December 11, 2017

Getting Started with Blogging as a Source of Income

Earning money from home is my number one priority since I'll be laid off from my job outside of the home by the end of the year. My first step in getting started with using my blog as a source of income is to continue to learn as a blogger. While I m not new to using my blog to create income, there is always something to learn. Knowledge is limitless!

 If you're new to blogging, you'll want to choose a blogging platform for your niche. If you're on a tight budget like I am, both WordPress and Blogger are free.I  use blogger personally because it's the platform I started with and still prefer to this day. Blogger is fairly simple to work with and you don't need HTML or any high tech fancy knowledge to get started.You can do a Google search using the keywords Blogger how-to and find a lot of good information on how to get started, including blogger's own site here.

If you're setting up a new blog, keep in mind, you'll need a lot of patience. You will need to grow your blog  and gain the right audience for your niche before you can expect your blog to become profitable.

For some, a month of blogging can result in a small profit with a lot of hard work. For others, it can take several months before seeing a profit. For me, it took several months before I saw a small profit, primarily because I was more focused on my freelance writing career than my blog.

Keep in mind that if you're looking to make six figures or more from your blog, you may want to invest in a web domain name and blog. If that is the direction you are ready to take, you may want to consider investing in a blogging program like The Money Mom Masterclass. They have a lot of good information and many moms are making thousands of dollars a month with the program.

If you're still with me and want to set up a free blog instead, the first thing you need to do is decide on a profitable niche.

A profitable niche is a topic that will educate or solve a problem in some way.  It should also be one that you have knowledge in.  For example, my niche is creating  income online while living in a small town with an Autistic child. Two other niches I have knowlwdge in are creating recycled crafts and publishing e-books. 

If you're not sure if your niche will be profitable, you can do a Google search for your topic. Are there a lot of websites devoted to that niche? If not, you may want to consider another niche.

A few really hot niches that are turning a profit are, making money online, relationships, DIYer's flea market furniture flips and health and fitness.

Once you have decided on a profitable niche, you can begin setting up your blog and creating profitable posts for your niche.

Creating posts for my niche is what I am currently working on and let me tell you it's been really interesting what I have discovered along the way. I've made mistakes and I'm willing to share those mistakes in my next post, so stay tuned!

  Joy Smith also known as The Insane Writer, is the author of the Sci-Fi novel, The Generation. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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December 8, 2017

My Journey as a Mom of an Autistic Child and Working at Home in a Small Town

Yesterday my world fell apart as my boss sat down with me and explained the new regulations required to keep my job as a caregiver. I would need to go back to school in less than a few weeks, something I cannot afford to do at the moment even with the option of a loan, as I am the only income currently supporting my family. 

I'd quietly listen to every detail, not fully realizing how much of an impact her words would have on me until I began my journey home and cried like a baby, as I frantically panicked about where I would find another good paying job in my small town of Coffeyville, KS.

Jobs have been far and few in Coffeyville, and after the loss of Amazon several years ago and things have simply gotten worse.

Picking up and leaving isn't an option because of my youngest son who is Autistic. If you have a child who has autism, then you know the struggle of new places and moving.  

 Unfortunately, because I was hired by a private family, I will be unable to draw unemployment since I am considered self-employed.

Since my options were limited, I decided to call my old boss whom I had done some freelance writing for and soak in his knowledge. 

I wasn't new to working online, but I hadn't really been keeping up with my blog or any of my social media sites I had dabbled in to make a little extra money online here and there. I was never one of those full-time entrepreneur mom's because I was always busy with my real world job and I was afraid to make it a full-time career because I tend to procrastinate a lot partially due to my ADHD and plain and simple, I was scared of failure. Not to mention, if I'm not making money immediately, I give up.

But my old boss has always believed in me and helped me realize where I wanted to be and now was the perfect opportunity! I wanted to work from home full-time so that I could be there for my Autistic son.

I'd need to overcome a few hurdles and change my frame of mind set, but if one very outstanding and successful online entrepreneur believes in me, then what do I have to lose?

I already know a lot about blogging, social media and marketing, so now  I need to take my knowledge and begin my journey working online once again.

I know it won't be easy especially with my ADHD and it certainly won't be an overnight success, but I invite you to follow my journey,  if you are a parent of an autistic child or simply a parent who wants to work from home, but you're not sure where to start. 

I'm willing to share my own knowledge of both the successes and yes, failures, but if you're willing to learn, then let's begin our journey together, shall we?