Posts Tagged ‘The Work at Home Woman’
By Angie Nelson
Freelance writing is one of the best jobs in the world if you love to write. The freedom to make your own schedule, work in the fields you love, travel to new places, meet amazing people, and truly make a difference with the written word is one of the draws of the profession. But this freedom does not come without some hard work and sacrifice – and a lot of planning. Your first six months as a freelance writer will be trying, a little scary at times, and will teach you many lessons about what works and what doesn’t.
However, these tips can help you make the most of your first six months as a freelance writer and avoid making some of the most common mistakes that new freelancers make.
Planning is Everything.
While you don’t want to get too caught up in the analysis side of things, you do want to make sure that you are making careful plans. There are many areas where planning is essential, but these are some of the best tips to follow.
- Have a savings account that will cover at least four months of bills if at all possible.
- Know where you’re going to prospect for work, which venues you are going to pursue, and how you’re going to track your income.
- Organize your desk space and have a filing system, physical or digital, to help you track projects.
- Set up a writer’s website. You can add credentials to it as you obtain them, but at least have a one-page site that acts as a digital business card.
- Try to develop a loose idea of how you will structure your day when it comes to prospecting, working on projects, marketing, etc. While this will change from time to time, it’s more efficient to know how you intend to run your day.
- Set up social media sites for your writing and tell everyone you know that you’re beginning your freelance writing career. Leads and clients come from the most unlikely places.
Posted in Business
By Linda Formichelli
You’re looking to work at home – or maybe you already do and are longing for an additional gig to fill in the financial gaps.
Sure, there are tons of writing jobs that advertise through bidding sites and content mills. And those are fine – if you don’t mind earning $10 per 1,00 words (or less).
But I have a better idea: How about writing for women’s and parenting magazines. After all, you are a woman, and you may be a parent, too. (And even if you don’t have a kid, don’t worry: I wrote for parenting magazines for 10 years before we had a kid of our own, and even some parenting magazine editors are child-free!)
Write what you know, share your experiences, help other women, and get fat checks in the mail. Does it get any sweeter?
Depending on who you write for, you can earn anywhere from $50 per article (for, say, a regional parenting mag) to $1,000 or more (for a feature for a newsstand magazine). My top-paid article weighed in at over $3,000. So there’s gold in them thar magazines!
Then there are the bylines. Seeing your name in a glossy magazine or in a well-known online publication is amazing – and seeing the title of an article you wrote splashed across the cover of a newsstand magazine can’t be beat. (more…)
Posted in Career, Work at Home Ideas
By Kimi Clark
It can be tough to weed through all the noise online to find actual sites that can help you make money. And since I’m guessing your time is valuable (am I right?), it’s our pleasure to do the research for you so you can move on to doing the tasks that will actually make you money.
Maybe you’ve heard of Swagbucks; maybe you haven’t. Either way, we’re going to answer the question: ‘Can you really make money with Swagbucks? And is it legit?’
To start off, Swagbucks is free to join, so you won’t be spending any money right out of the gate. (By the way, if a company ever asks you first to pay money before earning with them, beware! Chances are it’s a scam!)
The website is clear and straightforward. You’re shown exactly what you will earn (in Swagbucks) for each task you complete.
You might be thinking, ‘hey, I want to make money, not earn Swagbucks!’ Swagbucks can be redeemed for money (you get cash back straight to your PayPal account) but also for gift cards to use at your favorite stores (which is just like getting money!). Choose from more than 140 brands including Amazon, Target, and Walmart.
Here are five ways you can earn money with Swagbucks (SB for short): (more…)
Posted in Money
Liz Hosteler is the Founder and President of the direct selling company, Ellie Kai. Liz personally manages the company’s manufacturing and sourcing platform, while traveling the world for design inspiration. Here’s how her business journey started and how you can earn money selling made-to-order clothing for women.
Tell us a little bit about your direct sales company, Ellie Kai, and how it got started.
Living in Hong Kong, I would often have my clothes tailor-made. I would simply sketch a few ideas and draw from my years of buying beautiful clothes to come up with a shortlist of go-to pieces that I could have made for me, at an affordable price. When I returned home to the US with a suitcase of clothes that fit me perfectly, my friends and family were in awe. This was the real motivational turning point. The simple concept of choosing a perfectly fitted dress or top and having it made in the exact fabric you wanted made so much sense to everyone, and a business idea started to percolate from these conversations.
I began working on a business plan and realized there was a great opportunity to take these two worlds, manufacturing and direct selling to a captive audience, and bring them together.
Do you have any previous experience in sales or the direct selling industry?
I did not have previous experience in the direct selling industry before I started Ellie Kai. I was previously in a very different sales role when I represented professional athletes for an international sports marketing agency. (more…)
Posted in Direct Sales
By Dawn Berryman
It’s a given that you should be advertising your home-based business on social media. But, should you be paying for it? There are a variety of great options, both paid and free, that you can utilize to market your business.
Where should you be spending your time and, more importantly, your money?
Organic social media marketing.
A Twitter profile, a Facebook business page, a profile on Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, and an Instagram account: Are these all things your business has? If not, it should. These are all free and somewhat easy marketing avenues. Presence on social media is crucial. Many people head right to Facebook to search for a business now instead of visiting Google. Social media profiles are just as important as websites if not more so.
That being said, building and maintaining an audience can be tricky and time consuming. I typically only recommend joining the number of social media channels that you have time to maintain. Trends and strategies change frequently, and it takes a lot of effort to stay abreast of what is going on and how to maximize it for your business. It’s important that you keep your profiles up to date and current. Tools like Hootsuite can make it easier to post simultaneously across multiple channels, but the art of social media management can, in itself, be a full-time job. That’s why I suggest focusing on a couple of key platforms that you find most beneficial to your business and target audience. (more…)
Posted in Marketing & PR