Women, what $$ can you earn working from home?

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Arch2k

Puritan Board Graduate
My wife and I have been investigating ways that she can work from home, most likely utilizing the computer to make us some money, but transition her more into the home as well. Does anyone know of any RELIABLE jobs out there that are NOT scams? Any experience? Comments?
 

Arch2k

Puritan Board Graduate
Originally posted by VirginiaHuguenot
Jeff -- Ebay home businesses can be profitable. My wife can give you and Erin more info on that.
We have thought about that and I have dabbled in it myself (almost 100 *'s). Thanks Andrew!
 

~~Susita~~

Puritan Board Junior
My mum used to do a typing business. Just put up signs at schools in your area and you'll be surprised how many students don't know how to type.
 

Arch2k

Puritan Board Graduate
Originally posted by ~~Susita~~
My mum used to do a typing business. Just put up signs at schools in your area and you'll be surprised how many students don't know how to type.
Would she type papers for students?
 

HuguenotHelpMeet

Puritan Board Freshman
Hey Jeff,

I have sold alot on ebay. It's not enough to pay the bills but it's enough (at times) to buy the kids new clothes or get some groceries.

I did this more last summer than this summer, but this is how it worked for me.

I go to yard sales every Sat. and buy up all the children's clothes. Alot of yard sales will sell baby and children's clothing for 25 cents per piece. I then wash and dry the clothing, iron it and take nice looking pictures and put them on ebay. I try to buy the name brands that people are looking at for their kids (and I keep the off brands for my own kids because I don't care about brands that much). Brands that have the best resale value are Gymboree, Baby Gap, The Children's Place, Ralph Lauren,and Old Navy. Disney, Carters and Osh Kosh are also good sellers.

I also look for things at yardsales like homeschooling books & videos (this is a big homeschooling area). Those sell well on ebay too.

Also things like maternity clothes, breast pumps (sorry if TMI, but they really do have a great resell value!), some older dolls (like the Holly Hobbie dolls from the 70s), old cabbage patch kids could yield a profit.

The things that don't sell well on ebay are books (use half.com instead), videos (everyone buys dvds now), and anything that isn't in the best shape. People aren't going to pay for something that is overly used or stained. People love to buy used in general but only if it is in good condition. So, if I'm looking at a really adorable Gymboree dress (retails $45), but it has a hole in it or a big stain that I know I can't get out then I skip it, even if it only a buck. No one will bid on something if they know that there is a hole in it, or if you don't mention the hole in the listing, they will be really upset when they get the item and see the hole.

I also shop at my local Salvation Army (there stuff is 50 cents per piece) and my local thrift store when they have their bag sale. You can fill up a brown paper bag of clothes for $6 plus tax. I can sometimes make $100 on ebay from my $6 investment.

I do sell some adult clothing too, but only when it's a name brand and in really good condition. Like men's Dockers pants or Levi jeans do really well.

Also, it seems strange, but try to find the "odd" sizes. Like pants for shorter men or jeans for kids in "slim" or "husky". These sizes are hard to find and people will pay much more for them. But, they're not any more expensive to buy at the thrift store/yard sale, you'll just make more profit.

My good friend did medical transcribing for years. She seemed to enjoy it and she learned alot. You do have to be trained (not sure how long that takes or how much money). But it was great that she could work from home. She just went to pick up her tapes in the morning and then delivered her transcripts the next morning and got more tapes to transcribe. I believe this field is becoming more and more difficult to find work in as doctors are switching to electronic voice recognition software for their transcripts.

I'll let you know if I can think of anything else.

Oh, I just thought of something else I did when I was first married. I had some friends from my old church who were busy with kids sports, school and the like. So, I made meals for them. I know not many families could probably afford this luxury, but it worked out well for them. They would suggest recipes, I would do their grocery shopping, make up some meals and they would freeze it. They then suggested me to a relative and a neighbor and another friend and toward the end of my little "business" I was delivering several meals a day. It was fun (although I got tired of all the dishes and clean up). But, I do enjoy cooking, I got to try alot of new recipes (some of them I still use 10 years later), and make a little extra money too! And my services were really appreciated. I think they actually could have saved money by getting take out or pizza delivery, but it was worth the extra money to them to have a home made meal.
 

Augusta

Puritan Board Doctor
I am currently considering selling some things on ebay. I may be u2u'ing you Jessica. :D I am a big thrift store shopper myself. I find some great stuff that I know I could sell on ebay and make a great profit.
 

LadyFlynt

Puritan Board Doctor
Ditto ebay (okay, Jessica, I'm on your list ;) ) and medical transcribing.

Also might want to look into manuscript transcribing...this is where an author needs someone to type the final copy for the publishers. I don't know much about it as an industry, but I did it once for a published author.

Wedding planning

If she can sew well, she could do alterations at home for a dress shop (such as David's Bridal) or make diapers (seriously...go to hyenacart.com...it's a booming business and the stuff there is CUTE!!! A cloth diaper can sell between $15-$45 or be auctioned starting at $23 and sell for nearly $100).

[Edited on 8-15-2006 by LadyFlynt]
 

Arch2k

Puritan Board Graduate
Thanks everyone! My wife is working as a church secretary, but we hope to transition her to working at home in the near future!
 

HuguenotHelpMeet

Puritan Board Freshman
Originally posted by Gregg
I still remember the days when just being the keeper of the home was enough.
There is alot involved in being a keeper of the home, isn't there? :)

Prov. 31

[10] Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
[11] The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
[12] She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
[13] She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
[14] She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
[15] She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
[16] She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
[17] She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
[18] She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
[19] She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
[20] She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
[21] She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
[22] She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
[23] Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
[24] She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
[25] Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
[26] She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
[27] She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
[28] Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
[29] Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
[30] Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
[31] Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
 

Kevin

Puritan Board Doctor
Thanks for the reminder Jessica!:up:

Jeff do you all have a farmers market in your area? A real one with individual vendors that is only open a few hours a week (usually sat morn)?

If you do that can be a great opportunity to retail "homemade" products.

I have been involved with our local co-op for several years both as a vendor & board member. I know of several home based market business oportunities that make very decent $$.

I know of several that make more from sat morning marketing then they do 9-5 all week. And no you don't need a farm!
 

Arch2k

Puritan Board Graduate
Originally posted by Kevin
Thanks for the reminder Jessica!:up:

Jeff do you all have a farmers market in your area? A real one with individual vendors that is only open a few hours a week (usually sat morn)?

If you do that can be a great opportunity to retail "homemade" products.

I have been involved with our local co-op for several years both as a vendor & board member. I know of several home based market business oportunities that make very decent $$.

I know of several that make more from sat morning marketing then they do 9-5 all week. And no you don't need a farm!
Thanks Kevin. We do have a farmer's market. We keep meaning to go (it's on sat. mornings) but usually get caught up in weekend cleaning and forget to go. We'll have to check it out!
 

ServantOfKing

Puritan Board Freshman
I'm not sure what kinds of schooling she has had, but I am studying to be a teacher right now. I plan to teach from home via a virtual school. There are some Christian homeschool organizations that have virtual teachers as well and some that work with students on writing.

Doing alterations for dresses from home can also be a profitable business, but it does require talent with the sewing machine! The woman who is altering my wedding dress has a whole room in her home devoted to her business, with mirrors, a platform, a dress storage area, and a sewing work center. She does quite well!
 

LadyFlynt

Puritan Board Doctor
I've done weddings...unless she is really willing to deal with the stress, I would only recommend it for BEFORE children. I have done 3 weddings...a catastrophe hit each time...hubby has commanded, "No more weddings!" (Murphy always sent my family the flu).
 

Puritanhead

Puritan Board Professor
Breed Puppies!! Certain breeds fetch several hundred dollars per pup!

If you have patience with dealing with children, then surely you can raise a few liters of puppies.


[Edited on 8-28-2006 by Puritanhead]
 
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