This week has been my most successful week yet, and I want to share with you how I was able to make $776.25 in one week.
A little background to what I’ve been doing to become a solopreneur success:
I quit my regular 9-5 job back in June 2016. So in terms of how long I’ve been working from home (this time anyway) it hasn’t really been that long. Just a few short months.
My first month working from home, I barely made anything. I had really expected that, as I knew that I was going to be growing, learning, and experimenting with what works and what doesn’t.
My second month, I started to see some income come in, but it wasn’t really anything to get excited about. It was enough to cover one of my smaller bills, but I really needed to pay the rest of my bills via my savings account (ouch). Thankfully, I had money saved in anticipation of this.
My third month, I started to gain momentum. My blog was getting more views, I had learned effective networking, became a VA, started freelance writing, and became a hustling expert. Many side hustles that I had found were duds, but many weren’t. And I capitalized on the ones that I found were pure gold.
I had initially had a list going of side hustles that I could do to pull in extra money while I built this blog. One of those side hustles was taking surveys. To tell you honestly, my friends, surveys can be a HUGE waste of your time. Many times you have to take a 10 minute free survey just to see if you qualify for the survey that actually pays. Most of the time I didn’t qualify. So it became this vicious cycle of taking surveys, not getting paid for them, and then being denied access from the surveys that actually paid. Those surveys ended up taking WAY too much time and I was seeing an hourly pay of about $.50. I don’t know about you, but I can’t even consider that an effective side hustle for $.50 an hour.
The one survey site that I did have a lot of luck with, however, was Amazon Turk. Last month I made around $100. Yes, yes, that doesn’t pay the bills. But it does pay some bills. And when I add it to the other side hustles that I had going on it really helped me out a lot (I’ll be posting my income report from August this week to show you…hint, I made over $600 my third month working from home/blogging).
(And just an FYI, this blog post may contain affiliate links. I will never share affiliate links that I don’t love and enjoy myself. If you purchase something from my affiliate link I will receive a small commission, at no charge to you, and it helps to keep this blog up and running)
Last month, I began reading The Secret and I watched the dvd. If you haven’t read that book yet and watched the movie, I highly suggest doing so. It gives explicit detail to the laws of attraction, and how to visualize what you want for yourself.
I had actually read and watched The Secret before, and I loved it before too. I had just never taken it upon myself to implement visualization techniques into my life. I didn’t really know how. I was still a little skeptical. And I didn’t want people thinking I was crazy.
Last month though, I started actually applying them to my life, and everything was almost instantaneous. I got hired as a VA, got my first freelance writing gig, AND was able to pay off some debt that I had accumulated. I also found money that I had no idea I had lost, was offered a job that I had to turn down, and found a bank error in my favor. All of this because I stopped thinking about how hard it is to earn money and started training myself to think “Money comes easily and effortlessly”.
It was amazing. I feel so grateful for the Secret coming back into my life, and that this time I had the courage to listen.
Anyway, let’s get to the goods shall we?
Here’s the breakdown:
$58 Freelance Writing
$11 Ads from Blogging (I still have about $40 before I hit the threshold to receive a payment)
$565 Cleaning out my storage shed and selling crap
$ 89 Checking my online banking and finding a recurring payment that shouldn’t have been there
$4.25 Affiliate links
I Became a VA
A few weeks ago, in one of the Facebook blogging groups that I’m in, a wonderful lady asked if there were other single moms in the group and she stated that she would love to connect. I jumped on that because I love hearing success stories from other moms, but especially single moms since I can really relate.
Her and I started chatting regularly, asking opinions about each others site, and just getting to hear each other’s story. It was awesome to start building a friendship with someone so much similar to myself.
Then, about a few weeks in she expressed her need for a VA to help with her Pinterest account, and I told her how Pinterest was my specialty. I’ve had a blast helping her get her Pinterest account in line with her brand, expand her list of followers, and get her more pins on her awesome content.
I’ve heard some people talk about how freelance writing job boards aren’t worth your time. Sometimes that might be true, depending on how much you expect to make an hour, and how many words they want. But the thing with writing is this, you rarely ever get paid an hourly wage. Unless you become a writing working for somebody else, or you have enough experience and background writing for bigger blogs and magazines and can expect the big bucks.
So, being a newbie freelance writer, I decided to check out some freelance writing job boards. Some of them are incredibly low priced, to the point of being ridiculous. But I found one that is pretty amazing and that I love. The more jobs you get done on time and get approved the higher paying jobs you qualify for. I am now writing $40 articles, which isn’t something to laugh at.
Ads from Blogging
This one pretty much speaks for itself. I haven’t reached my threshold yet for receiving a check, but I’m getting much closer than I was a few months ago.
Again, this site has been awesome. The more jobs you do, the more you qualify for. They have higher paying surveys too. Often I will do $2.00 surveys that take 10 minutes. That’s fairly decent and easy money. I have also been seeing a ton of transcribing jobs on there, so if you are set up as a transcriber you might want to check them out. I saw a $135 transcribing job on there the other day! The only thing that you will have to do is be able to pass their qualification tests to be eligible to accept the job.
Cleaning out my Storage Shed and Selling Crap
Yes, I know, anybody can have a yard sale. But this was more than that. I actually didn’t have a yard sale. Because of my visualization techniques that I had been using from the Secret I had been seeing myself in a large house that was completely clutter free. I could see beautiful art work on the walls, nice furniture, and a completely organized house without knick nacks and discussion pieces. So I purged a lot of my stuff. I found stuff that I had purchased because it was “cool” or exciting to own, but I never really did anything with it. For instance: I had an outdoor movie theater set up. It came with the blow up screen and projector. And I used it twice last year. Not once this year did I use it and I couldn’t see myself using it next year either. So I sold it.
I also sold a brand new dishwasher that I just knew I was going to use someday (my house is too small at the moment) but it was definitely in the way all the time. I still have a pile of things to sell too, smaller things like clothes, dishes, books, and knick nacks. All of this was sold using local Facebook yard sale pages. And all of what I’ve already sold was sold within a day.
Check my Online Banking and Finding a Recurring Payment That Shouldn’t Have Been There
For years I was completely against online banking. I always felt like it was incredibly risky and unsafe. So I’ve always relied on my monthly statements that came in the mail. And that’s why I never noticed a payment was being deducted out of my bank every month for the past year.
Thankfully, a few weeks ago I finally got tired of calling the bank and asking if certain payments had been withdrawn or deposited (when you have 50 gazillion side hustles that pay through various sources, it can get a little frustrating trying to make sure that every one of them has been deposited). So, I got my online banking set up.
The first thing I saw, after I got signed into my checking, was a charge for $10.88 with the words “recurring” next to it. This bill was from Amazon, and since I love to purchase from Amazon, I never noticed that it was being withdrawn from my bank every month because I was only looking at one month at a time.
So I called Amazon and found out that they had automatically signed me up for something that I thought came free with my Amazon Prime membership. After a lot of talking and them trying to tell me that they could only refund me 3 months back, and me telling them that 3 months is unacceptable (I must’ve used that word 100 times in our entire conversation) they finally agreed to refund me back to the beginning of 2016. It wasn’t the entire refund, but it was definitely better than a poke in the eye…and better than 3 months, so I took it.
Again, this one should be pretty self explanatory if you’re in the blogging world. Heck, even if you aren’t you probably know what affiliate links are. If not though, affiliate links are links that lead you to a product or service for a company that you’re an affiliate of. If you wholeheartedly believe in a product (like The Secret) you share the affiliate link on your blog, tell your audience why it’s awesome, and if they decide to purchase the product using your link you receive a small commission at no extra charge to the purchaser. The commission isn’t huge, per sale, but it helps bloggers to keep their blogs up and running. And most bloggers will only post an affiliate link if it’s something that they truly believe in and love themselves.
Well, there you have it. My break down. I hope everyone is having an awesome month! Also…don’t forget to enter the Giveaway for your chance to win one of two copies up for grabs of my first e-book that’s coming out at the end of this month! 🙂