June 10

10 Reasons You Should Just Go Write That Book

10 reasons you should go write that book

I know  I write a lot about freelancing and content creation for websites, but there’s another passion of mine that surpasses even those fascinating pasttimes. I write books, and dammit, I love what I do. Do I make gobs of money from them? No, not yet. But, in my defense, I’m still learning. I didn’t let my lack of knowledge about things like marketing and self publishing get in the way of me actually writing the books, and neither should you.

Here are 10 reasons you should just go write that book. Right now.

1. You suck at writing. No, this is NOT an insult. If you are a beginner writer, and sometimes if you are a long-time writer, you are going to suck at writing. The only way to get better is to practice, and what better way to practice than to write a book and learn from the experience.

*If you want to read a great motivational book about overcoming your fear of writing, go read this.  This guy is awesome, and nails this “authorphobia” thing perfectly.

2. You aren’t getting any younger. Tomorrow is not a given, and you may never have a chance to get your story down if you don’t start now.

3. Who’s going to remember you when you’re dead? Wouldn’t it be awesome to leave behind something real and tangible, even a digital book, after you’re gone?

4. You might actually be good at it. Even if you’re not great, you could be good enough to have people actually want to read your stuff. Then, you might be good enough to earn money from your writing,  maybe even enough to do something awesome.

5. When people ask what you do, you can tell them, “I’m a writer.” Even if you’re a writer by night and a dentist by day, or anything else by day, you can still say you’re a writer if you actually write stuff.

6. You can kill people. Not in real life, of course, but if you really hate someone, make them into a character in your book and kill the hell out of them. Heck, turn them into a zombie so you can kill them twice. It’s better than paying for therapy or spending time in prison.

7. Everyone has a story, and you can help them tell it. Maybe you don’t want to write your story, but you want to write about someone amazing you know, or a character that has been inside your head for years. Stories are important, they can change people’s lives, make the world a better place, and teach people stuff. Do this by writing a book!

8. You need an outlet for your creativity. Maybe you’re the weirdest person you know, but you can’t really let your freak flag fly because people at the office would really be nervous around all that awesomeness. Whatever. Go write that book, let your freaky imagination run wild, release the creative pressure, so you don’t explode in a midlife crisis of glitter, gin and go-go dancing.

9. You can change the world. Your book could be the one thing that changes someone’s life, the one thing that stops them from doing something awful, or feeling so alone, or being such a jerk. Words. Make. A. Difference. Use yours wisely.

10. You don’t have to be perfect, or even interesting, to write a book. Look at all the perfectly boring non-fiction books out there that people read because they need the information inside of them. Look at all the poorly written books that still get great reviews because they struck a chord with someone on some level. Perfection is overrated. Just go write that book.

If you’re feeling at all inspired, my pal Trinity Ford, aka Tiffany Lambert, is doing a 30 day newbie fiction challenge starting from TODAY. We’ll be picking an idea, writing a short book, and publishing it, all in one month. Join in, I dare you, because you might just unleash something awesome. And, if nothing else, you’ll go write that book.

May 26

What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do

What to do when you don't know what to do

What to do, what to do….

 

At some point in your writing career, you’ll probably find yourself doubting your choice of profession. If not, you can skip this post, and go be smug somewhere, sipping a latte and enjoying your confidence in your career choice.

If you are like the rest of us, you’ll find yourself doubting your sanity at least once or twice, maybe even weekly, if you’re very neurotic, like moi. I’m starting to believe that creativity comes with confusion as a package deal, at least sometimes. If you find yourself struggling with “what the heck do I do now?”, these tips will help.
Why do you write?  Ask yourself this, out loud if no one is around, and feel free to answer verbally, too. Then, write it down, like a sane person, and read your reasons. Are you writing for money, but hate what you do? Or, are you writing for passion, but not earning anything for your writing?
There’s a fix for both of these scenarios that will help you move forward.
If you dislike writing, there are so many other ways to earn money online. Spend a little time looking at your skills, and consider changing horses, so to speak.
If you love writing, but aren’t earning, look at your approach. There are many ways to earn money from your writing, but you may have to put in a little extra effort to see a payoff.
•Advertise your writing services on your own website, post ads in classifieds, and check out freelance job boards DAILY. Consistency is key to earning more.
•Sign up as a freelancer on sites such as Upwork and Elance.
•Learn how to properly market any books you’ve written. You may have written a fabulous novel, but if you don’t know how to market it, you won’t earn as much as you could.

Do you lack inspiration?  A LOT of writers seem to think that writing is all about chasing the muse, but that gal will leave you high and dry when you need her most. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can only write when you’re inspired, or you’ll never finish anything.
Instead, just write something, anything, to get your brain going. Write a blog post, describe an object in your home, or write out your shopping list, but write something. The actual act of writing can trigger all sorts of awesome brain activity, and it works whether you are trying to come up with fiction or non-fiction ideas.
Stop focusing on work for a few hours. This one works every time. Sometimes, when you think about something too much, you can overwhelm yourself. Your poor little human brain can only handle so much, then it shuts down, leaving you frustrated, grumpy, and ready to give up.
When you feel this coming on, go for a walk, grab a coffee with friends, or just take a nap. Your brain will ‘reset’ and you’ll be more likely to find a solution to your dilemma.

These tips should help you get moving forward again the next time you are at a loss for something to do. How do you get that forward momentum going again? Please share in the comments section below!

May 19

Valuing Yourself: Why It's Crucial To Being a Successful Writer

I am the first person to admit I don’t always value myself highly enough. In fact, some days, I feel absolutely worthless. Whether you chalk it up to low-self-esteem or the pitfalls of the creative personality, I have, and continue to struggle with self-worth.

As a writer, this is bad news for business. If you don’t value yourself, how are your clients going to see what you’re really worth? If you think you aren’t worth $x.xx, then you aren’t going to earn $x.xx. Sounds pretty simple, huh? Oh, if it were only true.

Mindset is so important to your success as a writer. If you don’t value yourself, no one else will, either. If you fall into a hole of self-loathing, you can start a vicious cycle that results in a lack of productivity that can seriously impact your earnings and completely derail your business.

I had a major crisis of confidence recently. It was almost enough to make me stop writing, and, if you know me, you’ll know that it takes A LOT to make me stop writing! But, I had fallen into the trap of feeling worthless, and it took a while to come out of it.

You do have to price yourself based on your worth, but what do you do when you don’t know what that worth is?  Ask someone.

If you have a client that you’ve worked with for a while, and if you trust them to be honest, ask them what price they value your services at. This doesn’t mean you have to change your pricing for that client to match it…but it should alter the way you charge future clients. And, feel free to remind your current clients that they are getting a discount from you, if that’s the case.

(If you don’t have clients, but are a self-published author, you might be overpricing yourself. That’s a whole ‘nother blog post…)

My whole point is this: Remember that you have value. Just because people want to pay you less than you are worth, it does not mean that you are worth less.

Just wanted to give you something to think about. Feel free to comment below!

April 27

Is Stress Killing Your Productivity?

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Stress sucks. It literally sucks the energy and focus right out of you. I should know, because at any given moment in time, I’m a walking stressball, ready to explode.

I’m working on changing that, because, if you haven’t heard by now, too much stress is bad for you. A little stress, like having to cram for a test or pull a late-niter to finish a product or put the finishing touches on a chapter of your book, is ok.

Some people claim to thrive on this type of “against the clock” stress. I admit, sometimes, I procrastinate (sometimes?), and the thrill of completing a project with mere hours to spare feels like a little adrenaline rush. But, the reality is, that if you fall into the pattern of relying on stress to get your work done, you will fall far behind.

Then, there’s the other stress, the kind that distracts you from your work, pulls your focus onto something entirely else, and makes it impossible to give 100% to whatever you’re doing. I deal with that a lot.

I have a daughter on the autism spectrum, a toddler who thinks she needs to be cuddled 27 hours a day, and debt up past my eyeballs, filling every inch of my brain. It doesn’t leave a lot of room for focusing on work sometimes.

Whatever type of stress you have, here are a few tips that WILL help you bust through.

 

Don’t procrastinate. Give yourself more than enough time to get your work done. If you really don’t want to do it, you really need to consider if you’re in the right line of business. It might be time for a change.

Get enough sleep. Seriously. I cannot stress this one enough, because sleep lets your brain absorb and process the stuff you dealt with the day before. Lack of sleep just keeps your stress cycles stuck on repeat.

Re-prioritize stuff. I had to do this recently. In this business, sometimes, the money’s just not coming in, especially if you’re like me, and still learning the marketing side of things. My home life was beginning to suffer because I spent so much time in front of my computer, trying to “make ends meet.” I ended up making some drastic changes that would mean I didn’t have to stretch those ends so far, living on less money, so I could lose that stress and enjoy my family again.

Look at things from a new perspective. If you are constantly stressed out by work or family issues, look at why it’s stressing you. Are you worried about not making enough money? Are you worried about a family member being upset with you? Imagine the worst possible scenario, working through it step-by-step in your head. Really, would it be as bad as you imagine it to be? Probably not. If it is, tell yourself you’ll deal with it when it happens, not worry about it right now.

Let it go. Sometimes, we hold on to stress because it’s all we know. If you’re a natural worrier, or if you can’t break the stress patterns you’ve fallen into, just give yourself permission to let go of whatever is causing you the stress. Let yourself stop worrying about the bills, about getting the job done, about the consequences of not doing something. This doesn’t mean you give yourself permission to let go of the responsibility for these things, but it does mean that, without worry filling up your brain, you’ll be better equipped to tackle them without the added stress.

You deserve to be successful and happy, not a walking stressball. Kick your stress to curb, and focus on living the life you want to live, so you can enjoy it.

How do you tackle your productivity-killing stress? Let me know in the comments section below.

April 18

How To Survive And Succeed At Working From Home

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Okay, kids. Today’s lesson will be “How to Survive And Succeed At Working From Home.”

 

He-he…I feel like a teacher typing that. But seriously. This is important stuff, so listen up! I WISH someone had told me this earlier…I did find out eventually, but only after feeling like a massive failure for not being instantly successful.

I’m going to share these five tips with you, so if you are just in the early stages of your work at home career, or if you’ve forgotten them because you’re so wrapped up in trying to earn a buck, keep on reading.

Here are five things that you NEED in order to make a successful career when working at home.

Boundaries

Yes, you work at home, but that doesn’t mean you are available to every person that needs you, every time. This is personally very hard for me, because I am MOM, She Who Does All Things. I have a toddler at home, a daughter with autism, and a teen who thinks I don’t know what he’s up to. It’s hard to shut out all those obligations when I’m just working from my kitchen table, but it has to be done.

For me, it means getting up early to plan the day, then sending the toddler to Mom’s morning out three mornings a week so I can focus on client work. That’s roughly 12-13 hours of uninterrupted time (if my husband is at work) that I can push through and get stuff done.

For you, it might mean a room in your home (actual, physical boundaries) that you can go to at set times and work your business. Or, it might mean going to the library and using their free WiFi, or Starbucks, as long as you can shut out the noise around you. (This doesn’t work if you are like me and talk to yourself out loud as you work, lol!)

Treat your business like a business. Set some hours, whenever you can work, and tell the rest of the world to eff off while you GSD (get stuff done.) I know there will be interruptions to your plan, but if you stick to it even 60% of the time, you’ll be miles ahead of those people who don’t.

Organization

Okay, kids, here’s where I tell you to NOT be like me. See that photo up there? That’s Coco Kitty, snoozing on my “office”. It’s not even a desk, it’s a table, in the kitchen. (No, we don’t eat off of it, otherwise she’d never be let on there!)

It’s a disaster area, for sure. It’s improving, and will continue to improve until I learn how to never be disorganized again, which will probably be after the kids are grown and moved away.

More importantly, you need to organize your work, your thoughts, and your day so that you don’t wake up, wander through the day, and end it having made no money. I’ve done that. Working for content mills for so long has given me bad habits, because so much of my time was spent looking for work, and very little was spent actually earning anything.

Whatever you do, have a plan in place for your precious time. I can’t always work 8 hours a day, because I have kids and commitments. So, when I don’t make a plan for my time, it gets used up doing stupid stuff like Facebook gorging and website surfing. I hate getting to the end of the day and seeing my time was wasted, and you will, too. Make a basic schedule or list of goals that you need to achieve every day, and stick to it.

Focus

I like to tell people I have Adult Onset ADD. I don’t really, but it feels like it sometimes. I’ve always been a pantser, or someone who just does stuff by the seat of my pants. I get distracted way too easily.  I love shiny, new things. This is really bad for business if you want to succeed at home.

Focus and organization are sort of like twins. They complement each other really well! Once you’re organized, it’s easier to focus. If you have a goal, you can laser in on that one goal and work it until it’s completed.

Admittedly, I’m still struggling with this one, and I think a lot of people do, even seasoned marketers and writers do. You have to keep being mindful of your focus, or you’ll lose it so easily.

My tips for focusing on your work are simple. Turn off email, Facebook, etc. and just have what you need open. Maybe put a post-it note on the wall with your goal on it, so you can see what you’re working towards, or a photo that reminds you of the reason why you’re working so hard in the first place.

Sacrifice

I’ll bet you want to work from home because it means you can do whatever you want, when you want to. Right? I did. Or, I used to feel that way, until I realized you can’t just show up when you feel like it and earn a living online.

Yes, you can get to a point where you only work an hour a day and still earn a decent living, but that won’t happen soon or early in your career. You’ll have to put in the legwork, learning the ins and outs of your chosen profession, and you’ll have to spend time marketing yourself/your product/whatever to get people to give you money.

This is going to mean showing up, putting in the effort, and working your business daily. I rarely take days off, partly because I love what I do, and partly because if I did, it would be so easy to lose what little momentum I’ve built up.

I give up tv nights, hours of aimless shopping, and even time in the backyard with the kids because I need to build my business to a place of strength and security before I can “slack”. It sounds harsh, but I promise you, it’s the only thing that will work. You need to put the time and effort in before you can enjoy success, and that inevitably means sacrificing something.

Self-confidence

Writers are not the most confident people. We doubt our abilities often, even when we get great feedback. Any job that has a high rejection rate can wreck your self-confidence, but so can other things.

Whenever I make a product or book that doesn’t sell immediately, I start to doubt myself. That is the killer of all online businesses! If you don’t believe in yourself, how can others believe in you?

You have to believe in yourself and your skills or you’ll give up on your business before it ever has a chance to succeed. Yes, the first few years of most new businesses are the hardest. Many businesses fail because people just give up when the going gets hard and stays that way for a while.

I want to tell you to not give up. Believe in yourself, keep pushing through, and build your business slowly if you need to. There’s no shame in working outside the home while you build your business those first few years. Or starting a business while you’re a full-time employee somewhere. The point is, it’s YOUR business, and you are the only one who can make it work for you. Do it on your own terms, but just do it!

April 1

Successful Freelancing Attitude

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Image courtesy duron 123, freedigitalphotos.net

When I was growing up, there was a saying that people used, often when they were trying to succeed at something that they’d never done before. “Fake it ’til you make it.” Basically, it means that you do what you have to do to become successful, keeping an attitude of “I can’t lose” while you do it.

Freelancing is, in my opinion, a lot like that. I jumped in with both feet after basically only ever writing for content mills and, way back in the day, Ehow, before it was under Demand Media’s umbrella. Basically, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but I could write fairly well, so I started learning on the job.

It almost didn’t work for me, because although I knew I could figure out how to do the work, I didn’t know how to value myself as a writer. I undercharged, and probably missed out on some good work because marketers knew that I was afraid to value myself at my true worth. Let’s face it, if you lack confidence in yourself, why on earth would someone else have any confidence in you?

I still struggle with this, and only started charging more for my services recently. I’m going out on a limb here, and admitting that I still have a problem valuing myself, though not necessarily as a freelancer.

I recently started a PLR store, and was so proud of myself for getting a few packs of articles up on it. I even figured out how to set up a shopping cart and accept orders. I just *knew* that this was going to be my big break, my first big success outside of freelancing. Hey, I’ll admit, I don’t want to provide a service my whole life! I was so excited, I put up a special pack on JVZoo for the princely sum of $7 for just over ten pages of PLR content.

I launched the pack, waiting for the sales to roll in. Nothing happened. I could practically hear crickets chirping when I visited my seller dashboard. I felt like such a failure.

I lowered the price, and tweeted about it, thinking someone would want my super-cheap PLR pack. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

Oh, my feelings were hurt. I doubted my skills, especially when I saw all these other PLR providers making a killing on their products. I thought about quitting for a half-of-a-second, but then I realized something.

Just because I haven’t been successful yet, doesn’t mean I won’t be successful later. There’s still potential, I just have to find out how to tap it.

If you are struggling to make money online, whether it’s with your freelance writing, your self-publishing, or whatever you are doing, don’t give up. It feels so hard now, but, I promise, with time, you’ll find your way. I’m confident that this is true for me, too.

I’ll tell you what. When you’re struggling, come here, and read my posts. Or email me. We’ll figure this out together, okay?

It is all about having the right frame of mind, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it alone.

Is there something you’re struggling with, or succeeding with, that you’d like to share here? It’s a no-judgment zone, so feel free to share. 🙂

March 17

Writing For Love Or Money?

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photo courtesy 89studio, freedigitalphotos.net

Are you writing for love, or for money?

Some of you might be asking, “Is there a difference?” If you love to write, you may not care what you write, or even if you get paid for it.  If you are freelancing as your main or additional source of income, you may be writing just for the money, but love it anyway. Unfortunately, sometimes freelancers can write just for the money, but they don’t love what they’re doing.

Lately, I’ve been falling further into the last category.

I have always loved writing fiction, and I have self-published two children’s books, along with a brilliant illustrator, Steve Scatchard. (He came up with the idea and the characters, and I came up with the story…great partnership!) I also love writing non-fiction, particularly stuff that I’m passionate about (saving money, feminism, and reading are just a few that spring to mind).

I felt a little more satisfied when I opened my PLR store, because I got to choose the topics that I write about, to point. I mean, I have to write stuff that will sell, so a million articles about Doctor Who and how much I love chocolate are not really an option, lol!

At some point in the last year, my income has become more crucial than ever. Life just got more expensive, with three kids and a mortgage, plus two car payments…it’s more than we can manage on just one income. So, I write everything I can get paid for, which isn’t always a lot. That’s one of the dangers of relying too heavily on the content mills to pay the bills, when the work dries up or the editors change, it can be a LOT harder to make enough money to keep the bills paid.

I’ve been applying for more freelance jobs rather than just the one-off gigs I’ve been doing, and I’m getting a few responses, but there’s still a long way to go to pull my financial bootstraps up to where they should be, and I’ll admit, I’m getting frustrated.

I want to work on my own fiction, and non-fiction ebooks, but that takes time away from the paid work that I know will bring in money. So, I grab a few minutes here, an hour there, and work on my own stuff. Even the PLR content is on the back-burner, but I know I’ll get to it, eventually.

Still, it’s frustrating to be writing stuff I don’t love for the majority of the time. I think that’s one of the reasons why so many writers and marketers give up before they really see success. It’s not easy making a career from literally nothing but words, but every day, people do it. It can take a long time to make an online business model successful, and if I’d been doing this ten or fifteen years ago, I probably would have given up at the first rejected article.

Fortunately, I’m a lot more stubborn than I used to be. I want to make a real career online, writing for myself, owning my skills and loving what I write. I may not be rich and famous from my words (yet), but I ain’t going nowhere any time soon. 🙂

How about you? Do you feel like you are writing for love or money these days? Share in the comments section below!

March 3

Planning, Perseverance, and Getting Stuff Done

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I recently made some changes to the way I get my work done. Let me back up a little bit, and explain why I needed to make these changes.

I am not, nor have I ever been, the most organized or patient person on the planet. Actually, I’m not really organized at all, and I have a little patience, but only for certain things, and success isn’t one of them.

I am a wonderful beginner of things, but have had a pretty lousy track record of finishing them, at least until recently. I have lots of wonderful ideas, but somehow never seem to get them wrangled into a completed thing.

When I grew tired of writing content for mills, I started focusing on my freelancing career for private clients. Not long after I began actively seeking out new clients, I decided I wanted to work on self-publishing, specifically on Kindle. Mid-book, I realized I wanted to open my own PLR store selling articles to marketers and businesses. Oh, and did I mention I also write children’s books? Is your head spinning yet, trying to keep up with my twisty, curvy career path?

Well, I haven’t given any of these up, (and I actually do more, since I have this blog, another toy review site, and a holiday blog) but not all of them make a ton of money…yet. Since I have bills to pay, I’ve had to fall back on the mills, continue approaching private clients, and trying to market my books. It’s hard to justify marketing and working on things that aren’t paying money NOW, but I knew that the only way these things would ever become real earners for me is if I keep on working them.

Long story short, I was spinning my wheels, trying to do everything, every day, but inevitably, some things would get neglected, and my earnings started dropping. Eeek! So, I decided to do something I hate doing. I sat down and made out a schedule for myself.

Now, I don’t mind planning things out, not at all. In fact, I love making my “to do” list every day and ticking off the items on it. But, I hate forcing myself into a set schedule, primarily because I am a poor time manager. There, I said it. I should probably be in a support group or something, whatever, lol!

I printed off a blank March 2015 calendar, and sat down with my list of things I want to work on. This list includes:

  • Freelancing
  • PLR
  • Children’s books
  • Kindle
  • Blogging

I scheduled myself for Monday through Friday, and left the weekends for “catching up”, or for those things that don’t get done during the week because I ran out of time, or had an emergency come up, like an unexpected job from a client. Family emergencies don’t really count, because I’m treating my business like a business!

I’ve also decided that on the days my youngest goes to daycare for three and a half hours, I’ll just work while she’s at daycare, and stop when she gets home, so I can focus on her and the house stuff. Before, I was at my computer all day long, most of which was spent frustrated over chasing work or revising stuff for content mills. Yuk! I will work after the kids go to bed, and I’m aiming for at least six hours of work a day, which is doable if I get up a little early, work through naptimes, and make notes in a notebook when I’m not on the computer.

This is the first week of my new schedule, and so far, so good. I set myself a daily goal for earnings from freelancing, and surpassed it yesterday, almost met it today, and feeling good about tomorrow. I’ll work on PLR every day, and alternate Kindle with my children’s books, blogging on Kindle days.

Today was a Kindle day, so I began a short ebook on credit, debt, and money management, and now I’m writing this blog post while I watch “Chicago Hope”. So, I think I’m getting that “work-life” balance I’ve heard so much about.

I know that the only way to succeed is to simply start, then keep on persevering until I get to where I need to be.

How do you manage your work and family life? Do you schedule, or do you wing it? Are you overwhelmed, or sailing through the days? Let’s talk about it in the comments section, and help each other succeed!

January 22

Time To Crap Or Get Off The Pot

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Have you ever known someone who constantly talked about their “big plans”, but who never seemed to follow through? Yeah, you know them, and so do I. Heck, I have been one of those annoying people…until now.

For a while now, I’ve been saying that I would start my own PLR business, writing and selling PLR articles online. (PLR stands for Private Label Rights, and PLR articles are those that are sold to a number of different people, not sold exclusively, but that can be altered once bought)

I bought PLR ATM, by Tiffany Lambert, a little over a year ago. I had been following her blog since I started writing online in 2012, and loved her ballsy approach to working online. I kept telling myself, and anyone who would listen, that I was going to start my own PLR site, selling content to marketers.

I write well, ( I had also purchased Tiffany’s Ghostwriting Cash and was making decent money implementing it) so I knew I could manage creating the content, but I was nervous about the technical side of things. I had no clue how to build the website, since it required allowing people to buy their articles and download them.

I put it off, saying I’d write the articles first, then start the site. But, I kept putting off the writing, since there was no site to put them on. I watched others start their own sites, and I was jealous, but not enough to do anything about it.

Then New Years came, and I got sick of talking about my plans. I decided that I wanted action, I wanted a piece of the pie that everyone else is enjoying. I decided it was time to, pardon the expression, “crap or get off the pot.”

Today, I bought a domain from Namecheap.com and set up my brand new PLR site! It isn’t up and running quite yet, because I had a few hiccups getting my files set up via ejunkie.com, but watch this space!

This is going to be the year I change my business life, build my ‘online empire,’ and boost my income to improve my family’s life. I want my own slice of the pie, and I’m prepared to put in a little effort to do it!

So, I guess you can say I’ve decided to “crap” and stay on the pot, so look out, world, lol!

What about you? Is there something you’ve been putting off? There’s no time like the present…crap or get off!

November 13

Big changes, exciting new stuff!!!

I’m officially pooping my pants hereI have just made some big steps towards spreading my wings on the world wide web!

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I have been half-heartedly blogging on this and a couple of other sites for a while now, but I finally decided that I wanted and needed to take this blog in a new direction. I am going to be focusing much more on how to help families improve their financial situations through working for themselves, especially working online, but also through starting their own small business ventures.

I have a lot of friends who I see struggling on a daily basis, and I struggle, too. My family earns good money, but we are up to our eyeballs in debt, struggling with medical bills for a kiddo who goes for weekly doctor’s visits, and trying to keep ahead of the bill collector from month to month.

I have friends who are single parents, working two and three jobs to make ends meet and who still can’t find the extra money to enjoy their time with their kids.

I have young married friends who have little babies and struggle to afford the necessities, and even young married friends who are afraid to have babies because it’s too expensive.

Well, I say screw that. I know from experience that there is money to be had online and off, if you just know where to look and are willing to WORK for it.

Yes, I said the ugly, four-letter word that a lot of people don’t want to hear when it comes to trying to make real money online. But, the truth is, it takes time and effort to make money online. But, I know that there are ways to make small amounts of money online that can help add to your main income, or big amounts that can replace it, if you take the right steps and put in the sweat equity, so to speak.

SO…in summary, expect some BIG changes around here. I’m going to be detailing my own journey as a self-employed freelance writer/internet marketer and I’ll be introducing you to others who can help YOU make money on the internet and beyond. Look for video blogs, links to useful products and websites, and a real dose of, well, reality.

I hope you will follow me on this journeyI know we’re going great places!

 

Jess