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Subject:  Re: I am such a Wannabee! Date:  2/17/2004  12:37 AM
Author:  zsimpson Number:  1940 of 5232

Hi Lisa! We are FIREd, but a couple years ago, we were in the exact same place you are now. The company my husband had been with for many years started really treating him (and most other employees) like dirt. Then they started handing out packages to get rid of the long term employees. We also homeschool our girls, and I've been a SAHM since 6 months after daughter #1 was born.

I figured his number was coming up soon and we needed someplace to get some tax credits. I started a small business selling stuff on Ebay with the thoughts that if I put some money into inventory, it would be that much less that we had to pay taxes on, and I could always sell it the next year and make the money back when we didn't have a large single year income.

Well, Hubby got the "golden handshake" which turned out to be copper colored instead of gold. At the same time, the Ebay business has been taking off. Hubby thought it was a really cute little hobby until he found out how much was actually coming in from it. It isn't enough to live on completely, but it supplements our income enough that his retirement fund is plenty.

We enjoy traveling with the girls and I have a laptop so we take the business with us. The items that I sell are, for the most part, fairly small, so unless we travel somewhere that we cannot drive to, I simply take everything with us. Last year, we were able to go to Washington, DC, New England, Gulf Shores, Alabama, Daytona Beach, New Orleans, and a Carribean cruise. The cruise was a homeschool group thing and we had a blast. There were over 100 HS families on the cruise.

Anyway, if you are looking for something to do on the side, consider Ebay. We have a couple boards here for Ebay and buying and selling online, and if you haven't found it yet, homeschooling:
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