November 20

If you want to build an online presence, you need a website

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I know some of you are reading this just to earn a little extra money. Some of you want to build a business, and still others aren’t sure what you want to do, but you know that the Internet is the place to do it, whenever you figure out what ‘it’ is!

I built my first website to promote my children’s book, “Roast Potato”. I was clueless, terrified, and convinced I’d screw it up somehow. But, I did it anyway. Yes, it took me ages because I had to learn everything by myself, and no, it’s not perfect, but I did it.

I wish I’d had help when I was trying to work out the steps, or that I’d at least had someone to reassure me that I wouldn’t completely break the internet if I didn’t do it right. Lucky for you, you can always email me if you need help, but if I were you, I’d turn to someone who knows a little more than me!

You could spend hours searching online for all the steps (like I did), or you could check out this fantastic product by my friend, Victoria Virgo.

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How To Create A Simple Website is exactly what it says, an easy to understand PDF plus videos walking you through the entire process. Victoria walks you through everything you need to know, from how to choose a domain name and what exactly ‘hosting’ is (and why you need it), to putting content on your site to share with the world.

For just under ten bucks, you can have the entire, mind-numbing experience made easy for you.

Victoria is also top-notch when it comes to internet marketing, and she is just an awesome person.

Do yourself a favor and check out her informational product. It’s one of those things that will definitely help make your start at working from home a lot less confusing, and her British accent is totally worth the cost, lol!

Let Victoria help you make your first simple website, and begin your own adventure in earning money online!

November 20

Can You Really Make Money From Home?

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I remember the first time I ever thought about trying to make money online. I was unemployed, living in a new state, and home with two kids. We were struggling to pay the bills, and I was feeling the strain of too little money and too many bills. I was home all day, on the computer, and looking for ways to make money from home.

I tried direct sales jobs, like Avon and a business that sold housewares, but ended up having to spend more money than I made. Then, I started looking for ways to earn money online. It was pretty hit and miss, to say the least.

I found a few websites that supposedly paid ‘big’ money for taking surveys, but found that I either never qualified for them, or had to spend 45 minutes completing a survey that paid $2. At that rate, I’d never earn enough to justify all the time spent on the computer.

I finally got lucky and stumbled onto Ehow, a website filled with articles contributed by people like myself, who earned money for every view their articles received. I wrote several dozen articles, and began to see anywhere from $15-30 every month trickle in. It wasn’t much, but it was something.

Eventually, I went to work at a bank, and gave up trying to earn money online, until I found myself at home once again with a brand new baby in 2011. I had bought an iPad with part of our tax refund, and spent my hours looking for ways to make extra money since we had just lost my income (again). I had no clue what I was qualified to do, but I knew that I liked to write, so. I started there.

By Googling several variations on the phrase ‘get paid to write’, and ignoring the ads to become ‘a published author the easy way!’, I stumbled into the world of content creation and ‘content mills’. I found that there are websites online that will actually pay you to write articles and blog posts for businesses, and you don’t have to be an English major to be successful doing so.

I started out just working at a couple of content mills, happy to earn ten bucks a day. Now, almost three years later, I can usually earn anywhere from 5-10 times that from producing content for others, earning a decent amount of money that helps pay the bills and get the things my family needs.

I’m not earning a HUGE income just yet, but to give you an idea of what my income is like, I’ll share my income for the first full year that I pursued this as a career seriously. Working anywhere from 3-5 hours per day, 5 or 6 days a week, I earned $10,000 that first full year (2013). Not bad for someone with NO college degree, huh!

So, to make this long story short, and to answer my first question, “Yes, you can make real money working online”.

If you want to learn more about how I, and others that I know, earn money working from home, use the form in the upper right corner of this page to subscribe to my mailing list. You’ll be notified when I add new posts, and I can keep in touch with you about the ways I am earning a living from home, so you can find some of that financial success for yourself.

I hope you join me on this journey, and check back here often. I want to help you earn extra money, or even earn a living, working for yourself, from home, doing something you love.

Jess

PS–Want to know the very first content mill I worked for? I still write there occasionally…it’s called Textbroker. Check it out…maybe you can start earning money writing online, too!

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