With the advent of the Internet, parents who have decided to stay home with their kids are finding new opportunities to help contribute to the family finances. As one Mom said, “There are so many opportunities out there to make money online. I can sell on E-Bay. I can be a Cha-Cha guide. I can host online parties. The opportunities are really endless. While I have the most important job in the world, it is really nice to be able to contribute to my family in my spare time.”
One Mom who decided to stay home with her kids has established three websites where anyone can make a little spare cash in their extra time as well as to save money when making online purchases. After graduating from college, Amber Nelson worked in the advertising department of a local FOX affiliate selling advertising, writing script, and producing commercials. After having her second child and finishing her maternity leave, Amber decided she wanted to find a way to stay home with her children and looked at the possibility of working from home. After doing a few odd jobs online and researching extensively, Amber decided to open her own website.
Her first website, DiscoDollars (http://www.DiscoDollars.net ), is a get-paid-to (GPT) site that rewards members through incentives to complete free surveys, offers, and sign up to try products. It is 100% free to join and members can decide how much time they work. Open since April 2007, DiscoDollars has paid over $9,400 to its members. “It really has been a lot of fun. Not only am I able to contribute to my family, I am helping other stay-at-home parents and college students to earn. As a parent and former college student, I know how valuable time is and how difficult it can be to sit down for any concentrated amount of time. All of my sites are open 24 hours a day and members can put in as much time as they want. If they want to spend 10 minutes and do a couple of surveys after the children are in bed, DiscoDollars is always open.”
After the great success with DiscoDollars, Amber started a new venture, ShopStar Inc. (http://shopstarinc.proboards74.com/ ). “With two small children, I love shopping online. Not only do I love the convenience of having packages delivered to my door, but finding the best price on what I need is so much easier with the Internet. With ShopStar, I have created a Forum where we post freebies, coupon, online sweepstakes and great online deals. Moms are great at finding deals, and it is great to have people sharing them in one spot. With my websites, I really want to create a sense of community. I try to make the Forums for each site and integral part of the site where members can get to know each other, ask questions and share stories. We run lots of fun contests in the Forums where members can also win prizes.”
“My newest site, OdetoFamily (http://odetofamily.com/) is a lot like DiscoDollars, but instead of earning cash, parents, grandparents, anyone can earn points that they can trade in for fun family items – toys, gift cards to stores.”
When asked what advice she would give to others looking at starting their own online business, Amber said, “Find what interests you. Research it and research it some more. I have really enjoyed running my sites and getting to know my members. Extra income is great, but it really makes it so much more rewarding when you enjoy what you are doing.”