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These are my favorite recommendations and resources. I know that you’ll see their value to not only your business but also your personal life. Cheers to creating a balanced life! 🙂
Creating a Money Making Blog
After doing a lot of research, I went with Bluehost for my web hosting. I could have gone with a free WordPress account and blog, but I knew that I wanted to find a way to create a money making blog, and having a self-hosted blog is the best way to do that. It’s also a great price at $3.95/month(through my link only) instead of $7.95/month, and it includes your domain website name for free!
*Hint: If you have an Ebates cash back account, you’ll get a $10 credit to your Ebates account if you use my Bluehost link, purchase a 36 month hosting plan, and have the Ebates Chrome extension. With the Ebates Chrome extension, cash back offers will pop up on any Ebates associated website. Sign up here to get connected with this awesome free cash back program.
WordPress Theme (the look of the site)
Creative Market is an awesome place to find professional WordPress Blog themes and digital marketing such as fonts, images, and layouts for a reasonable price. You’ll need to purchase the Genesis Framework for your WordPress site so that you can have a specific type of theme, called a “Child Theme,” installed.
ThemeIsle is another great option for professional WordPress themes that won’t break the bank.
Create a Professional Site
The Selling Family was my solution. The 30 Day Website Building Challenge teaches you step by step how to run and create your own custom WordPress site and it won’t cost a fortune- I was quoted $250 and up to get my website to look like my theme demo!
Set Up an Email List
There are several options for e-mail marketing managers:
- MailChimp: You can start for free, up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails or campaigns per month. This is nice if you’re just starting out and want to get into the blogging world or other online business without a start-up fee. However, if you’re looking to switch to a more advanced option in the future, you may want to start with another option right off the bat.
- SendInBlue: SendinBlue also includes a free membership to start and includes 9,000 emails per month. The next step up is the Micro account and includes 40,000 emails sent per month for $7.37 per month. Definitely some good options here as well.
- ConvertKit: The most highly recommended email marketing manager around. There isn’t a free trial, however if you’re serious about starting a money making blog, then this is the best option and well worth the $29.00/month cost.
Harness the Power of Pinterest
There is no denying the power of Pinterest. It’s a free marketing machine that could lead to huge traffic being directed to your blog or other business. I use TailWind to schedule all of my pins. TailWind allows you to add your images, set your destination website, and write SEO optimized descriptions. TailWind also has an Instagram scheduler so that you can centralize your tasks for two great social media platforms in one place. TailWind is free for the first 100 pins and after that, it’s as cheap as $10 per month when you sign up for a year-long membership with UNLIMITED pins! Check it out, I know you’ll love it! 🙂
Parenting with Love and Logic was written by Foster W. Cline, M.D. who is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and Jim Fay, who has over three decades of experience as an educator and school principal.
The further I dug into this book, the more I loved it, and I know you will too. It not only talks about parenting theory, but it gives practical examples; everything from whining, begging, fighting, swearing, to video games and cell phones.
After I finished Parenting with Love and Logic, I had to read the other two books in the series: Parenting Teens with Love and Logic and Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting from Birth to Six Years. I loved learning even more about the specific situations and techniques that could apply more specifically to the ages of the children in my home, which were newborns to 18 year olds.
I also highly recommend Boundaries with Kids and Boundaries with Teens. They are excellent!
Making Money Online/From Home
Survey/User Testing Sites
Survey sites are all over the web so I thought I’d try a few. Nothing that you’re going to get rich from, but every penny helps when you’re pursuing working from home. I did surveys while I ate breakfast first thing in the morning…seemed like a good way to earn a few bucks at the beginning of the day! Here are some that I tried:
Harris Poll Online – Participate in a variety of market research surveys, let your voice be heard, and earn money while doing it.
Survey Junkie – Earn points that can be cashed out once you reach 1000 points. 1,000 points equals $10.00.
Surveys on the Go – Phone app for surveys. Ranges from $0.50 to $4.00 per survey and usually only takes 5-10 minutes tops.
Inbox Dollars – InboxDollars pays members to read emails, take surveys online, play games, and go shopping! New enrollees also receive $5 just for joining! Nice 🙂
SendEarnings – Get Instant Cash for sampling everyday items, reading emails from advertisers and taking online surveys.
Survey Retail – This is a unique option that is also a phone app. It actually involves going into stores to do display resets or switching sales tags. For example, when Walgreens has to redo sales displays, Survey Retail posts a notice detailing the days and hours they need help with the reset. One job was 3 days, 8 hours each day, $15 per hour. That’s $360 in a couple of days! This is a great filler for work and you can find jobs usually within 30 miles if you live near a larger city.I was able to make a cool $360 in a couple of days. Click To Tweet
Swagbucks – Surveys for points that can be traded in for cash or gift cards.
User Testing – Test websites for $3 for 5 minute tests or $10 for 20 minute tests. These are verbal tests, meaning that your computer screen and your voice are recorded while you navigate through on-screen prompts. After your initial test for approval, I highly recommend reading all of the tips for a successful test so that you get a 5 star rating. The higher the rating, the more likely you are to get asked to complete tests.
Validately – same as User Testing. Complete online or phone app user tests to give your thoughts on how the website or app is functioning and give feedback.
If you’re a good writer, and know a bit about how resumes are supposed to be written, then you’ll definitely want to work as a freelance resume writer.
Talent, Inc. – Writing resumes is fun and simple at Talent, Inc. You complete a resume sample to receive your initial approval to work for Talent, Inc. They do have very strict writing standards so it is a good job for writers, english majors, talent/acquisition specialists and those who understand the functions of constructing a solid resume. This was a favorite of mine because after your initial 6 resumes, you can accept basically as much work as you’d like. Resumes start at $20 each and often include cover letters and LinkedIn profiles for additional compensation. You can also receive bonuses if you accept rush orders. You are paid through Bill.com.
If you’re looking for help with your resume, TopResume is the name of the front end of the company.
UpWork – UpWork lets you post your skills on their online platform as well as gives you opportunities to submit your proposals to people looking for work to be done. Everything from data entry and virtual assistant work to resume writing and more.
Fiverr – Similar to UpWork, but has a bigger focus on creative work such as design, graphics, video, animation, digital marketing, writing, programming, tech, etc. I was able to get my site logo completed on Fiverr and a few other odds and ends for my blog.
If you love dogs, then doing some dog sitting, dog walking, or doggie daycare can be a good side hustle. I made $60 in one day completing a total of 1 hour of dog walking. Sweet, right?
Rover.com – I’ve been a member of Rover.com since 2015 and I love using it. Yes, they take a small percentage of your earnings to cover costs, but the mobile app, ability to communicate with potential clients without giving out your phone number or email, and coordinating bookings and payments makes it worth it. The website also lets you promote your completed dog sitter profile on Craigslist.com with just a few clicks.
I enjoy getting things done in small increments of time, like 15-20 minutes. It makes me feel like I’m actually accomplishing something (go figure!). So I found a few websites where I could do tasks for others. It was super fun because there was a variety of work and I was never bored.
Fancy Hands – Another fun job that I discovered was working as a Fancy Hands Assistant. They operate on “tasks” that are 20 minute blocks of time that pay between $3 and $4 per task. Some tasks are making one phone call(through the online dashboard) which can easily be done in less than 20 minutes, while other tasks are more complex and may take more time, netting you more cash. There are also pay per hour tasks like sales calls that could also give you commissions if you’re good at sales.
Need help getting work done? Fancy Hands Assistants are GREAT at getting those random tasks, phone calls, and research done that you don’t have time for.
UpWork – I definitely recommend applying to as many tasks and jobs as you can. Stay active. Highlight your skills and be sure to upload your updated resume.
Fiverr – I recommend listing multiple gigs, even if they are similar. Vary the keywords that you use so that your gig will show up in lots of different searches.
Amazon FBA and Starting a Blog…Could Net you Thousands!
In addition to the side hustles listed above, I’ve also decided to start selling on Amazon and obviously, start this blog! I wrote about my process and I’d love for you to check it out.