10 Ways to Make Money from Home

10 Ways to Make Money from Home

Whether you’re looking to make a little extra money to make ends meet, trying to make extra money for a vacation, saving for Christmas or looking to replace a full time income, working from home can be a great option for you!  My husband has worked from home for the last 14 years (with the exception of 1 year where he worked at a physical location) and I’ve worked from home for the last 3 years.  We have both thoroughly enjoyed the flexibility and  freedom that working from home provides.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s called working from home for a reason…mainly, that it’s still work.  If you’re looking for a get rich quick scheme, you’ve come to the wrong place! :) Here are 10 ways to make money from home!

1.  Get Crafty

If you are artistic and you love to craft, this is for you!  You can make money selling your crafts.  If you prefer graphic design, consider creating t-shirts and selling them on CafePress.

2.  Donate Plasma

I have a good friend who gives plasma twice a week.  She and her husband use this money to fund vacations, Christmas and more.  Donating plasma is a completely safe process and helps to save lives.  Most plasma centers pay between $20 and $50 per visit and you can donate twice a week.  Many also offer special incentives when you refer new donors.

3.  Take Surveys

Taking surveys isn’t a huge money maker, however, if you’re home and sitting in front of a computer anyway, you might as well make a few bucks!  Please keep in mind that is very rarely worth your time to take a survey for a chance to win a prize.  Stick to surveys that offer actually points or money (depending on which company you’re with). Here are a few reputable companies to check out!

My Survey

Opinion Outpost

Pinecone Research

Toluna

4.  Become an Online Tutor

If you’re looking to make money without a lot of upfront costs, becoming an online tutor may be the right thing for you.  Most tutoring gigs start at $9/hour but if you have specialized knowledge, you can earn between $30 and $50 per hour.

Here are some companies to look intoL

Kaplan

Tutor.com

eTeacher

5.  Listia

Listia.com is an online auction site like eBay, only no money exchanges hands.  You can buy and sell things using credits.  If you’re looking to make money, consider selling things you have around the house for credit and using your credits to purchase gift cards to Amazon.com and Kohl’s.  Then use those gift cards to purchase items you would have purchased with cash.  Pocket the cash and it’s like you made money!  Sign up here to get 1000 free credits!

6. Sell Your Stuff

If you have extra stuff around your house, you can sell it and make some extra money!  You can sell stuff online on eBay, Amazon.com, or Craigslist.  You can also have a garage sale.  Make sure your stuff is clean and in good working order.  If you’re planning on selling online, make sure you take good pictures and that your description is thorough.

7.  Amazon Trade In Store

If you’ve never traded stuff in on Amazon, you’re missing out.  You can trade in textbooks, electronics and more.  I have a reader who traded in 2 electronics and 1 textbooks and got $250.  You even get a prepaid shipping label.

8.  Childcare

If you like kids, childcare is a great way to make some extra money.   Consider doing a mom’s morning out or a mom’s night out once a week.  Set your hours, set your price, and let your mommy friends know!  If you’re interested in setting up an in-home day care, there may be local and state regulations that you need to adhere to.

9.  Pet Sitting

Some people like kids…some like pets!  If you’re one of those people who prefer furry friends over the human variety, then pet sitting may be for you.  You can offer to keep animals while people are on vacation, visit their home to walk and feed their animals or some mix of the 2.

10.  Direct Sales

If you’re looking to make a full time income, direct sales is a great way to do it.  In fact, 82% of women in the US who make more than $100,000 per year, do it through direct sales.  There are over 250 direct selling companies to choose from, so you should be able to find a company that’s a good fit for you.

My personal favorites are Nerium, Plexus, and Younique as they are products I love and use every day.  If you’re looking for a company or a rep near you, check out BestDirectSalesCompany.com.

If you have a work at home idea that’s not mentioned here, please leave me a comment!

Retail Coupon Roundup {9/26/2014}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Bath and Body Works - Free Signature Collection Item with $10 Purchase (exp: 9/28/2014)
Bealls – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/2/2014)
Bonton - 25% Off Regular & Sale Price Merchandise or 15% Off Cosmetics & Fragrances Coupon for Each Donated Clothing Item (exp: 10/4/2014)
Carters – 25% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 9/28/2014)
JCPenney - $10 Off $25 Apparel, Shoes, Accessories, Fine Jewelry & Home Item Purchase (exp: 9/28/2014)
Loft Outlet - 10% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 9/28/2014)
Lord and Taylor – 20% Off Regular & Sale Items (exp: 9/29/2014)
Macys – 15% Off Select Sale & Clearance Apparel for Him, Her & Kids + More (exp: 9/28/2014)
Maurices - 25% Off Entire Regularly Priced Purchase (exp: 10/11/2014)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 25% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 9/28/2014)
Rue 21 – $10 Off $30, $30 Off $75 or $40 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 9/28/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {9/26/2014}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Bakers Square - 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 10/3/2014)
Bennigans – Free Appetizer with Entree Purchase (exp: 9/30/2014)
Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 10/30/2014)
Bob Evans – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Breakfast Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 10/1/2014)
Buca Di Beppo – $10 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 9/28/2014)
Carrabbas – $10 Off 2 Dinner Entrees (exp: 9/30/2014)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off (exp: 9/28/2014)
Friendlys – $2 Off Any New Item (exp: 9/30/2014)
Marie Callenders - Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 10/10/2014)
McDonalds - FREE Small McCafe Coffee During Breakfast Hours (exp: 9/29/2014)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 9/28/2014)
Olive Garden – Buy 1 Entree Take 1 Home Free + Free Redbox Movie Rental (exp: 12/31/2014)
Souplantation – 20% Off Adult Dinner When You Buy Drink (exp: 10/1/2014)
Steak Escape – Free Kids Meal When You Buy Fries, Sandwich & Drink + More (exp: 9/30/2014)
Sweet Tomatoes – 20% Off Adult Dinner When You Buy Drink (exp: 10/1/2014)
Texas Corral – $5 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 9/28/2014)
Uno Chicago Grill – Buy 1 Take Out Pizza Get 1 Free on the Weekends (exp: 9/28/2014)
Wendys – Free Jr Frosty Coupon Book with $1 Donation (exp: 9/30/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Technical Difficulties

Just wanted to let you know that 100 Days of Christmas Craftiness will hopefully be back tomorrow.  I’ve been having technical difficulties and am hoping that by updating some things on the back end of this site, we will be back to normal tomorrow! :)

 

Psalm 119:50 {Verse of the Day}

Today’s Verse of the Day is Psalm 119:50.

My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.

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Psalm 119:165 {Verse of the Day}

 

 

Today’s Verse of the Day is Psalm 119:165.

Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Verse of the Day

Today’s Verse of the Day is Deuteronomy 31:6.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Cupcake Bath Bombs {Day 2: 100 Days of Christmas Craftiness}

If you’re looking to give the gift of relaxation, I highly recommend these Cupcake Bath Bombs.  They are super easy to make and are inexpensive too.  Consider giving one as a teacher’s gift with a tag that says “You’re the bomb!” or give them to all your girlfriends.

Click here to see all the projects in the 100 Days of Christmas Craftiness.

Psalm 18:32-36 {Verse of the Day}

Today’s Verse of the Day is Psalm 18:32-36.

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.

 

DIY Glitter Ornaments {Day 1: 100 Days of Christmas Craftiness}

Glitter ornaments are one of my favorite Christmas crafts.  They’re also the starting point for many other craft projects that I make at Christmas time, so I thought this was the perfect project for Day 1 of 100 Day of Christmas Craftiness!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clear ornaments (you can use glass or plastic, but I would definitely use plastic if you’re doing this with kids)
  • Glitter (I really like the way extra fine glitter works)
  • Pledge Floor Care Multi Surface (they discontinued the Pledge Floor Care shown in the picture above but the Multi Surface works just as well.  I’ve had the bottle pictured above for 3 years and I’ve still hardly used any of it)
  • Funnel
  • Ribbon (optional…you can also choose to hang them on ornament hooks)

This project is so easy that you can do it with your kiddos.  {My kids made these with me.}

Remove the top of your ornaments. Pour a small amount of Pledge Floor Care into your ornament and swirl it around.  If you shake it, it will cause bubbles and your glitter will not stick as well.  Once the inside is thoroughly coated, dump the remaining liquid back into the Pledge bottle.

Using your funnel, add the glitter color of your choice to the inside of the ornament.  Use the same swirling motion to fully coat the inside of your ornament in glitter.  When you are finished, dump the remaining glitter back into its container.

Allow the inside of your ornament to dry before putting the top back on it so you don’t end up with scratches in the glitter.

Once the top is back on, you can add ribbon or just hang them using wire Christmas hooks.

Voila!  Super easy, gorgeous glittery Christmas ornaments!

John 16:33 {Verse of the Day}

Today’s Verse of the Day is John 16:33.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

 

100 Days of Christmas Craftiness Kicks Off Tomorrow!!!

I LOVE to create!  I’m constantly working on craft projects.  There’s something about Christmas that puts my crafting desires into overdrive.  Unfortunately, I often tend to decide what I’m going to make as a gift, decoration, etc, and then wait til the last minute to get it done…which means I make lots of great projects, but I’m so stressed about getting them done before my deadline that I rarely take the extra time to take pictures and blog about the projects!  I’m basically a crafting procrastinator.  I’m actually thinking of coining the term “ProCRAFTstinator!”  Seriously…isn’t that a great word?

This year in honor of all those ProCRAFTstinators out there, I’ve decided to spend the next 100 days sharing fun crafts with you.  I’ve included decorations, gifts and more.  I hope you’ll join me!

Psalm 18:6 {Verse of the Day}

Today’s verse of the day is Psalm 18:6.

I have set the Lord always before me.  Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

My Goals for the Week {9/15/2014}


We’ve had another few crazy weeks and I didn’t post goals last week!  {Sorry}  I was able to make it through quite a few of my goals from 2 weeks ago though! :)

Here are my goals from 2 weeks ago:

Family & Homemaking Goals

1. Create menu plan for September.

2. Make bed and do 1 full load of laundry every day.

3. Take 5 walks with my husband. {Our new neighborhood has 15 miles of walking trails.}

4. Complete at least 5 more lessons of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

Personal Goals

5. Exercise 5 times.

6. Drink 3 liters of water per day.

7.  Get together with 1 friend.

8. Finish reading The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success.  This is a great book that talks about the power of discipline…a much needed read for me.  Continue reading Detoxify or Die.  This book is written by the author who wrote Pain Free in 6 Weeks which has been extremely helpful in treating my lupus.

Blog/Business Goals

9. Write 2 posts for blog.

10. Talk to 10 people about Nerium!  {Check out my results after just 5 days!}

And here are my goals for this week!

Family & Homemaking Goals

1. Stick to my menu plan for the entire week!

2. Make bed and do 1 full load of laundry every day.

3. Take 3 walks with my husband.

Personal Goals

4.  No processed food, grains, nightshades, sugar or sugar substitutes.

5. Exercise 5 times.

6 Drink 3 liters of water per day.

7.  Get together with 1 friend.

8. Finish reading Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.  This book has been soooo good for me in this season of my life!

Blog/Business Goals

9. Put together verse of the day post for every day this week.

10. Get LisaJoyThompson.com up and running!

What are your goals for this week? Any suggestions to help me with my goals?

 

John 14:27 {Verse of the Day}

Today’s Verse of the Day is John 14:27.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Isaiah 41:10 {Verse of the Day}

Today’s Verse of the Day is Isaiah 41:10.

So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.  I will uphold you by my righteous right hand.

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {9/12/2014}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Arbys – Free Cinnamon Apple Crisp When You Buy Meal (exp: 9/16/2014)
Buca Di Beppo – $10 Off 2 Pastas, Baked Pastas, or Entrees** (exp: 12/31/2014)
Carrabbas – $10 Off 2 Dinner Entrees (exp: 9/30/2014)
Friendlys - Buy 1 Get 1 Free 3-Scoop Sundae (exp: 9/16/2014)
Huddle House – Free Waffle with $5 Meal Purchase (exp: 9/15/2014)
Jacks – Free Regular Drink When You Buy a Big Jack (exp: 10/12/2014)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 9/28/2014)
Olive Garden - Buy 1 Entree Take 1 Home Free + Free Redbox Movie Rental (exp: 12/31/2014)
Quiznos – $5 Ciabatta Toastie and Drink (exp: 9/15/2014)
Smokey Bones - $10 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 9/14/2014)
White Castle - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Castle Combo Meal (exp: 9/20/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {9/12/2014}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Aeropostale – $10 Off $50, $15 Off $75, or $25 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 9/14/2014)
Ann Taylor Factory Store - 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 9/14/2014)
Bath and Body Works – Free Signature Collection Item with $10 Purchase (exp: 9/28/2014)
Carters - 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 9/17/2014)
Goodyear – $5 Off Regular or $10 Off Synthetic Oil Change (exp: 9/14/2014)
JCPenney - $10 Off $25 Apparel, Shoes, Accessories, Fine Jewelry & Home Item Purchase + More (exp: 9/13/2014)
Kohls – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 9/17/2014)
Lord and Taylor - 20% Off Regular, Sale or Clearance Purchase (exp: 9/14/2014)
Mr. Tire – $19.99 Oil Change & Tire Rotation (exp: 9/30/2014)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 9/17/2014)
Pet Supermarket – $2 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 9/30/2014)
Redbox – Movie Coupon Codes When You Text DAYS to 727272 (exp: 9/14/2014)
Rue 21 - 30% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 9/14/2014)
Ulta - $3.50 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 9/27/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Proverbs 18:10 {Verse of the Day}

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Today’s verse of the day is Proverbs 18:10.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Finding Calm in the Chaos

The past 6 weeks have been completely chaotic.  We enrolled our kids in 3 different schools, decided to move, put an offer on a house, moved into new house, put our house on the market, received an offer on our house that required us to do some repairs (our house is over 100 years old), and started our kids in 3 different schools.  I also was out of town for a week during that time. On top of that, I fell in love with an anti-aging product and decided to start selling it. And the list goes on and on. Just writing about it makes me feel tired! :)

As a busy mom, I know that there are times when life feels completely overwhelming…and sometimes it’s so chaotic that you feel stress paralyzed. {I watched Mom’s Night Out again last night (I saw it twice in the theater and if you’re a mom, you need to watch it!) so I know that stress paralyzed is a thing.  If you didn’t watch Mom’s Night Out, you need to watch it.  It’s totally worth buying and watching again and again.  Or consider inviting your mom friends over for a mom’s night out! }

I digress…

I know that you can’t always control the circumstances you find yourself in, but I have some suggestions for finding calm in the chaos.

1.  Create a plan or a schedule.

Everyone functions better with a routine.  I created morning and evening routines for the twins and a daily docket for myself.  I laminated all of these so we can use them day after day.  Everyone has their own clipboard and laminated list on it.  Even the twins know exactly what is expected of them and that leads to smoother mornings and evenings!  Make sure you include chores on these lists so that you’re not trying to handle everything on your own.

2.  Create a meal plan.

When our life gets chaotic, I tend to grab fast food or go for something in a box or a can.  None of these things are good for myself or my family.  This week, I took 2 hours and made 20 freezable crockpot meals.  It makes life easy when you can pull a bag out of the freezer at night and pop it in the fridge.  In the morning, I just dump the ingredients into my crockpot, set it, and I’m good to go.  If you want to make crockpot clean up a breeze, these Slow Cooker Liners are AWESOME!  Also, if you’re looking for a great crockpot, this is the one that I have and I love it.  Although I’m thinking about asking for this Smart Crockpot  for Christmas.

If you need help with menu plans, here are a few that I can vouch for.

20 Slow Cooker Freezer Packs from Costco for $150

Aldi $150 Crockpot Meal Plan

Aldi $150 Meal Plan

Aldi Gluten Free Meal Plan

3. Get moving!

When things are chaotic, the last thing you may feel like doing is carving out extra time in your day to exercise, but you need to do this.  Take 15 minutes to go for a walk outside.  Better yet, get a friend to join you.

Looking for something you can do in the privacy of your own home? Here are a few videos that are under 30 minutes that will still give you a good workout.

T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus (18 minutes)

Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred (20 minutes)

P90X3 (30 minutes)

If you don’t have 15-30 consecutive minutes that’s ok.  Take 2-3 minutes every hour to do jumping jacks, pushups, knee lifts, squats, and lunges.

4.  Take time to recharge and refresh.

Spend time recharging your batteries.  Take time to read  the Bible, pray, read an encouraging book and/or journal. You may need to get up 15 minutes before the kids get up or stay up 15 minutes after they go to bed.  If you need a few books to add to your list, here are a few to check out.

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

Restless: Because You Were Made for More

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

One Thousand Gifts

5. Get Some Sleep!

The difference between hope and despair is often a good night’s sleep.  When life is crazy and busy, your body needs more sleep than it usually does.  Make it a priority to get sleep!

While these tips aren’t going to make your life peaceful overnight, they will certainly help!  If you find yourself in a chaotic season of life, please comment or send me an email.  I’d be honored to pray for you!

What are your tips for finding calm in the chaos?