Be encouraged, if you want to work from home, there are many, many opportunities out there. This is the 3rd post in the Ways To Make Money Working From Home series! Check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you have not yet. Also, join my FB Group – Work At Home Moms Who Want More Than Spam – to network with other women, learn about more opportunities, or share your existing business with others.
Mystery Shopping – Last year, I made a couple hundred dollars a month Mystery Shopping. I really liked it and was able to generally find Shops that I could fit into the routine with my children and our usual outings. For example, one shop was at a grocery store that I shopped at a couple of times a month. So, with a little extra work and time I was able to get my shopping done and complete a Mystery Shop – I got paid $25.00 for it.
There is one issue with Mystery Shopping: There are a lot of scams out there! Because I have personal experience with this, I wrote a post last year to help people find the legitimate Mystery Shopping work.
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Travel Agent – There are actually 3 ways to make a living as a Travel Agent, however, all require some training:
- Become an independent agent / run your own agency from home. Of the three options, this will take the most work. You have to get training, get licensed, join an association, get software to connect to all the available reservation systems, and then promote your business.
- Work for a Travel Agency from home / remotely. This can be a small, local agency or a large corporation like American Express or 1-800-Cruise. Some of the large agencies list jobs on Rat Race Rebellion. You may have to get some training first to get these jobs.
- There is a direct sales (MLM) business that sets you up as a travel agent, provides training, provides a web site, and gives support for a small start-up fee. I know a couple of people doing this, so contact me if you are interested. However, some in the Travel business do not consider these “real” travel businesses, so do your research before getting involved.
Here are a few books to check out for more information about what it takes to get started:
Up-cycle and Refurbish from garage sales and thrift stores – This idea came to me recently because I have a friend doing this. They peruse Craigslist and Facebook for stuff that people are giving away or selling really cheap (usually because it has a major issue, is broken, etc….). They then they fix the item(s), clean them up, paint them, etc… and then turn around and sell them at a profit. You can do this on a small scale (i.e. household items, toys, knickknacks, clothing) or a larger scale (furniture, automobiles, appliances).
You can also pickup stuff at Thrift Stores and garage sales and try to resell through Ebay and the such, but I am less of a fan of this. If you would like more info, here are a couple of books:
Organizing people’s stuff / home – Another idea that came in the last week was from a friend who has started a personal organizing business. She posts ads on local FB groups (buy/sell or networking) and then helps people organize their “messes.” This could include: setting up or organizing a pantry, helping someone organize their home office, taking a pile of photos and making a scrapbook, organizing an old recipe collection, setting up shelving in a spare room to organize storage, and much more. If you are super organized and love to sort, color code, alphabetize, etc.. this could be a great PT gig for you.
And of course, Amazon has some books to help you get started:
House and/or Business Cleaning Service – I know a few people who have successfully started and worked for years doing their own cleaning service. Yes, it is hard work, but most find it easier to market, get and keep business than many of the other businesses I have mentioned to date. If you keep a clean home and have some great tricks that you use to make your house sparkle, you can make good money. I have known people to make anywhere from $10 an hour doing homes to $30 an hour cleaning offices and businesses.
If you do go the route of cleaning businesses, you will need to have more equipment than cleaning households.
For more information how to start your own cleaning service, check these out:
Share your home based business ideas here (but note that I will not post anything that doesn’t pass the legitimate and quality business test).