Become a Freelance Writer (and Work from Home)

Become a Freelance Writer (and Work from Home)

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If you’re thinking about how to escape your day job…

Be it a “side hustle” to pay down debt or an effort to ditch the 9-5, we dream about living the dream. Be our own boss, control our own schedule, determine our own salary. I get it – because that was me just a few months ago… (and now here I am, making my dream a reality). Blogging was an easy choice for me – because I’ve always loved to write. Even as a kid I knew that writing was my “thing” and it always seemed sad to me that I didn’t pursue it farther. (Someone suggested to me once that I become a freelance writer, but I brushed it off because it seemed too “hard”.)

(Ironic that now I’m blogging – almost the same thing as freelance writing, but much harder to make a profit at. Well thought out on my part!)

Related: How to Start a blog for Profit and Work from Home

As I researched work from home options for this series, freelance writing came back onto my radar.  If you, like me, love to write and you’re looking for a great work at home options then DON’T be like me, and don’t let your passions sit on the shelves for years and years. It seems pretty sad to me that I could have become a freelance writer ages ago – and yet I waited until I was 30 to take the leap and start writing.

But I waited because honestly, it’s hard to know where to leap FROM. And that’s the point of this work from home series. Giving you concrete starting points for your work from home journey. So I did some research on freelance writing, and on how to become a freelance writer.

And I ran into a lovely lady who knows way more than I do about it.  (more…)

Affiliate Marketing: Can YOU really make money with it?

Affiliate Marketing: Can YOU really make money with it?

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Recently I posted my September Blog Income and Traffic Report.

Blog income in September was significantly higher than ever before for me. And it was (in large part) due to the fact that I got serious about affiliate marketing.

But let’s be totally honest for a minute here. There are over 150 million blogs out there, and a fraction (I dunno, less than 10%?) of bloggers are earning any money at all. And even fewer are earning full time income. The fact that I was able to join the ranks of “the full time income earning bloggers” just 7 months into blogging has sort of baffled me.

I’m pretty grateful. I’ve prayed for this, and I have worked for this.

But is it a fluke?

Can I make this much money again? (Update: Apparently, the answer is yes! In October, I made over $2200.00 with affiliate marketing – just 2 months after taking this course – Read my October Blog Income Report here.)  (more…)

Blog Income & Traffic Report: September 2016

Blog Income & Traffic Report: September 2016

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My second ever income report – I have been blogging for 7 months.

SO. It’s been a month since I received my first real “paycheck” (as in, deposited money into my bank account) that was earned through my blog (read my August blog income report here).

I haven’t even been able to bring myself to transfer the money into the checking account, because I am so certain it can’t possibly be real. (Also since I’m still at my day job for another month and a half we aren’t desperate for the money yet. So better to save it until we are. Because I feel certain that the blog can’t possibly continue to earn money… that would be… just. I can’t even imagine it.)

This is what it feels like to earn money doing something you love. FROM HOME.

It feels pretty good.

(PS if you want to work from home, but have zero interest in blogging, check out 3 real work from home options for people who are serious about escaping 9-5.)

I started my last income report by saying I had no qualms sharing my income, and that was true then. But the 483 bucks in August felt a little like coffee money. I was proud of it, but the way that you might be proud of  “side hustle” (I HATE that word) pocket money. A lot can change in a short time, apparently. I am definitely hesitant to share this income report. Because this time, I haven’t made pocket money. I have made real money. (more…)

Real Work From Home Options (for People Who Are Serious About Escaping 9-5)

Real Work From Home Options (for People Who Are Serious About Escaping 9-5)

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We all have our own reasons for wanting to work from home

Do you have a reason for wanting to work from home? Lemme tell you about mine.

(If you don’t care for a story, feel free to skip down to the 3 Real Work-from-Home Options heading further down :))

I’ve mentioned before that I was super blessed growing up to have a mom who worked from home and was always “there.” Sometimes she was there and working, but she was still there. I was never without her.

I didn’t spend any time in a daycare or wondering if someone was really paying attention to me.

I grew up knowing that I was her priority, and I also grew up knowing that working from home is an actual thing. (You just need to wade through all the scams to find the gems.)

But for some reason I couldn’t “find a way” to make it work for me. And I couldn’t figure out why. I’d try different multi-level marketing type things, or I’d look into “freelancing” with all my “skills”… but inevitably I’d end up waiting tables from 5-midnight for minimum wage and tips. (more…)

My Very First Blog Income Report – August 2016

My Very First Blog Income Report – August 2016

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Part of me can’t believe I’m doing this

Not because I have any qualms about sharing my blog income – I’ve worked so. freaking. hard. for. it. (And prayed hard for it!) I want to tell the WHOLE WORLD that I have a blog income. ( I might feel differently if this were my main source of income.)

No, I can’t believe I’m doing this because I can’t believe that I have a blog income to report. I started this blog 6 months ago… and I said if I made 10 dollars by Christmas I would keep going.

I want this blog to be successful so badly, I hardly think of anything else right now. (I’m having a baby in December, and I want to stay home with this baby. I want to give it the kind of childhood I had – one with a mommy who is around while it’s growing up. I know what a blessing that was to me. My mom worked from home, and to this day we have an awesome relationship. I want that for my baby.)

And now, this month, it feels like a possibility. I haven’t earned enough yet to say that I’ve replaced my income, but for a first income report, I can say that I’m well on my way. In just 6 months. UPDATE – September 2016 income report is posted! Read it here.  (more…)

5 Side Hustles That Will Make You Money Immediately

5 Side Hustles That Will Make You Money Immediately

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A good “side hustle” makes you money NOW

SO. I need to be honest – about “side hustsles” – for a minute, before I start this post. Most bloggers are looking to make some money (myself included) and blogging is our number one “side hustle”. ( I can not even begin to describe how much I hate the term “side hustle”, and so I’ll have to use it quotation marks to make it bearable for myself. Anyone else have a word that just gets under your skin and bugs the crap out of you? Another for me is “self care”. Yuck.)

Anyhow. So most bloggers are looking to make some money. Blogging is our number one side hustle (or full time thing, if you’ve put in your time and worked your way up). And it’s pretty freaking awesome, and yes, if you want to, I think you should be blogging. But it’s not one of those things you can start today and make money at tomorrow. (Read the truth about starting a profitable blog!) (more…)