Name."
Oh well! At least we are smart and funny :)
don't forget sexy!
I was an at home mommy for 11 years, I know how hard it is to make ends meet. I have 3 kids, now ages 11, 12 and 13....
(3 kids in diapers for 9 months...)
I had a flair for doing cakes for birthdays, and started doing them out of my kitchen. I made a good living off of it.
You just have to find out what you are good at, then do it. You will be surprised at what you may find you can do. I did well with the cakes because other moms were working, and couldnt do them.
Dont get discouraged, you are doing the most important job on earth right now. God Bless you!!!
Bumped and bookmarked.
I sold Avon for 9 years, but the neighborhood changed. It is possible to earn good money being an Avon rep, I just burned out on it.
Thanks for your responses. I was afraid to post my questions here but I figured I could trust FReepers enough to get some honest information.
As a sidenote, I homeschool the kids.
A thought for you. I will bet that many mothers are dying to find appropriate clothing for their daughters. You could make some nice clothing that is modest.
Add me to your list. Thanks!!
A while back I worked at a restaurant/cafe, and this stay at home mom baked excellent cakes for our cafe. We cut checks to her each week for ~$600. I know we were not her only business. She came and gave us free samples and we took her on after we tried them. She ended up buying these huge commercial ovens later on that she set up in her garage. She was getting pretty good business. The thing is though, with this type of business, is that you have to guarantee that you can bake whatever order they give you. So, if you can't handle being slammed with an order, the restaurant will drop you quick style.You have to do a little marketing like this but it can pay off. Its a lot of work, but making $$$ on your own is a lot of work no matter what you do.
If you can type, consider becoming a transcriptionist. That's where you listen to tapes or CDs of meetings, hearings, etc. and type it.
Other than stuff already mentioned (order processing etc), the best things you can do at home is a combination of what you are good at, and a needed local service.
My mother-in-law does her church newsletter & flyers for a small fee. I do freelance artwork outside the day job. Hubby does computer repair and build/setup. We have some folks in the area who seem to have a perpetual yard sale.
Years ago I hand-painted clothing. When my kids were babies and I wasn't working, I used to buy old furniture and refinish and resell.
Can you knit/crochet or embroider? Can you type (term papers, resumes)? If you homeschool already, would you be willing to be a tutor? Babysit an additional child or 2 for a once weekly "mother's morning out"?
I vote for ebay. One of my favorite ebay sellers, Lemunro is a stay at home Mom in Australia. She sells the things her kids like-Wiggles, saddle club, Hi-5- stuff like that.
She always includes a nice note to her customers thanking them for helping her to be a homeschool Mom.
Oh, it does!
If you forward articles to friends and relatives, and they forward them to friends, etc., etc., etc., you will be rewarded. Maybe not immediately, maybe in a roundabout way.
But, you are needed and appreciated.
And an internet baby-sitting software that will limit your time on FR and lock you out after a while!!! It's too easy to become addicted!!!
The most common at-home work I've seen is medical billing. Me, I work at home about 1/4 of the time, and I support a team of semiconductor scientists, so anything's possible.
I've been reading your posts for some time (I don't often answer), and I think you a good egg. Your kids are the luckiest kids in the world.
Agreed, but I meant hard money, like currency type dollars in my bank account that i can spend!
I don't know about general transcription or legal transcription, but medical transcription isn't worth it any more, in terms of a long-term career. It's being offshored to India and we (I've been a medical transcriptionist for 23 years, home-based the last 10 years) are seeing our wages go down the toilet here in America as a result.
I do, my job is completely done from home through a VPN hook-up to the company I work for.
I monitor online sales for a local company that does a pretty large internet business as well.
This includes making sure internet orders are processed and shipped in a timely manner (I don't do the shipping, but I check on the orders online to make sure they have been shipped out).
Also includes monitoring search engine bidding (I like that part the best.)
I probably put in around 30 hours a week (over the course of 7 days), but my hours are early AM, late PM (after 9), and several checks through the day to see what needs to be adjusted on the search engines.
Mystery shopping is one cool way to make a little extra dough. It won't do a lot and you need to be near a big city normally.
Haunt or Hunt, LOL!!!
Interesting thread--I've always wondeered about this.