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Whew! Finally have a moment to post.

My new career for the time being is real estate salesperson. I'm really a people person and except for the real estate itself, I'm finding that a lot of my current skills are going to be used quite well. Even with my wide variety of knowledge, there is still a huge learning curve.
This is actually a stepping stone for my family. The long term goal is to have several rentals for passive income. I felt this is a great way to learn and make a bit of income at the same time.
I've looked into Ebay and just felt that it was to time intensive versus the amount of income available. I've looked into making things using chainmaile and felt that the only way I would even come close to breaking even is if Famous people were buying the stuff and the road to get to that point looked really expensive.
My Hubby currently works 80 hours a week working on those big rigs out in the field and makes enough to pay the bills so what I make we are using to pay off stuff or buy things we want with cash.
If I can offer any suggestions for anything, holler. Here's a bit of my background: small business owner (RV parts Sales and service), bookkeeper, Taxes for Jackson Hewitt for a season, worked food and Beverage warehouse for a major casino and enjoy doing books. I'm hoping to get a degree in business one day just so I can figure out how to play with the Big Boys, in other words corporation numbers,sales,etc.

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I checked your SparkPage to see how old you are. LOL I'm 4 years older! My Mom also used cloth diapers. Yuck! Hey, one of the projects I'm finishing is an old chair that has a broken leg DH has to fix. It was in my Mom's cellar & had mold on it, which I've removed with a bleach mix. Then I'm going to strip it, stain it, & re-holster it. I've never done anything like this, but have several projects like this to do. This chair is special because my Mom used to feed me my bottle while sitting in it!

You asked a lot of questions, but I can't really answer most. I'm just learning how to do this braiding, & I have some books to tell me how. There are projects for making trivets, chair cushions, table runners, bowls, a waste basket cover, place mats, & so on. I will probably start with a trivet. Right now I'm having problems finding the colors because I'm a little unsure of the exact shades I'll be using in my new kitchen, but I want everything to match. I also don't want to spend $6 a yard for material. That pretty much defeats the whole purpose.

Basically, you cut strips of material, sew them together as needed, braid them, then use a heavy string to lace them together. I bought a kit, actually for my Mom, from Herrscheners that shows how to do this. Yes, I imagine rugs will be heavy to ship, but even so, I think I can sell them at about 1/2 retail & maybe offer custom ordering. It really depends on how long it takes me to do them & if I LIKE making them!

Here's my background: I have a bachelor's in computer science & over 20 years of professional programming experience. Basically due to Nafta, I haven't worked in my field since 2002. I was even told at one time by an employment agent that he could find me a job if I were willing to move to India. Uh, no! I've now been out of the field for so long that I doubt I'd ever be considered for another programming job. The only other thing I'm really qualified to do is admin work, but I hate it! This is why I'm trying to earn some "extra" money at home. DH can pay the bills, but it is tight, & it's apt to be tighter after this refinance loan goes through because we will have a slightly higher payment.

I've always been a logical person. I started doing crafts about 3 years ago in an effort to "find" my artsy side. I figure that in doing so it will help to "round out" my personality more. Make sense? Maybe not, but there are some things I like & others I don't. I don't particularly care for sewing. My Mom is a great seamstress, & my SIL sews up a storm. In fact, she makes money at it, & my 9-yr-old niece took 1st place in the NYS Fair sewing competition this year for her age group!

DH has a bunch of used & new parts purchase for a particular job, but never used, that he wants to sell, so I've taken pictures of them, but I can't really list them because I don't know what the heck they are! With his business being part-time, no employees, & having limited space, he doesn't stock a lot, so picking out parts to sell isn't that easy.

I really have always felt that the "answer" to making money in selling something was to find a solution to a problem. DH & I thought we were on to something with RV furniture & accessories because it seems there's a limited number of companies making this stuff, but a real need. However, with the current economy, I don't think there's a market for it right now. It's probably time for the 2 of us to sit down & do some brainstorming. We're pretty good at working together, so if we do this, maybe we'll come up with a winning idea, even if it takes several brainstorming sessions.

Donna (Upstate NY)

"Even monkeys fall out of trees."

"Suffering is the tuition one pays for a character degree."

"Accept your diagnosis, but never your prognosis."

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Rag rugs & accessories sound like an excellent avenue to explore. Would you personally make them at home? Wouldn't they be heavy to ship? What kind of accessories? There's no loom you'd just weave/braid them, right? Do you know how many hours it would take to make one? Would you buy remnants wholesale or from fabric stores? I remember my grandma's rag rugs.

I can sew anything, from a dress to a tent. I've made down sleeping bags, and once made a coat from a Vogue pattern that had 63 pieces. I used to knit, crochet, and embroider when I was young, but forgot how to do all those hand-stitch things, and really don't enjoy it now. Still know how to sew though - that's about the only "hand" thing I really have a talent for; that and crafts. Have never made a rag rug. Might be interesting to try. Maybe I should make doggie coats, ha ha (I'm sure there's a thousand people already doing that). I have seen some wreaths sell on eBay for 60-125 $; I think (?) I could make $ on those. I know I have a good eye, i.e. my wreaths would be very nice & marketable. Niche in design and above-average eye candy. Don't know if they would sell for $60+ each time, though, which is probably the minimum I'd need due to supplies. My other craft stuff I'm going to make up to sell just to get rid of it - like the other household clutter from FlyLady cleaning.

Could you just tell him to give you 3 parts by next Friday to try, and list them and see what the demand is? You could try listing 3 different things, every other Friday or something not too taxing. Then you could find out by trial and error which sell? As long as you didn't have a supply problem, it'd work. You could lay in stock after you begin to know what sells. See that's the only thing I hate about eBay. Unless you have a niche item that you KNOW is hot (like those dog boots), then I'm at a loss to know where to begin.

I know one answer is to listen to people griping. Usually people avoid gripers because of their negativity; but if you ever listen and find a way to solve their problem that is **marketable**, then you can make an easy million (tho there is no such thing as an easy million). Just think of disposable diapers. What a nasty task our grandmothers (in my case, I'm old enough that it was my mother) grew up with, rinsing out then soaking then washing cloth diapers. What do people need? What nasty tasks are people doing today "because they have to"? What would they buy if it was available and they could buy it? What are people griping about today? Gripers can be worth their weight in gold.

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~America is a Republic www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqM7v4XrV7o
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What I'm doing... Well, the original idea was that I would sell things on eBay as an extention of DH's business. He does automotive & motorcycle repair & more recently RV work, too. He, of course, sells parts for all as well. He was going to pick out small parts we could stock & I would then sell on eBay, but I haven't had much luck in getting him to identify things that would sell, & I'm tired of waiting for this to happen. I'm thinking at this point that it's not going to happen, maybe because he really can't figure out what small items might be hot & worth selling. It seemed like a pretty simple idea in the beginning, but hasn't worked out that way.

I've also thought about finding my own items to buy wholesale, then re-sell, but so far, everything I've thought of already has a pretty big market on eBay. If I'm going to sell, I want it to be something I understand, & I can't say I understand car or bike parts. But the other thing is that in order to make it "worth" selling, the item has to have a dealer price of at least $20 with a mark-up of about 50%. Then you have to charge shipping on top of this & probably insurance, along with the delivery confirmation, so this all adds up.

So now DH & I are thinking that we may make something, but not really crafts, per say. You're right that they don't really seem to sell, unless you have the "right" thing. For instance, there is a woman on eBay named dogbootlady, & basically all she sells is dog boots. I believe she makes them herself, but she might be buying them wholesale to re-sell. She sells a lot of them.

There are 2 things we're considering right now. One is rag rugs & accessories. During this big remodel we're doing, I want to decorate my house with a little country flare, so using rag rugs seems like a good start. You can make all sorts of things with the same method. What I've found on the rugs, however, is that 1) the colors I want in my rooms seem impossible to find, & 2) they can be VERY expensive. I could offer a solution to both of these problems. The other idea is to make & sell wall waterfalls. You might typically see these in a waiting room at your doctor's office or such. They're a big piece of slate with water that runs down the stone into some rocks, & it's lighted. The last time I was at the doctor's I mentioned I would like one of them, & the receptionist said they were very expensive. She wasn't kidding! These run from $1,500 to about $9,000. I find it hard to believe they could sell for so much, but they do. DH thinks he can build one, so he's going to do one for our living room & see how it works. If we could build 1 for, say, $100, & sell it for $1,000, we could conceivably make enough so that DH could give up the work in the shop, which is the ultimate goal.

Donna (Upstate NY)

"Even monkeys fall out of trees."

"Suffering is the tuition one pays for a character degree."

"Accept your diagnosis, but never your prognosis."

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Well I'm not sure if you're asking JONQUIN or myself, but I wanted to ask JONQUIN about her new career, too, so, I'll go first.

JONQUIN, please tell us your new career if you are free to share it!

I'm a documentation specialist by profession, in Maryland I worked in CFR 820 biotech facilities (manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and biologics).

In Iowa there is a state-required document (massive Excel sheet) that every farmer and livestock producer is required to fill out, it is called an MMP. MMPs track and report land usage, yield, chemical composition, soil sampling results, etc. Now someone who is practiced at it and knows how to fill an MMP out, will spend 3 hours doing one. For everyone else it can take 2-3 times that. Farmers hate it. My friends there know several men with families and children who process MMPs as their full-time, gainful employment; I checked and the salary is good. If you're a self-motivated person (and I am) you can make even more $. My friend's husband offered to train me, because there is a shortage of MMP processors, so some of the farmers who hate MMPs are getting fined $7,500 and $10,000 by the State.

The MMPs will not take all of my time. So I am also looking to start some other business for another stream of income, from inside my living room. I have some household goods to eBay, and I like making wreaths and crafty things, but I'm not sure of the return on craft items to be high enough, and other than that I don't have alot of ideas. I don't want to sell unless it's on the net, so if you have any ideas that are not Xango juice and not MLMs or cosmetics or Tupperware or Pampered Chef or similar, please let me know. I've thought about learning to build websites but don't know anything about that.

Also if you want to share what you're doing, MrsFixit, please share!

"Free men have arms; slaves do not. -- William Blackstone
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~FlyLady's getting me organized www.flylady.net
~America is a Republic www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqM7v4XrV7o
~Identify jobs that compliment your passions and talents
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What's your new home business going to be?

Donna (Upstate NY)

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Sounds like you have a lot going on!

Well FlyLady has saved many a life, literally, and many marriages. As for me it seems I "have no excuse" with no children and no husband, why can't I keep the house clean?, and did not want to end up like one of those people on Clean Sweep or evicted by clutter. I am truly a SHE, Sidetracked Home Executive. Tho of course being single I have to work outside the home. Guess what I have always loved being organized and home organization, etc.:) We are usually creative people and we usually (but not always) have homeschooling or home businesses or nonprofits or lay ministries going on full time, as well. {I'm starting my home-based business full time, sole income, Nov 8th (scary!)}. Had to have about 6 years of prep work and seasoning work by Dave Ramsey, my other mentor, first, to be in a position go home-business. However will have to practice FlyLady everyday at home, to be able to keep the home business going. Have you listened to FlyLady on Blog Talk Radio? Listening to her really helped me alot.

Guess what there are 500,000 of us FlyBabies now; you are not alone and I am not alone. And those are just the ones who have signed up for it. FlyLady has the largest Yahoo group of them all.

Yep. A true lifesaver she is. A true gift from God, I'm telling you. I am so happy and so pleased to pass her on. And like SparksPeople it's free. That's what's so amazing. You know what, there may be alot wrong with our country, but there's alot that's right, too, and we are changing everyday for the better. There are alot of people in America willing to give their wholes lives to better other peoples' lives, and to save other peoples' lives, it's their mission in life to do so, and SP and FlyLady and Dave Ramsey are just a few examples.

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Edited by: CAROL_ at: 10/18/2008 (22:59)
"Free men have arms; slaves do not. -- William Blackstone
~I'm debt free thanks to Dave Ramsey www.daveramsey.com
~FlyLady's getting me organized www.flylady.net
~America is a Republic www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqM7v4XrV7o
~Identify jobs that compliment your passions and talents
~Learn how to keep your gallbladder even thru major wt loss, & keep it healthy www.hwwshow.com


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Thank you so very much for the FlyLady Site!!
I'm not a housekeeper at all and I get so frustrated that I can't manage to stay on top of keeping my house clean enough for company.
The combination of that along with an hourly job And trying to get a new career going has truly been an interesting adventure. I started both the hourly job and the new career almost a year and a half ago. I had to put the new career on the back burner until I got a good grasp of the hourly job.
So now with the hourly job settled and now an easy way to keep the house picked up, I can focus on the new Career!

Thank you again very much!!

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MRSFIXIT I looked at your renovation plans they are awesome.

"Free men have arms; slaves do not. -- William Blackstone
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~FlyLady's getting me organized www.flylady.net
~America is a Republic www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqM7v4XrV7o
~Identify jobs that compliment your passions and talents
~Learn how to keep your gallbladder even thru major wt loss, & keep it healthy www.hwwshow.com


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Wow! Her site changed a LOT! I didn't look at everything, but what I saw looked great. It looks like it's a lot easier for a beginner to follow.

Donna (Upstate NY)

"Even monkeys fall out of trees."

"Suffering is the tuition one pays for a character degree."

"Accept your diagnosis, but never your prognosis."

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MRSFIXIT, FlyLady re-did her website, there is now a large purple button takes up half the page on the left, at the top of the home page, for "getting started". One of her IT people, who was telling her her website design needed updated, told her, "Marla, your website is like a roll of toilet paper that unrolls endlessly", ha! We were all cracking up about that. Have you listened to her on Blog Talk Radio? I love FlyLady. Never heard of Jeff Campbell but I'm adding that to my list of books to look up next time I'm in Borders.

"Free men have arms; slaves do not. -- William Blackstone
~I'm debt free thanks to Dave Ramsey www.daveramsey.com
~FlyLady's getting me organized www.flylady.net
~America is a Republic www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqM7v4XrV7o
~Identify jobs that compliment your passions and talents
~Learn how to keep your gallbladder even thru major wt loss, & keep it healthy www.hwwshow.com


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Count me in as a person with sleep problems. I've also always been a night owl, but lately I think the problem is more related to peri-menopause. I hear this is a common thing. Fortunately, I'm no longer working outside of the home, so I can sleep in -- if I'm able! I don't fall asleep at night, I wake several times during my "sleeping time" (no matter what time I go to bed), it takes a long time to fall asleep & sometime even to fall back asleep, & naps are close to impossible.

I've also been following FlyLady for years. If anyone wants a quick overview, I have a write-up on my personal webpage & my Flylady checklist, too: home.twcny.rr.com/andydonna I found FlyLady's website was confusing for people to get started, which is why I created the write-up, so I could share with others. I also have modified it over the years to include things I learned from Jeff Campbell's books.

Donna (Upstate NY)

"Even monkeys fall out of trees."

"Suffering is the tuition one pays for a character degree."

"Accept your diagnosis, but never your prognosis."

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DUFZOR, I love your parrot! What's it's name? My friend has 3 parakeets and 2 cockatiels.

CBS 60 Minutes, The Science of Sleep, Parts 1 & 2
www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=3942130n
www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=3942132n

Edited by: CAROL_ at: 10/12/2008 (14:10)
"Free men have arms; slaves do not. -- William Blackstone
~I'm debt free thanks to Dave Ramsey www.daveramsey.com
~FlyLady's getting me organized www.flylady.net
~America is a Republic www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqM7v4XrV7o
~Identify jobs that compliment your passions and talents
~Learn how to keep your gallbladder even thru major wt loss, & keep it healthy www.hwwshow.com


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Wow! Welcome and thank you for writing about the sleep issue! I am so frustrated. I go thru it every night! Glad you are here!


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Hi everyone,

I've been on Sparks 2.5 months & love it. Had to get some foundational things straight before the scale started moving, I had a vicious war over going to bed at night (like I'm not tonight, ha ha) and getting 8 hours sleep. Practicing the sleep habit was very hard for me as a hardcore, hardwired night person. While I was working on that I picked up the water habit. Then I started using the My Nutrition pages - planned food & cooking at home & tracking food and measuring was Lifestyle Change #2; the first was Sleep, and the second was Food. Two big "giants" down; several more to go. I'm still on #2, "Food", right now, as I'm consistent less than 50%. However I rarely eat fast food anymore, 2 or less times per week; usually once per week. When I started doing Lifestyle Change #2, Food, right about 1/3 of the time, I started walking outside 30 mins a day. The combo of consistent sleep, water, inconsistent but-getting-better-every-week on eating at home, and walking has started the scale moving. It took awhile in my life, to get the foundational building blocks in place before the scale started moving.

Before I came to Sparks, I was debt free thanks to Dave Ramsey. One of my hobbies is to be thrifty, economical, and always looking for ways to save money. I've also clipped coupons consistently for 20 years - have a whole system and am expert at that. There are also some excellent things on youtube about saving money & frugal lifestyles. Some contain good info and some are over the top. So thought I'd fit right in here, and will enjoy the threads.

There are 2 areas I'm still in "debt" up to my eyeballs: physical fitness and time management. Has anyone else noticed they're all inter-related? FlyLady did. Between Dave Ramsey and Sparks, I found FlyLady, highly recommend her.

I am finding economical food cooked at home is also healthy , tastes wonderful, and CHEAP!! (or can be).
I am moving cross country and am starting to panic, so I stopped cooking and started using the crockpot for everything. Sooooooooo good! Soooooooo cheap! Yesterday I made cabbage sausage soup, because I found smoked sausage in the fridge that needed to be used up before the move. It was so delicious. High fiber, low calorie. I got the 28oz cans of beans and tomatoes at the dollar store. I'll sparkmail you the recipe if you ask.

I won't have alot of time to participate in this team until the move is over, until Nov 8th, but I'll be lurking and reading and getting to know everyone til then.

Carol

"Free men have arms; slaves do not. -- William Blackstone
~I'm debt free thanks to Dave Ramsey www.daveramsey.com
~FlyLady's getting me organized www.flylady.net
~America is a Republic www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqM7v4XrV7o
~Identify jobs that compliment your passions and talents
~Learn how to keep your gallbladder even thru major wt loss, & keep it healthy www.hwwshow.com


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