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Question DetailsAsked on 10/10/2016

Are there any home base job that are legit ex. Putting jewlery together

Assemble Jewelry or assemble cf cases that kinda thing I'm a stay at home grandma would like to earn extra money

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Probbly a few legit ones out there, but most are likely scams - start off selling you a "starter kit", then materials, then charges for "customer lists" or such, fees for "training", etc. Unless you already have a marketable skill that YOU can go out and sell to some company (cold calling or prior employer or former co-worker's company or such), most work-at-home job "opportunities are scams for a couple of very good reasons.

1) no in-person contact so you never meet/see the people running the "business" - optimal for running a scam because you can't identify them

2) scammers advertising "work at home" jobs brings to them people wanting either easy money, or ones needing to work from home due to disability, children to watch, etc - so the "worker" is already primed to want to believe they can do this profitably

3) many or most are pyramid or multi-level marketing schemes - the only way you can actually make money is pulling more people in to belong to the "system", and you get a commission on the introductory payments THEY make to join

In reality, with modern machinery and automated mailing and such, unless you (yourself) create unique products that people want to buy (and you go to the trouble and effort of finding shops/stores who will market them, or set up your own web selling business), having people work out of their homes making things or doing marketing letters or such costs way more and is less reliable than doing it with automated machinery or with very cheap labor overseas.

Take the envelope-stuffing business you see advertised in magazines and such - do you really think you can make "$0.50-$1 or more" per envelope stuffed when commercial printers can print an advertising letter or brochure, stuff it in a pre-stamped (bulk mailing rate) envelope, and mail it for a couple of cents each plus maybe $0.30 postage ? Just them sending you the material to be sent out would cost as much as having it done commercially by a printer/mailer firm.

I would say if you have home crafting skills, take some of your creations (be sure they are not from copyrighted/trademarked designs) around to local crafting and tourist type shops (start with small locally owned ones) and see if they have any interest in carrying them. Normally they will not buy them from you unless something they think tourists will buy in quantity - if they take them it will likely be on commission, taking 25-50% of the sale proceeds and you get the rest. This means maintaining good records on what shop has what goods, and a lot of running around keeping track of what has sold and what goods are in demand and which are not. A lot of effort and not very productive in most cases.

Common stay-at-home mom/grandma/grandpa businesses (most do not make any significant profit margin - closer to hobbies than businesses in most cases, and commonly only make money if you already have all the necessary tools and equipment so no "cost" there other than maintenance) include the following, but commonly involve at least some running around doing deliveries and getting supplies and such so some are not suited to a true stay-at-home person (disabled or does not drive any more or such) -

1) baby-sitting/daycare/nanny - daytime, covering for parents working night shift, or after school

2) quilting/needlecrafts/beadwork etc

3) native crafts, if you are native and work product is certifiable as such (so has more demand)

4) wood working products - especially chainsaw figures, hand-carved figurines and clocks and such, hand-carved christmas village and nativity scenes, cedar/hope chests, etc

5) seasonal decoration making (handmade) - wreaths and seasonal door decor, etc (generally sold at craft fairs)

6) tutoring - to school children in a subject your are good at, or foreign language/english as second language tutoring

7) music or art lessons to children

8) home baking/meals prep (quite a bit of out-of-home travel though, and licensing / health certificate and inspection issues)

Common out-of-the home part-time businesses for older people include

9) baby sitting/nanny (at client's home)

10) garden care/horticulture (since most lawn and yard care companies are terrible at that)

11) house cleaning

12) handyman (depending on state/local licensing and experience requirements)

13) custom woodworking or painting (faux painting and such)

14) working part time as docent or guide at museum or zoo or such, school playground or lunchroom duty, church worker, working as paid help at a non-profit

However, in each of these cases you would be exercising a current talent or skill - not a start-from-scratch one

One other thing I have heard of somewhat elderly people doing successfully, but I am sure there are scammers out there in addition to legit book publishers needing this service, is books-on-tape readers - taping as you read books and magazines aloud, for use by disabled persons and distance learning and audio books uses. Would take some contacting of well-known publishing houses to see how to get into this business, and at least modern best seller books and newspapers/magazines would be on a VERY short timeframe to get them back to the publisher to get them on the market in a timely manner.

The key is if anyone you contact about this starts asking for money for an introductory kit or trainign or such - most likely a scam. In some cases they ask for only a small amount by credit card or check "to show you are serious" - but because what they are after is the credit card or check information to try to clean out your account.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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