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    If you are a crafty sort of person Have you consider doing something for craft markets. For example, Fletch there is a huge opportuinity for you to dset yourself up with a laptop at a market selling your photo layouts. I personally am a sewer and trained in costume design (as well as being a trained teacher in another life) and now that I can no longer work fulltime due to health issues my mum and I do a couple of markets a month. We sew dance wear and childrens costumes which we spend a little bit of time on now our stock is up and running, then all you have to do is turn up pay a site fee and anything else you make is yours. My sister does digi scrapping and also makes these cool dvds of photos for birthdays, engagements etc all set to music...she is going to set up her laptop at our stall and try to sell those.
    Another idea which has already been mentioned is doing data entry for a small business. My DH manages a small chain of family owned clothing stores and when their warehouse manager retired last year we put it to them that I could do the stock control for them from home. I have a direct link to their server and they simply fax me invoices and orders and I put them on to the system from home..this saves them paying a managers salary as I get paid on a partime basis and they then employed a junior to mark and hang the stock....saving them thousands a year. I still like my craft markets though, they are great fun, you get to make heaps of friends and meet new people every month and the money can be really good for very little effort.


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    Michelle

    Keep an eye out in your local paper, I found a few jobs through there that I could do from home. They dont come up very often though as most of the people that do it are like us and dont quit! I spent 2 yrs folding tissue paper and cellophane for a marketing company, they deal with the major paper mills in Melbourne. The pay didnt sound like much at all, but i would usually average between $150-300 a week, I mainly did the folding at night, so you do need a lot of room. My boss had a heart attack and closed the business, so I havent been doing it for a while, but i am sure that they are still doing it, as all of the stuff that i used to pack is sold in a lot of retail outlets still. Maybe ring some of the paper mills and see if they can give you an idea of what companies they use. My boss used to deliver my work and would pick it up a week later, so it had to be finished, then he would drop off the next load at the same time. I think the pay was like 1 cent per sheet of cellophane, and 1 cent for 5 sheets of tissue, but i managed to get through it very quickly.

    I hope that you find something.

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    It woould be so easy for you to set up fletch...all you would need to start out is a couple of card tables a couple of nice display folders and some price list which you could print up and enough battery power on your laptop. My sis has just bought an extra battery on ebay for hers (it's an older model laptop so doesnt last as long). All I had when I first started was one card table and 2 cheap dress racks from target and a foldup chair from bunnings...that was it. Now I have a tent etc but truly you can set one up so cheaply......I say Go For It!!

    Cheers
    melanie

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    google marketsonline and they have a list of some true craft markets rather than trash and treasure markets......also ozmarkets has some listed and marketsandfairs.....give those 3 sites a go for some ideas...I don't know Sydney so don't know which ones would be closest to you. HTH
    Mel

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    A couple of them do...not sure which ones.....I think once you have a market stall you can advertise with them. it certainly looks like...marketsonline do as well.

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    Fletch! If you wanna go halves in a stall we might be interested with our soaps! Just a thought I don't like our markets much.. I was going to check out markets up at Glenbrook or something.. bit more crafty iykwim.

    We only want to go to markets a few times.. want to plug the website more than anything, so it wouldn't be a regular thing. We wanna sell online.. don't want to have to GO to work! LOL.

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    For those who want to work from home... what are your skills? What are you good at? What do you love doing?

    I used to work in childcare, so when I was looking for work-from-home ideas, this entered into it, and now I own a babysitting agency.

    There are a lot of generic 'no-skills-required' type wfh ideas out there, but there are many more skill specific areas...

    Let us know what areas you like, and I'm sure we could all come up with some ideas

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    im a fast typer

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    lol me too!

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    and me. I can also proof-read/

    What about envelope-stuffing, editing or typing?

    Can anyone line me up with a reputable company?

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    Our whole family is making candles. It is a craft hobby which even our 3yo helps with. We sell them at markets and do classes, but you could do so many other things.
    If you can you boil water, and you can stick stickers then you can probably do this.

    It is has a network marketing aspect (an Aussie owned network marketing company), which also pays great too...

    The candles are made of soy wax which is quite environmentally friendly.

    Let me know if you are interested let me know - we just love candles.

    VB

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    Ohhh wow..that sounds like a fantastic hobby...VB....could you pretty pretty please post email me some info?? [email protected] or if i can google a link or something? Very interested.

    Jo

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    you can google bycandelight (<-- notice the spelling).

    Tells you all about the candles...

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    I can vouch for the candles.....I buy them all the time from a local supplier and they custom made some for my wedding in my own glass holders so they looked all swish and they smell divine especially the lily of the valley and the yzuzu fruit.

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    Smell absolutely fantastic (you can imagine how nice our house always smells), and there are more than 50 fragrances.

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    Thanks Vb. I was wondering do you, or anyone else make soap to sell? A friend and I want to start up a market stall together, beaded jewellery, soaps and candles, what would be the best way to start selling at a stall?

    By the way, how do I get involved in the network marketing scheme? plz either post or email me at [email protected].

    Thanks so much

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    To set up at a market is relatively easy (although this is the busiest time of the year, and the hardest time to get a stall). There are many markets around, and this includes school markets - this is the market season...

    You book a stall, arrange your products, take some money (change), and off you go.
    Remember importantly that people will definitely buy more often from someone who knows their product, is enthusiastic, looks neat and tidy, and has a "good" looking stall. Although you don't have to nail all of these to sell.

    Lauren, I will be in touch!!!

    Good luck to all those doing stalls - this is the best time of year - makes up for all those months you may have gone for poor successes.

    Cheers,

    VB

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    Yup! We make soap! But we're selling online Too lazy to go to markets. That reminds me.. I paid for Marketplace ages ago.. must check if it's ok to put it in my siggie.

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