“While making extra money has been nice, I’ve also learned that I’m good at running a business. I love to come up with ways to improve my customer service;I always return phone calls quickly and follow up with customers, and I’ve found that simple thank you notes are my secret to repeat business and building a network.”

Amie Austin, age 36, lives in San Clemente, Calif., and is a Heritage Makers Personal Publishing Consultant.

“Five years ago, when my children were 1 and 4, I wanted to spend more time with them, so I went from being a full-time elementary school teacher in one of the highest-paying districts in the country to teaching half-time. I made up the income by becoming a consultant with Heritage Makers, a company that allows clients to make their own professionally bound ‘storybooks,’ digital scrapbooks, cards, canvases, posters and photo gifts. The startup ranges from $50 to $150.

“At that time, I worked 6 to 8 hours a week from home, doing online webinars, one-on-one demos and one weekly evening workshop. The average workshop sales range from $350 to $500, and result in a $100 to $125 commission. One-on-one appointments pay an average of $60 for new consultants and $80 for experienced consultants.

“When I started I was earning an average of $500 a month. But in June 2010, my home business was doing so well - earning me $2,000 to $3,000 a month - that I took a leave of absence from teaching to stay home, and upped my Heritage Makers hours to about 15 to 20 per week.”

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Publication date: August 30, 2012