Home-Based Business Guide

September 19, 2012

How you CAN do it all...be your own boss and set your own hours!

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Working from home is an ideal option for many parents. Setting your own hours, being able to work around your kids' schedules, and being your own boss are among the best benefits of working at home. Some people just want to have a hobby or a way of earning a bit of additional spending money (or maybe enough money for that dream vacation) There are a lot of different reasons for wanting to work at home. It is hard, though, to know which companies are legit and worth the time you need to invest and which aren't.

All of the companies below are represented by someone that works from home either full-time or part-time. Some of the companies want you to be a part of their business, some of them are an example of what you can do independently. Be sure to read each of their stories, even if you think it is not the right for you immediately off the bat. Maybe something they say will catch your eye! Maybe you will find a great holiday gift or new favorite company. And maybe you will find both!

If you have a company that is not listed here and you would like it to be, please contact me at vickil@macaronikid.com

Avon: To start Avon it is only $10! When you join Avon you are in business for yourself but not by yourself you have access to online, phone and in person trainings to help you build your business. You will also have an up-line and District Manager to answer questions and guide you. Avon stands behind every product with a 100% money back guarantee! I love selling Avon! I believe in the products and the fact that they stand behind them. I started selling Avon to pay for my honeymoon and now a year later I not only paid for my honeymoon but what I make each month pays my car payment. Avon is about empowering women and making a difference. Even if you don't realize it every time you sell or purchase something from Avon you are fighting Breast Cancer or standing up to Domestic Violence. The Avon Foundation is the largest corporate philanthropy dedicated to women's causes globally. Contact Stephanie Lester at 303-709-2036 or stephlester626@gmail.com. Learn more at her Facebook page!


Mary Kay offers high-quality & innovative skincare and color cosmetics for women of all ages that you can "try before you buy" so you can find what's right for you. Are you interested in making a full-time income working part-time hours? As an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay, you will:

With Mary Kay, you are representing a family-owned, debt free company who celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year! There are no quotas, no territories and lots of training opportunities!
Everyone starts out the very same way in Mary Kay and that’s with what’s called a Mary Kay Starter Kit. This kit includes everything you need to get started holding parties, one-on-one appointments and making money immediately. Inside you will receive over $500 worth of materials (including full-sized products that retail for $410 that are designed to be your demos). Your kit includes training & educational materials, full-sized products, product samplers, disposable applicators, catalogs, sales tickets, etc. Everything you need for your first 30 faces, and it costs only $100 plus tax and shipping. That’s your only initial expense and you can decide what you want to do from there. Consider this - $100 won’t change your standard of living, but it could change your life! For more information, contact Mary at 719-229-8984 or marykurth@live.com. Also, check out her Facebook!


Pampered Chef helps you discover high-quality kitchen tools, learn tips to make cooking and entertaining easier, and try delicious, budget-friendly recipes. Get the MORE that you are looking for: MORE money to pay off debt and save; MORE time to spend with family and friends; MORE free products; MORE fun and recognition doing something you love! Join my team! Contact me today to learn more about starting your own Pampered Chef business for as little as $80 and get your MORE! Start making money today! Contact Gaby Lawson at 303-915-8949 or CookWithGaby@gmail.com. You can see more on her Facebook page!


Rags to Riches Boutique: Talent is a key ingredient to owning and operating your own successful business, and if you can find a way to use your talent in the comforts of your own home you may just find that you can bring extra money into the house as well! The great thing about Etsy is you can set your own price and you have complete control over your customer’s satisfaction because you are the one that designs, makes and sells your own products. Not only that but you are the one responsible for getting the product to your customer so you don’t have to worry about a middleman driving up your prices.  One popular store on Etsy is Rags to Riches Boutique! Rags to Riches is a great shop that sells handmade bows, crotchet scarfs/hats/sweaters, super-cute onsies and SO much more! Contact Mitzi Miller at (303) 552-4957. Check out her Facebook page!



Scentsy is a Family friendly business, great way to set your own schedule and be home for you children, safe around kids and pets, reduced fire hazard with the benefits of scent. Contact Ginger Christensen at 720-532-0205 or at wicklessgoddess@gmail.com. You can see more on her Facebook page!



Shaklee-Project Mahma- What Is Project MAHMA? Project MAHMA stands for Moms at Home Making a ... Difference (and a whole lot of money!) Project MAHMA is a coalition of Shaklee families across North America who stay at home with their kids and earn income by helping others live healthier and more independent lives. Project MAHMA was formed as an opportunity for moms and dads to: Have the very best for their family's health, well-being and financial future, realize their personal potential, and make a difference in the lives of others. Do it all AND stay home with their kids! Start up costs start as low as $49.95! Contact Mandi Eschenbach at 941-412-5677 or sweettinyblessings@gmail.com. See more on Facebook!



Silpada- Do you love to add sparkle to your wardrobe?! Would you love to earn an income by helping others add sparkle to their wardrobe?! Silpada Designs is the answer for YOU! For 15 years, Silpada has been helping women achieve their dreams of working from home. Part time or full time - you can earn a great income by sharing the highest quality .925 sterling silver jewelry! Our start up is only $150 which includes a 3-4 piece set of jewelry, personal website, business cards, catalogs and all your marketing materials! PLUS you have the opportunity to earn thousands of dollars in FREE jewelry during your first 100 days in business! Silpada's business plan allows all of us an amazing opportunity to be profitable! I'd love to share all the business information with YOU and help you have a sparkling future!! Contact Jenifer Spencer at 303-730-9099 or jen.spencer@live.com. See more on Facebook!


Stroller Strides: "Fitness for Mom and Fun for Baby!" Your first class is FREE! Stroller Strides is a great way to get in shape, meet other moms and have fun with your baby...all at the same time (not to mention what a great example you are setting). Contact Lucy Paffett at 719-332-9301 or at lucypaffett@strollerstrides.net. Find out more on her Facebook page! Visit our website or contact Lucy Paffett for class times/locations and questions.


Tastefully Simple is an ideal income opportunity. Explore these quick and easy meal solutions for your busy life.  Everybody eats! What would you do with an extra $500 per month? A flexible schedule, working as many hours as YOU want, WHEN you want! Give me a call to schedule your taste party or a business opportunity conversation. Contact Trish Woodward at 303-503-7640 or twoodward82@aol.com.  


Thirty-One Gifts-As a Thirty-One Consultant, discover the freedom of owning your own business and the opportunity for unlimited earning potential. With only a $99 investment to start, you'll find that Thirty-One offers much more than just a career and extra income. We're here to Celebrate, Encourage and Reward your efforts. You'll have the pleasure of working with supportive and encouraging women just like you! Set your own schedule, and those flexible hours allow you to devote much-needed time to your family – and yourself. This business can change your life and I'll be there to guide you on your journey to success as YOU define it.  Go to http://www.mythirtyone.com/christac and click on Join My Team. Contact Christa at 720-988-4065 or ThirtyOneChrista@yahoo.com. Learn more at her Facebook page!



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