Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bad Goals Versus Good #Goals for 2015 (Working, Writing, Homeschooling, Personal)

Here are some bad goals for me to make for 2015:


  1. Go from 157 pounds to 100 pounds.
  2. Homeschool my kids so they are Harvard-ready by the age of 16.
  3. Make one million dollars.
  4. Travel the world.
  5. Make sure all my friends think I am the bomb.com.

Here are some better goals for 2015:

  1. Try to go to the gym to treadmill twice a week. Eat fewer sweets and cut back to two cups of coffee per day. Rest when I need it because when I am overly tired I tend to eat.
  2. Homeschool my kids consistently every day while still going on outings and field trips and having fun with them.
  3. Make $30,000 working solely from home with Younique, Jamberry, Scripted, BlogHer, regional parenting magazines, Amazon Kindle ebooks, blogging and whatever other small jobs come my way.
  4. Go to Colorado with the family during the first part of the year and New England during the fall.
  5. Make an effort to listen to my friends when they are talking to me. Be less selfish and focus on them more. Talk less and listen more. Be forgiving and less judgmental, yet honest. No small task!

Got goals? I'd love to hear about them!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

5 Great Home Business Ideas for Moms

Starting your own business can seem overwhelming. The good news, is that it doesn’t have to be. You don’t need a sizeable starting cash flow or investors lining up at your door. You can actually start a business with relatively little cash and do it all from your home. All it takes is hard work and a desire to succeed.


So now that the main question regarding cash is out of the way, what business should you start? The answer to this will be based off of what you enjoy, what your skills are, and what you can see yourself doing for an at home business. Below are just a handful of ideas to get you started.

1. Medical Coding

Medical Coding has incredible earning potential, although it will be a bit more challenging to get yourself started.

Medical coding requires training and coding software. Certifications are also needed as it will ensure potential clients of your validity.

As a medical coder, you’ll work with doctors’ offices and hospitals to code documents for insurance purposes. It is up to you to find these clients through networking opportunities and other marketing channels.

One of the biggest issues when starting a medical coding business is the amount of scams that target would-be medical coders. These scams promise to provide software, training, certification, and even clients providing you with incredible revenue. Always remember, if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.

2. Freelance Writing

Freelance writing requires almost no cash to get started. The basics to get started are a computer and email address.

The opportunity for freelance writing is abundant. Marketing firms and departments are beginning to create a plethora of content for their websites. With so much content to create, many marketing teams are turning to freelance writers to get the job done.

The range of topics available to write about are vast. You may be writing about technology, consumer goods, animals, sports, or even marketing. There are a handful of sites that connect you with work needed such as Guru, oDesk, and Textbroker.

Additionally, freelance writing could take you towards the non-profit sector. A grant writer helps connect funders and grant seekers.

3. Pet Sitter/Walker

If you’re an animal person, starting a pet sitting or dog walking business is right up your alley.

A pet owner never wants to leave their pet cooped up inside all day. However, most people are extremely busy with their jobs, their children’s activities, and more. Having the option to leave their dog with a pet sitter is a great alternative.

A great way to get started is through word of mouth. Letting your network know that you are starting a business and looking for clients will help to get the ball rolling. Consider working with apartment communities and home communities to spread flyers about your business.

Additional places to market your services are the dog park and retirement communities. A lot of pet owners at the dog park only get to take their dog there on occasion. Chances are they’ll want their dog out and about a lot more.

Retirement communities are a great place to start because many pet owners in these communities may lack the energy or capabilities to walk their dog.

4. Wedding Planner/Bridal Consultant

Creative, organized, detail oriented and level-headed moms make for great wedding planners. Starting a wedding planning business puts you in an industry that is never going away and only seems to spend more as time goes on.

Weddings have become extremely lavish over the years with increasingly larger budgets. A lot of details go into making a wedding a success and sometimes the bride can’t or doesn’t want to handle it herself. This is where her wedding planner comes in.

You’ll handle all aspects of the big day including tiny details such as table centerpieces all the way to large items such as venue deposits. It takes a very specific type of person to do this job but it can also be an incredibly fulfilling job.

5. Crafter: Sewing, Soap Making, etc.

By now, you’ve probably heard of Etsy. It is a crafter’s version of Amazon with beautifully displayed goods.

Another business venture for the creative mind is to start your own crafting business. Sewing, crocheting, soap making, and more are all different types of businesses a mom can start from home.

Homemade soap has become increasingly popular as consumers become more in-tune with what they are putting on their body. Organic soaps made with various herbs and ingredients make for soothing and deliciously scented baths.

Crafters can sell their goods online, at craft fairs, farmers markets and even through major distributors if you can make a decent splash with your product.

Overall, the possibilities for a home business are endless. These five are great starts and have been successful ventures for many moms out there. Now, it’s time to start your business.

Andrew Fujii is a marketing professional with expertise in digital/web and content marketing. He is also a copywriter for multiple agencies producing copy for blogs, articles, websites, product packaging, mobile apps, and more.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AndrewFujii2/posts

http://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewfujii/

Thursday, September 4, 2014

PostLoop Forum Posting Review

I included PostLoop in my April 2013 sources and income on my blog about making money from home at getpublishedparentingmags.com as a site for income I wanted to try. So I got busy working the PostLoop system and here's what I found out.

Bottom line: probably worth it and potentially $10/hour while you watch TV. This is a nice thing for someone who is really dying to make some money and after you're tired from doing your other work for the day, you can sit around watching a show and comment on forums. You make about 10 cents per forum post you make. Once you get on a roll, it's easy to whip out 5 at a time in one forum, then move on to the next. You'd be surprised at what you have to offer!

Signing up and getting started was a PITA, but I did make $5.08 from chatting in forums like I might normally do if I had time to do that sort of thing for free. If only we got paid to post on Facebook I would be a rich, rich lady.

I cashed out with just over 100 points and my total earned was $5.08. Because my rating was higher than the average rating (see below*) I was able to cash out. I received the money THE SAME DAY in my PayPal account. Bubblews takes about a week; Fiverr takes a few weeks to see the income (although once you cash out the income comes the same day).

I can’t give you my referral link here but if you feel like it you can find me on there as writerkerrie and then we can support each other on PostLoop. It's worth it for you to tell people about this program. I'm not into wasting time, and this could be a time waster as far as getting addicted to commenting in the forums, but if you're making money doing something you would normally do for free, why not?

AND if you refer a bunch of people, you end up making money just from them being in your "downline." It's like Mary Kay! Haha! 

*Ratings annoy me. Anonymous people are rating you ... and I keep getting only 4 stars, which prevents me from getting into the mom forums. As the mom of 5, this is so frustrating.

Here's from their page:

PostLoop has some catches, but it was pretty easy to get to 100 points.

Withdraw - Sell/Cash Out Your Points

Withdrawal Rate
$0.05 per point

REQUIREMENTS TO WITHDRAW:
• You must have at least 100 points to withdraw.
• Your User Rating must be better than the average User Rating to withdraw. Your current rating is 4.00 and the current average rating is 3.67.

Update 1/5/2014: I keep making money here every month with barely any effort. If you put some time into it, you could make some money fast and have some fun and get some ideas/give advice in the process!

Here is my referral linkhttp://www.postloop.com/invite/writerkerrie

Sunday, July 13, 2014

5 Ways to Stop Wasting Money

Just about everyone loves spending money. That’s the whole point of moving up in the world. Covering just your necessities doesn’t necessarily take a lot of money, but getting all the extras and the “nicer” things does. The more money you have, the more you have to spend. So, the better your job pays, the freer you are to make these purchases.

Unfortunately, it is all too easy to fall into the habit of spending outside your means, and getting yourself into financial dire straits. You can avoid the fear of getting bills you can’t pay by following a few simple steps.

  • Examine your credit situation. Credit is not a bad thing, and for some things it is essential. There are very few people who are able to go out and buy a car or house without credit. And to attain the type of credit you need to make those purchases, you have to establish a credit record through routine purchases.   However, having a vast amount of potential capital in your hands can be a dangerous thing. If you are having problems making your credit payments each month, you need to take a closer look at your spending habits. There’s no need to have multiple credit cards with a carryover balance on them. The same goes for store credit. Interest payments will drain your savings and income faster than anything. If you use credit, use it wisely. If you can’t, stop using credit now.  Don’t be tricked by credit companies’ sweet promotional offers. You may be able to use them to your advantage, but if you’re not careful, you’ll have a huge pile of debt at an outrageous interest rate that you’ll struggle forever to pay.


  • Don’t let emotions drive your shopping. Some people will shop not because they need something, but for the rush they get from the purchase. If you find yourself in this situation, you should fix the habit. It is not healthy for your psyche or wallet to shop to make yourself feel good. If you’re buying on credit, if you are not careful in how you follow through it will only make things worse later. If you like to shop as a leisure pastime, leave the credit cards at home, and only bring along money you can afford to spend. Take the time to browse without buying, or find a healthier hobby.


  • Shop around before you buy. Comparison shopping is one of the best ways you can save money on all of your purchase, especially the major ones. If you are a shopper by habit, instead of buying the first item you find, go to different stores to see where you can get the best deals. Better yet, use the internet to your advantage and save on gas money. There are numerous direct comparison sites available for all types of goods, and you can spend several hours browsing through many different stores from the comfort of your own home.

  • Again, be careful with your credit cards and accounts. The idea is to be saving money, and the best way to do that is by not spending it.

  • Avoid impulse buying. The tips up to this point should help curb this urge, hopefully. However, don’t forget when you are actually buying something that you are dealing with a salesperson. Just as you are trying to keep your money, they are trying to get it.

  • No matter how nice they may seem when they offer those special accessories you can’t live without, keep in mind that in most of these situations, this is more of a “Do you want fries with that?” proposition than anything else. Think over these little extras carefully before you add them to the list. A few “bargain” add-ons can add up quickly.

  • Think practically about what you’re spending. Before making any purchase, consider how long you’ll have to work to pay for that particular item or service. Then ask yourself, is it really worth that many hours of your life? The answer may surprise you: and be the first of many steps to saving money the easy way...by not spending it!



  • Saturday, May 3, 2014

    Investing: Choosing a “Passive” Rather than an “Active” Fund Can Save You Money

    If you are an investor and are keen to save money while you’re making money, you might consider buying a “passive” or “tracker” fund rather than a traditional fund. Typically, buying a passive fund is much cheaper than buying traditional funds, since there is no need to put out money for a professional to manage your investments.

    We’ve nothing against professional fund managers, but numerous comparison studies have been done in recent years and many of these have suggested that large numbers of investment pros have simply failed to beat the average return from the markets in which they specialise. Some critics have even gone so far as to contend that random selection would have been just as successful, not to mention cheaper, than hiring an investment expert to handle your money. We wouldn’t go that far, but the point is well taken.

    Passive funds carry fees too of course, but they are often significantly lower than that incurred by active funds. To give an example, a tracker fund might charge .25 percent, while an active fund might charge 1.7 percent or more.

    But let’s back up a bit, for the benefit of those who might be unfamiliar with active versus passive funds.


    What are active and passive funds?
    “Active fund” simply refers to actively managed investment funds, which, as the name implies, are run by a professional fund manager or investment research team. These people make all of the investment decisions on the investor’s behalf. Presumably they have extensive access to research in different markets, above and beyond the information you could dig up yourself. They may meet with the companies’ principals so they can assess their prospects before making any investment decisions.

    The whole point about paying an investment manager is to get a return that is superior to normal market returns. Indeed, actively managed funds may have the potential for much higher returns than average. In addition, if you have a competent professional carefully tracking the market and strategically managing your funds – babysitting your money, as it were – that person can move the funds around to maximise gains or shield you from possible losses. That’s how it works in theory anyway, and sometimes the extra cost for investment management is money well spent. But as noted above, many investment pros have failed to beat the market, bringing into question the necessity of paying for this extra service.

    Passive investment funds do nothing more than track a market – hence the name “tracker funds” – and as a consequence they charge far less than actively managed funds. For the most part they are run by a computer, which purchases all or the majority of the assets in a particular market in order to give you a return which reflects that market’s performance.

    And of course there’s a trade-off: you don’t have that extra “human touch.” A computer can only do so much. On the other hand, you don’t have that extra fee either. It’s totally up to you; like most things, choosing a specific type of investment fund involves a trade-off of some sort.

    Of course this is not to be construed as investment advice in any way, shape or form, and when considering any type of investment you should always perform due diligence. If you have doubts, it is a good idea to consult with a qualified attorney or – yes – an investment advisor. If you need a little help paying their fees, check with kangaroopaydayloans.com. Professionals do have their place in the investment world and it’s usually a good idea to avoid making any significant decisions about your money without consulting a qualified person. Our point is that there may be some things you really can do yourself (or mostly do yourself), for cheaper. Just do your research, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

    For more information about tracker funds, see http://www.which.co.uk/money/savings-and-investments/guides/different-types-of-investment/understanding-tracker-funds-and-etfs

    Monday, April 28, 2014

    #Book Review Gigs for Clients on #Fiverr

    *I'm not going to get into with you if this is ethical or not. It is happening and that is all. As long as someone is not providing you with review text and you are giving your own honest review, I don't see a problem with this. You are being paid for your TIME, not for a 5-star review. I personally always feel smarmy asking for a review on any of my own ebooks for free ... someone is spending their time to check out my book and I feel like they should be compensated.


    Okay, that being said, there are a lot of companies and authors looking for book reviews. Product reviews are a different animal and I would not do one of those unless provided with the product.

    Here's my personal experience with doing book reviews for Fiverr clients: It was too busy and I could not keep up! Then someone reported me or something and I got shut down. Fiverr shut down my book review gig and won't let me even put REVIEW in any of my gigs anymore. I'm not sure how this highly successful Fiverr seller has gotten away with it for years but see how she words her gigs. Remember that when you are first starting on Fiverr you can't offer the EXTRAS like she is doing ... I believe you can do that after about 30 days. Then it's nice to be able to charge an extra 2 gigs for 24-hour turnaround if you are able.

    For now you can charge one gig for the review and another gig for any ebook priced up to $4 and a third gig for any ebook priced up to $8 (Fiverr takes 20% of your sales so keep in mind you get $4 per paid gig and not $5). You keep any overage. You simply purchase the ebook on Amazon, peruse it, speed read, whatever, and give a review. If there are ever any problems with getting paid from a buyer, simply go back to Amazon and request a refund for your ebook purchase.

    The seller I referenced above, plus all the others doing this, must be speed readers or have a lot of time on their hands as shut-ins or something???? I can't figure it out and let me know if you can! I wish you success at whatever you try on Fiverr!

    *Do not give 24-hour service for free and do not pre-write a review until you have been paid, no matter how big a hurry you are in. There are people/buyers on Fiverr who are looking for free work and will threaten to give you bad feedback if you don't cancel their order and give it to them for free. Trust your instincts on jobs like this.

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Eight Influential Women Writers Throughout History

    Often minimized, occasionally outright censored, women writers have nonetheless made major contributions to the history of literature. These eight women writers are just a small sample of the many who have written valuable, engaging, and entertaining poetry and prose over the centuries.

    Sappho

    Born in the 7th century BC, Sappho was one of the most admired poets of the ancient world. Ancient Greek scholars counted her romantic lyrical poems, which were often dedicated to other women, among the greatest works ever produced. Though a great deal of her poetry has been lost, her immense reputation endures even today.

    Murasaki Shikibu

    Lady Murasaki is credited by many scholars with single-handedly inventing the novel as we know it today. A lady in waiting in the Japanese court, Murasaki wrote around the 10th century AD. Her sprawling epic The Tale of Genji spans 1200 pages and took more than a decade to complete. Along with other Japanese women writers, she was instrumental in helping to create a written language out of spoken Japanese.

    Christine de Pizan

    De Pizan was a French author of poetry, prose, and nonfiction who wrote between 1390-1430. After the death of her husband in an epidemic, de Pizan, who was only about 25 at the time, completely supported herself and her three children on her income as a writer. Her best known work is The Book of the City of Ladies, a celebration of the contributions made by women throughout history.

    Aphra Behn

    The mysterious Aphra Behn was a contemporary of Shakespeare and also wrote several well-received novels and plays. All this was accomplished while working as a spy for the British Royal Court. Her short novel Oroonoko, about an enslaved African man, was inspired by time she spent in Suriname.

    Jane Austen

    Since the publication of her first work, Sense and Sensibility, in 1811, Austen has become one of the most widely read writers in the English language. She is the author of six books, all of which are undisputed classics. Unafraid to experiment with different styles and forms, her work was incredibly influential on future generations of writers.

    Mary Shelley

    Daughter of the pioneering feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and wife of poet Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley had quite the family name to live up to. She accomplished this in a single stroke in 1818 when she published the novel Frankenstein. The book was a pioneering work in the science fiction and horror genres, as well as a thoughtful exploration of some of the social issues of the day.

    Virginia Woolf

    The brilliant Woolf was one of the foremost writers and scholars of the Modernist movement. Her most famous novels include the fantasy story Orlando (1928) and the more realistic character study Mrs. Dalloway (1925). Among her many works of nonfiction and criticism is A Room of One’s Own (1929), a book-length analysis of women writers.

    Toni Morrison

    Winner of the Nobel Prize in 1993, the American writer Toni Morrison is one of a kind in her ability to give voice to marginalized groups of people. Her novels focus on the struggles of poor rural African-Americans, telling their stories in a fresh and lyrical way. She is the author of ten popular books, published between 1978 and 2012.

    This list only scratches the surface of women writers throughout history. Since the earliest eras of the written word, women as well as men have been leaving their literary mark. Check out the graphic below for more iconic female authors:


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    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    March's Kick-Ass Work-From-Home Income ... Stop Whining, Make Money!

    As always, I don't post this because I'm bragging; I post it as a challenge to you if you want to do what I do. Of course there are those who make much more than I do, but I choose to do what I do with kids underfoot and I can only put in a handful of hours per week. The income potential for you is there, and I just want to share sources and helps with you.

    March came in at  $1,766.76.  I've been able to take my kids on some fancy dates lately with more planned and we are able to save up for a week-long trip to Branson (okay, two nights are free for being a blogger but still!) and are saving up for another week-long trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas in the fall. Sure couldn't do that last year! And can you imagine what groceries cost each month for a family of SEVEN?

    Sure, Mr. Kerrie brings down a nice wage, but these days prices are going crazy ... some people NEED this "extra" money to pay basic bills because of a layoff has happened or some other bad situation is going on. Some people like being able to make extra money for "wants" ... and why not when it is so easy to do from home when the kids are at school or when they are asleep or watching a movie?

    In case you wanted to know, here were April's numbers, and then May's numbers. Then here are June's numbers, and you can see I'm increasing my income every month. July was amazing but not as good as AugustSeptember was $1,651.26. October was a little better than that. Here's November. Here was December 2013. And here was January. February is here.

    I am in the Stop Whining About Money and Do Something About It Club! Care to join me in 2014? Open enrollment is now and there are lots of new members!

    Disclaimers: For the record, I have no reason to lie to you about any of the income I’m reporting, and the most underhanded, nasty, smarmy thing I’m going to do is give you my referral links so I can make a whopping dime or so off of each person who signs up to do what I’m doing! 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.

    Just like always: I STILL do not count my eggs before they are in my PayPal account. Now, let's get started:

    1. Fiverr and other private proofreading. $1,137.50. 

    2. Bubblews. $320.05. Just click on the word Bubblews and you can sign up using my referral link and I might make a dime. This is basically a blogging site that you can read more about here. Anyone can join. I made less here than other months because of the way the payments worked out. I've started to cash out only on Sundays at around $80 each time so it takes about a week for the payment to clear. Last month I wasn't able to do as much because I was proofreading, but I was still cashing out around $50 per week.

    3. Regional Parenting Magazine articles, new and reprint: $120. That would be thanks to this little gem, and I'm not even really trying or writing anything new. I got busy with proofing and slacked hard on this area, but plan to make a comeback in 2014!

    4. Blogging income, BlogHer tweeting, etc.: $105

    5. Ebooks on Amazon: $18.47 because I share half with my cover designer and partner. Here's how to find my offerings!


    6. eBay: $65.74 by selling some extra stuff.

    Come back to see April 2014's numbers!

    *Yes, I pay taxes on every stinking cent!

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    #Fiverr Tutorials ... Where I Make Money From Home #WAHM

    I stumbled on Fiverr.com in April of 2013 when I was looking for a way to make money from home online to pay off some mounting dental bills and other things. I was not disappointed. I immediately had a full queue full of jobs and found that I could customize my gigs ... if I was not busy I could put my gig on a 2-day delivery time. If I was full up, I could change it to a 29-day delivery time to discourage new orders. Give it a shot. It's a versatile way to make money online.

    HOW TO GET STARTED AS A PROOFREADER ON FIVERR


    HOW TO GET STARTED AS A WRITER ON FIVERR


    OTHER GIGS YOU CAN DO ON FIVERR


    PAYMENT ON FIVERR AND COMPETITION

    GIVING AND GETTING FEEDBACK ON FIVERR



    Monday, March 3, 2014

    February's Fabulous 2014 Work-From-Home Income ... Stop Whining, Make Money!

    February is a month I decided to slow down. I learned how to put my Fiverr gigs on Vacation Mode and took the opportunity to chill a little bit and do some decluttering around my house.  February still came in at  $1,141.95.  It's nice to not have to freak out when we find out insurance is done paying for my son's braces; paying for gymnastics is no problem anymore; and when I got a flat tire blow-out to the tune of $150, that same day I had money to cover it in PayPal from BlogHer social media things I had done. Every little bit helps!

    As always, I don't post this because I'm bragging; I post it as a challenge to you if you want to do what I do. Of course there are those who make much more than I do, but I choose to do what I do with kids underfoot and I can only put in a handful of hours per week. The income potential for you is there, and I just want to share sources and helps with you.

    In case you wanted to know, here were April's numbers, and then May's numbers. Then here are June's numbers, and you can see I'm increasing my income every month. July was amazing but not as good as AugustSeptember was $1,651.26. October was a little better than that. Here's November. Here was December 2013. And here was January.

    I am in the Stop Whining About Money and Do Something About It Club! Care to join me in 2014? Open enrollment is now and there are lots of new members!

    Disclaimers: For the record, I have no reason to lie to you about any of the income I’m reporting, and the most underhanded, nasty, smarmy thing I’m going to do is give you my referral links so I can make a whopping dime or so off of each person who signs up to do what I’m doing! 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.

    Just like always: I STILL do not count my eggs before they are in my PayPal account. Now, let's get started:

    1. Fiverr and other private proofreading. $360. The majority of my income is from proofreading when my kids sleep.

    2. Bubblews. $209.36. THIS SITE IS NOT UP ANYMORE. This was basically a blogging site.

    3. Regional Parenting Magazine articles, new and reprint: $190. That would be thanks to this little gem, and I'm not even really trying or writing anything new. I got busy with proofing and slacked hard on this area, but plan to make a comeback in 2014! My girlfriend also just got a piece published using the email submissions list I have in this book. It works!


    4. PostLoop. $5.73 doing not much at all. I'm going to send you here because I have a lot of information on this and it needed its own post. Bottom line: probably worth it and potentially $10/hour while you watch TV. *IF YOU SIGN UP UNDER ME USING MY REFERRAL LINK, THANK YOU! PLEASE DO THE 10 POSTS TO GET STARTED; YOU WILL GET POINTS FOR THOSE AND THEN A RATING, THEN YOU CAN CONTINUE ON.

    5. BlogHer tweets, Facebook posts and blog ad income, as well as a nice check from AdSense: $342.15

    6. Ebooks on Amazon: $34.71. Here's how to find my offerings!

    *Yes, I pay taxes on every stinking cent!

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

    BlogHer ... ads for your blog, paid social media

    I love BlogHer so much. Every time I log on to deal with my ads or my social media touts (logging when and where I did social media for a campaign I get paid for), I always get sucked into the posts on the front page. Without fail there is something that catches my interest and I usually end up commenting and getting a great idea for an article or post of my own in the future with my own angle.


    A few years ago I signed up to see if I could get BlogHer ads on my main blog, The Kerrie Show. They accepted me and sent me the paperwork via email and then, not having internet at home and not checking my other email account often enough, I dropped the ball and lost out. I re-applied, was accepted again and this time got in all my stuff despite my internet and fax challenges.

    *I'm not saying everyone with a blog will be accepted to BlogHer

    What does all this mean? It means I have their ads on my blog. I don't make much on that but it's based on views and not clicks so the more traffic I have the more money I make. Currently I'm making about $5 per month from ads and that's based on not even 2K visitors per month. So if you have a decent blog with decent traffic, you could make some good money.

    Then there are the social media projects. These pay $50 for 8 tweets or Facebook posts, usually. Sometimes they'll pay $25 for 4. Sometimes you can do a sponsored post for good money, or get involved in a Twitter party. This is where I make my money: from the social media posting. In February alone I was involved with about 5 programs at $50 each, which will pay via PayPal within about 45 days.

    So there's my personal experience with BlogHer over the last few years. They don't want you to have other ads or rude content, but other than that you can post as often as you want. They like you to post at least 3 times per week.

    Here's a good post out of hundreds, called On the Pursuit of Blogging Fame.

    Give it a shot!

    Monday, February 3, 2014

    Organizing Writing Projects with Self-Diagnosed ADHD

    A writing friend of mine recently asked me:
    Do you have one block of writing time for all your writing projects or does each project get its own time? Sometimes I feel like a fat man at a all-you-can-eat buffet. I want to do every project on my heart. It is hard for me to focus solely on one until completion.

    I'm not sure I'm the best person to ask! I mean, I do a chunk of  my work in the mornings, some more in the evenings and try to sneak in 15-minute pieces here and there throughout the day depending on what I'm working on and how busy my life with my kids is at that point in time.

    Here are some things I generally have going on:


    1. Proofreading
    2. Blogging
    3. Bubblews
    4. Regional parenting magazine articles
    5. Self-published ebook projects
    6. Private writing clients
    7. The Kindle Pixie author promotion business
    The short answer is: I don't finish anything in one sitting usually. I try, but my self-diagnosed ADHD makes me flit from thing to thing and I can't focus on one thing for long. I recently realized I've always been this way and have often been given crap about it by my husband, parents and friends, but it's working for me obviously.


    So a typical morning might look like this, starting around 7 a.m.:

    • Make coffee, grab a protein bar and some water
    • Check Facebook for messages, check email
    • Get distracted and check Amazon to see if any ebooks sold
    • Check Bubblews bank balance
    • The checking of Facebook and email will generally lead to other things I need to do or fix or write or whatever
    • Now it's time to focus on a project. I have a list on a spiral notebook and I start a new page each day to refresh the list. I start with the most urgent thing first.
    • I keep a wall calendar to tell me what I should be doing and when stuff is due.
    • I start on the most urgent thing, get bored, and move to the next thing.
    • If the projects suck, I procrastinate them and move to something I usually don't want to do, like delve deeply into an ebook I'm writing. I put it off because when I start I get lost in it but it does not immediately pay the bills.
    • If all my projects are crummy, I can be found cleaning the bathroom or doing dishes, two things I hate.
    • I sit down, I check realtor.com to find the perfect house even though I don't want to move.
    • The kids start to get up, we homeschool, we head out for the day, we come home. Around 7 they settle in for a movie in the wintertime and I sneak in a few little work things if the homefront is quiet.
    • I keep a plastic thing in front of me at the kitchen table (my "office") to hold all my files so I don't lose things or spill chocolate milk on them.
    • I try to write 10 Bubblews per day to max out on Sundays around $75 so I write and post those throughout the day and spend about 15 minutes at a time on them.
    • I check email like a crack addict and like to keep it clean and organized in there because I HATE not being able to find stuff and after my grandpa died last fall my email was overflowing and was a freaking mess.
    • Right now I am doing this blog post to procrastinate working on a nightmare formatting job, so there.

    I hope that answers that for you with about 1,000 too many words, friend!

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

    January Jammin' 2014 Work-from-Home Income ... Stop Whining, Make Money

    January is definitely setting the tone for the year at $1,611.52. If I could keep that up all  year, I'd be on track to bring down about $20,000 this year, which would help with so many things (kitchen remodel, paying off my husband's truck, a new PC, new tires for the previously mentioned truck and more!).

    As always, I don't post this because I'm bragging; I post it as a challenge to you if you want to do what I do. Of course there are those who make much more than I do, but I choose to do what I do with kids underfoot and I can only put in a handful of hours per week. The income potential for you is there, and I just want to share sources and helps with you.

    In case you wanted to know, here were April's numbers, and then May's numbers. Then here are June's numbers, and you can see I'm increasing my income every month. July was amazing but not as good as AugustSeptember was $1,651.26. October was a little better than that. Here's November. Here was December 2013.

    I am in the Stop Whining About Money and Do Something About It Club! Care to join me in 2014? Open enrollment is now and there are lots of new members!

    Disclaimers: For the record, I have no reason to lie to you about any of the income I’m reporting, and the most underhanded, nasty, smarmy thing I’m going to do is give you my referral links so I can make a whopping dime or so off of each person who signs up to do what I’m doing! 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.

    Just like always: I STILL do not count my eggs before they are in my PayPal account. Now, let's get started:

    1. Fiverr. $332. The majority of my income is from proofreading when my kids sleep.

    2. Bubblews. $320.84. Just click on the word Bubblews and you can sign up using my referral link and I might make a dime. This is basically a blogging site that you can read more about here. Anyone can join.

    3. Regional Parenting Magazine articles, new and reprint: $150. That would be thanks to this little gem, and I'm not even really trying or writing anything new. I got busy with proofing and slacked hard on this area, but plan to make a comeback in 2014! My girlfriend also just got a piece published using the email submissions list I have in this book. It works!

    4. PostLoop. $5.91 doing not much at all. I'm going to send you here because I have a lot of information on this and it needed its own post. Bottom line: probably worth it and potentially $10/hour while you watch TV. *IF YOU SIGN UP UNDER ME USING MY REFERRAL LINK, THANK YOU! PLEASE DO THE 10 POSTS TO GET STARTED; YOU WILL GET POINTS FOR THOSE AND THEN A RATING, THEN YOU CAN CONTINUE ON.

    5. Private proofing, formatting, social media jobs: $640

    6. BlogHer tweets, Facebook posts and blog ad income: $55.34

    7. The Kindle Pixie, my side business helping authors get the attention they deserve: $84.50

    8. Ebooks on Amazon: $22.93 is my half after I pay my partner, who designs all my covers and does other misc. wonderful things. I now have 5 ebooks on Amazon with a 6th on the way (Laid-Back Homeschooling) and a 7th (The Kerrie Show Takes on Summer), so I am not to be deterred about this ebook business! Here's how to find my offerings! And here's how to find the ebook below for only 99 cents, which leads to another, free one with tons more markets for online and guest posting venues that pay:


    Come back to see February 2014's numbers!

    *Yes, I pay taxes on every stinking cent!

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

    My December 2013 and Year-End Work-From-Home Income Report ... Stop Whining, Make Money

    Whew, December came back like a champ! It punched out November's scrawny income and came in at a lovely $1,484.69.  Christmas was a lot easier to afford this year, that's for sure!

    As for 2013 as a whole, I'll cut to the chase and reveal that my income was close to $15,000, about 107% more than I made last year. I don't post this because I'm bragging or think I'm hot stuff. I post it as a challenge to you if you want to do what I do. Of course there are those who make much more than I do, but I choose to do what I do with kids underfoot. The income potential for you is there, and I just want to share sources and helps with you. I also post to challenge myself for future months and years.

    I had a rich and full life this year. I'm only working a few hours a day and if I could work full-time I could easily be pulling down close to $50,000, which I don't think is too shabby. The kids are still in gymnastics at about $200 per month, and Christmas was a breeze this year for my family of 7 plus friends and extended family. I love giving. I don't spend a lot of money on myself and love having extra money to be able to buy presents for friends or give to charity.

    In case you wanted to know, here were April's numbers, and then May's numbers. Then here are June's numbers, and you can see I'm increasing my income every month. July was amazing but not as good as AugustSeptember was $1,651.26. October was a little better than that. Here's November.

    I am in the Stop Whining About Money and Do Something About It Club! Care to join me in 2014? Open enrollment is now and there are lots of new members!

    Disclaimers: For the record, I have no reason to lie to you about any of the income I’m reporting, and the most underhanded, nasty, smarmy thing I’m going to do is give you my referral links so I can make a whopping dime or so off of each person who signs up to do what I’m doing! 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.

    Just like always: I STILL do not count my eggs before they are in my PayPal account. Now, let's get started:

    1. Fiverr. $559. The majority of my income is from proofreading when my kids sleep.

    2. Bubblews. $226.42. Just click on the word Bubblews and you can sign up using my referral link and I might make a dime. This is basically a blogging site that you can read more about here. Anyone can join.

    3. Regional Parenting Magazine articles, new and reprint: $20. That would be thanks to this little gem, and I'm not even really trying or writing anything new. I got busy with proofing and slacked hard on this area, but plan to make a comeback in 2014!


    4. PostLoop. $5.82 doing not much at all. I'm going to send you here because I have a lot of information on this and it needed its own post. Bottom line: probably worth it and potentially $10/hour while you watch TV. *IF YOU SIGN UP UNDER ME USING MY REFERRAL LINK, THANK YOU! PLEASE DO THE 10 POSTS TO GET STARTED; YOU WILL GET POINTS FOR THOSE AND THEN A RATING, THEN YOU CAN CONTINUE ON.

    5. Private proofing, formatting, social media jobs: $355

    6. Private writing client: $120.

    7. BlogHer tweets, Facebook posts and blog ad income: $165.55

    8. The Kindle Pixie, my side business helping authors get the attention they deserve: $18.50 (shared with a partner)

    9. Ebooks on Amazon: $14.40 is my half after I pay my partner, who designs all my covers and does other misc. wonderful things. I now have 5 ebooks on Amazon with a 6th on the way (Laid-Back Homeschooling) and a 7th (The Kerrie Show Takes on Summer), so I am not to be deterred about this ebook business! Here's how to find my offerings! And here's how to find the ebook below for only 99 cents, which leads to another, free one with tons more markets for online and guest posting venues that pay:


    Come back to see January 2014's numbers!

    *Yes, I pay taxes on every stinking cent!
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