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What’s a good solution? Should you work from home? And is that possible without getting scammed?
Consider Some Options
Another possibility is to work from home and combine that with your interest in prepping. Become a consultant for a company like Shelf Reliance. Do home parties selling storage food. If that interests you, contact Misty Marsh, the consultant who’s helping me with my online Shelf Reliance party.
Or you could start your own Web site or blog related to something you’re passionate about, as I did with DestinySurvival a few years ago. It’s a lot of work and may require learning more about marketing and the Internet than you thought you’d have to know in a lifetime. I can tell you it’s not a get rich quick scheme. While some are wildly successful at it, it can consume more time, energy and money than it’s worth for the return you get.
You already know the advantages of working from home. You’re not spending so much on gas and car upkeep. You pocket the money you’d spend on lunches. And you don’t have to drop a few dollars on that office party for someone else’s birthday.
Perhaps you’ve scoured the Internet for work from home opportunities. But many times it’s hard to get straight answers. Or it’s hard to tell if a company is reputable. There are a lot of scams out there. You could lose money rather than bring it in.
Check Out the “May We Help You” Option
Yesterday on DestinySurvival Radio I talked with Latisha McDougle of MayWeHelpYou.net about legitimate work from home opportunities. She partners with a company called Arise to give you a way to connect with and work for Fortune 500 businesses.
Whether you’re a mother, college student, veteran, retired or disabled, this could be what you’re looking for. Here are a few key points.
- You work as an independent contractor.
- Put in 10-20 hours or more during a week at times that suit your schedule. (Much depends on what your interests are and what work is available.)
- You can make the choice to do customer service, sales or technical support. Make use of your strengths when accepting work.
- Pay can range from $9-$19 per hour.
- Work for one or more companies if you like.
- Work for companies whose services you may already be using for things like phone service, cable TV, travel, etc.
Then you’ll have access to the job board where you can connect with companies with work opportunities. It’s important to determine if they’re a match for you and you’re a match for them. Next you must go through the chosen company’s at-home training procedures, which vary from company to company.
Be advised that you must pay for that training. The cost varies depending on what the company requires. But if you have to spend as much as a couple hundred bucks, consider it an investment. As soon as you start work, you’ll begin to earn it back. Plus, you can write it off as a business expense.
Hard wired Internet service and a landline phone are required. You’ll need a couple of headsets, too. Latisha can help you with more specifics.
Find Out More
Latisha’s company, as well as Arise and the companies they connect you with are looking for good workers. Considering that working from home is a more user friendly environment, you may want to consider the “May We Help You” option.
Any thoughts? Why not leave a comment below? I’d love to hear how this works out for you if you try it.
Let’s face it, preparing for every single situation you’ll encounter in an emergency or widespread cataclysm may be impossible. Bartering is inevitable especially when you need some things for survival. Discover more by clicking on the image below.
If you’ve completed your military service and are looking for a career transition, but you don’t know where to start, see what SnagAJob has to offer. They have thousands of full-time and part-time jobs ranging from customer service jobs to healthcare jobs. And they’re adding new jobs every day with employers who are looking to hire veterans.
SnagAJob knows transitioning into private service can be a struggle, but they’re here to help with your job search. And I’m happy to pass along that good news.
At SnagAJobyou can search for hourly jobs by industry, company name or location to find a job that fits your skill set and interests. Popular industries for veterans include:
- Computers & Technology
- Installation & Repair
- Law Enforcement & Security
- Maintenance & Janitorial
- Warehouse & Production
But rather than become a consultant myself, I took advantage of an opportunity presented to me which allows me to do a virtual online Shelf Reliance party for you. Misty Marsh, a Shelf Reliance Gold Executive Consultant, is helping me to make this online party possible.
Why participate in my Shelf Reliance online party?
- You don’t have to go to someone else’s house–and they don’t have to come to yours.
- You order in the privacy of your own home.
- Order any time of day or night. No scheduling or appointments involved.
- You can make connections with real people who are using Shelf Reliance and THRIVE products in their everyday lives, not a company sales rep in a call center.
- And the best part is that you get super discounted party prices and some special packages not normally found at the Shelf Reliance site. In fact, if you’ve seen Shelf Reliance products at Costo, you’ll get better prices through my party than you’ll get from them.
To find out how to take part in my online Shelf Reliance party, go here. Bookmark the page and visit more than once.
Now, let the fun begin!
Bartering for bad times
By John Silveira
Bartering may not be a part of your life, right now, but if there’s a deepening of the recession, or it becomes a depression, or we enter a period of runaway inflation (See A quick tour of hyperinflation and the possible consequences for America, March/April 2010) you may find yourself out of a job or you may have a job but get paid near-worthless money. Bartering may be the best, perhaps the only, way to get the goods and services you need.
You’ve bartered since you were a kid, starting perhaps when you swapped a comic book for a yo-yo. Today, you can find people willing to barter online. You can go to the opening page of craigslist.org, look under “for sale,” and between “antiques” and “bikes” you’ll find “barter.” Many of the items listed there are actually for sale (are people who do that stupid or just crafty?), but you’ll still find plenty of people willing to make trades. Keep in mind that when you see something for sale, whether it’s on Craigslist or elsewhere, the seller may also be willing to barter and this is going to be more likely as the economy tumbles. It never hurts to ask — as long as you’re not rude, arrogant, or condescending.
Read the whole article here:
Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.
For further reading…
How about the rest of the year? While we may not want to overeat like most of us do during the holidays, how can we be sure there’s adequate food to eat? It’s more important than ever for preppers these days to make the most of food purchases. And if you can’t afford to buy prepackaged storage food, what can you do?
You can buy extra cans of food. But you can also can the produce you grow or buy. You can also dehydrate food–things you wouldn’t normally think you could dry down.
Since I’m not the greatest kitchen whiz who ever walked the Earth, I defer to the experts. Here’s an excerpt of an article from “Backwoods Home Magazine,” Issue #138, November/December, 2012. It offers excellent tips on careful, efficient use of what you buy and prepare for your family’s meals.
Food security 101
By Rowena Aldridge
These days a lot of people are concerned, and rightly so, about their family’s economic stability and security. Recently I’ve become aware of the ways in which I, a stay-at-home mother, can enhance my own family’s feelings of security. I’m going to share my ideas in the hope that they will help others find more peace and comfort in their homes, too.
The place I’ve found that I have the most control, and thus the most leeway, is in the family grocery budget. Many people assume that cutting back on spending here involves either doing without healthy foods or extreme coupon shopping (the kind of couponing where you make a giant project out of trying to get everything free or at almost no cost). Neither assumption is true — as long as you know how to gear up and how to strategically use your opportunities.
Read the whole article here:
Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.