Tuesday, February 28, 2017

How to Make an Extra $2,000 Per Month From Home ... the Answer is Not Sexy

People ask me all the time how I bring in an average of $2,000 per month working from home while also homeschooling 5 kids and leading an active life (walking almost every day, taking the kids all sorts of cool places, going on dates with my husband, etc.). They don't think they could ever do it.

Honestly, the answer is not sexy or intriguing and I don't have any life hacks. Here is the "secret" ... It's waking up early and working when I don't want to work.

I WANT to laze around in bed every morning, sleeping as late as I can. Instead, I get up at 6:00 every morning so I have time to pray, make coffee, and then get to work ... while the kids are sleeping.

I WANT to binge-watch entire seasons of shows in a week while my kids sleep in during the morning time. Instead I watch one episode of a favorite show maybe once a week or as a reward to myself for finishing a big project.

I WANT to read books at night. Instead I am happy reading when I can sneak it in ... and listening to audiobooks while I walk (multitasking!). I'm a proofreader by trade, so I get plenty of reading time in.

I WANT to feel less rushed socially and be able to mingle and form relationships, but instead I really need to get home to turn in that article or that proofreading job or work on that book.

I only work an average of 2 hours per day (some days I work 4, morning and night, and some I work just a bit). Doesn't sound like much, does it? But that's 60 hours in a month I am not watching TV, reading, lazing around, napping, and generally hanging out. And that's just during the school year when my focus is on homeschooling.

I cook easy meals for my family, the kids help with chores, I do laundry in a simple fashion (I honestly don't separate types or colors and never have) and I cut corners other ways to make time for the important things I want to do other than working: spending time with my family and cultivating friendships. See my post on Time Management for Writers!

Yes, everyone needs down time. I grab mine in the form of what I mentioned above ... in little bits of reading, TV, podcasts and books and music while I walk, lunch dates with my husband, the zoo with my kids. I also recharge every week at Mass :-)

And yes, after a few months of this pace, I burn out a little bit and need a day to just do nothing ... put on a movie or two for the kids and just take a nap, turn off the phone, grab a book, and say no to everything and everyone for my own sanity. Update: my son had an outpatient surgery and wanted me to just hang with him watching The Walking Dead for a couple of days and you bet your butt I cleared my schedule to do that with him!

This might not work for you, and you might not be a writer-type like I am. You might need to make a lot more money (I am blessed to have a husband with a full-time job so making this much works for our family). You might only be able to carve out one hour a day. I'm telling you if you carve out 15 minutes a day to do something like write a book, you will have a finished product at some point. If you carve out ZERO, you will have ZERO.

All I know is the cubicle life was not for me for a variety of reasons and being with my kids and husband as much as possible was a goal of mine since birth! So I prayed and Googled and asked around and somehow made it happen. I believe you can also!

I'd love to hear from you in the Comments section ... do you work from home or want to? How do you do it or plan to? How much time can you realistically devote to it? How are you going to find business ... clients you love that you can work with long term?

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

UPDATES to 6th Edition of "Make Money to Write About Your Kids"

Please check back here regularly for updates to the 6th edition of Make Money to Write About Your Kids, as publications are always starting up and going out of business and making email changes!

That's what great about the print edition of the book:  you can just cross out the ones that are out of business and add in the new ones! Then make sure to adjust your email submission list accordingly! Here we go:

LAST UPDATED February 26, 2017

*Don't be alarmed if some are in bold ... this just means I am making progress on the 7th edition of the book and incorporating the changes :-)
  1. DELETE (nonpaying) Active Kids is now info@activefamilymag.com.
  2. Adelaide's Child is now editorial@copelandpublishing.com.au.
  3. Alamo Area Kids & Family ... do not submit. They are not a paying market and asked me to take them off my list for submissions entirely.
  4. American Baby is no more and has merged with Fit Pregnancy. See my post here.
  5. Appleseeds has merged with Ask.
  6. Augusta Family send to karin.calloway@augustafamily.com
  7. Baltimore's Child try joanne@baltimoreschild.com
  8. Bay State Parent "We don't accept unsolicited freelance. We assign to local freelancers."
  9. Bermuda Parent email change: info@knbmediagroup.com
  10. Central Penn Parent: editor@centralpennparent.com
  11. Coastal Family: editor at coastalfamily dot com
  12. Columbus Parent is now editor@columbusparent.com
  13. Connecticut Parent remove joel.macclaren@ctparent.com and send only to editorial@ctparent.com
  14. Faith and Family Magazine is no longer publishing so I'll be adding information for Catholic Digest instead
  15. Family and Parenting delete rensley@owatonna.com
  16. Family Fun is at queries.familyfun@meredith.com.
  17. Flagler Parent/Volusia Parent: I am hearing from other writers that they are finding their work in these magazines from recently to way back and were not contacted or paid. I had trouble getting paid in a timely manner. Submit at your own risk.
  18. Fort Worth Child alex@dfwchild.com and this would also be Dallas Child and North Texas Child
  19. Fredericksburg Parent email change to fredparenteditor@gmail.com
  20. Girls Life email change
  21. Good Life Family needs tween and teen articles but nothing about small kids, babies, toddlers, etc.
  22. Hello, Darling (MOPS) does NOT pay but they have a large following of 120K with 60K Facebook fans so consider giving them one freebie
  23. Homeschooling today is now ashley@homeschoolingtoday.com
  24. Hudson Valley Parent delete fhodges@excitingread.com
  25. Hybrid Mom is now something very strange and is gone so delete them from your copy
  26. IParent ... email darlene.bourgeois@me.com
  27. Jersey Shore Family is not accepting articles at this time ... updated February 2017
  28. Kid Stuff delete (was lj@uppervalleylife.com)
  29. Kids on the Coast Australia (Mother Goose Media) does not pay
  30. LA Parent email is no longer good and you now have to submit on the site and the guidelines are entirely different.
  31. Main Line Parent is now gwyneth@familyfocusmedia.com
  32. Maritime Family has still NOT relaunched. Their website says their "latest issue" was in 2013. Update: email bounceback. Delete from book.
  33. Melbourne's Child is now at editorial@copelandpublishing.com.au.
  34. Memphis Parent change email address to janes@memphisparent.com also  not working so I wrote them on Facebook with my reprint list and asked for appropriate email for sending submissions. No word.
  35. MetroParent Wisconsin. Email Amy Schwabe at aschwabe@gannett.com.
  36. Midwestern Family is now at  jenny.rudd5@gmail.com
  37. Neapolitan Family: as of August 15 the contacts are changing to Stacy Nicolau snicolau at neafamily dot com and Leigh Ann Newman lanewman at neafamily dot com.
  38. OC Family can be contacted with Inland Empire Family at iemail@iemag.bz instead of schurm@churmmedia.com
  39. Offspring Australia is nonpaying
  40. Ohio Family Magazine seems to not be publishing any longer
  41. Omaha Family: lauren at hathawaypublishing dot net
  42. Owatonna Family and Parenting delete
  43. Palmetto Parent (Upstate Parent) is now loric@palmettoparent.com
  44. Parents' Source is no longer publishing.
  45. Raising Arizona's Kids can now be reached here and they have an entirely different pay structure, which I'll have in the new edition of the book soon! editorial@RAKmagazine.com
  46. Red River Family: working on getting publisher at redriverfamily dot com or laura at redriverfamily dot com to go through and asking their best email for submissions
  47. Richmond Family Magazine only uses local writers
  48. Sacramento Parent: shelly at sacramentoparent dot com
  49. Santa Barbara Family Life production@sbfamilylife.com not working. Wrote editor to find out a new submission address.
  50. Savvy Kids Arkansas email bounceback
  51. Seattle's Child delete dzedonis@seattleschild.com and use only editor@seattleschild.com
  52. Solo Parent is not a paying market. If you would like to get some coverage and offer them a piece for free, go for it, but they do not pay. I apologize for adding them to the book without researching enough.
  53. South Florida Parenting email submissions to editor@sfparenting.com
  54. Space City Publishing (several magazines): kim at spacecitypublishing dot com
  55. Sydney's Child is now at editorial@copelandpublishing.com.au
  56. Tidewater Parent is no longer in print so please delete them from your list
  57. Treasure Coast Parenting: trying k.ferraro at tcparenting dot com ... I had two emails for her and believe that period makes a difference
  58. Upstate Parent is Palmetto Parent
  59. Utah Family: I hate to do this but I am taking them out of the book. I find my articles in their publication, notify them and then it takes them forever to pay. I recently contacted some other writer friends and they had the same experience. Once writer has been waiting two years for payment. This is not acceptable and it is also illegal.
  60. Valley Parent Georgia: jill@columbusandthevalley.com
  61. Valley Parent Oregon: Taking out of the book until I get paid :-)
  62. The Village Family Magazine is currently on hiatus and thus, will not be accepting reprint materials at this time
  63. Wilmington Parent came back (wilmingtonparent@ec.rr.com) and I use danielle.wilmingtonparent@gmail.com instead.

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