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Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive June 2004: Working at home
By Rayanne on Thursday, June 3, 2004 - 11:17 am:

I don't know if I can ask this or not, but does anyone have any ideas of what I can do to earn money at home? We are starting to get tight on money and I DON'T want to put my DD in daycare. I do however need to make some money, not a lot, but some. Maybe $400-$800 a month? If you cannot answer this question here, please e-mail me at I am willing to do almost anything.

By Karen~moderator on Thursday, June 3, 2004 - 11:23 am:

Rayanne, it's OK to post for ideas. The board doesn't allow posts that are solicitation, and this is not the same thing.

Have you thought about medical transcription or something similar, like typing for small businesses at home?

By Rayanne on Thursday, June 3, 2004 - 11:27 am:

What do I do? Do I call places or what?

By Emily7 on Thursday, June 3, 2004 - 11:27 am:

I would actually be interested in ideas as well, but would be unable to take a lot of classes to get started.

By Rayanne on Thursday, June 3, 2004 - 11:32 am:

Same here. I don't have anyplace to take my DD while I am in class, so anything that you can learn from home and not fork over money is g:):)d.

By Karen~moderator on Thursday, June 3, 2004 - 11:38 am:

Check the classified ads in your local newspaper. Many large businesses are actually hiring part time people to do work out of their homes - they do that because their overhead is less - since you are part time, they do not have to carry benefits on you.

You could also run an ad yourself, advertising that you do typing in your home, if that's the way you want to go.......

Hopefully others will have some suggestions too.

By Melanie on Thursday, June 3, 2004 - 12:00 pm:

There are the businesses such as Mary Kay, Discovery Toys, Candlelite, etc. you could consider. :)

By Rayanne on Thursday, June 3, 2004 - 12:07 pm:

I used to do Candlelite and I didn't like it. It was too hard to get parties.

By Karen~moderator on Thursday, June 3, 2004 - 12:34 pm:

I worked at home for a couple of years for the company I work for now - I've been with them for 25 years - and when I was having my babies, I worked from home.

I briefly entertained the idea of one of the *sales* type work-from-home jobs, but that just wasn't *me*. I'm lousy at that kind of stuff.

If you do bookkeeping, there are some small companies who hire people to do that for them off premises.

By Yjja123 on Thursday, June 3, 2004 - 01:34 pm:

A few ideas:
Childcare in your home--watching just 1 child can bring $100 a week income! Bonus--look at it as a playdate for your child that you get paid for :)
Sell on ebay. If you have outlets near you, you could sell things on ebay (or better yet start by cleaning out your closets). I started ebay years ago by listing a few items and with that profit I bought a digital camera (its better to list with pictures). I liked to buy from stores because if by some chance the item did not sell after a few tries I would simply return it for something else (kept reciepts and kept tags on it).
Paper route--morning route. I think that is about $100 a week. Have not done that one so I am not positive.
Good luck!

By Kellyj on Thursday, June 3, 2004 - 01:34 pm:

I too am interested in working from home but am afraid I'll end up getting scammed. So I'd love to hear anyone's positive experiences too. :)

By Mommmie on Thursday, June 3, 2004 - 02:08 pm:

I have heard that due to the new HIPAA law, medical transcription can't be done outside the office anymore. Anyone else hear this?

You could sell used books on

By Karen~moderator on Thursday, June 3, 2004 - 02:15 pm:

Not true, we have several members who do that from home. Pam works for a local hospital, doing medical transcription from home.

By Rayanne on Thursday, June 3, 2004 - 03:32 pm:

How would you get into book keeping or something like that? I used to work for a doctors office doing referals and I LOVE to do paperwork.

By Dmom on Thursday, June 3, 2004 - 03:41 pm:

My church pay $10 for nursery care and you're allowed to being your kids and it's a good environment. Sunday am 8-12 Sunday pm 5-9 Wednesday 5-9 and if there's a wedding or some type of service you usually have a choice to work a Saturday, it picks up in preparation of Easter and Christmas, too, because there are extra services and extra practices. It usually brings in about $100 a week.

I am a volunteer, but I know the hours and the payrate because when the infant worker had to resign, they called and offerred me a job. I turned it down for now because I am homeschooling.

So, you might want to check the churches.

By Rayanne on Friday, June 4, 2004 - 08:44 am:

I found this website last night. Hopefully it will work.

By Ginny~moderator on Friday, June 4, 2004 - 09:08 am:

Just remember, Rayanne, if they ask you to pay any money up front or provide any credit card or credit information it is 99% sure to be a scam.

By Mommyathome on Friday, June 4, 2004 - 10:17 am:

I make a handmade product and sell it on e-bay. I make between $100 and $150 per week doing that. I really enjoy it because I am my own boss. If I feel like skipping a week, I can. If we are on vacation I don't have to deal w/it. If the kids are sick, I can be with them.

By Rayanne on Friday, June 4, 2004 - 10:26 am:

How do you sell stuff on e-bay? What do you make Robin? I have a product that I made myself. I have made three for other people that like them. It wasn't my own idea though, I found it at Michael's on one of those free idea sheets. Would that still be okay?

By Mommyathome on Friday, June 4, 2004 - 08:40 pm: can sell ANYTHING on e-bay! Just sign up and start selling :)
Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions. I'm an e-bay nut ;)
hessey @ (no spaces)

By Rayanne on Saturday, June 5, 2004 - 10:55 am:

Thanks Robin. I probably will be e-mailing you this week.

By Cat on Saturday, June 5, 2004 - 03:22 pm:

Rayanne, I have a family child care in my home. It's a lot of work, but there are a lot of benifits, also. I couldn't make what I do if I had a job outside the home. Being a child care provider isn't for everyone, though.

By Amecmom on Saturday, June 5, 2004 - 05:26 pm:

Those of you who do childcare in your homes, how do you deal with things like insurance, licensing and the other headaches that come along with running a business from home? Years ago society was different. Now I'd be worried that I'd be sued if something went wrong. I've often though about doing it, but have been wary.

By Cat on Saturday, June 5, 2004 - 06:38 pm:

New York State

Ame, check out this site. It tells you what you need to do to get started in family child care. It sounds scary and like a lot of work, but Children and Family Services will help you. Remember, each state has different rules about who needs a license or certification to provide child care. Here in Colorado the regs state that if you care for children from "more than one family" you need a license. That means if one family has 6 kids, you do not need a license unless you take a child (or children) from another family. It looks like in New York if you plan to care for three or more children for more than three hours a day on a regular basis you need a license. There are a lot of people out there that do child care without a license. I'm okay with that (some providers aren't). Just remember, if you get caught they can fine you (not likely without a warning). Anyway, yes, I have insurance and getting my license took about 3-4 months and ended up costing about $200 (paying for the classes and zoning). There are classes you have to go through, including CPR, First Aide, medication administration, child abuse training, and some places require food handling/USDA program training. The possibility of getting sued is always there, but you could run into that just having a play date for your child or having a child fall on your sidewalk while trick or treating. If you (or anyone else) think this is something you'd like to pursue, email me with any questions you have and I'd be happy to answer them. :)

By Colette on Saturday, June 5, 2004 - 06:42 pm:

I used to do in home daycare and I stopped because my own kids kept getting sick from people dropping off sick kids (give the kid tylenol before they come = no fever, couple of hours later tylenol wears off, sick kid, parents unavailable to come home) it was WAY to much trouble.

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