The holidays are so close that I can almost taste them and that has me excited for so many different reasons, one of which is that I consistently make the most Zazzle sales over the holiday season (and you know how much I love making money on Zazzle). No matter what you do, odds are in your favor that you’ll make more this time of year just because people are shopping so much. But there are still some things that you can do to prepare your Zazzle store to increase your sales even more.
Almost every single week I face the same problem: What the heck am I going to write about? Some weeks are easier than others, but there are those times that I can’t think of a single thing. So I desperately search for ideas and inspiration. Which brought me here…because I KNOW I can’t possibly be the only Mom blogger that hits writer’s block and just needs some good ideas.
So here’s my ultimate list of all the great post ideas for your mom blog. I’ll keep adding to the list, so check back if you hit the wall again. Take my advice though: try and make it as specific as possible. Many of these ideas could be broken into 3 or 4 different posts. The internet may be saturated by some of the hottest topics, but if you can make it unique you may just have come up with your next viral post.
I love, love, love free stuff. Soooo, so much. If it’s free, I’ll definitely give it a try. No matter what. Of course, sometimes I get what I pay for and it sucks. But then I will eventually stumble upon a gem that I can’t get enough of. The kind of thing that I can’t believe is free and then I become totally hooked.
So obviously through my years of entrepreneurial pursuits I’ve gathered some pretty amazing free tools that help me do whatever it is I’m passionate about at the moment. These are those tools. Some might not be strictly business, but as we all know, when you’re an entrepreneur your life and business become so intertwined that at times they are indistinguishable. Which is the BEST part of being an entrepreneur.
So here we go! The absolute best free tools for entrepreneurs:
As you already know, I love love love using Zazzle as a creative outlet…and of course, to make a little extra money 🙂 . So when a new and somewhat odd product is introduced, I usually jump on it right away to see what I can create. And to my delight, occasionally these products actually make me some money. Which I LOVE.
I know this sounds ridiculously corny, so I’m hesitant to even write an entire post about it, but I’m telling you – this one simple activity is how my husband and I have (and are) achieving all of our dreams in record timing. It’s why I’m able to stay at home with my son, how we bought two investment properties, are learning a second language, have spent our summer traveling, have become vegan, the list goes on and on…
So here’s the really simplistic, dumbed-down gist of how we’ve made it all happen: Every few months (if we’re lucky, weeks), we sit down and formally Goal Set. I’m emphasizing formally and capitalizing Goal Set on purpose – it’s that big of a deal and that big of an event for us…it’s better than a date night (actually, we love it so much that it basically is a date night). But most importantly, it consistently and reliably always works – sometimes it’s scary how much so.
So here’s what we do, and how you can (and should) do it too:
There are a ton of roadblocks that make starting a blog intimidating and setting up the actual website is certainly one of them – especially if you’re a writer at heart. Thank goodness for WordPress! If you’re still in the very early stages of setting up a blog and haven’t picked a platform yet, please take this one piece of advice – CHOOSE WORDPRESS. If you don’t, at some point in the next year you will be migrating your site to WordPress and it will be a pain in the butt.
The reason is plain and simple – WordPress makes everything extremely easy. And one of the ways they do that is by offering thousands of plugins that add special functions, bells, and whistles to our sites. All of the plugins listed below are free, so I highly recommend you just add them right away. I use each and every one of them, so everything I’m telling you is from my own experience.
Here we go! The best WordPress plugins for beginner bloggers:
Ok, it’s probably no surprise to any of you that I love using my photography to make a little side income (I use Zazzle to do this, but there are other similar sites). It has been one of my favorite hobbies for a really long time and over the past few years it’s been a nice source of extra spending money.
I’ve written a few times about the different ways you can actually use Zazzle to make money from your photography (I’ll list them below for reference). But I thought it would also be worthwhile to tell you exactly why it is worth your time to add sites like Zazzle to your portfolio of hobbies and/or income sources. And more importantly, why you should be using your photographs (that you’re already taking!) to make some extra money.
Here are the other articles to check out if you’re as excited as I am about this:
There are two main elements to a successful blog – great content and powerful marketing. And while most conventional advice says to spread your marketing efforts over various platforms, pretty much all bloggers quickly realize one thing – Pinterest is everything.
But for those that haven’t yet realized, I will say it again – Pinterest is everything. Yes, of course you should have a Facebook page and a Twitter account and the obligatory Google Plus account, but none of those are as important as Pinterest. Not only does it drive the most qualified traffic, but it has the highest revenue per click rate of all social media platforms. This is really, really important. These are the people that click on your ads and purchase your recommendations and use your recipes again and again and again.
Now that I’ve made my pitch, here’s the important stuff! Here are all the things I’m doing to try and increase my own blog’s Pinterest traffic:
Freelance writing is great no matter who you are, what you do, or where your career is headed. It is personal and professional, can be done at anytime and anywhere, and will build your authority and expertise. Whether you are evaluating corporate stocks or just mommy blogging, it’s a great path to take. And best of all, it helps pay the bills.
Luckily we are in an era where content is king, so every single company and website is looking for quality articles, posts, and web copy to add to their site. Getting your first freelance gig is nerve-racking, but it’s well worth the reward of working for yourself and having a beautiful finished product at the end of every job.
Related article: How to Start a Money-Making Blog
No matter what your background is, if you can write well, then you can write professionally. Here is how to get your first freelance writing job: (more…)
I am one of those people that takes photos of everything when I vacation. And I mean everything. Cool flowers, neat buildings, interesting wall paper, and tons of landscapes. So when I discovered how to make extra money with vacation photos, I got that crazy entrepreneur-butterfly-itch that hits me time and again.
Now, obviously you can post your photos on sale at stock photography sites – and you probably could make some money that way. But that’s not nearly as exciting and doesn’t get your creative juices flowing like creating actual products. And it’s much easier than it sounds. (more…)