Work at home. How do I make real money working from my home?

Don't waste money on scams and cons.

There can’t be many people who haven’t thought, however fleetingly, about giving up the rat race and beng able to make some real money working from home but without getting caught in in a scam or con. Sitting in your own place, working at your own pace, doing what you want, when you want sounds like a dream come true. But is there really a way to make that dream a reality? Can you work at home?

The answer is yes, but it isn’t easy. It’s hard,really hard, it takes time and effort and the right attitude but it can be done, you can make real money working from home. First of all, take no notice of the vast majority of internet adverts out there promising to make you rich working at home. Don't spend any of your hard earned cash buying e books telling you the secret of getting rich by doing next to nothing. You want to make money for yourself, not line someone else's pocket.

One thing to remember is that you need to be pretty single minded to make any serious money. Of course, there are almost as many different dreams to fulfil as there are dreamers. We all know just what we would do if we had some extra cash.

Maybe you would be happy just making a little bit extra each month, something to put towards luxuries, such as a holiday or vacation to somewhere exotic. Maybe you want to save for a new car. If your dream only stretches to a few extra banknotes each month then maybe there is a way to make that dream come true. Maybe, just maybe, you can learn how to make real money and still be able to stay at home doing your own thing.

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Earn extra cash working at home to help pay for holidays etc.

Sit down and think about what skills you have.


In each part of this series of hubs I am going to explore a different way of making money working from home, from a little to, hopefully, a lot. In this part I am going to give you a possible way to make a little extra each month that I know from personal experience does work. This is how I chose to make money when my husband fell ill a while ago and I had no choice but to stay home and look after him.

The bills kept coming in and so I had to find a way to keep the money flowing too. I sat down and thought about the skills I had, something I was good at that maybe other people would be pleased to pay me to do for them, something I could do in the house. After an hour all I could think of was ironing! I got up and made myself an angry cup of coffee.

All you need to start making money working from home.

Ironing! You cannot be serious.

Ironing! Was that the only thing I could think of, how stupid was that. Then I gave it some more thought. It had to be something I could do at home, something I could leave and come back to if I had to attend to my sick partner. Something that didn’t cost anything to set up, all you really need is a half way decent iron which I already had. Ironing it was.

I made up a few advertisements on the back of postcards and placed them in my local shops and post office. I wrote out and printed a hundred flyers, took a walk around the neighbourhood and delivered them all.

The next day I had a phone call from a local man asking for a price list. Of course, being me, I didn’t have one and so I bluffed and told him I would drop one round for him later. I worked out what I thought was a fair price, wrote out a list and delivered it to him. Later that day I had my first customer. By the end of the second week I had twelve, in a month I was making around £350.00 just from doing ironing.

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Shirts seem to be the thing that most people hate ironing.


I found that I could iron an average of twenty things really well every hour. I found that it was mostly shirts that people really hated doing for themselves and my customers were almost all men. They dropped their things off in the morning on their way to work and picked them up again at night. So I had no delivery charges. I ironed as I watched tv, I could stop for coffee, to check on my husband, or to make a meal. It was perfect. I was my own boss, I was making real money working at home and I hadn't been drawn into a scam or con.

Set yourself a realistic limit, and never let a customer down..

Doing other people’s ironing is a great way to make some extra money, but there is a limit unless you want to be tied to an ironing board all day, every day. I set myself a limit of three hours a day, I found that was about all I could tolerate and I have to admit it did put me off ironing pretty much for life. But if you need a way to make a little extra, regular cash each month then give it a try.

Of course, you can earn more money by working longer hours, it depends on how much ironing you can tolerate. You have the potential to earn real money each week at your fingertips, there are plenty of people out there willing to pay someone to do a job for them that they hate.

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Build a regular customer base.

I think the key word here is regular, I built up a customer base, gave them a good service and in return I made an income I could rely on. Always have their ironing done when you tell them it will be done, don't let a customer turn up at your door only to be told to come back later. I ended up recommending my neighbour to a few people when I felt that I couldn’t take on any more customers. She made a good regular income from it too. So, there you are, a proven way to make a little extra money each month. Let me know how you get on.

Read part 2 of how to make money working from home without getting caught up in scams or cons here.

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katrinasui 5 years ago

A very useful hub for people who want to make money from home. This is a wonderful hub. Thanks for the useful suggestions.


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abotalib 5 years ago from sudan

my suggestion that the one can mak mony from home if there are hubs


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Rhonda Waits 5 years ago from The Emerald Coast

Thanks for the wonderful suggestions. A great hub. Have a Great New Year.


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GALAXY 59 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you katrinasui, I know from experience that this is one way to make some money from home.


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GALAXY 59 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Yes, abotalib you can make money with hbs, and I will cover that in a later hub in this series, so keep reading.


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GALAXY 59 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks Rhonda Waits, and a happy new year to you too.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

You have great idea here. Thanks for writing this. I know there are many options to make money from home. I never thought about this before. Have a great day!

Prasetio:)


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GALAXY 59 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you prasetio30, yes there are many ways to earn a living working from home and this is just one of many that I know works. Thank you for commenting.


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CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

ironing is a great idea- also therapeutic when the day is a strain- bung the radio on and dream on as you iron!

I am feeling smug as mine is virtually up to date! Good idea with the shirts as that is the one that guys hate to do and maybe the young modern wives wont do them


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GALAXY 59 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks, case1worker. I really used to like ironing but after doing it for a living I went off the whole thing for a while. But I am back to quite enjoying the mindless zone I can find myself in as I work my way through a pile of the stuff.


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florencemanoharan 5 years ago

I read that selling on ebay and even plant business could make money. Very similar to this hub on www.everydayhomeincome.com. Well done.


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GALAXY 59 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

There are thousands of ways to make money florencemanoharan, from ebay to selling just about anything including plants. I hope that these hubs will point some people in the right direction and help them earn a bit of extra cash. Thanks for commenting.


Kruno 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this, you have a great idea how to make money ;)


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GALAXY 59 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Kruno, let me know if you give this idea a try.


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Kobus Hughes 5 years ago from Richards Bay, South Africa

Great hub for new people. Very useful info. Keep up the good hubs!


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GALAXY 59 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you, Kobus Hughes. I hope that people do find these hubs helpful.


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Kamran100 5 years ago

useful information:::::::::)


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GALAXY 59 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Kamran100.


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Judy HBerg 5 years ago

What a fantastic idea! I love the fact that you point out both the positive and not so positive aspects of the concept of ironing as a way to earn some money.

Well done!


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GALAXY 59 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks Judy HBerg, I couldn't bring myself to be all positive about something that I came to hate, even though I made money from it.


thebeginner 5 years ago

I agree

there are thousands of ways to make money from home

folks just need to open their mind and try new things

anything that takes away an inconvenience,pain from the customer and or

adds to his lifestyle will get paid for and handsomely

its the packaging and communication of the offer that will be key

www.makemoney.saveonmoney.com


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gajanis786 5 years ago

good unique idea....very interesting.Thanks.


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Cathi Sutton 3 years ago

I love this Hub!!! It shows determination, and humble brillance!! You took something you were good at, and turned it into a marketable service! No start up capitol, a tiny "advertisment" budget with your postcards and flyers. And real cash results in no time flat! Good for you! My own mother "took in" ironing when I was a kid to help make extra money. So glad to know it is still an enterprising option for people to work from home!


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GALAXY 59 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks Cathi Sutton working from home really can work.

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