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In Today’s post you will learn how to make money making and selling Rubber stamps. Okay I did say that my work from home posts you will not need money to start them but this one you do need a little bit of money for start up.

How to make rubber stamps – Simple Method

  1. Place the items you will need in a well lit and well ventilated workspace.
  2. Trace or draw the pattern you want onto the eraser.Example.Write any words backwards before carving. See picture at right for an example of a stamp created with this method.
  3. Carve away everything except the design.
  4. Attach the eraser to a wood block for longevity and ease of use.

Method 2 Advanced Method

  1. Obtain a photocopy of the design you want.
  2. Wet the photocopy with acetate (fingernail polish remover).
  3. Place the wet photocopy on the eraser for several minutes. The ink will transfer.
  4. Remove the paper and allow the design to dry (the acetate will evaporate fairly quickly.)
  5. Carefully carve away everything except the design.
  6. Attach the eraser to a wood block for longevity and ease of use.

The other method is to actually buy a rubber stamp making machine. this is the easiest and fastest way. Get one HERE

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In Today’s post you will learn how to make money by learning the Tarot. This post is for all my magical and mystical followers that is in love with moon like me 🙂

Learning to read Tarot cards takes a combination of knowledge and intuition that anyone can develop. Follow the steps below to hone your abilities as a Tarot card reader to offer insight and guidance to those who seek it or to aid in your own personal growth.  

Method 1 Get Familiar with The Tarot

  1. Choose a deck of cards. Different tarot decks use different symbology. One of the most widely used and most widely taught is the Rider-Waite Tarot or one of its clones–the Morgan-Greer Tarot, for example. Still, it’s important that a tarot deck speak to you, so look through different ones and read reviews to learn what people like and dislike about them.
    • Classic and popular decks are always in circulation, but new tarot decks are published each year so there is an ever-changing inventory to look through.
    • The top five tarot decks of all time are: Deviant Moon Tarot, Rider-Waite Tarot, Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot, DruidCraft Tarot and Shadowscapes Tarot.
  2. Develop a mission statement. Defining exactly what you hope to accomplish in your relationship with the Tarot can help you on your journey as a reader. When you know your desired end result, you’ll be better able to look objectively at where you are now and what steps you must take to reach your “destination.” Ask yourself your intention for your Tarot deck or how you plan to use it to serve others. Mission statements may reflect goals such as wanting to develop greater intuition, enhance creativity or connect with spiritual forces. These statements are different and personal to each individual who crafts one.
  3. Transfer your energy to the deck. The best way to do this is to handle the cards. Shuffle them again and again. Put them in order (from Fool through the World, followed by each of the suits, from Ace through Ten, then Page, Knight, Queen and King). Handling your cards helps them to become an extension of you.
  4. Understand how the deck works. The Tarot deck is made up of 78 cards: 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana. You must memorize and be able to identify each card as well as give two divinatory meanings for each card.
    • Major arcana. The Tarot archetypes represented in the major arcana are pictures that represent life and the stages and experiences we all go through. It’s meant to be the story of one’s journey through life starting as The Fool (young, pure energy in spirit form) moving through events and cycles and finding completion in The World (the end of our life cycle).
    • Minor arcana. Minor Cards describes the people, events, feelings and circumstances we encounter on our personal “Fool’s Journey.”  It represents events that are within the control of the individual and indicate how you do something. The minor arcana fairly closely resembles a traditional deck of playing cards. It’s made up of four suits, and each of these suits are associated with one of the elements: Wands (Fire), Cups (Water), Pentacles (Earth) and Swords (Air). There are also the Queen, King and Knight (or Jack) of each suit plus the addition of Pages or Princesses.
      • Memorizing all 78 cards will take time. Try working with a partner who can quiz you using the deck as a kind of set of flash cards.
  5. Get a good book. A well-written book that will help you understand the basics of Tarot will be extremely helpful in getting you started reading tarot cards. Some take you through the process in a way that emphasizes memorization while others encourage participation. Choose a book that suits your learning style.
    • Don’t plan to rely too heavily on your book. It will be helpful to get you on track for learning, but you need to integrate your intuition with your book knowledge to fully develop as a Tarot card reader.
    • Try this trick for incorporating your intuition into your learning. Look at each card and decide what you think it means. Don’t worry about being right–just go from your gut. Then look in your book and see what it says. This will take the focus off pure memorisation and the fear of being wrong and allow you to create readings that flow because of the way you’ve personally connected with the cards. EXPERT TIPSUSAN LEVITT
      Tarot Card Reader Our Expert Agrees: There are a lot of excellent books that can teach you how to read tarot cards. You can also find apps or websites that show and explain a card every day, or you can go for a personalized tarot reading and learn from watching.

Method 2 Play Around with the Basics

  1. Pick a card-a-day. You can choose a card simply as a way of getting to know the deck or you may pick one to get some insight into the day ahead of you.
    • To get to know the deck. Choose a card at random and gaze at it a bit. Write down your first impressions and intuitive thoughts. Write these with one particular color of ink a journal or notebook. With a second, different ink color, write down more information you find about the card from other sources (books, e-groups, friends). After a few days, review what you’ve written and add comments in a third color of ink.
    • Get a daily reading. Choose a card at random the first thing in the morning. Spend some time looking at it. Pay attention to its colors and how you react to them. Note the general atmosphere of the card and the emotions it brings out in you. Look at the figures in the card–what they’re doing, whether they’re seated or standing, who they remind you of and how you feel about them. Focus on the symbols and what they remind you of. Write your thoughts down in a journal–you can refer back to this as a learning tool and use it to track your progress.
  2. Study card combinations. It’s important for beginners to view the Tarot not as 78 separate cards but as a system of patterns and interactions. Studying card combinations can help you embrace that concept. Draw two cards from the deck and put them face up next to each other. Now, look for images, locations or events within the two-card combination. You can work with more cards or do an entire spread. The idea is to learn the cards in combinations to develop deeper understanding and greater confidence when it comes time to doing a reading.
  3. Make constellations. Tarot constellations are made up of all cards that carry the same digit (number one through nine). For example, the Tarot constellations for the number four would be the number four card from each of the suits, the Emperor (which carries the number four) and Death (which carries the number 13 but reduces to the number four (1+3=4).
    • Line up all the cards from a constellation in front of you and ask yourself some questions such as how you feel about each card, what attracts, repels, annoys or makes you anxious about the cards, how they’re alike and how they’re different and what symbols they seem to share. Repeat this exercise for each of the nine prime numbers and record your impressions in a journal.
    • Understanding the energy of each of these cards will facilitate a smoother reading when multiples of the same number come up. Instead of focusing on the meaning of individual cards, you’ll be able to focus on the energy they bring in as a group.
  4. Play the card resolution game. Go through your deck and pull out cards that strike you as being difficult. Spend some time with them to try to get to the root of your impression. Then go through the deck again and pull out one or more cards that you feel brings resolution to those difficult cards.
    • This game actually helps you develop a skill you can use in your readings. When a difficult card comes up in one of your readings and you want to help the Seeker resolve that issue, you can suggest a card that will counteract the difficult card.

Method 3 Do a Simple Reading

  1. Tell a story. A Tarot reading is a narrative, a story that you tell to the Seeker. It’s an attempt to highlight past influences, understand present circumstances and predict the most likely future. The future you speak of will not be a fixed or definitive outcome; it’s important to remember that there are no conclusive endings or absolutes.
  2. Get familiar with spreads. A “spread” simply refers to the layout of your cards. A Tarot spread is a configuration or pattern of cards. That pattern provides the framework for a tarot reading. Further, each position of the tarot cards in a spread has a specific meaning. Your reading will use the placement or position of the cards within an identified theme. For example, many spreads include positions for the past, present and future. They can also include positions for internal feelings, specific challenges, external factors and so on. There are hundreds of spreads to try, and more experienced readers can make up their own. Experiment with different spreads, trying especially to choose ones that encourage your imagination and intuition. Figuring out what works best for you is important; many readers come to rely on specific spreads that work best for them.
  3. Start with a Three-Card Spread. A three-card spread is great for divining answers to uncomplicated questions, for refocusing on simplicity an for beginners who have just started reading. Assign the positions in advance, lay out your spread and use what you’ve learned about card meanings and combinations to tell a story.
    • Some possible positions for a reading designed to understand a situation are: past/present/future, current situation/obstacle/advice, where you stand now/what you aspire to/how to get there and what will help you/what will hinder you/what is your unrealized potential.
    • Some possible positions for a reading designed to understand relationships are: you/the other person/the relationship, opportunities/challenges/outcomes, what brings you together/what pulls you apart/what needs your attention and what you want from the relationship/what you want from the relationship/where the relationship is heading.
    • Some possible positions for a reading designed to understand relationships are: mind/body/spirit, material state/emotional state/spiritual state, you/your current path/your potential and stop/start/continue.

Method 4 Do a More Complex Spread

  1. Separate your cards. To begin this 21-card spread, separate the Major Arcana from the Minor.
  2. Create the spread. Shuffle each set of cards, cut them and lay them out in rows of three across, seven down with one card to the side. This will use all of the Major Arcana but leave some Minor Arcana cards. Set these aside in a pile.
  3. Write down impressions. Make a list of the cards you’ve laid out. Pick a word that best describes each and write it down beside them.
  4. Look at the pictures on the cards. What do they suggest to you? Identify a narrative pattern, as though you are looking at a book of illustrations and trying to find the story. The patterns can go across, down, diagonally or first to last. The card to the side signifies the most important element of the situation.
  5. Ask questions. Ask yourself which situations in your life or in the life of the person whose cards you are reading, the cards seem to be alluding to.
  6. Consider alternatives. Look for narrative patterns that offer alternatives to the end first perceived, things that could make the situation better or worse.
  7. Review your words. Consider the words you’ve assigned to each of the cards. How do these apply to the stories you’ve identified?
  8. Put it all together. Combine your perceptions from the above steps into one reading. You might be amazed at how much more accurate the reading is than when you use the deck’s guide.
    • Remember that if at some point a card feels like it has a different meaning to you than what the book says, go with that meaning. Trusting your intuition is the true way to read tarot cards and something you’ll begin to do naturally you become more experienced. Just let the cards speak to you.

Method 5 Protect Your Deck

  1. Store your deck properly. Tarot cards can pick up negative energy that can interfere with your readings. It is recommended that you store your cards in a black-lined bag or in a wooden Tarot card box. You can add in gemstones or herbs that increase psychic abilities.
  2. Decide who can touch your cards. It’s a matter of personal preference as to whether or not you’ll allow the Seeker to touch your cards. Some readers encourage it–the have them shuffle the deck as a way of transferring their energy to the cards. Other readers prefer not to have anyone’s energy except their own on the deck.
  3. Clear your deck. There will be times when you need to clear or cleanse your deck to rid it of negative energy. There are many ways to it, but one simple way involves calling on one of the four elements. When using this method, begin by fanning the deck; if extreme cleansing is needed, the cards can be cleared one at a time.
    • Earth. Bury your protected deck in sand, salt or dirt for 24 hours. Alternatively, fan your deck on a tablecloth and sprinkle it with salt and/or sand for one to two minutes or any combination of basil, lavender, rosemary, sage or thyme.
    • Water. Sprinkle your cards lightly with water, herbal tea or a plant infusion and wipe immediately or expose your deck to moonlight in a protected area for half the night.
    • Fire. Taking care not to burn yourself, pass your deck quickly through a candle flame. You can also expose your deck to sunlight in a protected area for half a day.
    • Air. Pass your deck five to seven times over burning incense. Or try instead taking a deep breath and breathe deeply and slowly into your deck three times.

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In Today’s post you will learn how to make money by working from home starting a subscription business. It can be a very lucrative business.
Work from Home – Start a Subscription business

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In Today’s post you will learn how to make money by working from home starting a subscription business.

Work from Home – How to Start a Subscription Box Business

A subscription box is a service that people can sign up for in order to receive products that they are interested in right at their doorsteps. Starting a subscription box brand is a fun, exciting business idea that can begin a hobby and even grow into a full-time occupation. To launch a successful subscription box venture, it’s important that you brainstorm a unique idea for your box, market it effectively to potential customers, then make sure those first boxes get to them in one piece and on time!

Part 1 Brainstorming Your Subscription Box Business

  1. Choose a unique niche for your subscription box. There are many subscription box services that offer a wide range of products, so do your best to come up with an idea that sets your subscription box apart from the rest. To find a niche, try to find an area in the market that is not already covered by another subscription box service. 
    • This could be an emerging trend or a particular target market that is interested in something unique that isn’t yet offered by a subscription box service.
    • It’s ok to sell the same genre of products as another subscription box service, but try to do something differently to make yours special. For instance, if you want to start a coffee subscription box, you could sell only organic coffee to set yourself apart.
    • Make sure that your products are not so obscure that there will be no market for them. Do some research online and make sure that there will be a number of people who are passionate about the products you want to offer.
  2. Research your target audience and competitors. Do research online and on social media to determine what kinds of people are likely to subscribe to your box and what other similar subscription services there are. This will allow you to tailor your marketing messaging to connect with potential customers and differentiate yourself from competitors.
    • Search different hashtags related to your products and to subscription boxes on social media to see what people are talking about.
    • Take note of any social media influencers that you might be able to work with to market your subscription box.
  3. Come up with a name and logo for your business. Choose a name that is catchy and unique and make sure it is not already taken by another brand. Work with a graphic designer to design a logo for the brand if you don’t have any graphic design skills yourself.
    • You can use a program like Adobe Illustrator to make a business logo.
    • Make sure that you’ll be able to use your brand name to create social media accounts, and that a good URL is available for a website. Search social media platforms for your desired name to make sure it’s not taken, and search a web hosting site to find available URLs that include the name.

Part 2 Prototyping Your First Subscription Box

  1. Find sources for the types of products that you will include. Make sure that you will be able to acquire a variety of the types of products you want to sell. Remember that every subscription box needs to be different to keep people interested, so you should have multiple sources from which you will be able to get the products.
    • When you first start out, it’s a good idea to plan the products you will include in the first 6 boxes ahead of time. This way, you won’t be scrambling to find new products at the last minute!
    • Make sure the products you source will be easy to ship. They shouldn’t be very fragile or too big to fit easily in a box with other products. Remember that the bigger the box, the higher your shipping costs will be.
  2. Order samples or small amounts of products from suppliers to try them out. Try the products yourself or give them out to friends to get their feedback. Create some sort of evaluation scorecard or survey for each product, then fill them out alongside your enlisted product testers in order to select the best of the best.
    • You can make this part fun by hosting a sampling party to try out products with your friends.
  3. Select packaging and shipping materials. Find a reliable source of packaging supplies. Choose the actual boxes that you will ship and any other necessary packaging material, such as padding to protect the products.
    • Make sure that you can get the packaging supplies in bulk each month (or however often you plan on shipping the box).
    • If you can find a packaging supplier that can also provide printing and design services, this can save you a lot of time in the design and decoration process.
  4. Design and decorate the box and packaging. Decide how you will decorate the boxes and what packaging materials to use inside. Print your logo and designs directly on the boxes for a professional-looking and time-saving option, or print stickers for a cheaper more versatile option.
    • Think about the whole unboxing experience for your customers and try to make it a special experience. The inside of the box should look nice as well as the outside.
    • You can find a printing service in your area that will be able to transfer your designs to the boxes, or sometimes the suppliers of packing materials themselves are able to do this.
  5. Put together products for the first subscription box. Make a final decision about what products will go into the first subscription box you send out. Make sure you know how much of each product you will be able to provide and set a cap on orders if necessary.
    • Package up a prototype box and take pictures for your website and social media channels.
    • Some subscription boxes are a surprise every month, while others tell their subscribers what they will be getting. It’s up to you which route you want to go.
  6. Set a price for your subscription box. Calculate your costs for each box by adding up the costs of the products inside, the cost of all packaging, and the shipping costs. Set a price that allows you to make a profit, but not so high that it is not affordable for your customers to pay continuously.
    • Factor in how much time you will be spending fulfilling orders to determine how much profit you want to make.
    • A 40% profit margin is considered a good margin to aim for with a subscription box business.

Part 3 Marketing Your Subscription Box

  1. Create a website for your subscription box. Use a free service that lets you create a website using templates, or hire a web developer to create a site for your brand. Make sure to include eCommerce plugins that allow customer to sign up for the subscription service and make payments.
    • There are also several online subscription box marketplaces that you can sign up for to make the process easier (since they already have the infrastructure to sell subscription boxes), or to supplement your own website.
    • Keep your site simple and design-focused. People are buying the experience of the subscription box, so make your site visually attractive, include some professional-looking pictures of your boxes, and a little bit of info about your niche.
    • If you want to get organic traffic to your site, make sure to work on the site’s SEO to position it in search engine results.
  2. Start a buzz on social media about your brand. Create channels on the main social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Start posting content and photos with popular and relevant hashtags in the descriptions to attract followers and generate a buzz.
    • Social media is a great way to get a lot of free publicity for your subscription box. Once you grow your followings organically, you can move on to paid social media advertising if it’s in your budget.
  3. Pay for advertising if you have the budget for it. Pay for ads on search engines or on social media networks to put your brand in front of more people. This is a good second step after you grow traffic to your site and followings on social media organically.
    • If you don’t know anything about paid advertising, ask a friend who works in digital marketing or hire a freelance digital marketer to help you get started.
    • Many social media influencers work with brands for a set fee or commission. Reach out to social media influencers who could potentially promote your product to a large audience to see if this is a viable option.

Part 4 Launching Your Subscription Box

  1. Set a date for the first box to ship and start taking orders. Choose a shipping date and a deadline by which customers have to subscribe. Keep an eye on how many orders are coming in and make sure you will be able to fulfill all of them.
    • Stop allowing early orders if you will not be able to get enough products to fulfill all of them.
    • Send customers a confirmation email after they subscribe and pay to let them know when they should expect to receive their boxes.
    • Stay active on social media to keep followers informed about deadlines for subscriptions, shipping dates, and any information about products you want to share. Keep paying for advertising to keep the orders rolling in.
  2. Order the products for the first box after the deadline for customer subscriptions. You will know how many boxes you need to ship after the deadline by which customers have to sign up for the box. Order all of your chosen products and get ready to package them.
    • Make sure that there is enough time between the customer subscription deadline date and the shipping date that you chose to acquire all of the products.
  3. Package your first orders and ship them out on time. Carefully package up all the products in your boxes that you will send out. Take care that you package products in a visually appealing and consistent way to give the customer a nice unboxing experience.
    • When you first start out, you will probably be able to handle shipping yourself, or with the help of some friends. After your customer base grows, you may want to look into fulfilment services that can take care of this part for you.
  4. Evaluate your first shipment’s success. Think about how the whole process went and if there is anything you need to change for the second shipment. Stop working with any suppliers that were difficult to receive products from, analyse which marketing tactics worked best, and make any necessary changes to your fulfilment process.
    • If sending out boxes on your own was too stressful or inefficient, then you should find a fulfillment service to help you with the second shipment.
    • It’s a good idea to send out a short survey by email to your subscribers to ask how their experience was and see if they have any feedback you can use to make your service better.

Thank you for reading today’s Work from Home post. See you tomorrow 😉

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In Today’s post you will learn how to make money buying and selling books. There is two methods. Selling used books or sell your self-publishing books.

How to Sell Books

Whether you’ve got a collection of books that needs thinning or you’ve self-published your own book, there are plenty of ways to sell books. Do your best to get your books in perfect condition, do a bit of research, and you’ll be well on your way to having cash in your pocket and books off your hands.

Method 1 Selling Used Books

  1. Repair any damage done to the book. If you have a pile of well-loved books that you’re trying to resell, the first thing you’ll want to do is get them in tip-top shape. You’ll get a much higher price for a book that doesn’t have rips, bent pages, writing, or frayed edges. Although not all of these things can be fixed, do your best to repair any damage done to your books. Unfold any ‘dog-ears’ and remove old bookmarks or sticky notes, tape the edges to prevent them from fraying further, and patch any tears that might be visible.
    • For textbooks that are worth quite a bit of money, it may be in your best interest to purchase book-repair materials commonly used by librarians.
    • If you’ve written in your book, erase marks if possible or use white-out to cover up ink.
  2. Determine the price of your book. It may not always be easy to know how much a book is worth, but you should try to find a ballpark price range prior to selling it. That way, you’ll know what to charge or whether you’re being offered a decent amount. Check the price online of books in similar condition as your own; if prices vary, take several that seem ‘normal’ and take the average to get the price for your book. If there are no other copies of your book on the market (it is a vintage copy or textbook), look at books similar to your own to gauge your selling price.
    • A damaged book will never be worth very much, no matter what the content is.
  3. Look into selling your books online. If you’re looking for ease and a quick sell, your best option for selling your used books is to try an online store. Look for venues/sellers specific to your type of book – textbooks, vintage, cookbooks, fiction, etc. – and go through the process of registering online with them. There are two general ways you can sell online: sell directly to a large buyer, or create a posting for your book that people can search. The former gives you the fastest means of selling your books, but the latter gives you more control over price and where your books go.
    • Look on websites like Amazon or eBay to see what their selling process is like.
    • If you don’t want to pay for shipping, look into possibly selling locally via a website like Craigslist.
  4. Check for used bookstores in your area. Although chain bookstores tend to be the go-to for many readers these days, there are plenty of used bookstores around for those of us on the more frugal side. Used bookstores get their stock from people trying to sell books. You go in, drop off the books you want to get rid of, they search/price the books they want, and give you a quote for the total. Used bookstores are nice because they get books off your hands immediately, but they may not buy all your books from you.
    • It is becoming more and more common for used bookstores to give store credit rather than hard cash for any books they decide to purchase from you. Make sure you check on this policy before trading in your books.
    • Keep in mind that used bookstores can sell good-quality books for much more money, so if you’re trying to get rid of books that are bent up and damaged, they probably won’t buy them from you.
  5. Try selling your books at a yard sale. If the weather isn’t too bad and you have quite a load of books you’re trying to get rid of, it might be in your best interest to host a garage or yard sale. Here, you’ll be able to set up shop and sell tons of books, fast. Yard sales are a favorite hunting grounds of book lovers, as there tends to be a large variety for little cost. Put your books on display, price them cheaply, and people will be snatching them up off your hands quicker than you can put them out!
    • Advertise your garage/yard sale a few days in advance for the most traffic. Place an ad in a local newspaper, or put up signs around your house so that people know where to come to.
    • If you have a friend with lots to sell, you can draw in more people by doubling up and creating a big yard sale. Bringing in more stock from a friend will get people much more interested than just a few books sitting out on a table.

Method 2 Selling Self-Published Books

  1. Make sure your book is in perfect condition. The biggest mistake you can make in selling a self-published book is putting it out on the market while it still has mistakes and needs editing. Make sure that your book has been well-edited, is formatted correctly, and has a matching cover and appearance with the story. A good-looking and clean book will sell many many more copies than a book that has numerous mistakes or an obviously hand-made cover design.
    • It is worth your money to hire a professional editor or cover designer to help get your book ready for selling.
    • Don’t rely on friends and family only for opinions/editing help on your book. It will be clear if you were lazy and took the easiest way out for getting your book prepared for selling.
  2. Advertise it on social media. You need to make as many people aware of your novel as possible, which means using multiple social media platforms to get the word out. You should be posting regularly about your book on various platforms to get people other than your close friends and family involved. Try using social media like:
    • Blogs/Tumblr
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Goodreads (like Facebook but for books/authors)
    • Instagram
  3. Do local events and book signings. If you make appearances in places where your book-buying audience is likely to be present, you’ll be sure to sell plenty of books. See if any local bookstores, radio stations, or libraries will host you for a public interview or book signing. If you make a public appearance and can use your charm and wit to lure people into reading your book, you’ll be able to get plenty more buyers than just sending your book off to be sold somewhere.
    • If you can get a book deal at a local store and a book signing event, you’ll be golden.
    • Getting published in a blog or online magazine might be a great way to get word out about your book. Look into blogs/magazines that tend towards your reading audience, and ask if you can be hosted on their page.
  4. Create a mailing list. If you’re able to get a group of fans to sign up for a mailing list, you’ll be one step closer to getting your book into the hands of people who may not have heard of you before. Have people sign up for either letters or emails (the latter are more popular these days) which you can send out any time you have an event or need their support. Using this mailing list strategically will help build stronger relationships with your fans, while using it too frequently and not professionally will cause people to stop following you. Do your best to stoke interest in these lists, and your fans will likely forward them on to other friends and family.
  5. Do plenty of marketing. Marketing isn’t easy; there’s a reason entire college degrees exist in the field. However, if you treat selling your book like a business and do tons of marketing, you’ll sell way more books than a self-publishing author who does not. Hire a marketing agent to help you get your book out in the world, or do a bit of research in marketing on your own. In the end, it will be worth the money and time spent, as you earn it all back and open the eyes of hundreds of readers to your writing.

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In Today’s post you will learn how to make money buying and selling Vintage furniture. Like they say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Method 1 Finding out How Much Your Items are Worth

  1. Get your pieces appraised by a professional for a precise estimate. You can track down a qualified antique appraiser near you with a quick Internet search. A certified appraiser will inspect your antique furniture and make determinations about how old it is, who the original maker was, whether it’s genuine or reproduced, and how much it’s currently worth. They’ll then provide you with a document acknowledging the estimated value of your item or items, which you can use to negotiate sales with authority.
    • A professional appraisal is recommended if you think that one of your items might be especially rare or valuable.Warning: Hiring an appraiser could cost you as much as $200-400 per hour, so it may not be the most cost-effective strategy unless you have reason to believe that a certain piece may be worth a lot of money.
  2. Pay for a convenient online appraisal. Websites like Sotheby’s, WorthPoint, and ValueMyStuff allow you to send in photos of your items for a thorough review conducted by a licensed antique appraiser. These appraisals are typically sold in packages that offer various perks, such as the history of a given piece or an official certificate of valuation.
    • Web-based appraisals typically start at around $10-20 per piece, making them a much more affordable alternative to hiring a professional antiques appraiser in the flesh.
    • For a slightly higher rate, some websites give you the option of signing up for a monthly membership that gives you access to features like instant valuations, detailed sales records, and exclusive pricing guides.
  3. Seek a free verbal appraisal from your local auction house. If you don’t have much to spend, see if your local auction house would be willing to value your items for you. Auction houses often hold “valuation days” where in-house appraisers look over antiques brought in by interested parties. These appraisals are generally free of charge.
    • Verbal appraisals are the way to go for most newer antiques in decent shape.
    • There are both pros and cons to verbal appraisals. On the one hand, they tend to be free, which means they allow you to maximize the profit you stand to make. On the other hand, they don’t come with any kind of certification, which means the average buyer may be skeptical of your asking price.
  4. Research your items yourself using online catalogues and other resources.Study your furniture closely for brand or designer names, unit numbers, and other identifying markings and use this data as the basis for your search. Once you’ve determined the when and where of your piece, browse for it and similar pieces on online antiques databases and marketplaces to get a sense of how much it usually goes for.
    • If you’re on Ebay, use the site’s “advanced search” feature to pull up a list of completed sales for similar items. Doing so will clue you in to the item’s actual retail value.
    • Be sure to consider factors like the publishing dates of your pricing guides and the average appraisal value of your item as indicated by multiple sources while trying to decide how much to sell it for.
  5. Take your pieces to an antique show to learn more about their history. Keep an eye on your local newspaper and community websites to get the lowdown on when the next traveling antique show is coming to town. There, you’ll have the opportunity to request a verbal appraisal for free (with the price of admission) while also receiving a miniature history lesson on the pieces you bring in.
    • Be aware that there may be a limit as to the number of items you can bring to an antique show. It may also be impractical to transport large or heavy pieces back and forth, unless you’re lucky enough to be able to sell them at the venue.

Method 2 Deciding Where to Sell Your Furniture

  1. Take your pieces to an antique store. Most antique stores get a large part of their stock from private sellers and donors. Take a trip down to your local antique store and talk to the owner or resident appraiser or consignment specialist about possibly brokering a deal. They’ll want to know as much about each piece as possible, so be prepared to provide information like authenticity, age, general condition, and ownership.
    • In some cases, you may also be able to get an appraiser from the store to come to your home and look your items over.
    • Different antique stores deal in different types of merchandise, so there’s no guarantee that your neighbourhood shop will accept the pieces you’re trying to sell.
  2. Put your items up for sale online. E-commerce websites like Ebay, Etsy, and Craigslist can be great places to sell off unwanted antiques, including furniture and other large pieces. Just create a listing that offers a detailed description of each of your items, along with a few high-quality photos showing them off from various angles. Then, set a fair price based on what you think your items are worth.
    • List each piece you want to sell separately, unless they’re intended to be part of a set.
    • Keep in mind that many websites stipulate that an item must be at least 50 years old in order to qualify as “antique.”Tip: Sites like Ruby Lane are specifically geared towards antiques, which means your prospective buyers will likely have an idea of what your pieces are actually worth and be willing to pay it.
  3. Submit your antiques to an auction house. Run a quick search for “auction house” plus the name of your city or territory to find an auctioneer in your area that deals with private owners. After a thorough examination, your items will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, and you’ll receive a portion of the proceeds.
    • Most of the time, it will be your responsibility to get your items to the venue. Some auction houses may also offer pickup services for an additional charge.
    • The money you make from selling your furniture through an auction house will the “hammer price,” or the full amount of the final bid, minus whatever commission and additional fees the auction house levies for their services.
  4. Sell your pieces to a friend or relative who has had their eye on them. If you know someone who’s been admiring a particular item for a while, consider giving them first right of refusal. That way, you won’t have to bother putting up listings online or working out the logistics of getting your piece to an antique store or auction house, and you’ll sleep well at night knowing that it’s destined for a loving home.
    • You may not be able to make quite as much money off of your antiques by selling them to a loved one, as they’ll probably expect you to cut them a pretty favorable deal.
  5. Offload your items quickly at a thrift store, flea market, or garage sale. If making a few extra bucks is less important to you than freeing up valuable living space, dropping off your unwanted pieces at may be your best option. These places generally present the lowest potential for profit, but they could be just the avenue you’re looking for if your goal is to get rid of your antiques with minimal time and effort.
    • It’s not uncommon for antique aficionados to patrol thrift stores, flea markets, and home sells for rare finds, so there’s no need to drastically undervalue your items.
    • Alternatively, you could donate a piece or two to an organisation that connects the less fortunate with free and cheap housewares if you feel like doing a good deed.
    • One unique benefit of consigning your antique furniture is that there’s a good chance of it actually being used rather than just put on display. It could very well end up beautifying someone’s home and enriching their life.

Method 3 Making a Successful Sale

  1. Price your pieces fairly according to their estimated worth. When figuring out what to ask for a given item, take into account the findings of any appraisals you had done, as well as your own independent research. If you shelled out for a certified appraisal, you’ll have a reliable figure that you can adjust based on demand. Otherwise, consulting online antique pricing guides completed sales can give you a place to start.
    • Try not to let a sentimental connection influence your estimation of what a piece is worth. Antiques are only prized for their objective value, and if you hold out hoping for a fortune, you may never end up letting up.
    • If you haven’t got a clue how to price a particular item, another approach is to ask interested parties for their best offer and go with the one who quotes the highest amount.
  2. Take a few clear, high-quality photos of your items. Use a high-quality camera to shoot your pieces from multiple angles, making sure to include close-ups of their manufacturing materials, assembly hardware, and any damage they may have sustained over the years. The camera on your smartphone or tablet should be powerful enough to grab some attractive snaps that showcase the character of your antique furniture.
    • Make sure your items are free of dust, spots, fingerprints, and unnecessary clutter before you begin taking pictures.
    • Your prospective buyer will always want to evaluate the condition of your items before they agree to buy, whether you’re optioning your items to a local antique store or listing them online.
  3. Report any instances of damage or wear honestly. You may be tempted to try to hide dings, and scratches from your buyer until you’ve completed the transaction, but don’t. Not only is this kind of practice dishonest, it could violate the terms of sale between you and the antique store, auction house, or private buyer you’re doing business with. Remember, honesty is the best policy.
    • Documenting major and minor damage will give your buyer a heads-up about what kind of repairs or restorations they might need to arrange once they own a piece.
    • You’ll always be able to find someone willing to take antique goods off your hands, no matter what kind of condition they’re in. Disgruntled buyers, however, may post negative reviews about their experiences, which could hurt your reputation as a seller and impact your ability to sell other items in the future.Tip: If any of your items are in particularly rough shape, have them repaired before you attempt to sell them. A good furniture repairs specialist can do things like re-sew seams, stitch up ripped fabric, and replace stripped screws.
  4. Be prepared to answer any questions your buyer might have about a piece. Part of what makes antiques so coveted is the story behind them—where they came from, who’s owned them, and what they’ve been through. Someone may want to know, for instance, how long you’ve owned a piece, where it’s been stored, or if it has any unique traits that make it more interesting. Do your best to answer questions like these fully and honestly to the best of your knowledge.
    • Curious buyers may also be wondering exactly how big a piece is, whether it’s been previously refurbished, or if it came from a home with smokers or pets.
    • The more information you can disclose about a particular item, the more confident your buyer will ultimately be in their decision.

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In Today’s post you will learn how to make money making and selling Leather or fabric wallets. Almost everyone in the world uses them so there will always be a demand for them. Have fun!

Leather and fabric wallets are deceivingly simple to make with the right materials and techniques. The great part about creating your own wallet is that you can add enough pockets and pouches for all of your money and cards. Plus you can choose colors and materials that suit your personal taste. Stitching together an elegant leather wallet isn’t too difficult as long as you have the right cutting and punching tools along with a needle, thread, and basic hand-sewing abilities. Or you can make a softer canvas wallet by hand-sewing or machine-sewing it together.

Method 1 Hand-Sewing a Leather Wallet

  1. Cut out a paper pattern for your wallet. Search online and in leatherworking books for your favorite wallet pattern, then print it out to scale. Or devise your own simple pattern with a few simple rectangles, drawn out in pencil on cardstock or kraft paper. Label each piece and then cut them out of cardstock or craft paper.
    • If you’re creating your own pattern, the main wallet body piece should be roughly 11 in (28 cm) long by 7.5 in (19 cm) wide.
    • This main piece will also have 2 snap tabs for closures. Each tab will be a square measuring 2 in (5.1 cm) on all sides. Draw these squares on the left side of the wallet body piece, about 0.5 in (1.3 cm) from the top and bottom with about 2.5 in (6.4 cm) of space in between them.
    • Each card pocket piece should measure about 4 in (10 cm) long by 2 in (5.1 cm) wide. Make between 1 and 3 card pockets for the right side of your wallet.
    • If you’re adding a change pocket, make this pattern piece about 3 in (7.6 cm) by 3 in (7.6 cm).
  2. Trace the pattern pieces onto the leather. Place 1 pattern piece onto the leather and trace around the outside of it with chalk or a colored pencil. Then move on to trace the rest of the pattern pieces, 1 at a time.
    • A supple piece of vegetable-tanned cowhide leather would be suitable for this project, although other animal leathers would also work.
    • Order a small piece, no more than 1 to 2 ft (0.30 to 0.61 m) long, from an online retailer, a local fabric store that carries leather, or a specialty leather retailer.
    • Leather thickness is measured in ounces. Choose a leather weight between 3 to 6 oz (85 to 170 g) for your wallet. A lower weight will result in a slimmer and less bulky wallet.
    • Feel free to use the same piece of leather for the entire wallet or switch it up with different leathers for the pockets.
  3. Cut the leather pieces out using a rotary blade. Place your leather on a cutting surface, with the marked lines facing up. For the cleanest cut lines, place a metal ruler against one of the pattern line you just traced. Press a sharp rotary blade into the leather and draw it along the side of the ruler. Cut along each line until all of the pattern pieces are free.
    • Move the blade slowly and be very careful not to slip.
    • Keep in mind that this cut edge will be the finished edge of the wallet. Trim off any nicks along the cut edge before moving ahead.
    • If you don’t have a rotary blade, try a sharp utility knife instead.
    • Either a self-healing cutting mat or a kitchen cutting board would be suitable surfaces to place the leather on before cutting it.
  4. Tape or pin the pockets in position on the wallet body. Lay the card pockets on top of one another so that the top 0.5 in (1.3 cm) of each pocket remains visible. Center this stack of pockets on the upper right quadrant of the wallet body. Place the 3 in (7.6 cm) square change pocket in the center of the upper left quadrant of the wallet body. Use masking tape or sharp metal push pins to hold the pockets in place.
    • If you’re using pins, place one in each corner of the pockets. Note that this will puncture the leather so make sure that you have the layout correct.
    • If you prefer to have more card pockets, just cut out a few more of these pieces instead of cutting out a change pocket. Stack them together and center them on the upper left quadrant of the wallet where the change pocket would otherwise go.
  5. Punch holes around the outside edge of each pocket and into the wallet body.Use either an awl, rotary punch, or a sharp metal push pin to punch holes through the pockets and down into the wallet body. The holes in the wallet body should be located directly beneath the holes in both sets of pockets. Continue until you’ve added holes to the bottom and sides of each pocket.
    • These holes will be where your needle passes through when you’re sewing the wallet together.
    • Don’t punch holes along the top of the pockets. You also don’t need to add holes along the outside edge of the wallet body during this step.
    • Make sure you don’t nudge the position of the taped or pinned-down pockets. You want to keep the holes in alignment across all the layers of leather.
    • Place a piece of thick leather hide below your wallet if you’re using a rotary punch. Doing so makes it easier to punch holes in the leather.
  6. Stitch the pockets to the wallet body with a needle and waxed thread. Thread a hand-sewing needle with waxed thread and knot the end. Use a basic straight stitch to hand sew each pocket to the body of the wallet, along the bottom and sides of each pocket. Finish it off with another knot when you’re done. Then remove the tape or pins.
    • If desired, use a lighter to carefully burn the knot, melting the wax together for a more permanent hold.
    • Start from the inside of the wallet (the side with the pockets) to hide the knot.
    • Create the straight stitch by passing the thread in and out of the holes created with your rotary punch. Make sure the pocket holes are lined up with the holes in the wallet body as you do this.
    • For added strength, complete 2 rows of stitching instead of just 1.
  7. Mark the position of your snap closure. To determine where to position each part of the snap closure, fold up your wallet to close it. Pinch the 2 square snap tabs together and fold them over the edge of the wallet. Press a push pin through the centre of the tabs until it punctures the wallet body in the correct spot.
    • To fold your wallet, first fold in half lengthwise (so that the bottom half of the wallet body is folded up behind the top half containing the pockets). The 2 snap tabs should line up.
    • Then close the wallet by folding it in half crosswise, touching the 2 sets of pockets together.
  8. Set each piece of the snap closure into the snap tabs and wallet body. You’ll be using a metal set-in snap which consists of 4 parts: a front and back for the “female” half and a front and back for the “male” half of the snap. Use a metal cup and anvil to attach the components to the leather.
    • The snap cap will go on the of the bottom snap tab. The snap stud will go on the top snap tab.
    • The cap and stud be attached, with the leather of both snap tabs sandwiched in between them. These pieces create the “male” part of the snap.
    • The socket will go on the lower-right side of the wallet body, and the open prong will go on the other side of the leather, directly behind the socket. Together these pieces create the “female” part of the snap.
    • You can purchase a kit for metal set-in snaps online. Make sure it comes with a metal cup and anvil that match the size of the snaps you’re using.
  9. Punch holes along the bottom and sides of the wallet body. Once the set-in snaps are complete, fold the wallet back up lengthwise and pin or tape it in place. Then use your rotary punch, awl, or metal push pin to punch stitch holes along the bottom and both sides of the wallet body. The holes should go through both layers of leather.
    • Don’t punch holes along the top of the wallet. By keeping this open you’ll have a wide pocket for paper bills.
  10. Stitch the wallet body together through the holes. Use a basic straight stitch to sew the wallet body in half. Pass the needle and a waxed, knotted length of thread in and out of each hole until the wallet is completely stitched together.
    • Start from the inside of the wallet, with the pockets facing up, to hide the knot. Burn the knot to melt the wax if you want a more durable knot.
    • Stitch around 2 times for additional strength.
    • If desired you could use sinew instead of thread to stitch along the outside of your wallet.

Method 2 Hand or Machine-Sewing a Canvas Wallet

  1. Draw the wallet pattern pieces on paper and cut each piece out. You’ll have a total of 4 rectangular pattern pieces. Draw 2 rectangles measuring 9.25 in (23.5 cm) long by 4 in (10 cm) tall. Label these pieces #1 and #2. Then draw a rectangle measuring 9.25 in (23.5 cm) long by 2.75 in (7.0 cm) tall. Label this piece #3. Finally, draw another rectangle measuring 9.25 in (23.5 cm) long by 3.75 in (9.5 cm) tall. Label this piece #4.
    • Use a ruler and pencil to measure and draw these pattern pieces onto card stock or kraft paper.
  2. Select 1 or 2 wallet fabric(s). A durable fabric like canvas or cotton duck would be best for this project. You can use a single color for the whole wallet, or 2 solid colors to create a contrasting pocket. Alternatively, try using 1 solid color fabric with 1 patterned fabric for contrast.
    • If you purchase 0.25 yd (0.23 m) of each fabric, you’ll have more than enough to make 1 or more wallets. But smaller fabric remnants would be fine to use as well.
    • Note that lightweight cotton quilting fabrics won’t make a very durable wallet.
  3. Trace the pattern pieces onto the fabric and cut them out. Use sewing pins to secure the paper pattern pieces to the wrong side of your fabric(s). Then take a pencil and trace around the outside edges of each pattern piece. Once they’re traced, use your pencil to label them by pattern number. Cut each piece out with fabric shears.
    • If you’re using 2 types of fabric, pieces #1, #2, and #3 should be traced and cut out of your main fabric.
    • Use your contrasting fabric for piece #4.
  4. Whip-stitch or zigzag-stitch around the edges of pieces #3 and #4. This will finish off all 4 raw edges of these pieces. If you’re hand-sewing your wallet, use a needle and thread to whip-stitch around all 4 edges. If you’re sewing it on the machine, run a zigzag stitch around all 4 edges.
    • Don’t sew the pieces together at this stage.
    • The primary function of these stitches is to prevent the edges from fraying.
  5. Hem the top of pieces #3 and #4. Fold over the top edges of piece #3 and #4 by 0.5 in (1.3 cm). Turn the raw edge over to the wrong side of the fabric. Use an iron to create a crease along your fold line. Then use a machine or hand-sewing needle and thread to add 1 or 2 rows of straight stitches along the hem.
    • Hem each piece separately; don’t connect them together.
    • If you’re doing 2 rows of stitching, place the first row 0.5 in (1.3 cm) away from the fold, and the second row 0.125 in (0.32 cm) away from the fold.
  6. Align the sides and bottom edges of pieces #3 and #4 and pin in place. These will function as the inside pocket pieces. With the right sides facing upwards, sandwich these rectangles together. Lay the smaller piece (#3) on top of the larger piece (#4) and line up the bottom edges and sides. Pin these pieces together with straight pins.
    • The hemmed top edges should be offset.
  7. Draw a vertical line along the center of piece #3. Use a ruler to determine the center point of the wallet. It should be roughly 4.75 in (12.1 cm) away from both sides. Create a vertical line along this halfway point, using a ruler and pencil or chalk. Then place pins along this line to hold the fabric together.
    • The line should be perpendicular to the bottom edge.
    • Extend the line from the bottom to the top of piece #3.
    • Don’t extend the line over the exposed portion of piece #4, since this will serve as a pocket for your paper bills.
  8. Sew a basic straight stitch along this line, connecting pocket pieces #3 and #4.Use a hand-sewing needle and thread or a sewing machine to run a straight stitch along the line you just marked.
    • Only sew up to the top edge of piece #3. Don’t sew over the exposed portion of #4.
    • This creates the billfold and credit card sections of your wallet.
  9. Pin the pocket pieces in between pieces #1 and #2. Place piece #1 beneath #4 and #2 on top of the other 3 pieces. Line up the pieces so that the bottom and sides of all 4 pieces meet. Pin the layers of fabric together, placing pins along the bottom, top, and right side only.
    • Don’t pin the left side of the fabric at this stage.
  10. Sew the wallet together along the bottom, top, and right sides. Use a needle and thread or a sewing machine to run a straight stitch along most of the wallet’s perimeter, with a seam allowance of 0.125 in (0.32 cm). Leave the wallet open at the left side.
    • Make sure that all four layers are sewn together securely.
    • Once sewn, you can clip away the excess fabric at all 4 corners of the wallet to reduce some of the bulk.
    • 11. Turn the wallet right-side out. Push the fabric through the opening at the left side to invert it. Arrange it so that the right side of the fabric is visible with the wrong side turned to the inside.
    • Pocket pieces #3 and #4 should now be visible, and your border stitches and seam allowance should now be hidden.
    • 12. Fold in, press, and pin the raw edge of the wallet. Turn the raw, open edge over by about 0.125 in (0.32 cm). Arrange the raw edges so that they’re inside the wallet and you have neat fold lines visible on the outside. Use an iron to press the fold lines in place and then pin the front and back sides together.
    • 13. Finish the wallet by stitching the folded edges closed. Use a hand-sewing needle and thread or a sewing machine to close up the open side of the wallet. Run your row of straight stitches 0.125 in (0.32 cm) away from the folded edge.
    • Give your wallet a final press with the iron, adding a crease along the center line.

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Make and sell pillowcase dresses.

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In Today’s post you will learn how to make money making Pillow case dresses for little girls. You can start your own range and it is so easy to make and very cute on the little ones.

How to Make a Pillowcase Dress

Pillowcases can be a source of attractive, interesting fabrics. Find one you like and turn it into a one-of-a-kind garment. For girls, it can become a simple sundress with a bit of ribbon and a minimum of sewing. For adults, turn it into a mini-shift dress or a simple skirt (or layer the pieces one over the other). This makes for a quick and easy sewing project for any seamstress.

Method 1 Planning It Out

  1. Find one or more interesting pillowcases. Look for interesting colours, print, textures and fabrics. You may find sexy satin ones, lacy trim, or wacky ’70s prints. Vintage linens are especially fun, so hunt around at garage sales and thrift stores.
    • Of course, it’s easiest to turn a pillowcase into a dress for a very young girl. Anything bright and flowery will do the trick.
  2. Know your needs. Who you’re making the dress for will greatly change the amount of fabric you need. If the dress is for a small girl, consider the following measuring guidelines:
    • 6 – 12 mos: width – 15″, length – 18-19″, finished length – 14-15″

      18 – 24 mos: width – 18″, length – 20-22″, finished length – 16-18″

      Size 2 – 8: width – 22″, length – 24-31″, finished length – 20-27″
    • Determine the length you want and then add 3-4″ for a seam allowance. It should start from the collarbone and go to the knee.
  3. Gather your materials. A pillowcase dress is one of the easiest types of dresses to make and requires minimal sewing. Designate your creating area, make a space wide enough to work in, and assemble your materials. You’ll need:
    • Your pillowcase
    • Scissors
    • Ribbon
    • Bias binding (optional)
      • Size and length of pillowcase and ribbon determined by wearer’s size

Method 2 Fashioning a Girl’s Sundress

  1. Cut open the closed end. Use fabric scissors to start turning your potato sack/nun’s habit into something much more fashionable.
    • Be diligent, but don’t stress if your cut isn’t perfect. You’ll be hemming it anyway.
    • If your pillowcase needs to be shorter, cut the length to your needs.
  2. Cut curved openings for the arms. Do this on what was the closed end just a second ago.
    • Fold your pillowcase in half prior to sewing to cut mirrored openings.
    • Use another dress for reference or feel free to eyeball it, if you’re confident!
  3. Hem the curved openings. This dress is sleeveless, so don’t hem the front and back together!
    • Use bias binding (if you have it) to give your dress a “bordered” feel.
  4. Sew a casing on the front and back of the dress. Use an iron to flatten the fabric prior to sewing to ensure a symmetrical casing for your ribbon.
    • Pin the casing in the front and back for extra guidance. In addition, it’s a good idea to reverse at the edges as this is a stress point for the dress.
  5. Pull a ribbon through each side of the casing. It needs to be of a sufficient length to pull through the dress and tie easily at the shoulders.
    • Double the length of what it takes to cross the width of the dress, including the area of the shoulders, to make sure you have enough for a sturdy bow. Do this twice for ribbons of equal length.
    • Use a safety pin to guide your ribbon through the channel.
  6. Tie the ribbons at the shoulders to make straps for the sun dress. Gather the dress depending on the size of the wearer.
    • When you decide on your ribbon length, it’s a good idea to do a fixed bow so it doesn’t unravel while wearing.
  7. Tie another ribbon or sash around the waist, if desired. It should wrap around the natural waistline–the smallest point of the torso.
    • For a young girl, this often isn’t necessary. If given as a gift, however, include the sash just in case.

Method 3 Fashioning a Skirt

  1. Cut open the closed end. Make sure it fits over your head and around your hips. The open end is already hemmed for you!
    • Of course, you can always measure the pillowcase to your waist and hips before you begin.
    • If you need a larger waist than one pillowcase, find two matching pillowcases, open them both on the long side seam, and stitch them together. You can either cut them to size or gather the excess material.
    • If you need a smaller waist, try on the tube inside out and place pins to loosely contour your body. Iron and sew as need be.
  2. Fold over and sew the casing. If you made the sundress, this follows the same practices. Fold over the cut end an inch or two (2.5-5 cm) to form a channel for your drawstring.
    • Leave a 1″ (2.5 cm) opening to be able to insert the elastic. You can either do this front and center or on your side. It also can be on the outside if you are opting for a matching ribbon that you are proud to display.
  3. Pull a drawstring or elastic through the casing. Adjust it to your waist or the wearer’s.
    • Attach a safety pin to the end of your string to easily guide it through the channel you’ve created.
  4. Finished. Add any embellishments you desire to make it your own signature style.

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Make baby shoes in various styles for extra money

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Make cute Baby Booties

Here’s a sewing project using a baby shoe pattern courtesy of VideoJug.com. Your baby will be as cute as a button after sewing a custom pair of baby shoes. Choose a soft fabric such as interlock knit or baby flannel for baby’s comfort.

Bootie Sew Pattern

Sample Infant Bootie Pattern

Steps

  1. Print the baby shoe pattern. Click here to download the PDF file of the baby shoe pattern.
  2. Cut the pattern pieces. There will be a heel, the upper, and the sole.
  3. Cut two sole and two upper pieces. Do this by folding the fabric and laying out on a flat surface before cutting out the pattern.
  4. Pin the heel pattern to a single layer of fabric. Cut out 1 heel. You now have all the pattern pieces cut out for 1 shoe. Repeat to make the second shoe.
  5. Fold the heel piece in half width ways.
  6. Insert a few pins along the folded edge to keep the heel in place.
  7. Lay the elastic just along the fold line of the heel.
  8. Mark the line with a pencil.
  9. Sew a running stitch along the pencil line, removing the pins as you sew, to create the channel.
  10. Clip the threads with the scissors.
  11. Measure and cut off about 12 centimetres (about 5 inches) of elastic.
  12. Use 1 safety pin to attach the elastic to 1 end of the channel.
  13. Attach the second safety pin to the other end of the elastic.
  14. Thread the elastic through the channel (casing).
  15. Secure the elastic with the safety pin once the elastic has been inserted into the channel.
  16. Secure one end of the elastic by sewing a running stitch with the sewing machine.
  17. Measure the heel against the baby’s foot to check the fit before securing the other end of the elastic.
  18. Place one upper on a flat surface.
  19. Pin the gathered heel piece edge-to-edge with the straight side of the upper.
  20. Do this for both sides of the upper.
  21. Sandwich the second upper on top and pin the layers in place.
  22. Sew a line 1 centimeter from the edge to hold all the layers together. Use a running stitch to do this.
  23. Flip the two uppers over to join each other.
  24. Place the 2 sole pieces together.
  25. Place the upper on top to form the shoe.
  26. Turn the whole thing over and pin all the layers together at the edges.
  27. Manipulate the fabric so the edges evenly align and pin securely.
  28. Sew a zig-zag stitch around the shoe, removing pins, as you sew through the layers. Make sure all the seams are sewn together.
  29. Trim off any excess fabric.
  30. Trim loose threads.
  31. Flip the shoe inside out and turn out all the edges all the way to the seam.
  32. See how the first completed shoe looks like.
  33. Repeat the process to make the second baby shoe.

Tips

  • Use a soft fabric to make the shoes. Knit or baby flannel would make excellent choices.

Things You’ll Need

  • Choice of fabric
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Elastic
  • Pencil
  • 2 safety pins
  • Sewing machine

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Daycare centre from home

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In Today’s post you will learn how to make money by opening a daycare from your home.

How to Start a Home Based Daycare

You want to start that child care business in your house? Read on.

Steps

  1. Check with your local, state, and Federal laws. Some places require you to have a licence.
  2. Make a list of all positions you are going to hire. Be sure to list their ages and requirements. Decide on how much you will pay them. Good guidelines are:
    • Teacher. You are one of them. Anyone your age is fine.
      1. Assistant: This can can be your age or a little younger. The requirements are up to you.
    • Entertainer. This person will organize games and activities. They can also watch the kids during playtime to play with them and to insure they play safe. Don’t be afraid to hire someone younger for this job. However, you should make them at least two years older then the ages you will watch. Any younger and they aren’t much of an authority figure. Requirements should be that they are organized.
    • Cook. Whatever age you comfortable with on cooking is fine. Requirements should be they can cook.
    • Nurse. This person should be at least 15. They should know first aid.
  3. Decide on what age you will be watching. Here is a chart to guide you through this:
    • 13-14: Most people wouldn’t accept you with babies or toddlers. Try to start off with children 5 or older.
    • 15: you can work with slightly younger children. 4 and up is good.
    • 16-17: People may trust you with toddlers now. However, try to keep children with well known parents as they are more likely to trust you. Babies are fine.
    • 18 or older: People trust you with any age.
  4. Put up advertisements. Business cards, flyers, posters, and such are good.
  5. Start hiring employees.
  6. Time to finally start. Don’t get distracted.

How to Open a Day Care Centre

Day care centers are in higher demand than ever before, and if you love working with children, opening one can be a smart and enjoyable business choice. Start small by running a neighborhood day care from your home, or select a commercial space for a larger day care business. This article outlines the qualifications you need to start a day care, how to set up a day care center, and ideas for getting clients and making your business profitable.

Method 1 Preparing to Operate a Day Care Center

  1. Understand the pros and cons of operating a day care. If you’re considering opening a day care, you probably already know that you love working with kids. Take these other elements of running a day care into account before you make the decision to devote yourself to starting a new business:
    • Are you ready to handle the mishaps, behavioral issues and emergencies that arise when working with kids? Consider getting first aid and CPR training and potentially taking classes on childcare before assuming this responsibility.
    • The children’s parents will have high expectations concerning their kids’ activities and education while under your care. It helps to have a degree in education or experience teaching or working at a day care before opening your own.
    • A day care is a business, and as a business owner you’ll be in charge of employee management, bookkeeping, marketing, and other responsibilities that come with running a small business in addition to providing childcare.
  2. Decide what type of day care you want to open. Factoring in your time capacity, financial restraints, and personal preference, choose from two types of day cares:
    • A home day care. Day cares operated from homes offer home-like environments for children. They are typically small, and usually open to kids from the neighbourhood.
    • A day care center, or commercial day care. Day care centers are operated from commercial spaces. They can accommodate more children and bring in more revenue, which allows them to hire more employees.
  3. Understand the licensing requirements for your state. To legally operate a day care, it’s necessary to obtain a license, which must be renewed each year.
    • Licensing requirements are different for home day cares and day care centers. Research the requirements in your area for the type of day care you wish to operate.
    • To obtain a license you will undergo a home or facility safety inspection and prove that your operation is following the laws of your state.
    • You must demonstrate that your operation has a certain ration of adult caretakers to children. The requirements vary with the age of the children.
    • You may have to complete an orientation or course on managing a day care.
    • You are required to file all the necessary paperwork and submit a fee to complete the licensing process.
  4. Decide on a location. Before you settle on running a home day care, make sure you have enough space for children you wish to serve. Is the bathroom located close to the intended play area? Is there a fenced-in outdoor yard? A commercial space should also be large enough to accommodate the number of kids who will join your day care. It should have a large play area, an outside space, a convenient bathroom area, and a kitchen for preparing snacks.

Method 2 Setting Up Your Day Care

  1. Create a fun and safe environment for kids. Whether it’s in your home or in a commercial space, make sure your day care has the following elements:
    • A safe play area. Fill the main playroom with bright decorations. Consider setting up a corner of the room for kids to quietly read or rest, and another area where kids can play games together. Have tables where kids can make craft projects. Buy mats for nap time.
    • Toys, books, art supplies and other entertaining and educational items. Make sure the supplies you provide are age appropriate and safe for children to use.
    • Healthy snacks, water, and juice. You should also have plates, napkins, and cups, depending on the age of the children. If you won’t be providing snacks for the children, ask their parents to pack them.
    • A bathroom or changing area designed for kids. Buy age-appropriate bathroom equipment for the children to use. If you’re working with babies, have changing tables, diapers, and other necessary supplies.
  2. Plan a schedule. Divide the day into welcome time, reading time, play time, snack time nap time, outside time, and so on. Do research on the age group you’ll be working with to design an appropriate schedule.
    • Consider adding educational elements. You may want to offer basic reading and math instruction as part of your day care service. You may also want to celebrate holidays, seasons, and special events with the children.
  3. Attend to business. In addition to making sure you’ve fulfilled the licensing requirements of your state, make sure your business is set up properly.
    • Hire staff. Decide what positions need to be filled, arrange interviews, and hire people to help you run the day care. Consider hiring people with a background in early childhood education.
    • Set hours of operation. Have a plan for when parents should drop off their children and when they should pick them up.
    • Settle on the price. How much will you charge for your day care services? Call other day cares in your area to find out what price range makes sense. If you’re offering a specialty service, such as teaching children how to read, you may want to charge more.

How should you determine the price for your day care services? Average the amount of materials purchased and the salaries of staff, and then divide the final number by the number of children.Make a list of the services (reading instruction, crafts, snacks, etc.) you will provide and approximate a cost for each.Compare other nearby day care prices and set your price in that range.

Method 3 Opening Your Day Care

  1. Let people know that you’re open for business. Advertise in the newspaper, online or on local notice boards at schools, churches and coffee shops.
  2. Meet with parents. Show parents and their children around your facilities, introduce them to the staff, and explain the schedule and curriculum to them. Obtain the necessary paperwork to admit children into your day care.
  3. Learn as you go. Once your day care is up and running, keep improving your facilities, policies, and program structure to provide the best possible care to the children you are serving and attract a steady stream of new clients.

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Work from Home – Babysitting

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In Today’s post you will learn how to make money doing babysitting for friends and family and even parents in your neighbourhood.

Babysitting is a great first job if you’re a teenager, or an excellent way to make a little money on the side if you’re already employed. It seems like everyone has babysat at some point, but when you’re just starting out, getting that first babysitting job can feel really difficult. By getting some informal experience, advertising strategically, and nailing your interview, you’ll be on your way to a babysitting job in no time!

Part 1 Finding a Babysitting Job

  1. Offer to take care of younger siblings, relatives, or family friends. Ask to take care of your younger siblings while your parents are out, or volunteer to watch young cousins or the neighbor’s kids. People who already trust you will be willing to help you your first babysitting experience
    • Talk to your parents about whether you should get paid for looking after your younger siblings or relatives. You might watch them for free the first few times, then ask for a low pay rate, like $7-$9 per hour. Once you start babysitting other families, you can ask for higher rates.
    • Ask your first “customers” to be your references when you look for other babysitting jobs.
  2. Make flyers to advertise your services. Write “Babysitting Services” or “Need a Babysitter?” in big, bold lettering. Then, write a little about yourself, like, “I love taking care of kids of all ages. Responsible, loving, and lots of experience. Ask me for references!” Include your first name and phone number on the flyer, or on tear-off strips at the bottom.
    • Don’t put your last name or address on your flyers.
  3. Advertise throughout your community. Ask your parents or guardian to help you hang your flyers on bulletin boards at daycares, elementary schools, local coffee shops, and gyms. Remember to ask the facility before you hang anything.
    • You can also put advertisements in local papers or church newsletters. Check the back of the publication for a contact number and call to ask about advertising prices, or ask your parents to call for you.
    • Ask your parents or guardian to tell their friends that you’re looking for babysitting work.
  4. Look for jobs on babysitting websites. On these websites, you can fill out a profile with your name, experience level, general location, and schedule. Message back and forth with a family for a week or so before agreeing to meet in-person.
    • If you’re under 18, make sure to ask your parents before using a babysitting website.
    • No matter how old you are, practice basic Internet safety when using babysitting websites. Keep your personal details private until you meet with the family in person.
  5. Take first aid training to increase your chances of getting a job. Look online to see what classes are available in your area. They’re often offered by local hospitals, YMCAs, or Red Cross branches. You probably won’t have to use some of the more intense training, but it’s good to know how to treat a scrape or do abdominal thrusts to help a child who’s choking.
    • If you’re trained in first aid and CPR, you’ll be more likely to get hired and get a higher pay rate.

Part 2 Meeting the Family

  1. Prepare answers to a few typical questions. The family will want to know a little about you, and will definitely ask what kind of experience you have with kids. They might get into more specific questions, too, like how you’d respond if their kid was crying or throwing a fit. Using your prior experience, come up with some good answers to these kinds of questions so you come to the interview confident and prepared.
  2. Arrive a few minutes early. You want to show the parents that you’re punctual. They don’t want to hire a babysitter that will show up 15 minutes late to the job and make them miss their dinner reservations.
  3. Ask a parent, guardian, or a trusted friend to come with you. You can ask to bring your parent or guardian inside for the interview, telling the family that your parents wanted to meet them before you watch their kids. You can also ask your parent or guardian to give you a ride and have them wait outside in the car.
    • This is an especially important safety tip if you don’t know the family and are meeting at their house.
    • You could also ask to meet in a public place, like a coffee shop.
  4. Talk about your experience and provide references. Talk about ways you’ll keep their kids entertained and safe. Mention your experience doing typical babysitter jobs, like giving kids baths, cooking for them, and putting them to bed.
    • Give the family the phone numbers of a few families you’ve babysat for in the past, and invite them to call to get an idea of your skills.
    • Remember to confirm with your references before you give out their contact information.
  5. Be confident, polite, and mature. Introduce yourself and shake the parents’ hands. If their kid(s) are there, bend down and say hi to them too. Sit up straight, make eye contact, and smile during the interview. Show that you’re eager for this job and can handle yourself like an adult.
  6. Ask a few questions about their kids. Ask them what a typical day in their house looks like, and what kind of things you’d be expected to do as their babysitter. You want to make sure your expectations are in line before you both agree to the job.
    • You could ask, for example, “Will I be cooking for Jimmy when you’re out?” or “Will you need me to stay past 11 pm very often?”
  7. Be honest about your availability. Tell them if you have sports practice, play rehearsals, or other activities on certain days of the week. Although it might feel awkward to do this in your very first meeting, it’s important that they know what your schedule is before they start asking you to come over on days where you have prior commitments.
    • For example, you could say, “I want you to know upfront that I have soccer practices on Mondays and Wednesdays, so I probably won’t be able to babysit on those days.”
  8. Ask for a reasonable rate. If this is your first babysitting job, ask for $8-$10/hour. If you have references or extra qualifications, like CPR or first aid training, ask for a few dollars more. If you’re taking care of multiple kids at once, you can also ask for a little more, around $10-$15 per hour.
    • You can base your rate off of the area you live in. If you live in an expensive city, it’s completely acceptable to charge higher rates. If people in your area typically have lower incomes, you’ll likely need to charge less.

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