If you’re going to start a side hustle (ie, a job in addition to your full-time job), it needs to be lucrative. While you can make extra money taking online surveys, it usually won’t amount to anything greater than coffee money. Here, I’m showing you the highest-paying side hustles you can start today that are guaranteed to bring in substantial income each month. And hey, if you work really hard, you may even be able to quit your full-time job! A life of freedom and being your own boss?! Heck yes!
Hi everyone! Welcome to my January 2018 blogging income report! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll notice I used to share these every single month, and then suddenly stopped for the past six months or so. The reason I stopped was simply because my income – as you’ll see below – tends to stay the same month after month. I felt inclined to share this month’s income report to show you that it really is possible to make money blogging even if you don’t have super high traffic and you don’t post often.
Side hustles have completely changed my life. I’ve tried a lot of different ones, but this one that I’m about to share is by far the BEST side hustle for 2018.
Frugal self-care tips for moms and women. One of my goals this year (actually, my only goal) is to enjoy the moment. I’ve spent the last five years of my life hustling and running around. I’ve had three baby girls, moved across the country, was a freelance writer/editor, worked full-time, built this blog, bought a house, quit my full-time job to focus on this blog, and more. Phew, just typing that out makes me exhausted!!! So, this year, I’m saying goodbye to the never ending to-do lists and hello to freedom and doing what I want! And a big part of that is taking better care of myself. Here are 10 frugal self-care tips I’ve adapted along the way.
Frugal Self-care Tips
Make your health a priority
I recently re-joined the YMCA. While it’s not free, it’s definitely the most frugal option around here. For me and my three kids, it’s $72/month. I looked into joining a few other gyms but just couldn’t justify the $200+/month price tag. I was a member of the Y last summer and while I probably worked out a little too much, I felt so much happier and healthier. This time around, I plan on going when it works. I’m not “committing” to going every day or even three times a week. I’m simply going when it works with mine and my kid’s schedules.
If you can’t join a gym, I recommend doing 10-minute HIIT workouts or other workouts you can find on YouTube for free. Or, go for a walk around your neighborhood, ask a friend to go play tennis, or go on a hike! There are tons of ways to get your body moving that don’t cost a dime!
Put more time into meals
I think every family in America probably eats out too much, and the main reason is because we are so darn busy. Cooking becomes a chore where we rush through the process, then eat and clean up as quickly as possible so we can move on to our next “task.” Instead, give yourself the proper time to prepare a yummy meal. Turn on some music, set the kids up with a TV show or art project, wipe down the kitchen before you begin, and go! I totally realize this cannot happen every single night, but cooking can actually be a huge stress reliever if you allow it to be.
Realize it’s OK not to “do all the things”
When it comes to self-care, this one was the biggest for me. I don’t HAVE to have my day jam-packed with commitment after commitment. My girls are currently in one activity (gymnastics), and we rarely have weekend plans. I encourage you to give yourself grace when it comes to your life. If you want to skip the dishes one night in favor of a hot bath, do it! If saying “no” to a commitment allows you to live a less stressful life, by all means say no! Instead of filling your day with “must-do’s,” fill it with things you want to do.
Have a good attitude
I totally realize most of us can’t fill our entire day with things we want to do. Ha, wouldn’t that be nice! The fact of the matter is our families have to eat, we have to go to work (or somehow make money), we need to stay on top of the laundry and dishes, we need to make time for the people in our lives we love, and so on and so forth. But, instead of begrudgingly getting through the things you “have” to do in order to make room for the things you want to do, do so with a grateful heart. You’re most likely working so you can provide your family with a good quality of life. You cook and clean for your kids and spouse that you’re so blessed to have. And, you have a body that allows you to do all of that with ease. Life is good, guys, we just have to try our best to maintain a positive attitude.
Spend time in the evening doing something just for you
When I was a kid, I loved doing variety puzzles. I could spend all day going through those books. As an adult, I stopped doing them because it seemed like such a waste of time. I mean, I’m not making any money by doing them, I’m not helping my marriage or bettering my relationship with my kids, so what’s the point? Well, just last week I picked up a variety puzzle book at the store (I know, I realize I’m a huge dork) and have been spending about 20 minutes in the evening doing them. This small thing has brought me so much joy!! It’s kind of sad, actually, hahah, but I love them! Find something you like to do and make the time for it!
Let’s all admit we feel better about ourselves when we look beautiful! I’ve always done my make-up every day, but admired women who always had freshly-painted nails. I mean, who has the time for that?!? Well, this year I’m going to make the time. It really only takes 10 minutes and I can work on the computer while they’re drying. What’s one thing you could do to pamper yourself a bit more?
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Mental health plays such a crucial role in how we feel about ourselves and our lives. And I believe focusing on our mental health should be a top priority when it comes to frugal self-care tips. I am a planner by nature, and don’t like it when plans change or get messed up. A recent example is our grocery budget. I try really hard to stick to a certain amount per week – this includes groceries, eating out, Starbucks, etc. If we go over, I tend to get all flustered and stressed out. Recently, I’ve realized this just isn’t worth getting worked up over. If I spend a bit more in groceries, we’ll simply spend less in another area. Or, I can opt to work a bit more online and make up the difference. But really, spending an extra $10/week on groceries isn’t something to get stressed out about.
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Drink plenty of water
Such a simple thing, but the benefits of drinking water are huge! They include clearer skin, a healthier immune system, more energy, and a better mood! I aim to drink the recommend eight glasses per day.
If you’re not happy, make a change
Don’t like where you live? Make a plan to move. Aren’t happy in your marriage? Do the things in your power to make it better. Stuck in a dead-end job? Start a side hustle! But, know that it takes time to build a legit business or blog from home. Don’t stress yourself out over your side jobs or expect to quit your full-time job within a few months. Instead, enjoy the journey. Whatever phase of life you are in, slow down and enjoy the ride.
I’ve worked a few full-time desk jobs and hated not having control over my own time. If you want to work on your own time, two really good careers are freelancing and blogging. I’ve done both, so feel free to ask me any questions you may have. Freelancing will make you money immediately, but blogging will make you money long-term and once you get it going, it’s easy to keep up the momentum with significantly less work.
Take a break from social media
If you instantly want to feel better about your life, go on a social media cleanse. I quit using Facebook for a year and had never felt better. I had more time, and my brain wasn’t being filled with things and events I really didn’t need to know about. Now I use Facebook for blogging purposes, but still find myself getting sucked in. I’m hoping 2018 will be the year of less social media nonsense and more real life relationships.
What frugal self-care tips do you have? Please share in the comments!
Are you wondering how to find work from home jobs that aren’t scams, selling to your friends or taking endless amounts of online surveys?
Going about how to find work from home jobs is tricky, but it is possible. I’ve been working from home (doing various jobs) for over five years! My income has varied; but it’s always been a full-time income each year.
Do you want to make money blogging? What about replacing your full-time income and quitting your job? Or even making enough money to where your spouse could quit their job, too? This is all very, very possible with blogging… As long as you choose the right niche and understand how you’ll make it profitable. And luckily, this article will help you do just that. Here are the most profitable blog niches, along with tips on making any niche profitable.
Have you done any Black Friday shopping this weekend?! I’ll admit – this is probably my least favorite weekend haha! I’d much rather spend a bit more on items than have to deal with the crowds. But, that’s just me 🙂
However, this can be a fantastic weekend for online shopping! Avoid the crowds and save money? I’m in!
I wanted to quickly let you know that Bluehost, my favorite web hosting company, is offering a huge discount this weekend only! From now through Monday, you can start a blog for as little as $2.65 per month!
And as a thank you to you, I’m offering you a few extra bonuses when you start your blog!
First, you’ll receive my ebook – The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging – for FREE! Just comment on this post or email sbrooks52111 @ gmail.com (no spaces) your new blog URL and you’ll receive the book!
And second, I’m giving away BLOG AUDITS!! I’m starting a new service where I’ll be offering blog audits specifically geared to help you make more money blogging. If you start a blog this weekend, you’ll get it for FREE! You can choose when you want to have that audit done – in one month, three months or six months – depending on how quickly you’re able to get your blog up and running! The audit will give you concrete, actionable steps to make more money. I am super excited about this service (more details coming soon to those of you that already have blogs) and cannot wait to help you out!
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I cannot stress enough how awesome of a time it is to start a blog. For starters, there are so many reasons you should have a blog: It’s a creative outlet, you’ll make friends, it serves as a resume (especially for freelancers!), you’ll make money from it, and there are so many resources available to help you succeed. So long are the days of Googling for hours trying to figure things out. Now, you can simply invest in an eBook or course, learn from the pros, and start seeing success much sooner.
I’ve been really into taking blogging courses lately. As a business owner (my blog), I’ve realized it’s important to reinvest in my business. How can I grow if I’m never taking risks or learning new things?
Here are a few courses that I strongly recommend to bloggers, both new and advanced!
The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging – $12
This is actually my book, ha! After you purchase your blog through Bluehost and install WordPress (here’s my tutorial), there is so much to figure out. I remember feeling like I was looking at a foreign language. The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging was created to walk you through what to do after you purchase your blog! It’s a quick read and will save you hours and hours and hours of trying to figure all of this out on your own (like I did!).
If you purchase your blog using my Bluehost link, I’ll send you The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging for free! Just send me an email or leave a comment with your domain name 🙂
Blog by Number – $47 / $17.99
New bloggers: I cannot recommend this course enough!! I took it as a seasoned blogger and STILL learned a TON of information. You can purchase the Blog by Number course and eBook for $47 or just the eBook for $17.99. The book’s author, Suzi Whitford, took her blog income from $0 to $17,000+ in a year and a half!! She’s incredible. And, she’s a busy mom, meaning her course is quick and actionable. You can apply everything learned in the course to your own blog right away.
Building a Framework – $27 / $97
Abby Lawson of Just a Girl and Her Blog is the creator of Building a Framework eBook ($27) and course ($97). It’s similar to Blog by Number, except Abby is an organizational pro! She includes workbooks to keep you on track with both her book and her course. With the course, you also get access to a members-only Facebook group (these are super helpful!!), videos, tech trainings, tutorials on how to make printables, and more! I purchased the eBook about three months after I started my blog. It definitely helped me to go from a “hobby blogger” mindset to a “business blogger” mentality.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – $197
This is the priciest course I’ve ever taken, but it is worth every dollar. If you are serious about turning your blog into a full-time income, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a MUST for you. Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, the course’s author, makes $50,000 a month from affiliate sales! And the beauty is any blogger in any niche can learn to make big money blogging as an affiliate. Her tips are practical, timely and valuable.
And, when you purchase her course, you’ll also receive access to her Facebook group. I’ve LOVED being a part of this fun group these past few weeks. We share each other’s posts, answer each other’s questions, and Michelle is in there all the time posting helpful tips and answering questions herself.
Michelle also offers an affiliate program for her course. Meaning you can buy the course and take it, then write a review of the course on your own blog. If one of your readers decides to purchase the course, you will make a generous commission (40%!). Welcome to the world of affiliate marketing 🙂
Pinterest Presence – $197
I took this course about two years into blogging and my only regret is not taking it sooner. Pinterest Presence teaches you everything you need to know about growing your traffic with Pinterest! It’s updated regularly, too, and you’ll have access to updates when you buy the course.
Since taking Pinterest Presence, my pageviews have more than doubled. Most of my traffic now comes from Pinterest. If you’re struggling with either getting traffic to your blog or with understanding Pinterest, Pinterest Presence is for you!
If you don’t want to buy the course, check out these image templates. They are proven to get clicks and customers over to your website!
Have you taken any courses lately?! I’d love to hear some recommendations!!
I get asked pretty frequently how I’m able to bring in a full-time income from home as a stay-at-home mom to three little kids. My oldest is in kindergarten, my middle child is in pre-school five days a week (half days), and my youngest is at home with me (she’s one!).
I’ve never worked more than 15-20 hours per week on my blog (it’s usually much, much less), HOWEVER I have been blogging for over three years now! So, if you want to make money blogging, you have to stick with it! I always recommend new bloggers do one thing every single day that relates to blogging. Over time, these small things add up 😊
That’s the secret to success: Longevity.
I usually do a tiny bit of blogging tasks early in the morning (maybe 10 minutes), and my major “blog time” is when my older two are in school/pre-school and my baby is napping (about two hours, if I’m lucky). Every once in a while, I’ll work at night. But to be honest my brain doesn’t function that well at night, ha. I’m definitely at my peak in the morning!
Are you a brand new blogger?! I started my blog three years ago and was able to quit my job after 2 1/2 years of blogging part-time. My results are average; you could very well be making thousands per month after one year, or it could take you five years to see results. Keep at it. Hard work pays off and results will come. For those just getting started, here are my best tips for brand new bloggers.