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    • Geens
    • By Geens 12th May 17, 3:30 PM
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    How to find a legitimate part time job working from home
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    • 12th May 17, 3:30 PM
    How to find a legitimate part time job working from home 12th May 17 at 3:30 PM
    Does anyone know how to find some legitimate part time (school hours) work either from home or otherwise? There seems to be so little out there - I'm a qualified health, safety and environment management consultant/trainer but am thinking about starting up my own cleaning business - any suggestions or ideas would be great.


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    • Caroline_a
    • By Caroline_a 12th May 17, 7:33 PM
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    How much do you know about the workings of a cleaning company? Or are you thinking it would be something easy to do to fit in with school hours? Any business you start will need planning and deciding on your target market. Offices? Private individuals? Both very different markets with very different needs.
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    • By xapprenticex 12th May 17, 8:13 PM
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    you can try but there are a lot of cleaning companies out there, if you want to do it then at least have some clients lined up, do some market research.

    As for working from home opportunities, starting your own business and working from home or a normal job that lets you work from home is your only options, the rest are scams and lies.
    • Geens
    • By Geens 15th May 17, 10:15 AM
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    Good point
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    • 15th May 17, 10:15 AM
    How much do you know about the workings of a cleaning company? Or are you thinking it would be something easy to do to fit in with school hours? Any business you start will need planning and deciding on your target market. Offices? Private individuals? Both very different markets with very different needs.
    Originally posted by Caroline_a

    Hi and thanks for your response,
    I don't know that much except that I do enjoy cleaning which is a start - I realise I'll need insurance and to buy my own equipment - in terms of market research I know there are plenty of people around my area wanting a cleaner/dog walker/girl Friday type person - I suppose I just don't know if I want to be that person?


    But finding work that fits in to drop offs and pick ups is not easy.


    I do think the cleaning thing could be a goer but I am hesitant
    • Geens
    • By Geens 15th May 17, 10:29 AM
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    you can try but there are a lot of cleaning companies out there, if you want to do it then at least have some clients lined up, do some market research.

    As for working from home opportunities, starting your own business and working from home or a normal job that lets you work from home is your only options, the rest are scams and lies.
    Originally posted by xapprenticex

    Yea there do seem to be many scams out there - I had a great contract for 20hr per week for 18 months but that has come to an end and so now I'm considering my options and to be honest I'm not sure what to do and which options to consider :-/ , I've got lots of qualifications but no job and the most important thing to me is be there for my kids so that pretty much constrains me to 9.10 to 3.20 every day.


    Tricky isn't it - I am thinking of becoming a sole trader or LTD company and then approaching some of the small businesses in the area as a HS&E advisor?? (with a spot of cleaning on the side :-)) We'll see I guess.
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 15th May 17, 7:45 PM
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    Tricky isn't it - I am thinking of becoming a sole trader or LTD company and then approaching some of the small businesses in the area as a HS&E advisor?? (with a spot of cleaning on the side :-)) We'll see I guess.
    Originally posted by Geens
    I know someone who did this when they left a similar role in the council. Self employment usually stands more of a chance of success when you're doing something you already know and have done in a commercial context.
    • Geens
    • By Geens 16th May 17, 2:17 PM
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    Any ideas on sole trader vs LTD company - which is the best to be and how difficult is it to do? thanks
    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 16th May 17, 6:05 PM
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    Ltd Co protects you, doesn't it. I would have thought that particularly if you are giving H & S advice, you'd want a very good insurance - a formal company might stop you losing everything you own if you did slip up....
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    • By TBagpuss 17th May 17, 10:03 AM
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    A limited company means that your liability is limited, so that if the company goes bust you are not personally liable for the debts. For something such as cleaning where you won't have large outstanding debts to suppliers, or employees working for you (at least in the first instance) that element is probably not a major one (although you should make sure that you have appropriate insurance, and that you understand what is and is not covered.

    To start with, you could advertise locally - cards in your local supermarket / post office and see what interest you get. And you can discuss with clients whether they want you to provide your own equipment or use theirs.

    I don't have a cleaner, (I wish I could afford one, I don't enjoy cleaning!) but if I did, I'd want them to use the cleaning products I have bought, because I have issues with scents and contact allergies.

    At our office, the cleaning company use products we supply. They let us know when anything is running short and we re-order, but they don't supply anything. I don't know how common that is, but you might not necessarily need huge amounts of equipment to begin with.
    • Geens
    • By Geens 17th May 17, 7:28 PM
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    does anyone know which is better sole trader vs ltd company please? the costs and the process
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 17th May 17, 7:36 PM
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    Your best bet is to use your knowledge/skills to provide a consultancy service within your local area, working the hours you choose. Site visits, advice, form design, mini staff training courses.

    Of course you'll first have to research the local market to discover "who does what" like that already .... and/or maybe find those companies/people and offer yourself to them as a freelancer.

    I had a friend who was a specialist in the areas you mention, working for colleges across two counties and writing entire training manuals and being an internal and external verifier .... but that was 15 hour days and she was driving all over the place every day, with a vehicle loaded down with piles of fat training manuals.

    There must be many companies, start ups, existing providers, who can give you enough scope to put together your own portfolio of offerings without resorting to poop scooping behind a random stranger's dog in the rain because they went away for a nice 3 day break in the sun.
    • Holz183
    • By Holz183 22nd May 17, 7:14 PM
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    It depenďs on what you are prepared to do, i work online basically getting paid per message to chat to men, more often than not just small talk finding out about each other's day/what we are cooking for dinner etc although there are more adult messages involved too, I can log in and out as I please so it fits into my schedule perfectly
    • Paula_M
    • By Paula_M 22nd May 17, 8:44 PM
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    I'm a self employed accountant. I also run a part time business from home with Forever Living. Network marketing can be a great option but it's not for everyone. You need to research carefully the company you get involved with.

    Ltd co vs sole trader. Starting out I'd normally recommend a sole trader until you build up a bit. Admin costs are a lot lower, there is less regulation that has to be followed and until you're making a pretty decent profit it'll turn out to be more tax efficient - especially now dividend rules have been tightened.
    • BeckySparkleB
    • By BeckySparkleB 26th May 17, 5:16 PM
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    Do it! I have. In January I decided to bite the bullet and work for myself. I have a young daughter and I wanted to work around her needs etc. So I've registered as self employed (not as scary as it sounds) and set up my own business. I opened a separate bank account just for money from clients and pay myself once a month. I am now able to claim working tax credits, I got off the benefit cap, off income support and AM BETTER OFF FINANCIALLY than I ever thought possible. I am inundated with requests for help so the work is out there. Pm me if you want to chat xx
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