Last night I heard a segment on ABC News about working from home. Although I AM working from home I decided to see what the report had to say. It was actually very interesting and an eye-opener to realize that there are “real” stay-at-home jobs that are not out to take YOUR hard-earned money but actually give you a chance to earn money.
Ok, so I looked at the list and here is what I found.
#1. Watch TV and get paid for doing it! All it requires is a smart phone and a television. Check it out on Viggle.com to see what it’s all about. I had visions of my couch potato husband, who I accuse of watching TV 24/7, latching onto this one and making big bucks. When I approached him he thought I said Wiggle and I actually got his attention for once. “Huh?” he said. “I get to watch wiggles on TV and get paid for doing it?” I could see where his mind was going and I explained Viggle to him. “No thanks,” he said, as he pushed back in his recliner to watch his favorite re-run of Law and Order SVU. So strike that one.
#2. Check out Etsy.com to sell your handmade crafts. I actually belong to Etsy and about a thousand other online craft sites but I have never made the thousands of dollars this woman says she makes with paper mache figures. Of course in my case, when we did paper mache in art class, my piece usually turned into The Blob and people ran screaming out of the room. Seriously though, I make jewelry, sew all kinds of things, quilt, do needlework and paint. I just like to mix things up and not work on the same thing all the time. Guess I’ll pass on this one too.
#3. At RyanKrane.com you’ll meet a home-based entrepreneur who uses Skype to get people into fitness training. He told the reporter he charges $150 an hour for a session. Hmmm, do I really want the world to see how I look in last year’s workout clothes? I must have washed them once too often because my pants will only pull up to my knees! How much do I really know about training anyway? Does walking count? I’m a good walker. Hey, I wonder if I could get people to pay me $150 to “pretend walk.” We could SKYPE, wear our most stylish workout clothes, stand by a window and talk as we walk. Nah, I don’t like walking in place . With my luck I’d walk right into the window! I prefer the outdoors anyway.
#4. The last option is Care.com, where you spend maybe four hours a day taking and answering questions via the Internet for the company. This site covers child care, elder care and pet care. My luck would be to get my wires crossed and send an 83-year-old grandma to a Child Care Center with a backpack and tell her to be sure she has crayons and a blanket for nap time. I’d better stay away from that one for sure!
So what are my options? Maybe I should quit searching the Internet for possible “part-time” jobs, put **my nose to the grindstone** and write. If you write all day like I usually do you need a break sometimes and job hunting is something I like to do, although I have no earthly intention of ever returning to the work force. I’ve put my time in and now I’m doing what I love (but I need a kick in the behind once in a while).
I have had a few businesses at home that were profitable. I wove baskets, sewed purses and aprons, used my embroidery machine for custom orders, wrote songs, and my favorite – using yard sales to my advantage. That job meant that every Saturday morning I had to be up and at the first sale by 8:00 am and I usually saled until 2-3:00 pm. What I searched for were rare or well-known books signed by the author. (My best day was finding a book on trains that I paid 25 cents for and turned a tidy profit when I sold it on eBay for $50.00). I didn’t know then that train books are very treasured by those who collect trains. I was doing pretty well at about $1,000 a month but I took a job demonstrating Singer Sewing Machines on the Home Shopping Network because I thought I’d rather be a television personality. You can see where that got me!
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What do you think of working at home? Have you ever done it? What types of things have made you rich and famous? Could you share please?
*** Putting one’s nose to the grindstone is a European Miller’s Guild expression to remind the miller that he must maintain a flow of grain between the millstones, which were traditionally set one above the other. Without any grain between them, the weight of the top stone would strike sparks on the bedstone, and the smell, known as brimstone, was a warning, that if not heeded, would likely result in an explosion that would kill the miller. Thus, to keep your nose to the grindstone means to pay close attention, not to work hard, but diligently, and had nothing to do with sharpening tools on the other type of grindstone.
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