As a work from home mom, I have attempted many different at home jobs, with not much to show for it. Associated Content is only my most recent. Since 2004, I have been searching for that one perfect job that will pay some bills and give me a feeling of self worth. Some did work out better than others, some never got off of the ground to start with.
One of these ventures was selling things on EBay. In the beginning it was exciting & some what fulfilling to see the items I posted sell or even just to see that someone was “watching” them. After a while, it became a lot of stress. People complained about what they bought, as if they had expected that clothes bought used should be as new as the day they were bought from the store. Some more breakable items broke during shipment, no matter how well I packed them, due to the careless ways the packages where handled. It became a daily stress. I would check my account to see if another item was bid on & instead I would have to address a customers concerns or out right anger, like I had tried to purposely offend them. As for sales, they declined, not because of bad reviews by customers, but because of the economy. Not to say that items weren’t selling, but what would sell 6 months ago for $5.00, was now selling for half that, if I was lucky. The costs of selling online quickly started to out weigh the benefits & needless to say, I have not sold anything on EBay in months.
During my final days of selling on EBay, I began looking for work. My son had just started school and so now both of my kids were out of the house from 8:00 am until about 2:00pm. Unfortunately, this was in the beginning of September of 2008, when the economy began to tank. No businesses close to me wanted to hire for mothers hours & after a 6 month search with zero results, I stopped looking. That is when I started seeing commercials for ChaCha. I applied online for the text answering job & made it through hours upon hours of training, only to be told that they did not have a need for me at that time. Another let down, how disappointing. Then my boyfriend saw an ad for kgb.com, a similar company. I applied the next day & was soon working as many hours as I could while my kids were at school & after they went to bed. However, as I continued to work, I found that I was working more than anything else & still not making anything near what my goal was. After a year, I quit. It was great to have some extra money, but not if that extra money was costing me so much in time.
These are only two examples of things I tried. There where many, many others.
Earlier this year, I had worked for the 2010 Census in the local field office. It was wonderful and awful at the same time. As great as it was to have a weekly check, I knew that it was a temporary job. Also, since I was so busy with work, most of my house hold duties found their ways to my weekends and you could definitely tell from the look of the house that mom was working!
Once that job ended for me, back on July 30th, I was more determined than ever to find something I could do from home to support myself. And so now here I am again, trying my had at something new & giving it my all. I learned about Associated Content from a segment on The Today Show that highlighted online jobs that can be done from home. Out of all of them, two stood out to me. AC is one of them and the other is Fiverr.com, where you can post anything you are willing to do to make five bucks (which only turns out to be four, since fiverr keeps $1.00 of it). I began almost immediately with both. Fiverr.com has not been too great as I have completed only one “gig” & have had no other requests since. AC has been good so far because it gives me an opportunity to be creative & funny. I had tried something like this before, but it was with a company called Triond, which I have found almost no one has heard of. My daily page views were so scarce that I have made $.13 in over a year! Wow. AC has been a much better experience for me and has let me use one of my many talents as I can totally indulge in one of my many gifts, “the gift of gab”, and not get in trouble for it!
So, now, this being my sixth article on AC, I hope that this will inspire you to not lose hope. After years of searching and trying, failing and then hoping again, I have found that there is light at the end of the tunnel. You just have to keep moving forward towards it and eventually, you’ll find your niche. The key, I have found for myself anyway, it to experiment with different ideas, both yours and someone else’s and don’t be afraid to try new things. I have never thought of myself as a “writer” and I have been amazed and touched at the support I have gotten from family and friends. I foresee that this is only the sixth of many more articles.