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Name: Kim
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Here is my situation. I have to stay at home temporarily until my husband gets his new sales job off the ground. I have been accustomed to working outside the home with a flexible schedule and a moderate but variable income in sales. I have to find some way to make money from home to make ends meet until his pay increases enable us to afford childcare again, but I am terrified of scams. Money is tight right now so I don't want to pay a "membership fee" to start earning money and get ripped off. Does anyone have any ideas or experiences? It would really help. Thank You
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Name: Deb | Date: Dec 18th, 2005 8:11 PM
I started working at a cabe tv company - 7-11pm but the benefit is my cable , phone and internet is free! (in addition to some pretty decent pay (only 20 hours a week) maybe you can look into something like that. The hours are off- but my husband is able to work all day and we don't have to put the kids in daycare. 

Name: hi deb | Date: Dec 22nd, 2005 10:57 AM
is it like adelphia. Are you like an office worker? I didnt know cable tv offices were open that late. That sounds good. 

Name: lonely | Date: Dec 22nd, 2005 3:49 PM
i cant help, cuz i'm looking for the same. 

Name: Kim | Date: Dec 22nd, 2005 6:59 PM
Thank you so much for your reply! I'll start looking into something along those lines ASAP Deb! Another thought is a newspaper delivery route. I've done it before, right after my oldest son was born, but the sleep deprivation is a killer. Anybody have any experiences with this or other suggestions? 

Name: anne | Date: Dec 28th, 2005 10:46 PM
what about babysitting for neighborhood kids while you stay home...you can make some good money and it is great socialization for your kids! 

Name: Irene | Date: Jan 26th, 2006 8:26 AM
Hi, i was in exact same situation, but the job that saved me was the job i hated most, (IRONING) i iron from home, i advertised 3weeks in a row, and within the 1st month i trippled my money back, my friends call me crazy but i actully enjoy it now, i earn up to $40 basket, if you can have 3 baskets a day, id say thats pretty good cash, i turn the music up or watch Christian channel on tv, and before you know it im finished, not many ppl like irioning so its easy to find the work!,
hope this helps, all the best. 


Name: Manda | Date: Jan 31st, 2006 3:19 PM
Kim, I started selling lia sophia about a year ago because I was pregnant and I wanted a flexible job that wouldn't interfer with my family life. It cost me $99 to start at first, but I was able to earn the $99 back in my first 15 weeks of work. I don't know if you have heard of this company before. It is a direct sales company, but it is still very new. And unlike Pampered Chef and Mary Kay, which I did try selling, the market for lia sophia is not saturated. We offer a great product with a lifetime replacement guarantee and I make anywhere from $35-$50/hr on average. If you are interested in learning more, I am more than willing to share. 

Name: To everyone! | Date: Feb 1st, 2006 8:55 AM
I checked out the Paypal thing and it's illegal. I wouldn't want my checking account attached to anything of the sort!!!

Please contact your local postal service or attorney generals office if contacted with any of these emails.

Peggy Arsaenault beware. 

Name: Marg | Date: Feb 1st, 2006 12:13 PM
I think there are many, many people in our position: stay at home for the good of the kids but find ourselves short each month. I've almost given up trying to find something on the internet (too many scams, see note above re: paypal). What I have found though is substitute teaching and/or teacher's assistance in my kids schools. That way you have a little extra money, are on their schedule and not have all that much responsibility! 

Name: Jeannie | Date: Feb 1st, 2006 2:46 PM
I've posted here before about mlm's or networking marketing. And I think I've established that for the "most part" the concept is legal. What may not be legal is how a company puts it together.

And of course, the post about Paypal is an illegal structure. It's like "gifting". There is no product or service no matter what they say about it. I would advise everyone to stay as far away from this as possible. While they still may work, it is illegal from all stand points.

In fact, most message boards have a rule against posting such chain emails. This one might consider it as well.

I am in a network marketing company. Yes there is a membership fee just like Sam's club or Costco. Why there is at $24.95 membership fee I honestly don't know.

If you aren't opposed to network marketing or mlm's my suggestion would be to find a product that you really like and buy one. Make sure your purchase has a 100% money back guarantee for 30 to 90 days.

While trying out the product, talk about it to everyone you can. Don't make an idiot out of yourself, but if the opportunity arises to talk about it, by all means do so. This is network marketing.

If that person wants to try it, go to the person you bought it from and tell them you are going to be sending them retail customers and ask if you can have a portion of the profits to pay for your start up costs.

If they are a smart business person, they won't hesitate. After you have your initial membership paid for, you can at that point share and retail product. Save the profits to set up a business. It shouldn't take more than $250 in any company.

An example of what kind of company to look for: One that has financial security and is publicly traded. Exclusive, consumable products, the market trends to support your products, a great compensation structure and a company that is perfectly poised to give you a long term residual income. Plus, free training and support groups. Not just one group but company wide.

One of the obstacles in network marketing or mlm's is not being paid by the hour. You must keep in mind that this is long term for long term benefits. It's very important to be balanced with retail sales (casual, friendly marketing) and helping others to set up their own business as well.

I'm not being secretive about my company so please don't think I'm hiding anything. This just isn't the proper place. If you're interested - you'll ask me about it. But one of the first things I do is send people to a website that explains how this type of business structure works. It's at www.economicpower.com

This website is generic and does not promote me or my company. 

Name: Angela2 | Date: Feb 1st, 2006 3:55 PM
Check out this web site at let me know what you think!!

www.gapbusters.com 

Name: Helen | Date: Feb 2nd, 2006 2:47 PM
Kim, I am also a lia sophia advisor... it's a great company and has one of the industries best hostess plans. You should check us out! 

Name: KKKatie | Date: Feb 2nd, 2006 3:36 PM
Your jewelry is pretty. But how many pieces can one person have? I would think you need something to move on continual basis for each customer. Not everyone will buy that every month. Right? Who wants to look for customers all the time? 

Name: Manda | Date: Feb 2nd, 2006 4:31 PM
Actually, finding customers is the easy part. You start out having 5 shows with people you know, family, friends, etc. Then your business just kind of grows itself from there. I can admit that at times I've thought my business was going to become non existent, but then someone is calling me to host a party or buy a piece of jewelry. As an advisor, you can buy as much or as little jewelry as you like. The catalog changes every 6 months and they discontinue about half the jewelry in each. It seems like a lot, but the company offers several opportunities to earn pieces of jewelry for free and gift premiums for purchasing pieces. Plus, as an advisor you receive a great discount on the jewelry. I never work very hard at any of my parties. I just set up my jewelry, give away a few $5 gift certificates and fill out orders. I don't need to "sell" the product. It sells itself. Every woman can find something they like in our catalog. I've never heard anyone say they didn't like at least one piece. Usually, they can't decide and they are asking what is most popular or what you, as an advisor, personally think about a piece. I love it! 

Name: Manda | Date: Feb 2nd, 2006 4:32 PM
Here is my personal website if you are interested in checking out our new catalog. Or, you can check out our general website as well.
www.liasophia.com/amandabloedow OR
www.liasophia.com 

Name: KKKatie | Date: Feb 6th, 2006 9:43 AM
I was thinking more about having a product that people use up each month so they become regular customers of something they need. Not something that get's taken out of the budget when times get hard. Jewelry is optional when it comes down to it. 

Name: katieporter | Date: Feb 6th, 2006 11:44 AM
my email is puddleduck@doctors.net.uk sorry 

Name: Jeannie | Date: Feb 6th, 2006 11:52 AM
Katie Porter - from your email address it appears you are in the health industry. Is that correct? 

Name: Michele | Date: Feb 6th, 2006 3:17 PM
Advice I would give is of course all companies are going to say their product is better. Or why would anyone bother to use it!! I go for companies that "put their money where their mouth is" In other words an empty bottle gaurantee for a full refund if I am not as pleased as they claim I will be! 

Name: to Everyone Re:Peggy Arsenault | Date: Feb 7th, 2006 2:13 PM
Her post is a fraud...wrote to Paypal and this is what they said:

"Thank you for contacting PayPal. We appreciate you bringing this
suspicious email/activity to our attention.

Commonly referred to as phishing, these emails are sent by fraudsters in
an attempt to collect sensitive personal or financial information from
the recipients. PayPal takes phishing threats seriously. Our fraud
prevention specialists are working 24/7 to help protect you and enable
the community to stay safe.

After review, we can confirm that the email you received was not sent by
PayPal. Any website which may be linked to this email is not authorized
or used by PayPal.

Our fraud prevention team is working to disable any website linked to
this email. In the meantime, please do not enter any information into
this website. If you have already done so, you should immediately log
into your PayPal account and change your password, as well as your
security questions and answers. We also recommend that you contact your
bank and credit card company immediately. " 

Name: Michele | Date: Feb 7th, 2006 2:36 PM
I have gotten e-mails like that, and they say you need to update your info. So then you go and enter your username and password and it looks just like paypals site!! I called paypal and they said they would Never ask anyone to update their info, and then she helped me to change my user name and password. You will also get ones that say that there was suspicious activity on your account..not yet but there will be if you give them your info!! Best thing to do is any e-mail forward it to spoof@paypal.com and they can verify or negate anything. 

Name: Sarah | Date: Feb 7th, 2006 3:50 PM
Well it's not a job but it does bring in money. Have you considered consigning the clothing, furniture, toys, and other items your children have out - grown? There are consignment shops everywhere that sell your stuff for you and keep a % for themselves (mine keeps 30-40% depends if it's clothing or furniture). Anyway, just a thought check out your phone book or the internet to find a store near you. Good luck. 

Name: Sarah | Date: Feb 10th, 2006 10:51 AM
Kim,
I was in a similar situation until I came across opportunites by Tim Knox, an online business entreprenuer. I was ripped off several times but these opportunites are genuine home business's if you put in the time and effort.

Visit:
http://www4186.
dropshipwholesale.net/

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see a selection of the most profitable home business ideas. I have invested in one of them and it has been very lucrative.

Good luck. 

Name: Jennie | Date: Feb 10th, 2006 11:44 AM
You can also look into Medical Transcribing, there are on line courses or you can call court reporters in your town to see if they need someone to help type depositions, etc. I hear they pay well!
Good Luck! 

Name: Becki | Date: Feb 14th, 2006 11:36 AM
What company is it? We've Melaluca, Synergy, Arbonne and now a jewelry company on here. It would be nice to know what it is when you post. Thanks 

Name: mickpsx | Date: Feb 14th, 2006 5:25 PM
u do earn money from home, or at least your kind do,and when the dss/dwp cottons on to your kid being at school age, Lo! you are pregnant again 

Name: lucy | Date: Mar 4th, 2006 3:21 PM
hi, i am in the same situation. im making money with www.photoclub4u.com. at the moment, just getting people join is all have to do, everyone is in the same boat, they want to make money aswell ,so they join and we all make residual income..dead easy, anyway you will see when you check it out.
hope this helps 

Name: Tina | Date: May 21st, 2006 1:36 PM
I just joined a company called Success University. Its going to be exploding on the internet and has been featured on the news as the fastest growing home based business currently. Internet gurus like "The Rich Jerk" and Stone Evans are my uplines and I have over 1,000 members in my downline after just 3 days. Talk about explosive. Anyway if you're interested you can obtain some information on my website at:
http://cwashington2.
successuniversity.com/sli
m
 

Name: Tina | Date: May 21st, 2006 1:38 PM
There seems to be a mistake in my website post. The website for Success University is http://cwashington2.successuniversity.com/slim 

Name: Bettina | Date: May 24th, 2006 1:00 PM
Hello everybody,

I found a way to make some money staying at home and I wanted to share it with you because It has worked for me...yes there is a registration fee of $35.00 I think, but for me it was worth it. One survey will pay you anywhere between $5-$75. I have only just started doing it so I'll have to see how I do. But I have time to do a few each day.
Just an idea.
Here is the website if anyone is interested.
http://chabi.
surveys2.hop.clickbank.net
/
 

Name: BabyCheeks | Date: May 25th, 2006 9:30 AM
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They pay you cash for purchasing products & services from the merchants of your choice. They offer huge exclusive discounts off all items and have over 1000 offers. On top of that, they pay you to complete offers that are free to you, such as surveys, free trials, free stuff, and free contests.

Here's the link: http://www.consumercandy.com/ 

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