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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published December 31st 2013
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When circumstances change in life and it's apparent you need extra income to cover the ever increasing costs of living, then a second income becomes invaluable.

For someone like myself with four young children, going out to work is not only tricky to find hours that fit well around caring for children with school and kinder drop offs/ pick ups, after school activities and so on but if you take child care costs, after/before school care ( if you can get a space) and travelling costs out of the extra income, it's likely all the extra effort and organisation will leave you with next to no extra financial benefit ( depending on qualifications and type of job you can find) with the exception of having family nearby that are happy to help out.


With the boom of internet work is it possible to earn a reasonably consistent wage from home whilst still caring for children?

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I started writing for Weekendnotes about 10 months ago and have been earning a small but relatively consistent wage since. I like that I can do it when I please and have free range of topics to write about. To maximise the amount you can earn you need to be prepared to spend time learning the ropes of what makes a good article and write as much quality material as possible. You need to enjoy writing but don't need to be a 'writer' to do so.

After a Google search I found another avenue that seems to be popular with many adverts for affiliated marketing, which is where you refer people to other businesses via your blog, however, there seems to be many scam sites that offer lots of money for limited work and even to outlay money before working. Does anyone out there work in affiliated marketing and earn a reasonable income?

Becoming a virtual assistant is good for someone wanting to learn skills or already attains them from working in a professional background. Virtual assistants help with online administrative work, secretarial or clerical support as well as creative and/or technical services. You can gain work through local councils, accounting firms, doctor's surgeries, pretty much anywhere that needs an assistant.

Party plan selling


I know what you're thinking but Tupperware is back in fashion and everyone knows the brand so it helps sell itself, but how much time does it take to organise parties and can you earn a reasonable amount?

More party style selling I found was Thermomix, Avon, Nutrimetics, Bright bugs educational toys along with many others.

Perhaps an ironing business at home, child minding, a paper round, neither of them will make you rich but put a little extra cash into the family budget.

If you earn money from home or have any ideas of how people can successfully earn money from home then we would love to hear from you.

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I spent a few years selling on ebay. Antiquarian books and later fashion. But it was taking all my time. Money was good though.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5048) 1660 days ago
This is something I have struggled with. I just feel that the work you put into the "work from home" does not reap you significant rewards unfortunately. Anyhow, thank you for the ideas in your article.
by choud (score: 2|164) 1660 days ago
Etsy can be good if you're a bit of a crafty type
by Emily (score: 2|231) 1660 days ago
I also sell on ebay - it's a bit random but it doesn't cost anything.
by Lydia C. Lee (score: 2|640) 1660 days ago

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