Need ideas!!!

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Registered: 04-19-2005
Need ideas!!!
Tue, 05-03-2005 - 12:06pm

Hi ladies,

I am currently not a WAHM but desperately want to be. My first baby is due in July and I would truly appreciate any ideas any of you can give me on finding a work at home career. Unfortuantely my DH and I need a second income so not working is not a option. I have a college degree in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Marketing and have tons of Corporate experience but I am having a heck of a time finding a LEGITIMATE Work from home job that I don't have to put money into first to get started. Any ideas woudl be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!


EDD 7/22/2005 IT'S A GIRL!!!

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Registered: 07-25-2003
In reply to: hotmommaria
Tue, 05-03-2005 - 12:32pm

Hi, Maria, and welcome to the board! I'm not sure I can give you a detailed list of companies to look into, but I can say that, when you are looking to start your own business, I think you need to expect to put some money out in the beginning, although I would be wary of anyone who wants too much (more than $100 - 200). If you think about it - you're starting your own business - no matter what you do, you'll need business/office supplies, items for inventory (if you'll have one) and specific materials for the business. So, there are going to be some start-up costs.

I'd also be wary of anyone who promises a lot of money right away - you need to work at your business to get it to grow and succeed. Since you have a background in fashion merchandising, maybe you can make that work for you. Look into things that you enjoy doing (sewing, painting, decorating) and maybe you'll fall into something that you'll absolutely love doing. And, I think someone on this board said it best in another thread - if you try something with a *legitimate* direct sales (or such) company, you're only putting up a small investment instead of trying to start a business with $100,000 or such start-up cost (the kind of business my husband eventually wants us to be running!!). Plus you have a large company supporting you, which is nice to know.

I know several people who have been successful with Ebay, and I know there are TONS of opportunities out there for you to start up your own business doing something you love (for example, a friend of mine makes her own soaps - she enjoys doing it, and now has her own business). But, like I said, expect a little start up cost - I can't really think of anything legitimate that you wouldn't need at least some minor things to get started! Best of luck to you and keep us posted on what you find!

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Registered: 09-19-2003
In reply to: hotmommaria
Wed, 05-04-2005 - 12:12pm

Hi Maria,

My advice would be to thorougly research any company that you look into. Whenever I've wanted to learn more about a company, I've just Googled them to see what other people have to say about them. Find out what the Better Business Bureau has to say, too.