Category: Blogging

5 Six-Figure Business Ideas for Stay at Home Moms

These six-figure business ideas for stay at home moms have the potential to completely change your life! All of these are jobs you can do with your kids, so you can still be a SAHM!

My husband recently said to me that if I were to become the breadwinner, he’d take over all the cooking.  WHAT. This man was serious.  Needless to say, I haven’t stopped writing since.  It also got me thinking about all the other women that are in the same boat as me. So it’s time to come up with a list of six-figure business ideas for stay at home moms!  Jobs and businesses that can be started during nap time or when Moana is singing.  Businesses where we retain full control over our schedule so we can take the whole day off for a sick kid or all of a sudden spend 8 hours a day during a week of camp.

This is that list.  Not only are these six-figure businesses possible, but they’re happening each and every day. We’re not talking about becoming the next J.K. Rowling or Sara Blakely.  Sure, that would be fabulous. (And please, please, please come back and tell me that I helped you make that dream come true.)

What we’re talking about are good, high-quality six-figure businesses for stay at home moms that already have proven business models and case studies in place.  Businesses that won’t necessarily make you enough to end world hunger, but are actually enough to support your entire family, make more than your husband, and potentially change the trajectory of both of your lives. And most importantly, jobs and businesses that you can do while you’re also staying at home with your kids.

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The Quick & Dirty Guide to Starting a Blog

How to Start a Blog Quickly

When I started my first blog (this one), I prepared and prepared and prepared. I had tons of posts drafted, I took my time setting things up, I made mistakes that then had to be fixed.  I learned from trial and error and experimentation.  It was an amazing experience, but I paid the price in time. So when my husband and I decided to start another blog together (Documentary Reviewers), I knew I wanted it up quickly.  There was no reason to play around with things I already knew we’d need and want.

So if you’re considering starting a blog and want to just get it up quickly, here’s what we did and what you need to do too:

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10 SEO Tips to Increase Your Blog’s Google Ranking

10 SEO Tips to Increase Your Blog's Google Ranking

SEO has always been king.  Claiming the #1 Google spot for just about any search term will almost always bring success and stability.

And now that Pinterest is attempting to model the search engine giant, SEO is even more important.

If you’re a decent blogger, you’ve probably accidentally found yourself showing up in Google searches and getting a hand full of organic search traffic. But at some point, you need to start being strategic.

Let me be clear – you can not game Google. You can not follow a list of tips and turn up in new search results tomorrow.  

You can, however, set yourself up for long-term success by being SEO-friendly and focusing on the right topics.

What follows are SEO tips that will help your overall SEO strategy, whether you’ve got a blog or website.

Good luck!

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After 3 Years of Blogging, Here’s My Best Advice for New Bloggers

After 3 Years of Blogging, Here's My Best Advice for New Bloggers

Wow. It’s been THREE years of blogging for me at MBAsahm!  This is a huge milestone for so many reasons.  From the very beginning I promised myself I wouldn’t quit blogging until I had put in at least 3 years and thank God I made myself do that because now I’m sure I’ll never stop.

If you read my blog regularly, you already know that starting MBAsahm was one of the best decisions I ever made.  So if you’re considering starting a blog, DO IT. It may not be exactly what you thought – it may be more, it may be less – but I promise you, it will be fulfilling.

Related post: How to Start a Money-Making Blog

I spend so much time explaining the in’s and out’s of blogging and describing what it takes (and what I do), so I know what a lot of you are thinking and wondering!  I hope this will be helpful for anyone that is just starting out and also for any of you that are considering it.  But first and foremost, don’t stop!  Your blog is what you make of it, so if it doesn’t feel right, just change course.  Eventually it will all make sense. 🙂  

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How to Overcome Writer’s Block & Get More Writing Done

How to Overcome Writer's Block

Writing is a fickle thing.  Even when you love to do it, you often feel like you have to do it.  When you’re inspired and motivated, you can’t type fast enough.  But when you hit that writer’s block or have distractions pulling you in different directions, you can waste a ridiculous amount of time just staring at a blank screen.

If you write for a living, that problem can be a really big problem.  And not just because you really do have to write. The bigger problem is that if you’re writing for a living, you’ve almost certainly obtained your dream job and you just want to keep it that way!

So the next time you need to overcome writer’s block or are seriously backed up on your writing obligations, try out some these strategies:
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How to Supplement Your Blog Income with Hubpages

How to Supplement Your Blog Income with Hubpages

Third party sites like Hubpages often get a bad rap from bloggers.  After all, we’re all taught from the beginning that one of the most important aspects of managing a blog is owning and hosting your own domain.  

These sites, however, are totally misunderstood (and definitely under-utilized) by writers and bloggers.  I’ve been using Hubpages for longer than my blog’s existence and despite my blog’s success, I still head back to Hubpages to regularly publish material.  It is an important source of income that supplements what my blog is earning for me.

While the money is obviously important, there are other serious benefits to using Hubpages when you’re a blogger.

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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:

Related post: How to Start a Money-Making 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).

Related post: How to Start a Money-Making Blog
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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.  I stubbornly refused to pay for it for years and then when I finally gave in, the increase in quality of my images paid me back 10 fold. So it’s worth the investment. 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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