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post #21 of 41
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Originally Posted by Bronwyntoo View Post
You could also try tutoring. I was recently checking into home schooling my child and discovered that you only need the equivalent of a high school education to qualify as a home school tutor, per state law. Being an after-school tutor would be easier, I'd think. I don't know anything about how much they make, but I'm sure you can find plenty of info on the web.
I tutor and would caution you on thinking it's easy. It's actually really tough and you tend to end up working with kids who have undiagnosed or ignored learning differences. Plus, finding a good fit between tutor and student is not easy. I get 'offers' of students with anger management issues and depression who are described as 'uncooperative' quite a lot. Some of them I can help, most I can't reach but it's always exhausting regardless. I feel like I'm trying to save lost souls and when it doesn't work out, it's agonizing because I know that's one more step down the ladder for these kids.

And at least in my area, parents and school systems favor tutors with at least a BA. I don't know, even if it's okay in your state, that a H.S. diploma would be competitive. You would need to research that and see how you could create a niche for yourself.

The 'easy' clients are the ones where the parents have professional careers with stable incomes. Their kids are usually well behaved and everyone is invested in success at school, but these families go first to agencies and last to freelancers--they buy into the 'tutor brand' ime.

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post #22 of 41
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Huh. I have a master's degree in Education and an undergrad in biology - my only real writing experience has been in these fields, for school (some master's work in biology, too). I mean, I've done extensive writing for those degrees, but most of it was techinical, you know? I was browsing some stuff, but they all seem to ask for degrees in journalism (or related field)... or for some sort of portfolio... so, uh, how does this work.

Ok, maybe I shouldn't threadjack.
The ad revenue sites, you just sign up and write. That's it.

But you have to learn about SEO and keywords. Click on the Niche Momma link in my siggy for resources and info.

Personally, I would start at ehow. For many reasons that are too numerous to get into here. But primarily because you don't need your own adsense account and it's a good place to start--the people on the forums are friendly, there are ebooks on ehow, free tutorials on blogs, articles earn quickly so there's immediate positive feedback on the work put in.

From there you can branch out into private clients, writing for Demand Studios etc..

I would not start at Demand Studios until I had some experience at one of the ad revenue sites under my belt. DS is a whole 'nother learning curve, I would want to understand SEO and keywords pretty well before diving in there.

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post #23 of 41
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Originally Posted by rainbowmoon View Post
Very easily. You can do a search online for "content writing" (you should come up with tons of tutorials) or PM me and I can send you some links and info.. There are about a dozen sites that pay per piece. (also pay per page view) You won't get rich but I know several people making a few hundred a week. I easily make $10-20 an hour part time.
Hi rainbowmoon, would you mind if I pmd you with some questions? I was looking into Constant Content and some other things online last night and wondered if I could get some btdt perspective.

Thanks!
post #24 of 41
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Hi rainbow moon, would you mind if I pmd you with some questions? I was looking into Constant Content and some other things online last night and wondered if I could get some btdt perspective.

Thanks!
I'd be interested in hearing of your experiences, too.
post #25 of 41
subbing for writing ideas.

I tried elance but never made any money at it. I've written my own ebook about Moving to Argentina and was working towards a Masters in pr and marketing with a BA in environmental studies before I realized I didn't want to do the corporate life.

I definitely want to hear more about the writing people are doing because short targeted projects are the best for me.

What are these 10-15 minute articles about?

Forgot to add that I need some income asap. DH is heading to Europe to take care of his mom for a couple of months because she has cancer. I have a dog sitting gig but have to drag dd out three times a day to drive there. Our other biz is super slow right now so I really need some ideas I can do from home.
post #26 of 41
I started my own business from home 16 months ago, because I saw a gap in the market here in the UK. Not sure if I am allowed to put in this link or not, so mods please remove it if it is not appropriate:
www.littleacornstomightyoaks.co.uk

It cost us £3500 to start up, but has now grown to the stage that I can stay at home full time, and earn a 'wage' from it, equivilant to working in the 'outside world' but without putting as many man hours in.
post #27 of 41
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Originally Posted by poppyseed View Post
I started my own business from home 16 months ago, because I saw a gap in the market here in the UK. Not sure if I am allowed to put in this link or not, so mods please remove it if it is not appropriate:
www.littleacornstomightyoaks.co.uk

It cost us £3500 to start up, but has now grown to the stage that I can stay at home full time, and earn a 'wage' from it, equivilant to working in the 'outside world' but without putting as many man hours in.
can i ask if you stock directly or if they are drop shipped to customers? if you dont' want to answer in the forum would you mind pming me? ws a lot of your initial cost from the website which is quite nice and is obvioulsy not a template.
post #28 of 41
My dh and I both work at home doing call center work. I have worked for West@Home for over a year now and love them. They were hiring in December, but I am not sure if they are right now. My dh worked a temp job for Alpine Access and they are currently hiring, but they have not been the greatest to work for. Money comes on time and you will eventually get some to contact you if you have issues, but only via email. I know there are also other places that do work at home call center jobs. My dh has a job lined up with a local company that does magazine calls, but he doesn't know if he will be in the training class starting on the 4th or the next class which is getting stressful for us. I would suggest checking out rat race rebellion and check their daily job leads to see what else you can find.
post #29 of 41
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can i ask if you stock directly or if they are drop shipped to customers? if you dont' want to answer in the forum would you mind pming me? ws a lot of your initial cost from the website which is quite nice and is obvioulsy not a template.
The cost of setting up the website was only the cost of the hosting, my DH taught himself how to code a site, and built the whole site for the business himself.

Of the initial set up cost about £3000 went on stock, and £500 went on set up costs ie insurance, hosting, reserving our name at companies house, phoneline, domain names etc.

We do not dropship, we hold all the stock on site, and run the business completely out of our family home.
post #30 of 41
For those doing kgb (I just signed up a couple weeks ago after reading this thread!), they are having crazy wage differentials during Super Bowl in a few weeks. So make sure you sign up!
post #31 of 41
have you considered shaklee? feel free to pm me if you'd like to chat about it.
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post #34 of 41
If anyone still wants the writing info. please PM me!

sapphos- The 10-15 min articles are about whatever I want to write about! Usually things I already have researched previously and have good knowledge of that can be typed up quickly. Also product reviews are something I write regularly. I even was sent a $150 Oral B electric toothbrush for free in exchange for a review!
post #35 of 41
Something that I used to do and think I may get back into doing was to be a version of a VAA - Virtual Administrative Assistant. Lot's of small businesses out there need someone to do their books, field their e-mails, etc. but they don't have the space or resources to hire someone full time. A former friend of mine turned me onto it, and I know she was pulling in about $65k a year after doing it for 2 years. It's completely legitimate, you just have to realize the work doesn't magically come to you, you have to find it. Really though that's easy to do - start by checking CL for the part time jobs and contact those companies, pick a field you have knowledge in and send a professional letter advertising your services to all the smaller businesses in your area, things like that. You do have to meet with the clients once or twice, but by far it's mostly work from home.
post #36 of 41
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start by checking CL for the part time jobs and contact those companies, pick a field you have knowledge in and send a professional letter advertising your services to all the smaller businesses in your area, things like that. .
Ok so do you mean check CL (is that career link?) and look for someone needing an assistant and just soliciting them? I am very curious about this so if you could explain a tad bit more I would so appreciate it.
post #37 of 41
CL=Craigs List. Small businesses will often advertise for part time help there because it's free. So, for example if I see 2 people wanting a part time accountant, 1 person wanting a basic hr person part time, and someone to handle their e-mails for them a few hours a week, then I would e-mail them a letter explaining my services, the fees, and how it works (assuming I could do those jobs).

So here's how it works. Once you decide that you want to do this, you need to spend a little cash. It's usually not much at all mind you. Get a company name - it could be something like Jane Doe Virtual Assistant Services or something more creative, doesn't really matter. If you're not using your name as the company name, file a dba (doing business as) form with the state. When I lived in MO this ran $7 if I recall, though I believe it varies by state. Get some business cards printed up, a website put up, an 800# and a few brochures printed out (you can do those at home or at someplace like Kinko's for cheap - especially if they're only one color). Now, if you go through VistaPrint, you can get the business cards for dirt cheap AND I know they offer inexpensive websites to coordinate with their products. So maybe $30 there? Not sure but I seem to recall they were cheap on the website. Now for the phone number, that depends on where you are and what you need. You DO want to be able to take business calls on the line, so a home line with the message "You've reached Don and Sue" probably isn't the best idea. You can use a cell phone, a second phone line, or get a designated 800#. I use a company called UReach which I've been happy with for about $15/month. Total upfront investment to start your own business= about $80. And really all of this isn't mandatory, but it does give you a more professional air! (Tip: get the 800# BEFORE you order or print business cards. It sucks to have to redo them!)

For me personally, I'm not overly skilled in accounting though I can certainly manage basic bookkeeping. I am skilled in things like editing and web design and development. So I picked the catagory of Real Estate (because usually most smaller offices have to do everything themselves with no corporate support) and sent out about 30 letters. I introduced myself, explained what a VA was, explained what I could help them with, how I could save them money, etc. I also found jobs by posting my business on the local papers business site and on CraigsList. Some jobs are a one time deal, some are longer term so figure out what your pricing will be for each. But remember that people talk, and if one person is happy with you they'll tell their friends. Oh and while there is at least one legitimate organization out there (I *think* it's the ivaa.org) don't ever pay for job leads through any company claiming to do the middle work (unless it's something like guru.com - I know they're legit). I can't tell you how many complaints I heard about those companies when I was doing it!

It's not a get rich quick scheme, and it's not some type of marketing sales deal like Avon or Pampered Chef. This is you and only you. But there are some resources and support out there, and it can definitely work!

ETA: If you do decide to give this a try, never say you're "working from home" but rather present it that you're saving them money by working from your office rather than theirs!
post #38 of 41
One more suggestion, if you have a "strong stomach", is to do placenta preparation. My clients deliver their placenta(s) to me, and I encapsulate them, or prepare them however they want. You can even do art for them with the membranes and make a teething ring out of the cord for extra $$.
post #39 of 41
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Me too!
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