For those of you who work from home

@wsue1023 (1396)
United States
June 18, 2007 11:21am CST
What do you do? I'm interested in learning what others do to earn income from home and how it works for them. How successful have you been? What have you learned from working from home? What advice would you give others wishing to take that leap?
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@re08dz (1941)
• Australia
19 Jun 07
My initial foray into working from home was computer related - I started doing a bit of book-keeping and typing etc for others (and to a certain extent I still do a little typing/proofreading etc for others now). A little while ago though I decided there's a lot more money and fun to be had by making my own websites and blogs etc. I then stumbled across a program that showed me step by step the best way to monetise those sites (put some on auto-pilot etc) and now I'm starting to guide others the same way. I guess one of the key things I tell those that I teach through the program I mentioned above is to not rush things, you can earn online (and earn a lot) if you take your time and make sure you read and understand everything and not expect to earn a fortune overnight. To truly build an online income you need to be prepared to put in the time and effort - much like you would when you're building an offline business. While I haven't been hugely successful yet, and I'm still working part-time with each passing day I can see things happening and my income increasing etc.
@wsue1023 (1396)
• United States
19 Jun 07
Great answer! I agree that you can generate good revenue from blogging and managing websites. That's one area I'm trying to build on now, but like you say it does take time to get it going. :)
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• United States
19 Jun 07
I'm also working on websites and doing paid blogging and your right it does take time, with both you have to get your rank up and visitors to your site, That takes time, sometimes alot of time, but in the end it's worth it.
@packgirl4 (402)
• United States
19 Jun 07
Well I am with Avon and I absolutely LOVE IT!! I have not a bad experience yet (**crosses her finger**) But I also started recently with a new company called County Charm Scents which was started by a Christian Work At Home Mom. She is amazing and if you are looking for someone to interview.... she is it. She has started this company and made it into one of the most fun and easy direct sell companys out there! www.countrycharmscents.com/store/affiliate.asp?aff=202 is my personal link if you would like to look into it. Plus, since it is in its first year of business. Anyone can sign up to be a "founding consultant" for free until July 3rd. It is just a great company and I love it!!!
@wsue1023 (1396)
• United States
19 Jun 07
Very interesting! I'll check out the link. I'm also pleased to hear you're doing well with Avon. I've thought about pursuing that avenue too, since the products are so much more affordable than Arbonne... which is where I started. Love Arbonne, but not everyone is inclined to buy the product since it's sooo expensive! Thanks for this information!
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• United States
20 Jun 07
Yeah I worked for Department store cosmetics lines for years and it is refreshing to be able to offer something at a reasonable price to my customers now. I don't have a huge customer base by any means yet, but it is growing each and every order. I haven't done much with the Country Charm Scents yet, but I am putting away a little money here and there from AVON to buy some inventory so I can do some craft shows and such later in the summer and BIG TIME in the fall around here. I can't say enough about the group of people that are with the company. But if you are going to join, join now since it is only free until July 3rd. After that you join only as a regular consultant and there is a kit purchase required. But for right now it is free!!!
• United States
18 Jun 07
I do mystery shopping and I once sold Avon. I also have a website I've started and am planning on another site, and I do paid blogging. I haven't done very well at these as I make around $400 a month, but thats still not too bad. If someone wanted to start working from home my advice would be don't quit your job right away, try to work on both as it takes some time to get things going. for mystery shopping you need to build a rep with the companies so that they will give you the good paying jobs, not the $5 ones. If your selling anything, you want the extra start up money and fall back on money for a few months because you never know whats going to happen, in my case with Avon I had 3 people write me bad checks and I couldn't pay for my products the next week. so I had to quit. That problem cost me well over $3000 by the end of it all, as all my other checks bounced. Once you figure out how much you are making, and your making a profit then you can quit your job. If you don't have a job, you can still do these things, just don't expect to have spending money for a while, since with mystery shopping usually its a reimbursement that comes a month or two later.
@wsue1023 (1396)
• United States
19 Jun 07
Sorry about your bad Avon experience. Taking checks is risky... too bad people are so dishonest. Sounds like you're doing ok though, I mean $400 a month isn't bad. How do you like Mystery Shopping? I haven't given it a shot since it seems most of the jobs I've seen are only good for $5 or so, which seems too little to justify the gas and time it takes to do the assignment.
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• United States
19 Jun 07
The $5 ones stink, but they get you in with the company, I personaly stick to resturants and movie checks now. I worked in retail after I had done this for a while so I stopped doing those shops. I have also gotten free oil changes for my car and some other great stuff. It's fun but hard if you live far from everything like I do. Right now most of my money comes from paid blogging and gpt sites.
• United States
18 Jun 07
I'd Recomend finding a program that you think you would enjoy promoteing, make some friends with the hair salons that's where you might put some of your stuff, there are many ways to work from home you just have to look at what will work best for you and what might work best for others to do the same.
@wsue1023 (1396)
• United States
18 Jun 07
There are women making money this way, I actually tried with Arbonne, but I'm not a salesperson and didn't like that a HUGE part of that job is recruiting new representatives. Thanks for the comment.