Hello Moms! I just recently lost my job as a nanny and I would really like to make some income from home so I can be here for my children. If that doesn't work out I will have to look for another nanny position. Any help would be appreciated!

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Hi Lisa,
I have supplemented our income and worked from home for 22 years with a company that has been around for 53 years. Solid company that has a program just for Moms called Moms At Home Making A Difference. Shawn You can email me at 4healthylives@gmail.com or visit my facebook biz webpage.
http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php?...

Marci - posted on 01/20/2009

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l'd start by checking out the companies and products that sound interesting to you.  To be able to sell a product like we do in direct sales, you have to have a passion for the product.  Okay, you don't have, but it helps a lot.  I have tried many different direct sales companies and was never able to find one that clicked until I found Usborne books.  I LOVE the books so much that I would share them even if I didn't get paid!  (check out my website at )  Feel free to email me about any questions or concerns  that you have.  You have to believe in the rpoduct enough that your enthusiasm will help you talk to people about and sell the product.  Does this make sense?



 



I also sell things on EBay and Half.com, Ebay's sister site.  I use to have an Ebay store front but have closed it because I was just breaking even.  I will continue to list individual items on Ebay but the store did not work for me.  There are some that do very well with an Ebay store.  I like Half.com as it is similar yet different to Ebay.  With half.com you only sell books, movies, music, and video games.  You list the items and what price you want for them and they stay up until they are sold.  Half.com takes their cut when the item sells but there is no listing fee, this is a big bonus for me as I currently have about 1,000 items listed!  If you have any questions on how to get started feel free to email me at



 



I also do some secret shopping to bring in a little extra pocket change.  I have not gotten rich doing this but it is fun!  For our anniversary my husband and I were able to go to an upscale restaurant and we will pay only $15 out of pocket when we get reimbursed and paid for the report I filled out.  There are many different comapnies and shops available.  Never pay to become a mystery shopper--those are scams!  You can be a mystery shopper with no experience and no money down.  That's what I did! (Depending on the company you get paid at different times, some pay bimonthly, some once a month, some it has to be the month after you complete the shop read the instructions and information carefully!)  we have been able to do many things together as a family as well as a couple that have been completely or mostly paid for!  Best of all you pick and choose when you wan to do it and how much and which shops you will pick!  Email me if you want more info on this. 



 



My husband and I also have a couple of blogs that we are trying to make some money off of, so far we have made around $200, not a lot but a little.  If anyone has any tips or ideas to share about this I would love to hear them!!!  Again email me at and I will share with you what we do.  You can see our blogs at: 







This one is our family blog--we don't try and make money on this one.  This is just for fun!!!





These next two haven't been updated in a long time, my goal is to update them this week and keep updating weekly all this year!







My husband has a couple more that are just his.  If you are interested I can send you those addresses, just email me at



 



We, my husband and I are also taking a online class about setting up your own websites and making them profittable.  These websites are not ready to go live yet, hopefully by the end of Febrauray they will be live!  If you want info on what company we used just shoot me an email at I really like the company, they are really easy to use, even for me, I am pretty computer illiterate, everything I know I have learned in the last year or so.  They go over step by step how to do it and even go over how to have your site make the most money as possible.  Their whole goal is to help you set up a website from start to finish and have it make you money!  And they really make it easy and give you the confidence you need to try it!



 



I also write a weekly column for BellaOnline, on Childrens TV.  While the editor position is volunteer, there are many ways that BellaOnline helps you get your name out there and helps you find ways to make money.  After February my goal is to really sit down and go over the best ways to make money with them and optomize on that.  There are always Editor positions open, so feel free to check it out.  Here is my page:   This will tell you more in depth what we do and how we do it and will give you a list of topics that they are looking for editors for.



 



I also make a lot of crafts and such and have decided to open an Etsy store.  I don't have any items listed yet, hopefully I will be able to gather them together and get store started by the end of January.  I will be listed under BusyBeesDesigns if you want to go and check it out at the end of the month!



So, as you can see there are so many ideas out there!  You can do so many things if you really want to.  If you are still having a hrad time deciding go to your local library and check out a couple books on home based businesses and find some ideas that you think sound exciting and interetsing and research those. 



 



You will be your own boss, no one to report to.  This makes some people excited and ready to go and it makes others lazy.  You have to do something that you feel good about and that will keep you doing it!



 



Good luck to you.  Let us know what you decide on so we can all help support you!

Maria - posted on 11/28/2008

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My job was reduced to three days per week, only 5 hours per day, off course with a 5 months old you would like to stay home but our finances wouldn't allow that....besides, my mom came to help for few months but she was diagnosed with a Lymphoma two months ago and she is not that strong anymore....I was thinking maybe soembody will be interested in exchanging "childcare time"... what about me taking care of your kids for part time..or soem days ..or some days a week and then somebody taking care of mine for another days..looking for moms in the Seattle area..Estside ..anyone interested? that wil be be a Circle of moms...

Jamie - posted on 11/26/2008

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I know how that goes, I also did Pampered Chef, Avon, Melaleuca, but it never really worked. When I started with AdvoCare, I knew it was different. Within days I had 2 people under me and I made more in 1.5 mo. than in a year of Pampered Chef. They have so much available as far as training, information, resources, and support! I can't say enough about the company themselves.

Lisa - posted on 11/26/2008

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I have also tried my own business, selling Avon and with another company selling wellness products. I don't think I am very business minded.

Lisa - posted on 11/26/2008

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I have tried taking care of children at my home, but I guess I wasn't promoting very well. It didn't pan out very good.

Jamie - posted on 11/26/2008

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Hey Lisa! I work for a health and wellness company that is Christian based. It's called AdvoCare and I got into it because my son was sick and their products were the only thing that helped him. Now my whole family uses the products. I've lost 20 lbs. so far. The best part is that everyone asks me what I've been doing, so I got into the business aspect of it. Now I make 40% on retail and residual income from other sales. Their products are safe and they have 5 different lines for everyone. Please check out www.previewadvocare.com and www.jamiewithadvocare.com. I would love to talk to you if it sounds like something you would be interested in. You have no autoship, no inventory, and you get your own website. Please contact me for more info. jamiewithadvocare@live.com. Best of luck, Lisa.

Lisa - posted on 11/26/2008

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Hello Lisa,

Sorry to hear about your loss of job. And right before the holidays too. That sux. Having three rowdy sons, child daycare just wasn't an option for me. Although my kids are pretty much grown now (youngest is 14), I still like the work from home idea. I started my own business, selling wickless candles. The market isn't saturated, as the company is only 4 years old. Paychecks are cut on the 10th of every month. Start up is $99. The candles sell like hot cakes, and I am very pleased :) PM me for more info, if you are interested.

Amy - posted on 11/26/2008

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Hi Lisa! If you'd be interested in taking a listen. I have a hotline with some great information on starting a Mary Kay business. I have been in this phenominal business for 5 years and LOVE IT!! It has given me the opportunity to stay home with my children and get me out of the corporate world. Le me know if you would like to get some information.

Amy Uecker

Nicole - posted on 11/26/2008

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Hi Lisa, I work from home without having to sell any products, go door-to-door, purchase inventory or host parties. FREE TRAINING, FREE WEBSITE and 100% RISK~FREE! This opportunity is with a team of motivated partners who work together to run our own home~based business. MyTeam partners with a 23yr old PROSPEROUS company which allows us to work at~home with our computers and telephones. Visit my website ASAP for more info that can make a difference in your household for a LIFETIME!!! www.familytimefirst.com or email me at ndilly@iw.net

Ashley - posted on 11/26/2008

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Hi... I work with 2 amazing companies. Seriesse International, it's co-founded by Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin-Stallone. They offer a nutritional line, skin care and cosmetics. It's amazing, if you'd like more info I can have Jennifer's brother Patrick who is a Presidential Founder in the company to give you more information. I also work with Heritage Makers we are an online publishing company where you can create custom digital scrapbooks, cards, calendars, posters, canvas poster, decks of playing cards, etc. We are in Oprah's all time favorite thing for this year! I'd love to tell you more about both companies, just email me. apugmire67@cox.net
-Ashley
http://www.myseriesse.com/AshleyPugmire
http://www.mystorybookdesigner.com

Donna - posted on 11/26/2008

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why not try child minding that way you can be at home with your children and get paid for looking after other children, that what iam going to do once ive had my baby, I am a trained nursery nurse this way i can stay at home and be with my child as well as looking after other children.

Wendy - posted on 11/26/2008

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why not become a childminder thats what iam doing as you can still be home for ur own kids.

Cheryl - posted on 11/26/2008

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I know that Apple has customer service jobs(through an agency, contract stuff) that can be done from home. Depends on the age of your kids I guess, no way I could do it with my son tugging on me all the time, but it's legit and you don't have to sell anything. NOT dissing any of you direct sales ladies! I'm just not good at selling and know there are others out there who aren't either.

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Hi Lisa, I've been able to quit my job at a school to stay home with my kids. I work with a health & wellness co that offers a safer, healthier alternavtive to products people are already buying, they are just healthier choices. No parties, no inventory,order taking,billing or deliveries. Very rewarding personally & financially. I get paid helping others have a healthier home. They have a 95% monthly reorder rate making for a great residual income. I simply just set people up to shop. Just $29.00 to get started which is refundable if you found this wasn't for you. Great support team & wonderful compensation plan with bonuses & regular promo's to help maximize your income. A Better Business Bureau Company. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in learning more. Cherie Swetz @ 585-617-4352 or by E-mail @ samden36@msn.com,

User - posted on 11/26/2008

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Have you thought about doing home daycare? I did it for 16 yrs and since my husband was on midnight shifts and slept in the afternoon, I always had an extra set of hands if i needed. SO have it set up as a business (tax write offs) and maybe even hire an ECE student now and then as help. Make a program, set up contracts etc.
I didn't get rich off it but it helped pay the rent and purchase food.

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