Congrats to your husband on leaving his job to work at home with you! I don’t think you owe anyone an explanation as to how you make your money but I’m glad you shared this post with everyone because it’s inspiring to people who have similar goals 🙂 I’d like to increase my freelance writing income and maybe earn a little from my blog some day but like you said, it’s not extremely difficult but it just takes time and taking it one step at a time is how I avoid feeling overwhelmed with it all.
What will also help your earning potential is to specialize in one style of writing, and maybe even one particular subject. You see, writing on the same subject for hundreds of hours each year makes you an expert on it. To paraphrase Cal Newport, “…you’ll build up a lot of career capital through deliberate practice.” It’s how you become so good that clients can’t ignore you.
If you’ve never heard of extreme couponing, check out this lifehack on the subject. Once you’re versed on the idea, what you have to do is a bit difficult at first, but it’s a great way to both save and make money: go to hip2save.com and get a feel for the types of deals that are out there (both online and in the physical world). Once you’re comfortable with the process, start searching for the best deals in grocery, retail, and online shopping. After a month or two of extreme couponing, you’ll have enough cleaning, hygiene, and food supplies stocked up to save a noticeable amount of money. Now maybe you don’t need to make as much…?
Maybe what you need is a job. It doesn’t matter which job search site you prefer using (even Craigslist) – Indeed tracks them all, and then some. You can find jobs posted on company websites, through temp agencies, and more at Indeed. If money is something you really need, Indeed is most definitely the place you want to visit to browse career opportunities.
SponsoredTweets.com is an online platform that allows you to make money on Twitter by charging sponsors for communicating their advertising messages to your followers. You set the amount you want to get paid for every tweet you make, choose a category and select keywords you want to work with. You then wait for advertisers to contact you and take you up on your offer, paying you the amount you specified for each tweet that you make.
While we’re obviously stoked that the blog is raking in the dough, this isn’t the most important thing starting a blog did for us. Not even close… Here’s the truth: Every dollar we make today stems from the fact that we started this blog a few years ago. It’s where we made mistakes, learned how to be disciplined, and started building relationships with other online entrepreneurs. Plus, it was a great place to start building a portfolio of work. If it wasn’t for the blog, I’d still be stuck in a 9-5 job, enduring excruciating back pain, and dreaming about the day I could quit. Every single job I’ve gotten comes back to starting a blog.
I’ve never been a fan of income or spending reports, so I’m glad you moved away from them. I think one reason people get frustrated with bloggers (myself included) is they don’t explain exactly how they make money online. I could see more than a few people get annoyed about this -> “I’m not going to spill all of the details here because they are boring, but suffice it to say that we created a few businesses that fill a need.” My first reaction was “speak for yourself! I’ll let you know if the details are boring!” And in all honesty I bet most people wouldn’t be bored hearing the details. Not that you have an obligation to share them – nor does it make sense to explain business plans – but I really do think that people get frustrated about the lack of long, detailed posts about exactly how people make money online.
Startup costs: It depends on how you want to teach. If you made a course through something like Udemy, your start up costs could be $0. If you want to make your own website to sell videos or courses, then you’ll need to spend a little bit on hosting. I’ve used Bluehost for tons of my niche sites. If you’re starting an online business, Bluehost helps you get started with cheap hosting and a .com domain name. Try them out to get your online business going.
5. Fiverr – Fiverr is a great place to make a few bucks or spend a few bucks if you need some of the services people offer. Basically, everything is $5. You either pay $5 or charge $5. They call them “gigs.” You can offer your services however you choose. If you sell art and you’re fine selling pieces for $5 each, that’s a gig. If you’re a graphic designer and you want to offer your services for $10/hour, simply offer a 30 minute gig. If they need two hours of graphic design, they pay you $20, or $10/hour by buying four gigs.