How many have home based businesses

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by atiledsner, Jan 1, 2006.

  1. atiledsner

    atiledsner New Member

    What do you do from home? I've read so many posts here and I am very impressed by so many that haven't given in to events in their lives that could be considered so negative.I know there is power in numbers,encouragement too.Will you Share? atiledsner
  2. sdown

    sdown New Member

    Ive been thinking of the idea but nothing started yet. Any ideas? I thought of selling supplements... but nothing done yet.
  3. Highlandrose

    Highlandrose New Member

    I'm a professional costume designer and seamstress. Been doing it for 15+ years now. I've slowed down and cut back in the last 5 years though. Can only do so much in a given day, so I don't push it.

    I also do genealogy research, though not for pay. It's great on those bad body days. It lets my mind work while my body rests.

    Megan
  4. cjpwash

    cjpwash New Member

    I run a small cleaning business - houses, condos, new construction. I started and worked the business 11 years ago. About 5 yrs ago I had to stop doing the physical work. Now I just do the managerial/business end. I was fortunate in having an established clientele who stayed with me and excellent employees who are honest, reliable,

    hard-working
    and catch all the mistakes I make due to brain fog.My family wants me to grow the business but this is all I can handle (sometimes a little too much). Hope this gives you some ideas, but I think it would be impossible without excellent employees since they get so little supervision.
    I know I couldn't do it without mine.
  5. smiffy79

    smiffy79 New Member

    scarf lady does just that she designs and makes scarfs i think,i think shes quite successful too.

    i work from home in that i use my cpu and phone a lot in gaining new homes for me to home check and i spend a lot of time using my cpu for helping ppl with training methods.
    via my cpu i stopped a little deaf dog from being rehomed and helped the owners to train in sign.i recently had an email saying how happy they all are and how they installed a pool for him as he likes to swim. the best thing was im in the uk and this boy was in the states.

    the only aspect i cant do from my home is my homechecking plus i am studying so i can open my dog training school.

  6. Sheila1366

    Sheila1366 New Member

    My husband and I have been working on a business at home called Timber Wolf Designs.No website for this.We make many different things.He mostly creates art from wood and I do both wood and needlepoint and beading.We got our business license and are currently trying to get things up and running.We hope that this will interest our daughters and help them get into the act,they are both very creative.I hope this takes off.We have very big plans for ourselves...goals.It is good to set goals and work hard to reach them.That keeps me motivated evne on days like today when I hurt so bad.When I do work it helps me to think of something other than the pain.But unfortunately FM can knock you to your knees and stop all things from working,can't help that.But I keep going,have to.I want so much to have a happy life and the same for my family.
    Also, here is an idea.There is money set aside for women to help them start their own businesses.I got the information from a women's resource center.That might be agood start for anyone interrested.
    Take care and good luck,
    Sheila
  7. Sheila1366

    Sheila1366 New Member

    My daughter is 14 and has a several disabilities.One of the most serious ones is auditory processing disorder,unable to communicate with others well and understand others.
    She wants to get a costume (a dog) and go to little children's parties and play with them.Which is great.This requires no speaking and she loves that.
    I have yet to look into getting a costume for her.I hope to do this soon and get some business cards made up for her.She will do this strictly by donations.
    Let me know what you think.
    Sheila
  8. smiffy79

    smiffy79 New Member

    but you will need to look into whats required by law.
    in the uk to work with kids you need to be cross checked by a police and social services check and she will get a certificate to say she has the all clear.
  9. darude

    darude New Member

    I ran an employment agaency from home. Just small and If I could not get someone to fill a temp position I would go myself. Unfortunately cannot do anymore due to illness. I would love to start it up again if my health improved some.
  10. dononagin

    dononagin New Member

    checking into this.. When Joe and I get married in September his insurance should cover me. I've been checking into doing home transcribing. One of my old employees is doing this and she actually makes decent money at it. Also I am an ordained wedding reverand so that is something I can do here and there for extra quick cash..

    I know I can't keep doing what I am forever, I am hoping to find something I can make a living at from home in the next couple of years..

    I used to make costumes at home years ago.. that is a fun job! I used to sell them on consignment at a costume shop at the coast.. fun!
  11. Dee50

    Dee50 New Member

    I opened my shop online 1 1/2 years ago. I learned to sew and started making thing for people.
    I've been to sick to keep up with what my store could sell but I'm hoping someday to get my health back.
    Dee50
    [This Message was Edited on 01/03/2006]
  12. smiffy79

    smiffy79 New Member

    dee thats fab.
    i think the thing about business is having the guts to take the plunge. if you cant make that final leap it could so easily become pie in the sky.
  13. jane32

    jane32 New Member

    I had two but closed it once I came down with CFS. I am a wedding planner and deal with all sorts of brides! My season has slowed down but it picks back up in April. I have a couple of assistants who take over the majority of the work. But on my good days I am so thankful for the business. I don't make a lot but it just provides a happy outlet for me:)
  14. savefuel

    savefuel New Member

    I started a business with a company that helped me with my problems last year. I have had FM for 6 years, lost a scholarship and had been working nights because I could not stay alert during the day.
  15. dononagin

    dononagin New Member

    Hey! I plan weddings for a inn/restaurant.. Was it hard to go into it for yourself? By the way.. Just peeked at your profile.. You and hubby belong on the cover of a magazine! What a georgeous couple!
  16. jeanann

    jeanann New Member

    a vocational specialist. I get referrals from the State of Alaska's Workers'Comp Board. Very lucrative. God really has done for me what I could never have done. There is NO way I could have made it without this profession cause of this disease. I meet with clients who are injured workers so I have lots of empathy for them and they for me. I do lots of research and writing from home.

    Have to have a masters degree, work under someone with the same credentials and take a test to get the referrals.

    Love you Guys
  17. paintinglady

    paintinglady New Member

    I have been a ceramic arts teacher for 30 yrs and have owned my current studio for the last 10. I love what I do but over the past year there have sure been alot of challenges with FM. I'm in the process of trying to symplify things a bit. Hopefully that will help during the low energy & brain fog days.
  18. smiffy79

    smiffy79 New Member

    theres is a lady in the uk who collects the fur from her goldie and spins it and knits jumpers and stuff.

    reading (ithink it was georgias post) made me think of this lady.
  19. Cakedec

    Cakedec New Member

    I am no longer able to sit or stand for very long with the FMS and scoliosis, so was disabled from working a year ago. Had started breeding my pekingese dogs and decided to get into that more. It's not steady money, but it helps and our family enjoys the pups. We even built a porch onto our house to keep the puppies in. I sell most of them over the internet on puppy sites.

    Deb
  20. Scarlett65

    Scarlett65 New Member

    I do occasional data entry on my computer. I cant sit or stand for longer than 20 minutes max so this gets tricky at times but I manage to complete any commitments. I do encourage anyone looking for work at home to go to www.wahm.com and www.workplacelikehome.com and get into the forums. These people offer a great number of companies to work for as an independent contractor and businesses you can get into. Most are jobs that require little or no investment at all. I am thinking of people that need extra money, people like us who are limited in ability to work at anything profitable, and those that care for us. My husband works from home also in a part time job he does in addition to his out of the house job. It really is possible to make some serious money of course with some serious work for those that can do it.