New here, need help

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Registered: 03-29-2003
New here, need help
Wed, 09-17-2003 - 10:06pm
Hi all!

I am the mother of 10 month old twins and have always hoped to stay at home with them until they go off to school. However, our finances are getting tight and I am going to need to get some kind of work. I have read a lot of your entries, but still need help. We live in a really small town and I have sold Pampered Chef, friends and family have tried Mary kay, At-Home America, Home Interior, etc. and do well at first but then run out of business. Plus, I am not a good salesperson.

What I would like, is some sort of data entry or something I can do on the phone or computer. And like most, I don;t have a ton of money to put up front. Any suggestions appreciated.

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Registered: 04-01-2003
Thu, 09-18-2003 - 10:16am
Take a look at I think they've changed their mission and format since I first found it 3 years ago, but you can create a profile and search posted jobs. Many of the jobs are temporary contracts that allow telecommuting.

I've known a couple of IT people who've had success through Guru. It certainly won't hurt to give it a try.

My best advice would be to spend a lot of time working on your profile. Potential employers DO notice if you've taken the time to assess your skills and needs, or if you just put it up as fast as you can and hope for the best.

Good luck,


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Registered: 03-29-2003
Thu, 09-18-2003 - 11:13am

I'm sorry to hear that you and your friends have had such difficulty with direct sales and home parties. I also live in a small community and am making the best of it. I have several dry spells and sometimes feel like I have to start all over again. I've been doing this for a little over a year, and I am slowly building a team (in other areas) and building a business. I am also using the internet now for everything I possibly can. It is working!

Being in the small area that I am in, I can understand how the business can run out. People do eventually have enough kitchen products, decorations, etc. And with the great quality products we all sell, most people don't need to replace them too quickly. My question is this: How long did you work for Pampered Chef? It can take quite a while to get a home business really established. I really am just curious..... no pressure to my question.

Any way... I have refused to ever give up on my business. I am passionate about the toys and helping other women realize their goals. Besides, kids do need newer, age-appropriate toys as they get older. ;)

K.C. Gagne

Discovery Toys Sterling Consultant

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 09-18-2003 - 11:26am

I live in Phoenix (not a small town by any means) and have had a serious dry spell this past summer. I can't imagine trying to generate consistent business in a small town, and I'm sorry you've had such a hard time with it. I've never once thought of stopping though, I'm confident that loving and beleiving in my products will keep me moving forward.

Good luck with your future endeavors, I truly hope you'll find something that works for you!


Baskets ~ Pottery ~ Candles

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 09-18-2003 - 11:26am
Hello! Have you thought about Consumer Direct Marketing? It's a different concept. The company I work for is great! There is no home parties, no selling, collecting money, inventory nor is there a high investment. We set up customer accounts and the company sends us a check for doing it! It's great. Of course I am a customer of the company my self and I'm so glad that I am!

It's products that people use on a daily basis that are safer and better. When times are hard and money is far and in between, the first thing people are going to cut back on are tupperware, candles, etc. Not the essentials. It's also competly home based from my computer and internet so I don't need to ever talk with family or friends about this. Anyways, just an idea becuase until I found this company, I wasn't even aware they existed. I do wish you luck in your search. You're bound to find something you really enjoy!