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Working From Home Realistic?

Aug 22, 2008
Mary, 26, has a problem, pulled between her job and her child, she
struggles to leave to work. Her child's cries only make every step
to the door more painful. \"This is horrible, I really wish I could just work from home.\"

This situation may sound familiar to you, and you may be also wondering if there are options. Everyday we are flooded with hundreds of online ads, many that claim we can earn thousands right from our home computer! Sounds great, right?

Well, it would be great if you were willing to pay a $150 start up cost or dedicate 30 hours a week to taking surveys. Who wants to send some stranger $150 over the internet if you arenat really sure what youare getting in return? Weave all heard, aIf it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.a Who would realistically be able to pull themselves away from the toddler long enough to make $1500 a month in surveys? If this were possible, we would all be professional survey takers.

That leaves you with more familiar routes for work-at-home schemes. If you have experience with sales and you know enough people with money, that client list can mean success. Many people dream of making money selling products they get online, but it's important to have buyers, otherwise everything will sit in storage. With enough buyers, you could successfully sell cosmetics, candles, home goods, children's toys, rubber stamping products, marital aids, and all sorts of cooking gadgets. You could find a product to fit any type of area you may be in.

So how much money does selling one of these products actually pay? Like anything it depends on how dedicated you want to be too it. A little online research and an unscientific poll tell me that you could make anything from $30-$200 a show. If you can swing two shows a month youare looking at $60 - $400 a month. OK so maybe that will take care of a dinner or two out a month. If you are really good, you will have enough to pay for a family vacation or Christmas gifts.

If you look at things more realistically, it's easy to see that you \"make\" more money, by cutting back on expenses. Cut down on a car you don't really need, and you've made yourself $300-500 a month! Taking a break from going out to eat could earn you another couple hundred dollars a month. But let's not forget all the expenses involved with work and traveling to work, and that child care bill! But how could you cut back on that expense?

So sit down with your spouse and a calculator. It is very possible that you will aearna nearly as much money by staying at home and cutting out your work related expenses as you do going to work and missing your child all day long. While you are doing your calculating donat forget to take into account your new lower tax responsibility. Having only one income might put you in a lower tax bracket, making you eligible for all sorts of incentives from Uncle Sam!

Above all, you have to decide where your priorities are. Is it worth the extra income to leave your children behind all day? Perhaps it will make them more independent and ready for kindergarten. Perhaps you will regret that someone else raised them. All in all, each family has to decide what is most important for them. Most working families can probably find ways to cut back enough for one spouse to stay home. That is, if you think you can live without designer coffee, summer vacations, and two vehicles!
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If you are looking to make extra money from home, then make sure you check out Jessica's free movie about jobs for stay at home moms, and work for stay home moms.
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