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Work at Home. How do I Make Real Money Working From my own Home?

Updated on June 14, 2018
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Galaxy has been a freelance writer for five years. She is always looking for ways to save money, invest and increase her finances.

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 being able to make some real money working from home but without getting caught 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 ebooks 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.


Dreams can Come True.

Make your dream of working from home as your own boss a reality. It isn't as hard as it seems.

Earn Extra Cash Working at Home to Help pay for Holidays etc.

Pine trees around a swmiming pool
Pine trees around a swmiming pool | Source

Sit Down and Think About What Skills you Have.

In each part of this series of hubs , 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.

Sell Your Skills.

There will always be people who will pay others to do the things they can't or won't do themselves.

All you Need to Start Making Money Working From Home.

Ironing board, shirt and iron
Ironing board, shirt and iron

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 halfway 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 the ironing.


Shirts Seem to be the Things 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.

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.

Set a RealisticTarget.

Work out how many hours a day you really want to be working and see if you can make enough money that way. Be realistic and never let a customer down because you have overstretched yourself.

How to set up your work from home business.

 
 
 
Start with a basic idea.
Reasearch the feasability.
Promote/advertise your business
Set realsitic targets
Never let a customer down
Keep meticulous records.
 
 
 

The practicalities.

Don't forget that working from home doesn't mean you don't have to pay tax when you reach a certain threshold, depending on where you live. Always keep meticulous records of your incomings and outgoings, keep receipts for anything and everything you buy for your business and check with your local authority and or your landlord before starting up any business in a residential home/area.

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  • GALAXY 59 profile imageAUTHOR

    Galaxy Harvey 

    4 years ago from United Kingdom

    Thanks Cathi Sutton working from home really can work.

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    Cathi Sutton 

    4 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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    gajanis786 

    7 years ago

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

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    thebeginner 

    7 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

  • GALAXY 59 profile imageAUTHOR

    Galaxy Harvey 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    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.

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    Judy HBerg 

    7 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 Harvey 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Thank you Kamran100.

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    Kamran100 

    7 years ago

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

  • GALAXY 59 profile imageAUTHOR

    Galaxy Harvey 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

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

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    Kobus Hughes 

    7 years ago from Richards Bay, South Africa

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

  • GALAXY 59 profile imageAUTHOR

    Galaxy Harvey 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

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

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    Kruno 

    7 years ago

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

  • GALAXY 59 profile imageAUTHOR

    Galaxy Harvey 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    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.

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    florencemanoharan 

    7 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.

  • GALAXY 59 profile imageAUTHOR

    Galaxy Harvey 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    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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    CASE1WORKER 

    7 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

  • GALAXY 59 profile imageAUTHOR

    Galaxy Harvey 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    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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    prasetio30 

    7 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:)

  • GALAXY 59 profile imageAUTHOR

    Galaxy Harvey 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

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

  • GALAXY 59 profile imageAUTHOR

    Galaxy Harvey 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

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

  • GALAXY 59 profile imageAUTHOR

    Galaxy Harvey 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

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

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    Rhonda Musch 

    7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

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

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    abotalib 

    7 years ago from sudan

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

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    katrinasui 

    7 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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