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hokiefan33
08-15-2005, 10:18 AM
My DW and I would both LOVE for her to be able to stay home. We both currently work FT, and DS9 and DD6 are in school, but we also have DD 3 months as well, so that means a babysitter. We have a GREAT babysitter lined up, a neighbor down the street who keeps a lot of teacher's kids and is SUPER with them, but good help is also expensive help. About $150/week. We would like to have another baby, and I am willing to step out on faith, but I think faith also involves a level of using your brain, as well, and DW quitting her job means we are in the red in a big way each month. She has been on maternity leave since May 19, going back to work on Sept. 12, so that 4-month break makes it real hard to go back. She is going back at a 75% schedule (8-2 M-F, so she can pick up the older kids from school, meaning no more after-school care is needed, which we're excited about), but that is also a 75% pay schedule as well.

Basically, I wanted to see if anyone had any ideas about jobs she could do at home to replace some of the income we would lose if she quit her job. On our current budget, we would have to replace around $1,800/month take-home pay. I know this is a lot, and may not be possible, but we're willing to do what we need to to make this work. The job would HAVE to be at home, since DW would have the baby with her, and it would have to be flexible enough that she can still pick up kids from school at 2:15 or so. She is an accountant by profession, more the cost side than the general ledger side (for those of you who know the difference), but is analytical and smart.

Any help/advice would be appreciated. We know this can work, b/c we believe that God wants it to work, and with God ALL things are possible!

O2BNWDW
08-15-2005, 10:24 AM
Try a direct selling business - like Avon or Pampered Chef.

gdulaney
08-15-2005, 11:31 AM
I would second the idea of AVON. It might take a bit of time for her to build her business to $1800 a month in profit, but the start up cost is very minimal and she can Christmas/Birthday shop at demo prices. :)

Ginny

cseca
08-15-2005, 12:30 PM
Good luck on achieving your plan.
I'm not a mom but I have been investigating possible jobs for SAHM or just SAH people... :)

I stumbled on this Virtual Assistant possibility.
http://www.entrepreneur.com/Magazines/MA_SegArticle/0,1539,285985----1-,00.html

Unfortunately other than knowing it is an opportunity, I have no other information.

But I'm sure the web has more than enough information on this.

Good luck!

ps: here are other possibilities: http://findajob.aol.com/findajob/articles/article.adp?id=730

etwinchester
08-15-2005, 12:39 PM
I currently sell Mary kay and don't do many shows a month due to DH's hours. The reorders are great.

There are also 2 other threads on here regarding SAHM. Check them out as well...

MAH4546
08-15-2005, 12:40 PM
jetBlue booking agents all work from home. Very flexible hours. Good option if they are hiring.

CarolA
08-15-2005, 01:09 PM
I think since she is an accountant that perhaps she could look into some bookeeping jobs. My boyfriend did this when he was working on his master's. Drop by small businesses in the area and see if they would hire her for 'write up" work, payroll, AP etc... He had about three clients that he did all the accounting for. It would require a PC and probably some accounting software, but she could probably do it no problem.

pearlieq
08-15-2005, 01:34 PM
Does she have any tax experience and/or could she get training?

It's very seasonal, but tax prep is a great way to get a lot of money in a very short amount of time. She may be able to negotiate with a local accounting firm to take work home, or you may be able to get evening hours for her since most firms put in 18 hour days during tax season. Or, even if you employed a babysitter and had her work full time just during tax season, she could probably make enough money to make it worth your while for the whole year.

Good luck!

Tooth Fairy
08-15-2005, 01:37 PM
hokiefan33

I just sent you a PM.

sanibelover
08-15-2005, 01:50 PM
I work at home part time for a non-profit doing bookeeping, payroll, payroll taxes, Form 990, financial reporting, etc. My pay is not fantastic - I do it because I enjoy it and want to help the non-profit, but I could see where doing bookeeping for a couple of businesses at home (using Quickbooks) would be a great way to earn money. I'm sure she could easily bill $25/hour and work 25 hours a week. Many businesses are looking for someone to do the books. Many small business owners are experts at their businesses but know NOTHING about the record keeping end.


Good luck. Sacrificing so she can stay home will be more than worth it. We made some huge sacrifices about 10 years ago and couldn't have been happier. We had no money, but we were so content.

RichNKatHolly
08-15-2005, 02:29 PM
Since you have a few children maybe selling their used stuff on ebay would bring in some $$. There is always babysitting as well. I did a bit of that, but it's hard to bring yet another child into your house. My DD always got very jealous.

Good luck - it is very well worth the sacrifice. Maybe you can cut down on cable TV, cell phones, food budget as well.

3DisneyKids
08-15-2005, 02:38 PM
I work full time from home, (on my own schedule...work around the kids, etc.) and earn at least what you are looking for (and could earn more). PM me if she has at least a Master's degree.

hokiefan33
08-15-2005, 02:43 PM
I work at home part time for a non-profit doing bookeeping, payroll, payroll taxes, Form 990, financial reporting, etc. My pay is not fantastic - I do it because I enjoy it and want to help the non-profit, but I could see where doing bookeeping for a couple of businesses at home (using Quickbooks) would be a great way to earn money. I'm sure she could easily bill $25/hour and work 25 hours a week. Many businesses are looking for someone to do the books. Many small business owners are experts at their businesses but know NOTHING about the record keeping end.


Good luck. Sacrificing so she can stay home will be more than worth it. We made some huge sacrifices about 10 years ago and couldn't have been happier. We had no money, but we were so content.

We had thought about that. Actually, I'm an accountant as well, and I had thought about possibly doing that on the side as extra income for myself. How did you get started with that? Did you just go directly to the NFP and offer your services, or was this done through an agency/headhunter/classifieds, etc...?

sk!mom
08-15-2005, 03:20 PM
I think since she is an accountant that perhaps she could look into some bookeeping jobs. My boyfriend did this when he was working on his master's. Drop by small businesses in the area and see if they would hire her for 'write up" work, payroll, AP etc... He had about three clients that he did all the accounting for. It would require a PC and probably some accounting software, but she could probably do it no problem.


I would second this suggestion. My Dh is also an accountant. Early in his career, he often made extra money with side jobs. He no longer takes side jobs but he sometimes hires others to help him out. For several years he was with a small company who paid someone to do their payroll every two weeks.

Since you are both accountants, even better because you could help her with the extra jobs.

WeluvDisney2
08-17-2005, 05:54 PM
I love my job! I work when I want to, my kids get lots of really nice books for free, I make good money, and it is fun! I am an Educational Consultant for Usborne Books at Home. I average about $100. per show and spend 2-3 hours at each show. You can do as many or as few shows per week as you would like. The money really helps to feed my Disney appetite! Usborne is a fairly new company so the market is not saturated like it is with so many home party type companies, and people are always buying books for their kids/grandkids! It is less than $100 for your start up kit and there are no monthly quotas, no inventory to buy etc. The best part is that your kids get to keep and enjoy the books! If you would like to check it out just go to www.ubah.com/N1466 and click on "income opportunities" near the top of the page.

bubbasmom99
08-17-2005, 07:18 PM
Does she have any contacts in the accounting biz that might want some extra work done on the side? I left my full time job as a financial advisor last year, to stay home with kids and do Pampered Chef full time. However, I was approached by one of my former co-workers who was in need of a sales assistant to help with admin/phone scheduling/etc. It's a step down from what I can actually do, but he was willing to pay a premium price for someone who "knows what they're doing" and I have a company laptop and work from home at my leisure to the max. # hours per week that we agreed upon. This works out well for me because I can keep my skills sharp while working around school schedules and my other business.

I'm sure there must be accounting firms that are looking for experienced professionals -- your DW wouldn't take up any more office space and isn't asking for more benefits (is she?) so it might work well to both your advantages.

Good luck!

KyMattDisney
08-17-2005, 07:48 PM
Hi there...I would love some suggestions as well. I currently work for a large bank (one of the top 5) and have a great telecommuting arrangement currently where I work from home MWF....in office T/TR. Unfortunately due to mergers they might be cutting this back drastically. I would like to still maintain some flexibility where I could go in a few days and then work from home a few...or ideally work from home fulltime.

My background is in project management/mortgage financing analysis...but am willing to learn new skills.

Thanks..

Barbara in Jackson, NJ

PM me if any opportunities.

mom2alix
08-17-2005, 10:04 PM
Something else to consider if your wife has her masters degree...do you have a community college nearby? Ours is always looking for qualified adjunct instructors for night and weekend classes. She could grade assignments etc. at home and arrange her class schedule for times when you would be home. In some cases she might also be able to teach classes that are online which would mean even less time away from home.

WeluvDisney2
08-23-2005, 12:40 PM
Get a FREE startup kit for Usborne Books!! Take a look at: http://www.ubah.com/consultants/UBAHEmails.asp?code=203&userid=N1466&AuthCode=4219608728&action=preview&eValue=10

J&D
08-25-2005, 04:11 PM
Monique- it asks for a consultant I.D. and password

WeluvDisney2
08-25-2005, 04:43 PM
Hmmm, PM me with your email address, and I will send it directly to you. ~Monique

MrsPete
08-25-2005, 06:03 PM
Things to consider:

There are two ways to make your budget work: 1) Make more money or 2) Spend less money. Adding 1800/month with at-home work probably isn't do-able, but if you could trim your current budget, you could close the gap a bit. I suggest the book The Complete Tightwad Gazette for advice on saving money in just about every faucet of your life! It's easier to spend less when you have one adult at home; there's more time to shop for bargains and to cook from scratch instead of eating out, there's more time to mow the yard and wash the car instead of paying someone else . . . the list could go on.

Will your wife be able to work AND supervise the children at the same time?

Most at-home type jobs provide only a paycheck -- no benefits, no retirement plan. Will this be a consideration for you?

One thing that hasn't been suggested is ebay sales. Some people do very well with these. If your wife enjoys yard sales and clearance shopping, she could possibly do well with this. And it's definitely something that could be done during naps.

WeluvDisney2
08-28-2005, 01:35 PM
Monique- it asks for a consultant I.D. and password
You can also go to: www.ubah.com/N1466 and click on "income opportunities" near the top of the page, and then click on "specials". Let me know if you need more help. :)

tar heel
08-28-2005, 05:00 PM
I work for a non-profit that has payroll and tax records done by an accountant who works out of her home. I also have a good friend whose mother did bookkeeping for small businesses. I suspect that if your wife could find a client or two, she would then get additional ones by word of mouth. Is there a professional group, school alumni group or something like that she could use for networking. Would her current employer help her -- that's where I got a lot of my first clients.

She is in a field where there should be a good bit of contract work as am I. My background is in writing and publications and I have done freelance work for 21 years. Once I started getting work, people called me. I also had some clients for a long time -- one for 16 years! Depending on the ages of my children, I either did that only or I did it in conjunction with a part-time job. I finally started working full-time again July 1.

Here's a couple pieces of advice from someone with a lot of experience doing contract work:

Recognize how hard it's to going to be to try to be a SAHM, homemaker AND professional. You'll need to remember that, too -- just because she is home doesn't mean she can do everything. I tried to do everything and often found myself working after midnight when everyone else was in bed.

Charge enough. The hourly rate for contract work should be significantly higher than that of a full-time employee. Remember you pay both halves of social security taxes and you don't have insurance, sick leave, vacation, office supplies, etc.

Always have a written contract or at least a letter of agreement with the client. I actually have NOT had a written contract with most of my 20+ clients but my experience with the last new one I took has made me rethink that policy.

PatsGirl
08-28-2005, 08:21 PM
I agree with MrsPete when she says that making $1800/mo may not be realistic regardless of her degrees/experience, especially considering she will need to be caring for the baby at the same time.

IMHO, taking care of other children while being home may be the best scenario if she has the temperment for it. I'm not sure I could stay at home with three or four small children but many people are quite suited for it. My sister did this while her youngest was at home (Boy, was I lucky, she took care of my DD for the first 18 months). Like you said, day care is at least $150/week (here it's much more). Three kids later and you have your $1800. This means having holidays, school vacations,etc. off as well.

Just an idea :flower:

MrsPete
08-28-2005, 08:38 PM
Like you said, day care is at least $150/week (here it's much more). Three kids later and you have your $1800. This means having holidays, school vacations,etc. off as well.It doesn't stop when they reach school age either! I pay almost $40/week for one child to have BEFORE SCHOOL CARE at school for two hours (we're a late-start elementary school). Fortunately, the oldest has aged out of that need and I'm home before they are in the afternoons. Teacher workdays and summer vacation are also big bucks.

Having a parent at home can be a HUGE savings when you look at it this way; even if she isn't bringing home the $1800 that she used to, she's saving the family a ton.

PLUTO2
11-12-2005, 10:05 PM
jetBlue booking agents all work from home. Very flexible hours. Good option if they are hiring.

Do you know if you have to live in a particular state to do this?

PLUTO2
11-14-2005, 08:46 PM
Bump :Pinkbounc

mamalle
11-14-2005, 10:36 PM
I type up loan and owner policies for a title company from my home. alot of lawyers and companies pay for someone to type them up. I get $10 a file and do 4 a hour. right now its the busy time of the year since they try to get them all done by the end of the year.. I just do it on the side since I work as a rn but thinking maybe expanding and doing more so I can be home more. I get to write alot off with my taxes which is nice too..

PLUTO2
01-02-2006, 04:40 PM
Does anyone know of a reputable website listing job opportunities to do at home? I did a search but would like some firsthand experience of someone who has used a website successfully. Thank you.

PrincessLindy
01-02-2006, 11:49 PM
We do Ebay and I am begining to direct sell soy candles. I haven't started much yet as I am finishing up unemployment. I liked being a home mom. Hoping it works okay since I have to make about as much as her a month.

Pooh_Friend#1
01-03-2006, 10:37 AM
My sister is also looking for a part-time, stay at home job in accounting. She is not a DIS member but I sent her the link to this thread....hopefully she will join the DIS and some of you can help her out.

EdDome
01-03-2006, 02:10 PM
I've had some limited success joining a network that sells cell phones, prepaid calling cards, etc. It was free to join and they provided me with a web site. All I did was periodically put fliers up in the local grocery stores that listed the web site. Believe it or not people do respond. I don't spend much time at all on this so I'm not talking big bucks but every dollar helps. PM me if you want more information.