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

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

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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)

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BombasticAghast Sun 12-Aug-12 08:17:27

What a bout a tutor preparing students for their exams? You go to their houses to do it.

GOogle local tutoring services and go from there.

Dolallytats Sun 12-Aug-12 08:20:14

Is there a way you could offer telephone/e-mail counselling. I have seen it offered, but don't know how you would get into doing that. Might take a little time to build it up too.

I would love to get a 'work from home' position too. I am agoraphobic and have no chance of getting to a workplace at the moment and even something like Avon is an impossibility!!

Good luck.

NickNacks Sun 12-Aug-12 08:21:38

I'm a childminder, Would you like to do that?

Xenia Sun 12-Aug-12 08:51:10

Earn it a day. It's much more fun. Just pick work which has a high hourly rate or sell large volumes of something.

PessimisticMissPiggy Sun 12-Aug-12 08:58:22

Xenia we know that you earn megabucks but not everyone wants to or has the capabilities to be a top professional.

OP do you have the capacity to re-train?

LaTrucha Sun 12-Aug-12 09:06:37

Watching with interest.

Other ideas I've had are book keeping and then all the traditionally male self-employed things like plumbing. It takes time to retrain though.

fraggly Sun 12-Aug-12 09:06:59

Xenia, can I ask what you do please. Just a tad nosey!

LaTrucha Sun 12-Aug-12 09:16:12

Yes. That was a bit of a tease!

Xenia Sun 12-Aug-12 11:27:04

Loads of consultants charge £1k a day. IT (not my area) for a day. Management consulting. Speaking services. etc etc

As I wrote that earlier today it was about 8.50 on a Sunday morning and I'd just made £400 on updating a bit of a book. So the question is what is so special about me that I earn that in just over an hour compared with all these mumsnetters strugggling to find a job on £6 an hour? Are we encouraging our daughters into very very low paid work and jobs when they should be aiming to go into the City or to become surgeons or whatever and what leads some women to earn very little. Is it bad schools, bad encouragement by family, morality/religion, culture which says girls serve and are housewives and men earn, sexism, is it as simple as if your IQ is Xenia level and exam results that are similar to mine then you earn more? Is it looks, weight, class, accent? Fascinating subjects. Do you only earn what you aim for?

So if I decided at 10 to buy an island which I bought in 2005 and seem to think you can get most of what you set your mind to if you work very very hard is that one reason or was I just very very lucky in life?

I don't want to say what I do but going back to earlier this morning I suppose the thing I was doing few people in the UK know enough to do it and many would spend 2 days on it as they are not as on the ball abouti t as I am and don't haev it embedded in heir brain, amongst others who could many could not be bothered or do not deliver on time. I think I have been utterly reliable for work and indeed child responsibilities for 28 years so that helps. Persistence - i think i got the start of that work by writing to 20 companies. I would say 80% of what I try and work I bid for fails but I am such an optimist I always assume things will go well and the other 20% often do work out.

If you were the only person in the UK who had detailed knowledge of gold reserves in Russia or something you are likely to be more in demand than if like just about every other resident of the UK you offer cleaning services.

LaTrucha Sun 12-Aug-12 13:49:44

Your particular line of work seems to be about knowing something specific a market needs. My family have worked in and around books for two generations and I don't know of anything that would earn that. In my background (education), I don't know of anything that would earn that.

However, I do agree that I think people are leaving school with no idea of jobs. I felt and feel very ill-prepared by my education and family.

I am facing a situation where it is unlikely I can go back to what I had, and would be best all round for me to work from home. I got extremely fed up thinking of things that wommen tend to do in my situation (childminding, cleaning) as they are very low earning (and I wasn't before), which is why I was thinking of the male equivalents, which are better earning.

Mumblepot26 Sun 12-Aug-12 16:40:12

Thank you for these responses ladies, I think I will investigate the telephone/email counselling service. Childminding too crossed my mind. Xenia, I love your positivity, I reckon this has been a major factor in your financial success. Yes I aggree that still in this day and age, many women do not set their sites high enough. However I think that other factors also come in to play here I.e. the fact that the responsibility for child care still falls on women, so we feel pressured to choose more vocational work, which often fits round childcare more easily. Also our society has a warped view of what work is of most monetary value. If I had my way, childminders, who are nurturing the minds of the next generation, would earn the mega bucks rather than the bankers, who with all due respect (and ofcourse we need them too) essentially just move money around.

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Snog Sun 12-Aug-12 16:46:38

If you have kids to look after, when could you actually work as this will affect what you can do?

Snog Sun 12-Aug-12 16:48:10

Rent a room?
Rent out your driveway?

ColourMeWithChaos Sun 12-Aug-12 16:49:38

Could you go into marking exams/coursework?

One of my friends was a sexual health nurse but gave up after having her DC and now marks Health and Social Care exams for an exam board and marks coursework for a distance learning college.

motherinferior Sun 12-Aug-12 16:51:48

If you're going to work, you'll need childcare.

JuliaScurr Sun 12-Aug-12 16:53:25

OP have you cnsidered electrcian?
Not physcally demanding, flexible hours if self employed
A friend was a plumber, she got on ok

cupcake78 Sun 12-Aug-12 16:54:44

Most telephone and email counselling services jobs are filled by volunteers or students. Good luck

naturalbaby Sun 12-Aug-12 17:03:44

It's amazing how Xenia can turn almost any post into a soap box to air her views on women in the city and how we're failing our daughters.

TwelveLeggedWalk Sun 12-Aug-12 17:14:05

Xenia, if I send you my CV will you tell me what to do with my life to earn squillions please?

donnie Sun 12-Aug-12 17:30:06

Xenia are you on the game? If so where is
Your pitch?

CailinDana Sun 12-Aug-12 17:41:04

Could you look into writing/editing for medical magazines? I edit a magazine from home, it's only a small publication and it doesn't bring in much money (much less than 1000 a month) but once my second DC (currently baking) is a bit older I plan to capitalize on my current experience and do some freelance work for some other small publications. Relatively easy work for pretty good pay.

mrsmopsmissingmojo Sun 12-Aug-12 17:46:35

If you can sew you're never without a self employed job wink

happybubblebrain Sun 12-Aug-12 18:01:18

Make something and sell it.
Buy something and sell it for more.

Sorry, I have no ideas, which is why I do a desk job.

I think Xenia should write a book "An Idiot's Guide to Making £1,000 a Day". Then all the women of the UK can be mega rich. In theory.

Snog Sun 12-Aug-12 18:06:35

Donnie not funny and not called for re Xenia imo

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