The Why’s Behind My Blog

Why's Behind My Blog Why do I blog?

There are millions of blogs and bloggers out there already. I know, I did my research, but I still wanted to be a “blogger”. Maybe its the word, “Blogger”. I love the word! Crazy, right?

For a long time, I have wanted to blog, years in fact! How about you? I thought about it, dreamed about it, how mine could be different or “the one”. Haha

Why?

One day, I realized the reason I wanted to start a blog was to have a place to write, simple as that, so I bought my hosting through Bluehost, set up through WordPress, and started my blog! A place where I could write about anything my little heart desired. I knew that I had knowledge of many different areas that I could share as well. That’s why I started a blog. If I only help one person with an idea or teach one person how to make that budget stretch, or made one friend who really understands me as a person, then I’ve done what I started out to do.

Why I BlogWhy?

I blog for me because I love to write. Because I love to share things with others, but most of all I blog in the hopes to make enough money to support my kids. Sharing from my heart and sharing what I know is a way for me to do that.

You see, I have depression and anxiety, it doesn’t help that I am an introvert as well. My depression is not so good right now and that makes anything and everything set off the anxiety. Even being content sitting at home doing everything I possibly can online, from shopping to making money. I still get anxious over so many things!

WritingWhy?

Writing is my way out, my way of “talking” and “connecting” with others. Another great reason for blogging for me. I truly do want to connect with people, being an introvert doesn’t mean I don’t want true friends, it just means it hard for me to take that first step towards a person for fear of rejection. (I have faced this all my life, my “friends” have always been my partner’s friends. Not my real friends, people who like me for me.) A friend who calls you up to go out for a cup of coffee or who wants to talk about life’s ups and downs.  And as an adult or a mommy, it is even harder to make friends.

Do you blog? If so, what is your reason behind your blog?

7 Ways I Make Money As A Single Stay At Home Mom

Are You a SAHM or a SSAHM?

Being a stay at home mom can be a tough decision to make. I know when I decided to be a stay at home mom, I felt like I wasn’t contributing to the household income especially since we lived on a budget. I started to look for ways to make money online but wouldn’t take up a lot of time.

Swagbucks was the first way I started making money. Earning gift cards that I could use towards birthdays, anniversaries, and especially Christmas. I was quite surprised at how much I was suddenly earning, and it helped the budget too!

Then I thought about Ebay, I was always buying gently used clothes for the kids and saving a ton of money so I thought why not try to sell on Ebay and not only save money but make money too! So I started selling gently used stuff and started earning a few extra dollars this way too.

Then I became a single stay at home mom!

I knew I had to earn even more to pay bills and be able to provide for my kids. I decided to start a blog to share what I’ve learned throughout the years about living on a budget, family and parenting, and more. Now this was a chance I was willing to take when it came to starting a blog. I had to buy a hosting site because, quite frankly, you can’t REALLY make much money with a free site. I used my credit card and jumped in! Determination will get you anywhere, it just takes time. I just kept building it up and adding more, adding different monetizing strategies, etc. Now, I am a full-time blogger and working in Direct Sales too!

I have compiled a list of the top 7 ways I earn money to support my family. I hope it helps you to do the same, whether you are just looking for a couple of ways to make some extra cash or looking to find a way to be home with your kids, these are what work for me.

My Money Makers:

  1. I Run This Blog – And you can too! This was the toughest decision I had to make because it did cost money to get started, but it was well worth it to buy a hosting service so I could monetize my blog and make it my own. I am passionate about many things, mostly my family and how to provide for them, so this is what my blog is based on. You can get more information here. This is what I used to get started and have not regretted it all! It’s very affordable.
  2. Swagbucks – I have been using Swagbucks for at least 5 years now, probably longer! An easy way to earn cash or gift cards. So many different ways to earn through Swagbucks. I cash out at least $25 a month, most of the time a lot more, just giving you the bottom line. There is a bonus available if you sign up this month!
  3. Ebay – I sell anything and everything that I no longer need or the kids have outgrown, etc. on Ebay. Of course it does have to be in good use-able or gently used condition. Nobody wants to buy something that is ripped, torn, stained, etc. You get the drift. This really helps to put money back towards new or gently worn clothing/books/toys for your kids. *Small fees involved when selling on Ebay.
  4. Etsy – Are you crafty? Do you have a hobby? If you make anything handmade and enjoy it, why not profit from it? Sell handmade items on Etsy, and right now if you use this link, you can start with 40 free listings! Therefore, it costs you nothing to get started! *Small fees involved when selling on Etsy.
  5. Direct Sales – I have just started in direct sales but what a help in the money making department! I am a direct sales consultant for Linen World. There is no cost to join, no quota’s to meet, and free web page made for you. This one is my favorite, I earn 20% in commissions on everything I sell, and you can too! I also have just joined with Party Time Mixes as an Independent Consultant. This one, I have to pay around $10 a month for, but the prices are low so it is not hard to at least make enough to cover the cost of your web page even in the beginning. Commission on this one is also 20% to start. Best thing about Direct Sales today is you can choose to do it all online. You don’t have to do home parties unless you want too!
  6. EarningStation – This is another new one for me, but I really like it already. It is so easy to earn money on EarningStation as well. I don’t know to much about it yet except doing surveys and such so you’ll have to check it out yourself. What do you got to lose?
  7. MavenX – This is really cool! You make boards, kind of like Pinterest, except these boards can earn you money! Yup, all you do is make boards of products you love or think others will love from the networks that MavenX works with, and if someone buys something through your boards, you earn a commission. Make sure you share your boards any way you can. Facebook, Twitter, etc. If you already have a blog or are thinking about starting one (#1), it is a great way to make some extra money through your blog as well.

These are the top 7 ways I make an income to earn money online and take care of family. Do you work online to make extra money? How do you make money online?

 

Are You Ready to Blog?

Are you Ready to BlogReady to Blog?

Have you ever thought about starting a blog or had an idea/inspiration that you wanted to share with others, but didn’t know how?

Well, I’m here to tell you, if I can do it, so can you! I knew absolutely nothing about setting up a blog, but I did have an idea and I love to write! Some want to blog just to share knowledge. Some want to blog to make friends and just because they love to write. But most, if they are honest, want to blog to make extra money (myself included).

Most believe that it cost a ton of money to have your own web page or blog. It does not. As of right now, I have very little income, I’m a single mom, and I have bills to pay too. I took a chance, paid for my hosting, got my domain name, and started blogging.

My suggestion

Before you jump in, you do need to have an idea of what you want to do. Nobody wants to pay for a domain and then say, “now what?”. I use WordPress for my domain, it is simple and they have step by step help for setting up your blog, they even have free themes for you to use. If you don’t like the free ones, they have others that you can buy as well. A theme is like a preset page. You change the info, pictures, categories, etc, to what you want on your blog.

Am I making a ton of money blogging, nope, at least not yet. BUT, I did only start my blog about 5 months ago, and I am starting to see a little money here and there. Most of all, I enjoy what I do and I’m home for little guy everyday! I know the money will come as I become more known.

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