Are you a stay-at-home mom looking to make some extra income for your family? Maybe you work full-time, but want to accelerate your debt payments. Or maybe you simply want extra money to save, spend or invest. Really, I can’t think of a single person who wouldn’t want to bring in extra income, regardless of their situation.
For me personally, I became a SAHM a little over three years ago right before the birth of my first daughter (I now have two daughters and another on the way!). I was working in finance prior to quitting so I could stay home with our baby. At the time, I remember wanting to just make a few hundred dollars per month. In my mind, I was thinking that could pay our electric bill plus give us some extra spending money.
I had always thought about writing from home, but didn’t really think it would ever happen. I made it known to a few close friends that I would love it if I could do a little bit of work from home. Turns out, one of my best friends at the time was working for a large online women’s website and offered to hire me on a very part-time basis to write for a few sections on the site. My first month, I made $300. By month five, I cleared over $900.
This is one of the biggest parts of becoming a freelancer — your network. Without my friend trusting me and getting my foot in the door, I would have had a harder time landing that first job (though of course, it’s totally possible to start freelancing without knowing anyone…in fact, nowadays it’s relatively easy).
If you are hoping to bring in some extra income each month, keep reading.
Like I said above, you do not have to have a network in place in order to start freelancing, but…once you do start freelancing, your network will help you land better, higher paying jobs/clients. Word-of-mouth is huge in the freelancing industry. I highly highly highly recommend starting a blog to start building your network. I started my blog in September 2014 (10 months ago) and my network has grown tenfold, even within the first two months.
If you are nervous about starting a blog, don’t be!! I have a tutorial that will walk you through the entire process. I am not a “technical” person at all, yet was easily able to set up my blog. The hardest part is picking a theme for your blog and learning the ins and outs of WordPress. If you’re not sure what you want to blog about, ask yourself what it is you want to get paid to write about. I knew I wanted to write about personal finance, hence the personal finance blog. Prior to starting my blog, I never wrote for a finance site or blog. My break into personal finance writing came strictly because of my blog.
How to Get Paid to Write From Home
Nowadays, a good amount of freelance writers are able to start earning an income almost immediately. However, these people are not just scouring job boards, applying and hoping for the best. They are prepared. Even though they have no experience, they are able to start making money right away.
See my 6 tips for brand new freelancers >>
The reason? They hired a coach or took a course.
Freelance writing is a career, and if you’re serious about making money as a writer from home, you need to view it as an actual job. Nursing, accounting, engineering and teaching all require formal education and training. Some professions require more, but all professions do require at least some sort of training or education. Freelance writing is no different.
This is where Gina Horkey’s course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success, comes in. Gina is a freelance writer and virtual assistant who started a freelancing business just one year ago while working full-time and taking care of her two toddlers. Shortly after starting her business, she was able to quit her full-time job and pursue freelancing full-time. She now makes more than $10,000 per month and her husband is able to stay home, too. If there’s one person you should be learning from, it’s Gina.
30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success is a comprehensive email course that teaches you everything you need to know about becoming a successful freelance writer. Whether you want to make an extra couple hundred dollars per month so you can eat out more or pay off debt, or you want to replace the income you make from your day job so you can quit, Gina’s course can help you do just that.
This course will allow you to start making money right away. That’s the difference between taking her course and not. Sure, you can try to learn everything on your own and still be successful, but it might take significantly longer than if you have someone walking you through everything step-by-step.
There are so many freelance writers who started freelancing as a way to bring in extra money and have since been able to quit their full-time jobs in order to pursue freelancing on a full-time basis. You can see on my income reports that some months I did pull in a full-time income through working part-time as a freelancer.
So, if you’ve been on the fence about starting a freelancing career, or are just hoping to make some extra money each month, I highly recommend giving Gina’s course a try. Take freelancing seriously and go all in. Buy her course, work your way through her email lessons and start making money online! It changed her life, it changed my life, and it can most definitely change your life, too.
Christina @ Embracing Simple saysat
Great tips Sarah! I’ve found freelancing to be an awesome way to earn money from home and maintain a flexible schedule on my own terms. I love it!