Do you have a side hustle?

What exactly is a side hustle you ask?

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

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

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

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

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

So, what is your side hustle?

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck side hustlers!

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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.

How Podcasting can help you in your career!

I got the privilege to speak with longtime podcaster and social media queen, Ileane Smith. She has been podcasting for over 9 years and pours her heart and soul into all of us who may not be tech-savvy. She teaches you how to start a podcast, blog, youtube channel, and so many other things.
You can listen to the entire interview right here.

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You might be wondering how podcasting can help you in your career. Well, the truth is, by podcasting you start to build an audience. People will start getting to know you, and want to buy your products, or support your cause later on. Just by me starting my podcast 9 months ago, I’ve made so many wonderful connections, and built friendships with people all over the world, including the amazing Ileane Smith, that we heard from today! I even just sent girl scout cookies to one of my listeners in Ireland.

Anchor.fm is a great place to start. Now, Anchor is not your normal podcasting platform. Think of it more as a social media. With the traditional podcast, you record your voice, and that’s it. You get no interaction or feedback. With Anchor, you have to listen and comment, and call into other stations to get yours heard. So, if you just record and never listen, then you won’t make connections, and chances are your podcast won’t get heard. Now, with Anchor, your RSS feed gets sent to Itunes, Google Play, Overcast, and Pocket cast.

This app is used primarily on your smartphone. You can listen to segments on the computer if you know the URL of the person you want to hear, example: www.anchor.fm/wahmradio,  or www.anchor.fm/freepodcasthost  but to podcast your own episodes, you will need to download the Anchor app. If you want step by step details on how to do this visit: Anchor Boot Camps.

A great way to get a nice looking podcast is to have podcasting art. Ileane tells us about Fivver, where you can pay someone to design that for you, or do it yourself using 1400 X 1400 pixel and 3000 by 3000. Having nice looking podcasting art is a great step to adding visualization to your audio.

Now, once you get bitten by the podcasting bug, to use Queen Ileane’s words, there are a lot of platforms you can use to start making money podcasting. In the episode above, Ileane talks about Libsyn and has a code from her friend Dave Jackson to get you a free month. SOPFREE. Spreaker is also a great site to host your podcast, and it’s the one I use on my website. You can sign up for free and they give you 5 hours of space, once you use those 5 hours they ask you to pay for the subscription or will delete the last 3 episodes to keep you at 5 hours of content only.

You can also use a site called Podbean, as well as Buzzsprout. These are all great platforms to continue adding content for, and getting heard by, your audience that you’re building. These are free to join but you will need to pay after you get so much content. Honestly, if you see results and engagement on your podcast, I feel it’s worth the investment.

We also discussed affiliate marketing for your podcast, and how a podcast can actually make you money. Among the big companies, like Go Daddy, Amazon, and eBay, you can also make money by getting subscribers. Ileane spoke about her top two places that she is able to have people pay monthly for her exclusive services. I have to say that if you have any questions on how these platforms work, she is the one to ask, and you can support her by donating on her Patreon account. I also have Patreon, and Podbean so you can see how to create your own and you’re welcome to support me there as well!

As you can see, podcasting is a wonderful way to get your message heard. We all have something to say, and someone out there wants to listen. Just like the amazing success story of Nicole Purvy, from Better Than Success who didn’t like speaking in front of people and didn’t want to podcast. However, after some persuading from her mother, she started her podcasting journey, and now talks in front of big crowds comfortable, and has really made a name for herself. She has a wonderful array of Youtube videos to help you succeed.

Ileane Smith has helped thousands of people learn how to create their own blogs, podcast, and youtube channels. If you enjoyed our podcast today, you can find her on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and her Podcast.

She will also be speaking at The Entrepreneurs and Leaders Conference.

 

 

Direct Sales MLM – Worth it or not?

Almost every day, a friend or family member of mine asked me to buy something from them. I get it on text messages, on social media and even over the phone. I’m sure you can relate to that feeling of, “oh no it’s Sally calling again, she’s wanting me to buy Avon”. We’ve all been there, and we all know someone who is selling something. To be completely transparent with you, I have done about 5 of these direct sale companies myself.

Mary Kay:

When Keira my firstborn came along I was determined to be a stay at home mom, so I joined Mary Kay. You pay $100 for the starter kit, you get brochures, a bag, and sample products to use at parties, plus your website is free for 3 months. You do have to sell so much within a 3-month span to keep you active as a consultant.

I did okay at first, but back 11 years ago the internet was not like it is today, and I had to do a lot of house parties. It cost me a lot of gas, and in products because I had to have the products to sell them. Needless to say, I could only make it about 1 year before I called it quits. I still love Mary Kay beauty products but the high price keeps people away.

Avon:

I needed to make extra income so when my second daughter Sasha came along I thought I’d try going with Avon. My mom had sold Avon, and I was familiar with a lot of their products cause I’ve used them all my life. When I joined Avon it was $25 to join, you had to buy your campaign books every two weeks, and had to sell a certain amount to stay active each month. The website is also free for three months, but you do pay $10 a month after that.

Now, I am not going to lie, I actually did really good with Avon. I got a downline and began making money even when I wasn’t selling due to the people who I signed up. I had regular customers, and even became the lead for my area. I really loved selling Avon, and it didn’t hurt that I also loved the products as well.

We ended up moving and I lost all my regulars. I actually did Avon for about 3 years before we moved, but it never was a full-time income. It gave me gas money but that’s about all. Needless to say, after losing my regulars, my business died a quick death.

Now Avon offers you 3 start-up kits. One that cost $25, one that’s $50 and one that’s $100. Funny thing is, I still get calls for Avon and I have not been active for over 5 years now.

Juice Plus:

After I went to work outside of the home when my youngest daughter turned 3, I worked in childcare. I was the pre-school assistant teacher and moved up to be in charge of the extended care department. Being around all those kids took its toll on my health, and I got sick a lot. One of the teachers suggested I start taking Juice Plus.

She said since she started taking the vitamins she hardly ever got sick. So, yet again I signed up to sell another product and this time it was Juice Plus. It cost you $50 to join but you do have to enroll in monthly shipments of the vitamins as well. I was okay with that being I needed them for work.

Honestly, I have to say they did work. When I was regularly taking Juice Plus, I hardly ever got sick. As a matter of fact, I was being called in to sub for the subs who had gotten the funk going around, and I was healthy as a horse, while everyone else was sick around me. Juice Plus is all the servings of vitamins and veggies your body needs in a day, put into a capsule. My kids even loved the vitamins gummies they have.

Overall, I never made a penny with Juice Plus. Not a cent! I bought it for myself, and my kids but ended up spending a lot of money on it because the cost of the vitamins were about $50 a month. Yes, they work. I did not get sick and did feel better, but honestly, that’s high way robbery in my eyes. $50 a month for vitamins! The worst part was that I could not sell them to anyone, no matter how hard I tried. Epic fail as far as virtual franchises go!

Jamberry Nails:

I told myself I was done with direct sales and didn’t want to have anything to do with them again. Well, my friend Joann called me and invited me to a girls party at her house doing our nails. I thought sure why not, sounds fun, plus I had never heard of Jamberry Nails before so I was curious.

I went to the party and had an absolute blast with all my mom friends. The nail wraps were so pretty. You cut them to fit your nail, then used this cute little heater to heat them up. Then you press them on and they stay on your nail for a few weeks. It was adorable and you can guess what happened. I was sold and ended up joining the team of my friend who had the party.

I have to admit, selling Jamberry nails was by far the easiest MLM I’ve ever done. The designs are so cute that they really sell themselves. Plus, they are very inexpensive. The nail wraps only cost $15 and you can do your toes twice & nails twice with that one sheet. The startup was $100 but you got a ton of stuff. I never did a house party with Jamberry nails, I did all my parties on Facebook and I did okay at first.

As far as perks go, Jamberry Nails is where it’s at. I got so many free wraps that I still have some to this day. It was short lived though, the fad died after only 5 months of me selling it. I think it was also my fault because I started getting aggravated that my hair would get stuck in my wraps while I was taking a shower. I’d get so frustrated that I’d tear them off and it started damaging my nails. Again, my fault, but it was pretty annoying.

Scentsy:

After yet again swearing I was done with these MLM things, I got introduced to the amazing smelling world that is Scentsy. I am a sucker for nice smells. I love candles and always had them burning in my house until my younger daughter burned her finger by putting it in the hot wax one day.

After that, I threw out my candles and started using plug-ins. That was until I was invited to a Scentsy party with a lady from my church. I was hooked from the moment I walked into her house and smelled the baked apple pie scent.

The warmers never get hot enough to burn little fingers, and the wax has no chemicals. I promised myself I was not going to join another MLM so instead, I bought Scentsy from her. I think I was probably her best customer because I bought a lot of Scentsy. After a few months, she says to me, “you know Sheena, as much as you buy from me it would be worth it for you to sign up and be a consultant so you can get the discount and just buy from yourself.” Lightbulb! I bet you can guess what happened next!

Yep, I signed up and am still currently selling Scentsy. Although I only made money during Christmas, the rest of the time I just buy from myself. Plus Scentsy, as much as I love the products, makes it really hard to ship. In order to get free shipping, you have to make $200 in sales. So, if you have a party that only makes $100 in sales, then your host has to cover shipping, and I just think that stinks. Plus, you have to pay for shipping for the catalogs, and any marketing materials you buy.

The perks are not good like others I’ve seen, and the warmers can be as much as $50 or more, for one warmer. So a little on the costly side in my opinion. I honestly just love the scents and how my house smells every day. I’ve tried other things and Scentsy has the best smelling scents by far. That’s really the only reason I still sell it. However, I have not made my quota this month, so I will probably lose my consultant status come next month. I’m honestly okay with that, I think I’d rather buy from someone else then have to spend $200 every three months.

Pros and cons:

So, why did I tell you about these experiences?  I wanted you to see that I have done many multi-level marketing sales. It’s true you can make money doing them if you hustle. Yes, I know people who drive the pink Mary Kay car and have opened an Avon store. Even the lady who I signed up for Scentsy with is a director now because she’s made so many sales. She’s been on two cruises just last year paid for by Scentsy, so yes it’s possible to make money doing these businesses.

Pros:

  1. When I was doing these MLM businesses, It did teach me how to market my products, and how to conduct myself as a businesswoman.
  2. I gained some great people skills and learned to speak in front of a group comfortably.
  3. Confidence and excitement about the products kept me going.
  4. Learned a lot of skills on what to do and what not to do.
  5. Direct sales gave me a goal to work towards.

Cons:

  1. Didn’t really make enough money to make an impact.
  2. You become THAT person that everyone hates to talk to.
  3. Friends start avoiding your calls, messages, and text.
  4. You spend more money on products then you sell to keep you at consultant status.
  5. You are your best customer and sometimes the only customer.

But let’s break it down for a minute.

You pay $100 on average to join this MLM company. You become the representative or salesperson for that company. Then it’s your job to market the crap out of it to make a sale. Now this MLM company is getting FREE marketing because you’re doing it for them. But wait, then after you make a sale, you don’t get to keep that money…nope, you only get to keep a small percentage of that sale you just did all that work for.

Some of the companies I signed up for, were as little as 10% of my sales. So here I am, working my butt off, taking time away from my family to work this MLM business to make my sale so that I can stay in the representative status for a lousy 10%! Let’s think about this for a second. The company has all these people all over the world selling their products, having you do all the work, and then asking you to pay them for it!

Let’s go even further, you are not only doing a lot of work for very little back, but you also have to buy a certain amount of products each month to stay active. Or you have to sell a certain amount of products to continue having the consultant status. So, you pay to join the company, and pay to keep selling the products, while only making a small amount back, does this still sound like a good business plan for your future goals?

When you join these companies they sell you on a business idea. You’ll be your own boss, leave your corporate job behind and have freedom. But, what you’re not seeing is they are getting rich from your hard work, while you are only making pennies.

Anytime you join these companies the first thing they tell you to do is write down 20 names of people you know right now, that you can sell these products to. That might be okay at first, but I know from experience that I avoid those friends now.

True story, I had a really close friend who I adored, started selling a diet product and would only call me to ask me for a sale. After a while, I stopped answering her calls, and sadly we hardly talk anymore. It happens with family members as well. You don’t hear from someone in a long time, and they message you out of the blue, you get all excited, just to realize they want you to join their jewelry company.

I was that person, I got blocked by friends who were tired of me pitching my products. I get it, I hate that as well, and when you join these MLM just understand you will start to be disliked. You will upset your friends, and you might even lose some friends due to it. So in the simplest terms possible, before considering this type of thing, ask yourself, do you want to be hated?

I have a solution if you are still wanting to have your own business. I’m putting together a mentoring program where I will be coaching you on how to find work at home jobs, or how to start your own! If this is something you’d be interested in here is a short survey for you. As a bonus, if you leave your email address, you’ll be among the first to be notified when the program is starting.

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

Sell your stuff as a job!

Make money by going to flea markets!

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Have you ever tried to sell your stuff on one of those marketplace sites before? I know I have many times. You get a rush when you sell that item and have cash in your hand. Why not do it for a living?

My children and I stopped by our local K-Mart to grab some coffee pods for my Keurig. I knew the store was closing and thought it would be a great way to get a lot of coffee on sale. I ended up getting a ton of coffee pods because they were seventy-five percent off! As I was looking around the store, and yelling to myself, “Sheena, you just came in for coffee, don’t wonder”, I kept thinking man, I could buy some of this stuff and make a killing on eBay right now!

I have a good friend of mine who actually sells stuff on online as her only job. She goes to yard sales with her husband every weekend and buys stuff. They go to flea markets, and second-hand stores and buy things that they know will sell for more on Amazon, eBay, or a marketplace like Facebook, and she makes a profit from those items. I remember one time she found an American Girl Doll in perfect condition at a Good Will for $5 and sold it for over $300 because it a classic that was no longer being made! That was all profit, and an amazing find I might add!

You’ve come to my blog because you are searching to make money from home. This is a great way to start. Even if you’re not ready to buy stuff to sell, why not go out to your garage or closet and sell stuff that you haven’t looked at in years? Test it out on eBay, and see if your items will sell. Now, my friend has a specific category that she sells in. You don’t have to do that, but it has worked really well for her. She only sells kid stuff. It started out with her just selling her son’s clothes, and toys. Then when her daughter was born she realized just how quickly kid stuff sells and how some toys are worth a lot of money! Her husband has joined in on this and he sells vintage video games stuff. He sells pretty much anything with an old video game image, or the toys, or the shirts, games, anything that has a video game theme he sells it! They have become very successful doing this and even though her husband still works a full-time job out of the house, she has made this her full-time work at home job and only works it on the weekends going to the yard sales & flea markets. After that, it’s just the time it takes to list it and wait for the money to roll in!

There is a lot of potential for this sort of business. If you find you’re having success with selling your own stuff, move on to buying from stores that are closing, or second-hand stores, then start making even more money! Why stop there? Once you get to the point where you know what sells, what to buy, and how much you will make from that item, why not move into manufacturing your own items to sell. You can call manufacturing companies, and buy a product you like in bulk for cheap, then sell it on your store for more. A lot of people do that and it’s made them a lot of money. If you go on Youtube, you will find literally hundreds of videos of people doing just that!

What are you waiting for? Go do your research on what’s selling on eBay, then download the eBay scanner tool as well as the Amazon tool, and start scanning stuff around your house. See what you can sell your stuff for right now. Let me warn you, it does get addicting! But that’s not always a bad thing. Good luck my friends!

Want to make money by captioning movies?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to become a Transcriptionist

How to become a transcriptionist.

Before I started my current job of marketing and sales, I worked for a transcription company that did insurance claims. I was asked to revise this post and not add details about the company as they deal with very confidential information. So, here is what I can tell you. (Revised on 1/22/2018)

I was introduced to this company by a lady I met in one of my mom groups. She has worked for this company for many years now, and so I was all ears. I was so grateful to have found this company when I did because I was in desperate need of a work at home job. I worked here for a little over three months and really enjoyed my time here.

I was asked not to disclose the name of the company and was asked to only put the email address if you wish to inquire about a transcription position. Also note, they are no longer hiring entry level. They do want you to have some previous experience in this field to be considered.

You will need to have really good typing skills, and they will require you to take a typing test. If you pass the typing speed test they will give you more details on this company and what you will need to be hired.

If this sounds interesting to you, please email your resume to csi2009gm@gmail.com 

I want to wish you luck, and if you have any questions about this job or others on my blog email me below, or find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Podcast!

 

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!

 

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