Working While At Home

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Lalla - July 12

I was wondering if there are any mothers who work from home while you are at home with your children, and what you do if you are. I am going back to work in a few weeks. I am taking my dd with me, but I would rather work from home.... any suggestions?

 

YC - July 12

I manage a grant for the state. I work from home on Mondays and Fridays and am in the office tue, wed, and Thur. Mondays and Fridays are chellenging but I work when she naps and now that she is 6 months old she is able to entertain herself for a a little while at a time. What do you do?

 

Lalla - July 12

Hi YC, I am working as a nanny while i am finishing my thesis for my masters. it is taking some time, because i got married and then got pregnant. it is working out well though, since i can take my dd with me to work. but as you can probably understand, i don't want to continue as a nanny - however good that job is for what it is. That must be great to be able to work from home with your lo. the other days, is you dd is daycare or how did you solve that?

 

Lalla - July 12

also, before and during the time i was pregnant i did some market research which pays really well, but that would still require me to find daycare for my dd, so i am looking for something else to do.

 

Nerdy Girl - July 12

I started a photography business three years ago after my first baby was born. We permanently converted our bas____nt to a studio. I have help with the kids one weekday, so I take clients then and also on weekends when dh is home with the kids. Otherwise I am doing all of the other work at night. From my experience, it is quite difficult to do any work during the day with the kids there. Maybe with one baby it would be OK, but I have an infant and a 3-year-old and it is virtually impossible to return a phone call during the day or spend any time on the computer. I am very concerned about a professional image, so I don't want to have screaming kids in the background while I am talking with a client.

 

nic nac - July 12

i work from home 2 days a week. My dd is 6 months and what works for me is putting her on a schedule. Since she is more mobile it is getting harder but I manage to get a lot done while she is napping and entertaining herself. I definitely work in increments. I wake up earlier and go to bed later in order to finish up a days work.

 

nic nac - July 12

my parents watch her the days i am in the office.

 

Lalla - July 12

nic nac, do you mind me asking what kind of work you do? You are lucky to have your parents close by to watch your lo.

 

YC - July 13

Hi Lalla. Yes, our dd goes to daycare on tue, wed, thur. She is a close family friend that has run a daycare for over 15 years. She had actually retired last December but she decided to take our dd as a favor. Our dd is the only child there so she gets her full attention. She is really like a grandmother to her and loves our dd very much. She has no grandkids so our dd is her honorary grandchild. She does drive me a little crazy sometimes because she has an "old school" way of thingking about some things like walkers, food, etc. but in the end she always respects our wishes and I know she has our dd's best interst at heart. She will be retiring for good when our dd turns 2 so we will have to put her in a larger daycare then. I am already dreading that but I know the contact with other kids will be good for her. Nerdy Girl I love photography. That is so great that you got to turn it into a business. Nic Nac your days sound just like mine...up early, to bed late and working during naps. What do you do? It was much easier before our dd was crawling but I can't complain...it is the perfect combo of baby/adult time for me. Good luck with your masters Lalla. What are you getting it in?

 

Leahp - July 13

Hey lalla, I hear that e-bay can be a great money maker, if you have a craft, or something to sell.

 

TinaMarie - July 13

I have sold on ebay for a while now. It is a great way to make extra money. I sell clothing, misses, plus and kids mostly. It is easy and great because you can do it when you have time!!

 

Narcissus - July 13

B4 I got pregnant, I would gross ~ $1000 - $2000 a month using eBay to sell sale items from various stores. I occasionally sell today but I don't make even close to what I made a couple of years ago. I also would sell for other people and I charged a commission for anything I sold on someones behalf. I advertised my service using Craigslist & it generated a decent response. I even bought a full size mannequin to help sell the sale Juicy Couture clothes that I would buy at Bloomingdales. They would mark a JC t-shirt down from $55 to $18 and I would sell them for $40. The profit added up bc I would buy 20 of them and sell them over a 1 month period.

 

TinaMarie - July 13

Narcissus- I started the same way. I used to sell used clothing then I moved up to new items. Now I but in wholesale in bulk. It is much harder to keep up with the baby but I manage to still keep the powerseller status. I put a note in a listing yesterday because a bunch of the pics had my daughters little hand in them. Everytime I would go to snap a pic she would crawl over as fast as she could and get a little hand in the pic..lol I finally gave up and just posted the pics and noted that I had a "little helper" I also have done the listing for others and charged 30% of final auction price, the only problem with that is people want you to list thinigs that they think are great and really are not great selling items. I once had someone bring boxes of items, it was stuff I would have sold for 50cents at a garage sale! Whatever you end up doing I hope it is sucessful for you!

 

Narcissus - July 13

Tina, I know what you mean about non-eBayers thinking they have something worth money but really it's garbage. I drove an hour to meet a very succesful ndian couple who brought a bunch of stuff back from their country and they wanted me to sell it for them. None of the items sold and they would not believe me when I told them, before I listed it, that nobody would pay them for it. In fact, I could have offered free shipping on the stuff and nobody would have bought it! Paypal was my biggest concern when I sold for others bc once a buyer paid for the item, and once I paid the original owner, I was the one who had to worry about buyer fraud and possible chargebacks if they used a credit card. I did not want to lay down a bunch of restrictions on the buyer other than only accepting credit card funds from confirmed addresses. The more restrictions you place, the harder it is to sell the item. It was fun when I used to sell but I got lonely being home alone all day. We had just moved to a new state so we did not have friends. It's a great way to make money if you can find your niche. I was working only 20 hours a week and making an enourmous sum for so few hrs. The 20 hrs included the time it took me to shop, which was fun all by itself. I mostly sold Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma but everyone has jumped on that wagon so it became less profitable for me.

 

TinaMarie - July 13

It is so important to find something you enjoy. Example, I do clothing and fragrances, my Mom decided she wanted to try selling so I gave her a bunch of stuff to sell and she hated. So I asked her why and she said she had no idea what she was trying to describe in the description, to her they were jeans, she did not care if they were from macy's or walmart..lol. She loves to read, so I suggested to her that she sells books. She started going to garage sales and buying used books. She knew the popular t_tles and their value where as though I had no idea....heck I am lucky I get to read parent magizine let alone a whole book! She did very well. She was not making enough to do it full time, but it has paid for Christmas and vacations for her and my Dad for the last few years.

 

TinaMarie - July 13

Sorry, I will stop posting before I completely hijack this into an ebay thread...lol....sorry Lalla!

 

Lalla - July 13

No worry TinaMarie, I really enjoyed it - and I did ask what people are doing! The e-bay stuff sounds really interesting - thank you for the detailed descriptions. NerdyGirl, that sounds great - your own photostudio. YC I am getting my master in applied anthropology. Narcissus, i didn't realize people could make that much money! Good for you, that is great. Thank you all for your input. I have some ideas that I am working on, and the answeres i got here gives me the confidence to move on it - I will let you all know when I have developed it more! Thanks again.

 

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