SAHMs-What do you do to bring in extra income??

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

If you’re working toward a higher degree, would you consider providing tutoring to students in your field?

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have several friends that sell jewelry and do quite well.  One sells LuLu Avenue and the other sells Stella and Dot. 

Post # 4
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Newbee

At one point I was making some good extra cash while going to school with an Etsy shop. I made Christmas cards, invitations, and graphic word art in photoshop to sell. I’m not sure if you have any creative skills (quilting? jewelry making? painting?) but you could always try that. How much you make really will depend on how well you market yourself and how creative/in demand your product is.

The only thing I would suggest with that is to not do custom orders. I did, and eventually had to quit because the time I was spending on custom orders was not worth what people were willing to pay me for custom work. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

 

EllasGrace20: I don’t know if your school being far away makes a difference–I often had students come to my place or to a coffee shop. Just a suggestion, though!

Post # 8
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Newbee

EllasGrace20:  I totally understand… everything I sold was just simple prints, so it was more my time than a product! I am so curious to see what other responses you get, though!

Since you’re a student, I would also suggest you sell your textbooks back through Amazon. I just listed mine recently and they sold really quick (within hours of listing them). It’s free to sign up and it doens’t cost you anything (they take a portion of your sale if someone buys them), so you basically can’t lose!

Post # 9
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Newbee

I just found this website that hires virtual assistants…

https://www.zirtual.com/jobs/zirtual-assistant/

You would have to pass a test to be hired, but then you could work from home (they have part time gigs) and earn about $10 an hour for your services. I’m sure there are other options like this that you could do!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

csr0406:  I would consider myself to be “crafty”. I love writing (not caligraphy, but my handwrirting is decent, I can sew, and I DIY most of the  art in my house. And i have an etsy shop. But how do you get the word out on etsy?

Post # 11
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Newbee

joleegirl:  I started by being really active on Etsy- I liked other people’s shops, favorited their items, etc. I would say most of my sales come from other Etsy shop owners who saw my stuff! And then once I got a few customers, I started getting referrals from them. I never promoted on Instagram or Facebook in an annoying way, but sometimes I would post a picture of my stuff and just the link to the shop. I didn’t ever say “Buy my stuff!” or whatever. But, I did get a few poeople that I know personally asking for me to make them invites for baby/bidal showers and such. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I do amazon mechanical Turk. Do a coue of meaningless task or surveys. On a good day you could bring anywhere from $10-20 an hour. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I used to sell on ebay and etsy. For me it was about finding my “niche”… I was obsessed with the twilight series right before the first movie came out, so i made my interpretation of bella’s charm bracelet… Alot of people regarded it as “the best” bella bracelet… I dont know if it was, but i choose higher quality materials, and sold at a higher price point than most so alot of bloggers posted about how they wanted one of them, and i would get business basically theough word of mouth. I never advertised, the only people who knew i was even selling anything on etsy was my mom and boyfriend. I let my product speak for itself. I would also throw in a cute “gift” with every order. A few times the wooden parts would get squished in the mail, with photo evidence i would always ship a replace,ent, so my customers were generally happy. i would however sometimes get the impatient american who didnt read the listing to realize i was shipping from canada and would give me negative feedback after a week…. 

on ebay, i started selling some of my old lululemon, and quickly realized some of my old, worn lululemon was selling for 3-4 time what i originally paid for it brand new… Some quick research showed me there was a healthy market for “rare” lululemon items, even if they were used and so i prowled kijiji, lululemon clearance racks and outlets, craigslist, forums and ebay for things i could make a profit off of. I made good money, but it was a bit of work finding items, photogrpahing, measuing, describing and listing everything then packaging it and shipping it off quickly so i dont do it often anymore.

ive had friends do avon, isogenix, stella and dot, mary kay etc… Ive had to distance myself from the really pushy ones, but theyre the ones who make the most money doing it.

Post # 14
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Newbee

I sell Origami Owl lockets to make extra money. In fact the money I contribute towards my wedding will be coming directly from my sales. On a slow month where I don’t put any time into it I will make $200, and on a good month I will pocket $1500. I’m not super obsessed with my O2 business, but I am super reliable and that makes me money. I don’t sell the majority of my items to friends, I sell them to strangers. Lol I didn’t want to be that pushy friend! But if you have a good product it really sells itself. Find something you love and your enthusiasm will keep you and others interested.

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