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!

What is a vision board and why do you need one?

What is a vision board and why do you need one?

A vision board or sometimes known as a Dream board is a tool to help you organize and visualize a specific goal or focus for the next year. It is literally a board that you display images on that represent what you want to accomplish in your future. Or what you’d like to have in your future.

Say for instance you want to own a house next year, then you’d get a magazine and cut out the house you want and put it on this dream board. In all honesty, I’ve never had a vision board, but many very successful people do. Hence why this year I am following the trend and getting on this vision dream wagon!

Why do these vision boards work?

The truth is when you visualize something, it creates a positive wave of energy that goes into the atmosphere. If you ever get a chance to read or watch the popular movie “The Secret” it tells you how this magnificent energy works and how it’s the most powerful brain exercise you can do! Put your vision board somewhere that you will see it numerous times a day. Perhaps above your computer, or in your room. This is going to make you see and think about your dreams and goals all day long. Not only that, but your family will also see it, and they will be watching when you get to check things off your list. Maybe you will have a goal to go to that big convention to meet someone you look up to or earn more income. With each goal you accomplish, you mark it off. The dream board is going to keep your brain focused on your end goal.

How do you make a dream/vision board?

There is really no right or wrong way to do this. I have seen some really fancy ones in frames, and then I’ve seen some done on a poster board. Really it’s all up to you how you make it, but here is what I am going to do for mine.

  1. Buy a white poster board (the ones used for science fair projects).
  2. Find some magazines.
  3. Write down my goals and vision for 2018. Some of mine include Write a book, Make enough money blogging that I can quit my full-time job, have more time for my family, be able to hire a house cleaner and build on to our house.
  4. Find photos in the magazines or online to match my goals. Mine will look something like this…

 

     

  1. Once I get all my dreams and goals onto this poster board, I will then put it up on display for all to see. I am putting mine in my bedroom next to my dresser so that I will see it 1st thing in the morning when I wake up and anytime I go into my room throughout the day, and again see it right before I go to bed.
  2. Now I have to make these goals a reality by executing them. How will I make money blogging? I have to monetize my blog, get more traffic, and get engagement from readers. Just because you have the images on the board does not mean all of them will just happen. You have to work for it. You have to take matters into your own hands and make things happen. Have a clear end goal. If you get in an Uber car and the driver says where are we going, then you say I have no clue, you won’t get anywhere! You have to make the decision to go somewhere before you get in the car and know where you are heading. Be confident in what you want, know that you can achieve it.
  3. Make it happen. As each goal gets accomplished, I am going to put a red line with a marker through it, so that I know it’s been checked off my list. I am excited just thinking about making these goals happen, aren’t you?
  4. Keep a journal. I love to write and the reason I’ve never done a vision board in the past is that I always write my goals down instead. However, there is one flaw with just writing and not having the visuals. I forget things. We are a family of 5. I have 3 kids, 4 dogs, 9 lizards, I work at home full-time and run around with the kids after school! When I write it down, yes I have it for future use, but I don’t always remember what I wrote down, nor do I remember to look at what I wrote. It is cool however when I find something I wrote years ago and find that a lot of those dreams and goals have come to pass but because I never had a vision board, years would go by before I realized I accomplished that goal. However, I am still a strong believer in the written word. Writing is very therapeutic to me and has gotten me through many hard times in life. Plus when you write something down your brain will focus on what you are writing more intently. I am talking pencil to paper writing, not tablets, notepads, and computers. Get a pad of paper, and write! I suggest that after you get your vision board on display, you start writing down your journey to get there. Perhaps it’s just positive notes to yourself like, “You will lose 10 pounds by the end of the month”, or “today you will get new engagement on your blog”. If that seems a little weird to you or maybe you can’t write yourself love notes just yet, just write what you did that day to help make your goal happen instead. Like for instance, “today I signed up for a blogging course online to help me reach my end goal of quitting my full-time job to be a blogging momma”.

The 1st thing you have to do is spend some time alone in a quiet place, and dig deep. Ask yourself what you want to happen next year. Maybe it’s not a career change, maybe you want more time with your husband/wife or kids, maybe it’s to go on a vacation, or buy a new car. Your goals are not going to be mine, so close your eyes, see yourself taking that Disney vacation, or going on a cruise, or meeting the man/women of your dreams. See it in your head and start making a list. Once you have your list and your end goal… Make your vision board.

I would love to see them once they are all done. Feel free to email them to SheenaDiane@gmail.com & I will add them to this post. Also, I will attach a link to my podcast on this subject. See you soon!

https://anchor.fm/sheenawahm/episodes/1184344?at=1338399

Finding your passion!

This is harder than you might think. When I was a child, my mom used to always tell me that whatever I dreamed of becoming as a child was God’s way of showing me what he wanted me to become as an adult.

I don’t know how true that is because now that I am an adult with my own children, I am not doing what I pictured myself as a child. However, I do think she was on to something.

When I was a child I loved to sing and perform for anyone who would watch me. I was called little “Dolly Parton”. She was and is, after all, my favorite singer of all time, and I would even dress up to be Dolly on Halloween. Oh, you should have seen the big stuffed boobs and blonde wig I had. I thought I looked amazing… HAHA ?! I told everyone that one day they would hear me on the radio singing country music. As time went on I sang a lot throughout my life. My friends and I would go karaoke every Friday night, and by the time high school rolled around I joined choir, band, and sang in church. The biggest accomplishment I ever had with my singing was being asked to sing at my high school graduation. I was so nervous. I had never sung in front of that many people before. I even cried when telling my best friend about it. Being she was my singing partner she encouraged me to go for it and so I did. I dedicated the song to my mom, the song was (26 Cents). I never thought that I would lose my mom so early in life, and how much that song would mean to me now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpFBNBFuFw0

Singing took a backseat for a while, but my love for it never faded. I even started my own music class. Music with Ms. Sheena. I had children ages 0 – 7, and I would sing, and dance with them. It was so much fun, but with most small businesses it faded after only one short year. I did marry a singer however, he does not sing for a living but did go to college for it and even got his BA for musical performance. We share music with our children and often sing them to sleep at night. So, music for me was a passion, but not one I ended up doing as a job.  Because, after all, we have more than one passion, but we just have to find the right one to focus on.

One thing that I never realized that I did daily as a teen, that I noticed recently was all of my journals. I wrote in my journal every day of high school. I have 4 years of books with nothing but my thoughts, my stories, and my deep emotions that I had hidden away. Even though I pictured myself as a singer, my actions were saying something else. Yes, I sang with my friends all the time, but every chance I got, I would write. I have a ton of stories that no one will probably ever see, mostly because I was young when I wrote them and wouldn’t think anyone would actually want to read them. So, here I am in my thirties, with three kids, a husband, both parents in heaven, and searching for my true passion in this crazy thing called life.

Being a mom! That has to be my true passion, right? I have always wanted to be a mom. I dreamed of that since I was young so that…that must be my true passion, so why do I still feel lost?

When I had Keira, my first-born child I was 23 years old. Young, newlywed, and clueless how to raise a baby. My mom was a huge help in this department and believe me I called her for everything, but as most new moms do, I fell into a postpartum depression. I was not hating my child, but I felt a loss for my old self. I could no longer go out whenever I wanted to be with friends, and I went from working since the age of 16 to now being a stay at home mom with no interaction with people. Do you know what got me out of my depression? Blogging! Yeah, I have a personal blog that maybe 5 people have read, but I wrote down my thoughts, just as I had in high school. I wrote down the good, the bad, and the ugly and I finally got a grip on my reality and stopped being down. Here is a link if you care to see my raw and very personal blog (my adult diary).

http://sheenadiane.blogspot.com/2009/

I am just discovering this now, as I started this new blog how much I love and actually missed writing. So, I have found my passion! It’s writing. It always has been, I just never considered it a passion because it was something I was just good at and liked doing but never thought of it as a career. Now that I have discovered writing again when I am working at my day job, I find myself thinking about my next topic on my blog. This is something that sparks a light inside me like nothing else has and I didn’t even see it until I stopped writing and found it again. I honestly did not know writing was my passion until I started doing it again. I took action, and everything else just fell into place. Sometimes thinking will get you frustrated because our brain does not like to shut up, so I encourage you to do it! Feel your way to what it is you love. Art, music, writing, cooking, photography, whatever it is… let your heart walk for you!

So, the point of my story is to get you digging deep into your own soul to find out what you are truly passionate about. Think about you as a child, what you always thought about, what you wanted to be when you grew up, and what you spent most of your time doing. The answer lies somewhere in those memories and hidden somewhere in your actions.

I know a close friend of mine who always used to play Doctor when we were little. She had a doctor kit and would pretend to do checkups on everything that was alive in her house or mine. She loved Band-Aids and every time she would come over she would be covered in colored Band-Aids. Not because she was injured, but because she had given herself a checkup and wanted to wear one to represent the pretend shot she gave herself. Do you know what my friend is doing now as an adult? She is a nurse and loves every minute of it. I call her still to this day and she always raves about her job and how she got to save a life. I love her heart and the fact that she knew what she was meant to do from such a young age. Most of us are not that lucky, and we go through life questioning our purpose.

I can’t answer this for you, and the only one who has that answer is you. So, this is where you have to go back in your memories, think about little you. Think about the times that made you happy and when you felt the most fulfilled. Then write those moments down, and read them over and over. Then take action. The answer is within you, and it may not always be visible right away. Just like with my story, my passion was hiding beneath my voice. But I can reach way more people through my writing than I ever could through my singing and that’s how I know this is my true passion and purpose. Everything about it gets me excited and makes me feel alive. Ask yourself these 13 things. 

  • What is your passion? Dig deep!
  • What makes you happy?
  • What gets you excited when you think about it?
  • What makes you pace back and forth with ideas?
  • What did your heart tell you as a child?
  • What keeps popping up in your head right now?
  • Stop pushing those thoughts out, because you think they seem crazy!
  • What do you love to talk about? 
  • What pretend games did you play as a child?
  • Visualize what feels right. It’s not always the easiest path, and you have to hush your brain when you start telling yourself you could never make money as a dancer.
  • Stop the chatter of your rational self, and just let your mind be free to discover your happiness.  Once you know what it is, make a point to have time for it.
  • If you can’t make this dream a career, make time to do it on weekends.
  • Make it a hobby if nothing else, but above all make it a priority!  

God gives us the desires in our hearts for a reason. He plants the seed, and it’s up to us to make it grow or let it die. But when we let that passion die, we never feel fulfilled. We keep looking for the next thing, for something to fill the void. Stop searching! Sit down in a quiet place and give yourself space to think. To dream, to meditate, and to see your true self. 

I want to help you find your happy place.

So, let me ask you again, what is your true passion?

 

10 Tips for staying fit at a computer job

Whether you are working from home, or have a desk job, here are my 10 tips to help you stay fit, and keep your body feeling good.

  1. Move your chair away from your desk and stand – Instead of sitting for hours a day, move your chair away from your desk once in a while. You can also buy a standing computer desk to help your posture.
  2. Put computer monitor up higher – I have a laptop so I am hunched over in a C shape for long periods. However, if you have a monitor put it higher up on a shelf, or on the wall. This helps your neck to not be tilted down all day.
  3. Eat healthy snacks – There is something about being on the computer all day that makes me want to snack. The first thing I want is chocolate. It gives me the caffeine I crave for that mid-day crash and the sugar high, but instead, I am now eating nuts and trail mix. Try fruit, and veggies as well. Good food helps your brain focus!
  4. Drink Water – This is a given for any health post, but a lot of times I forget to drink. I get so caught up in my daily task that all of a sudden, I will get dizzy, and realize all I drank was coffee in the morning, and it’s way past noon. Water is what your body needs, so drink up!
  5. Get up and move – I cannot tell you how many times I will look at the clock, and it will be 4 PM, and I have not moved from my computer. It’s really easy to do when you get busy with business calls, research and emails, so now I set a timer for every 30 minutes. This reminds me to get up and move around. Go to the bathroom, grab a healthy snack. Walk over to check on the baby. Go for a quick jog or pace walk around your yard or neighborhood.
  6. Disengage – This is continuing the getup and move one, but to disengage means giving your brain a break from work.  You actually need stop focusing on work for a few minutes. This is not meaning take 30-minute breaks every few hours, but this means go check your phone messages, call a friend, read the newspaper. Just give your brain a break from the computer screen for a little while. Five minutes or less is perfect for this. One thing I like to do is put on some of my favorite music or podcast. I sing and it helps put me in a better mood. Music is a wonderful mood changer! Need to distress? Put on soft instrumental tunes. Falling asleep? Put on some upbeat music like pop, heavy metal or rock, and get pumped up. Music is the key to how I make it through every day! Need some inspiration? Find an uplifting podcast!
  7. Squat to pick up something – A great way to incorporate some exercises into your everyday routine is when you drop something, squat to pick it up instead of bending over. Another great exercise is putting your back straight on the wall, then once there is no gap between your but and the wall, put your arms up over your head and stretch them on the wall. This is a great way to get the blood flowing to those tired arms, legs, butt, and back, while also stretching your spine!
  8. Stretch & dynamic resistance – This is something I learned from my husband Johnny (AKA Gator Johnny), he is getting his certification to teach DDP Yoga. When you get up from the computer incorporate some stretches, and move your arms with dynamic resistance as if your hands are moving through clay, you tense up your muscles and fight against your own strength. This is a great way to build some muscle while working and it really does not take any extra time to do.
  9. Fresh air & Sunshine – I get to take small breaks all throughout my day, but if you have a good 20 or 30-minute break, go outside and get some fresh air, listen to nature, and get the vitamin D from the sun. Now if it’s cold where you live, go look out your window and enjoy the colors of the trees. Even if you live in the city where nature is not at your doorstep, still take a walk. Get outside if you can. Fresh air and going outside does wonders for your moral and mental state. You will feel refreshed and ready to get back to your sales calls or emails. One thing I love to do when I’m having a difficult client, I will go outside with my adult coloring book and color while drinking some lemon water. It helps clear my mind, and coloring is great for your creativity. Studies have shown that adults who color are less likely to get Alzheimer’s as they get older. So, I say color away!!!!
  10. Eye drops – This one might seem odd, but from experience, I notice that after long periods of staring at the computer screen, my eyes start to burn, and feel dry. So, I have started to use eye drops to moisten them, and it does help. There have been studies done on people who are looking at a computer screen for 5 or more hours a day, and they have found their eyes are dryer than those who do not have computer jobs. So keep your eye drops handy when you start to feel that itchy, dry eye. Dry eyes can cause your vision to get worse. I am having this issue now. I never needed glasses until last year when I started working at home. You can also do eye exercises. No, I’m not making this up! Take your finger in front of your nose and look at it, then slowly move your finger back and forth in front of your face while your eyes follow. Do it down and up as well. Thank you, Jack Lalanne, for that tip, he was ahead of his time, that’s for sure!

So there you go, those were my 10 tips for staying active while working at home or having a computer/desk job. I hope these tips help you feel better and get you moving! Being active while working at home is key to staying healthy. When I first started working from home, I gained a lot of weight. I went from running around with toddlers at my daycare job, to sitting at a desk for hours and hours. These are some tricks that I learned through my struggles of working from home, and I hope they help you as they have helped me!