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How To Make A Living By Creating Your Own Job From Home

Updated on February 19, 2014

Work from Home

Everywhere we look companies are either closing their doors or downsizing, all of this is at the expense of the general population. The vast majority of the population is either out of work or severely limited in their ability to make a decent enough income to support themselves or their families.

While there is no immediate answer to the crisis that face us all today, there is some help for those who are willing to do something different from their usual occupation.

Working from home has long been a desire of a good portion of society. Now that desire can be realized. Some of the larger companies have been offering incentives to work from home. Working from home for major industry is a way to cut back on costs, such as office space, utilities, insurance and like expenses.

This article, however is not addressing that issue. It is directed to those that can't, and don't have the ability to, get employment with major industry. Working from home, in this case, has to do with creating work for yourself. I'll list a number of options, and perhaps from this list you'll either find one that suits you or get an idea from this list that will start you on your way to creating your own job.

This list will offer suggestions on creating work outside the home and inside the home.

Creating work outside the home

Each neighborhood has a certain characteristic indigenous to it's location. So in order to create work that can be profitable in your community, you have to take the initiative to find out what is needed. To do this, look, and, or, ask around your immediate neighborhood. For instance, if you live in suburbia, you can look around your immediate neighborhood and offer your services as a gardener, (have lawn mower will work).

  1. With a vacuum cleaner, a bucket and a few cleaning supplies you can offer your services as an independent janitor to offices in your area. You could also go to the local convenience store or self-service gas station and contract to clean the restrooms. There are also busy mothers and wives that would pay to have their homes cleaned on a regular basis. What about cleaning apartments after people move out, or after construction, before occupancy. There are some housekeepers that "don't do windows." Can you?
  2. If you've done minor repairs around your house, like installing bathroom fixtures, door nobs, fixed leaky faucets, small painting jobs, cleaned your own carpet. In almost every home those things need regular care, so why not go door to door and offer those services to your neighbors and friends. Even if you don't quite know how to do some of these things there's a plethora of information on the Internet, at your local library, or bookstore. There are also larger handyman type jobs that can be accomplished by inexperienced, yet willing individuals, such as, building small cabinets, porches, fences, and exterior painting.
  3. Do you have a truck or can you rent one? If so why not offer your services as a mover or delivery person for items bought at a department or second hand store.
  4. Can you follow written instructions? Most of the do it yourself flooring comes with clearly written instructions. My son and I once installed a parquet floor in my closet, and it's still there. We just followed clearly written instructions. I once had a twelve year old girl install part of my hardwood floor in my dining room, with the aid of her father, who himself was a floor installer. Okay now don't let a 12 year old girl show you up.
  5. Do you have a Digital camera and a computer. I can tell you those cameras make the best pictures, and developing them on your computer is as easy as one click of your mouse. Offer your services as a photographer at family events, weddings, any kind of gathering.
  6. Contrary to popular opinions, people are still taking vacations, and they leave their homes unattended for the duration. Could you perhaps offer to look after the home, like picking up newspapers, mowing lawns, or taking care of pets left at home. Turning lights off and on, etc, anything that would make the home look occupied, (use your imagination).
  7. If you are about to, or have lost your home, or just want to relieve yourself of the obligations of home ownership. Property management might be an option, (look for those with free living quarters).
  8. How about the farming communities? Harvesting or planting crops, help in taking care of the farm animals, the fields themselves or any other farm related jobs.
  9. Then there are delivery routes, newspaper, sales flyers etc.
  10. Have you ever repaired your own lawnmower, or your son or daughter's bicycle? With the gas prices in the stratosphere bike riding has come back in vogue, and these have need of repairs at times.

These are just a few of the of the jobs outside that can be created by unskilled, inexperienced, yet willing individuals. Perhaps, from this list you might be able to find something that you can do, or maybe the list has sparked an idea that you can implement yourself.

Creating Work Inside The Home

With this list there might be licenses that are needed, so check with your local municipalities, before attempting some of these. I actually won't go into the obvious, since I am on that medium now. That's the computer, I won't offer any advice on what to do with your computer, since I'm too new at it. But maybe just one, so watch for that one.

  1. Can you sew, crochet, knit, quilt, or anything of the sort? Let's take sewing for instance. Young people of today cannot make simple repairs, like sewing on buttons, repairing rips or tears, this is a very much needed task. If this is your field of expertise you can advertise your services in your local newspaper, supermarket bulletin boards etc. You can also make cold calls to your neighbors and friends. Do you live near a college campus, most of these young people have left home and their mothers that use to perform these tasks for them. Can you be "mother" in this regard. Post an announcement on the bulletin board or in college periodicals to get exposure. Some public schools require uniforms, could you offer your services to make some of these for the school or the parents?
  2. Washing and waxing cars of individuals who bring their cars to your home,(or you could go to them).
  3. This is the only use of the computer that I'm going to list. That's typing, (book reports, work projects, medical billing etc) bookkeeping, or other home computer services.
  4. In-home care for babies, children, or the elderly. In some areas this might require a license, so check with your local licenses bureau.
  5. Can you make a room or rooms available in your home for rent? Of course, draw up a contract and make rules for your boarders.
  6. How about piecework for manufacturers?
  7. Some individuals are too busy to prepare their own meals, but would like home cooked meals, at least a few times a week. Offering a service like this might be well received by the health and economy conscience of today. Baking cakes or cookies for special events for an economical fee might be highly received. This is another area that might require a license in some communities.
  8. You can grow and sell vegetables, fruit or flowers.
  9. Upholstering classes are given at local trade school or city colleges, if that is a desire, it can be used to earn an income. However if you already know how to do it, then you're ahead of the game.
  10. To a lot of people their pet is like a member of their family and they would like the same care afforded them as some like for their children. So how about, grooming and exercising of pets in your home.
  11. UPDATE! As a suggestion from a reader, I'm adding one more very good idea for work at home. If you have a subject that you know well, or maybe you were professionally trained in a specific area. Using these skills you could offer classes in your home. For instance you might have been a dancer, played a musical instrument, or maybe you sew, or cook well. Whatever you're good at, and can teach to others, could be a source of income.

Conclusion

Of course this is only a partial list of work at home jobs, use this list simply as a guide and see what you can come up with, if it's not on the list.  Looking at the list, little or no extra outlay of cash in involved in most of these suggestions. What is involved, however, is initiative, diligence and the willingness to work. So take the initiative to go out and secure the job that you've created for yourself. Be diligent once you've attained the work. And finally, most of all work hard at the job that you created.

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      amulets 7 years ago from Singapore

      Very nice suggestions of jobs you can actually do. I do believe that there will always be a job for one if you are not choosy. I learn to work in all trades.

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      These are some good ideas you came up with. My boys used to do the lawns and waxing and washing cars. I thought about a newspaper delivery but they all need people to do this in the middle of the night and I am too scared to be out delivering newspapers at 3 or 4 in the morning. But you gave me some good ideas. Keep up the good work.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great advice fastfreta. I've actually tried a few of those myself. I think if you put your mind to it, you'll be able to do just about anything.

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      fastfreta, I took a long and hard look at this article-it's fabulous!!! I've been physically disabled for quite some time and couldn't mow lawns, but I could certainly type term papers, etc. And in my small town of 4,000, much of this sort of work would be word-of-mouth. I thank you for these wonderful ideas!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You know fasfreta - a hubber told me that in her country people always have some home business - they may go out and work in industry - but it was always important to be your own boss in something you have control over, and every home becomes known for some specialty. But here in the US we have become totally dependent on one job - working for someone else - and when we lose that job the craziness sets in. It's amazing how many people are ranting about jobs - but rights for American workers was ending ages ago as in 'at will' employees and when no more could be taken from us then many were turned into 'independent contractors'- working for someone else is not a right, and there is little protection.

      I wrote a hub about how NYer's are earning extra money - and in this city of overpriced everything - people have no choice but to hustle and be creative and enterprising - and honestly - these are turning out to be the most interesting people of all. These are the folks who are creative and enterprising, know how to manage money, plan ahead etc. When someone talks about the job they have, is it ever interesting - BOOOOOORING!

      OK - another looooong comment so I shall stop but thanks for all the ideas.

      Carolyn

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you fastfreta for work at home hub, some very interesting information . Thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      fastfreta, another useful and well written hub. Thanks for the thought that you put into creating this post. You are absolutely right, with a little ingenuity, it is amazing how much we can help ourselves.

      keep up the good work.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you all for stopping by and taking the time to read this hub, I am not able to comment on all of the comments individually today, as I am only able to spend a little time on the computer this weekend. So please accept my thanks again for the comments. Hope to see you all soon.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Great info FF. Thanks

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Micky Dee, see you soon.

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Great Hub, Freta - I've just started looking into selling photos online. Some years ago I turned my bsement into an apatment which really heps me get through each month. Thanks for the ideas.

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear fastreta : Great ideas. When I was younger I often earned money doing so many different things. God Bless You

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      suziecat, and star439, two women after my own heart. I am a dyed in the wool entrepreneur, so I can so identify with both of you. Thank you both for taking time to read this hub, please come back again.

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      The way the economy is nowadays, I think that a lot of people will be working that way. The hard thing about establishing yourself in one of these jobs is to get yourself started, to build trust in the work that you do, and gain a reputation for honesty and effort. You sure offered some great suggestions!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Dolores, I like most of these too. Thanks for stopping and reading, see you soon.

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      Greenheart 7 years ago from Cambridge

      Hi there and thanks for your hub.

      This is an important topic,creating work from home.

      The home business revolution is growing at this time of economic uncertainty.People want a degree of financial security and a way to contribute to meaningful causes.You may be interested in The Amazon Herb Company,one among many home business opportunities.

      Have a look at http://hubpages.com/hub/Amazon-Herb-Company

      Happy new year.

      Gavin

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Greenheart, I'll take a look. Thanks for stopping and reading. See you soon.

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      I'm happy to have taken a look at the topics page and found your hub, very well written and full of creative advices. Rated, bookmarked and printed.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks hypnodude, I'm glad that you found me and enjoyed the article, and thanks for the ratings. Please stop again.

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      I will, I'm your fan now. :) Just to be sure I don't miss any of your beautiful hubs.

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      Sue1226 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      hey fast, I like some of your ideals. One you didn't mention but like you said you can come up with your own. My son and I are going to start a wood shop. My son knows how to make things with wood, so he does that and I take the orders. What do you think.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you hypnodude, I returned the favor.

      Sue that is a very good idea, and don't forget to create a website on which to showcase your items. Let me know so I can come to, and recommend your site. I'm glad that you found this hub helpful. See you soon.

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      simpilcity4dnb 7 years ago from Killa Cali

      THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I almost did not read your Hub because I thought it would like other W@H articles and offers which are have NOTHING of use but everything you suggested are businesses that my boyfirend and I want to do. I am so glad that we are on the right track. I am going to show my boy firend your article. He is a felony on parole so it will be hard for him to find a "regular job" but we figure by starting own business he will not have to ask for a job or deal with being rejected because of his felony. Thank you for your Hub I can't wait to show it to him.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Now that is the kind of reaction that I like. I really feel validated now, that someone can really use this information. Please let me know the outcome of your endeavors.

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      Bail Up ! 7 years ago

      Where there is a will there is a way. Everyone can find something to do from home and you've just provided here some wonderful concrete ideas. Great hub.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      I agree Bail Up, we just have to be willing to change our old way of thinking. After all these are very different times that we live in. Thanks for stopping by, see you soon.

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      Bella DonnaDonna 7 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Nice hub! So many ideas, thank you.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Bella DonnaDonna for stopping and taking time to read. Hope to see you again soon.

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      Sehnonimo 7 years ago from San Bruno, CA

      You mention photography as a business, and yes, if you start small, it's an idea, but might I make a suggestion? Never, ever, EVER offer to photograph a wedding. That's a nightmare even for seasoned professional photographers! Unless you know what you're doing, start small with maybe a friend's backyard wedding. But make sure you know what you're doing before you offer to do weddings. Sorry, just had to throw that in there! Nice article.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Sehnonimo, that is a point well taken. Yes practice does make perfect, so as you said starting small is a good idea. Thanks for the input, I'm sure that will help some, and thanks for stopping by, please stop again soon.

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      These are great ideas Fastfreta - thanks so much for sharing all your knowledge!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you brightforyou for reading and your comment. Thanks for stopping, please come again.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Really nice idea. I think we should consider about those idea. I think from small think, it become big things.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks prasetio for your comment, I agree some of these could become big business for some. See you soon.

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      jtstunner 7 years ago

      Great Hub These are all great ideas

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks jtstunner, I hope you can use or recommend one or more of these ideas. Thanks for stopping.

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      Best MOM Ever 7 years ago

      What I found the most helpful is advertising. I have started anther work from home job creating hair bows and I have been wondering how to advertise other than on the internet, work, and church. So, what I am going to do is take ur advice and print flyers and business cards to asdvertise. Thank u so much for this article. I learned a lot.

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      bengriston 7 years ago

      These are some great ideas! I grow extra fruit and veggies on my property as well as fatten up some organic turkies. I am hoping to take them a little farther than just a hobby that brings in extra money.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Best MOM Ever, I am glad that this article was of some help to you. I wish you the best in your endeavors. Thanks for stopping by.

      bengriston you have built in money makers. All you have to do is get the word out, concerning what you have to sell, and I think you'll have no problems. Thanks you for reading and validating my hub.

      I hope to see you both again.

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      AndrewGee 7 years ago

      Great stuff! Even if you aren't losing your job it's worth diversifying - it's called having a work portfolio. That means that if you do lose your job you won't end up having nothing at the end of the day. More pressure though to have less time off, but it does work. One more thought, your post on taking local photos. If you have just a point and click camera its best not being the main wedding photographer. Instead, focus on being the person who never gets in the shots because they are behind the camera. Get all the fun shots the main photographer doesn't get - people chatting, having fun. Make it very personal, and people only pay for what they want. Get to know the family before the event and make it more about friendship than about a business. You still make money, but you will also make a reputation

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      Kenrick Chatman 7 years ago

      It will be a great idea to start a company using a few of your suggestions and subcontract or outsource the work out. Likewise, you will not have to do the actually work since you are the connector.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Andrew Gee, thanks for the advice on the photography, I hope readers of the hub will read your suggestions.

      What a great idea Kenrick, I hope someone will take that suggestion and run with it.

      Thank you Andrew and Kenrick for weighing in on this hub.

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      Dr.Kulsum Mehmood 7 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Very informative and helpful hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Kulsum, I'm glad that you found it helpful.

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      Hope Wilbanks 7 years ago from Louisiana

      Nice list of job ideas!

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      stephensaldana 7 years ago from Chicago

      The list provided is immensely useful. Working from home is one of the most promising sectors which are going to flourish in times to come. The technique suggested is simply effortlessly – classic. The implementation can prove hugely fruitful. Thanks a lot for providing such productive information.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Hope and Stephensaldana, for taking the time to read and comment. I do agree stephensaldana, that working from home is the wave of the future.

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      HubCrafter 7 years ago from Arizona

      Hi fastfreta:

      You hit the mother lode with this idea. And you have worked it, gurl. LOL.

      This is so well thought out. It just rolls!

      HubCrafter

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you HubCrafter. I like that, "gurl," cute. LOL!

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      ipodmovies 7 years ago

      I think i just got lost in all of these comments. What were we talking about?

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      intelligentplan 7 years ago from Cambridge. UK

      Hey fastfreta, thanks for the hub. You have given people lots of ideas to work from home.

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      Sandra Mireles 7 years ago from Texas

      Enjoyed your article. Excellent resource!

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      misstuesdaygirl 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Fastfreda!

      I am new to the hub thing. I previously signed up and got side tracked. So I restarted and just read your post. Very well written and insightful. I am feeling hopeful. I am a trained interior designer and am trying to figure out how to market myself here, there and everywhere since losing my job at a design firm. People think design is a luxury, but it's really a matter of creating great spaces and at an affordable price point. So in comes re-design! I'm going to offer that service which is to take what you already have and renew, reuse and recycle! Stay tuned for future hubs, blogs and website I will create! Thanks so much.

      MissTuesdaygirl

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      mpurcell10 7 years ago from Arkansas

      Great hub- with times so tough many of us have to get a second job and this is a great way to do it.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you mpurcell10, misstuesdaygirl, Smireles, inteligentplan, and ipodmovies, for taking time to read this hub, and for leaving a comment.

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      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      You've offered some great suggestions, and practical ones too. In addition, they're do-able! Thank you for some great ideas! Happy Valentine's FastFreta!

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      nadine_stowne 7 years ago

      Great article. There are so many ways that we can stay active and employed in this economy, even if we can't find work outside the home. And who better to work than ourselves, right?

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Beth and nadine. I do hope to hear success stories from this hub.

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      Sab Oh 7 years ago

      An interesting and timely hub. Thanks for publishing it.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks you magicpowercoffee and Sab Oh for stopping and reading.

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      arankawadri 7 years ago

      I use http://club.webmillionaire.biz, it's easier cause it's simple videos.

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      Stephen Beck 7 years ago

      Wow! You really seem to have hit a nerve with this hub, fastfreta. People are becoming more resourceful, and your hub offers a brainstorm of ideas that ANYONE could run with. In fact, I got started doing my online business because my son wanted to make and sell potato guns? Crazy, but true. There surely is a market out there (computer or no) for anyone who is willing to work. Thanks for the great hub!!

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      Mitch King 7 years ago from Wilsoville, OR, USA

      Just about everyone has something they can do from home for extra money. Once established many are capable of making it a full time job so they no longer have to work for someone else.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you arankawadri, Stephen, and Mitch for weighing in on this hub and for taking the time to comment.

      And Stephen I do agree resourcefulness is needed in this day and time to be able to succeed in making a living.

      Also Mitch you're right if we just give it some thought we can find something that fits us.

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      Handmade-Crafts 7 years ago

      Some very helpful information. Thank you for sharing.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Handmade-Crafts, I appreciate you for stopping by and reading this hub.

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      Runway 7 years ago from New York

      Great advice! I didn't think about all that!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you for reading this hub, Runway. See you soon.

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      Awesome hub and awesome links too. Opportunities can definitely be created. The only skills needed are hard work, and determination to succeed. Thumbs up for this hub.

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      Singular Investor 7 years ago from Oxford

      Excellent advice Fastfreta don't forget blogging though you can also make money blogging and from hubpages for free withot spending a dime - http://makemoneyonlinefornothing.com/ ! Thumbs up.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      hubpageswriter and Singular Investor, I thank you both for your comments. Hubpageswriter, I agree, for most of these jobs not a lot is required, and as you said, hard work and determination are just two of the things you need.

      Singular Investor, I purposely didn't list this avenue for two reasons. One is I have not been too successful at it, and two a lot of people that this hub would appeal to probably wouldn't use the Internet. However I don't rule out that means for making money.

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      ShadestoShoes 7 years ago

      What a well written hub! Im saving and sharing this with my family and friends ty for all your helpful ideas!

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      Laura Thykeson 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Once, when my ex got laid off, he did "honey-do's" around the house for people. Everything from mowing, to hauling off trash and junk to the dump, to painting, to minor construction repair. We would get half the money up front (paid for any supplies) and the other half after we finished. Never had an upset customer the whole time. Another time, I had my own house cleaning business. I got in with an apartment building and did all of their move-out cleanups, plus did residential and a couple of businesses. Got to making easily 2,000.00 a month just on that. Plus I was in shape and lost a ton of weight, lol! Finally quit when I hurt my back really bad helping an elderly lady by turning her mattress. I was in bed for 2 weeks...also, don't forget to read my hub about fast food careers-you might be surprised! Decide what service you want to offer, give out business cards, and run an ad in the paper. You may be amazed!

      Laura T.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Shadestoshoes and Laura for weighing in on this hub.

      Shadestoshoes, I hope it helps some of those with whom you share it.

      Wow, Laura what an experience, my hub at work in you. Thanks for the validation.

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      fastfreta, this one I am sharing!

      So well done! Thank you

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you very much Duchess, I'm glad you found it useful.

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      ealvarad2177 7 years ago

      Great ideas fastfreta, the end result really depends on how hard you work. People get so used to going to work and think that there is nothing else they can do to make a living for there families. People need to stop and realize that there are so many opportunities out there, they have to be more open minded. Put your ego to the same and make change, it's time we take control of out lives..=)

      I have an amazing opportunity for anyone who's interested, something you can do from home outside of what you currently do and make some additional income. I'd love to share.

      In order for things to change it all starts with you..=)

      Thank you again Fastfreta.. being your own boss is the best.

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      askjanbrass 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This is a great series of information, and certainly an article I would recommend to someone thinking about starting up their own business. I like how you introduce the subject with the most basic of all requirements: find out what your surrounding area needs! True, you should start a small business based on your passion or something you like. But there also needs to be a need for your product/service, otherwise it won't be profitable.

      Thanks for this great write-up.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks ealvarad2177 for your assessment of my hub. I do agree that, as you said, the end results depend on you. Thanks again.

      I agree askjanbrass, "sometimes your passion doesn't fit your surroundings," couldn't said it better myself. Thanks for stopping and weighing in on this hub.

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      Peggy Patrick Medberry 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great suggestions!! I saw a few I hadn't thought of!

      A very useful list in this economic climate!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks peggypat, if you have more feel free to share in your comments to this hub.

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      tal g mel 7 years ago

      good advice.i work from my home

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you for taking time to read my hub, hope to see you again soon.

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      Cindy Letchworth 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Some good tips here. Gives me lots to think about. Thanks.

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      Great information my friend. Very useful and helpful especially with the kind of economy we have right now that most things are a little more than shaky. Where our trust in banks have fizzled to nothingness. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations. More power.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Cindy and Teresa, I appreciate you both for taking time to read and comment on this hub.

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      Janelle27 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your ideas!!! I have been blessed to work at home most of my adult life and I am a firm believer that one must start thinking outside of the box. I am a online scam researcher.I bet you are asking what is that well I research programs that are on line and if they deliver then I take them to teams and individuals to decide for them self if they want to participate or not. I have been researching Supreme 2x2 and it delivers only $33.00 that is it with team support and weekly webinars. Take a look www.omgisthisforreal.com

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      anbao3 7 years ago

      who can help me ? I am hunting a job

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Janelle27 for the info and for taking time to read and comment. You have an interesting job, that some might find interesting.

      Anbao3 you seem to have come to the right hub. Take a close look at the list and see if you can make your own job. Thanks for stopping anyway. Hope to see you again.

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      Angela Blair 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Your Hub brought back memories. When my son was little -- and very ill -- I took in ironing to shore up a ranching budget. Worked like a charm -- and might work today if there's anyone that LIKES to iron! Great Hub! Best, Sis

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Nice you put together this list of ideas in one hub-page:) May many blessings come your way!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Angela, I wish that I had listed that one, because I do like to iron. However I don't think too many people iron these days. But thanks for bringing it up.

      Thank you heart4theword, I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

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      charanjeet kaur 7 years ago from Delhi

      Fastfreta thanks for this wonderful hub with practical solutions. Life is what you make out of it, It is sad if people do not want to make an effort. There is so much we can do to make a difference, thumbs up for this hub.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Charanjeetkaur, thanks for taking the time to read and also for the compliment. I'm glad that you appreciated it and I hope you will pass these suggestions on to someone that might be able to use them.

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      Jessica 7 years ago from USA

      Oh fastfreta, I continue to be a fan. Suggestions seem to just fly out of you and all of them are very attainable. Thanks for the down to earth advice.

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      Alan Choi 7 years ago from NC, USA

      Lots of good ideas here. I know some people that are making a decent income doing part time work at home on the phone.

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      MB 7 years ago

      Awesome hub!

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      AllMomNeeds2know 7 years ago

      Great ideas as usual fastfrest ;)

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you AllMomNeeds2know for taking time to read and comment.

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      caspar 7 years ago from UK

      You have come up with some great ideas to try. I think we have lost our way and are too used to working for others. When you work for yourself, you might start it to earn extra money alongside a regular job, then gradually find you are earning more money from your own efforts than from your employer. That's the situation I'm in now and I'm just trying to decide when to give up my regular job, rather than if. It's a great feeling!

      Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      Wonderful advice and great ideas. Great Hub and well written.

      Thank you

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Linda for the compliment. See you soon.

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      treasuresyw 7 years ago from Savannah, GA

      These are great tips. Thank you for sharing them. Peace

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks treasuresyw for stopping by and reading my hub, hope to see you soon.

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      dipless 7 years ago from Manchester

      Great informative hub...thanks

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks dipless for stopping, hope to see you soon.

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      ladylux 7 years ago

      Opportunities are all around us. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Thanks for these reminders.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you ladylux for stopping and making a comment. See you soon.

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      BODYLEVIVE 7 years ago from Alabama, USA

      I enjoyed reading your hub. My mind is never idle, I'm always open to ways to increase income. I have a home based business of embroidery. I design throws, scarfs and many other items for the public. I must say, word of mouth is a very powerful tool. Almost everyone has a gift to do something, they just need to apply it. I also have two web businesses, www.ardysslife.com/bodylevive and http://storefront-211340.secure2cart.com

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      Jane@CM 7 years ago

      This is an awesome article filled with very good ideas!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Jane for stopping to read this hub, glad you found it helpful. See you soon.

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      Renee S 7 years ago from Virginia

      It's amazing the businesses you can start and what better time then now with our slumping economy? I've thought about the house cleaning. So easy to start. Great hub. Thank you.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks lovelypaper for validating this hub, and yes that does seem like an easy one to start. Thank you also for stopping.

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      LDC2010 7 years ago from Canada

      wonderful hub

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you very much LDC2010, please come back again.

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      Tiffany Latte 7 years ago from USA

      Good ideas

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Tiffany for stopping. Please come back.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      I thoroughly enjoyed this and I'm sure a lot of people will benefit from reading it. Like someone else commented they are useful ideas and thank you for sharing this!

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Eidden, I appreciate the validation, and the comment. See you again soon.

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      richtwf 6 years ago

      Some great suggestions, especially in the current employment market, where people need to take more initiative and be more creative in their search for work. As you've highlighted very well, there are many opportunities before our very eyes and we just need to be open-minded about seizing them.

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Again thank you for the validation richtwf. During these times of outsourcing we can make ourselves the one that the work is outsourced to. Thank you for stopping, please come back.

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      eventsyoudesign 6 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Great article. My friend is a seamstress. Well, she sews for herself, but she can make beautiful dresses. We were talking the other day about this very topic. I suggested she place a sign in her front yard and offer her services as a seamstress. I hope she does.

      I would love to work at home. Actually, I would love to get my book published. I have a stack of rejection letters from agents that reads like a bad novel. Your article has great suggestions. Maybe I should consider at home work since I am unemployed due to the flood in Nashville. I was working banquets at the Nashville Symphony. We cannot get into the building until December.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Teresa

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you eventsyoudesign, I agree, you should consider working at home. I also hope that your sister posts the sign in her yard, she'll be the richer for it. Thanks for stopping and leaving a comment.

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      Wooded 6 years ago

      These are some really good ideas. I'm sure this will help many people in a tough situation. We have to be creative to survive this economy. Thanks

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      So right Wooded, we do need to be creative, and I'm hoping this hub helps in that department. Thanks for visiting this hub.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      This is such a good and timely hub Freda - You have listed options for just about everyone, no excuses. As a young single mother (many years ago:) I started a cleaning business by posting one ad at a high end grocery store which turned into a profitable 10 year business while a went to school. Thank you some great survival tactics!

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Chatkath for validating this very needed information. I hope more will take advantage of it. And thank you so much for stopping and taking the time to leave a comment.

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      ChrisJohnsonArt 6 years ago from Mexico

      Great ideas for working in and outside the home. Probably the most important thing is for someone to not give up when they lose their job or no longer can work due to illness.

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Chris, for stopping and taking the time to leave a comment.

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      zanin 6 years ago from London, England

      Excellent list, Fastfreta. Could add that you could teach from home in a subject that you know and are good at. I will add this hub to the list of hubs I have enjoyed and learned from - on my profile. Keep coming with the wonderful writing.

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Hey zanin, that's a good Idea, I think I'll go back and add that in the hub. Thank you for the honor, (adding my hub to your profile).

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      Guyana Masala 6 years ago from New Jersey

      ...very nice! These are ideas that can really get someone back to work and earning an income fast.

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you so much Guyana Masala, please pass these on to any who you think might be able to use them. I'm glad you stopped by, please come again.

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      Ryan Palmer 6 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away

      Excellent hub! One of my friends recently made a lot of money renting a moving van and moving people's stuff for them. Nearly £400 for one days work in fact. Awesome hub!

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Ryan-Palmsy for the validation, and thanks for leaving that encouraging experience. Glad you stopped by and hope to see you again soon.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Very useful and voted up Freta. This shows how anyone can make it if they try. You make great points. All it takes is a little bit of work and you can get far, even start a personal business. I apply a few of your ideas everyday. I keep pushing myself and one day I will reap the reward. God Bless.

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you, thelyricwriter, I'm glad that you got something from the post. Thank you so much for stopping, please stop over again sometime.

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      Gary Neal 6 years ago

      I think the key to having a successful job while working from home, is making sure you have a defined office space. The den is for working, doing business. The rest of the house is for playing with your kids, working together as a family, eating in the kitchen. But I'm glad that my kids know that when I got into my den, I need to work and they should only come talk to me when it is urgent.

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      Alfreta Sailor 5 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Gary for dropping end. Hope to see you soon.

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      jean2011 5 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for sharing these practical tips on how to work from home.

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      Alfreta Sailor 5 years ago from Southern California

      I hope you can use some of these or at least pass them on. Thanks for stopping and taking the time to leave this comment.

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      Sarah Kolb-Williams 5 years ago from Twin Cities

      These are great tips -- there's definitely something for everyone, and you prove that you don't need a huge amount of startup capital to begin a business. Excellent hub -- thanks for the resource!

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      Alfreta Sailor 5 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you so much BusinessTime, you're right, and now I must implement some of my own suggestions. Thanks for stopping, please drop by again sometime.

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      Sally Branche 5 years ago from Only In Texas!

      So many good, practical ideas! You're right! There are all kinds of non-tech services people need! You know, 2 brothers in my neighborhood started a lawn mowing business when they were still in 6th & 7th grade. Today the oldest boy is off at A&M, in part financed by their lawn mowing and yard care business. The younger brother is continuing with the business, which now consists of a truck, trailer, 2 or 3 riding mowers, all sorts of lawn care equipment and an employee! The vigor of youth combined with good planning is definitely winning combination! Voted up and useful! ;D

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      Alfreta Sailor 5 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Sally TX, for stopping. What a great story, it added validity to the hub. Please come back.

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