Home Based Job

Updated on November 23, 2011
L.W. asks from Los Angeles, CA
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Want to make money quickly and would be really good a the inhouse party sales thing. Its an investment to get started so nervouse about selling someithing(like jewerly) I'm not all that excited about. Need money now for bills so does anyone know a company thats different and appealing to the public. I know I can give a great party and sell but I want to really be honest when I gve people advice about their choices(Does this make me look like a grandma?example. ) It needs to be different than Avon, energy driink, makeup,plastic ware,natural products that are for cleaning or eating, and no candles or things that plug in. Im a professional photoagrapher, I love people.. ect...Desperate for an answer.. you all did great with the last question.. i put my faith in you all again..

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answers from Boston on

I'm not the selling type, so I can't speak from that perspective, but I've been to lots of "party's" and my favorite products hands down are from Pampered Chef. I have products that I bought over 10 years ago that I still use and are still in awesome condition. The cooking stones are my favorites.

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answers from Honolulu on

Depending on what your background/skills are, you might try freelancing.
There are several freelancing websites.


All legit

Also for info and resources:

Like anything, it is not "immediate" money. It is work.

Or, try babysitting to make some 'immediate' cash or extra money.
There is always that need for it.

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answers from Colorado Springs on

Hi L.,
You are so smart to make sure you 100% love the product you are going to sell. That is so important. I used to sell Longaberger, and really loved it. I met lots of people, enjoyed the parties. However, please know that it is a constant thing you have to work hard at. You cannot ever rest and grow. And, when you have a party at night, you will be preparing a lot of the day for it (depending on the product and how much of your own things you take). And, often, you have to put a lot of your income back into the business for new samples, supplies like order forms, etc. It's a lot of work for little return.
You said you are a photographer. Is there any way you can turn that into income? You can make/sell cards with your photography on them. You can even do this through home shows. Just do your own thing! Maybe you can have photography party, where you take photos of the guests, they can come prepared. You can have props. It can be themed. You can photograph wives for their husbands, children, couples, etc. I don't know all the logistics, but I think you can probably come up with something. Make it fun and entertaining. You can have prints of your work available for sale. You can just take orders, offer framed/unframed, various sizes. I really think you can do this on your own without someone else's business plan owning what you do.

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answers from Detroit on

Check out Thirty One. My mom and friend are selling it. It seems to be kind of near the beginning and growing quickly. www.mythirtyone.com The items are getting very popular around here. I love their stuff myself!

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answers from Los Angeles on

Why not try to take pictures of children at home.
:Your own business would be best. Call around
and send out flyers etc. As friends. At your church etc.

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answers from New York on

You're on the right track - you HAVE to pick a product or service YOU love. For me, it's Pampered Chef. I've been a consultant for 9 years. I DO NOT have to recruit anyone to make good money doing parties. I live in NJ and my average show is at least $1,000 in sales which gets me about $240-$270 or so in pay for just a few hours of work. I've made as much as $600 for one show. There are different show averages in different parts of the country, but in CA I'd assume you'd have pretty good sales. I love to cook (although that's not a requirement) and I love the products. You can start up for between $80 and about $150 max investment. They don't ask you to buy anything else. Once you sign up, you have everything you need - products, catalogs, order forms, software program - everything. Depending on when you need more (for me it's maybe 2X per year) you will need to buy some more catalogs. They're .49 each and they're good for 6 months. We can earn lots of products and free catalogs through promotions that are run on a regular basis. My kitchen is over stocked with their beautiful products and I've given tons of stuff to my friends and family.

One word of caution BEFORE you sign up for ANYTHING. Do some research (Google is a good place to start - enter the company name and the word "scam" after it and see what you get). Make sure that you don't authorize any further charges to your credit card. I'm hearing a lot of stories of companies out there that keep charging you for things you don't want/need or for "inventory" they want you to try to sell. (This isn't the case with Pampered Chef as we don't keep inventory of anything). How long will it take you to recoup your initial investment (I broke even with my first show 9 years ago and I've been making $$ ever since). I have a friend who bought $4,000 of make-up inventory and never made her $$ back, plus she had to keep buying the new products to keep in stock - bad idea.

Anyway, find what you love first then make sure people will BUY it too. Honestly I don't always want to spend $$ on jewelry and I'm allergic to candles. Make sure you aren't required to recruit. Make sure your paycheck doesn't depend on your recruiting - mine doesn't although I do earn more for having people under me. I currently have just one person on my "team". Do the homework, then make an informed decision and good luck with whatever you decide.

If you'd like to contact me for more info, feel free to send me a message through Mamapedia or my website: www.pamperedchef.biz/elainaskitchen

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answers from San Francisco on

I have a friend who does Stella & Dot, but I don't know much about it. I have been to one of the parties and liked some of the jewelry. If you want her info, let me know and I can send it to you.

I agree with one of the other posters who suggested babysitting as a good way to make some money.

Good Luck!

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answers from Dallas on

First, Melaluca is absolutely a MLM. Gee, I wonder if there is anything in it for Jaimee, if you sign up. If it weren't a MLM, do you think she'd be soliciting you on a public forum. Nope.

Unfortunately, the businesses you speak of don't really make money fast. (or as fast as you need.) I have a friend who sells Thirty one Gifts and she seems to like it. I don't have any of the products personally, but I admit their cute. A lady I used to work with sold Lia Sophia jewelery and she seemed very happy with that. Good luck!

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answers from New York on

so many of my friends sell one thing or another, i could put you in touch with someone doing almost anything. but if youre looking for something different, my friend who does passion parties selling sex aids and things, seems to love her job the most. to me anyway. if you have that kind of personality. seems they have so much fun. and its still different.

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answers from Phoenix on

Melaleuca is a great company because 1. they sell things that people buy every day 2. Their products are high quality and reasonably priced and safe for your home 3. Once you sign up a customer, you don't have to deliver products, collect money or anything like that. They buy directly from the company and you get a check each month. I'm a customer but I've signed up family and friends and people that I've given samples to and I've gotten a check every month since I signed up April of 2007. It's not an MLM so you're not going to lose your shirt or lose your business. I can give you more info or you can go to melaleuca.com and click on "Get to know Melaleuca." Let me know what you think. Good luck!

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answers from Benton Harbor on

How would you like to participate in a business project that has the potential to be bigger than WalMart?

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answers from Dallas on

You need to follow your passion and do something you love.

I personally feel all the MLM's are a crock and the people at the top are making money and all the little followers just think they are. No, I've never been involved with MLM , I just hate seeing them prey on people, espeically here.

If you are a good photographer, go for it. You can start out with affordable photography.... Schools need photographers for individual pictures, sporting events, PTA's and booster clubs need good pictures, etc. Get out to a nice area and let people see you taking pics, then if they ask you questions, give them a business card and offer a good deal.

Think outside the box.

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answers from Los Angeles on

With the economy the way it is many women are not spending on candle, plug ins, plasticware or supplements but they will however still buy their skin care & cosmetics, because for many of us, it is a 'neccessity'. You pretty much ruled out most home-based businesses, unless you are looking to sell insurance such as Primerica. I sell Mary Kay and business is steady. I make 50% of whatever I sell (even w/o recruiting!) An avg party is about $500 and I mostly teach skin care (even as a makeup artist I dont focus on makeup) As a photographer you could do Model Makeovers and offer a free picture, Ive done similar things several times. Im in your area if you are intersted in checking out one of my parties. Have you promoted your photography skills as a biz?
Be aware of MLM and stick with direct sales, you dont depend on anyone to make money. I pay myself in MK and any commissions/bonuses are paid by the company not my Director.



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