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post #1 of 17
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Hi Working Moms

I'm going back to school in mid-August. I need to bring in about $800 per month to be A-OK. I have no idea what to do for work. Ideally, I would like to work from home and set my own hours but parttime outside the home would work as well because I'm in such a tight place right now.

I am an Early Childhood Educator who takes care of one other child in my home during the day but I don't enjoy it whatsoever (which is why I'm going back to school).

I'm suddenly very stressed out with money as I just had an unexpected $600 purchase this month -- which was fine, but then my family gave me their notice and they're leaving the last day in July rather than the 3rd week in August which I had anticipated... Now I have no income for August and no savings... Ahhhhhhh!

Anyways, back to my question. What can I do to bring in an extra $800 per month? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. It might be helpful to know that I live in the Vancouver, BC area...
post #2 of 17
I am facing a similar situation. I had a great job working from home and lost it a couple months back. Now I am in the process of starting my own business sewing carriers, kids clothes and basically anything people want to buy (custom order). If you are interested in freelance writing, you might like to have a look at this website - http://freelancewritinggigs.com/webandprint/. No good for me because they are mostly US based but I know a few moms on here who succeeded with that site. Good luck, hope everything turns out OK!
post #3 of 17
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Thanks MittensKittens, I love writing but never get far with the constant interruptions ... as for getting work done during naptime, she only sleeps 45 mins

Does anyone know how long it would take to earn $800 on Freelancewritinggigs.com ?
post #4 of 17
I used to work for a travel website, I earned 1200 with that which is plenty to live on where I am (in Europe). I'd spend about four hours writing and researching each day, with like four days completely free each month. You could also look into squidoo and other such sites. If you don't think writing is an option, I really don't know what else to suggest, except for starting your own business of some kind, which might mean you have to go outside the home but at least you can take your kids with you, as it will be on your terms!
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by MittensKittens View Post
If you don't think writing is an option, I really don't know what else to suggest, except for starting your own business of some kind, which might mean you have to go outside the home but at least you can take your kids with you, as it will be on your terms!
I think I'm going to do cleaning... I have experience there and can provide references. Ugh... I thought that part of my life was over Good money...own hours...temporary -- I just have to keep telling myself that!
post #6 of 17
Freelancewritings.com is a really cool site...i'm not sure if you checked it out or not...but it gives you links to actual people looking for help...ie..craigslist..blogs...etc.
So it would depend on what job you took on. It looks very possible to get money from links on that site.
post #7 of 17
What about offering a green-based cleaning service? There was a woman locally who was doing that, and really had the start of a very good business going before she decided to go back to work outside the home. I don't think her website is live any more, but with so many great green cleaning products out there, not to mention ones you can make yourself, you could really sell yourself as a unique service provider in that you're getting people's homes cleaner and not poisoning them in the process. (well, you'd probably want to put a more positive spin on it than that).

Here's a site I found for a similar business:

http://www.earthmaids.com/index.php?...d=18&Itemid=70

I'll tell you, I was really sad when she went out of business! I've had housecleaners off and on before, I actually had one quit because she didn't like the non-mainstream cleaning products I asked her to use. Um, yeah, and she was the one who told me she'd completely lost her sense of smell and taste.

The local lady who was doing the green cleaning was charging more than other local cleaners too -- maybe $30 an hour rather than $20?

Of course you have to figure in taxes and so forth but if you could make $20 an hour cleaning, that's 10 hours a week to gross $800 a month, which is probably a lot fewer hours than you'd need to put into writing or any other web-based business.

If you could find someone to do this with you, I bet you could do really well with fewer hours put into in than you think once you got it off the ground.
post #8 of 17
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What about offering a green-based cleaning service? There was a woman locally who was doing that, and really had the start of a very good business going before she decided to go back to work outside the home. I don't think her website is live any more, but with so many great green cleaning products out there, not to mention ones you can make yourself, you could really sell yourself as a unique service provider in that you're getting people's homes cleaner and not poisoning them in the process. (well, you'd probably want to put a more positive spin on it than that).



If you could find someone to do this with you, I bet you could do really well with fewer hours put into in than you think once you got it off the ground.
I think that's a great idea. I would have to start with using the homeowners products but, once I get back on my financial feet I could start an actual green cleaning service. I have a friend who I'm sure would be game on for doing this as well. I'm getting excited!
post #9 of 17
Glad to help! Just FYI, the lady locally was using her own products made from baking soda, vinegar, essential oils, etc. -- that was one of her big selling points, and I'm sure it saved money over using commercial stuff. I'm sure even if you charged only a few dollars an hour more over local going rates, you could afford to make your own or buy your own non-toxic products. I just see this as potentially a huge marketing advantage if you could do it from the start, if the market will bear it where you are.

If you do want to use commercial non-toxic products, I've found that Clorox Greenworks and other brands are just as inexpensive as the mainstream brands, not quite as pricey as Seventh Generation.

Best of luck!

ETA: I just checked your blog link -- if you're in Vancouver, you so totally have the market to make this a go.
post #10 of 17
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ETA: I just checked your blog link -- if you're in Vancouver, you so totally have the market to make this a go.
Definitely!! AND we have CRAIGSLIST!!! :
post #11 of 17
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Glad to help! Just FYI, the lady locally was using her own products made from baking soda, vinegar, essential oils, etc. -- that was one of her big selling points, and I'm sure it saved money over using commercial stuff.

Yup we clean our house mostly using a big bag of baking soda from Costco and gallon bottles of supermarket brand plain white vinegar. The funny thing is not only is it cheaper and greener, but baking soda works ten times better on soap scum than any commercial junk I've ever used.
post #12 of 17
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the funny thing is not only is it cheaper and greener, but baking soda works ten times better on soap scum than any commercial junk i've ever used.
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post #13 of 17
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Yup we clean our house mostly using a big bag of baking soda from Costco and gallon bottles of supermarket brand plain white vinegar. The funny thing is not only is it cheaper and greener, but baking soda works ten times better on soap scum than any commercial junk I've ever used.
Absolutely!!! Nobody believes dp and I when we tell them that. Dp cleans houses as well, and uses her customers cleaning products, but has directed all of them away from using harsh chemicals, and has convinced many of the powers of baking soda and vinegar!!
post #14 of 17
I use vinegar and baking soda too! I also use water with a tablespoon of olive oil to clean wood! Works wonderful! I put an essential oil for a light scent but not necessary. I bought a bunch of cheap cloth rags....about 40 rags for cleaning so I save on not using paper towels. Good Luck!
post #15 of 17
I work at a grocery store. sounds lame but I make good money, always know what is on sale, save time by shopping on my breaks, get 10% off groceries once a month. and for now I work at starbucks and get tips which brings my hourly up to $12/hour. approcamately $1 is unreported since it is tips (we don't get a lot of tips). but if I work 20 hours a week that is an extra $80 a month. the hours are of course super flexable. I worked overnights for a while and love it. it also boosted my income as there is a night differential and bigger raises. easy work too. super easy. but for $800 a month while going to school I would definitely get a job. just easier and more reliable that way. no need to drum up business for yourself.
post #16 of 17
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but for $800 a month while going to school I would definitely get a job. just easier and more reliable that way. no need to drum up business for yourself.
Amen sista!

I have been cleaning for the past two months, have regular clients -- one is on vacation and another is only once per month. I have been spending so much time on advertising, stressing out, being broke, then fine...then broke again. I have decided to go with a cleaning company instead just so I can go to work, go home and not have to spend my off time thinking about it. It's $3 less per hour, but I will still make much more b/c I will be getting regular hours AND I have a partner to clean with in each house...fun!

I am working on my resume this week and plan on applying to all the funky coffee shops. With my little one in care 3 days per week anyway, I might as well just go to a job those days and do my homework after she goes to bed. Honestly, I am more broke now than I was when I originally posted this thread. ...And that's pretty darn broke!

Thanks for giving my head a shake Doesn't Starbucks have benefits!?
post #17 of 17
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Amen sista!

I have been cleaning for the past two months, have regular clients -- one is on vacation and another is only once per month. I have been spending so much time on advertising, stressing out, being broke, then fine...then broke again. I have decided to go with a cleaning company instead just so I can go to work, go home and not have to spend my off time thinking about it. It's $3 less per hour, but I will still make much more b/c I will be getting regular hours AND I have a partner to clean with in each house...fun!

I am working on my resume this week and plan on applying to all the funky coffee shops. With my little one in care 3 days per week anyway, I might as well just go to a job those days and do my homework after she goes to bed. Honestly, I am more broke now than I was when I originally posted this thread. ...And that's pretty darn broke!

Thanks for giving my head a shake Doesn't Starbucks have benefits!?
I "think" you have to be full time at starbucks to get benefits but I'm not 100% sure on that.
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