Monday, November 30, 2015

November 2015's Noble Income #WAHM #Money #AmWriting #Proofreading

Let's get some things out of the way before I show you my rockin' infographic I made on the FREE site canva.com. Also, here are the figures for August 2015 at $1,658.

Here is September 2015 at $2,354.

Here is October 2015 at $1,448.

I planned on going crazy in November so I could knock out some of our credit card debt and it is working out! Even with Christmas coming up I was just able to pay $1,000 on our credit card, and that feels good! I work quite a bit in the early mornings and at night but the rest of the day is reserved for homeschooling and kid activities and general household stuff!

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 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, Jamberry consultant and Younique presenter.

Why I am sharing my income?
I like to show what can be done. I am able to fit in at least 20 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.

I recently decided to focus on just six main areas of income, as opposed to the way I used to do it, making pennies here and there in way too many online places. Diversification is still very important to online income for me, but by focusing on six areas, balls are not getting dropped and my time is more focused.



** I call Younique and Jamberry income "online" because I don't do vendor events or home parties.

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.

*This is the book I reference that helps me make money writing articles and also brings in a little bit of income all by itself ... I don't hit the article writing very hard because I'm super busy with LIFE and MOTHERING and proofreading!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bloggers & Writers! My Book is on Free Days!!!! #ArticleReprints #ResidualIncome

**If you are coming to this post after November 28th, 2015, keep in mind you can still get this book FREE on Kindle Unlimited. You pay about $9.99 per month to download 10 books at a time that are enrolled in the KU program. You can turn one in and get another. Turn them all in and get 10 more. Please remember authors rely on your reviews so other readers know what to expect ... your thoughtful review really makes a difference and means a lot to me!


It's time for another 5-day FREEEBOOK (free + ebook = freeebook) EXTRAVAGANZA!

This time it's "Make Money to Write About Your Kids: Get Published in Regional, National & Online Parenting & Family Magazines" that I have put up to bat. Five whole days you can download it onto your Kindle reader or laptop or other device FREE! I used to not have a Kindle but still got Kindle books because I utilized Amazon's Cloud Drive. I love working with a company that is so accommodating!

Okay, so I wrote this book back in 2009 when I was pregnant with my 5th child, Samuel. I had been writing for regional parenting magazines for a few years and had been compiling all the magazine information I could find so I could submit all over the country and world. One day I thought, "Huh, so I have all this great information and I should share it! All the magazines, editors, email addresses, cities and states and writer's guidelines and pay information because HOW GREAT WOULD THAT BE IF IT WERE A RESOURCE AVAILABLE TO OTHER WRITERS?!"

I mean, I would have bought it back then. Now it's in the 6th edition and I'm working on the 7th. It's truly like a Writer's Digest Writer's Market for the parenting and family category. The Writer's Market annually only has a handful of markets for this niche. I have over 250. With details. And an at-a-glance table at the back. If you like a print book, you can get it that way too! What a great gift for the writer on your holiday list!

I have used this resource to get published in 155 magazines so far. You can find that list here!

*Please keep in mind I updated this back in February so some magazines have folded and I have found new ones as well. I will update all of this in the next edition and please let me know if there's anything else you'd like to see!

Happy reading!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

All About Making Money on #Fiverr as a #Proofreader, #Writer and More! #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 and my husband had FINALLY given in and suggested we get Internet at home.

I was not disappointed. I immediately had a full queue of jobs and found that I could customize my gigs ... if I was not busy I could put my gig on a 1-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.

Starting Out
I don't know if I just got lucky or what but people gave a newbie a try and soon I had good reviews coming in and more jobs. I was so busy at one point in 2013 that I was outsourcing, which was a total shit show (I'm going with two words for shit show instead of making it one ... haha!).

I shut down my outsourcing situation and tried to keep up with the work on my own but soon had no life and my kids were eating too much fast food all summer. I got a bad review because I was hurrying through my work and it all went to hell for a while. It picked back up and then I overused Vacation Mode.

Just in the last few months I have gotten back on and made a decent income again. I've done many different gigs on Fiverr besides proofreading so poke around to see what else you can offer. I put my delivery on at least 3 days so that keeps my orders low enough to manage. The main guy who does 24-hour delivery basically works full-time all day long doing small jobs. The client is charged $5 and you receive $4. At first I thought that was robbery but now I realize THEY are finding the clients for me pretty much so I will happily take my $4 for proofreading 1,500 words. I got more orders when my gig was for 2,000 words but it was taking too long to proofread that for $4 with so many non-native English speakers sending projects my way. Those projects just take longer because they require more time and reworking.

I have some Fiverr tutorials here on different topics:






Giving and Getting Feedback on #Fiverr


Let me tell you something: You definitely want good feedback on Fiverr. You don’t want negative ratings. I had a buyer turn on me once early on in my Fiverr career back in 2013 when I was overloaded and had made a couple of mistakes; they had two proofing orders in the queue and they gave me bad feedback on both, totally blowing my 100% rating. To be honest, I didn't handle the situation well. I was exhausted and overwhelmed and was overworking myself and I "defended" myself instead of just apologizing and making it right. I learned my lesson for sure.

Then I had a third negative feedback when my husband was ripping up our carpet and doing our hardwood floors and my grandpa was dying and our internet was out for a day. The buyer said I made some mistakes but would not tell me what. I made the other mistake of getting personal about my life instead of being professional. I told him about my husband and kids and internet being out. DON'T DO THAT!
So basically just treat the customer well and over-deliver if you can. For example, when I do my social media gigs, I like to deliver an extra post or tweet or pin just because. When I deliver my order I also say something like, “Please let me know if you have any questions on this at all.” It makes a big difference when you treat someone well. Of course you will have those customers who are never going to be happy but 99% of them are totally reasonable.
And when they have rated you positively, make sure you leave a note back for them thanking them, telling them it was great to work with them, etc. The higher the number of your good ratings, the more sought-out you will be by future potential customers.

It's also important to work with people in a professional way because now Fiverr has an option for a buyer to give you a tip, which rocks! I've been tipped many times and sometimes on orders that had me banging my head against a wall trying to please the buyer.

Be professional. Don't get personal. Don't make excuses for mistakes if you make them. Just fix them.

Here are some more Fiverr tutorials.

How Payment and Competition Work on #Fiverr

So how does payment work on Fiverr? And how is the competition?

Well, the competition is pretty good but if you keep going and do well, you remain at the top of the pack in the HIGH RATING search. Just make sure you are always providing excellent service and are delivering on time. I have personally made friends with another high-rated proofreader on Fiverr and am so grateful to have met her!
Payout is anytime you like and there is a small fee to take out your money, probably to cover any PayPal fees Fiverr has to deal with. I usually wait until I'm at $100+ and they only take $1 from that. You can clearly see EXACTLY when payments are going to be processed on your dashboard, so a gig would generally pay within 2 weeks. It’s cool to see that a gig you did last week for $32 is going to be paying out this week on Friday or that a bunch of $4 gigs you did are all hitting tomorrow, ready for payout. I have never had a problem with getting paid. Other options include a Fiverr Revenue Card and direct deposit.
BEWARE: It's rare but sometimes you have to deal with some douche who never intended on paying you for your services, no matter how well you delivered them. A downside of Fiverr is that they have such a high volume of sellers and buyers that they just automatically believe a buyer who is not satisfied and refund their money. That's not such a huge deal to shake off if it was only one or two gigs, but if it ever happened that someone reneged on a huge job and Fiverr backed them, I would have to quit working for them.

Other Gigs You Can Do On #Fiverr


So what else can you do on Fiverr.com besides writing and proofreading
Well, I personally branched out with gigs like these: 
selling ebooks (didn’t work out)
giving advice on writing for regional parenting magazines
writing blog posts for posting on my own blog
creating a dynamic table of contents for an ebook for Kindle
doing book and app reviews
doing social media (Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest) since I have a decent following on each of those platforms. It's good to try new things!
Gigs I've purchased include gigs for ebook covers, Facebook fan page covers, home-made marshmallows (shipped) and these cute little cube animals (shipped) for the kids. Think Etsy meets EVERYTHING!
Head on over to Fiverr.com to see what everyone has to offer and what you may be able to offer, as well! There are 9 main categories of gigs and then there are sub-categories from there.
Next I’ll be talking about getting positive feedback from customers and how the pay structure works.

Friday, November 6, 2015

How to Get Started as a #Proofreader on #Fiverr



Basically you would start by signing up on Fiverr.
Check out the Writing/Translation section, then Proofreading, on Fiverr to see what others are doing as far as gig offerings … how many words will they proofread for $5 (remember you only get $4 of that)? How fast is their turnaround? How fast can you turn something out? I started out proofing 3,000 words for $5 and got busy but wasn’t making good money at all. Now I stick with 1,500 words. Some can get away with only 750 words, and those are usually the people with an English degree!
Then fill in a wonderful profile with your photo and information about yourself. Check out other profiles to see what others have written. If you'd like to see my profile and gigs, I am here.
After your profile is polished, create a gig. You can create as many gigs as you like. I believe you have to wait 30 days to be able to offer Gig Extras like charging more for extra fast delivery, proofreading more words, accepting a tip, etc.
Offer, for instance, to proof 1,500 words for $5. Can you do that in about 15 minutes? Good! Then you’ll be making double minimum wage in America while working from home (just don't forget taxes)! You can offer to proofread large projects or stick with small ones. You can adjust your delivery time if you get swamped.
Yes, there are tons of other proofers on Fiverr, so you have to stand out. Make a video to go with your gig and make sure you say your price is “exclusively on Fiverr” or it will be rejected.
Use social media, friends, anything you can think of, to promote your gig.
Please use the comments section to ask me any questions I may have forgotten to answer and I will update this post accordingly.

Check out my post on how to get started as a writer on Fiverr.

How to Get Started as a #Writer on #Fiverr


I have to say I mostly do proofreading and other things on Fiverr, but I was writing blog posts for different people for a while over one summer on there. I stopped doing it because my proofreading was taking off on Fiverr and I didn’t have the time to devote to writing.


Basically you would start by signing up on Fiverr.
Check out the Writing/Translation section of Fiverr to see what others are doing as far as gig offerings … how many words will they write for $5 (remember you only get $4 of that)? How fast is their turnaround? How fast can you turn something out?
Then fill in a wonderful profile with your photo and information about yourself. Check out other profiles to see what others have written. If you'd like to see my profile and gigs, I am here.
After your profile is polished, create a gig. You can create as many gigs as you like. I believe you have to wait 30 days to be able to offer Gig Extras like charging more for extra fast delivery, writing more words, accepting a tip, etc.
Offer, for instance, to write a 250-word blog post for a business for $5. Can you do that in about 15 minutes? Good! Then you’ll be making double minimum wage in America while working from home! You can also offer to be a ghost writer for a certain amount of words for one gig, write an ebook, write marketing materials, whatever you are great at!
Yes, there are tons of other writers on Fiverr, so you have to stand out. Make a video to go with your gig and make sure you say your price is “exclusively on Fiverr” or it will be rejected.
Use social media, friends, anything you can think of, to promote your gig.

I have to add here that I make a lot more money writing for regional parenting magazines using the resource I wrote. You can get it FREE on Kindle Unlimited and I give it away free for 5 days every 3 months. Otherwise you can buy it as an ebook but I recommend the print version so you can highlight, Post-It note and write in it! You can make money writing on Fiverr and also do this at the same time! I love working from home ... oh, the options!

Check out my post on how to get started as a proofreader on Fiverr!
Please use the comments section to ask me any questions I may have forgotten to answer and I will update this post accordingly.

Monday, November 2, 2015

October 2015 Ostentatious Online #Income #Writing #Proofreading #Younique #Jamberry

Let's get some things out of the way before I show you my rockin' infographic I made on the FREE site canva.com. Also, here are the figures for August 2015. Here is September.

Keep in mind I took a week off this month to have a vacation with my family at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park in a cabin in Ashland, Nebraska. We went to Omaha Zoo twice and Lincoln Children's Museum and the Safari Wildlife Park and just had a relaxing time with no laptop in sight! This explains why my figures are lower than usual. I'm hoping to go crazy in November so check back!

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 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, Jamberry consultant and Younique presenter.

Why I am sharing my income?
I like to show what can be done. I am able to fit in at least 20 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.

I recently decided to focus on just six main areas of income, as opposed to the way I used to do it, making pennies here and there in way too many online places. Diversification is still very important to online income for me, but by focusing on six areas, balls are not getting dropped and my time is more focused.



** I call Younique and Jamberry income "online" because I don't do vendor events or home parties.

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.

*This is the book I reference that helps me make money writing articles and also brings in a little bit of income all by itself ...
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