I found some ways OFFLINE to make some christmas money!!!

United States
December 16, 2006 11:34pm CST
Well, after some research I have found a few ways to make some money for my daughter's christmas gifts! Tomorrow I have my first customer for the first job. The things I have decided to try are as follows. 1. Laundry service: People drop off their laundry to me. I wash, dry, fold, iron or hang their clothing and return it. I am being paid $8.50 USD per basket of laundry! 2. Babysitting while parents do christmas shopping without the kids. I get paid $10 USD per child per hour! 3. Gift Baskets. I make gift baskets and sell them. My first christmas basket took me only one hour to complete from start to finish and I sold it tonight for $40 USD! Feel free to try out one or more of my ideas to make some money offline!
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@mfrancq (1809)
• United States
17 Dec 06
Thanks for the ideas. I'm a stay at home mom in a home where we can't afford just one income. I've been trying my darndest to make some extra cash. I like the laundry idea. I can do that while i'm on this site making money as well. Plus, there are lots of moms that can't find the time to do it, and older people that don't have the energy. Good idea!
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• United States
17 Dec 06
I got that idea from a fellow mylotter. Isasice. She has given me TONS of great advice on here! Thanks for your response!
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• United States
17 Dec 06
I may sound like a broken record,(Im a stay at home mom too!) but have you ever tried ebay? I do this often and we have had great success in selling just everyday things around the house esp. stuff like baby items! Hope that helps.
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
18 Dec 06
always some way to get ahead for a smart mine
@wvchell78 (564)
• United States
18 Dec 06
These are wonderful ideas. I have always wanted to make gift baskets but have never taken the initiative to do so. I know I could never do the laundry thou. I have a hard time keeping up with my 11 month old, 3 year old and my husband. I am going to try the gift baskets and also making baby blankets and quilts. I also like making signs online but I don't do this for profit. I usually always make all the signs for my community and make a community newsletter.
• United States
17 Dec 06
I have been considering taking in laundry too. Now that I see there is someone successfully doing it, I may give it a whirl. There are many people out there that do not like to do their own laundry and bring it to the laundry mat for service. My grandmother had an ironing business. I remember her having baskets of laundry in the sunroom, where she had her ironing board and iron set up. She used a sprinkler bottle to wet down the clothes.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
18 Dec 06
I think you have the entrepreneurial spirit good luck to you and thanks for your motivation
• United States
20 Dec 06
Thank you for your vote of confindence, and also, for your response! Plus for you....
• United States
18 Dec 06
Those are really great ideas. I wish I knew where you were so I can bring my kids to you cause they are a handful! Pretty soon you may have your own business. I like the gift basket idea the most because I do that also. I am amazed that it only takes you an hour to do it. Merry Christmas!!
• United States
18 Dec 06
Depending on the size, and the number of objects, it has taken me longer at times....Thank you for your response! Happy Holidays!
@flex90 (1443)
17 Dec 06
Wow, those are some good ideas. You even have a customer for the laundry service! That is great. And $40 for an hours work is massive! You must be gifted to make baskets worth $40. Where did you sell it by the way? Online or offline?
• United States
17 Dec 06
That first basket was bought for a lady at my church. It was rather large, and the contents were worth only about $17 or $18.
@sharon613 (2324)
• United States
17 Dec 06
These sound like terrific ideas and thanks for the information.
@faisal86 (471)
• Pakistan
17 Dec 06
no, i think his ideas are good for him
@itsmepinky (1302)
• India
20 Dec 06
seems like a very gud idea...keep up the gud work...i am sure ur daughter will be happy wid u...god bless..:)
@emmet18 (1116)
• Romania
20 Dec 06
Thnk you very mutch for the ideeas, they all are great and I will try some of them.
@Sir_bobby88 (8245)
• Singapore
20 Dec 06
Wow your ideas is really good and cool but i wonder if it is legal to provide landuary service without license in my country yea
@ajithlal (14564)
• India
18 Dec 06
I would say being christmas seasone one of the best way to make money is by making christmas foods like christmas cakes, christmas sweets, etc. The demand for the chrismas foods are very high. Another thing is making christmas related things like christmas cards, supplying christmas trees, decorating christmas trees, being christmas father, making christmas gifts and suprise christmas packets etc which has demands. Everything relates to christmas has great demands here and in my place people goes buys lots of things during christmas. Christmas sweets and cakes are things, which people buys a lot.
@naysey (21)
• Australia
18 Dec 06
I tried putting an add in the local paper for washing and ironing services. I to thought it was going to be a good idea for making a bit of extra cash. I had no one respond. Do you have any other ideas. I'm glad you have made money of it though. Keep up the good work, Good Luck!!!
• United States
18 Dec 06
Awesome ideas, good job !!! So where did you find your customers for the laundry service ?
@jfeets726 (775)
• United States
18 Dec 06
These are great ideas. It is really nice of you to share them with everyone. I wish that I had seen information like this a few years ago. Almost three years ago I quit my job as a retail manager to become a stay at home mom. After a while, we realized that it was just too hard on one income. It took me quite a while to find a work at home job, but I finally did online. Once again, thanks for sharing this information. I am sure that many moms and dads will find it very useful!
@Metallion (2231)
• United States
18 Dec 06
Keep in mind though, some areas will consider these to be small businesses and depending on the field of the business require you to be liscensed. Also make sure you report all money you make at these jobs to the IRS if they find out about it and it's not reported by you , they will charge penalties.
• United States
18 Dec 06
thanks for the ideas i might do some babysitting work, merry christmas!
• United States
18 Dec 06
the christmas basket idea is good
@mcmomss (2601)
• United States
18 Dec 06
Those are some really good ideas for stay at home moms. Good luck with it, hope you make lots of money for Christmas.
@maryannemax (12174)
• Sweden
17 Dec 06
that is really clever! i hope i can do that, too. but labor here in the philippines is so so low. like if i do what's on your list.. i get these equivalents... laundry serve...100 pesos (2 USD)for the whole thing. does not matter if the laundry is small in quantity or too many. you just have to finish everything! baby sitting: hmmm. this rarely happens here. because one can get a nanny for 2thousand pesos (40 USD) per month of service-stay in nannie. while you can earn about 500 pesos (10USD) per child/hour... plus, there are lots of cheap christmas baskets in the mall now... hard to compete. so, see the difference? and you're lucky you're in somewhere where you get paid good! you deserve it! good luck... and happy holidays!
• United States
17 Dec 06
http://www.cashcrate.com/index.php?ref=140883 That is one way ONline (i know usaid offline).