Sorry for the delay, but I am disabled as well as my wife and I work from my home. I build web sites and I also do conflict resolution between local businesses and their employers and/or their clients. It is a form of paid arbitration. I also do new business start up consultation and provide services to start companies like designing letterheads, business cards and brochures as well as media representation for advertising. I provide outsourced resources for companies not large enough to hire in-house specialists and I provide a marriage of sorts between skilled office teams and those companies.
I am telling you this to provide you with ideas for your own in-home business ideas. Here it is: Sit down with yourself - Take a personal inventory of sorts and list ALL of your skills - Place no limits on the list - Include everything from accounting skills to xylophone tuning!!!
- Do you get my drift? Somebody somewhere in your community needs one or more of your skills and they are willing to pay for them.
You alone know your skill set. After you have compiled a good sized list (from 7 - 15 or so skills) go back and assign a priority to them with your most accomplished skills on top etc. Secondly - grab your latest phone book and go to work. SELL YOURSELF!!!
Example: Perhaps your skill set includes customer letter writing skills. Find a real Estate company. Put together a dummy letter asking a new couple how they are settling in to their new home and set up a time at their convenience to come by and chat as a courtesy call. If you know a vet, dentist or chiropractor - they may be open to the same ideas. I know - a lot of professionals do send out cards to clients like "It's time to have your cat/dog waxed" (ha ha) or whatever. But it is your job to convince them that a personally handwritten letter is more... You could write a generic letter using a script font and mass produce them. These are just ideas.
Here are some links that may help. Watch the video from ABC. It is exciting...
Here is a video link from from abc7.com:
Work-at-home parents become a growing trend
As for your student loans, Are they breathing down your neck for payment now? If the company you can not contact is out of business, perhaps they can wait. You need to focus on finding your niche and the pressure to repay may hinder you with unnecessary stress. If there is no pressure, put that on the back burner for a while.
I hope this helps.
Edited by John Henderson on 2/9/2010 at 3:34 PM EST