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Posted: 10/28/2010 5:49:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/28/2010 5:49:36 PM EDT by PantherArms762]
Damn man, all these things seem to be turning out to be scams. Wifey is considering in home daycare so she can come home with our son, but we're looking for other opportunities in the meantime.

Don't need to make much. Just a few hundred a month for fun money ect.

Anyone got any suggestions?
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 5:58:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By PantherArms762:
Damn man, all these things seem to be turning out to be scams. Wifey is considering in home daycare so she can come home with our son, but we're looking for other opportunities in the meantime.

Don't need to make much. Just a few hundred a month for fun money ect.

Anyone got any suggestions?


My Ex wife did in home daycare when i was in the service. we lived on base, so we had to follow all their rules, but she made good money doing it. it wasn't bad but I stayed away while the kids were there. I hate other peoples kids.


Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:00:38 PM EDT
i'd say sell stuff on craiglist/ebay from flea markets/yard sales/auctions, but that market right now is innundated with schmucks buying and flipping.

gotta know your stuff, too.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:01:42 PM EDT
daycare?

my amigo...HELL NO!

you want a bunch of snot nosed kids crying and crapping all over you...?
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:04:40 PM EDT
Theres a home help desk call center type of thing that I saw once on the internet.

Its called Alpine or something like that.

You sit in your home office and answer your phone and do different things according to your knowledge and abilities.

I was looking at it when I was laid up with a bad back but I never actually signed up.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:07:57 PM EDT
Phone sex, the gay market is white hot right now. If you have a sexy voice, you can rake in the clams.

I'll send you a brochure, if you're hip.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:09:49 PM EDT
The only legit 'work from home' job is the one you create yourself - eg, start your own local small business, providing a product or service that is in demand where you live...

Any 'business in a box' deal is likely a scam or MLM a-la Amway.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:10:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/28/2010 6:11:45 PM EDT by Skibane]
In the old days, we called it "Mail Order".

Basically, you (1.) invent or identify a product or service that people want or need, (2.) figure out a way to acquire it cheaply enough to make a reasonable profit, and (3.) sell it from your home to customers around the nation (or even the world).

It works fine for me - Has been my main source of income for over a decade.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:11:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Dave_A:
The only legit 'work from home' job is the one you create yourself - eg, start your own local small business, providing a product or service that is in demand where you live...

Translation: I took swingset's advice, and I'm the hottest gay-sex operator in the network.

It's true, he won the October sweepstakes.

Listen up kids, the future is buttsechs by phone.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:11:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By swingset:
Phone sex, the gay market is white hot right now. If you have a sexy voice, you can rake in the clams.

I'll send you a brochure, if you're hip.

I could pretend to be a butch lesbian maybe. Much clam sauce in that?
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:11:24 PM EDT
I know several insurance companies that have work from home programs for things like customer service reps, claim processors, etc.

What kind of education does she have?
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:11:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Tactical_Jew:
daycare?

my amigo...HELL NO!

you want a bunch of snot nosed kids crying and crapping all over you...?


The house we're offering on has a finished walk out basement, so we planned to keep it seperate from our living space. My wife has daycare experince from when we were first together and very good at it, but it is quite a commitment.

We just thought maybe there might be something a little less stressful and time consuming.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:12:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Skibane:
In the old days, we called it "Mail Order".

Basically, you (1.) invent or identify a product or service that people want or need, (2.) figure out a way to acquire it cheaply enough to make a reasonable profit, and (3.) sell it from your home to customers around the nation (or even the world).

It works fine for me - Has been my main source of income for over a decade.

Translation: I'm right behind Dave_A in the gay phone sex gig, and I have swingset to thank for it.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:12:46 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/28/2010 6:13:29 PM EDT by dog-meat]
edit: nevermind. misread.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:15:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By dog-meat:
I know several insurance companies that have work from home programs for things like customer service reps, claim processors, etc.

What kind of education does she have?


No formal education, but she is very intelligent and personable. She started at receptionist in the retirement comminity she works at now and was offered a much higher paying managerial job about 2 years in just because of her attitude and personality. They said it was easier to train someone for the job to find another person like her.

Any idea where to start with something like that?
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:17:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By swingset:
Phone sex, the gay market is white hot right now. If you have a sexy voice, you can rake in the clams.

I'll send you a brochure, if you're hip.


Maybe. not.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:18:52 PM EDT
escort service.low overhead,lotsa opportunity

yer welcome
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:19:21 PM EDT
Growing pot
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:21:17 PM EDT
whorehouse.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:23:30 PM EDT
Real estate had it's opportunities before the crash.
We had a next door neighbor, stay at home mom with three kids, that got her license online.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:23:52 PM EDT
I've heard there are medical billing jobs that are work from home and legit, although there's a whole industry of "Train to work from home as a medical billing specialist" type stuff that may or may not be shady.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:24:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By raven:
Growing pot


I'm not doing that mess again.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:25:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By swingset:

Originally Posted By Skibane:
In the old days, we called it "Mail Order".

Basically, you (1.) invent or identify a product or service that people want or need, (2.) figure out a way to acquire it cheaply enough to make a reasonable profit, and (3.) sell it from your home to customers around the nation (or even the world).

It works fine for me - Has been my main source of income for over a decade.

Translation: I'm right behind Dave_A in the gay phone sex gig, and I have swingset to thank for it.


You owe me a keyboard you bastard.....

Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:27:23 PM EDT

Online poker.

Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:29:20 PM EDT
My wife has been doing medical transcription from home for over six years and it pays pretty well. There are several large companies that service hospitals all over the country and all of their employees work from home, managers included. If your wife can type, look into it.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 6:35:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MisterE:
My wife has been doing medical transcription from home for over six years and it pays pretty well. There are several large companies that service hospitals all over the country and all of their employees work from home, managers included. If your wife can type, look into it.


Where'd she get started? Some where to start? Cold calling hospitals?

She's an awesome typer, err typist.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 9:51:35 PM EDT
My wife needs a job and can type almost 100 wpm. How does one pick up a job like that?
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 9:58:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Skibane:
In the old days, we called it "Mail Order".

Basically, you (1.) invent or identify a product or service that people want or need, (2.) figure out a way to acquire it cheaply enough to make a reasonable profit, and (3.) sell it from your home to customers around the nation (or even the world).

It works fine for me - Has been my main source of income for over a decade.


Did you get the know how from any particular book(s)?
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 10:02:28 PM EDT
Originally Posted By KingRat:

Online poker.



I was looking into that when they clamped down on it. Now I believe all the sites want ss number and all sorts of other personal info. I'm not comfortable giving some unknowns on the web that info. How did the info thing work for you or anyone else?
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 10:04:17 PM EDT
Yes West at home services

and Alpine Access

I used to work for West at home.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 10:06:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By GAcop:
My wife needs a job and can type almost 100 wpm. How does one pick up a job like that?


Just look for medical transcriptionist on monster.com or something like that. My hospital actually uses an automated transcription voice to text system, but I worked at a hospital where they raked in good money, and got a per document "commission" after they went over 200 dictated reports.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 10:23:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BatcaveSouth:
Originally Posted By Skibane:
In the old days, we called it "Mail Order".

Basically, you (1.) invent or identify a product or service that people want or need, (2.) figure out a way to acquire it cheaply enough to make a reasonable profit, and (3.) sell it from your home to customers around the nation (or even the world).

It works fine for me - Has been my main source of income for over a decade.


Did you get the know how from any particular book(s)?


There are a million books out there about starting a mail order business- but the one that got me started was a little paperback booklet called The Incredible Secret Money Machine by Don Lancaster. It was written before the internet existed in any meaningful form, but most of the ideas and advice in it are still very relevant.

Lancaster also maintains a pretty extensive "Hardware Hacker" knowlege base at Tinaja.com.
Link Posted: 10/28/2010 11:20:41 PM EDT
OK Thanks Skibane. I'll check it out.

And if anyone is looking into ebay;
Just to pass along a couple of things I picked up from doing a lot of research about ebay: They used to have lists of the categories and which were the hot ones or sold the best. It was on the ebay site. Collectibles was one category that made the most sense to look into. Stay with one or two areas and learn them well. For example, watches, etc.
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 12:29:44 AM EDT
Originally Posted By GAcop:
My wife needs a job and can type almost 100 wpm. How does one pick up a job like that?


Hey. Get your own thread.
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 12:44:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MisterE:
My wife has been doing medical transcription from home for over six years and it pays pretty well. There are several large companies that service hospitals all over the country and all of their employees work from home, managers included. If your wife can type, look into it.

I was going to post this.

A guy I used to work with, his wife did this for a long time.

It's about the only legit thing I've ever seen, and it does pay pretty decently.
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 12:50:48 AM EDT
Medical Transcriptionist jobs are legit. My Ex G/F's mom did that...
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 2:14:49 AM EDT
I do medical transcription entirely at home.

Just landed a new job/client (independent contractor, but many places you can be an employee if you want) to go with the one I already had.

I make pretty good money on an hourly basis. It's the majority of my living.

The IT lady for the company said I was only the second dude she'd ever seen working at the company. I am the only guy at my other account, which is a family business (my family). This actually worked out really well for me when I started 20 years ago at a big agency, I was the only guy there under 45 or so. No competition for the college aged girls.

I've done lots of other things, and am currently an EMT, but I've always kept a foothold in transcription because it's flexible and pays well. It's the only way I could afford to be an EMT. I've even done some transcription in the back of the ambulance between calls (wouldn't recommend it but was crunched for a deadline).

If you are already up to speed/ready to work, mtjobs.com is the place to find a job. I've gotten two there with national agencies. You'll have to pass a test that can be brutal, but if you can do that you can get work.

There are schools that train new people. They take a year or so and are a few grand at least. The big ones have contacts with the companies that hire newbies.
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 2:29:08 AM EDT
Originally Posted By PatriotAr15:
Medical Transcriptionist jobs are legit. My Ex G/F's mom did that...


My sister took the at home course to do this, and it ended up with her getting a pretty good job at a trauma clinic.


Link Posted: 10/29/2010 3:31:05 AM EDT
My brother-in-law bought an embroidery machine, hooked himself up as a vendor with clothing companies and started for shopping for clients. He recently had to quit his full-time job and already has so much work that he needs a second machine to keep up. He's also sub-contracted with other firms so that he can do screen printing and printed items (ie, pens, balloons, etc..).

He lives in a major metro area and is a very small fish in a big pond due to competition from some large companies but he makes an increasingly good living at it due to his prices and the quality of his work.

The major benefit for me is that I can get nice clothing from him at cost + shipping, a savings of about 50%.
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 3:36:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By swingset:
Phone sex, the gay market is white hot right now. If you have a sexy voice, you can rake in the clams.

I'll send you a brochure, if you're hip.

How much are you bringing in from that? I got a pretty man candy voice.
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 3:57:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By PantherArms762:
Originally Posted By MisterE:
My wife has been doing medical transcription from home for over six years and it pays pretty well. There are several large companies that service hospitals all over the country and all of their employees work from home, managers included. If your wife can type, look into it.


Where'd she get started? Some where to start? Cold calling hospitals?

She's an awesome typer, err typist.

She got started with a small local company and worked as an independant contractor for them for a while. This is where she got her experience. There are classes that you can take to get certified but finding a local hospital or doctor's office that will let you start without the certification is better. Most large companies won't hire you with just a certification anyway, they want experience.

My wife currently makes about 8.5 cents per line of type and gets all the overtime she wants. She was provided with a computer and all the software and gets benifits (such as paid time off etc.). It is a really good job, especially since you can work in your PJ's.

Here is the company my wife works for:
http://www.medquist.com/Home/SolutionsServices/tabid/56/Default.aspx
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 4:02:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By crusherdestroyer:

Originally Posted By swingset:
Phone sex, the gay market is white hot right now. If you have a sexy voice, you can rake in the clams.

I'll send you a brochure, if you're hip.

How much are you bringing in from that? I got a pretty man candy voice.

If Swingset's company offers paid camping trips, I might be interested.


Link Posted: 10/29/2010 4:07:56 AM EDT
Look for a job for a real estate company as a BPO coordinator. Many times they will train you, the work isn't exactly constant but a friend does it and averages about $35/hr but she is very very very good at it. Essentially it is imputting the data for an appraisial into an online form. She does 2 an hour and gets 33% of whatever the company she works for is getting paid for the BPO, which goes from $45 - $100 on average but she has done a couple of $175-$225 ones so $58-$75 for 1/2 hour's work isn't bad. If you half half of a brain and can type - you can do it.
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 4:13:38 AM EDT
Many sellers on Etsy.com do ok.
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 4:38:00 AM EDT
Went the home business route after my accident. Since we already kept horses I just expanded and took to boarding them. As I had a little spare acreage that was not doing anything but growing weeds I put in some gravel pads and started a trailer storage sideline that went together nicely with the horse boarding. Did so well that within a year I took on two part-time employees. I'm told the new owner has expanded even more.

We sold the whole shebang when we moved from Abilene to northwest of Austin little over a year ago, made enough to pay off the current house and keep me in bait and ammo.
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 4:40:03 AM EDT
I have several clients that do medical transcription from their home. They get paid "piece work" rates. You need a high speed internet connection obviously. It's a real job and they make decent money. They are treated as contract labor of course and so have to pay both sides of the SS. Two of the ladies I know are single moms and it solves the problem of paying for daycare/need to work. Something to consider.
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 5:03:38 AM EDT
Interesting
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 5:21:00 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Slimm:
Yes West at home services

and Alpine Access

I used to work for West at home.




How much does it pay?
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 6:14:08 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mucknuggle:
I do medical transcription entirely at home.

Just landed a new job/client (independent contractor, but many places you can be an employee if you want) to go with the one I already had.

I make pretty good money on an hourly basis. It's the majority of my living.

The IT lady for the company said I was only the second dude she'd ever seen working at the company. I am the only guy at my other account, which is a family business (my family). This actually worked out really well for me when I started 20 years ago at a big agency, I was the only guy there under 45 or so. No competition for the college aged girls.

I've done lots of other things, and am currently an EMT, but I've always kept a foothold in transcription because it's flexible and pays well. It's the only way I could afford to be an EMT. I've even done some transcription in the back of the ambulance between calls (wouldn't recommend it but was crunched for a deadline).

If you are already up to speed/ready to work, mtjobs.com is the place to find a job. I've gotten two there with national agencies. You'll have to pass a test that can be brutal, but if you can do that you can get work.

There are schools that train new people. They take a year or so and are a few grand at least. The big ones have contacts with the companies that hire newbies.


Awesome info!
Link Posted: 10/29/2010 10:03:19 PM EDT
With everyone talking about phone sex opportunities... I thought I'd share this funny story.

I once was replying to an ad on some job site... something about "Customer Service" or whatever. The description was kind of vague. So I called to get more information about it.

I call in, talk to a lady, and ask her about the job...

She then tells me "Sir your going to have to disguise your voice for the job, its a phone sex line." At that moment I was like ... "WOAH! THE AD TOTALLY DIDN'T SAY THAT! Sorry! BYE!"

Link Posted: 10/29/2010 11:19:32 PM EDT
51% don't pay taxes. Just give up and collect welfare and food stamps, free meds, and discounted electricity. Without bills you can afford satellite, plasma screen, Iphone, steak, lobster, beer, and some rims for your 2011 ride.

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