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Need to earn extra money during pregnancy

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cubedmelon Wed 07-Jan-15 11:43:03

I wasn't sure where to post this. Thought the money board might be better than pregnancy.

My husband and I run a business together and long story short is that it's not performing as well as previous months. We are hoping it is a temporary glitch (caused by a company going into administration and owing us a substantial amount).

We have made some cutbacks at home and are making arrangements to downgrade our car to save some money on car finance but while my husband is finding new contracts etc I wanted to do something constructive by way of a part time job, job from home. I still need to be available to do paperwork for the business but can afford to be away part-time. The problem I have is that I am 28 weeks pregnant and I know the chances of getting a job are slim. Any tips or advice? Has anybody made a success of home selling (Body Shop, Books, Avon) etc and found it worthwhile? Unfortunately I have only heard negative things about 'home selling'. Any companies out there likely to employ me? I've contacted a temp agency that I worked for before but had no joy.

Any advice welcome.

MrsTawdry Wed 07-Jan-15 12:35:26

You could try People Per Hour. There are opportunities there for all kinds of input, tele sales. All from home.

cubedmelon Wed 07-Jan-15 12:48:14

Thank you so much for your reply, I will have a look.

eastmidswarwicknightnanny Wed 07-Jan-15 16:15:53

Maybe see if any temp jobs or even apply for those that are not temp they cannot discriminate against you for Being pregnant and you don't have to go back after mat leave.

A good additional job we had pre children and husband still does is being a poll clerk for elections we took annual leave from normal jobs it's good fun if with other nice people and an interesting experience we find there is,an election of some sort every year, there is also an eve opening postal votes can apply for and a,day counting votes can apply for.

Just ring local council to ask if you can be added to list they will do a telephone interview n get some reference and then when an election is in your area or European or national they send you a letter asking to let them know if available.

QuiteQuietly Wed 07-Jan-15 21:39:18

Home selling schemes can be ok, but a decent income from them tends to come from having a downline and being established. Hard to get a good hourly rate when starting (unless you have a lot of rich friends who like doing parties, even they run out). Having "been there", I would advise doing a product that is more "consumable" than one-off purchase - eg food/cosmetics/candles rather than cookware/shoes/lampshades, because of repeaters. And ideally, products that are not small and inexpensive which will incur a lot of admin for small reward. I gave up, but have friends who do ok or even well from such businesses.

Easier to sell stuff at carboots/facebook, cashback website offers, surveys (again, a downline is key here - I made more from referrals than surveys), temping agency (waitressing/silver service is very flexible and ad hoc). MSE website has a useful section about earning extra bits and bobs.

cubedmelon Wed 07-Jan-15 23:15:14

Thank you for your replies. Some excellent ideas. Spoke to a few temp agencies after posting on here and there was a distinct lack of interest once I mentioned being pregnant. The conversations went from a very enthusiastic response and the mention of one or two interesting temporary roles and can I pop in today with an up to date CV to "send your CV in and we'll forward it on." Maybe I shouldn't mention that part until after I took the Cv in or maybe I'm just being a bit paranoid.

I shall keep trying though and really appreciate these replies and your advice. Thank you. smile

LizziTea Thu 08-Jan-15 22:12:20

Depending on what type of qualifications and experience you have, private tutoring is a lovely part-time job. The hourly rate is great compared to most things and it's really flexible.

Branca Thu 22-Jan-15 16:30:00

Hi there,
Yeah... you can take advantage of your qualifications/skills.

I used to be an audiovisual producer/editor and right now I am editing and programing DVDs for children.

Parents always have lots of footage (hours of film in cassettes or memory cards) that want to organize (by date or by event). Every time I go to the hospital for an appointment I talk to parents and some of them are insterested.

This is just my experience. Hope you find something!!

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