Post # 1
Darling Husband has a new job with hours opposite from me. This means – I’m about to have a lot of time on my hands most evenings (including weekend nights – boo!).
I’d love to figure out something I can do that’s both:
1) productive – ie: cash flow!
3) something I look forward to!
If we didn’t have our dog, I’d be inclined to be out most nights and be perfectly fine with that. But, because of her and being gone all day – I know I’ll feel guilty if carve my schedule that way and she’s alone for more than she already is (currently about 9 hours a day). That will change a little with Darling Husband being home at different hours, but I still don’t want her to be alone more than she needs to.
That said… any ideas for a work-from-home or something to keep my nights busy?
So far my brainstorm is:
1) pot-luck dinner parties (ok, this isn’t quite a job, but more on the occupy my nights!)
2) blogging? (seems more like an occupy time vs. make money) – but, maybe it could turn into something?
3) Baking – I love to bake! Not sure how I could turn this into a job…. I also enjoy cooking, but enjoy baking much more.
4) Wine – I love wine 🙂 Wish I could figure out a way to make money doing something wine related!
I’d love to create a product I could produce and sell on Etsy or some other medium… or come up with some way to produce something. I’m not crafty, naturally, but could do something if there was a need.
And that’s what I keep asking myself – what need can I fill… .ideally doing something I enjoy doing! And that’s where I draw a blank. 🙁
Ideas? More questions for me? Any and all thoughts are appreciated!
Post # 3
Blog about baking? haha… That’s all that I got!
EDIT: My brother currently blogs and made like $1,500 one month. I dont really know what its all about or how it works – but its definitely worth a shot!
Post # 4
@MLDoddie: whoa! that’s nuts! Would you ask him how he makes his money and post back on this thread?!
Post # 5
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The blogging I’m assuming it’s from putting ads on his blog?
Post # 6
make wine related stuff on etsy. wine bottles are huge now;) or corks. then you can blog about it 😉
Post # 7
Agreed, wine bottles are a big thing. If there are any wine outlets around where you live, you might want to go see about buying a case of empty bottles. I worked at a winery outlet and customers could buy a case of empty bottles for like $3.99. A lot of people bought them for home brewing but they definitely work for crafts, too.
Post # 8
@oracle: I had an etsy store (it’s on pause this year while I plan the wedding). I actually really liked it. I have a design degree but the ‘art world’ wasn’t really opening up for me so I got anew degree in IT solutions and have a corporate salary position for my 8-5 job. I can give you the pros and cons of my experience and you can hopefully use them to decide.
Pros: I get to express my creativity on the side and make a profit. I can actually make a profit! lol The sign-up, creation of a store, and payment processes are all pretty well fine-tuned. It’s so easy to start up and whatever you put up is immediately ‘for sale’ and visable to customers. 🙂 It’s easy to communicate, offer discounts, and finish a sale with your customers. I did it as a second job and it was a great idea to spend my spare time because …it’s fun!
Cons: The main thing is that the site itself is so oversaturated with hacks, and people with zero talent that it’s hard to e seen in a regular search. I have never felt so …invisible? in my life. My design work has always stood out among my peers in the classroom and even at local shows, but in Etsy I may as well have been another hack. You have to devote a decent amount of time to learning how treasury lists, favorites, and sponsered ads work and if they actually benefit your actual product. I also made it a point that I wouldn’t abuse facebook and my friends and family by constantly harping on them to check my store or share a new product – so this meant all of my advertising would need to be within the etsy community itelf. And the ‘community’ is a fickle thing.
If you have a picky customer you have to work extra hard, communicate VERY often (which is difficult with a full-time job) to make sure they are happy and don’t give you a bad review. Orders come in all through-out teh day and if it is a second-job then you only have half your day to ship and send – and of your package is too big to be dropped off in the ‘slot’ at the post office then you have to go during business hours (ie: when you are at work).
That’s really the jist of it. I will probably go back to it after August. I want to find a design need I can fill without being ‘one of many’ which is hard. If you want easy money just pay attention to bridal/wedding trends and try to make a quality product. Brides are huge about etsy and its a good paying niche – but you will need to morph with the trends. For example, making handmade bouttenieres, brooch bouquets, bridal belts/sashes, headpieces, banners, pennents etc is huge right now. If you can make them for a decent price (ie undercut the market a little) while you make a name for yourself you could have a good beginning.
Just some ideas 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 9
Last year I went to a “wine party” – where there was a lady selling wine that you could sample like a Pampered Chef or Mary Kay or any of those selling at home parties. You could look into getting involved with a company like that. You would be out of the house on some nights, but I wouldn’t think you would have very many parties per week. It would be fun to be able to teach people about wine since you said you like it. And I remember the lady saying that she had started doing it pretty recently and the company that she worked for offered lots of incentives – like wine tasting trips. I thought it sounded awesome. Sorry that I don’t remember the name of it.
Post # 11
@oracle: I recently started learning about essential oils for healthcare. When I first got into it, I didn’t plan AT ALL to try and make money at it. I was just really interested and kept attending every class I could. Finally, my friend talked me into teaching a class and I actually liked it. lol Go figure…I’m still in the beginning stages, but hopefully someday I’ll start to make money. If not, atleast I’ll stay healthy along the way. lol