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How to supplement income without leaving the home

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In some areas there is a demand for people with good reading and writeing skills. Telophone soliciting on a contract basis can be done at convenient hours for local businesses.

Women also can care for children in the home. Be sure to check with state and local authorities for licenses and a health inspection. It is best to have a fenced yard for the children. In our area, the rate for care is $40 a week per child, so a person tending four to eight children could make $160 to $320 a week.Those with typing skills and type-writer can teype resumes and letters for the elderly and people from other countries who don't speak English well. contact local organizations for leads and advertising.

Those with art skills can contract to make ads for local newspapers and businesses. In small twons, you can get small copier and operate a business making flyers in the home.

Home contract businesses, such as cake decorating, catering and seamstress work, can be readily set up by contacting businesses and putting ads in the newspaper.

One ward member contacted an area dance studio and contracted to sew costumes. Other possibilities exist for those who make crafts, do bookkeeping, have drafting experience or own computers. - Robert C. Petersen, Angleton, Texas

How we did it:

Knitted for gift shop

After we moved into our home following World War II, we always meeded money to meet expenses.

I sewed and knitted handmade items for a gift shop (and still do). I sold Christmas cards. For many years I also raised and sold African violets to a store and other customers. - Leah Paul, Salt Lake City, Utah

Made hobbies pay

My husband always has been mechanically inclined. By becoming certified as a bicycle mechanic for a national mail order catalog company that specializes in bicycles and parts, he gets referrals from them when customers call for service.

I enjoy sewing and found a shop that is swamped with work. I prefer starting from scratch, and the owner of the shop enjoys alterations. We complement each other's preferences and talents. - Tami Bradley, Las Vegas, Nev.

Preschool in home

After looking into a few different ideas, I decided on a preschool in my home. A preschool allowed me to be able to choose the hours and days that were convenient for me and have the number of children I wanted in the class.

I found a preschool program that had the agenda completely written out, so all I had to do was to make the preparations beforehand and follow the outline during class. I even taught one chld in exchange for her mother watching my toddler. - Cyndi Spargur, Tuscon, Ariz.

Used the computer

The computer ara has made it easier for mothers to perform valuable services for clients and companies and make money without leaving home. My wife worked as a travel agent before the birth of our first child. Now she continues to serve her clients form the home on our personal computer that communicates with the ailine schedules. In only one to two hours a day, she has been able to help us make end meet easier andhelp us arrive at some of our goals, such as increasing our hoem storage, savings, etc. - James S. Hepfinger, Herndon, Va.

Shared babysitting

A few years ago, a frind in our ward and I decided to share a babysitting business. We became licensed with the county and interviewed parents and met their children. We each equipped our home with cribs, playpens and extra toys (purchased at garage sales) and opened our day-care homes. The new twist was we alternated weeks at each other's hoems, babysitting the same children. The advantage to my friend and me was that we only worked two weeks a month and avoided the burnout that accompanies full-time child care. We also made a good income. The advantage to theparents and children we care for was they always had a backup care provider. - Elaine Ellis, Novato, Calif.

Did work processing

Because of physical limitations, I couldn't maintain a full-time job. I began to do free-lance word processing at home. Since I already had the equipment, overhead was minimal. I soon gained a steady stream of clients. As clients became confident in my abilities, the word spread and demand soon exceeded my available time.

The clients dropped off their work to be done at my home and picked it up when completed. I not only benefited monetarily, but also had the satisfaction of fulfilling others' needs while being productive. - Marilyn M. Anderson, Mill Valley, Calf.

Pooled their talents

Three years ago my husband and I purchased a home computer for the family to use. After becoming familiar with it, my husband and I pooled our talents, attended seminars, and started our own business writing resumes and doing word processing for people. We learned the value of good service and advertising. it has developed into a very successful part-time business. I am able to stay at home with the children and schedule appointments around my hours. It gives me a wondreful opportunity to meet people and keep current on my skills, in addition to providing a good supplementary income without leaving the home. The initial investment was substantial, but it has paid for itself many times over. - Diane Wisniewski, Vancouver, Wash.

Sewed home decorations

My favorite hobby has always been sewing. by accident, I began sewing home decorating accessories. I gave some of my hand-crafted items as gifts, and soon others started ordering items from me. My home business has flourished. I fulfill a need for my creative outlet by creating for others. I'm also able to earn money and yet be home to meet the needs of my husband and children. Plus my home business has provided work for other sisters in my ward. - Alene Cannon, Colonial Heights, Va.

Just used talents

I have a great testimony of mothers staying in the home. I also have a great testimony of the need for extra income. That is why I have begun using my talents to make additional money. After only a short time, one ad in the local newspaper for home sewing brought me more than enough work and income.

Sewing was something I could do and do well, so I felt confident in offering it to the public at reasonable prices. My clients were pleased with what they received. I am also giving private sewing lessons to young girls. - Janet E. Bull, Springdale, Ark.

How to checklist:

1. Find something you feel confident doing, then advertise.

2. Start a licensed day care or a part-time preschool.

3. Learn skills that can be done on a home computer.

4. Look for a need in your area, then find a way to fill it.


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