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How might I earn £1000 a month working from home?

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Mumblepot26 Sun 12-Aug-12 08:16:15

Hello, i wondered if any of you had any ideas about how I coud earn £1000 a month working from home?

I have spent 20 yrs working in the health service as a nurse then counsellor, just gone back after second lot of mat leave and realised I am done with the nhs, after child care I bring in £1000 a month, so I figure if I can earn this at home, I will be able to stay at home until kids in school. Any ideas ladies? (Working as private counsellor not an option at the moment as we don't have enough space)

AnisQiz Mon 10-Apr-17 19:19:55

hurrah! grin Well done! star

reawakeningambition Mon 10-Apr-17 18:15:22


wacking great praise-fest from lovely ex client on my linkedin profile

off to the pub to buy a drink for Anisqis.

reawakeningambition Mon 10-Apr-17 12:20:26


we've not seen each other for a year .... a newco came in and bought him up and my role was discontinued.

I think I need to get a face to face with him to get those sorts of memories out.

What do you think?

I definitely have another client who I could sit down with and have that before/after discussion.....

Re the linkedin testimonial, I called him, he was engaged so I messaged him via Linkedin to make it easier for him.

I keep saying to myself, marketing is a skill I can learn....

AnisQiz Mon 10-Apr-17 10:45:20

Ask him how he felt before using your service, and what value he gained, after (how it helped him). Important to mention 'before', because the contrast of before and after is how your new customers make decisions.

reawakeningambition Mon 10-Apr-17 10:31:46

ok so he's written back saying he'd be delighted to give me a linkedin testimonial.

deep breath and pick up phone....

reawakeningambition Mon 10-Apr-17 10:29:03

have written to an old client already saying that his offer of a reference was great but could we turn that into a linkedin testimonial

Am trying hard to focus on nice things that clients have said about me and how this distinguishes me from my rivals.

In my case it's

-technical skills+
- being able to present complex concepts clearly+
- being able to turn forbidding documents into documents that someone will sign.

There are also some perceived-lack-of-value things or risks to do with being part time and I guess part of scaling up is to look at those head on and deal with them.


flowers anisqis

AnisQiz Mon 10-Apr-17 10:16:03

Reawakeningamibition, that's wonderful to hear! GO get em ;)

reawakeningambition Mon 10-Apr-17 09:53:04


Thanks so much for those last two posts - they are really helpful for me.

I'm off to apply them right now!

AnisQiz Tue 04-Apr-17 19:03:11

When it comes to setting prices, "how much to charge" or what you are worth, can sometimes make women recoil and ask for less. If you calculate fees based on "perceived worth", one might likely discount, unless you have rock solid confidence, in which case one might charge more.

Instead, flip the question, and think how much value people get from your service. What does your product/ service help them do, that they couldn't do previously? I would list at least 10. The more you stack, the greater you appreciate the value you can give. What you're doing is changing the conversation in their head from "ohh, i shouldn't charge much", with "wow, they really need my help". Or, if you target a business, how does your service help that business make more money, or stop losing money/ customers? Xx

AnisQiz Tue 04-Apr-17 18:12:39

Hi MumblePot, with your 20 years experience, you can earn £1000 a month, for sure. But a mistake people make when first starting out, they're not very clear on who their customer is. People pay for value, so when you identify the right sort of person/ profile of person, and understand the problem you solve, with your expertise, then you're on to something. If I was you, I would ask myself, "how can I use my unique skills and abilities to help others". Then, who needs these services? When you have an idea of a sort of target profile, then seek them out and have a conversation with them to understand the "pain" or "problem" they're having - as you would as a councilor. When you're "selling" your services, it requires more questioning than telling/ talking. I hope this helps in some way, MumblePot. People out there need your help. It just requires a little soul searching. Listen to the whispers inside you, too ;) Xx

smashedinductionhob Tue 14-Mar-17 18:23:48

Yes, good idea.

jan35 Tue 14-Mar-17 16:10:20

I also found a course on will writing - worth a shot maybe

smashedinductionhob Tue 14-Mar-17 15:36:59

bookkeeping course for you it is then.

Question for Xenia, do you do your own books or pay someone?

jan35 Tue 14-Mar-17 15:31:28

great ideas! oh yeah I've heard about aloe vera - the cure all miracle juice!!

wizzywig Tue 14-Mar-17 14:34:57

Selling aloe vera! Only joking, couldnt resist

PutThatPomBearBack Tue 14-Mar-17 14:33:45

Ironing service? I know someone who makes a pretty decent living doing this!

jan35 Tue 14-Mar-17 14:29:16

I did too childline but unfortunately i had to pull out as it didn't fit with my health. It was 4 - 5 hour shift, with a small break - i can only work one or 2 hours without needing a big break. i want to move from volunteering to paid work - i already do some voluntary work. thanks though, and yes the bookkeeping course definitely sounds like something i could do distance learning

smashedinductionhob Tue 14-Mar-17 14:14:20

Could you handle being a Samaritan or working for childline/silverline.

I know it's volunteering but it's very respected and I presume you can choose your hours (appreciate that night time will be more in demand but there's nowt you can do about that).

Plus at the same time start that bookkeeping course and make sure you can do it in your own time.

jan35 Tue 14-Mar-17 13:47:56

I'm thinking of learning a craft as a hobby - and building up stocks now, then when I come off the benefits i will have it ready to sell. not sure what yet!!

jan35 Tue 14-Mar-17 13:46:42

thank you... maybe bookkeeping courses are something to look into, there are sure to be online classes and in any case, it would help me with my own therapy business. the classes for the elderly sound great, maybe she runs that in a local library? i wouldn't be that confident with computers to teach it.

KittiesInsane Tue 14-Mar-17 12:52:21

jan35 - Bookkeeping might be a good thought. A friend with ME has kept her head above water with a mix of computer consultancy, bookkeeping and daytime computer literacy classes for older people.

jan35 Tue 14-Mar-17 12:31:27

wow that sounds awesome. i have skills in caring, compassion, interpersonal, good communication, I'm good at writing (not good enough to write articles though) , I'm ok at typing. my background is support work and also therapy (and a bit of admin work years ago), so these are not so suited to working at home, i thought i might need to learn a new skill. i can do online counselling and thats all i can think of. i thought about learning a craft and selling as well, or learning book keeping. i can't face the thought of being on benefits the rest of my life and would love to make something work!!

smashedinductionhob Tue 14-Mar-17 08:02:53

A friend of mine with ME took years to find her niche but eventually became a consultant mapper (she was a geologist).

What's your background/skills?

jan35 Tue 14-Mar-17 07:29:50

so basically i get up early and go to bed early, i can't get anything at all done at night due to concentration and tiredness. After the school run I am free for a couple of hours to work, i need to alternate rest and work so don't have the full 5 hours of school time to work. i can get some help with childcare if i need it - parents are great and i also have some good friends. one day a week i am busy in the afternoon which means i don't get a lot done in the morning as i need to rest, and one morning a week i do some voluntary work, and on the weekend i have childcare for one day, so i can work a few hours then. some weeks are better than others, some weeks i have to rest more than others. so its a bit unpredictable, but i feel i have a few hours every week i could dedicate to making an income, if it is low stress/low energy.

smashedinductionhob Mon 13-Mar-17 16:07:50

So what does your week look like at present? Can you give us an idea of your "pacing" needs?

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