Category: Blogging

Why You Should Start a Blog

Why You Should Start a Blog

Honestly, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that blogging may very well be the new American dream. It gives you everything…complete control over your life, your finances, your time.

Financial freedom. Career success. Time to parent. Freedom to travel.

That may be the gist of it, but those reasons really only scratch the surface of why you should start a blog.

Having a blog is so worth the effort it takes to make it succeed.  It is, without a doubt, the best thing I ever did for my family and my career.  And the benefits go way beyond the obvious (that it’s a flexible way to make some extra money).

So before you blow this off as something not worth your time, consider these reasons for starting your own blog:

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16 Websites that Will Pay You to Write

If you want the most flexible work arrangement possible, writing is the way to do it! To get you started, here are 16 websites that will pay you to write for them.

Without a doubt, writing is one of my favorite ways to make extra money. Not surprisingly, my blog tops the list of my favorite platforms to write for, but every now and then it feels good to get paid for an article you write regardless of how many views, clicks, or traffic it receives. Luckily, nowadays there are a ton of websites that will pay you to write for them.  If you enjoy writing like I do, check out these sites to see if they’re a good fit.  (You can also check out my list of other ways to make money with your writing here → 6 Ways to Make Money as a Writer).

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8 Reasons All Stay-at-Home Moms Should Be Freelance Writers

Being a stay at home mom is amazing, but it's even more amazing if you can have a small side gig going on! Writing is perfect for stay-at-home moms and definitely was a game changer for me! Here's how to get started and why you should give it a try.

For me, nothing beats being a stay-at-home mom.  It is the best decision I ever made and I wouldn’t change it for the world.  But I feel lucky that in addition to being a stay-at-home mom, I’ve found an outlet that lets me escape the hardest parts of the day – the times when you feel unproductive, flustered, lonely, or out-of-control.  Being at home is worth it – but it’s still tough!

For me, that outlet has been through writing. It has culminated in this blog, but behind that are freelance jobs, pet projects, and other sources of writing for pleasure or pay. And I didn’t start out as a writer. In fact, I often can’t believe that I’ve even found myself here because writing was never something I actually enjoyed, nor was it something I planned on doing.  It just happened.  But thank God it did, because now I don’t know what I’d do without it!

Related post: How to Start a Money-Making Blog

So, if you’re considering leaving the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom, or already are and are in desperate need of an outlet, here are all the reasons you need to seriously consider taking on some freelance work:

 

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How to Use PicMonkey to Create Your Blog & Website Images

PicMonkey is one of the greatest free tools I've come across as a blogger. Nothing will transform your site like amazing photos! If you're not using PicMonkey yet, you need to start.

If you have a blog or website, you already know (or will surely find out soon) that high-quality images are almost more important than the content of your site.  As they say – an image is worth a thousand words.  When your images aren’t up to par, not only is it way harder to market your material and products, but it also can appear unprofessional.  That is why it is essential to learn how to use PicMonkey (or other sites like it) to improve your images.

Basically, it’s worth the investment to find and create amazing images.  And luckily nowadays you really don’t need to pay for a thing, so the only real investment is your time.

My absolute favorite go-to site for editing and creating images without a doubt is PicMonkey. It’s totally free, though I’ll be honest that this is one of the few online services where I pay for the upgraded version.  I stubbornly refused to pay for years and then when I finally gave in, the increase in quality of my images paid me back 10 fold. Every single image that appears on my blog has been put through PicMonkey for minor or major edits, or has been created there from scratch.  I’m telling you, if you use (or need) a lot of images, this site will be a game changer.

It’s fairly easy to play around with and figure out on your own, but here are my best tips to make the most of it and transform your images:

 

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6 Ways to Make Money as a Writer

Making money as a writer is a great source of income, whether you're looking for part-time or full-time pay. This list is a great resource to get you started!

Writing is a funny thing.  You don’t necessarily have to be an expert at it to make money doing it.  You just need to be an expert at something – and that’s what you write about.  If you do happen to be gifted at writing then you’ve got an extra leg up, but it’s not a prerequisite.

Better yet, writing is one of the most flexible, gratifying jobs out there. You’re creating something tangible (even if it’s only available in cyberspace) and you get better and better the more you write.

In my opinion, everyone should spend some of their time writing.  The benefits are endless, but the obvious ones can’t be ignored –

  • You can do it from anywhere, at anytime
  • You can write about anything
  • It makes you better at whatever you’re writing about
  • You can make some easy money!

If you haven’t considered writing for a living (or just on the side), it’s time to think about it!  And if you’re ready to start dabbling, consider some of these ways to make money as a writer (whether full-time or part-time):

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How to Turn Your Hobby into a Money-Making Machine

What could be better than making money from your hobby? It's so easy nowadays, you won't believe all your options! Check out this list to get started.

Back in the day, living the American dream meant finding a great job that let you buy a home, vacation every year, and take care of your family.  Nowadays??  What a different picture!  For most of us, the American dream now means finding a way to make money from what we love, work anywhere and at anytime, and still take care of our families. And it’s totally possible! I see it happening every single day.

So what’s the first step towards achieving this dream?  Turn your hobby into a money-making machine.  Believe it or not, there are a ton of ways to make money from your hobbies, whether it’s just pocket change or a full-time income.


Here’s where to start if you’re ready to make money from your hobbies:

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Why You Need to Focus on Small Wins Instead of Big Ones…and the Ones You Should Focus on First

I don’t think there’s ever been a time in my life (at least not in my adult life) where I haven’t been trying to accomplish something. Whether big or small, there’s always something going on – paying down debt, learning new things, weight loss, clearing my head, running more often…the list goes on and on.

So I’m sure it’s not surprising that I love coming across new ideas and ways to accomplish more, especially if it saves time or effort.  And I’m always on the hunt for new ideas. My last source of inspiration (from The Power of Habit…not as amazing as The Miracle Morning, but still a great read!) has me really excited because it outlined a brilliant and simple way to accomplish anything and everything:

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How to Make Money Creating Gift Guides

Creating gift guides are a great way to diversify your blogging income, but they're also easy to do for people without a blog! Here are my tips from years of creating great (and not so great) gift guides!

Before I ever started blogging, I created gift guides using a micro-blogging site that would give you a portion of ad revenue and referral income.  They would hold contests for the best gift guide and I’m a sucker for a contest, so why not?  Before long, I was making a small (very small) side income and learning a lot about what worked and what didn’t in the world of gift guides.

Related post: How to Make Money Writing Articles on Hubpages

Fast forward to now where gift guides generate a decent and regular amount of money for me and my blog. It’s a great way to diversify your income, especially if you’re a blogger. But not every gift guide will work!  There is a secret to making them successful.   

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10 Ways to Make Money as an Online Educator

There are so many ways to make money as an online educator nowadays! And if you do it right, they pay way more than anything in a classroom.

When I left the 9-5 grind to stay at home with my son I knew that I would try to find some work to do from home.  What I didn’t know was that the options would be seemingly endless.  In fact, some business that I was in contact with were actually specifically looking for stay-at-home moms.

Since then, I’ve been keeping track of all the amazing options out there for every type of background, because honestly I think everyone should have the opportunity to work from wherever they want – especially if it’s to be able to stay at home with their kids.  So, for the teachers, educators, and infopreneurs out there, this list is for you.  Some are so unbelievable that you can make way more from home than you ever could in a classroom (seriously).

Related post: 50 Ways to Make Money as a Stay at Home Mom

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How to Start a Money-Making Blog

Starting a blog was the best thing I ever did and it's not as hard as you think! If you're ready to make the leap, click through and I'll walk you through the 10 steps to starting a blog

Deciding that you want to start a blog is sooo exhilarating. I will never forget how excited I was to start MBA sahm. And I would loooove for other people to feel that way too! So I’m going lay it all out there and tell you how to start a money-making blog in 10 easy steps. The good news is that it isn’t expensive to start one (and if you’re not worried about making money it can be totally free). The bad news is that it’s probably way more work than you think it is.  BUT it is unbelievably fulfilling and gratifying work.  It’s a real business that you’ll be running just like any other start-up.

So roll up your sleeves, entrepreneur, here we go!  Here’s how to start a money-making blog that you will love:

 

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