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Offline davidAZ

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Making a buck as a SAHD
« on: July 13, 2006, 03:08:32 PM »
We're men, and we want to conrtibute financially.  For me, it's not just about pride, but about keeping active and paying for some of my ongoing hobbies.

Being a stay-at-home dad has broken me free of the dependancy of bosses, ugly jobs, and the responsibilities of it all.  Starving (and childless) artists would kill (or wound) for a chance like this.

Although it nearly feels like retirement, I want to be back to work when the children move on to school.  After all, there won't be much point to what I'm doing when the kids are 16 and just want dad out of the way.  So the goal I've set for myself is to keep out of the regular moral killers and build some sort of business for myself and hopefully it grows to support ourselves better when the time comes.

For the time being, I'm managing to create some money by selling garage-sale like items on ebay.  I've been surprised how people want to buy our junk and meanwhile, it cleans up house a bit.  Usually, this extra money is put into my main hobby, football cards.  And I've been able to make profits from this as well, buying cards low and selling high, mostly utilizing the timing of the market (offseason or a lull in interest is good for buying, a great week or a playoff run is good to sell).  I can't claim to be able to really make a living on this income, but for now I've managed to build a hobby that pays for itself, and it's growing smarter.

Another hobby of mine is writing.  For now, I'm actually getting paid for it, though not much, by writing articles for Associated Content.  If you'd like more info this or want a referal, let me know.  Again, it's not as much as a regular income, but it doesn't take much of my time and I can keep in practice while contributing my opinions and knowledge to potential readers.  The ultimate goal for me in this department would be to publish a fictional novel for a better income.


Any SAHD's out there with tips to earning some cash from hobbies or whatnot?
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Re: Making a buck as a SAHD
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2006, 04:25:40 PM »
Here we go hang on tight :righton:

Like I've said before been sahd since nov 05 have unemploment from Minnesota 515 a week till middle of august so with that funds drying up wicked soon...So I started to do this @ May timefram :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:trying to think of ways to make some $$$ Started to surf the net for work at home stuff got burned on a few bills for data entry thought this would be great but I have yet on any forum to find out about this line of work.

So my email addy was floatin' around out there and was you know in a targeted group ended up receiving an email from a jerkydirect.com person for 12$ a month you get 2 bags of jerky dlvd every month that is all your commitment is to JD great signedup asap jerky is awesome kids love it I purchased 3 cases for sellin' at flea market etc. make some $$ doin that and tryin to promote the biz and postin a few forum that allow this.

The break down 2$ for everyone you bring in  which is great get 6 free jerky! when you become a distributor which only takes 12$ you then get to buy at wholesale price 3.22 a bag first month then 3.42 great deal so I have some fun with this.

On to the next....I'll post this 1st. Oh here is link if you are interested http://lenning.jerkydirect.com  of course email me if you want and do!

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Re: Making a buck as a SAHD
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2006, 04:34:22 PM »
and the 2nd

this one is called fortune hi-tech marketing.

You sell or promote like cingular wireless, dish network, true essentials aka vitamins, long distance, phone service, indentyshield, etc.

So you would get a % like sears does and best buy does to get the drift.

This does cost $299 to start but for every 1 person you bring in you get 100$ in the 1st 60 days so get 3 your good or get 10 customer points like dish is 1 etc. you get $299 so that is what I'm shootin for $599 first 60 days then it broadens out after that. THe guy I'm workin with is awesome he is big time into fortune 100k + every year.  wife was a bit pissed when I spent 299 but like he said she'll ;D in 6 months when your makin 3k-5k a month i sure hope well here is the link if anyone wants a new service just sign-up thru the link and help me out LOL or join http://www.fhtmus.com/enchantment
any ?'s please email me this is NO SCAM!  This is a real opportunity to make some $$$ THanks much Bob

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Re: Making a buck as a SAHD
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2006, 06:01:18 PM »

This does cost $299 to start

I'm personally wary of a job that you have to pay to get.  Just my opinion, though

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Re: Making a buck as a SAHD
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2006, 03:27:49 PM »
I was also but for 300 bucks and the person I'm workin with great. I'll make it back and then some. So if you want Dish or CIngular anyone or Vitamins PLEASE order LOL this just gives me Commission then.

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Re: Making a buck as a SAHD
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2006, 05:01:14 PM »
I also have been sellin' all or I should say most of my Hockey trading cards had a LOT on eBay, I should scrounge around garage sales etc. and lookin for potential $$ makers

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Re: Making a buck as a SAHD
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2006, 05:16:06 PM »
For something to do on weekends or whatnot, we'll go to garage sales, estate sales (which are much better), live auctions, thrift stores and swap meets looking for stuff we collect or things for resale.  I've learned, however, that some things are hot and sell well on ebay (football cards) and other things are not sold so easily (books and non-mainstream stuff).

Mostly it's just something to do, but we haven't found much profit in it.
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Re: Making a buck as a SAHD
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2006, 12:19:39 AM »
After 14 years as SAHD, the last two or three of which I tried to come up with SAH ways to make money, I am interviewing to go back full time.  The problem with making money at home, is everyone wants to do it.  Anything you can think of, a thousand other people can think of too.

I would reccomend part-time out of home work to keep your skills up and act as a lead in to full time when ready. 

I have news for you: YOur kids will want you to disappear long before they are 16.

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Re: Making a buck as a SAHD
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2006, 12:13:08 AM »
Yes, I've tried doing the ebay thing too, sold a few things and stuck with fees from items that didn't sell. I'll try to repost them later (after all the back-to-school dust settles. I'm not going to hit the garage sales much though I'll likely try to hook up with some wholesalers or drop shippers i order to have a ready supply of products.

I'm, also, working on bulding my own online store  and just got my portal app up and running at dadsrag.com -- (soon to be) community site for dads similar i concept to this one but will be mostly a magazine hosting articles that we fathers will be interested in.

Anyway, I tried selling insurance (too much running around and spinning my wheels) and some network marketing (gee, your friends disappear quick doing that!).  I also, have a rbusiness license so maybe I'll do some weekend fleamarketing when I get my suppliers lined up. :)

I tease my wife sometimes and tell her to advertise that I'll even 'escort' some rich women -- if the price is right! (that last one doesn't seem to fly with her though...)


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Re: Making a buck as a SAHD
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2007, 10:25:30 PM »
Becoming a SAHD is is a step my fiance and I have talked about seriously, a lot. She will be starting a high paying job, and I'll be Mr. No College Diploma. Also- day care expenses and the obvious.

However, I've been thinking of the possibilities a home computer and communication skills can bring to a family. As a SAHD, I have thought about working in some time to earn my college degree through online classes.

What I am really curious about- what forms of income have you guys discovered, whether it be Ebay, mystery shopping, etc.
Any recommendations?

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Re: Making a buck as a SAHD
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2007, 10:33:33 PM »
... I just saw the original thread for this. I apologize.

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Re: Making a buck as a SAHD
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2007, 11:05:39 PM »
*We can move this thread to the orginal or leave it here, it's up to you Elvis*

If you want to have fun and get out of the house doing this, I have heard of people going to yard sales all the time when it's warm outside and buying stuff cheap.....then selling it online at Ebay..

I really do think this is a great idea and I have meant to do it too..   But I work and unfortunately don't have time to do this..   :(

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Re: Making a buck as a SAHD
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2007, 11:07:55 PM »
We should merge my thread with the original. If I had seen it in advance, I wouldn't have made this one.

Very interesting topic.

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Re: Making a buck as a SAHD
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2007, 11:34:14 PM »
*EDIT*   Topic has been merged..

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Re: Making a buck as a SAHD
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2007, 06:23:54 PM »
well im new to the group but thought id chime in on what i do, during the school year my wifes a teacher so i stay home with the kids and make banners and decals, its pretty cheap to start up if you buy the right stuff and it's very common to make your money back from startup fees on your first job, I also do photography and write articles for super street bike magazine and a few other moto mags as well as being a videographer and doing dvd authoring. during the summer i travel quite a bit to freestyle stunt comps and do alot of photography work. the best thing about what i do is i can schedule my work around my family and spend time with them, when i need a break (as many fathers do time to time) i take off for a stunt competition and by the time i get back im good to go again. The banner and decal buisness is great because you can do it at home while watching your kids and it's very profitable with little to invest to get started. the bonus is you can also have your kids help with the stickers if there old enough (what kid doesnt like to play with stickers) ~o)

 



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