Work I found I could do during the time my kids were in school on weekdays!

Cindy - posted on 01/11/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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Hello Everyone!



This is NOT any kind of investment thing, it is an actual Employee, W-2 job I worked after a company asked me to put coupons for printers out in an Office Max store back in the mid 1990's. The company hired "merchandisers" to do things like coupon placing, stickering products and audits in a variety of retail stores. When I investigated further, I found many had jobs paid $10 or more for doing 15-20 minutes of pretty easy work. They wanted it done during the day on a weekday, no nights or weekends were needed. So I started going out to a couple stores in the morning while my kids were in school, putting out these coupons or stickers, and I was back before I needed to pick them up!



A little background about me here, I DID the direct sales thing, and actually did well with getting into upper management, winning week-long trips for my husband and me to London, Hawaii, Cancun and Hong Kong. I REALLY did try to get that to bring in an income!



With merchandising though, I was an employee getting an actual paycheck every other week, and it started to make a difference! I've learned in the years since that there are people that do this for 15-20 hours a week (which I did NOT do at first) and then some that even work more doing complicated resets and even entire store remodels! I didn't realize how many companies paid people to go and make sure the shelf space, advertising or display they paid for at a store was really the way they wanted.



After years of really having fun doing this work, I did move into management--managing the folks and making sure the jobs were done, etc. Now I am a recruiter for a company where I find people to do the work. I DON'T get paid for people responding or anything like that--this is genuine, become an employee and these are the jobs we need completed in your area, work.



If you know someone that would like to do this, let me know, I work with the western US, but other recruiters in our company have other areas, and I know folks at other companies I've worked for in the past, that might be looking for someone in your area. My company is Premium Retail Services, but you can do a search on merchandising companies and come up with all kinds of them doing work in stores from local Wal-marts to grocery to electronics stores! Most pay $10/hour, and you may not even spend that long doing whatever is needed. I enjoyed working in the electronics stores particularly, I loved spending time in our CompUSA before it closed--the employees there were great!



I hope this helps someone that maybe doesn't need a FT job, but does need some income or to keep busy. Had I realized these types of jobs existed, I probably wouldn't have spent the money I had on direct sales--even though it was also fun at the time.



Cindy

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Jana - posted on 08/23/2012

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Hello Cindy, I live in Spokane Wa. I would love to find out more information on this. I have 3 boys under the age of 12 and I love being a stay at home mom, but i feel i should be doing something now that they are all in school full time. Thank You Jana !!

Jana - posted on 08/23/2012

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Hello Cindy, I live in Spokane Wa. I would love to find out more information on this. I have 3 boys under the age of 12 and I love being a stay at home mom, but i feel i should be doing something now that they are all in school full time. Thank You Jana !!

Jana - posted on 08/23/2012

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Hello Cindy, I live in Spokane Wa. I would love to find out more information on this. I have 3 boys under the age of 12 and I love being a stay at home mom, but i feel i should be doing something now that they are all in school full time. Thank You Jana !!

Jana - posted on 08/23/2012

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Hello Cindy, I live in Spokane Wa. I would love to find out more information on this. I have 3 boys under the age of 12 and I love being a stay at home mom, but i feel i should be doing something now that they are all in school full time. Thank You Jana !!

Jana - posted on 08/23/2012

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Hello Cindy, I live in Spokane Wa. I would love to find out more information on this. I have 3 boys under the age of 12 and I love being a stay at home mom, but i feel i should be doing something now that they are all in school full time. Thank You Jana !!

Jana - posted on 08/23/2012

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Hello Cindy, I live in Spokane Wa. I would love to find out more information on this. I have 3 boys under the age of 12 and I love being a stay at home mom, but i feel i should be doing something now that they are all in school full time. Thank You Jana !!

Kenyetta - posted on 05/18/2009

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Sorry I forgot to tell you I live in the Concord or you can say Charlotte North Carolina area.

Kenyetta - posted on 05/18/2009

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Hello Cindy I am interested can you tell me how can I get into this opportunity. I have a great customer service background and retail background and I know I would really enjoy this. Right now I am laid off and I am not working.

Siana - posted on 05/05/2009

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Hi Cindy, how r u doing?

I've once replied to this post asking if you have any info for this kind of job opportunity in Singapore. I've waited for a while so now I'm writing again and hoping you may help me towards finding more info for this interesting job opportunity. By the way, I've just moved to Singapore last March. Thank you for your time and consideration. Best wishes.

Siana

Siana - posted on 02/23/2009

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Hi Cindy, I'm not sure if the kind of job U r talking about is available in Singapore. I'm moving there by the end of March '09. I'm looking for some kind of part time job once my kids settle down w/ new school & etc. Currently I live in Jakarta, Indonesia. I appreciate if U have any info. Tku, God bless.

Cindy - posted on 02/16/2009

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Hello Hope, I'm not sure if you are referring to what Tina posted...but what she is describing is NOTHING like what I described! I am an EMPLOYEE of the company for which I work--and it had NOTHING to do with % or spending, "helping others to spend" or anything like that!!! I'm disappointed with the post above where the gal will directly benefit from someone paying money for something.



Feel free to message me directly for more information, or you can complete a "data profile" on our website--if you do this, please put "Cindy-FB" in the job code field--or some kind of note that you heard about us from me. I told the other recruiters about this mom's group, we each work with different states. If you've done any retail work, be sure to include something about that--most of the fields near the bottom allow you to type quite a bit and are good places to include ANYTHING about your interests, goals or experience! You can reach the data profile form here: https://secured.premiumretail.com/employees/empapp.asp and our company's website at www.premiumretail.com. From personal experience, please DO NOT SPEND ANY MONEY with companies that require you to invest or purchase in order to make money. There are many legitimate "home sales" companies if you truly are interested in purchasing products. Merchandising is a genuine part-time job, NEVER requiring any kind of spending!!!



Cindy

Tina - posted on 02/11/2009

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I work with an incredible company called Market America helping many moms stay home! It is incredible to learn how to get paid on 95% of what you spend and help others do the same! We have just partnered with Microsoft and have been partnered wtih Google and L-Tech for a year now! We are larger than Amazon.com and growing expendentially. My webportal is joeandtina@hughes.net 937-477-2625 Mother of a 5 year old and an Occupational Therapy Assistant PT.

Christy - posted on 02/09/2009

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Cindy,



I have submitted my form on your site, I did merchandising when we were stationed overseas for Aafes and NEX. thanks for posting this I hoping maybe I can be of assistance.

Christy - posted on 02/09/2009

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Cindy,



I did this when we were overseas for the commissary and NEX and that . and loved it howeverwhen I came back to the states it was not around or Icould not locate a person to do this with. I live in West Michigan and would love the oppurtunity to speak with you



Thanks

Christy Kelrey

Cindy - posted on 01/15/2009

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Hi Sharease, the company I work for currently is Premium Retail, there are a lot of very good companies--I've merchandised everything from Milk in a grocery store to cables in computer stores. It seems that most companies tend to focus on certain product types--but this isn't always true. Our company does probably over half of our work with electronics, video games and computer products. We have done some food and drug store items too. Depending on what stores are near you and what interests you, you might want to check out different companies. The companies hire year-round, some may be slower now, but they still hire to keep everything 'covered' so they don't lose contracts!



We don't have our openings listed on our site yet, but you can fill out a profile and if there is something near you one of the recruiters will call you. There are 3 of us that recruit for merchandising work for weekday daytime, and another 3-5 that recruit for demo (usually electronics) work that is pretty much on the weekends.



When you do the data profile, be sure to put something in with my name, or a note on how you found us in the job code or referral area so it catches my eye and the other folks will ask me about it. Our website is premiumretail.com and there is a link near the bottom for employment. Our opening list changes constantly, putting the cities or towns you'd be willing to drive to helps us when we search on a new opening :)



Fell free to message me privately, and be sure you DO NOT PAY anything for any information on jobs like these--you can get ALL the information for free somewhere!!!

Cindy - posted on 01/14/2009

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Hi Christina!



Nope, no fees or catches--it's a genuine employee paycheck type job! My favorite was doing things in a computer store, but merchandising companies work all over the place! There are many companies that hire like this, you can check our our company's website at www.premiumretail.com. There is a link to our online data profile form and if you complete that, just put in the job code or down in the referral area something like Cindy-MOM or such so I know where you are 'from' and I'll let the other recruiters know as well. I recruit for the western part of the country, we have two other gals that do central and east.



Did you ever go shopping and see someone working so you ask a question only to have them tell you they don't work at the store? I used to wonder what the heck they were doing if they didn't work there! Had they been courteous, they would have explained that they work for a different company and were just taking care of some products. I always try to point people in the correct direction or find a store employee to help them so they aren't confused! These folks are most likely merchandisers or vendors...either way they stock, move things, put out signs or whatever, then leave the store and go on their way! What I never knew is that the companies give you a deadline and let you choose when to work! Most like the job done during weekday daytime hours, but there are exceptions. Many jobs take 1-2 or 3 hours, but there are also ones that may go 5-7 hours in a single store. Our company does both, in one store chain we spend the longer time, and then in many others it is just an hour or two--perfect for fitting a couple in while the kids are in school.



Had I really paid attention, I would have realized that when I got married, my mother-in-law was doing this! I think I put up blinders though since I was young, who knows. But she did this work for years with jewelry, books, magazines, sunglasses, all kinds of things.



I hope this helps. Honestly, this is nothing I GAIN from, other than I'm asked to find people for certain cities by the managers and if someone applied that I could send to the manager, the opening might come off my list if the person was hired. That's it! We, and most companies, are W-2 employee companies, and don't EVER require an employee to PAY to work!!!



Feel free to message me if you have more questions, or check our company website. The company is in the St. Louis area, I've been there a couple times, but I don't live there. The area managers all manage a geographic area near where they live.



Cindy

Christina - posted on 01/14/2009

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Hello! What is the catch of this? Is there fees associated with this? I live in Ohio and might be of interest. please let me know more on this. thanks.

Katie - posted on 01/14/2009

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Hi Cindy.....I would love to learn more - my circumstances right now are dictating I need a change in jobs, being pregnant and around horses all day isnt really feasible anymore! - and staying home without work isnt an option. Feel free to message me on facebook! I am in north central MA.



I as well did the direct sales thing for awhile - to supplement my job as a horseback riding instructor. It got to be too much though. The money was great when it came in, but the long nights after a long day at work took their toll.

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