So you need to earn some more money but you don’t want to work retail or deliver pizza. Your time is limited and you’re juggling, you know, life. You’ve got kids. You’ve got a day job. You’ve got a million things to do and not enough time to do them all. What’s the solution? Working from home just might work for you.
Working at home when you have limited time (you’re doing it while the kids are asleep, you have limited time after your 9 to 5 job, you’re doing in on the weekends-you know your situation) can garner some extra cash for you if you play your cards right. Here are five tried and tested tips to help you earn money at home.
Make something to sell. This suggestion may be right up your alley if you have a craft you love to do. You can make and sell jewelry, for example. Bake breads and pastries to sell (check out local regulations and health department licensure before you start.) Purchase your supplies in bulk to save money, don’t skimp on quality, and sell yourself as well as your product.
Buy wholesale, sell retail. Jen Hassler sold women’s lingerie online while she homeschooled her two daughters. Her husband Marc bought and sold retro computer games and game systems. Their at-home businesses made for a high quality of life for their entire family and taught their daughters real-life lessons in entrepreneurship and economics.
Find it, fix it up, and sell it. Perhaps you love garage sales or thrift shopping. What do you look for when you shop? Gently worn designer clothing and bags? Depression glass? Furniture to restore? Electronics? Turn your passion into cash. Again, the operative principle here is to buy low and sell high.
Provide a service. Turn your talents into cash in your spare time by providing a service someone else can use. Love to sew? How about making and selling custom quilts? How about tailoring clothing or making and selling costumes for Renaissance Fairs? If you’re an animal lover, you could offer pet-sitting in your home. Quality day care is always in demand, as is before and after-school child care. Consider providing night-care for parents who work the late shift. Find a niche in your community and work to fill it.
Freelance or do temp work. While temp work isn’t strictly “at home,” it is work that can be fit into an otherwise busy schedule. Alternately, freelance in your field. If you have an educational background, consider tutoring. Use your accounting skills for tax preparation and business bookkeeping. Love to write? Are you artistic? Find a market for your skills and apply them to making money at home.
As you look for ways to make money at home, be realistic about the time and energy you have to apply to your efforts. Be wary of scams-any “opportunity” that seems too good to be true probably is, and “opportunities” that require up-front money demand that you proceed carefully. Sure, you may have to spend a little money to make some money, but if a potential investment opportunity asks you to pay to find the “secret” to making big bucks, be very leery.
Most of all, have a little fun. Of course you’re working-but if working from home means you have more time with the ones you love, it’s worth it.
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