Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Ticket Systems and Home Based Businesses

The other day, I went into Staples to buy some tickets. I had read an article on Parent Hacks about using a ticket system to monitor your child's TV consumption. I modified it to be reward system similar to what In The Trenches of Mommyhood commented in my advice solicitation post. Except that instead of using a chart, I'm using a ticket system that rewards her for doing her "chores" and allows her to redeem the tickets for TV time, a toy, Disneyland, etc... each reward requires a certain amount of tickets (kind of like at Chuck E. Cheese's-- so that she understands the concept).

It's working out pretty well for me. She L-O-V-E-S being able to collect the tickets. It's teaching her quite a few things:

  • how to save
  • what chores are
  • how to count her tickets
  • that tickets are priveleges that can be taken away...
  • It also reduces the amount of times during the day that she asks if she can watch cartoons.

Things have definitely improved. I'll let you know how it goes.


While I was at Staples, I picked up a magazine called "Get Rich At Home" . The cover story was "Home Based 100 - 100 Surefire Money-Makers to Run From Home". I thought quite a few of you would be interested in the article. Especially if your a SAHM or a Part Timer or maybe even a mom that would like to make extra money. I'm not going to list all 100 (you'll have to pick up the magazine for that) but I thought I'd point out some of the ones that I thought were pretty good:

  • Special Events Videos/DVDs - get paid to make videos of special gatherings.
  • Calligraphy Service/Special Invitation Marketing - get paid to address invitations
  • Parties for Kids - This would be awesome for a lot of you party planning moms
  • Keepsake Albums - Perfect for the scrapbooker (you can charge per page)
  • Howdy Neighbor Service - Get paid by merchants to include them in your get to know the neighborhood package
  • Computer Tutor
  • Kidproof Homes
  • 900 # Entreprenuer (this would be kind of funny)
  • Child Care Center (I've thought about doing this before)

Well, the list goes on, but those were my favorite.


exskindiver said...

i like this ticket system.
i will incorporate this in my as well.
i will let you know how it goes.

Shauna said...

Thanks for the update! Ticket system, huh? I'll keep that in mind...

Brillig said...

ooooh, I like the ticket system! That's a really great idea! I'm excited to hear how it works for you. You will DEFINITELY have to keep us posted as it goes on!

Anonymous said...

I used to use something similar in my classroom. Instead of tickets I used fake money and they could buy stuff from my class store when they earned works.

Butrfly4404 said...

That sounds awesome!

I wonder if we should give that a shot...might help!

I often find myself so backed up with handing out punishments, I never know when to give praise. Like, "You are not allowed to put your hands on ANYONE! Hitting your sister is WRONG! Oh, by the way, your room looks very clean, honey."


In the Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Glad to hear the ticket/reward system is working!

Life As I Know It said...

Oh, I like that ticket system idea. I think I may have to try that!

Cheryl said...

You should make one of the rewards a visit from her favorite Godparents. He he.

Worker Mommy said...

I'm so lovin' the ticket system. In fact I just may implement it tonight!

Sugar Kane said...

I love this idea! I'm so making tickets at work tomorrow.