Working from Home

Jenn - posted on 11/17/2008 ( 9 moms have responded )




I don't currently work at home but I'm interested in maybe getting into working at home. Any tips on how to get started?


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Jen - posted on 11/20/2008




When I was looking I was looking for 3 things.....Do I have enough of a desire to see this through? Can I do it? Does it make sense? When I found this company it was the only one that answered all 3 questions. We earn money everytime someone uses their cell phone and watches tv. EVERYONE is paying those bills right now every month. It will never stop. I loved that idea! I have been so excited because our opportunity will be featured on a reality show on NBC primetime!!! You have got to see this before 25 million people do. You are welcomed to contact me for further information.

Dinnae - posted on 11/20/2008




Hi Jenn,

There are alot of options out there, but you do need to do some research, like the consensus has been so far. I actually posted something similar to another mum just a couple of days ago, so I will just copy and paste that answer here:

"there are lots of options out there as well for you to bring in an income whilst staying home, ranging from working from home (job/telecommute), to having your own business. there are also TONS of good books and sites to help you find info too, just google work from home.. but be diligent and search through about 10 pages or more, to get a good feel for what is out there, or to jog some ideas. also, go to and look for work from home books.

most options, regardless of whether you're doing a traditional job or owning your own business, will still need you to promote yourself or your service or product in order to get work, orders, clients, etc.

things like:
- web or graphic design (i'd ONLY recommend this if you had appropriate training - there are too many people out there doing BAD jobs in web/graphic design - i know, my hubby is a web designer)
- medical transcription (a course is required for this - you can take it via correspondence, or often at your local college)
- secret shopper (not really AT home though, but do a google search for this)
- data entry (be WARY of this one - this is a really good one for scams, but there ARE some legitimate data entry jobs out there, just difficult to find)
- virtual assistant (good place to start is an organisation called Team Double-click - they are a legitimate agency for pairing up va's with clients... i've been a member for awhile, but have never pursued this)
- party plan (mary kay, epm empowernet, creative memories, stamping up) or distributorship (avon, monavie, quixtar)... i'm personally not a MASSIVE fan of these unless it's something you're passionate about (like, i LOVE stampin' up! products, so i might sign up as a HOBBY consultant, knowing full well that i don't intend to make alot of money at it) the reason WHY i'm not a massive fan is that i want to stay at home: i don't want to run around to parties every night, or run around collecting money, delivering orders, etc. (BUT, i'm very passionate about their products!)
- other network marketing options
- nail tech or esthetician or hair stylist (easy to set up your own salon room or corner in your home - again, you'll need training for this)
- life or business coach (again, training and certification needed - but VERY lucrative, and VERY rewarding/gratifying - you're helping people CHANGE THEIR LIVES!!!)
- seamstress (some businesses need help with keeping up with demand, so contract out sewing work to sahm's... hard to find, but out there if you are a sewer)
- tutor or teacher (if you are good at anything that you are passionate about, another good option)
- many many other options

both my hubby and i work from home and i LOVE it. it's the most amazing feeling knowing that when my boys are sick or really need me, i'm here for them. and on those days i'm under the weather, my hubby is here too. it's great when my oldest asks for daddy, and i say, he's working baby, go say hi if you want. and my hubby absolutely LOVES it when xavier slooooowly opens his office door and says "daddy?" just too cute!"

It does take ALOT of diligence, organisation, and an ability to focus (some days I'm not so good at that, believe me!)... and understanding that sometimes you will have bad days... with a job you can just go, make your hourly wage, regardless of how you feel/produce, and that's it... but with a business, or working from home, you have to produce to make money - and that's where the diligence and focus comes in. But, you CAN do it, and if you make that decision to do it, you will feel AMAZING. ;)

I hope that helps a bit more Jenn... and good luck in your search. Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.

Dinnae :)

Elizabeth - posted on 11/19/2008




I was just looking at all the answers to your question, and beyond all the sales pitches, I think the bottom line is, how much time do you want to invest?

I am a very creative person and originally I was going to make things and sell them on eBay, which flopped badly for me because I don't have the experience or self-discipline it takes to get something off the ground from scratch, plus I am a very distractible person and had a hard time managing all the products. With an established, recognizable company I found a huge support system, free resources to help me build my business, and product recognition. I personally lack the discipline to make a business-from-scratch work. You might be different!!!

When you say "I don't currently work at home" I'm not sure if you mean you are solely a SAH mom or if you work outside the home... Either way, I would definitely be sure your hubby is on board with you embarking on this new venture! No matter what you decide to do, it WILL have an impact... sometimes you need to go to meetings and leave the kids with dad, or the laundry may pile up sometimes, or dishes in the sink, or cranky kids, etc. My husband works very hard and wants to come home to a peaceful home, so it's essential that we're on the same page with my business, and what it means to me and our family. Plus, giving Mommy a break can help keep her sane!

Good luck!

Laura - posted on 11/18/2008




Hi Jenn,

I agree with all the posts below. I work for a company called LIfemax. LIke others, it's in the health and wellness industry. We provide a product called Mila- it's an FDA approved whole raw food. Because it's fairly new to the market, our business is growing quickly. This is a great reputable company, that gives you all the training and support you will need to grow a successful business from home. I love the product and the company, which makes me proud to tell everyone I know about it! I was first introduced to the product, which I love! I have a 3 year old who has turned into quite the picky eater- so Mila is a life saver for our family. I put it in his food and because there is no taste or smell he doesn't even know it's there. I feel better because I know he's getting the vital nutrients he needs even if all he eats is mac & cheese and PB&J. Feel free to check out my website Let me know if you have any questions! Best of luck to you.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/18/2008




Hi Jenn!
I agree with the advice already given, do your homework and look into several options.
If you choose to go with a direct-selling (party) business, make sure it is with a company and product that you believe in. I personally NEVER ever ever thought I could be a (fill in the blank) Lady, but that changed for me when I was getting ready to give birth to my second son and I attended a Tupperware party, and my life really was changed. I don't know how the other plans go, but you can make good money for your time commitment ($25-$50 or more per hour), it's a product everyone needs (who doesn't have a kitchen????), and the biggest kicker for me is that it's guaranteed for LIFE. I know of NO ONE else who has a lifetime guarantee. They set you up with your own website, and I've gotten business through my website without me making any effort at all! Right now I have a 2 year-old and a 6 month-old, and my little one has had a difficult time in the evenings, so it's not easy for me to do parties. You can gear your business to YOUR LIFESTYLE--internet, fundraisers, catalog shows, expos, etc. I don't do many parties right now, but my baby is doing better in the evenings so now I can increase my activity!!
I would be happy to give you more information if you'd like to visit my website or shoot me an email! or


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Hey Jenn! I work for a great health and wellness company and I would love to tell you more about it, it's absolutely risk free! Give me a call at (205) 447 6722 or email me at

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Hi Jenn, I work from home setting up wholesale accounts for a wellness Co. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to learn more about what I do. Cherie Swetz@585-617-4352 or by E-Mail @

Taryn - posted on 11/17/2008




Hi Jenn,

My first suggestion would be to do your homework and find something you can be passionate about. It's so easy to jump into the first thing that seems like will be easy and make you quick money. Home businesses (good ones) aren't about getting rich quick. The good ones involve a little investment, a lot of passion and some hard work. The beauty is, if you are passionate about it, the hard work will come easy and so will the business.

That's what I found with my online fitness business. I've always been passionate about being fit and healthy and wanted to do something to help others. Enter, Team Beachbody. We are a group of committed Coaches that want to help others make a difference in their lifestyle. From all over the country, we all have different backgrounds and really great stories to share and motivate.

If it interests you, I'd love to have you learn more. Meet me at Good luck on finding something that fits your goals!


Danielle - posted on 11/17/2008




I'm just a mom who doesn't want to do home parties to make money. While home parties (or classes or gatherings...) are great fun, I didn't want to be the one doing them anymore, but I wanted a way to contribute to our family budget LEGITIMATELY. I didn't want to hear about get rich quick schemes or companies where I had to pay just to get more information.

So I looked...and I looked...and I looked. And I finally found a company that I can stand behind and beside and make money while SELLING NOTHING. I have no inventory, no parties, and no boundaries!! I'd love to give you more information and help you get started today. You can visit my website at
or you can email me at I won't hound you or stalk you or attach myself to your bumper. No pressure, no worries.

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