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The last post, I quit my job at an insurance company. My husband wasn’t too happy because that meant the cash train was coming to a halt.
Later that night we had a come to Jesus meeting. I wasn’t happy, our son’s needs weren’t being met, and this wasn’t our first conversation about me ditching the hamster wheel.
I toyed with the idea of finding another work at home job. Friends reached to me with other job opportunities assuring me XYZ company was better. I’m not against working for someone else, but when you’ve been burned once too many times, maybe you should try something different.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over yet expecting different results-Albert Einstein
The next reasonable thing for me to do was to jump in and start my own business, doing something I love, and making my own rules.
Easier said than done right?
Running a business takes discipline and a thick skin. I have the discipline part, but I admit my skin is transparent. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I care too much about what others think.
I know if this is going to work I must shed that puny layer of skin and boss up. This means setting goals, reaching them, creating new goals and repeat. Perfection isn’t required, but persistence is key.
In the meanwhile, bills need to be paid!
Money is right up there with oxygen, you can’t live without it. As a matter of fact, I just paused my writing to pay our rent. If cash is a big concern for you right now, but you want to be close to your children, there is good news.
You can have both!
No really, you can.
I’m not going to show you how to make a million dollars in 90 days or sell you a pipe dream, but I will tell you is you can stay close to the things that matter the most which are your family and your well being. And earn some money on the side without leaving the house every day.
No, it’s not that easy, but yes it’s worth the effort you put into planting the seed of independence.
If you homeschooler but need some extra money to help with the bills, consider these options:
You’re probably being bombarded with this one. If you think the only marketing worth dealing with is your local grocers, think again. Affiliate marketing is a great way to make passive income without bothering your family and friends.
The good news is now you don’t need a blog to become an affiliate marketer. Start-up costs are minimum at best, but I strongly advise you enroll in a great course on affiliate marketing which may or may not involve a cost. Also, it helps if you have a Pinterest account because Pinterest works just like Google.
Here’s a great course I found for free and check out my Product Reviews and Other Good News page for other affiliates.
Okay, I know what I just said you don’t need a blog to make money, but it doesn’t hurt to have one either. Real talk, Marc Guberti started his first blog about being a Boston Red Sox fan living in New York City when he was 11 years old. The now 20-year-old has his podcast and other businesses.
Another mind blower,–Facebook and Twitter were noobs when he started. Talk about getting in on the social media ground floor!
In the age of the Internet, great content builds great audiences. The more people who see your work, the better chances you have of monetizing your blog. Affiliate marketing and blogging are a great combo for earning cash.
Again, not an easy task, but totally doable. When I was ready to work for myself, I scoured the web and found Write Your Way to $1,000K to help me get started.
But Bonnie, I’m not a writer. Yes, you are. You don’t have to be Hemingway or Shakespeare to make money.
What you need is a basic understanding of sentences, subject/verb agreement and other stuff you learned in elementary school. It also helps to understand things like SEO. By the way, if you don’t know what that is, Google, or use one of these courses.
Ebooks are insanely popular. You cut out the middleman because instead of hunting for an overworked publisher or editor to believe in you, you can go straight to Amazon and self-publish.
Oh and that thing I said you didn’t need earlier the blog? Again, not necessary but it can help your cause. If you already have a captive audience, your ebook will be easier to sell.
Okay, so you hate writing, blogging isn’t your cup of tea, and affiliate marketing, uh no. When all else fails, you can always depend on the laziness of others. Yes, my friends, I’m talking odd jobs.
Dog walking services like Rover is a thing now! Not only do you get great exercise, you can make some quick cash. Does your family still rave about the awesome logos for the family reunion T-shirts? Create a graphic design account at Fiverr for clueless folks like me who can’t make eye-catching art!
The point is someone needs your organizational, eye for detail, and even your hugs. I’m not kidding I met a professional hugger. A professional hugger can make up to $60 bucks an hour!
You don’t need a blog for this one, but a website is handy.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring up old school methods that earn great cash. Avon, Pampered Chef, even ahem, lingerie from former Xscape member and reality star Kandi Burruss’ Bedroom Kandi.
Yes, you may have to bother a few friends at first, but who doesn’t love a good party. A few appetizers, good music, and a time-tested product, and you’re in. They’re a lot of family-friendly products on the market to sell, some of them require inventory and some ship direct to the customer.
Most importantly, do your research before you get into any direct sales.
In conclusion, there isn’t a more noble goal than being there for your loved ones. Things move at the speed of light, and before you know it, it’s your baby’s graduation or your partner’s retirement. I want to help you live your best life, doing what you love while you homeschool.
Money should never be your guide, but a tool for things like that summer road trip to take your kids to the Grand Canyon up close and personal. You can’t put a price on the light in a child’s eyes.
What about you? Do you know any good ways to make money without interrupting your child’s homeschooling? Leave a comment below.
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