How to be tactful when trying to get clients!

Do you own a service-based business, where you sell your services to other people or companies? Then this post is for you.

Here are some pointers on how to be a little more tactful and earn business.

  1. If you are sending private messages to people or companies on social media you want to make sure you are friendly and ask questions.   Example:  Start a conversation. Get to know the person. Hi Sheena, my name is Daniel. I am a graphic designer and came across your website.
  2. Always start with a compliment… I love what you’re doing with the pearls and wanted you to know everything looks great…
  3. Then come in with your company details. I design logos and wanted to know if you’d take a look at some of my work… open-ended question…
  4. Never sell, always persuade. Depending on the answer you could say, great here is a link to my website, or say no problem but if you know anyone looking for a logo or need any services in the future please keep me in mind… This keeps you in a friendlier light and does not come off pushy or degrading the companies work. 

Do not message them with something like this:

Hello Sheena,  My name is Daniel a Business Consultant. I was looking at your website Mommy Boutique and found out that the logo is way too outdated and does not look very professional at all.  If you are interested I can give you 2 logo concepts to choose from totally free
The above example comes off pushy and rude and does not tell me anything about the person. Furthermore, it definitely does not make me want to do business with this person because, in all honesty, they just said my logo looked like crap! Ouch. No business owner wants to hear that!
The 1st example is way more tactful and more likely to get a return response. The 2nd example comes off pushy and arrogant. 
Now that we worked on the right and wrong way to send a message,  let’s talk about your social media presence.  Today your online entity is pretty much your resume. Let’s be honest, when you message someone, the first thing they do is click on your profile. This is even more true with companies or business owners. If you message me and your profile is empty with just a profile picture, I will not give you my business.
Before you ever choose to message a company to sell your services you have to have a strong online presence. Your Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, and any other platform you use has to have your information listed on it.
You would not go into an interview wearing PJ pants and slippers… No, you would want to look professional for your 1st impression. Well, you have to think of your online presence in the same way. Each time you message someone they are looking at your online resume (your social media pages)! If you have no photos, no info, no activity on your pages, then that tells me/them you are new and don’t have any experience. However, if I see you have information, a portfolio, and some activity I am more likely to work with you, even if I’m your 1st customer. You are building my trust by letting me see who you are.
Nowadays your online presence is everything. Companies almost never ask for paper applications anymore, and if you are selling a service you have to make sure your online identity is solid before asking people to pay for your services.
I would love to give you more pointers by offering you some mentoring sessions! If that seems like something you might need, feel free to check out my packages.

5 Real Struggles of a Mompreneur

Are you considering dropping the day job to become a mompreneur? Honestly, I can say that there is no better time to launch a new business than the present. However, there are a lot of things people don’t tell you when you quit working for someone and start working for yourself.

Here are my top 5 tips that have saved me when I first launched my new boutique. For details on my business please visit www.mommyboutique.net.

  1. Taxes – Yes, we are all aware that Uncle Sam needs to get paid on anything you sell, but what they don’t tell you is that in the state of Florida, you have to file sales tax every 3 months! For someone who knows nothing about taxes, this was a huge wake-up call for me. Luckily, I spoke with a very patient and understanding lady from the IRS who walked me through the whole process. To avoid me having a panic attack the next time, I actually enrolled in a program called Tax Jar (This is an affiliate link). After not knowing what the heck I was doing I started researching tax programs and fell in love with Tax Jar. The reason is that they make it super easy for you. You link your website to theirs, then they provide you with all the information the Government will need, plus you can see your net profits. That’s not all, here is what sets Tax Jar apart from the others in this industry. You can enroll to have them file your quarterly taxes for you. Yep, that’s right! They do everything for you and honestly, it’s so worth it, so that I have peace of mind, and don’t have to worry about the stuff I know nothing about. I feel confident that they have my back. Check them out, you’ll thank me later https://taxjar.grsm.io/MOMMYBOUTIQUE
  2. Wages – As a work at home mom or Mompreneur you expect to get paid for all your efforts right? WRONG! Yeah, you’ll make money when you sell stuff, but all those hours you’re promoting your brand, organizing, buying products, and doing sales pitches are all your time. Now, there will come a point when all those hours will pay off and you’ll be able to pat yourself on the back for sticking with it through the hard times, but believe me, there are many hard times. This is something no one ever tells you. They say yeah, quit your job and work for yourself, but they don’t tell you the long hours you’ll be grinding away, learning your craft. The hours you will spend arguing with your spouse over money issues, and the times you will have to tell your kids no ice cream when the ice cream truck comes around. Being a mom is hard, but adding your own business takes it to a whole new level. Now, don’t get me wrong I would not trade working at home, for anything. My kids get to be a part of my job, they even do live video’s with me on YouTube. But no one ever tells you about the real-life struggles that you face, the long hours, and the exhaustion that sets in when you are first starting out. You do way more work then what you get paid for at first. Our goal is to get to a point where all these efforts pay off, and we are able to hire someone else in our place! But don’t go into this thinking you’re going to be making a lot of money at first. The money follows the efforts! 
  3. Sweat – Blood, sweat, and tears! We’ve all heard the saying, but when you’re a mom working for yourself that brings on an entirely new meaning. For me, I mean literally sweating! I have a booth at a flea market every Monday and I sweat. Some day’s I do really well and I can say the day was worth it, other days I’m sitting in the Florida heat for hours and never make one sale. During the summer I had to drag my kids along with me and they had to endure the heat as well. I mean let’s be honest who can afford childcare these days? Especially for kids in diapers (FORGET IT)! So, on those days with no or little sales, you really start to question if you made the right decision. From experience, I want to push you to hang in there. Consistency wins people’s trust. If you can stick with it during the slow times, you’re going to see the benefits during the busy seasons. At least that’s how it’s been for me. Most of us become mompreneurs and work at home mom’s (WAHM), so we won’t have to pay a babysitter or daycare, so keep in mind some days are harder than others. Remember you are building a legacy, and hopefully one day your children can take it over, or help you with it when they are older. That’s my plan anyway. 
  4. Balance – This is one I talk about a lot on my podcast – WAHM RADIO. Balancing your daily life with kids, and your work is not easy. Most of us have errands to run, chores to do, a to-do list, and not to mention if you’re married, then that list gets even longer. You have to worry about dinner, girl scouts/boy scouts, tutoring, Bible class, speech class, laundry, dishes, and afterschool sports. We have to help with homework, baths, lunches, diapers, and the list goes on and on. This is before we even start to focus on our work at home job. So balance is your lifeline. No one ever told me that you’d have to be very disciplined to stay at home and work. The reason I say this is because your bed is going to look mighty cozy once your baby takes a nap mid-day, and the never-ending list gets overwhelming. However, to combat this, I have learned to set alarms and schedules. I give myself a daily schedule. We all have smartphones, so get out your calendar app and start giving yourself a daily schedule. Then set alarms for everything. I have about 30 alarms that go off during the day. They range from: it’s time to feed the baby lunch”, to “go pick up the girls from school”, or “do marketing on social media”. I have to give myself a small task that I know I can finish in order to get anything done. Otherwise, I will leave everything until tomorrow and then nothing get’s done. Time management is going to be your best friend when running your own business! 
  5. Getting incorporated – When starting a small business, one of the most asked questions I get is when should I incorporate? I have had many businesses in my life, some have been successful, some not so much, but here is one thing I’ve learned through the years. When you start making enough money to cover your business cost and daily living wage, then you need to consider an LLC or Corp. Now, I can not advise you as to what is best for your business. I’ve been on both sides and had LLC’s as well an S – Corp so you’d want to speak with a business advisor on what will fit your company best. The reason I say to incorporate once you see profits is to protect yourself and your business.  When you become a legal corporation you no longer are liable for anything that may happen through the business. Right now, if you were to get sued they could take your house, your car and any other assets you may have. When you have an LLC or Corporation, now the business has it’s own set of assets and they can no longer go after your individual assets. Plus, it’s a great way to record your income, and prove you are a dedicated business owner to your clients or customers. Most people want to see the LLC or INC behind the name. It builds trust and helps people know you’re not just playing around, but in it for the long haul. If you are selling cakes for friends on Facebook, then maybe waiting is a good idea, but if you have an online store like me “Mommy Boutique” then perhaps getting incorporated is worth it. Along with this comes other factors like business licenses, tax licenses, county licenses and so on. Be sure you have someone to speak to about all the requirements for your state. If you’re in Florida here is where you would go to get incorporated. http://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/

 

There is a lot that I can’t cover in a blog post, but I hope this gives you some things to consider when becoming a mompreneur. We are powerful, we are worthy, and we can accomplish great things when we put our mind’s to it. Together we stand as women, and support each other on our daily grind that is life, working from home, kids, spouses, and all the in-betweens!

 

 

 

 

Do you have a side hustle?

What exactly is a side hustle you ask?

“A side hustle is a way to make some extra cash that allows you the flexibility to pursue what you’re most interested in. It can also be your true passion – a chance to delve into fashion, travel, or whatever it is you care about the most without quitting your day job.”  As stated in www.entrepreneur.com

I have always had some sort of side hustle in my life.  Whether it’s Freelance Writing. Or, one of my many attempts at MLM businesses, I always try to keep a steady side hustle going. Right now, I sell things on Amazon and eBay, and I’ve also started doing the popular pearl parties everyone is raving about these days, with a cute online boutique, I call “Mommy Boutique”.

Did you know that most successful business owners have at least two side hustles? Having a good side hustle guarantees that you will have some sort of income, even if you lose your regular day job. Even the popular Gary Vaynerchuk has a side hustle. He goes to yard sales every weekend to buy things he can resale online. He talks about it in some of his videos linked above.

I recently took a course on how to start a content marketing agency, because I am launching my new full-time career very soon called “Digital Marketing Fairy”. The teacher of this course is James Burchill, and he has unintentionally become my mentor on all things side hustle as well as content marketing.

James is from Burlington, Ontario and helps thousands of people find their side hustles. Check out his website, and Youtube videos because they are filled with wonderful tidbits to help you find your side hustle.

So, what is your side hustle?

If you don’t have one, but want to start doing something after work, or with free time, now is a great time to start. We are moving rapidly into the digital age where much of the higher paying jobs are being replaced with robots.

Have you been thinking of writing a book, baking cakes for friend’s parties, or building websites? Perhaps you are an artist wanting to sell your art or music! These are all great ways to bring in some extra cash. If you see a yard sale, stop and see if you can find anything of value that can be resold to make a profit.

Do not make excuses. There are so many ways to make extra money, you just have to be willing to put in the work. It’s not called side HUSTLE for nothing. You actually have to HUSTLE to make it happen. Just because it’s not your full-time job does not mean you’re not going to spend hours doing it. On the contrary, a lot of side hustles do take time to start, but once you get it going, they can become like a well-oiled machine, and that’s the goal!

Whatever your passion is, turn that into something that will make you money. If you like superheroes, perhaps start a YouTube channel or podcast where you talk about your favorite comics. If you’re doing something you truly enjoy, it won’t feel like work, so the hours you put in will go by quickly. Once it grows and you start making money with it, that’s when the true joy will come through, because you would have made money doing something you love, and that, my friend, is a pretty wonderful feeling.

For more information on side hustling, visit James Burchill. Also, check out my podcast for more work at home tips, WAHM Radio.

Good luck side hustlers!

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10 places to find freelance jobs!

Back when I first started freelancing, most of these sites were not around. It would have been awesome to have had these sites back then because it would have been easier to get work. I would spend countless hours searching for freelance gigs, then, after I finished the gig, it was back to digging for more jobs.

However, in today’s article, I am going to share 10 really awesome freelance sites that will help you get jobs. Most of the sites I am mentioning take 20 percent of what you make, but that’s standard, and when it comes down to it, you’re saving hundreds of hours of searching, so it’s totally worth it.

1. Up Work – I really like this site and am currently offering freelance writing on here. I will also be adding my marketing as well.
From their website:
A world of opportunities through Upwork businesses get more done, connecting with freelancers to work on projects from web and mobile app development to SEO, social media marketing, content writing, graphic design, admin help and thousands of other projects. Upwork makes it fast, simple, and cost-effective to find, hire, work with, and pay the best professionals anywhere, any time.
Upwork’s vision to connect businesses with great talent to work without limits.”

2. Fiverr – This is one of my personal favorites, so much so that I have an affiliate link because I talk, as well as use Fiverr so much. This is actually the 2nd time it shows up in one of my posts, I have an entire article dedicated to Fiverr, and you can read it by clicking here.
From their website:
“Fiverr is the world’s largest online marketplace for freelance services, beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed, from which it gets its name.

3. Peopleperhour – Now, I have not personally used this one, but have heard from others that they have gotten work from it.
From their website:
We strive to create a trusted and dynamic online workplace that will help people realize their dreams and lead a free and independent life.
Everyone deserves an equal shot at success, and it’s our mission to make it a reality.”

4. Craigslist – I know they get a bad reputation because of the shady people that sometimes post fake jobs, but I have had pretty good success with CL. You just have to know what to look for before taking a job. If nothing else, perhaps sell some stuff while you’re there!

5. Local Facebook Groups – Again, you have to be careful when looking for jobs on here, but a lot of big companies use Facebook to hire. I have found a few good writing gigs through Facebook groups. Just search for the freelance job you’re looking for. In my case, it was always writing. I got a few paid blog post like this, so it’s worth a shot.

6. Guru – This is another site I have not used, but by doing some research it looks like a very solid format for getting jobs, as well as getting paid. From their website:
Create a free Employer or Freelancer account in minutes. Employers post jobs — Freelancers create profiles and submit quotes to open jobs. Employers review the quotes, communicate with the freelancers, and choose who they want to Hire.”

7. LinkedIn – Believe it or not a lot of companies post freelance jobs on LinkedIn. If you don’t already have a profile, I strongly suggest you create one. I talk about LinkedIn a lot because it’s a great place to showcase your talents. It’s a virtual resume that will show potential employers that you know what you are talking about.

8. SimplyHired – This has always been my go to when looking for jobs. I love this site because I know that if a business posts an ad, it’s usually a real job, plus they search all the other job sites for you, including Indeed. Type in freelance and see what pops up. Some may not be remote jobs, but you can at least inquire.

9. Flexjobs – This is a paid site, so I don’t use this one for that reason, however, if you are tired of digging and waiting for gigs, this might be worth it for you to check out.
From their site:
FlexJobs knows that there’s a ton of junk out there for job seekers. Whether it’s the too-good-to-be-true business opportunities, endless ads, broken links, repetitive postings, or just straight-out scams… well, yes, there’s a lot of junk out there. And it’s often burying the actual good job opportunities. FlexJobs can change that. We can make your job search experience better, easier, faster, and safer.”

10. Google keywords – A good ole Google search might surprise you with some jobs. As a matter of fact, when I first started Freelance Writing by Sheena Diane, these freelance sites were not around, and I found 70 percent of my jobs by google keywords. Type in “Write for pay”, “Freelance Marketing”, or “Website design needed.” You might just find your next job!

Good luck with finding your next gig. As a freelancer myself, I know it’s all about digging and finding that next job, so I hope these 10 freelance sites will help in that journey. Check out WAHM Radio to hear more about freelance jobs!

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Creative Breaks

Creative Breaks are sometimes needed!

Today’s post is going to be a little different. I want to encourage you, if you’re doing a project and start to feel a little lost, overwhelmed, confused, or at a standstill, to take a creative break.

That’s not to say to get lazy or be away from your project too long, because that can have a negative effect on your end goal. What I’m saying is take a breather once in a while. Take time for yourself. Take some e-courses to get your creative juices flowing.

Invest in yourself.

Once you get a new outlook, you can come back to your project or business and start again. As an entrepreneur, I feel it’s vital to not get burnt out too quickly. We tend to eat, sleep, breath our new goals. This is good, don’t get me wrong. You need to become obsessed with your new goals to make them a reality, however, I caution you to take breaks. To allow yourself downtime, and invest in yourself.

I just need ME time!

I am the first to admit that I’m so bad about this. I go all in, pedal to the metal, and when I don’t see any progress right away I get upset and feel unaccomplished. I have to remind myself to step away for a few days when I start feeling this way, give myself some time off from that particular thing, and work on something else. Watch some of my favorite Netflix shows, get my nails done, etc. I just need ME time!

Stop and smell the roses…

Don’t be afraid to step away. I promise the momentum will still be there, just don’t take too long of a break, because then it’s harder to start where you left off. You will feel ready and rejuvenated after you stop and smell the roses. Go outside, let the fresh air hit you, and enjoy nature. Do something with your kids, and just have fun. We get so caught up in work, work, work, that we forget to have some fun along the way!

Creative Juices Flowing Again

This is exactly what I am going to be doing. I am taking a creative break for a few weeks. I will be back, I promise, but in order to provide good content, I feel the need to give myself some time away from the WAHM Club. Just for a little while, so I can get my creative juices flowing again.
You can still reach me on all my social media handles.

Thanks for all your support, and I look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, check out my podcast Audio Blog as well as WAHM Radio for updates on the happenings of my life!

Unplug and make connections

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Family Connections – Why we unplug.  

We are all attached to our smartphones and laptops but once in a while, we need to unplug.

As a work at home mom, I am on the computer eight-plus hours a day. It’s so easy to get caught up in working because it’s right at my fingertips.
I have three kids, and monkey sees, monkey do! My two daughters are constantly using their tablet or on their phones as well. I can’t be upset being I am doing the same thing. However, because I understand that we live in a time where devices control our attention, we have made a few rules that I believe keeps us strong and connected as a family.

The first rule is every night we have dinner together as a family. No devices are allowed at the table during that time, and we make a point of talking about our day. We ask each other the highs and lows of the day. It’s a fun way to get us all talking and listening to each other.

The other rule we do in our house is on weekends we spend time together. We play board games, go to the movies, bounce houses, have a dance party, and just have fun together. Once we have our fun, we will watch our favorite shows on Netflix, and perhaps before bed play some online games together. Sunday is when my husband is off work, and so this is the day we go to theme parks, visit family or travel. Sunday we are almost always unplugged unless we are visiting family with no kids. Then they can play on their tablet or phone for a short while.

No matter what your rules are in your house, it’s a good practice to have at least one day of family unplugged fun. It will not only make you feel better, but it will help your children feel a stronger bond towards you as they get older.

How face to face contact can help build your brand!

Unplugging at home is a great practice, but let’s dig into why it’s also just as important to unplug when you are starting your own business or working for a company at home.

It’s really easy to just rely on the internet for sales. It’s quick, convenient, and you can be online at all hours of the day or night. However, it’s not as easy to speak to potential clients or customers face to face. We tend to hide behind our keyboards, never wondering into the outside world.

One thing that I have found with all of the businesses I’ve started, is that it was vital for me to not depend solely on internet sales. You have to get out of your comfort zone and go to meet local people. Perhaps put flyers up at stores or pass out business cards.

A few things that really helped me grow my businesses were getting involved with mommy groups in my area. We have a program called MOPS (moms of preschoolers) and they are nationwide, so you should be able to find one in your area as well. Most of the time you see them being held at churches. This was a great way for me to meet local moms, as well as promote my businesses without being preachy, or spammy. Once I got to know the ladies, most want to know what I do for a living, and this is my opportunity to tell them.

Another great program you can get involved in is meetup groups. You can find them on Facebook, or online at meetup.com. Look for your area’s playgroups. If there is not one, then make one! If you are the admin of the group, this works even better in your favor because after a while of getting to know your group, hanging out with them, and learning about them, then you can ease into telling them about your business.

Meeting people locally is a wonderful way to get people interested in you as a person, and overall it builds your brand. You can join a bible study at your church or even a class on a topic that interests you. Find like-minded people to connect with, and grow your business with word of mouth advertising.

To quote Grant Cardone, start thinking to yourself “Who has my money?” Now, this is not to say be fake with meeting people. Don’t join the groups for the sole purpose of making a sale. Go in wholeheartedly to make connections. Your kids will benefit from the play dates, and you’ll get some much-needed adult time! So, it’s a win-win even if you don’t make a sale right away. You’ll be building your brand, making connections, meeting locals, having fun, and perhaps getting your business known around town, all at the same time.

Unplug once and a while – It does a body good!

Unplug from your daily internetwork and join a group of friends for coffee. It’s really going to help your morale to disconnect now and again!
Internet sales may be your main source of income, so keep plugging away at that, but don’t forget how important human face to face interaction is.

Even if you have a drop shipping eBay or Amazon business, you can still promote it with at a meetup. Just remember to hold back until they get to know you. Otherwise, people will feel you are pushy and it might scare them away. We all know that ONE PERSON! You know the one, she/he only calls because she/he needs to make a sale and wants you to order their product. Yeah, that one! Don’t be that one person. Instead be a friend, and make a sale because you are respected, not pushy!

Men, you’re included in these groups as well!

Unplug at home with your family at least once a week, to build a stronger connection, and get your mind clear for the following week of nonstop computer work. Then find a day that you can unplug for a meetup or mom’s group. It will be so worth it, with or without a sale. And for dad’s out there, don’t feel left out. Many churches have men’s groups, and there are also meetup groups for dad’s.

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9 side hustles to make you money!

I know working at home can be tough to get into, especially when you’re new to the whole “work at home” life.
So, if you’re not ready to dive in head first to the full-time work at home life, there are some things you can start doing as a side hustle to make a little extra income.

Baking –
If you have any baking talent, this is a great way to make some side income. Start by offering your cakes, pastries, cookies, or cupcakes to friends and family. Tell them to spread the word. Make a free Facebook page, and start promoting your baked goods.

A true story that happened to a friend of mine – She did this exact thing. She was a teacher, and on weekends she would bake for friends and family. After a while, she got very well known by all the school moms and staff. Her cakes and cupcakes were everyone’s favorite. Pretty soon, she started a Facebook page and was starting to book orders weekly. Then daily, then she got to the point where she could no longer work full time as a teacher. So, she quit teaching, opened up a small bakery in town and is one of the top-ranked ones. So, these side jobs can sometimes turn into more if you work it!

Cooking –
Very similar to the baking, you can start cooking dishes for those in need. This is great for those disabled people who can’t get out of the house and want a home-cooked meal. My next-door neighbor makes the best tamale’s and every few months, she posts on the Facebook groups that she’s selling them. It’s a great way to make a few hundred bucks fast.

Another true story – A friend from my church has a catering business now. She cooks wonderful dishes for parties, or just for your family. Instead of calling out for pizza, call her and she will deliver a fresh yummy home-cooked meal. It’s a win-win, and that is her full-time job now! She was even invited to speak on a Christian TV show about her success!

Consignment –
I know I touched on selling stuff in another post, but doing consignment is a great way to make extra money while purging all the old stuff that no longer fits. If you have kids, this is even better because kid stuff sells rather quickly. If you keep the toys and clothes in good condition you can get a good price for it at these places. I have gone to a bunch since I have three kids, and even maternity clothes sell great at these events.

True story- A friend of mine has made a successful business from putting together these sales three times a year, and not only is this her only job, but she has been able to help those in need around our community. It’s been a great blessing to the town, and we all look forward to the sales.

Crafts –
If you’re a crafty person, then there is a lot of wonderful things you can do to make extra money. Make jewelry, and sell it on Etsy. Also, knitting has become very popular. If you can knit a hat, scarf or doll, these things go for a high price. As a matter of fact, I bought both my daughters custom made crochet dolls. They love them and have had them for over three years now. I paid about $35 for each doll and to be honest, I feel it was well worth it.

If you can make anything pretty or unique, then why not sell it. Today is the day my friends. We live in the best time ever to make a profit with our passions and talents. Make that thing you love and sell it. This even goes for furniture and big items. If you can build it, someone will buy it!

Art –
I for one love to look at art. I don’t have an artistic bone in my body, but I buy art all the time. My bookshelf is filled with books of my favorite artist work.

If you are gifted with the ability to make art, then get on these online sites and sell it. These days you have places like Twitch, where you get viewers to pay you just to watch you draw or paint!

This is a perfect time to be an artist. There are so many people needing illustrations for their books, blogs, and even logos for their business. If you have the ability to make art, then you have a huge advantage.

True story – I know of a teenage girl who has started a business drawing flash art for tattoo places. She is seventeen years old and makes extra money after school, drawing. What a great way for her to use her time to get paid. I mean, she would have been drawing in her free time anyway, but now she gets paid to do it!

Writing –
I know I talk about freelance writing a lot, but hey, it’s how I got started and writing is my passion. I may not be able to draw or do crafts but I can write!

Writing is how I helped support my family for three years. Now, if you’re not ready to be at home full time, and still want to work, then you can get some side gigs by writing.

Places like Craigslist, and even Indeed post gigs for writers all the time. If you have a pretty good grasp on grammar, then why not write a few articles a week on a subject you enjoy. You might get $25 for a few hours of work.

I loved my time as a freelance writer, as a matter of fact, I’m still currently doing it very part-time. Just wrote a review for an e-book that is being published. Even though I may no longer be a full-time freelance writer, as you can tell by my blog, I still write all the time!

There are a lot of places to get writing gigs and if you’d like to dig deeper into Freelance Writing, check out my blog post on all things writing!

Music –
People love to be entertained. With YouTube and other social media, your talents can be heard all around the world. You no longer have to play in bars to get an audience. Now you post a video and millions of people are listening to you.

I love to sing, and if I was not so darn scared I might make a few videos myself. Stage fright takes over and I can’t handle the nerves.

No matter what your talents are, get them out so the world can see, and ignore the haters because to quote Taylor Swift “people throw rocks at things that shine”.

If you have the nerve, try out for one of those TV shows. America’s Got Talent, Britain’s got talent, American Idol, The Voice, The X Factor. There are so many to choose from. Get your videos on the web, get a following, and start making music!

Gaming –
Yes, you can even make money gaming. Because of Twitch and their patron program now you can play your favorite video games and get paid to do it. Now, it’s not as easy as just playing, no, you have to be entertaining. You have to keep people engaged in your gameplay, and you have to make them want to come back each week for your episodes.

It’s like any business. You have to be consistent and it will take time to get followers, but once you get those followers, they will pay you to see more.

True Story – I was watching a girl play my favorite PC game, and at the time, I watched, I want to say it was about thirty minutes, she made two thousand dollars. That’s more then I make at my day job in a week. On Twitch it shows on the screen each time someone donates, and I was in shock! She has been on Twitch for over a year now, but it still amazes me!

E-Books –
I know this is touching on writing, but if you are knowledgeable on a subject, and know you can help someone with that knowledge, why not write it down? I know so many people who make a paycheck each month from their book sales. It may only be a few extra dollars but, money is money. I know how excited they get when the check ends up being a few hundred dollars.

True story – My cousin has a few e-books out. She makes consistent income from them each month. Sometimes it’s thirty dollars, and sometimes more. But, I remember one day my cousin was struggling and was not sure how she was going to cover bills that month. She called me so excited because her e-books made her $300 that month! That’s a few bills right there.

I am also working on a few e-books just for all of you. So, I will be joining the e-book club very soon. If you’d like to get info for my e-books, don’t forget to subscribe to my mailing list.

Good Luck

These are just a few things you can do to help make extra income while keeping your day job. Side hustles are a great way to get that little extra that you could use for an unexpected expense or the bill you were not sure how was going to get paid.

Side hustles have been helping my family stay afloat for many years now. I only touched on a few of the things that have worked for people I know or have worked for me. There are many others out there, and I’ll be posting more later on.

I always love to hear from you so feel free to find me on Social Media. You can see all that info on my About Me Page!

Freelance Writing

 

Freelance Writing

Have you been thinking about writing books, blogs, papers, or stories? Are you good at writing? I mean, you have to like to write to do it as a job, so if you enjoy writing, are fairly good at it, and think you’d like to make it a career, then… Freelance Writing might be your answer!

When I had my firstborn daughter, Keira, I was determined to be a stay at home mom. However, our finances had other plans. I tried so hard to find a job that I could do from home that would actually make me more than $5 a week. Believe me, that was not an easy task at first. So, I leaned towards something I knew I was good at. I have been writing since I was 10 years old. It’s always been my therapy, my way of dealing with stress, and also my way of escaping reality. As an adult, I continued to write on my personal blog, and for my friends whenever they needed a resume or someone to do their website content. After being asked over and over, I  decided to make it my new career.

Freelance Writing by Sheena Diane “Established 2006”

Freelance Writing by Sheena Diane was born. I created a professional logo, got a website, and began writing as much as I possibly could. I created my own portfolio of writing content. At first, my portfolio contained things I had written for my family and friends through the years, but as I got a little more established, I had over a dozen websites,  a huge variety of blogs, newsletters, articles, and ghostwriting content. I was really proud of all the work I was getting, and the rave reviews from my clients. Freelance Writing paid my bills for the first 3 years of my daughter’s life. I even had one of my stories published in a book called “Open to Hope“.

I can’t say it was easy because it was a lot of work. Yes, I was able to write during my daughter’s naps and when she went to bed, but the writing was never the hard part for me. That always came pretty easy. The hard part was finding the jobs. You are consistently digging for new gigs, new writing jobs, and new places to pay you for your content. That is by far the biggest hurdle. Finding the jobs!

Losing all my references

After writing full time for a few years, you can imagine how much content, referrals,  references, and reviews I had gotten. My list of jobs kept growing, making my website a powerhouse for me getting new writing gigs. After all, the more you write, the more you can get paid to write. When people see you’re established, and see all the great reviews, they want to hire you above someone else. But suddenly, it all came to a stop!

I was hosting my website on a free web host. I paid for my domain name, but wanted to cut some corners, and didn’t want to pay for hosting, so I found a free hosting platform. It was great at first because it allowed me to design my own website, and I just forwarded my domain to that site and no one knew it was a free platform until it crashed! Let’s just say I learned my lesson the hard way. There is a reason you should pay for hosting your website. This company ended up getting shut down, and without notice, I lost all my references, my jobs, links, everything was gone!

When I tried contacting the company I couldn’t find anything online. It was like they disappeared and took my website with it. Unfortunately, I did not save any of my references anywhere but my website. I see now how big of a mistake that was because when I do Freelance jobs now, I have to start at the bottom again. No references to show people I’m a pro. No content to let them know I’ve done the jobs they need to be written. So, I have to start from scratch.

Let me be your example, and keep a file with all your jobs listed in it. Make sure you have a backup somewhere for your links. I didn’t have that, and all I can go by now is my memory, and after 3 kids that’s not very reliable these days!

Is Freelance Writing for you?

If you love to write, don’t mind digging, searching, and digging some more for jobs, then go for it. I can honestly say I loved being a full-time freelance writer. Every day was something new and exciting. My creative side was able to shine, and I felt very fulfilled. This is why I started blogging. I missed writing so much, it’s been a huge part of my life, and when I don’t do it for long periods of time, I start getting depressed, anxious, and unfulfilled.

There are a still a ton of Freelance writing jobs out there. On occasion I even apply for a few, just to keep me on my toes. Right now, I am doing reviews on Kindle books or books that are being self-published. People contact me and I will read the book and submit an honest review of that book. It doesn’t pay much, but again, I just do it for the fun of writing, and getting to read a new book for free!

If you’d like more information on how to find Freelance Writing jobs, or just have questions for me feel free to contact me. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, podcast and don’t forget to join my mailing list!

 

 

 

 

Want to make money by captioning movies?

I have had so many people say to me that work at home jobs are not real. That they are all scams and you can’t earn a living doing them. I know there are so many false hopes out there, but this is the reason I have started this blog, my podcast, and my youtube channel to help encourage you that I am living proof you can find real work at home jobs.

If you like to write and watch movies, then the job I am highlighting today might be a perfect fit for you. A while ago I worked for a company called Rev. This is an amazing company that allows you to work from home. They have great customer service and will be there to answer any questions you might have.

What is Rev? Blurb has taken from www.rev.com – Rev is a marketplace for remote work made up of a large network of 12,000 freelancers (aka Revvers) that provide services to our 100,000+ customers around the world including companies like Amazon, Google, Buzzfeed and more. Our goal is to create 100,000 work-from-home jobs by 2020, and we are looking for ambitious professionals to help us get there.

In a nutshell companies, or individuals will go to the Rev website and get their videos, movies, sermons, and many other things transcribed. For this job, you don’t need any previous experience, although having good grammar and typing skills is a huge help!

When I worked with Rev I applied for the captioner position because I love to watch videos and movies, so I thought this would be a great way to make money doing something I enjoyed. The one downfall with captioning is getting the timing right on the videos. When I first started out this was a struggle and did take me a lot of time to get done with one video. However, the more you do, the better you will get.

Anytime you start something new, give yourself learning time. You won’t be making a lot right out of the gate. Practice makes perfect.

As of today’s date (1/12/2018), this is their job openings and pay scale.

This is a job I have personally worked for, I did get paid and it is a REAL work at home job, that you can do on your time. The amount you make depends on how much you want to work. So, if you need to make more money, then you will need to dedicate more time to it!

Here is the information, and if they ask where you heard about them, please refer them to my blog (I am not being paid to advertise for Rev, this is from my own experiences). Good luck and let me know how it goes!  https://www.rev.com/freelancers

I love hearing from you and would love to know if you get the job. Please feel free to email me below, or find me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest!