Where there’s a will there’s a way is an old saying that I believe in…it’s just getting off your….you know…and making an attempt. This goes for me, too! There are many things I could do to improve things, but I just put it off until tomorrow. Here’s another one, Today is the tomorrow you waited for yesterday…so what have you done differently today, now that tomorrow is here? These thoughts can be applied to relationships, careers, health, and surviving during hard times.
I hear from many of my visitors that they are finding it difficult in living from check to check and providing for their children, especially now that the holidays are fast approaching. The information I’m about to share with you may be too late for this Christmas, but if you start now you might be in someway better off when it comes around again.
1. This past year a divorced Teaneck mother was one of the many about to have her mortgage enter foreclosure. In desperation, the woman began making “Mortgage Apple Cakes” and sold them from her home. Word spread, a hotel offered her space in their kitchen, sales grew. Her goal was to sell 100 cakes to cover the first of 3 payments she needed to save her home…she sold 500! She was able to cover her mortgage payments and keep their home. Her Mortgage Apple Cake is now a business with online sales. A Texas family is also selling Mortgage Apple Spice Cakes to save their home through online sales. Do you bake? Is there an approved kitchen for you to use, say in a church, where you can bake a recipe to supplement your income by selling it? Think about what you would bake, where you would bake it (health laws), and how you would market it…first word of mouth, flea markets, craft sales, holiday bazaars…and later online.
2. Do you have a craft you enjoy? Do you make jewelry, knit, sew, refinish things, or something else? Again, you could start out selling at holiday bazaars this month and next. See what sells. Last year, my daughter bought key chains made from beads for the teachers. The price was reasonable and they probably didn’t take long to make. They were a popular item at the bazaar. There are websites where you can sell your handmade items:
- Etsy (etsy.com) – create your online store. There is a very small fee to list an item. For each item that sells, you pay a small commission to Etsy.
- Jewelry Wonder (jewelrywonder.com) – requires you have a minimum of 30 itmes to open a free online store. No fees!
- ArtFire (artfire.com) – for the beginner, you can set up a basic free account with no limit to how many items you list with 4 photos each. No fees!
3. Do you have skills such as designing stationery, business cards, planning itineraries, organizing events, writing ads, or other talents? How about photography? Do you have a unique approach on something? Visit Fiverr.com to find out more.
4. Are you an out of work experienced nurse? You may be able to work from home answering calls for doctors’ offices during after hours. The pay is good and the location is very convenient! No babysitters needed. Go to Fonemed.com for more information.
5. How are your writing skills? If you have a blog with a page rank of 2 or higher, you may be able to write articles online with links to other websites (link building) through companies such as SponsoredReviews (sponsoredreviews.com) with no experience required. Other sites hire experienced freelance writers, editors and others to write for informational websites. About.com highers directly through a lengthy application and experience is preferred.
6. If you like tutoring students, you can do so online! Check out Tutor.com. The more time you have, the more you can make.
7. Do you have an area of interest that you know a lot about or years of training that could be of interest to others? JustAnswer.com pays if your answer is accepted. Read about how they work on their website.
8. Have you ever called a company and upon speaking to a customer service representative, wonder where they are located? Well, they could be sitting in the pajamas and slippers watching Oprah when you call…they work from home. Check out Alpine Access (alpineaccess.com), Working Solutions (workingsolutions.com), and LiveOps (liveops.com) if you have a good phone presence. You’ll learn about their hiring requirements on their websites for hiring people to work online or through their company at home.
Remember, you have to be in it to win it. If these ideas aren’t right for you, get creative in your thinking – ask others what you’re good at – and try to find a way that you can turn it into an income to supplement your current status. You’re not limited to the sites and ideas you found here for working online. “Google” some words that come to mind and see what shows up on the first page. Patience is needed. It probably won’t happen overnight, but it won’t happen at all if you don’t try…
Now, I guess I have to follow my own advice, and since I have 7 – or is it 8 – blogs I’m building to increase my income, that leaves my issue with the treadmill….