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post #21 of 64
I work at our local health food store one day a week. My husband is a teacher, so he is around to watch the kids on the weekend. I work Saturday and Sunday is our family day.

It is only about 70 bucks a day, but in a month that is pretty helpful. In addition we get 20% off of groceries, so it helps in two small ways.
post #22 of 64

I know it wouldn't be for everyone, but I do respite (generally, that means overnight, specialized babysitting for special needs kids) through my state Dept. of Developmental Disabilities. The licensing process was very simple (compared to the foster care system, which I have also done). And the pay is great: something like $250/day. It is very intensive - generally an entire weekend is dedicated to the child(ren). My own kids are teens, so their needs are different, and they enjoy participating in some "kid" activities. Although I am paid through the state, I am not a state employee. There is a serious need in my area for more providers - I would imagine that is a common situation.
 

post #23 of 64
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mamarhu-I imagine it takes a very special person to do what you do. I have a special needs dc and have friends with special need dc who use respite care and I know what you mean to those families.

 

This thread has really got me thinking about lots of really cool ideas.

Thank you all for your inspiration!

 

post #24 of 64

i take some kids on the weekend only one kid at a time alway older then 10 (im a mom of 3) and te state pays me for it, its easy and helps keep my kids entertained. i also have a small cloth diaper making/sewing biz on etsy and facebook 

post #25 of 64

I always found it really hard to resell things. I'm not sure if it's lack of luck or skill or my area or what but I've struggled to even consign my kids clothes so that never really worked out for me. I could never quite figure out the couponing thing either. If you can do either of these I know there's so many money to be made/saved. 

Are you just being modest about your knitting and crafting skills? Beginners that you teach are not going to know/care if you aren't a super duper award winning expert. You don't have to do it through a store. I know someone who teaches yoga out of her home. Do you belong to any moms groups or book clubs or anything where you could see if you could round up some interest? 

Is this mostly for fun or do you really need some extra cash? That would determine a lot too. When I really need the money, babysitting and/or getting a traditional out of the home part time job that I can work opposite hours from dh so we don't have to pay for child care has always worked best for me.

Good Luck!

post #26 of 64
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Clothing resale hasn't been very successful for me either but I buy most of my kids clothes from resale so I'm not all that concerned about what I spend on their clothes. Shoes? Well, that's another matter.

I wish I could coupon! I do use them from time to time on things like toilet paper or a store coupon, the spend enough and you'll save a little kind of coupon. Beyond that we can't really coupon. We buy all our meat from a farm, same with eggs, eat only raw dairy, and fresh veg. There is very little possibility for coupon savings where our groceries are concerned.

 

ilovemygirl- I likely am being modest and probably can knit better than I'm letting on but I am self taught and don't do everything by the book so I feel a little less than confident I could teach effectively.

The extra cash isn't something we need to survive but we have a lot of medical bills and I'd really like to be able to pay them off faster. We spent all our savings over a three year period where dh did not have reliable employment and was out of work more than he was working. We survived but now we're trying to catch up so the extra cash is needed but not do or die.

A job outside of the house is not likely going to work as dh's travel is varied in schedule, length, and distance, I could never be reliable. DH's in town schedule isn't any better, I never know when he's going to have to work late. DH works in auto racing and he leaves a couple days before the race and doesn't arrive home until a day or two after the race. If the driver crashes his car or there's mechanical problems dh is the one fixing it which requires extra hours at the shop in town. He works a regular full day when they're in town and stays late if there are extra things to do like body repair or mechanical repair. There have been times when dh hasn't been home at all during normal waking hours, he's even been known to sleep at the race shop. This is why I'm looking for something less than typical for myself, something I can do even if dh is working so much he decides to just sleep at the shop.

 

When I read threads like this one I find myself wishing we could all be sipping tea or coffee in some lovely cafe just chatting about these things that come to mind.

post #27 of 64

One of the ways I get extra cash is to take surveys online for cash (they send you a check in the mail whenever you want to "cash" out). I would love to refer any of you to the survey site b/c if you start earning with it, I earn for every dollar you earn. If you're interested pm your email and I will shoot you a referral. Thanks!!

post #28 of 64

Other ways I make extra cash:

 

- Babysit for my neighbor's kids occasionally

- Take online surveys through a few different sites

- Edit papers for college students

- Judge high school debate (also called "speech and debate" or "forensics") tournaments - usually are hosted on Saturdays from 7am - 5pm. They will feed you yummy lunch. You can usually stay as long or as short as you like, and they pay $8/round. You just have to be a high school grad. Pretty sure they have these in every school district all over the nation.

- Proctor tests like ACT, SAT, Teacher licensing tests (a one day gig)

- If I have the principal, I occasionally open checking accounts with bonus incentive coupons (like a couple hundred bucks) and then close them after the required period has passed (6 months). Nice way to get a little boost with no risk (ie vs. investing)

- Swagbucks -- I earn $5 amazon gift cards every 20 days or so


Edited by youngspiritmom - 5/5/12 at 9:01am
post #29 of 64

What is swagbucks?

post #30 of 64

It's an online search engine that also offers daily polls, special offers, surveys, and videos. You get awarded "SwagBucks" for searching, taking the daily polls, entering a swag code etc. It takes about 450 Swagbucks to cash in for a $5 Amazon gift card, but there are other rewards too. I just PMed you.

 

There was a thread about this a while back in this forum as well as some other ones, check them out here.

post #31 of 64
Thread Starter 

I had a friend who did the checking account incentive thing. She also opened accounts with free gifts and sold the gifts on ebay/craigslist.

post #32 of 64

I don't know how helpful this idea is - it worked for me because DS is a super-laid-back baby, and DH works from home - but I was an invigilator for high school exams last year. 3 1/2 hour shifts, mostly walking up and down giving teenage boys the evil eye if they looked like they were about to cheat, plus handing out tissues, escorting them to the loos and back, and a spot of paperwork. $60 per exam, and it was right down the road from our house.

 

I also just did a stint at the Academic Dress Hire place in our city, handing out graduation gowns, hoods and trenchers. A bit of paperwork, a lot of carrying; not hard at all, and quite fun.

 

Other than that, I make the odd bit of money mystery shopping and freelance writing (articles for a quarterly parenting magazine, plus online articles in the past - not so much recently). Very occasionally I bake and/or ice a wedding cake, usually for a friend or friend of a friend; or another catering-type gig.

 

Personally I've never found online surveys worth the time, nor MechTurk.

 

Medical transcription's something I've heard of plenty of WAHMs doing - have you considered that?

post #33 of 64
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DH and I were talking about this last night and he likes the idea of redoing furniture and he's interested in participating in that as well.

 

I do a bit of that. If I can get a piece of furniture for free, I'll fix it up. Often they just need something glued or screwed. Then, I'll make it look presentable by painting or giving it a quick refinishing job if it needs it. Or I'll sew new cushion covers or something. The key is to invest as little money as possible and not be too perfect with the redo. I live on a busy corner so I can sell things easily in yard sales. I don't charge very much because it's a yard sale, and I'm not in a well off neighborhood. Generally, people are thrilled to be able to buy a piece of solid furniture for $20-$40. I'll put more expensive things on Craigslist. People always want a small dresser for their kids room or a bookshelf. They like small furniture so they can get it home or move it easily since many people rent. It doesn't sound like much but I can make a few hundred dollars a month in the spring and fall with little effort and no time away from home.

 

I also take classes to retirement homes a few afternoons a month through a business. I get paid $10 per hour including travel time. It's the kind of thing you could do directly just by contacting the activities directors, if you have a skill to share. The retirement homes have a budget for activities. I had taught kids classes before but it had never occurred to me that there was a demand for the same kind of thing for seniors. You just have to take into account a lower energy level, arthritis, less mobility, and poor vision. And be prepared to be patient due to deafness, alzheimers, dementia, and such. Make sure no one eats the materials. But the retirement homes always leave someone who knows the residents there with you. I enjoy it. 

post #34 of 64
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I do a bit of that. If I can get a piece of furniture for free, I'll fix it up. Often they just need something glued or screwed. Then, I'll make it look presentable by painting or giving it a quick refinishing job if it needs it. Or I'll sew new cushion covers or something. The key is to invest as little money as possible and not be too perfect with the redo. I live on a busy corner so I can sell things easily in yard sales. I don't charge very much because it's a yard sale, and I'm not in a well off neighborhood. Generally, people are thrilled to be able to buy a piece of solid furniture for $20-$40. I'll put more expensive things on Craigslist. People always want a small dresser for their kids room or a bookshelf. They like small furniture so they can get it home or move it easily since many people rent. It doesn't sound like much but I can make a few hundred dollars a month in the spring and fall with little effort and no time away from home.

Yes, that's what I'd been considering, yard sales and craigslist. I've been keeping my eyes open for a piece or two to try my hand at but haven't found the right piece at the right price, free would be ideal.

I'm not looking to get rich, I'd just like to buy some homeschool materials for the fall without the use of our current funds. And, a new pair of shoes or a new dress wouldn't make me feel terrible either. There are other endeavors I'd like to fund but am not willing to take money from other areas to pay for it.

 

I can appreciate that teaching something simply like crochet, or knit, or even chess can be an easy way to make a few bucks but I think I'm leaning towards doing something in my own time. I would do something special order for others like baking a cake for a party or making a knitted blanket for a baby gift. I've considered catering but I have a huge dog with lots of long hair and there's just no way I'd get away with that.

 

Thanks for the suggestions 4evermom. Each time someone posts I feel even more inspired.

post #35 of 64

In early 2006, I started babysitting and ended up running a full-time childcare in my home for three years. It was great for our family. My kids liked having other kids to play with every day and the income got us through the year that dh was laid off.

 

I spent a while working overnights at Walmart to pay for my midwifery school tuition.

 

I teach childbirth classes and encapsulate placentas at the birth center where I'm an apprentice.

post #36 of 64

Wow, great thread. Thanks for starting this.

 

I resigned from my full-time job last year after having my third child, and since then have wanted to have a little pocket change of my own. It's hard for me personally to rely on my husband for everything. I have had an Etsy shop for a few years now where I sell handknits, and I get out of that what I put into it. The main way that I make money though is buy buying things on the cheap and reselling them for more money. Mostly buying things at thrift stores/garage sales and reselling on ebay. I just started doing this in earnest and have cleared about $300/month. And making more as I learn what sells well. It's not a ton of money but it's sure nice to have a little fun money AND pay a few bills. I can bring my two youngest thrifting with me once a week while my oldest is in school, and do the listing/shipping when they are sleeping. Has worked out really well and hasn't compromised the time I spend with them. Also a few times a year I do some bigger events - craft fairs and consignment sales in the fall and spring. I will bring in $500 or more from those and they just require a bunch of time for a few weeks prior, not too bad and my DH is very supportive.

post #37 of 64
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Originally Posted by Casha'sMommy View Post

DH and I were talking about this last night and he likes the idea of redoing furniture and he's interested in participating in that as well.

I think I may consider the farmers markets as well if I can meet the requirements.

 

Thanks for all the input ladies! I'm rather enjoying this thread. lol
 

 

My mom re-does furniture. Just for her (and me sometimes!), but she's very good at it. If anything is broken my dad fixes it, and then my mom recovers, or sands and re-stains. Her best yet was an overstuffed chair that a neighbor gave us with a broken foot. My dad glued the foot, and my mom found this awesome book shelf fabric that looked amazing - she did it about 15 or so years ago and she still has it. It's also still a favorite.

post #38 of 64

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Mystery shoppers? How do you get started?

post #39 of 64

My dh and I are beekeepers.  We make $ by doing cut out jobs for people (we come get bees out of their wall, doghouse, shed, etc.).  We get paid for the job, get paid in honey if it's a good year (last year we got 10 gallons out of 3 jobs), and then we can either keep or sell the bees.  Last year we made $400 just filling another beekeepers hives w/bees we extracted.  We kept the honey and that was my Christmas gifts this past Christmas!  We also have come across old beekeeping equipment and sold on Craigslist.  I spent a couple of hundred on used hives from one man, and w/in a week had made $500 profit!  My husband had been doubtful, but I knew how fast those would go on CL.  We came across another abandoned beeyard one time (behind my sils house so we knew for sure it was abandoned) and rented a small uhaul for $20.  Sold 45 hives (after I cleaned them up and painted the outside) for $18 each.  Then I bartered the last 30 for a bred Nubian doe who then turned around and gave us 2 beautiful doelings!  Those doelings can be registered and we can sell them for $250/each.  My best barter/deal EVAH!!!!

 

2 days ago we picked up new packages of bees from a beekeeper friend.  I went home and hived one of the packages in a free-to-me hive.  Spent $90 on the bees, sold them in a hive for $180.  That made one of my own packages of bees cost me a whopping $10.  They are really healthy and hopefully I'll be able to harvest at least 9 quart jars of honey from each of the 2 hives we bought.  Also got a free pollen trap and will install that on a hive this weekend.  Bees come in, pollen falls off them (they still get plenty where they need it too), I can bottle up the pollen granules and sell it.

post #40 of 64
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My dh and I are beekeepers.  We make $ by doing cut out jobs for people (we come get bees out of their wall, doghouse, shed, etc.).  We get paid for the job, get paid in honey if it's a good year (last year we got 10 gallons out of 3 jobs), and then we can either keep or sell the bees.  Last year we made $400 just filling another beekeepers hives w/bees we extracted.  We kept the honey and that was my Christmas gifts this past Christmas!  We also have come across old beekeeping equipment and sold on Craigslist.  I spent a couple of hundred on used hives from one man, and w/in a week had made $500 profit!  My husband had been doubtful, but I knew how fast those would go on CL.  We came across another abandoned beeyard one time (behind my sils house so we knew for sure it was abandoned) and rented a small uhaul for $20.  Sold 45 hives (after I cleaned them up and painted the outside) for $18 each.  Then I bartered the last 30 for a bred Nubian doe who then turned around and gave us 2 beautiful doelings!  Those doelings can be registered and we can sell them for $250/each.  My best barter/deal EVAH!!!!

 

2 days ago we picked up new packages of bees from a beekeeper friend.  I went home and hived one of the packages in a free-to-me hive.  Spent $90 on the bees, sold them in a hive for $180.  That made one of my own packages of bees cost me a whopping $10.  They are really healthy and hopefully I'll be able to harvest at least 9 quart jars of honey from each of the 2 hives we bought.  Also got a free pollen trap and will install that on a hive this weekend.  Bees come in, pollen falls off them (they still get plenty where they need it too), I can bottle up the pollen granules and sell it.


I would love love love love to keep bees.

I'm so jealous!

We don't use any kind of refined sugar and honey is liquid gold around here.

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