Remember the bad old days of homeworking?

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From looking through this site, it seems there can be some good money made from working online from certain sites.

Anyone remember the pre-internet days of homeworking? I remember my mum trying it. It was putting door knobs and screws together into bags that go in flat pack furniture. Oh, and some stuffing envelopes. Don't think she lasted long, literally wasn't worth the hassle for the pittance you got paid!
 

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From my Mum I remember delivering catalogues, Free newspaper drops and god knows what else


Looking back at it it's depressing lol
 

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On the subject of delivering stuff, I think some people can make quite a decent return on it these days. We always seem to get a bunch of leaflets all pushed through the letterbox together. It used to be a penny a leaflet, so 10 leaflets = 10p per house. No idea how many houses you could do in a day, but I bet it works out not bad.

Bit depressing in the winter though.
 

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Scott@KarmaContent said:
On the subject of delivering stuff, I think some people can make quite a decent return on it these days. We always seem to get a bunch of leaflets all pushed through the letterbox together. It used to be a penny a leaflet, so 10 leaflets = 10p per house. No idea how many houses you could do in a day, but I bet it works out not bad.

Bit depressing in the winter though.

Yeah i've done that 'sort' of work when I got paid for canvassing the electoral register in a particular area of Leeds and was paid a certain amount per house, a certain amount if they signed the documents when I was there to say who lived in the house and a certain amount if they posted the forms back.


let me tell you... going from house to house in the Autumn SUCKS!!


It is cold, it gets dark early and then getting the door slammed in your face by people who don't understand that you are just checking that the people we have down as living there actually ARE there sucks....

There ended my experience with offline working from home lol
 

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The door to door stuff can be a pain but it's good exercise. I helped with electoral register forms deliveries for a few years- it's ok until you go from house number 11 to number 13 and can't find number 12 (it usually turns up around the back of beyond!). Got chased by a dog or two too...

Luckily we didn't need to knock - just deliver.
 

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I did Yellow Pages once and it was dreadful - rubbish money and back breaking work. However judging by the size of the yellow pages we recently had delivered which is 25% of the size it used to be, not so hard these days!!

I also did envelope stuffing for a small private college where I was temping in the marketing department. That was OK money as it was something we could do at night in front of the telly.

Very glad things have moved on though!
 

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Putting pens together out of bits you get in a few boxes... *shudder* though I admit that is not as bad as door to door stuff.
 

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There's gotta be some kind of blog post content out of this sort of nostalgia stuff ;)
 

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I was a Betterware salesman for around 18 months back in the mid 90s and I loved it. You got the odd rude householder, but most were at least civil and I made some decent beer money without too much effort. I didn't have a car at the time which limited my earning potential somewhat. Delivering & collecting the catalogues wasn't so bad, but dragging a 10ft window cleaning pole the better part of 2 miles on foot wasn't much fun when it came to delivery time.

Have to say, I preferred Betterware's business model to Kleeneze's (the main competition at the time). I got an exclusive area (ie no other agents trying to tea leaf my business!) and catalogues were free, no matter how many I lost (Kleeneze vendors had to buy them, which soon added up when around 10% were probably slung straight in the bin when they came through the door!).

I haven't seen a Betterware catalogue for a fair few years now though, but I suppose most of their business will have shifted online. Shame really, as it was a decent little earner back in the day.
 

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