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8 Fabulous Freebies for Bloggers

You started blogging so you could make money from home. But now you find you're constantly putting money into your blog. No worries. Here is a fabulous list of some of the best freebies that any blogger, new or old, can appreciate!By Emily Belcher

One of the most popular ways to earn money by working from home is through owning and operating your own blog. As a blogger for only the past two years, I can tell you one thing: you get out what you put in. Success doesn’t happen with writing a couple good articles. It can be frustrating, depressing, and oddly enjoyable. There have been plenty of times that I have thought, “why bother?” but all in all, I am happy that I have stuck with it this long.

With all of that being said, I can guarantee you one thing: I would not still be blogging if it weren’t for some of the incredible freebies that I have came across. I mean, you’re constantly putting cash into your blog by setting up a domain name and paying someone to host your site. Then, if you want to jazz it up a bit with a cute layout and one-of-a-kind logo, you’re digging yourself a hole, rather than jumping in the mounds of cash that you’d imagined prior to becoming a blogger.

So, yes: freebies have been my little ray of sunshine when things have seemed somewhat impossible through my blogging journey.

Here are some of the best freebies that any blogger, new or old, can appreciate:

1. Canva

My numero uno pick is Canva. Everyone knows that pretty pictures are a must-have for blog posts. You can do a million different things on Canva and they make it so incredibly easy for us. They even have templates already designed for our favorite social media sites, blog posts, and tons of other important layouts that you may need. (more…)

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Image Is Everything: How Your Appearance Can Make You More Money

Image Is Everything: How Your Appearance Can Make You More MoneyBy Emma Burk

So often when working from home, it is easy to forget the need to still dress as if you are “going to work.” I worked from home for eight months and now still spend a few days a week working from home as a blog writer. The first thing people always say is, “Boy it must be nice to spend all day in your pajamas!” As tempting as those flannel pj’s  and no makeup days are, there is a very direct connection between how you look and how you feel.

Image is not only how others perceive you, but also a reflection of how you feel about yourself. Many people feel that it is vain or a waste of time to make appearance a top priority, when, in fact, it is just another part of improving your business. Imagine showing up to work at an office in sweatpants! I’m sure you’ve been tempted. The same reason you would not, then should be the same reason you would not while working from home.

While working for someone you never know when they will come by, and that reason alone is enough to be dressed up. The same concept applies from home, but this time you’re the boss. Let’s be honest: who doesn’t want the boss to be impressed? A great rule to follow in many walks of life is to always be prepared. You never know when that one opportunity will walk into your life to change it for good.

So, why not be prepared in every aspect, including your image. (more…)

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How You Can Prepare For Working at Home

How You Can Prepare For Working at HomeBy Kimi Clark

You’ve thought about it, dreamt about it, and are finally ready to make the leap to a work at home job or home based business. But how can you prepare for working at home?

Here are a few things you might want to consider before taking the plunge.

Pay Off Debt

The lighter your debt load, the less pressure you’ll feel. Building up a career at home can take time, whether you’re a freelancer, in direct sales, or starting your own business. Being able to survive by only having your monthly living expenses to pay will give you time to get the money coming in without fear of unpaid bills.

Establish a Savings Account

Having a savings account is essential before starting to work at home. Not only do unexpected things come up that you might need extra money for, but this will allow you to focus more on your work and less on the money since you have a little back up already.

Having money in savings also means that you won’t have the desperate feeling of having to take any job, assignment, client or customer that comes your way just because you need the money. (more…)

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How This Mom is Making Money Helping Others

How This Mom is Making Money Helping Others - Interview with Dawn Berryman of Market MommyTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I live in rural northwest Ohio with my husband of 13 years and our three children. I created my first online business in 2007 and quickly realized how difficult it was to market, even though I had a background in marketing and communications (B.A. from Indiana University). So, I launched Market Mommy in 2009 as an online marketing resource for mom business owners.

We offer free marketing tips and advice via our main website, blog and e-newsletter. We also offer low cost advertising and marketing services to mom business owners. Although I feel the online marketing world is constantly changing and I’m continually learning new things, I think Market Mommy has been able to help many small business owners.

Give us an example of how you first monetized your online business.

One of the first things I did to monetize was to offer ad space on our site and on our blog. I also signed up for Google AdSense. Since then I’ve added several services; including copywriting, sponsored blog posts, and newsletter ads.

What types of marketing strategies have worked best for you?

Social media, most notably Facebook, has been a great avenue for me. It has, however, dropped off in recent years with the changes they’ve made. The thing that I think has been the most consistent has been email marketing.  (more…)

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Do You Have What It Takes to Work From Home?

Do You Have What It Takes to Work From Home?By Kimi Clark

So you want to work from home. Maybe you think about things like waking up at your leisure, taking time off whenever you want to, and being able to work in your PJ’s. While some of those things ring true, there are many other things to consider.

Here are some questions you might want to think about when considering if you have what it takes to work from home.

Do I Have What It Takes To Work From Home?

1. Can You Set Clear Boundaries?

Ah, let’s start with a tough one. That whole work/life balance that we are ever seeking is partially defined by the boundaries you set. This is a hard one to enforce when you work at home as there are countless tasks, chores, and sometimes people around you that need tending to, and you have to have the ability to essentially ‘turn off’ at home issues while you’re working.

Granted, we can’t ‘turn off’ children, but we can make sure that kids and family know that when you’re working, you’re working! (Except for emergencies, of course!) Turn off outside noise also such as phone calls from friends, texting, TV, and even answering the door. (more…)

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