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Heidi's Avon Economic Letter

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Heidi1
moderator
473+ days ago
These Hard Times.... It seems like the financial futures of many Americans have become very grim, but many people are becoming very imaginative and doing new things to get themselves through this rough patch. Myself, I started selling Avon, just in case something happened to my Job and also to prepare for my possible retirement. Do you have some ideas on how to supplement your income when times get slim? Post here about what you have done to soften the impact of the economic downturn?
Dolores1
473+ days ago
Very interesting post Heidi. I wish I had a suggestion to add here, but I will certainly be checking back often to see what others have posted as suggestions.
Heidi1
moderator
473+ days ago
Well Dolores, I think your website and the building of your online business would classify as an imaginitive and creative way of supplementing your income. I imagine that the entry cost were fairly low and it provides residual income for you. But online sales are just one of many ways people can keep their heads above water with no to small up front costs. I just saw a news peice on a woman who started making clear glycerin soaps with figures and messages imbedded in them for gifts for her family and friends and soon had requests for them from people she didnt even know. Her business expanded from her kitchen to her garage and then to a manufacturing wharehouse. All it takes is a little imagination and energy!
Bobbie1
473+ days ago
This is a great idea Heidi. I live on SSI for my disability and I knew from the beginning that there was no way I could survive on just that so that is why I started selling Mary Kay. Most months I make more than enough to pay my bills and I have even bought a new car since I started my Mary Kay business. I have seen on the news several time where women are turning to businesses just like this to help supplement their incomes in these hard times. I even posted links to the broadcasts on my TAG page to help show people that it is a good business to be in. But Mary Kay is not the only one out there. There are a lot of ways to make extra money to help in these hard times you just have to do a little searching and know which ones are legitimate and which ones are not. Anyways, this is my thoughts on this.
Heidi1
moderator
472+ days ago
If anyone reading these posts would like to become a Mary Kay Representative or Avon Representative, feel free to tag mail Bobbie1 for mary Kay or myself for Avon.
Heidi1
moderator
472+ days ago
Here is an Idea for those who have time on their hands and are of responsible character. This website matches those who can house, pet, baby, or elder sit, with those who need occasional help but do not want ot pay the price for professional Registerd Nurse or Sign up at a child care center. If you would like to make extra money in you spare time you might consider signing up as a provider at www.care.com . They even have housekeeping, special needs, and tutoring. This is an excellent opportunity to increase your income. www.care.com
Heidi1
moderator
471+ days ago
Another Idea for making extra money and running your own business that you can do even while yur are working a regular job is selling Watkins products. They are a legitimate company that has been in business for over a Hundred years. They have great products and a huge line so that your customers always have the opportunity to buy things that everyone uses everyday. Check it out Watkins Products http://www.watkinsonline.com/?gCatalogLocale=Usa Watkins online
Heidi1
moderator
470+ days ago
Do you enjoy cooking or holding partys? Another way to supplement your income while having lots of fun is to become a Pampered Chef Representative. They have quality cooking supplies and direct selling from a website that you can use. I have attended pampered Chef partys and they are a lot of fun with lots of good eats! check out PAMPERED CHEF for a good way to become a gourment Chef and make lots of NEW friends. AND LOTS OF EXTRA MONEY!
Pampered Chef
This is a friend of mine who can get you started. LINK

Pampered Chef
Bobbie1
469+ days ago
Selling Tupperware is also a great way to make extra money. Believe it or not people still love Tupperware because it comes with a lifetime warranty and you cannot get that in the department stores with anything you buy nowadays. For more information on the Tupperware business go here Tupperware
Heidi1
moderator
469+ days ago
Yes Bobbie, Tupperware is a great Idea. Lots of people LOVE tupperware and the place to sell it is anyplace where people pack a lunch. Especially nowadays when people are trying to save every dime and not going to restruants for their lunch hour tupperware is a great alternative. People can just mention they sell tupperware in their Doctors office, bank lobby, Gym, Child Care center, etc and get some good sales.
Heidi1
moderator
469+ days ago
There have been many members of Tag and GG who had skills and hobbies that they use to make handmade products that they sell occasionally or regularly to supplement their income. Ruby1 and Debbie4 both make wonderful items for sale on tag. A friend of mine and her sister were laid off from their jobs at the same company a few years ago and they turned their misfortune into a thriving business. They make some of the most unusual jewelry Ive ever seen. Check it out. .Texas masters look for Diane and Denise Steinhagen

Pretty incredible HuH? If you have a skill or are an artist who can manufacture beautiful things, yu can supplement your income while satisfying your creative urges! And Advertise it here on TAG or your local venues like craft shows and tourist shopping areas.LINK
Heidi1
moderator
468+ days ago
Now here is a novel Idea. These two friends both got laid off and started a business selling bracelets saying "laid off and need a job" NO KIDDING! Check it out. LINK


This is their website. LINK
Heidi1
moderator
466+ days ago
One of the guys where I work came in the other day and he looked like he had lost quite a bit of weight. I commented on his new physique and he told me he was taking as a supplement and weight loss system a product called Advocare. His Neice and now his wife and himself had become distributors since it seemed to work so well. I figured I would try some so I bought some today. If any of you guys are interested in buying or selling this product it would be in one case a great system to lose some weight and in the other case a great way to make some money! Check out Advocare for thier link. Advocare

Ill let yall know how the weight loss goes :-)
Heidi1
moderator
463+ days ago
A member named Sherri who used to have a tag page here introduced me to another great product that people can sell as a distributor. I bought several orders from her site when she advertised it. I thought it could be a great opportunity for anyone who liked to host parties (kind of like pampered Chef) or just for people who loved to have their home smell so nice. They really do have great products. If that kind of thing is up your alley and you need to make some extra money, why not check out GOLD CANYON CANDLES Gold Canyon
NEWS.... Gold canyon is now offering a NEW REP stimulous package making it much easier to begin selling their great products. FOR only $20 you can get started. check out Their Representative packages.Demonstrator kits
arlene1
459+ days ago
Hey Heidi

I found something that I think you will like. The company's name is YouData (youdata.com). They are trying to convince consumers like us that we should be the ones controlling our own data and selling our own attention, not third parties like broadcasters, newspapers, and spammers. By creating a MeFile at YouData.com, I now control what ads I see and when I see them. Best part - I am selling my attention directly to interested advertisers, for real money. That's right, I get paid for giving them my attention. I can use the funds to buy music and video online, donate to charities, give to my favorite blogs and websites, or keep the change myself and do whatever I want with it.

It's real. They pay. You should check it out.

Click this link to sign up. My MeFile ID, glassgirl, in the "Referral Code" will tell them I sent you.

http://www.youdata.com/join/glassgirl
I got PAID...



You could sell your art like I do on Etsy:
Have a look: http://funnyfuser.etsy.com
Heidi1
moderator
457+ days ago
Thanks for the Info Glass Girl. Sounds like it could be a great idea. In these trying time for lots of people a few extra dollars or another way to buy some extras can mean the difference between keeping you head above water or losing it all. Thanks so much for the suggestions. If you have any more ideas Please feel free to post it here. You never know, you may save someone from losing their home. Now is the time for us all to help eachother!
Heidi1
moderator
448+ days ago
Are you a little like myself and have lots and lots of books, cds and videos gathering dust around the house? If you are or like to shop garage sales for books and stuff like that did you know you can make money selling used books on Alibris. Not only can you become a seller but you can become an affiliate. As a seller you sell your own stock and make a percentage from that. As an Affiliate you install banners and drive customers to Alibris and get a percentage from that as well. Check out Alibris's Sellers program LINK Or as an affiliate on your Tag Page or website. LINK. What could be easier than to relieve your home of clutter and make some extra money at the same time. Or become a full time bookseller. Wouldnt that be fabulous!
Heidi1
moderator
433+ days ago
For a lot of people SAVING money is as good (almost) as making money. I belong to a website that is the BEST rebate site I have found yet. If you buy groceries, buy Gasoline, shop online, book trips, stay in hotels, use a realtor, etc etc etc, just about anything you can think of you can get money back from Upromise. You can convert your American Express points to cash as well as doing surveys for cash. Their ways of adding to your account are unlimited. You can save your account for your kids college or get a Check striaght from Upromise, I got a $1000 check from them this year. So if you havent signed up you are missing out even if you do nothing but fill out surveys. So sign up for UPROMISE today. LINK
carroll1
433+ days ago
I was checking out that sight and I have a question....was the $1000 you received had to be used towards schooling or a student loan or can you spend it on anything?
Heidi1
moderator
433+ days ago
Caroll, to get CASH from upromise you have to download thier request form. you fill it out and if it is more than (I think) 250 you have to have it notarized. You can request the cash once a quarter, and they disburse it once a quarter so if you request early in the quarter it will take a long time. You Can choose to put it in the mutual fund but I did not. But to answer your question YES they will send a Check directly to you from your upromise account. YOU do not have to set up an investment account if you do not want to.... I didnt. Once you get your money you can spend it as you wish.
Heidi1
moderator
420+ days ago
Did you know that you can open your own webstore through AMAZON. It is true, you can sell you stuff or sell Amazons stuff through your links. Check out Amazons WEBstore. LINK
Marilyn2
419+ days ago
Heidi, could you put scented cards of all the fragrances in the Auction?
Don't know what they are like unless I can smell them.
I Love perfume!
Thanks
Heidi1
moderator
415+ days ago
OK Here is an Idea for all of your budding Stephen Speilbergs, or just funny people or Political or investment analysts... Have you ever watched a YOU TUBE video? Of course you have. If you have some orignal content and a few friends to watch your videos you can make some extra money uploading your videos onto You tube by becomeing a you tube partner. Here is an article describing others who have done the same thing. LINK Just think you could post YOUR own videos on TAG just to get yourself started. here is the link for getting partnered with You tube. Remember you must have original content. NO copywrite violaters. LINK

It probably would take some time to get started, but it could mean a supplement to your income or if you have a great idea and can make a really good video you might even replace your job. Some people are making Thousands of dollars at this.

Be aware that it would help to have many subscribers to your videos before applying for partnership.
Heidi1
moderator
390+ days ago
Sandy4 had some great ideas on how to get the most out of your coupons. Check out her page for her coupon advice Sandy4 She also had a great coupon page to get fabulous coupons to save you money!
Refundcents

Here are some more coupon sites Coupon Surfer
and Coupon Mountain
and Coupon Mom

And we all are familiar with ValPak Valpak
Which has coupons local to your area at businesses and groceries.

Or if you dont want to take the coupons to your favorite grocery you can load them on your loyalty card to be used at checkout by using this websiteShortcuts
Sandy4
390+ days ago
Thanks Heidi for mentioning my way of saving money on groceries, cleaning supplies, paper products, health and beauty and personal items. Refundcents.com is a great site which spells out in detail how to go about saving money on these items and many more. If you decide to subscribe you have access to the trading boards and everything on their site. A trial membership is very reasonable at $4 for 3 months online only. Some areas of the site you can get into without a subscription. Tons of good stuff on there that most people would NOT believe!! If a shopper runs into clearanced items they will usually post as soon as they get home so that the rest of us in their area can get a good deal too!! Any questions, just tagmail me. Sandy4
Diane1
351+ days ago
I saw this today and thought maybe some here would be interested. It is for $10 worth of free food from Schwan's. Better hurry though cause it's for the first 500,000 and it started August 1st. I placed my order today and it went through OK. You cannot have ordered with them in the past 14 weeks to qualify. No purchase necessary.

http://www.schwans.com/landing/landingpromo.aspx?id=freefood
Heidi1
moderator
350+ days ago
Here is another self directed business that has some really unique products. Besides some cosmetics they also carry cooking oils and spices and seeds and gardening supplies. So if you are interesting in selling something totally differnt try out Sophia Basiaga
Marilyn2
349+ days ago
interesting ideas and some good Links
Ok...now I have to go read more
Thanks guy!
Cindy1
344+ days ago
Thanks Diane for the info got my free $10 today
Heidi1
moderator
320+ days ago
I saw this on AOL. This is a company which sells sells Physician, Drug, Vision, and Dental cards. What you will be doing from home is making sales calls. If you are interested in sitting at home and trying to drum up some business for this company and yourself, check out Procard International
Heidi1
moderator
311+ days ago
Do you love jewelry? Do you love talking about jewlery and wearing jewelry? Well this is the opportunity for you. These people have GREAT finely crafted chic Jewelry. They have a costume line AND and fine jewelry line. I can see a great opportunity for the right persons here. Lia Sophia could provide a great additional income for the woman who loves to help others look Fabulous. Check out LIA SOPHIA
Heidi1
moderator
284+ days ago
For all of you who have items that you want to sell for CASH to people in your area, for instance CARS or FURNITURE or Animals that you obviously cant send through the post office, why not try making some cash through the popular and FREE Craigslist. Here is the page from there on HOW TO DO IT...Craigslist HOW TO page If you need some quick cash or want to make a business of it, Craigslist can help and you dont have to pay big fees to sell there.
Heidi1
moderator
210+ days ago
I had NO IDEA that such sites like this existed BUT if you are truely at the end of your rope and have tried everything else to keep your head above water and are still sinking you might give Beglist a try. It is set up kind of like craigslist but is a place where people go and tell their situations and ask for help. I was amazed at some of the stories there. If you feel like helping out someon in need or need some help and have no where to turn, check out Beglist
Heidi1
moderator
206+ days ago
Looking for something different to sell. Who can resist buying something for their kids or grandkids. Find out about everything Discovery Toys has to offer in the USA and Canada for their consultants.
Be sure to check out their catalog. Their hundreds of toys are geared for optimun learning and they even have toys geared to autistic children. Really impressive products.Discovery Toys
Heidi1
moderator
190+ days ago
Michelle posted this on my Charity page. It is My Survey.com. You get points for giving your opinions and then can redeem them for cash, prizes, sweeps entries, or charity donations. The site is called My Survey
Heidi1
moderator
168+ days ago
If you make a craft or Product like chrochet or Jewlery, Quilts, paper crafts or ANY kind of hand made item and need a place to list your webpage or just links to your merchandise try out the Online Crafts Fair. This site has been live since 1995 and has many viewers and and listers. Check it out online crafts fair
Heidi1
moderator
159+ days ago
Of course everyone remembers Amway. I do believe Amway has grown up and changed some though. If you are interested in selling a little of everything tak a look at Amway Global
Heidi1
moderator
128+ days ago
updating forum
Heidi1
moderator
70+ days ago
Are you good at building websites? Pretty savvy on the internet? Build and operate your own online store but you wont have to hold your own inventory. Make money being an online seller of merchandise wharehoused by Megagoods.com. Mega goods is a wholesaler dropshipper who can make your merchanidser dreams come true. You provide the customers they provide the goods. This is a great opportunity for anyone who has lots of tim, can network and sell, and need to work out of their home. So check out what MegaGoods can do for you.
Heidi1
moderator
59+ days ago
Another Direct selling opportuniy whose products are some of the best value priced Jewlery I have seen is Azuli Skye. Check out some of their jewlery products here. Azuli Jewlery. I fyou are looking for a way to support Tag and make some money for yourself this might just be the organization for you. So check out Azuli Skye and become a TAG sponsor selling their Jewlery
Heidi1
moderator
8+ days ago
Have any of you considered Affiliate marketing? If you can set yourself up a webstie you can become an Affiliate of many retail sites. Have you ever looked at the bottom of a retail site you are shopping? On many sites they will have a link called Affiliate or Affiliation program. Some sites like Commision Junction handle the affiliate programs for the retailers and you sign up through them. Find out about Commision Junction at Wikipedia "Commision Junction"


Or go directly to their site. CJ.com

Also if you want to read more about affiliation you can check out this site. Affiliate Marketing for Beginners
Affiliate marketing is a good way to get residual income from promoting a retailers products to your friends, family and internet customers. You get paid a percentage of all traffic you drive to their site. Once you have established a customer base you can get passive income with out doing anything or you can take an active role and help promote the stores you sell from. It is a great way to make money in your spare time without ever leaving your house. Great for housebound people as well as those who just dont want to work for someone else or dont want to face ever being fired again. This business is all what you make it. You can build your website, Promote it here at TAG, or facebook or my space or any number of other creative ways. Lots of people buy online nowadays. Get in on that multi billion dollar market and make you life easier!
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