Thursday, March 7, 2013

How to Earn Money From Home

Hi Moms and everyone!

Let’s face it, most of us moms are multi-tasking endlessly day by day.  Not only we do need to raise the kids and fulfill household duties, we also need to go out and make a living.  At the end of the day there’s very little time left for anything else.

And there’s a tiny problem here many of us face: we still need to find ways to earn extra money, because the income is just not enough!

In the past, I used to search online “how to make extra money at home”.  So many ideas were listed, such as making and selling crafts, being a Virtual Assistant, direct marketing, etc.  For me it was hard to get into something that wasn’t truly my passion.  And it’s equally hard if it didn’t fall under my natural ability.  I’m a shy person so I didn’t want to sell to people.  My craft making abilities are average, not professional level, so I knew selling crafts would be tough with all the competition going around.

I kept on searching what I truly wanted to do on the side. Something that’s fun and I would enjoy, and at the same time earn some money from it.  As the years passed I discovered what they were.  And I discovered there could be multiple ways of earning.

There are too many things I want to share that I don’t know where to start!

Okay, so the most important thing I learned is think simple and focus!  I was thinking of too many complicated things, not realizing what I needed was just in front of me.  Just my computer. 

I joined article-writing sites not really knowing what I was going to write.  I am not a professional writer, I can only write in “mom’s lingo”.   But I took courage and started writing about things I know: cooking and baking.  I wrote the family recipes, some tips, etc.  Then as I was writing about food, potluck entered my mind and I started making lists of potluck ideas.  I published my list of potluck ideas and to my surprise the article gained so many views. 

Therefore I realized that writing about what I know and giving away ideas actually help a lot of people.  So then another thing popped into my mind: if I can write about potluck ideas, then for sure there are other topics I could also share ideas on.  But what are those popular topics that people actually want and I actually know?  That got me into thinking.  I asked myself, what are the things I like?  I realized, even if I’m a mom of 2 already, I still like cute stuff.  Anything cute.  Whether it’s something I can hold, something I can see, or even something that I can hear.  Out of the blue, “cute names” entered my mind.  So I thought..hmmm why not make a list of cute username ideas? Isn’t that what many people are looking for?

So I started making my first list of cute username ideas.  I called it “99 Cute Usernames” and I published it on Bukisa.  Whoa! I was startled at how many people viewed my article.  Thousands of them.

I was so excited so I wrote and published more lists of cute username ideas.  It was fun.
So why did I keep on mentioning about this random article-writing thing?  It’s because I learned that this is a way of making money through Google Adsense.  When people read your article and click on the Google Ad surrounding it, the owner of the website shares the revenue with you.  So I earned a few cents per article.  And the cents added up to become dollars.  Then I received my cheque from Google Adsense and I was so happy!  Every month when you reach $100 Google will send you payment.  Now, 3 years later I still earn from those articles that I wrote years ago.  So it has become a passive income or what they call a residual income.  

I know you’re wondering how much I’m earning from the articles.  It varied from month to month, year to year, but I can say that the average now is $100 per month.  It may or may not seem a lot to you.  To me I’m pleased with it because it’s money earned every month whether I write or not.  And the good thing is it has potential to grow.

If it sounds interesting to you, you can give it a try too!  There is no harm.  Think about what you like and write about it.   Professional writing skills is not required.  Of course there has to be good grammar and correct spelling.  But just write like you’re having a conversation with other moms.  It’s fun!

Next I will write about the sites I joined and the experiences and lessons I learned along the way.

Goodnight and take care!  Till next time.

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