The other day I was talking to my mom about how I could never go back to an office life… not after seeing the effects of what solid skills can do to my income while working from the comforts of home.
You see, two years ago I was content with earning less than $2,000 every month because I thought that was all there was. I never considered better was out there or if I did I didn’t know how to get there. Like many people, I yearned to earn more but at the time lacked the vision to make it happen.
After the birth of our third child, my husband and I knew we had to bring in more income. One night my husband unknowingly changed the trajectory of my career by showing me an ad for an online course on Proofread Anywhere.
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Make Money by Proofreading
Through Proofread Anywhere, I learned how to use my eye for errors to up my proofreading game and launch a proofreading business.
When proofreading was my sole focus, and I had a number of clients, I would make at least $1,000 on proofreading alone. Since then I’ve drastically cut down on proofreading and only work with one client now. She’s amazing, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to say goodbye.
Last month, I made $167.85 from proofreading. Sure, I could just tell you, but if you’re like me, you want to see some proof.
Here are my screenshots:
You’re probably thinking “Maia, $167.85 isn’t that much,” and you’re right, but that’s what I earned with no marketing whatsoever, one client, and a few hours of my time. Imagine how much you could make if you put some effort behind it. In fact you don’t have to imagine because these former students are killing it with their proofreading business, earning up to four — even five — figures a month!
If you’re intrigued and interested in finding out how you can get started, my friend Caitlin at Proofread Anywhere (who is a proofreading superstar) has put together a FREE workshop, where she will share more about herself (so you can get to know her), more about proofreading as a profession — including one great place to find work, and a free introductory tutorial on how to use the most popular proofreading tool on the market.
Make Money as a Virtual Assistant
After learning solid proofreading skills, I realized I was capable of learning new things and using that knowledge to make money. So I tapped into some of my natural abilities and learned new ones to launch a virtual assistant business.
A virtual assistant is an assistant that virtually assists someone with day-to-day tasks such as email management, calendar management, customer service, drafting/editing blog posts, graphic design, marketing, social media, and much, much more.
Last month, I made $2,500 providing virtual assistant services.
One of my favorite things about virtual assistance is that a good portion of the skills you can offer are skills you already have.
If you want to take out the guesswork of what VA services to offer, Pinterest skills ARE. IN. DEMAND. Check out my free mini course to learn what it takes to create a thriving Pinterest VA biz.
Make Money Blogging
After catching the be-my-own-boss bug, I became a little addicted to expanding my skills. It didn’t take long before I caught the blogging bug. Blogging was… is perfect for my skill set! It gave me a platform to share my experiences with others and make money at the same time.
I consider January 2018 to be my official blog launch month as that’s when I actively sought a new audience besides my friends and family.
Anybody who tells you that starting and running a profitable blog is easy is clearly lying to you or they already have a ton of money to outsource the never-ending list of tasks.
My first month launching, I earned $5. Yep, I didn’t leave out any zeroes. I made five whole dollars. And if you’re wondering what I earned the second month, $10… so double but still not where you want to be.
I started to worry that my promise to my husband that blogging is a legit business venture wouldn’t pan out. Lucky for me, I have a supportive husband so he stuck it out with me.
Which brings us to now. I’m almost giddy with excitement to report that last month I earned $1,333.81 from all my blogging avenues. My best blogging month to date. Below you’ll find the breakdown of this amount.
First, I run ads on my site from the super awesome company Mediavine. Last month, I made $332.17.
I also recommend awesome products and services to my audience, and last month I made $434.90 from affiliate sales. It’s important to note that affiliate marketing isn’t about spamming your audience with products you want them to buy so you’ll earn a commission from the sale. It’s about solving their problems with products you genuinely believe in.
If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing, I highly recommend taking Michelle Schroeder-Gardner’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
If you’ve never heard of Michelle, she is an entrepreneur, blogger, and affiliate marketing superstar. She makes over $60,000 per month — yes, per month — from affiliate sales on her blog Making Sense of Cents. This woman knows her affiliate marketing stuff.
There’s this misconception that the only way to make money with a blog is to blog about blogging. Bloggers who blog about how to blog and sell their blogging advice to other bloggers who do the same thing… and round and round it goes.
I find this tactic highly questionable when the blogger dishing blogging advice has hardly earned the right to call them self a blogging expert. I’m all for seeking advice from seasoned professionals but not from someone who just launched.
I don’t blog about blogging and definitely don’t claim to be an expert, but I can point you toward some experts whose products have helped me when I felt like pulling my hair out (which happens a lot).
Check out these blogging sources:
Launch a Blog that Thrives – Free eCourse by Abby Lawson. Learn the exact strategies Abby (who is a highly successful blogger) used to launch a thriving blog that resonates with readers and keeps them coming back for more.
Building a Framework: Launch a blog that Thrives by Abby Lawson. Abby’s complete, comprehensive, and incredibly affordable blogging course will walk you through all the steps to create your successful blog. It’s like having a mentor right by your blogging side.
FREE – First Month Blog Plan by Suzi Whitford. Here are 31 actionable steps to take in your first month of blogging.
Blog By Number Course by Suzi Whitford. Suzi’s blogging course is designed for moms who want to start a blog. It contains step-by-step tutorial vids that are quick and easy to follow.
You don’t need to blog about blogging to make money.
Make Money Selling My Products
And last but not least and definitely my favorite way to make money is selling my own products. Last month I made $566.73.
Here is a screenshot of my Stripe account. I factored in that each transaction incurs a processing fee of 2.9% and 30 cents so that’s how I ended up with $566.73.
So you can see that working from home (and hustling) is about multiple avenues of income. It takes a lot of hard work, but I love the freedom of it all, and it’s up to me how much income I earn.
If you’re feeling stuck with your income, I encourage you to take a chance on yourself, learn solid new skills, and change your life.
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