The Ultimate Guide to Earning Money Online: Finding Your Place on The Web
Hey mama! Are you feeling the tug of entrepreneurial spirit? Questions like, “How can I earn a little extra money online?” swirl in your head. You want to start up something on the side, but there are so many varying voices and scams online that boast that they can help you start earning money online.
Well, we’ve got news for you – earning an income from home is easier than ever! With so many savvy ways to make money online these days, there’s likely something right around the corner that could be super profitable and rewarding for you.
Let me help guide you in discovering YOUR profitable place online with our ultimate guide to earning money with ease!
Three Ways to Start Earning Money Online
In today’s digital world, there are three common ways to make money online that can help you achieve financial success: a normal 9-5 with benefits, freelancing, or building your own brand.
Traditional 9-5 With Benefits
The traditional 9-5 job with benefits is still alive and well in the digital age. Companies are now hiring remote workers and giving them access to the same benefits they would receive if they were working inside the office.
However, many of these positions require specialized skills and experience or knowledge of certain software programs like Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. If you have any of these skills or experience, this may be the right way for you to make money online as a mom.
If you’re like me and you don’t want to commit to the time constraints of a traditional 9-5 job but still want to make money online as a mom, then freelancing could be an option for you.
Freelancing allows you to pick and choose your own projects and clients without having to commit yourself long-term to any one company. It also gives you flexibility in terms of hours worked since most freelance jobs offer flexible scheduling options.
Most freelancers are able to work from home so that they can balance their work and family life more easily.
Building Your Own Brand
Finally, if neither of the above options appeal to you then why not consider building your own brand? This option allows moms who are creative entrepreneurs or who know how to leverage social media platforms effectively to build their own businesses from scratch and make money on their own terms.
This option requires some initial investment in both time and money (but mainly time) but it also offers great potential returns over time if done correctly. There are plenty of resources available online that can help guide entrepreneurs on their journey towards building a successful business from home such as courses on web development or marketing strategies tailored specifically towards moms.
I specialize in teaching women how to use freelancing as an active income stream as they build their personal brands and begin to make money on their own so that they can work for themselves. Let’s dive into freelancing and
An Introduction to Freelancing
Have you ever considered becoming a freelancer? If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent study, more than one in three Americans actively participate in the gig economy, and that number is expected to grow in the coming years.
But what is a freelancer exactly? Let’s explore the ins and outs of freelancing and provide you with an overview of what it takes to become successful as a freelancer.
What is a Freelancer?
A freelancer is someone who sells their services independently or through an agency or marketplace. Freelancers typically specialize in one particular area or skill set such as writing, graphic design, web development, photography, etc., but some freelance professionals may offer multiple skill sets. Most often they work on projects on an hourly or project basis instead of having a full-time job with benefits.
The Difference between a Freelancer and a Normal Employee
Freelancers and normal employees differ in several ways. While many people are hired as part of a company with a set job description, freelance work is often secured on an individual basis from multiple clients.
Freelancing provides greater freedom and flexibility to choose what type of work you do and when you do it. This allows for more time for other activities, such as pursuing additional education or leisure pursuits.
Additionally, freelancers often set their own salary structure as opposed to relying on a fixed hourly rate or yearly salary. Studies have consistently revealed that freelancers generally make more money than full-time employees due to the fact that they usually charge per project instead of an annual salary.
As such, freelancing can be an incredibly rewarding profession allowing those who choose it to live more fulfilling lifestyles while still making great money.
Benefits of Being a Freelancer
There are many advantages to being a freelancer. For starters, there is much greater flexibility when it comes to working hours and location; many freelancers can work from home which provides them with more control over their schedule and environment.
Additionally, because freelance professionals generally don’t have the overhead costs associated with running an office space or hiring additional employees, they often have much lower overhead costs than traditional businesses.
Lastly, since most projects require little start-up capital (other than your own hard work), freelancers experience less financial risk than startup business owners usually do.
What are The Best Skills to Learn to Start Freelancing?
As a mom, you may have considered starting your own freelancing business. Freelancing offers a unique opportunity to use your skills and experience while also having the flexibility to work when it suits you and your family.
But what are the best skills to learn if you’re new to freelancing? I have narrowed it down to 3 main categories:
If you have an interest in writing, then freelance writing could be a great option for you as it is one of the most popular freelance jobs around. You can write about anything from parenting and lifestyle topics to technical subjects such as software engineering or digital marketing.
All you need is an internet connection and the ability to research and write in an engaging way. There are plenty of sites where you can find writing gigs, such as Upwork or TopTal, so it’s easy to get started without any prior experience.
Types of Freelance Writing
1. Article writing
5. Grant writing
6. Technical writing
Graphic design is another popular freelance job that requires creativity and technical know-how. If this sounds like something that interests you, then there are plenty of online courses available that will teach you the basics of graphic design such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. With these skills under your belt, you can offer services such as logo design, website mock-ups, or even create social media graphics for clients who don’t have their own in-house designer.
Types of Freelance Graphic Design
1. Logo design
2. Business card and stationery design
3. Banner ad creation
4. Flier and poster design
5. Social media graphics
6. eBook and cover design
If administrative tasks are more your thing, then virtual assistance could be the perfect freelancing job for you!
Virtual assistants provide remote services such as scheduling appointments, answering emails/calls, managing calendars/tasks lists, creating documents/presentations etc., all from the comfort of their own home!
You don’t need any particular qualifications other than being well organized with excellent communication skills – which is something every mom has!
Common Virtual Assistant Tasks
1. Answer emails and phone calls
2. Schedule appointments
3. Make travel arrangements
4. Take care of bookkeeping
5. Manage social media accounts
6. Do research for projects
7. Publish blog posts
8. Create Canva graphics
Starting your own freelance business can be a great way for moms to balance their career with family life commitments. Whether it’s writing articles or designing logos – there is sure to be something out there that aligns with your interests and talents!
It’s important though that whatever job type you choose – make sure it’s something that brings value not only to yourself but also those around you – because at the end of the day – freelancing should always be enjoyable too.
3 Questions to Help You Find the Perfect Freelance Niche
Freelancing might be the perfect opportunity for you. But before you jump into freelance work, it’s important to find the right niche—a specialized area of expertise that you can focus on and make money from. To help you get started, here are three questions you should ask yourself when choosing a freelance niche.
1. What am I already good at?
The first question to ask yourself is what skills do you already have that could translate into freelance work? If freelancing is something new for you, it’s best to start with something in which you have some experience or knowledge.
That way, you can focus on honing those skills and delivering results instead of wasting time learning a completely new field from scratch. For example, if you’re an experienced cook, perhaps your freelance niche could be developing recipes for websites or magazines.
2. Do I have any talents that I can turn into a profitable skill?
Another great question is whether there are any hidden talents or hobbies that can become profitable freelance niches. For instance, if writing has always been your passion but never been used professionally before, why not start offering copywriting services as a freelancer?
This could include anything from blog posts and product reviews to website content and press releases. Similarly, if drawing has always been your favorite pastime, graphic design could be an ideal fit as a freelance niche.
3. If You’re Not Already Skilled, What Are You Passionate About That You Would Love To Learn About For 30 Days Without Getting Paid For It?
Finally, if neither of the above apply to you, try asking yourself this simple question – what topic would I be passionate about learning more about even without getting paid for it?
It might sound like an odd question but it really works! If there is something specific that has caught your interest recently then why not pursue it further and see where it takes you?
After all, there are so many opportunities out there these days that it’s almost certain there will be some kind of freelance role related to what interests you the most. If you’re not sure, join our free FaceBook group and we will brainstorm with you, or just flip a coin and pick one.
Don’t Get Stuck
Choosing a niche when you are freelancing can be daunting, but try not to get stuck in analysis paralysis. Stagnation won’t make you any money, so the best approach is sometimes just to choose an area that interests you and commit to it for at least 90 days.
This will give you enough time to explore different aspects of your chosen niche and find out if it is something that works for you before considering pivoting.
Flipping a coin can also help if nothing stands out as the obvious option – regardless of how random the choice may be, it can take away some of the overwhelm when faced with so many potential directions.
No matter which route you choose to take when selecting your freelance niche—whether it’s taking advantage of existing skills or pursuing something entirely new—it helps to ask yourself these three key questions first.
Doing so will give you clarity on what type of freelancing work best suits your personality and expertise so that once you begin working as a freelancer, success will come much easier.
Tips for Becoming Successful as a Freelancer
Although it can be incredibly rewarding to work as a freelancer there are certain steps you should take if you want to be successful:
1) Develop Your Skill Set
Invest time into developing your craft so that potential clients will trust and value your services. Take courses or read books related to your field so that you can stay up-to-date on industry trends and best practices.
2) Market Yourself
Whether it’s setting up an online portfolio website or leveraging social media platforms like LinkedIn and FaceBook – marketing yourself is key for gaining exposure and attracting new clients.
Attend conferences or local meetups related to your field so that you can meet other professionals in the industry and build relationships that could lead to future opportunities down the road.
4) Research Potential Clients
Before accepting any project make sure that you research the client thoroughly so that you know exactly who you’re dealing with before committing your time and energy into anything long-term.
5) Set Reasonable Rates
It’s important for all freelance professionals to price themselves competitively but also ensure that they’re charging enough for their services so they don’t feel overworked or underpaid at the end of each assignment/project/job.
6) Keep Records
From tracking invoices & expenses carefully (for tax purposes) to keeping detailed notes about every project – having good records will save you time & money down the road when it comes time for filing taxes at the end of each year!
Freelancing is becoming increasingly popular due to its flexibility and low overhead costs associated with doing business independently versus having traditional employment at an office space with benefits provided by an employer.
No matter what type of service(s) or skill set(s) you plan on offering as part of your freelance career, there are several tips & tricks all successful freelancers should heed if they want long-term success —
- Developing their skill set
- Setting competitive rates
- Keeping accurate records
- Networking aggressively within their respective industries
With dedication, determination and a great plan of action, anyone can become a successful independent contractor.
Building Your Own Brand: Passive Income
When I was freelance writing and earning $10k/month, I always wondered how these people could afford to pay me so much to write for them.
I started digging a little more into the world of online money and found out that instead of freelancing, these people were building a brand and then outsourcing the work to quickly scale.
I knew that if they were paying me this much to write, then my writing must be even more valuable than $10k/month.
I started looking into blogging, affiliate marketing, and other ways to make money online. I was tired of interviewing for jobs and jumping from project to project, and helping everyone else succeed and build their brand.
These people saw me as valuable enough to build their dream, so I knew I could build my own. I started seeing myself as my own “client” and setting aside time each week to build my own brand.
In the digital landscape, there are literally hundreds of ways to make money online, build your own brand and make significant amounts of money. This issue is that these ways take a significant investment of either time or money. Two things I was kind of short on as a mom of two toddler boys.
However, I realized that if I front loaded the work, then my brand could eventually all be outsourced and run relatively passive. So I’ve decided to invest these next 3-5 years into building my own brand in these four categories with the hope that by the time my oldest is in Kindergarten, I’ll be making mostly passive income and be able to focus on homeschooling.
With that said, I’ve compiled four avenues that I am growing to begin to build my online brand. We’ll cover the basics of starting an Etsy shop, blogging, affiliate marketing, Amazon KDP, and Teachers Pay Teachers.
Starting an Etsy Shop
When you hear “etsy” you may be thinking of homemade crafts and DIY things. Well, that’s not what I’m talking about at all. I’m talking about creating an Etsy shop full of digital products.
Why digital products?
- You make them one time and sell them over and over
- You don’t have to worry about shipping costs
- Once your shop takes off, it’s all passive, baby!
Creating your shop is easy and takes only a few steps; all you need is some product ideas and photos of your products. Once your shop is created, you can start listing and selling items to customers from around the world.
The more products you have on Etsy, the better. My coach recommends shooting for a foundation of 40 listings as a first milestone and then working your way to 100. Remember, with digital products, you are able to front load the work of 100 digital products and then you’re done.
You can promote your shop through social media and use keywords from sites like Erank when creating product descriptions to help people find your products more easily in search engine results.
The downside to this is that no one is paying you for the work that you’re putting into your digital products. But, no business is started without investment. And the cool thing about making money online is that you can start for free, and only invest your time. With no overhead and no business expenses, you’re able to trade your time in for cash.
Another great way to make money online is by blogging.I have yet to monetize my blog, but it is something that I am actively working on every day. Blogging used to be about sharing an online journal, but in 2023, blogging has been adopted by companies and influencers as a form of marketing.
It is easy to create a blog on WordPress, and once your blog is set up and active, you can start monetizing it by displaying ads or selling products on it. Additionally, if your blog becomes big enough, brands may even reach out offering sponsored posts or partnerships.
Building your own brand with a blog is one of the best ways to monetize your skills and passions. There are four big ways that bloggers monetize their sites:
One of the most popular ways to monetize a blog is through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is when you promote products or services from another company and earn a commission whenever someone makes a purchase through one of your links or banners.
It’s important that you only recommend products or services that align with your own brand so you don’t lose credibility with your readers. Additionally, be sure to disclose any affiliate relationships in order to stay transparent with your audience.
Another great way to generate income from your mom blog is by selling ad space on your website or blog posts. Ad revenue works by displaying ads from third-party companies in exchange for payment every time someone clicks on an ad or visits the advertiser’s website through one of your links.
There are many different types of advertising programs such as Google AdSense, which pays based on impressions (viewers) rather than clicks. This type of revenue stream can take some time to build up, but once it starts generating income, it often continues without much effort on your part.
Creating digital products can be another great way to monetize a mom blog. Digital products include eBooks, printables, courses, templates, etc., all of which require very little overhead cost and can provide passive income over time if marketed correctly.
Many moms choose this route because they can easily create digital products related to their field of expertise – parenting!
Plus, digital products tend to have higher profit margins than other forms of online income because there is no cost associated with producing them since they are distributed electronically instead of physically shipping them out each time someone purchases one from you.
If you have expertise in an area, creating an online course could be a great way for you to monetize your mom blog as well! Online courses are becoming increasingly popular among bloggers due to their ability to generate passive income over time without requiring much effort afterwards once set up properly (via automated content delivery systems).
In addition, courses also give students access not just information but also support and guidance—something that’s especially helpful for moms who may not have the same resources available as non-moms do when learning something new!
Plus, if done right – courses can become evergreen sources of passive income for years down the line due their long shelf life compared other digital products like eBooks or printables which may require updating periodically in order keep up with changes in the industry/niche they cover or become irrelevant after some time passes since their launch date (which would result in decreased sales).
Have you ever wanted to make some extra cash without having to work a 9-5 job? If so, then Amazon KDP may be the perfect solution for you. KDP stands for Kindle Direct Publishing and it’s a great way for moms to make passive income from their writing or other creative projects. Let’s take a closer look at how you can start making money with KDP today.
Understanding Amazon KDP
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is an online platform that allows authors, publishers, and independent creators to self-publish ebooks and other digital content on Amazon’s websites.
It’s free to use and once your book is published on the platform, it will be available for purchase in over 70 countries worldwide.
The best part is that Amazon takes care of all the details such as formatting, selling, distribution, customer service, payment processing, and more – which makes it incredibly easy for anyone to get started.
The Benefits of Using Amazon KDP
There are many benefits to using Amazon KDP to make passive income. First off, it’s free to join and there are no upfront costs associated with publishing your book.
You’ll also have full control over the pricing of your book and the ability to create custom promotions like discounts or giveaways.
Plus, you’ll receive up to 70% royalties from every sale you make – which means more money in your pocket! Additionally, as an author you can track sales performance with detailed reporting tools provided by Amazon.
Amazon also provides marketing support such as promotional emails and banners so that you can reach potential readers quickly and easily.
Creating Passive Income Through KDP
Making passive income through Amazon KDP is easier than ever before thanks to the wide variety of tools available on the platform. You can create multiple books on different topics or niches and use them as sources of passive income by taking advantage of promotional campaigns offered by Amazon or setting up affiliate programs with other authors or publishers who promote your content in exchange for a commission fee.
You can also create digital products such as audiobooks or courses that are sold via your ebook page on Kindle Store – allowing you to diversify your income stream even further.
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) offers another avenue for moms who want to make money online by publishing books on Amazon’s platform. With KDP, authors can upload their book files directly onto Amazon’s site without having any upfront costs associated with print materials or distribution fees—allowing them to keep 100% of their royalties from sales made on Amazon’s website. Plus, since Amazon already has millions of users all over the world, getting noticed won’t be too much of a challenge.
The Pros and Cons to Building Passive Income
As a busy mom, you may have considered passive income as a way to supplement your family’s finances. It can be an attractive option for people looking for extra cash without having to work more hours at their day job or spend more time away from their families. But is it really worth it? Let’s look at the pros and cons of building passive income.
The Pros of Building Passive Income
One of the main benefits of building passive income is that you don’t necessarily need any special skills or expertise. There are plenty of opportunities available that require minimal upfront investment and effort, but can still generate a steady stream of money over time.
For instance, you could build passive income by creating digital products such as e-books or online courses, which offer almost unlimited earning potential if they become popular enough.
Another advantage of passive income is that it offers you more flexibility than traditional employment. You don’t need to commit to a specific number of hours per week or adhere to strict deadlines; instead, you can work on your own schedule and focus on activities that generate the most income. This allows you to spend more time with your family while still earning money on the side.
The Cons of Building Passive Income
One major drawback of building passive income is that it takes time and effort before any returns are seen—sometimes months or even years depending on the type of investment you choose.
And there’s no guarantee that your investments will turn a profit either; there’s always a chance they could end up losing money instead! However, if you do it my way and use free tools, then even on the off chance that your idea doesn’t work,
Building passive income can be an effective way for busy moms to earn extra money without sacrificing too much family time—but it does come with its own set of risks and drawbacks as well.
Before investing in any type of asset or digital product, do some research first and make sure you understand all the risks associated with it before committing any funds.
With careful planning and dedication though, passive income can be an advantageous financial strategy for moms who want to supplement their normal incomes without working too many extra hours outside the home!
Making money online doesn’t have to be complicated; there are plenty of options available that don’t require special skills or extensive knowledge about internet marketing tactics that allows moms like yourself extra income while still being able to focus on family life at home!
I know that all this information can be overwhelming, so be sure to join our free FaceBook group so that you can collaborate with real people that are on the same journey as you. We will talk you through your talents and skills and help you work toward earning income from home so that you don’t have to leave your babies.