Scams and how to spot them!

I think it’s safe to say we have all gotten at least one email from someone in another country saying they got a big inheritance and need you to cash the check for them at a Western Union. Then they will give you a few thousand dollars just for your troubles if you send then money to them.

I hope by now you know any email’s like that is a scam. See, the person sending the email is more than likely from another country, and so if you do cash the check then it will be forfeit, and you could actually be responsible for paying the amount of that bounced check. Any email that asks you to cash a check, or send a money gram is one hundred percent a scam!

Let’s talk about some things that are on the borderline of scams, and that I try to stay away from.

Try this product for pay!

Get paid to try this wonderful product! Now, these are not scams exactly, but they are hiding a very sneaky way of getting money from you. These places will ask you to try this product or service for a trial period. You have to put in your credit card information so that when the trial period is over you can be charged. Now, you can cancel this before the trial ends and not be charged.

However, I have personally done a few of these and after doing more than one, you start to forget what to cancel and when. If you could find a good system for knowing when to send back, or cancel the service then I guess you could make it work, but in my experience, it was not worth the time or effort for the amount you got paid. When I did it, I never got actual money, I only got products.

Payment Processing jobs

These have been popping up a lot lately on Craigslist, and I have to warn you to not even consider this. In my personal experience, I’ve never found a payment processing job that was not a scam. How this works is much like the email scam. Someone from overseas will start a company, put some ads up on Craigslist, or other free marketing sites, and hire a few people.

They hire you to write checks with a software, and you write and send checks to the people listed and get paid for it. It might seem great at first, but the problem is these checks are fraud and you are committing a crime without even knowing it. The person who writes the checks is the one who gets charged with the crime. The person overseas collects the money and gets away, while you take the fall in jail, so do not….DO NOT fall for payment processing jobs EVER!

Surveys

I have done my fair share of surveys, and yes there are ways to get paid doing surveys, but all the ones I’ve done always had a hold before you can get paid. I believe when I did it, you had to make one hundred dollars before you’d get a payment.

So, technically you could say this is not a scam, but I did surveys for a few months and only got twenty dollars before I realized this really was way to much work, for no pay. Plus, you are giving out your personal information with every survey. How many kids live in your home, how many pets, all sorts of personal questions. After a while, it started to not sit well with me and I gave up. Plus, you would make maybe five or ten cents each survey so literally pennies.

Seminars

Again, not necessarily a scam but I just had an experience with this one. I was contacted on LinkedIn by a person asking about my marketing skills. He asked how I like my current job, and if I was looking to make extra income doing marketing. I thought why not, doesn’t hurt to listen to what the guy says, so we scheduled a conference call.

When he called, I had a thousand questions. Always ask questions, you guys. The guy was not able to answer my questions and kept repeating his same spiel. With every question I asked he would answer with, these questions will be answered at the seminar on this date, this time. He finally got the hint and had his manager call me the next day.

I was still thinking that just maybe they would be offering me a job. When the boss called me he also kept talking about the seminar, but I was honest and told him, I am a work at home mom with three kids. If I was going to pay a babysitter than I needed these questions answered now, or it won’t happen.

The guy changed his tone, and when I said, what would I be expected to do at this job, he quickly corrected me and said, not a job, an opportunity. This was a keyword and then I said oh, I see, and how much does this “opportunity” cost? BOOM! It was a $500 program to market to these big companies and make a side income. Yeah, not exactly a scam but if someone is not willing to answer your questions then walk away.

Most of these seminars are trying to sell you something. So, if you know that going in and can hold on to your purse, then sometimes you can bring knowledge home from these, but honestly I just stay away from them all together. 

Opportunity

A lot of companies will use the word opportunity to sell you on owning your own business, but in reality, you do all the hard work for next to nothing, while the owners of the company make all the money. You go out and advertise for them, you sell their product or services, you do all the hard work just to get a percentage of the profits.  Meanwhile, the owners sit in their penthouse eating lobsters from your hard work.

This is not to say that all companies selling you a “great opportunity” are full of it because we all know someone out there making an income from direct sales. I am only stating that you have to read between the lines when you see the words opportunity. Really do your research!

Envelope stuffing

To be completely honest I’m really surprised this is still around, but I kid you not I just saw an ad in my paper for this today. I actually did this when I first wanted to start working at home. I was sent a letter in the mail saying if I addressed the same letter to the list I was sent I’d get five dollars per letter.

The letter read something like, I have to share this awesome opportunity with you. If you can seal a letter you can make five dollars, please print and send this letter to these twenty people on the list. So, I did it and was supposed to be paid cash in the mail and never saw a dollar.

Another way I’ve seen this advertised is make twenty dollars by placing an ad in the paper. The ad reads if you want to make money place this ad in the paper. It’s like telling people they will make money if they pay you twenty dollars. Then the other person asks the next person for twenty dollars. It’s very shady and a huge scam.

Virtual Assistant

Now, a virtual assistant is a real job, and a great way to start making money at home. However, I have seen an increase in the scams using this title as a cover for a false job. I was on Facebook Marketplace a few months ago and I saw someone offering a virtual assistance job, no training needed.

Being the investigator that I am, I had to know more. So, I chatted with the person over messenger. She was offering to teach me to be a virtual assistant for only one hundred dollars. I said, okay what will you be offering? She said I would make a website using a free service like Wix, and write virtual assistant in the title and I would start getting clients. As simple as that! 

So, I went to her website, and I kid you not, she did exactly that. The website itself was all pictures of her kids and nothing professional at all other than the words virtual assistant at the top.

Needless to say, this lady was just taking your hundred dollars and pocketing it, because you have to know a thing or two about this type of work to offer those services.

Never give your information out

The scammers are always coming up with new ways to make an easy dollar and unfortunately, all of us are their targets. We have to start getting educated on what to look for. If someone is selling you an amazing work at home opportunity, but won’t give you details until you sign up with your name, email, or phone number, don’t do it.

Your information is valuable. They can sell it to a company wanting to sell you stuff. They can use it to harass you with endless sales calls, or just get information on you and your friends.

Also, if someone is asking for your information on Facebook messenger then you know that is not a legit company.

I need money now

I am going to be brutally honest here, but I see it every day and it frustrates me to no end. If you post on groups with, I need money now, or please tell me how to make fast money, you are asking to be scammed.

You are the target person for a scammer. Someone who wants fast money is someone who is not willing to do research, and educate themselves on the person offering the job.

Anyone who shows photos with them holding stacks of money is a scammer. Think about it, when was the last time you saw a real rich person holding his money out for display? Don’t fall for those click bait type of job offers.

Be smart because as a ten-year veteran in the work at home field, I have never found fast cash or easy money from home. The only way that’s possible is if you’re willing to become the scammer yourself.

If you want real ways to make an income at home, and want to work for your money, I have a program just for you.

Jobs you can do on your schedule!

Working around your schedule.

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A question I seem to be getting a lot lately is about jobs you can do around your schedule. So not necessarily a home-based job, but jobs where you can be flexible and create your own hours.  Believe it or not, there are quite a few jobs like this out there. Here is one that I did.

Kindermusik

Back when I was pregnant with my son Dominik, who is now 2 years old, I started a music class. It all began when I was working as a Preschool assistant teacher. Every Friday I would do ‘Music Time with Ms. Sheena”. The kids loved it and even some of the teachers who heard me singing would come in a sit for my music time. We had fun singing nursery rhythms, tapping on the floor with our feet and hands, or pretending to be animals. The Preschool teacher came over to me after my singing class one day, and said: “Why haven’t you become a Kindermusik teacher?”

I had never heard of Kindermusik, so after that day, I went to trusty Google and started searching. When I saw all that Kindermusik was, I realized I was already doing this with my classes. So, while I was pregnant I spent my days working 6 am to 6 pm at the school, and my nights going to online music classes.  It took about 6 months to finish the course, and by that time I was almost ready to pop. But, it worked out perfect because, by the time Dominik was born, I was ready to quit my day job and launch Kindermusilk with Ms. Sheena.

The response to this new music class was amazing. I scheduled the classes around Dominik’s nap times and did a family class (all ages) after the girls got home from school. The first 5 months were perfect. Dominik was a newborn and loved the music. He would have tummy time with the other infants and even to this day, he loves music.

Before I finish this story let me tell you a little bit about Kindermusik. Taken from www.Kindermusik.com Kindermusik is the world’s leading provider of music-based education for children from birth through age seven. We use the power and joy of music-making to help children learn and grow during the years most critical to brain development. Since 1978, Kindermusik has helped millions of children around the world build a strong foundation for a lifetime love of learning.

After 5 months, the place where I was renting the room, decided they no longer wanted to rent out their space, so I was in a pickle to find a place to do my classes in less than a week. I ended up holding a few classes at local parks, but being the kids were so young most of them just wanted to play on the playground. Then I got a contract with a local bounce house letting me rent out their party room. It was perfect. The owner even gave my students a discount if they wanted to bounce after class. A match made in heaven, but as with most small businesses, the numbers began to fade, and pretty soon I was paying more in rent then I was getting paid.

It lasted a little over 1 year, and I would not trade those days for anything. I made some great friends and lasting impacts on kids in my town. I’m still known as Ms. Sheena when they see me, plus it was a lot of fun. Here is a video of a very pregnant me in one of my practice classes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSUCGiAzSfA

 

So, if you are thinking of doing something outside the house, on your own schedule I recommend looking into programs like this one. There are so many to choose from. Here are just a few.

https://musicwithmar.com/
https://www.zumbini.com/
Mommy and me classes – check local listings
https://kidsmusicround.com/

Signing Time

I also considered doing signing time, I almost signed up for this one after closing the doors to my Kindermusik classes, but I didn’t want to invest more, after losing money. However, I do highly recommend Signing Time, and if not to teach, perhaps check out the videos for your kids! Very educational for teaching sign language to kids. https://www.signingtime.com/academy/certification-details/

Just do a quick Google search of your area, and see what programs are already around. Then think of your skills. Are you good with kids, do you like to sing, dance, play? Would you like teaching sign language? Whatever it is you’re good at, you can find a class to teach, or just create your own.
I can’t tell you enough, how rewarding my time doing Kindermusik was. It was the perfect job to be able to balance a new baby, 2 older girls, and all the extra stuff we do during the weekdays.

It is possible to find jobs on for your schedule, these are just touching on a few that involve kids. But there are a wide variety of other niches out there.
If you would like more information on other programs like these, in a different area of expertise, subscribe to my blog, and send me an email. Or you can always find me on my social media. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Patreon. 

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!

 

 

 

 

What is your brilliant idea?

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Today I want to touch on a great idea I saw in a magazine while I was on a mother-daughter date with my 7-year-old, Sasha. She was getting a haircut, and I was reading an entrepreneur magazine. I was so blown away by the article I read, that I had to do a podcast about it. Click the link above to hear the whole story.

What a unique and wonderful idea this is! A mobile tea party! I was intrigued and a little upset I didn’t think of it first. See, I have 2 daughters and we love going to the tea rooms for special bonding time. We dress up fancy, wear pretty hates, and act like we are royals in the English castle. It’s fun and we love it. So, when I read that someone had brilliantly made this into a mobile party business, I thought this was the best idea ever! This lady packs all her fine china, her scones, fancy hats, gloves, and lace and brings it directly to you. She also sells the hats and accessories if you wish to keep them, or you can just use them for the day and give them back. She has a mobile heating station to heat up the pots of tea and to keep the scones warm. In the magazine I was reading for this particular lady, it said she was making a 6 figure income with her tea party business! That’s simply amazing.

Now it’s your turn to come up with a brilliant idea to make money from home, or on your terms! Why can’t this be you I’m talking about? What if I opened up that magazine and it was you who was making a 6 figure income with your mobile business? Guess what! It can be….

If someone can come up with this out of the box idea, then why can’t you and I come up with something brilliant too? The truth is you really do have something that someone out there wants. The trick is figuring out what that something is! If you are looking to start a business, think outside of the box. Throw away the thought that you are too old, or that you just can’t.  If this tea party lady would have thought like that, then she would not be making 6 figures right now. Do you have a story you’ve been wanting to write for years and can’t make time to write it? If Stephenie Meyer would have kept putting off the story that she wanted to write, then the world would have never had Twilight. That was a phenomenon, all because she put her words on paper. What is your brilliant idea? We all have one, don’t be scared to try. The truth is we might fail, but if you don’t try you can never win!

I would love to hear what your brilliant ideas are and if you’d like to reach me on social media I’m on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook! As always you can email me below! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

10 tips to help you start a business in 2018!

Are you thinking of starting a business in 2018?

Here are some pointers to help you along the way. I have started a lot of businesses. Some have been a success, and others barely made a profit. There are a lot of things to consider before jumping right into getting incorporated. One big mistake I’ve made was not having a clear business plan before starting. When my husband and I started our first business, it was a dog training business called The Doggy Guru. We did great at first, but as the business grew my husband could not keep up with the demand, and we eventually had to shut the doors. Now, you might be thinking if you were growing, why would you have to close? We were growing in customers, but still not making enough money to hire additional trainers, and that caused him to only be able to take on so many new clients. What ended up happening is my husband got burnt out within only a few short years, and decided it was time to move on. If we would have had a set business plan, we would have been prepared for the spike in clients and knew how to deal with that. Just jumping head first into owning a business will be a sure way to fail, it may not happen at first, but over time without a clear guideline of where you want to go with your business, you end up getting stuck, scared, and lost!

After that, we learned that we needed a clear goal and business plan, so our next business was a great success. We started a commercial cleaning company called Matos Clean. I had a business plan, we had rules and guidelines for employees, and even had a lawyer who helped with the paperwork. This business felt different going in because we knew we had all our ducks in a row. Businesses saw how professional our paperwork was, and we got hired early on with some big companies. We even got a contract with an apartment complex that gave us steady work. What we didn’t plan for was a bad employee. Yeah, we went through all the proper channels and background checks, but still, you never know if a person is going to be a good employee. We were cleaning a big bank, and we had just hired a new guy. A really sweet older man and he and my husband got along right away. During one of the routine cleanings of the bank, this new guy stole money! Yep, he stole money from every single donation jar in the bank. Now, because this was a very large bank there were jars in every office and on most of the counters. There are camera’s everywhere, and needless to say, the next day we got a call from the police, asking us to meet with the bank supervisor. We were terrified and didn’t know what to expect until we saw the camera footage. We were embarrassed, devastated, and also grateful the bank did not press charges on us. Instead, they asked us to pay back what was taken from the jars, and since it was donations they really had no idea how much it was, so they gave us a number, and it pretty much bankrupted our little business. I don’t tell you this to scare you, instead, I tell you this to prepare you. We hired the wrong person and that untimely was our demise. You may do everything right and by the book, but there is always going to be something unexpected that pops up no matter what business you have, so have a little money stashed away for those incidents, just in case. I just hope that never happens to you!

Here are some tips that I’ve learned along the way by owning businesses. This info is based in Florida, as this is the only state I’ve ever started a business in, so be sure to check your state’s guidelines, and county licenses needed before going any further with a business plan!

1. Paying customers– Before you ever even think about getting incorporated be sure you have a product or service that people want. If you don’t have clients already, then you may be wasting money by starting a business. If you have a product, test it by selling in on Ebay, or Facebook first. If you want to bake cakes, sell them to friends and family to be sure you can actually make a profit. If you’re offering a service, get a portfolio of jobs, or gigs you have done so that you will have references once you start your business. Ultimately, you don’t want to spend money on getting your licenses if you don’t already have interest in your product or service. With our business Sunshine Breeders, we were selling the worms long before we started our LLC.  The reason we had to incorporate, is that we started selling the worms to local stores, who could only pay us if we had a business checking account. In order to get a business checking, you have to have a registered business.

2. Business plan – I know I touched on this earlier, but it’s vital to have a set-out goal or plan for what you want for your business. Starting a business just because you have customers is not going to last long term. Don’t be too anxious, patients is a blessing sometimes. You need a clear idea of where you want your business to go, how much money you expect to make, if you want employees, or what your end goal is for this business. Having these ideas are going to help you focus on them, and help make those goals happen, it’s also going to keep you on track for what you need to change if you missed the goals in the first year. I can’t stress enough how important this is when you are thinking of starting a business. Also, a great idea is a vision board or journal for your business goals. If you want help with writing a business plan feel free to email me. SheenaDiane@gmail.com

3. Should you get an LLC– This is a question I get asked a lot and it’s one that’s honestly hard to answer. Currently, our business is an LLC but when we had our cleaning business it was an S Corporation. Here is the definition found on www.legalzoom.com “A limited liability company (LLC) combines elements of a partnership, sole proprietorship, and a corporation. Consider your type of business, personal assets, and liability risk when deciding whether to form an LLC. what does LLC mean? Limited liability means that its owners, also called members, are usually not personally responsible for the LLC’s debts and lawsuits. If an LLC files for bankruptcy, the members do not have to use personal money to pay the company’s debts. If the LLC faces a lawsuit, the members do not risk losing their home to cover a settlement”.

4. What is an S Corp – Here is what an S Corp is – this was taken directly from the IRS website: “S corporations are corporations that elect to pass corporate income, losses, deductions, and credits through to their shareholders for federal tax purposes. Shareholders of S corporations report the flow-through of income and losses on their personal tax returns and are assessed tax at their individual income tax rates. This allows S corporations to avoid double taxation on the corporate income. S corporations are responsible for tax on certain built-in gains and passive income at the entity level. To qualify for S corporation status, the corporation must meet the following requirements:
• Be a domestic corporation
• Have only allowable shareholders
o May be individuals, certain trusts, and estates and
o May not be partnerships, corporations or non-resident alien shareholders
• Have no more than 100 shareholders
• Have only one class of stock
• Not be an ineligible corporation (i.e. certain financial institutions, insurance companies, and domestic international sales corporations).
Whether you get an S corp, C corp or LLC really depends on what you want out of your business. I suggest speaking with a business lawyer, or Business advisor on the correct one to choose. There is also Sole Proprietorship and that is where you act as the business using your own social. However, I was advised against that being if you ever get sued or go in debt all your assets like your house, car, etc. become the businesses and you can lose everything you own in your name. If you are incorporated as an LLC or S Corp then the business acts as a separate entity and your personal assets cannot be touched!

5. Marketing – One thing I had to learn the hard way, to have a successful business of any sort, you have got to learn to market it. Going back to the Doggy Guru days, I would have spent all day long marketing for my husband, and it paid off because again we got so much business we had to turn people away. I had to learn the hard way on what worked and what didn’t. You have got to have some sort of online presence so that people will buy whatever it is your selling. This does not necessarily mean you need to run out and buy a website right away. Places like Facebook, Instagram, and even Twitter can act as your website until you start making enough money to put back into the business. If you are not good at marketing but have high hopes for your business, I would suggest hiring someone to market your business for you. It really is going to make or break your business. It’s the difference between having friends and family as customers, to growing into a big enough business that you have customers for years to come. Social media is really the best and most cost-friendly way to market. If you need tips on this, check out Gary Vaynerchuk, he is literally the master of social media, and he has taught me so much more than I ever would have learned on my own. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3w3YvhbHVA

6. Knowledge is power – I say this a lot but it’s so true. If you are going to brand any type of product or service, you have to be knowledgeable about what the people want. If you are not reading about your craft and learning all there is to know, then what makes you stand out next to the other guy selling something. There are no original ideas. We are all fighting for someone to spend their money on whatever it is we are selling. If you are not an expert in your craft, then I’m going to go to someone else who can answer my questions about the product or service. You have to know everything there is to know about your business. If you don’t know it, then research it. Get the answer and memorize it!

7. Customer Service – This by far goes such a long way. For instance, I also sell Scentsy, the scented wax, but there are literally hundreds of people in my area selling Scentsy. So, why would you buy from me? I strive to give great customer service. I will meet you wherever you need me to, I will take time out of my day to speak with you if you have questions, and I always give thank you cards, or gifts when you purchase from me. I go above and beyond for my customers and they know that when they book a party with me, they are going to get lots of goodies in return. Another example of this is our phone company. Note, that I am not being paid in any way, shape, or form to plug T-Mobile, but I’m going to use them as an example. We have been with T-Mobile for over 12 years. Do you know why? Because their customer service is amazing. I can’t tell you the number of times they have replaced our phones or given us a discounted phone. They may not have the best cellular service, nor the best data plans, but we would not go anywhere else because over the past 12 years T-Mobile has given us the best customer service possible. No, the customer is not always right, and yes, there will be times people will try to take advantage, but the truth is, keeping the customer happy makes everyone’s life a little better. Without good customer service, it’s going to be hard to keep people coming back.

8. Taxes – This is one of those things that I have no clue about, but, it’s also something I didn’t think about when starting our first few businesses. When you are a business owner, the taxes that come out of your check in a regular job no longer happens. You have to manually deduct the taxes from your income. What helped me was having two bank accounts. I had my main business account, and I had my tax account. I actually set up a checking and savings together and used the business savings for taxes only. This way when it was time to file, I would not get a huge tax bill that I had no clue how I was going to pay. Another suggestion I can give unless you are an accountant yourself is to hire a CPA to help in this department. The last thing you want is to not file your taxes correctly and get the IRS after you.

9. Files – Be sure you keep all your receipts going out and coming in. A huge help to me was getting Quickbooks. Yes, it is a bit costly. I want to say it cost about $200, but in my opinion, it’s worth it to keep everything organized and filed. I get sidetracked really easily, so having a program like this really keeps me accountable. If I don’t file a receipt, then I won’t have the correct amount on my budget paperwork. Definitely look into purchasing a program like Quickbooks to help you keep everything in one place, and keep all your sales in order. You will need this at the end of the year when filing your taxes or when filing your business report. I also use a filing system with folders. You can set up one folder for income, and one for business expenses.

10. Florida – Because I live in Florida I register my business name through Sunbiz.org. Depending on where you live you will have guidelines to follow. Also, depending on the county you live in you might need a county license in order to do business in your area. I say do all the above before paying to get incorporated, let getting an LLC or S corp be the last thing you do. The reason I say this is because you don’t want to drop $150 bucks if you’re not truly ready for the long haul in your business. There are so many little steps you will learn along the way. You will make mistakes, but learn from them and keep moving forward. Once you register your name on Sunbiz.org then you will need to get a tax ID number. You can get this by going to IRS.com. It’s pretty easy, you just fill out the form with your new business info that you get from Sunbiz, then you get emailed your tax ID or EIN. With this number, you can open a business bank account, and have a business PayPal. If you are not sure where to find info for your state, call your local tax office. They can direct you to the right locations, and answer a lot of your questions.

I hope that my experiences can help you in yours. I want to wish you a very prosperous 2018, and all the best in starting your new business! I am always glad to help, and love hearing from you so feel free to shoot me an email below, or find me on social media! Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter.

Check out my podcast on starting a business: https://anchor.fm/sheenawahm?at=2125452

Become a food critic!

With the internet, anyone can pop online and write a review about a place they dined at. I do this all the time, and one of my favorite places to review the places I’ve eaten at is Trip Advisory. I give more details in my podcast about how to become a food critic

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I have been trying to break into the food critic industry for a while now and to be honest, it’s not an easy task, but it can be done! My husband and I love going out to eat, he has pretty much turned me into a foodie. I went from being this country girl living out in the sticks, eating at Sonny’s BBQ or Taco Bell, to now knowing the correct way to eat lobster. Most of our dates for the past 12 years have revolved around food. This has given me a pretty good palate! For the past 2 years I have been writing reviews on the places we eat at, and a few months back I got contacted by one of the sites I give free reviews too, letting me know my reviews were one of the higher ranked ones! I was so excited that I started thinking about becoming a paid food critic. Who doesn’t want to get paid to eat?

Here are my 10 tips for becoming a paid food critic.

  1. BA, or degree in journalism – Most of the places I’ve found that hire food critics always ask that you have a BA or have a degree in journalism. I don’t have either of these, so most of the higher paying jobs are not on the table for me, but don’t count me out yet. Just because I don’t have a degree in journalism doesn’t mean I can’t be a food Critic!
  2. Experience – Even without a degree, almost everywhere I’ve looked ask for experience. This is great for me personally because I have a ton of experience being a freelance writer, as well as all the reviews I’ve done online. I can refer potential employers to my reviews, and they can see how well my reviews rank, and how much influence I’ve had on my readers. So, go get some experience. Start writing reviews. Go to Trip Advisor, Yelp or other sites that ask for your reviews on places you’ve been. Even Google has a place where you can review places. This is the best way to start getting experience! When you eat somewhere, write about it.
  3. Take Notes – Whenever you go out to eat, always have a pen and paper in your purse. Jot down the dish you ate, your wait time, and any little details you may have liked or disliked about the place. If you are anything like me you tend to forget things once you leave, so having notes always helps me remember what I want to say about that place. Remember to be unbiased and honest. You don’t want to complain about the guy next to you smelling bad if it has nothing to do with the service you got.
  4. Become knowledgeable about the food – One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a food critic, is not knowing the correct name of the restaurant or food that you ate there. Familiarize yourself with the place, and the menu. Make sure you are spelling the food names correctly, or as it’s written on their menu. For example, Over the moon tots instead of tater tots. Know what you ordered and how to spell it!
  5. Research – The one thing I always do when I want to learn about something is research it. I go to Google, or Youtube, and search for as many things possible about the subject. Not all of them will be good information, but you have to take the good with the bad and know when to call a bluff on some post out there. Meaning, if you see something that says for $200 I’ll teach you how to make money as a food critic…walk away. You can find this knowledge on your own for free. Don’t pay for something you can do yourself.
  6. Blog – The best way to get started is to just start writing! This goes along with experience, but when you start your own blog you are in control of the content. There are a ton of FREE blog sites you can start with like Blogspot, WordPress, or Medium. You don’t need to invest money upfront for this, just start your blog on one of these free platforms and see if you get any feedback. In my opinion, a blog is the best way to get started in this industry. Especially if you don’t have any schooling on the subject. If you can become known as the local go-to person for places in the area, then you are bound to be picked up by your local newspaper, or other places that want your influence for their gain. Start blogging and marketing your blog to local sites. Once you get content to share, you can start getting momentum! See where it leads!
  7. Networking – Finding like-minded people is a great way to learn what the do’s and don’t are to this industry. Facebook has a ton of groups for all sorts of things. I know you can find one for food critics or if not, make your own group for food reviews in your area. Become the ADMIN of your own group and connect it to your blog. A win, win for marketing and connecting with locals all at the same time!
  8. Go incognito – The one thing you don’t want to do when you are working as a food critic is to tell the restaurant that you are a food blogger or food critic. This will change your experience, and you want it to be authentic. If the place you review knows you are doing a review, they will go out of their way to make sure you get the best service possible, and it won’t be a real review. Stay anonymous so that you can have a real authentic experience, and so that your readers will know the real story of the place you go to. Now, as you gain popularity, you may start to get recognized, but ultimately you just don’t want to announce you’re a food critic.
  9. Be fearless – What I mean by this is that when you are reviewing food, you want to not be scared to try new things. Actually, you kind of have to try new things. If you go to 10 places and always order the steak and mashed potatoes, then your reviews are going to start getting pretty boring. I know we all are picky when it comes to the food we like, and dislike but if you want to be a well-paid food reviewer, you’re going to have to get out of that comfort zone and try new things. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to eat mealworm cookies or chocolate covered ants, that is unless you want to, but it does mean you need to expand your palate and taste those grits you never cared for, or the fattening chicken and dumplings your momma told you that go straight to your thighs. Hey, if you want to eat for a living you might want to invest in a Gym membership as well, cause you need to try it all. Not all at once though…In moderation. HAHA
  10. Food Poisoning – The bitter truth about eating for a living is there will come a time when you get food poisoning. Unfortunately, it’s part of the job. Whenever you are dealing with numerous restaurants and even mom and pop type places, there is a chance you can get food poisoning. Just look at Gordon Ramsay for instance, he has been on many TV shows and talks about the hundreds of times he’s gotten food poisoning. It stinks, and yes I mean that literally, but it’s one of the downfalls of eating for a living. On the plus side, at least you can expose them for unsanitary food.

These are my personal tips that have been helping me along the way, and I hope they help you as well. Get eating and writing about it now, it’s never too late to start!  As always, I would love to hear from you so feel free to find me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook. Or send me an email! I look forward to hearing from you!

What is your end goal?

Why do you spend all your time and energy at work? To make money, to pay bills, to have food on the table, the list can go on and on right?
Well, when you are considering working from home, you really need a clear idea of what you’d like to accomplish by working from home.
I had a lady speak with me the other day and said: “Sheena, I want to work from home so that I can have more free time to do all the things I can’t now that I am away at my job all day.” I had to comment back, and say, I wish I could have free time to get my house clean and organize my house as well, but as a work at home mom, I rarely get free time.

A lot of people have this misconception that if you work from home, you pretty much get to make up your own rules, and work your own hours. Although, that may be the case on some rare occasions the majority of real work at home jobs will be a 9 to 5 or similar. Unless you are hiring employees to work for you, or selling a product, chances are you will have to put in the time.

I have been doing some sort of stay at homework for about 9 years now. Whether it was a side hustle, or as it is currently my full-time job I have had a lot of experience with the work at home life!

Everyone’s WHY is different. What is your WHY for wanting to work from home? Once you can answer that, it will help you get a clearer picture of what type of jobs to look for.

Originally, I started looking for work at home jobs when my first born came along. Keira is now 10 years old. Being a new mom, I refused to let a stranger babysit my newborn baby, so I did everything in my power to stay home. I babysit the kids around the neighborhood, I sold Avon, MaryKay, & still currently sell Scentsy, cleaned houses, and even did marketing for friends in exchange for food, or goods I needed. I filled out surveys online, mailed out chain letters, joined an online membership group where you test out products and get paid to give an honest review (that mostly paid in products though). I even got scammed pretty bad a few times as well. The two I remember being the worst were, I signed up to book cruises over the phone. Even had a phone interview with the company, said after 3 months my family would get a free cruise, and in order to be paid they needed my bank account info. I gave it to them, being naive and thinking this was a great job, and a few days later $200 was gone out of my account. They claimed it was the taxes for the FREE cruise I would get. Needless to say I had to fight the bank to get that money back but in the end, they said it was authorized because on the recording I said I understood that I’d be responsible for paying taxes on the cruise when I booked it. I didn’t even work one day and they took my money and I never got the cruise cause well, I never got the job! The 2nd big scam I fell for was flipping houses. I mean you hear about this all the time right? Well, I was listening to this radio station and they were saying go to this website for a free booklet for flipping houses. So, I went to the website and called the number. Spoke to a guy for about an hour and he had me convinced this was a great opportunity. I had to order their training that was only exclusive to this program. It cost about $80 so I did it, but when they charged my card it was $165. They claimed it was taxes, and handling fees. I got the package and it had nothing in it that you couldn’t find on Google for free. It was a waste of time and money. At least I got my money back with this one! Needless to say, I was not able to flip houses with no money! When you hear that run the other way, cause there is always a catch! It talked about finding investors, but if I knew anyone willing to lend me that kind of money I wouldn’t need the book in the 1st place ha-ha.

So, why do you want to work from home? If it’s to spend more time with your kids, then you may want to reconsider the types of jobs you get. I currently work in sales and marketing for a low voltage company. Yes, I work from home but no, I do not get more time with my kids. As a matter of fact, they ask me to play with them after I pick them up from school, and I always have to say Mommy is working. I hate dismissing them, but I have to work! Working from home is a wonderful thing. I do not have to hire a babysitter, I can take breaks to feed my 2-year-old son, change his diaper, and play with him in small spurts during lunch break or when he’s upset, but the truth is working at home is not going to be easy. I think it’s harder balancing my life now that I am a full-time work at home mom (WAHM).

I would not trade it because I love having the flexibility to be home, and being able to pick my kids up from school, but it’s really tough having a conference call with a baby crying in the background. Or taking the kids to speech class, having a client call and having the noise of all the distractions going on around me. It takes a lot of focus and discipline to balance working at home and being a mom that is for sure!  Oh, and if you are married don’t forget your spouse is going to want dinner on the table and a tidy house. Well, in my case my husband has settled for dinner on the table because cleaning the house and answering hundreds of emails all day is not going to happen by the time he get’s home!

I tell you this not to discourage you, but rather to inform you that there is no such thing as EASY money from home. If you want to earn a living from home, you are going to have to work for it. Even if you are starting your own business. Actually, more so if you are becoming a business owner because you are building your brand and that takes time, as well as peoples trust. It takes time to build people’s trust! I had a mom in one of my MOPS groups (Mom’s of preschoolers) tell me that she started her own business so that she could set her own hours and have more free time with her family. However, the business ended up growing so fast that by the 2nd year, she was never home and was on the road weeks at a time. She started a consulting firm for wellness and fitness counseling. She went into it thinking she would travel a few times a month to do workshops and what not, but it ended up she was traveling more than she was home.

This is why I asked the question. I want you to have a clear goal in mind so that when you start this work at the home journey you will know why and where you want it to end up. What is it that you want to achieve working at home? Is it vacation money, extra spending money, or helping with kids activity money? Whatever the reason, keep that in mind when searching for your new work at home career. If you don’t want a real time-consuming job, then stay away from sales. If you want more flexibility then maybe transcription work is more up your alley. It’s going to be easier to evaluate the jobs that will help you get to your end goal if you start out knowing what that end goal is!

As for me, I want to eventually be a full-time paid blogger, so that I can help each of you find your passion, help you avoid the scams, and give you all the tips I’ve learned along my journey. I want to be able to set my own hours so that writing can happen during baby’s naps, and bedtime giving me the freedom to spend time with the kids after school, letting me have time to tidy the house, and letting me be able to be the wife that I am too exhausted to be right now. That is my end goal, but right now the bills have to be paid so I’ll continue doing marketing and sales until blogging takes the front seat!

I love hearing from you, and if you have a story or question that you’d like to share please email it to me! You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or listen to my podcast

5 ways to find real work at home jobs!

One of the main questions I get on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, is how can I find real work at home jobs?

This is a loaded question. Not because you can’t find legit work at home opportunities but because every person is good at something different. So a job I find may not work for you. Let me give you an example. My husband wanted me to find him a work at home job because he was done working in the Florida heat. So, I worked my magic and found him a job working as a Remote Computer Technician. What he did was when someone would call into the company, he would have to answer their questions while going into their computer with a program from this company and try to fix the issue with them on the phone. Well, this sounds great, right? WRONG! Don’t get me wrong it is a great job for the right person, but for my animal loving, people person husband this was pure hell! He hated it and actually ended up having an anxiety attack before I begged him to quit! He could not handle it.

Now, he is back in his element as a monster truck driver and loving every minute of it. The reason I tell you this story is not to discourage you, but rather to make you think about what you like to do. If you are an outdoor person then being stuck in the house all day is going to drive you crazy. We spend the majority of our time at work, if you don’t enjoy what you do, then you are going to turn into a grumpy, miserable person. Johnny has a blog if you’d like to follow his adventures (Gator Johnny).

So, let’s think about things you enjoy doing. Take me for example, I love talking to people on the phone, and I have been in sales pretty much my entire life. I love social media and writing is a passion of mine. After knowing all that about myself it’s no wonder I find joy in writing blogs, and that I found a perfect remote job for me. I am the marketing and sales specialist at a low voltage firm. Sorry folks they are not hiring, but the real jobs are out there you just have to narrow your search and know what it is you want to do.

Now, let’s say you don’t really want to work for anyone. Maybe you prefer to work for yourself. This is the perfect time to start your own business. However, this is no easy task. You have to have money to make money when you go into owning your own business. This is where opportunities like the MLM sales is a good place to start, just to see if you can actually make money selling stuff. In my case, I think I have done every sales MLM there is. Avon, MaryKay, Juice Plus, I am still currently selling Scentsy. (Shameless plug). Direct sales have actually helped me in my day job and have really given me great customer service skills. So, this might be an idea even if it’s just to test out your marketing and selling skills. I will put my link here if you’d like to join me so I can help you with this process. https://sheenadiane.scentsy.us/join

 

Here are 5 ways that I have found real work at home jobs.

  • Monster and Indeed – These sites are full of real jobs. No one with false info can even post on these job sites or it gets flagged. That means, going to one of these sites is a sure way for you to know the job that’s posted is legit. This is actually how I found the computer tech job for my husband. If you want a work at home job then you would type Remote jobs or work from home. However, you do need to know what you are looking for. So, don’t just type in remote jobs. Instead type in remote sales jobs, or remote computer jobs, remote marketing jobs, transcription, and you could try remote call center jobs. Whatever it is that you are good at then type that in. You will find the occasional Avon and those sort of things but if you have a clear idea what you want, then it’s easy to weed through them.

Here is an example:

 

 

 

  • Google keywords – Another way I have been able to find real work from home is going into a Google or other search engine and typing in keywords. Again, you have to have a clear idea what you want because just putting in work at home is going to give you a bunch of scams to weed through. I used this method when I wanted to book more Freelance writing gigs. My keywords were (write for pay) (paid to write) (paid writing gigs). Now to make it a little easier to narrow it down, instead of just write for pay, I would type in (write for pay dogs). I am a former Vet Tech and my first weekly writing gig was with a pet sitting website that I wrote a blog post for weekly. I loved it because I didn’t have to do a ton of research on the subject. Here is an example of (writing for pay dogs):

 

  • Craigslist – This one is hit or miss and one that I would be really leery of. Yes, I have gotten paid jobs with Craigslist, but I have also heard from so many people who were scammed using this very site. Having a clear idea of what you want gives you a better mindset going into it. If you know you want to work for a company and book cruises, for instance, you are less likely to fall for a person with no website, and asking you to pay them for training. Be professional and that way you can sniff out the fake people right away! Don’t ever give out any personal information until you have done your research and know the company is real, and you have proof. In Florida, we have Sunbiz.org that gives all the legal documentation for businesses. Your state will have one as well, so go on there and make sure it’s a real company before giving out your info. Be smart.

  • Word of mouth – This one is not as quick as going into a search engine, but I got my last job this way. Before I got into Marketing and Sales I was a full-time transcriptionist doing insurance claims. I was at a mom’s group and one of the moms was telling me about her job and that she worked from home. I was all ears at this point, and she gave me the information for her job. I was not cut out for transcription work. Yes, I can type about 80 words a minute, so that part was not bad, but the part I did not enjoy was listening to the people talk about the accidents they were in. It was depressing and I was isolated in my room. I am a people person so, in the end, I could not hack this job. That’s why I say make sure you know what you enjoy because after a few months I started to dread clocking in and that’s not what you want when you work from home. Ask around your group of friends, church, or mom’s group. Chances are someone knows or is working from home. A lot of companies are hiring remotely now because it cost them less!

 

  • Newspaper and classified ads – Yes, the good old-fashioned newspaper always has jobs listed in the classifieds. Every big newspaper has a website. Mine happens to be the Orlando Sentinel. If you don’t want to wait for the paper to come the next day, just head over to your local newspaper website. Go to the classified section and type in remote jobs. In this case being too specific will give you a blank search so don’t get to narrow on these searches. You can even try work from home. These are great because you know a person trying to scam you is not going to pay to put an ad in the paper. These ads are not cheap! Here is an example:

 

These are 5 real ways I have found work at home opportunities. I have had some sort of work at home hustle for the past 10 years. I love being able to have the freedom to work remotely, and I want you to have that as well. I hope this helps you get started on your work at home journey. I would love to hear from you so please feel free to find me on my social media or email SheenaDiane@gmail.com. I also do a daily podcast on iTunes. 

See you soon!

Bonus: I have seen some new remote jobs posted on Apple.com as well as Amazon… Keep me posted and good luck!

12 unique ways you can make money

 

Thinking outside the box

This is for those of you who just can’t get into the flow of your everyday job. Maybe you’ve tried a lot of different jobs and for one reason or another, it just never works out. Your interest always changes, and working for someone else is not what makes you happy.

Well, friend, I am here to tell you that we are living in the best time possible for thinking outside the box, and making money where you never thought possible. We are in the age of the internet, and word of mouth does not have to be from the people next door, you can literally reach millions of people with a click of a button on the internet.

TODAY IS YOUR DAY! MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Here are 12 ways to make money thinking outside the box:

  1. Selling Cow Poop – I know a guy whose dad owns a cattle farm. He sells cows for a living. His son (my friend) was always made to go out and clean the cow poop from the pasture. As this boy grew up, he was still cleaning out the cow pasture, but now instead of dumping all that poop…he sells it. Yeah, he makes money selling manure to fertilizer plants. Yes, it is a stinky job but he is an example of how thinking outside the box can bring you income.
  2. Worm Farming – This is what I am doing as my side hustle. People buy my worms for bait or to feed their reptiles. We are a small operation as of now, and we make about $200 a month, but it’s for worms! If you like bugs you can also breed roaches. Depending on where you live Dubia Roaches are a very popular feeder bug. You cannot farm those in Florida but roaches are even easier to farm if you can handle knowing roaches are in your house.
  3. Busking – A busker is an entertainer who performs on the street, or at a show for cash. You’ve probably seen someone at a beach or park singing with a hat on the ground.  Well, that is a busker. My cousin actually makes a living as a bucket drummer. He is amazing to watch by the way. If you have a talent, why not make a show out of it. Sing, belly dance, be a living statue or make up your own show. You might be surprised at how much money you might make. I even know The Tampa Bay Girl on Fire. She’s from the Tampa area and puts on amazing fire shows, even does naughty body painting as her full-time job! Cool right? I’ll link their info below if you want to check them out later. 
  4. Birthday Party Act – Ever consider dressing up as a mermaid or fairy for a birthday party? I actually know a mermaid performer personally named Mermaid Raquel, and she gets booked every year to come to a preschool & talk about ocean conservation. If you really hustled with this, you could bring in some money during the year. I can tell you from personal experience that I hired two Princesses to come to my daughter’s Princess tea party. One painted faces, and the other read stories. They were teenage girls who got to split $350. That was for only a few hours of work. The birthday party market can bring in cash like crazy.
  5. Fetish Videos – Oh no I just went there. I may not have personal experience with this category but I do know that sex sells & if you are in a pinch for money then maybe this sort of thing might be the answer. Now the good thing about fetish stuff is most the time you don’t have to show your face. You can stomp on fruit, or just walk around the room in heels only showing your feet. You can even just rub your elbows if that is what you want to do. I guarantee you someone will pay to see it, there are plenty of sites that will buy your videos. Along these lines is also sex phone operator. I can’t do this one because I never have a quiet house, plus I’d just feel weird doing it, but I have heard many college girls were put through college being a sex phone operator. It’s definitely outside the box and an easy money maker!
  6. Cleaning Crime Scenes – This is not for the faint of heart, but if you can handle it, you can make so much money with just one crime scene. We are talking thousands of dollars. Now this takes a little more effort on your part, and you’ll need some classes to be up on all your hazardous materials and what not, but talk about big money!!! One or two clean up’s and you would not have to work again for months! 
  7. Rock Painter – This one might take you by surprise but I am a part of a lot of painted rock groups. This is the new craze that has hit just about every town on the map. On one of my local groups, a lady paints rocks and sells them to people on the page. I kid you not! She is an amazing artist and some of the rocks she paints belong in a frame for sure, but I was shocked when I found out she sells some of her rocks for $45! And yes, they do sell at that price. When you consider you can get a rock in your yard for free, this is pure profit, and since it’s the new hot thing to do, right now is the time to jump on this bandwagon.
  8. Yard Sale – Okay, this one may not be outside of the box; however, you can actually make a living by going to yard sales, and reselling stuff online. Ebay, Amazon, Let Go, and Craigslist are all sites where you can sell your stuff. If you buy a really nice product for $1 at a yard sale, but you research it and see it’s selling for $10 on eBay then you just made a $9 profit. This is something you can do on weekends as a side hustle, or turn it into a full-time income. Also, you can make money just by selling your stuff. Need an extra $500 to make rent this month? Do your own yard sale. I know you have crap tucked away that you can sell for a profit if you really wanted to. On that note, you can also do consignment sales. Most consignments sales will give you top dollar for your kids hand me down toys & clothes. 
  9. Twitch – Oh I love watching Twitch streams. If you have not heard of this, go check it out (link below). It’s a place where you can watch people play video games live. You can also draw, sing, whatever you want on the live stream, as long as you keep it PG 13. So, with Twitch you get followers just like other social media platforms, but people can actually donate to your channel. If you have good content and are consistent, people will start subscribing. If you subscribe on Twitch, you actually pay to subscribe to that user, so they get paid for you watching them. It’s actually brilliant, and I watched a girl make over 5 grand in one 12-hour gaming stream. Whoever is watching gets to see the donations pop up on the screen, it was insane but that girl had a ton of money in her PayPal that night. She was pretty entertaining to watch, but the crazy thing is that in one night she made more than I make in one month. 
  10. Emails – Did you know that you can actually make money by checking someone’s email’s and answering them professionally? It’s true. Some big businesses get millions of emails a day and the boss cannot keep up with them all, so they hire people to check their emails and answer them with the message they provide. If you want to find more details on this, you can Google it. There are now sites that the company can hire and you’d work for that email writing company. However, some places would rather work with you one on one, so having a good landing page to tell them who you are could help you start your own email reading business. Worth a shot, right?
  11. YouTube – So many people are making money on YouTube these days. I can actually say I am one of them. Okay, so I have never made enough money to quit my job or anything, but I use Henna in my hair. Henna is a plant used in body art, but you can also use it to dye your hair naturally. Anyway, I have a ton of YouTube videos on it (link below) and have made a few hundred dollars just from my videos. Now, I have not posted a new video in years, but if I would put the time into it as I used to, then I might be able to make more, but I am proof that you actually can get paid from YouTube videos. If you have something interesting to say, teach, or share why not document it! You might just get a following, although most channels do not become big overnight. Like any business, YouTube is a huge commitment, and it will be years before you see money coming in, but if you have the gift, why not post videos! I would love to see them…
  12. Doggy Daycare – If you have space and don’t mind dogs, then why not offer your yard to a few friends as a doggy daycare. A lot of people have to leave their dogs locked up for hours when they go to work, and most owners feel like their dog is like their child. Dogs bring in cash, whether it’s baking dog treats (another great idea) or selling blinged out dog collars, in the right area dog businesses are pure gold. In my town, the #1 food truck is a dog bakery. It’s true. So if you love dogs, why not open your home to a few of your friends or neighbor’s dogs. See how it works out. If that fails, you can always offer to walk the dogs, and even for an extra charge clean up their yard of doggy doo doo! Why not?

Those were 12 ideas that I thought could help you think outside the box. Now, I am going to tell you about my own experience with a side hustle that actually has brought in more income then we expected. My husband and I are longtime exotic animal lovers, we have nine lizards. We started spending so much money on mealworms, plus they always looked so small and barely alive when we bought them from the pet store, so we decided to start raising mealworms for our lizards. This way we can feed the worms organically, and gut load them for our lizards. After a year we ended up with so many worms that we didn’t know what to do with them all. That’s when my husband came up with the idea to sell them. We got a local store interested in some to use for bait and then Sunshine Breeders was born. Now we have regular customers each week and the store that buys from us monthly. It does take work to separate the worms, a few hours a week, but considering we only paid for the 500 worms $12 last year and now we have thousands of worms we have already tripled our investment. Now that we are an official LLC I did have to invest in cups, labels, cards ETC… but still overall a small overhead when you consider we feed the worms our food. Like the head of lettuce, the peel of a banana stems of broccoli, all things that would have been thrown out. This is a great example of how you can make money just by thinking outside the box.

Here are some links for you to check out.

Chris the Bucket Drummer – http://www.bucketdrummer.com/

Tampa Girl on Fire – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY8sp0895IM

Naughty Body art – http://www.naughtybodyart.com/

Twitch – https://go.twitch.tv/

Mermaid Raquel – https://www.facebook.com/raquelthemermaid/?fref=mentions

Sheena The Henna Queen – https://www.youtube.com/sheenathehennaqueen

Sunshine Breeders – http://www.sunshinebreeders.com