Sunday, September 4, 2016

August's Incredible Work-from-Home Income ... Stop Whining, Make Money!

If you have tried and tried to cut things from your household budget so you can save for vacation, a wedding, college, retirement, a car, a house, ANYTHING and it's not working, it's time for you to EARN MORE MONEY! How about delivering pizzas? That could work for my husband but not for me. Not while homeschooling 5 kids and handling all their social and sports and activity junk. I need an at-home job I can do in the wee hours of the morning and when I can sneak in 15 minutes here and there. And so here is my August 2016 income report to show you what I did:

For more information about what I do, please check out my post about how I make $2,000 per month from home while also homeschooling my 5 kids, being married, taking kids to activities, and more.

WHO am I?
I am the homeschooling mom of 5 kids and wife to Aron. I graduated from community college at the age of 28 with a 2-year Associate of Arts general degree. My work background: waitress, hostess, secretary, office manager at various places. I got many opportunities to learn how to proofread but have no formal training in writing, social media or direct sales. I quit my cubicle job in 2001 to stay home with my first son and never went back to work in an office.

WHAT do I do?
I'm a blogger, author of books, writer of regional parenting magazine articles, social media maven, proofreader. I don't do direct sales anymore because it split my focus and I need to concentrate on my creative side.

Why I am sharing my income?
I like to show what can be done. I am able to fit in at least 15 working hours per week and usually more while homeschooling my kids, loving on my husband and taking the kids places to have fun (pool, sports, field trips, co-op, playdates, trips, etc.). I am not sharing this to brag or because I think I rock. I am sharing so you know that someone with no English degree can be a writer and a proofreader and make a decent income.

The dollar amounts I show are what I actually RECEIVED in my hot little hand or PayPal account, not what I EARNED because things show up at different times and take different amounts of time to come around. Some months I may have a lot of articles in publications but don't show much income ... that's because checks will often show up later and many at one time.

1Q2016 = $5,846
Articles = $1,114 (finally wore down some magazines and they actually paid me from last year)
Blogging, etc. = $744
Proofreading = $3,647
Books = $256
Younique = $65
Jamberry = $20

2Q2016 = $4,373
Articles = $510
Blogging, etc. = $206
Proofreading = $3,578
Books = $79

3Q2016 = $3,334
Articles = $615
Blogging, etc. = $860
Proofreading = $1,791
Books = $68

So as of the end of August 2016 I'm sitting at $13,553 in income (to be taxed next year, of course).

*This is the book I reference that helps me make money writing articles (Make Money to Write About Your Kids) and also brings in a little bit of income all by itself ... working on the 7th edition with a lot of changes!

And here is another gem I put together that is also now in print, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited (which means it's free to "rent"). Thanks for coming by and please sign up for an email subscription if this has been valuable to you in any way! If you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear them!  Thanks!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Reviews of "Make Money to Write About Your Kids"

Check out even more reviews on Amazon on the book page!

Tanya Scherschel said, "I bought your eBook about a month ago and have wanted to thank you ever since. Several years ago, I wrote a piece about a shopping trip I took with my children during the holidays. It was a solid piece, but I didn't know where to send it. I queried tons of magazines on your list, retained rights, and sold it to two magazines. I'm waiting to hear back from a third interested party. I've been hacking at this 'freelancing' thing for about two years and am so excited. What an awesome thing - to get paid for your creation! Thank you so much for showing me the right markets. It makes all the difference."

Kim Murray says, "I just got my first essay published in a regional parenting mag here in the Detroit area ... and I'm going to try to get some other mags to purchase reprints. Of course, I will also be sending out some new queries using your awesome list. This is just what I needed!"

"I wanted to thank you for all the help I've gotten from your book! While I haven't had huge success yet, I've only been at this for two months and work full time, so for the time I've put it, I'm getting there." -- Julia Derkovitz

"Overall, it's worked out great for me to have a list I can mass submit with...I've just started doing reprints of my articles, and have had success due to your e-book." -- Janine Boldrin

"I have your e-book and have found it very informative and helpful. I am finding some success here locally at KC Parent magazine and I'd now like to see how it goes with the RPMs." -- Christa Hines

"Just wanted to thank you a ton for your GREAT e-book. Before I had even finished "bcc-ing" the publications, I had sold a piece! Thank you so much. I've been doing quite a bit of writing lately but was completely daunted by the prospect of individually contacting all the RPPs. Your book helped me not only find them, but clearly spelled out how to go about submitting to them. Your price allowed me to take the chance without hurting the bank. I've recommended your book to quite a few of my writer friends. Love it!" -- Laura Amann

"Kerrie, Thank you so much for you fabulous e-book! I sent an article out to several of the listings in your e-book and heard back right away from five parenting magazines that wanted to purchase my article. Your e-book has saved me time and aggravation. Thank you for writing this!! I will recommend to all my friends.” -- Michele Boom, mommy blogger, freelance writer and former teacher

"Your book was WONDERFUL. I followed the suggestions you had, and on my first attempt, got an article published in one of the parenting magazines you suggested. Thanks to your book, it only took me about 30 minutes of effort to write the article and send it out. I have recommended your book to others. It was actually better than WONDERFUL. Thank you so much !!" -- Debbie Johnson

Jennifer Gregory of Raleigh, NC said this before she had even used the e-book: “This is very complete and will save a TON of time. The listings for the publications are very comprehensive and save so much time looking up the writers guidelines. I also really like the spreadsheet and how you note things like no reprints and exclusive. This will be great as a quick reference.”

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