AS bills rise and Government cutbacks kick in, more people are being forced to find second jobs to make ends meet.
The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities out there to boost your income and no one knows that better than Richard and Natasha Daniel.
With two children – Sophia-Anne, five, and Anastasia, two – and a mortgage on their home in Orpington, Kent, life was expensive.
Despite working full-time, the couple needed more money every month to pay the bills.
“I was on maternity leave with Anastasia when we realised that having children is like having a second mortgage!” laughs Natasha, 38.
They needed something flexible that would work around family life and give them maximum freedom when they needed it.
More than 12 years ago Natasha, who works in office administration, had been an agent for home shopping giant Kleeneze, distributing catalogues door-to-door and taking orders for household and beauty products.
“We decided that this would be perfect for us again,” says Natasha.
They paid about £150 up front for 200 catalogues, which they made back in their first month. “We’ve also got to know our neighbours better and made some new friends,” says Natasha.
Richard, who works as a chef, and Natasha spend between five and 10 hours a week on the business.
“I worked out that the time it would take was no different to watching EastEnders and Coronation Street,” chuckles Natasha. “I don’t get to watch much TV but that’s not necessarily a bad thing!”
The children help, too. “If the weather’s OK they come with us when we’re making deliveries. It’s a real family business.”
Today, the couple are earning between £300 and £400 a month and hope to boost that as they take on more distributors themselves.