Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Making Money as a Stay at Home Mom

When I imagined having kids, I wanted to be that perfect stay at home mom with the clean house and dinner on the table every night. My Pinterest boards are full of pins that I have saved in preparation. There is one issue that keeps coming up and that is bills. I have been scouring the web over the last several months for ways to earn a living working from home. Well, I quit my job last week and here is how I am making money from home.

1. Transcription - I have joined up with to work part time transcribing audio files. The pay is per audio minute and you can work when you want and as much as you want. To get started, there is a skill evaluation as with any transcription service out there. Once submitted, the hiring team reviews your work and contacts you via email with their answer. The work is great but the projects do get claimed pretty quick and sometimes only stay available for a second or two. That being said, you have to be quick and keep watch on the site. Otherwise it's great and you can use your own transcription gear or use the tools that they provide. I would definitely recommend using a headset.

2. Online Shop - As those of you who have seen my post know, I run an Etsy shop. I make baby items, toys, and offer craft supplies for sale. The shop gets a fair amount of traffic thanks to social media. You can also sell on eBay, Facebook, or Amazon. There are several ways to get your products out and in front of potential customers. It may be slow going at first but once you get good positive feedback, sales will come more easily. So, if you have a special talent, skill, or just extra stuff to offer up, this could be a great opportunity.

3. Blogging - I have had more fun creating and running my little blog. You can start a blog fairly easily. Time and patience are a must. I have sat here staring at the screen fighting writer's block on several occasions. You will not be making the big bucks right off the bat. The best advice I have is to choose a topic you are passionate about so you will be more comfortable talking about it and it wont hurt so badly when you are working for little to no pay. I will have to say that social media works wonders for getting the blog out and attracting new readers.

4. Amazon Associates - This is what used to be called Amazon Affiliates. You post links to your social media or add them into blog post to guide readers to items on amazon for a percentage of the purchase amount. They make it fairly easy to share products and create links. Also, you can create stores using products that fit your site.

There are more ways that I have found but these are the ones that I use. Take a look at them, have fun, and good luck!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter Everyone!

         I hope everyone has had a great Easter! We have had a busy morning with the family and are taking a break from the festivities and watching Zootopia. Lala is having fun with her basket of goodies.

         We just went through a big change on Friday. I went in and quit my job to be a full time stay at home mom. The decision was tough but I think it will be great. Lala and I will work on the shop and keep the blog up. Come like us on Facebook for updates and fun stuff. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Busy Busy

Ella modeling a new awesome robot bib.

           The last few weeks have been fairly productive. I have been working on sewing projects for the shop and will be posting them soon on Etsy. We have also finally gotten the garden started. Spring decided to start a bit early around here. When we bought our home last year I was still very pregnant so, after the baby shower was over, the flower bed was pretty badly neglected. This year my little helper has done a great job of supervising from her little play area while I show it some TLC. She thinks it’s fun to watch Mom do manual labor. Right now, the flower beds are a little bare so I am gathering plants. I have always loved bright colorful flower beds so that will be the route we take. The veggie and herb gardens are taking off too. Lala really likes going out to water and talk about the plants.

The gardens are not the only thing we have been spring cleaning. I have been working on unloading the extra stuff that we still have laying around after the move. I kept thinking I would get around to putting a garage sale together and decided that sounded just awful so we took everything to goodwill. My hat is off to anyone who can pull one off but I have never had much luck. There was one year that my sister and I held a big garage sale at my grandmother’s house. It was going well until the neighbor came back from his hunt and started cleaning a deer in his front yard. It was horrible and we lost all our traffic.

Anyway, I will be back to posting regularly soon and I have the new Facebook page up so come on by.