December 25th, 2009

Merry Christmas!

No, I’m not working today and if your family celebrates Christmas I hope you aren’t either! I even wrote this post a few days ago!

If you’re looking for some end of the year cleanup work to do, take a look around! Come up with your own ideas and share them in the comments.


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June 25th, 2009

Using Google Street View to Check Out Home Listings

This has been kind of fun. I’ve been using Craigslist to find home rental listings, and they often have a link to Google Maps to see where the home is.

When you go to the map, most also have a link to Google Street View. It’s fun because it’s a slight preview of the neighborhood. I get a good look at the house, can go up and down the street and see something of what the neighborhood looks like.

It’s not a strong impression, not quite like being there, but it’s not a bad place to start. It’s easier to tell on Street View than from satellite photos is the neighborhood is seriously run down or on the newer side.

There’s still a lot more than that to picking a good place. I still need to check out the schools and really see the neighborhoods. But the extra impression of the area is nice to have.

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June 15th, 2009

Glad It's Summer – Looks Like We're Moving!

Things are going to be really busy around our house the next few weeks or so. My husband just got offered a new job, so we’re going to be moving soon, as it’s about two hours north of where we live now and he’s just not crazy enough to force that kind of commute on himself.

I am so not looking forward to it. I hate moving. Love being done with it, though.

On the other hand, this is the furthest from pregnant I’ve been on a move since we got married. Every other move I’ve been either pregnant or within 4 months of having had a baby. By the time we actually move, Selene should be about 5 months old, so that’s a record for me!

He’ll be working for the state in the unemployment office… which, by the way, is currently doing a ton of hiring. If you know someone who might be interested and is in California, send them to the State Personnel Board website and take the online test. Working for the state can be a pain some ways, especially with the furlough days, but it has its good side too. Sadly, I think unemployment is California’s one growth industry at the moment. I hope that changes soon.

We’re still waiting to see if the local office will take him instead, but when you have a bird in the hand, why beat around the bush?

He’s starting next week. They wanted him to start tomorrow, but he wanted to give his current employer just a bit more notice. Obviously we can’t get the move done that fast, but it gives us a bit of time to start planning.

I’ll still be posting as time allows, but I’ll be going easier on myself. I have a post coming up tomorrow for a really interesting home party opportunity, and of course I’ll be writing whenever I’m not packing. I get really fidgety if I spend too much time away from my work – it’s just too much fun!

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May 13th, 2009

Jewelry Designer – Weekly Home Business Idea

Do you love jewelry? Spend too much at the craft store making up designs of your own? This is something you could turn into a business.

Skills Required

If you already make jewelry as a hobby, you have the basic skills required to create jewelry for a business. You may have to learn how to do your work more quickly.

You will also need to learn how to run your business. You’ll need to figure out details such as pricing, marketing and where to sell your finished jewelry.

Common Expenses

Any business where you have a physical inventory is going to have expenses related to that inventory. That’s supplies, tools and packaging.

You may choose to sell at craft fairs, and have the expenses associated with renting a table and displaying your merchandise. You may choose to set up your own site to sell your jewelry, which means hosting, domain name and credit card processing fees, and possibly shopping cart software. You may choose to sell on Etsy or eBay" alt="" /> and pay the associated fees for those sites.

Possible Income Streams

The main way you will earn money is from creating and selling your jewelry. However, you could also earn by teaching other people how to make jewelry, either as in-person classes or by writing an ebook.

Recommended Reading

Ultimate Guide to Your Profitable Jewelry Booth
Jewelry Selling Secrets
Sell Your Jewelry: How to Start a Jewelry Business and Make Money Selling Jewelry at Boutiques, Fairs, Trunk Shows, and Etsy.

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May 6th, 2009

Professional Home Organizer – Weekly Home Business Idea

This business idea isn’t one for me – I’m chronically disorganized – but if you enjoy getting things organized for yourself and other people, being a professional organizer might just be a perfect fit as a home business. Organizers typically earn anywhere from $35-200 per hour.

The job can be messy, as you will be working for people who need a ton of help as well as those who just need a little. No matter how organized you are, you can’t let yourself be too shocked by the mess some people let their homes get into.

Skills Required

The most obvious skill you need is being organized yourself. A professional organizer had better keep very good track of what he or she needs to get done. No losing papers or emails in the clutter in this home business!

You’ll also need to be able to help people figure out how to organize their homes so that there’s a chance the home will remain organized. You’ll need good communication skills. You will need to know what products are really great for particular organization challenges. You need to be a problem solver.

You may also need to be somewhat handy, as you may assemble or paint shelves for your clients.

Being a good networker can also help tremendously in building your home organizer business. You can’t be afraid to ask for referrals. If you’re going to use subcontractors for installation, getting referrals from people who know someone who does good work will be a huge help.

Common Expenses

There aren’t a lot of expenses involved at the start. You will need to develop a portfolio, but you can probably find family or friends who need a little help. Take pictures and write up descriptions of the before and after, and you have a portfolio.

Of course, that means one cost is the binder in which you create your portfolio, and the cost of printing pictures. Whoever you’re organizing should be paying for whatever needs to be bought to get them organized.

Don’t just have a physical portfolio. These days it’s hard to be seen as a reputable business without a website. As I’ve said many other times on this site, domain names and hosting are quite affordable. If you aren’t technically minded, don’t worry. Most hosting companies have Fantastico, which will install WordPress for you. This software will make it relatively easy to create your portfolio in a blog format.

You will also want a digital camera to document your work so that your portfolio can continue to grow. It’s good form to ask people if you can post pictures of the work you’re doing, of course. Pictures can also help you with your planning if you need a little more time for thought.

A tape measure and the basic tools for any shelf and storage installation work that you will be doing yourself is also a good idea.

Possible Income Streams

You can be a general home organizer or focus on a specific area, such as garages or closets, which tend to need a lot of organizational help. Specializing can be very good for finding work.

Some experienced organizers also earn money as professional speakers or by hiring subcontracted organizers.

Recommended Reading

Ultimate Guide for Professional Organizers
How to Start a Home-Based Professional Organizing Business (Home-Based Business Series)

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