Teaching English Online with VIP Kid

Teaching English Online with VIP Kid

teaching english onlineI am constantly looking to find ways to add more money to our income as a stay at home mom. After leaving the classroom as a public school teacher for 10 years, I thought I would never be able to find a flexible teaching job that I could use both my experience and knowledge to do from home.  I never thought teaching English online would be a possibility! 

Until, I found an opportunity to teach English online to Chinese students with VIP Kid!

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Teach English Online to Chinese Students

It seems kind of crazy to think of teaching a 5 year old how to speak English through an online platform. How could you keep their attention? How will they understand you . . . I mean they are 5 years old and full of energy!

VIP Kid is an extremely organized program that has pre-planned lessons to follow. They expect all teachers to use the same sentence structures, teach the same format, and most importantly have the student speak 70% of the class time!

The virtual classroom is set up through software with VIPKid. (It’s kind of like using Skype or Google Hangouts.) Students can use a computer or tablet to participate in the lesson. The lessons are very engaging with lots of Total Physical Response (TPR), hand gestures to help with understanding as you talk, and total immersion into the English language.

Lessons last a total of 25 minutes and are quick paced and full of energy! Teachers use props, rewards systems, and lots of smiling to create a friendly environment that promotes engagement, confidence, and learning the English language.

Side Note: This is one of my favorite side gigs right now! I love working with these students, and I am motivated because I truly feel like I’m making a difference! I never thought I would be teaching English online or waking up early to do it 🙂

Teach English Online and Get Paid

The pay for teaching English online is approximately $8 per class. Classes are 25 minutes long, so you can book 2 classes per hour and earn $16 per hour.

After bonus earnings, you can earn an additional $1 – $2 per class.

Your potential earning is $18 – $24 per hour with the benefit of flexible hours.

Teach English Online from Home

How to Apply

VIP Kid requires that you have a Bachelors degree. You don’t have to have a degree in education, but you do need to have a college degree. They will accept an Associates degree in childhood education in some circumstances.

For more information you can check out VIP Kid’s FAQ.

Tips for your Resume:

  • College Degree
  • Experience working with children: volunteering, working with children at church, schools, summer camps, etc.
  • Any relevant teaching experience
  • Native North American accent
  • Have a good internet connection with computer, camera, and microphone (I use my built in camera on my computer and my iPhone headphones that have the microphone.)

Interested in teaching English online? You can apply to VIP Kid here!

You simply fill out the online application and submit your resume. Then you will be notified by email about the next steps of the interview process.

Find out about my interview process and how my little guys almost wrecked my first Mock Trial

Interview Process

The interview process is fairly rigorous. You will end up going through 3 interviews/mock classes that are done over the VIP Kid software program. It’s important that you prepare for each lesson that you teach!

First Step: 10 Minute Demo Class – In this interview you will meet with an interviewer and talk a little about your background. Then you will teach a 10 minute demo class. It’s very important that you prepare for the 10 minute lesson. Your interviewer is looking to see if you have lots of energy, are engaging and use Total Physical Response (TPR).

Second Interview/Mock Class 1: Mock Class 1 is a class that you will teach to a VIP Kid mentor teacher. In this class, the mentor teacher will be acting like a 5 year old Chinese student with no English experience. The mentor teacher is looking to see that you are prepared, professional, engaging, and that you are using TPR (<<< TPR is MAJORLY important!).

Third Interview/Mock Class 2: Mock Class 2 is another class that you teach to a VIP Kid mentor teacher. In this class, you will teach 2 lessons totaling 25 minutes. You have about 15 minutes for the first part (teaching a Level 0: 5 year old with limited English) and 10 minutes for the second part (teaching a Level 3: 10 year old able to read English).

After you pass each interview step you will be sent an email for the next interview with information about the Mock Class. Make sure you prepare for your Mock Classes! Read ALL the information they send you.

Tips for Preparing for Mock Class:

  • Wear an Orange shirt – This is the color of VIP Kid and teachers wear orange shirts. It makes you look professional. I was never told to wear orange during the interview process, but heard from other VIP Kid teachers that this helps you stand out!
  • Background – I bought a map of the United States for my background. I used a lamp to give better lighting.
  • Use Props – If there is a picture of an apple in the lesson, then have a real apple to show. Use a puppet to get the kid’s attention.
  • Watch Youtube videosNancy Taylor and Alyssa Burks have great advice on how to be successful in each of the interviews. I watched their videos over and over again!
  • Practice – I practiced my lessons on my 3 year old and 5 year old. I also practiced my lesson with my husband having him act like a 5 year old! 🙂 For me I’m way more comfortable in front of kids, so I wanted some practice with an adult.

Teaching English Online In the Classroom

Once you’ve made it through the interview process you will be sent a message that you have been accepted as a teacher with VIP Kid!

Now you can start booking classes with real students! Just remember the time difference between Beijing and where you are located. For me, Beijing is 12 hours ahead of us. So I teach my classes from 5 am – 7 am Eastern Standard Time and my students are taking class from 5 pm – 7 pm’

VIP Kid is growing fast so there are a lot of opportunities for you to work and book students!

Final Thoughts

VIP Kid is a great way to teach on a flexible schedule. The pay makes this job well worth the effort of the application process. I think it’s important that VIP Kid takes the time to help you be the best teacher with lots of training videos and a community to ask questions.

I love that this job can be done from home with completely flexible hours. I plan on working before my kids wake up and a couple hours on the weekend!

Want to apply for VIP Kid? Use my referral link to sign up! >>> Apply for VIP Kid


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Udemy Courses on Sale!

Udemy Courses on Sale!

Looking for ways to learn & earn? 

Udemy Courses are on Sale for $10!!

You can get ANY e-course on Udemy for $10! This is a crazy good deal if you are looking to learn & earn. Improving your skills and knowledge base will help you grow your business or side hustle.

Use Promo Code:  10APRUDEMY17

**Offer good until April 28!

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You can choose from ANY e-course on the Udemy site and pay only $10! Here are a few great courses that are related to working from home.

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Should I Travel or Save Money?

Should I Travel or Save Money?

Should I Travel or Save Money?

ways to save on travel

        Should I travel or save money?!  Your daydreams of sinking your toes into warm sand,  feeling a warm breeze on your face, watching your kids jump in the water, leaving life behind for a few days . . . it can seem irresponsible and selfish to want to travel when you are working hard to be frugal with your money. 

But guess what, traveling has a lasting impact on everybody in the family from adults to kids. There is even research that shows vacationing can support happiness and well-being! (Like we needed research to prove that?! 😉

If you are dreaming of vacation but asking yourself “Should I travel or save money . . . ”

then make sure you take advantage of this crazy money saving tip

ways to save money on travel

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Is Traveling Worth the Cost?

Travel gives you an experience that rejuvenates your mind, body, and spirit. Even if you are traveling with your crazy kids. Making memories with your family is time that you will never be able to get back.

When I was growing up, I had the privilege of going on vacation with my extended family. It is the source of many happy memories with all my aunts, uncles, grandparents, and 14 grandkids! When our extended family gets together even to this day, our conversation usually ends up reminiscing about those vacations we took together as kids.

We still laugh about the family photos, cousin fights, and adventures we took together each year.

Now my little family and I take a trip to the beach each year, and we are planning a big vacation to the happiest place on earth (YES! I’m talking about Disney World!). The extra cash it takes to go on vacation with my family is worth every penny.

I’ll never forget the squeals of my little boys the first time they stood at the edge of the ocean and let the waves crash on their tiny feet.

We take time to play games, take naps, build sand castles, and visit a lighthouse. Life slows down and we soak up our time together. Getting away from our routines gives us a chance to reconnect as a family and it’s precious time spent together.

Travel is valuable and worth creating a plan to save money for a vacation! There is something special about taking time away from life to create memories, relax, and reconnect.

Leaving your home can give you a fresh perspective when you return. Maybe your travels will be a day trip, a road trip, or an international adventure; either way taking time to travel will benefit you and your family.

Saving money is important because . . .

living life costs money.

You need to pay your bills, plan for your financial future, give to those in need, and steward your money well.

You can save money, be responsible, AND travel!

Travel vs. Saving Money

Why not do both?!

You probably already use Ebates to save on all kinds of online shopping at stores like Amazon, Walmart, Khol’s, Nike . . . just to name a few!

But if you’re like me, then you have never thought about using Ebates to save money on travel expenses.

If you aren’t already a member of Ebates you can sign up with my referral link and get $10 just for signing up!

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When you sign up for Ebates you can check out their site for any cash back opportunities related to travel.

Just go to “All Stores” located on the left side of the menu. Scroll down to Travel & Vacations.

travel vs. saving money

You will find deals on hotels, rental cars, flights, and even vacation packages!

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PRO TIP: Check out the travel packages available through Groupon. You can earn 3 – 9% cash back on Groupon Getaways! Groupon Getaways are already priced at a great value. You can save even more with Ebates!

Don’t Worry about Money Just Travel

While I would love to say that I don’t “worry” about money, I just can’t because I live in the real world with bills, mouths to feed, and a future to plan for! 

So instead of worrying about money, you should make a plan to save money for travel.

Create a Budget

If you aren’t already on a budget (aka – telling every penny where to go at the beginning of each month), then now is the perfect time to get started. You might even find some cash hiding in your budget!

Create a budget for your travels too! Your travel budget can include housing, how you will get there (flight, drive, bus), food, souvenirs, and some emergency money.

Cut Out Over Spending

Once you create a budget, then you can see where you are spending too much money. You might find that you can cut out 1 Starbucks run or McDonald’s breakfast run (I’m so guilty of this!) and save $20 a month towards your vacation!

I’m sure you can find other ways to cut your spending so you can save towards vacation and travel!

Make Extra Cash

There are tons of ways to make extra cash on the side. You can find flexible jobs online, pick up a part-time job, deliver pizzas, babysit, or even take online surveys.

A few of my favorite online surveys:

Save Travel Points from Credit Cards

You can sign up for a travel credit card to earn points towards travel. Just make sure you pay off your credit card each month. This can be a great way to cover the cost of a hotel or flights.

Spend Money on Travel not Things

Ask family members to give towards your vacation instead of giving gifts. My kids usually play with toys for about a week, and then they are back to playing with cardboard boxes and using their imagination.

Let your family members and friends give $10 or a gift card (ex: Disney Gift Card if that’s where your planning your vacation!) Those little gifts could add up to spending cash on vacation.

Final Thoughts

Should I travel or save money? My answer is YES! Do both. You should make wise choices with your money, but you shouldn’t be afraid to spend money on travel.

Time is more valuable than money.

You can never get these moments back with your kids, so whether you plan a vacation or a stay-cation traveling is meaningful way to spend your money.

Even though I stress over every penny we spend, I think that using our money wisely for vacation and travel is valuable for our family. When a vacation doesn’t go as planned, I know we are creating memories we will never forget . . . and eventually we will be able to laugh about it 🙂

Spending money on vacation isn’t irresponsible. Your intent and purpose behind your spending choices should determine if you are being wise with your money.

Spending money isn’t irresponsible . . .

Vacations aren’t a waste of money . . .

Make a plan, stick to a budget, and create memories with your family. Your money life is all about balance!


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Sample Healthy Eating on a Budget Grocery List

Sample Healthy Eating on a Budget Grocery List

Sample Healthy Eating on a Budget Grocery List

The grocery line item in your budget is one place you can potentially save a bunch of money!

Since baby number 3 has arrived (he’s 10 months old as I write this), my family and I have been in survival mode when it comes to eating healthy and nutritious meals. Basically meaning we grab what ever we can get our hands on when we have a second to eat after chasing a preschooler, toddler, and baby around.

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healthy food grocery list

After realizing that we felt terrible . . .

We decided we were in need of healthier eating habits to give us more energy, better sleep, and overall improved health.

Here is an overall grocery budget for healthy eating. I’ve outlined what I buy at our regular stores and included a favorite go-to recipe that is about 10 minutes prep and 30 minutes of total cooking time in the oven.

These grocery hacks are sure to help you slim your waste and budget!

Healthy Eating on a Grocery Budget Hacks

Meal Planning

Meal planning is the number one way to create a manageable healthy grocery budget and stick to it! If you don’t know where to even begin with meal planning, then consider a service like $5 Dinners by Erin Chase.

You can pay $5 per month and Erin’s team will send you a meal plan for the month. Each meal costs about $2 per person. Her meals are really yummy and super affordable. You can choose a healthy meal plan option that will give you recipes and a grocery list that you can use to create a healthy grocery plan.

Want more meal planning ideas or ways to save on groceries? Check out >>>5 Frugal Dinner Ideas Under 10 Dollars or 20 Grocery Hacks to Make Your Life Better!

Shop at Multiple Stores

Ok! I hear ya! If you’re like me then it’s INSANE to think about dragging 3 kids to MULTIPLE grocery stores just to get the best deals.

Well, I’m crazy 🙂 But seriously when you are working to stay within a budget, sometimes you gotta do what ya gotta do!

So we hit up a few different stores each week. My favorites . . .

Fresh Market (Buy One Get One Free Organic Meat)

Kroger (sales)

Publix (sales)

Aldi (produce, eggs, breads)

Buy Frozen Veggies

I buy cut up frozen veggies for 2 reasons…

#1 It saves me time when I’m trying to get dinner thrown together.

#2 I don’t waste money on veggies that we don’t use all the time. So I don’t have a bag of onions going bad in the pantry.

One Recipe for 2 Meals

I usually add extra meat to our meals so that we can stretch them for a second meal. Sometimes we will just have leftovers for lunch or I will revamp the meat into a different meal. For example, we love tex-mex, so one night we have baked chicken with tex-mex seasoning and corn-blackbean-red onion salsa. Later in the week the leftover chicken will be shredded and used for quesadillas.

 

Pro Tip: DON’T waste food! This can save you tons if you aren’t wasting any food. By Thursday if we still have leftovers in the fridge, then we just have a leftovers potluck for dinner. That way nothing goes to waste or turns fuzzy in the fridge!

 

Grocery Shopping Apps

Ibotta

Ibotta is a cell phone app that is easy to use everywhere you go to buy groceries! You can easily earn cash back rebates and transfer the money into your Paypal account. This is seriously one of my favorite ways to save money at the grocery store!

I love this app because it is so easy to use and now it’s just part of my routine when I grocery shop. You can use this at your grocery store and even Target and Walmart!  You simply find the items you want to buy in your app and then scan your purchases and receipt when you get home and put everything away.

The best part is you get to earn cash back on items that usually don’t ever have coupons like fruits, vegetables, milk, and eggs! Also, they have many items each month that are NOT BRAND SPECIFIC. So you can choose any brand in that category and still save!

If you do this all year you will have a nice chunk of change saved up from doing what you already do! Join Ibotta and earn a $10 cash bonus!

Want more details? Read my Ibotta Review

Shopkick

Shopkick is a super easy app to use. You simply download the app to your phone and you can earn points just for walking into the grocery store. You can earn points (1250 points = $3 gift card) and exchange them for gift cards to places like Target!

You can earn more points by scanning items in the grocery store and even on things you buy. Just remember to check the Shopkick app before you go shopping.

Another easy way to earn points is by referring your friends to join Shopkick!

I save my points all throughout the year and use them to get giftcards to Target for Christmas gifts. This is one of my favorite ways to save money because it requires almost no effort!

You can sign up for the Shopkick app here with my link >>> Join Shopkick Now!

 

Sample Healthy Grocery List on a Budget

We are basing our grocery budget on about $80 per person for 5 people (2 adults, 1 preschooler, 1 toddler, and 1 – 10 month old baby) About $100 per week for a healthy grocery list.

 

Aldi

Meats

Wild Caught Salmon

Lean Ground Turkey

All Beef Hot Dogs – Kids

Turkey Bacon

 

Dairy

Yogurt – Kids

Eggs

 

Snacks

Roasted Almonds

Tortilla Chips

Salsa

Crackers – Kids (Similar to Ritz)

Hummus

 

Baby Food

Vegetable & Fruit Pouches (My big kids eat these too!)

 

Vegetables

Zuchinni

Celery

Tomatoes

Potatoes

Mushrooms

Spinach

Broccoli

Cilantro

 

Fruit

Blueberries

Strawberries

 

Staples

Raisin Bran Cereal – Kids

Oatmeal

Chicken Stock

Cumin

Paprika

Chili Powder

Salt

Pepper

Garlic Seasoning

Butter

Olive Oil

Bread

Canned mushrooms

Canned Blackbeans

 

Kroger

Meats

Deli Meat – kids

Dairy

String Cheese

Sour Cream

 

Vegetables

*I buy vegetables that I only need 1 or 2 of at Kroger so I don’t waste food or money!

Tomatoes

Red Onion

Lemon

Lime

Avocado

 

Fruits

Apples

Bananas

Grapes

 

Frozen

Frozen Veggies – peas, carrots, corn, onions, celery

Pizza – Kids

 

Staples

Juicy Juice – Kids

Whole wheat Tortillas

 

Fresh Market

Buy One Get One Free Meats

Ground Beef

Chicken (**I have just started ordering Zaycon Fresh chicken. The price is about the same, so if you aren’t near a Fresh Market, then Zaycon Fresh could be a huge help for you!)

 

Publix

I usually check the weekly sales that are running at Publix. Sometimes I will stock up on granola bars or other snack kind of foods like Goldfish, Cheerios (for the baby), etc. Their Buy One Get One Deals are great!

A few things I pick up online as I need them:

Knorr Tomato Boullion (can’t find this at any of my local stores. I use it to make my own tex-mex seasoning)

Extreme Milk Chocolate Protein Powder from Optimum Nutrition this is a great treat after a workout or even when I’m craving something sweet and chocolatey! This can usually lasts us 3 – 4 months.

DOWNLOAD THE FREE GROCERY LIST HERE! >>> Healthy Eating on a Budget Grocery List

 

Sample Healthy Grocery List on a Budget

Healthy Recipe from Ingredients on the Healthy Grocery List on a Budget

Here is one of our go-to recipes! I usually make baked chicken one night and then quesadillas another night.

Tex-Mex Chicken with Corn-Blackbean-Red Onion Relish

Ingredients:

Meat:

5-6 Chicken Breasts

¼ teaspoon Cumin

¼ teaspoon Tomato Boullion

¼ teaspoon Chili Powder

¼ cup water

1 Tablespoon olive oil

 

Corn-Blackbean-Red Onion Relish:

Frozen Corn

Canned Blackbeans

Red Onion (diced)

Cilantro

Lime Juice from 1 – 2 Limes

Orange Juice from 1 Orange **Optional

 

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees

Corn-Blackbean-Red Onion Relish

Microwave corn (I always buy the frozen corn that can be heated in the bag). Bring blackbeans to a boil on the stove (cook according to can) then cool. Finely chop red onion & cilantro.

Mix all ingredients together and then add the juice from the Limes and Orange. Cover and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

 

Chicken Breast

Place chicken breast in lightly oiled glass casserole dish.

In a separate bowl, mix together Cumin, Tomato Boullion, Chili Powder, Water, and Olive Oil. (You can mix this and let the chicken soak in the mixture for 30 minutes if you have the time. **Optional)

Pour the mixture over the chicken and place in the over uncovered for 30 – 35 minutes until chicken is cooked all the way through.

When the chicken is finished cover the chicken with the Corn-Blackbean-Red Onion relish.

Eat up!

Leftovers can be used for quesadillas, tacos, chicken chili, and more!


How do you eat healthy on a budget?

 

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Adventures of Starting an Etsy Shop

Adventures of Starting an Etsy Shop

Adventures of Starting an Etsy Shop

If you love creating, crafting, or designing . . .

then you’ve probably thought about starting an Etsy shop at some point. Turning a hobby into extra money or even a career is a dream for many!

Today, I’m so excited to share with you how my sweet friend Cece Lively started her Etsy shop Lively Designs and the recent adventure of selling her T-shirts at Joanna Gaines’ (YES! that Joanna from Fixer Upper & Magnolia Market!!)  Spring at the Silos Event!

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Starting an Etsy Shop

Tell us about your business Lively Designs. What do you sell? 

I make and sell custom tees and graphic tees for kids and adults!

How did you get started selling T-shirts?

I was frustrated as another side business slowed down.  As a single mom and teacher, there is always too much month at the end of the money! So I spent some birthday money on a machine that would help me make some crafts.  That turned into designing some stencils for shirts and people went crazy over them!  After getting enough questions on how to order one, I opened up an Etsy shop and have been going big ever since!

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Why did you choose Etsy as your selling platform?

Etsy is pretty robust and already has a name for itself.  I was able to list items, give the attributes for each item and ship all from one location.

What has been the biggest learning curve to selling on Etsy?

Just because one item does well, does not guarantee another will!  The trends for internet shoppers are interesting to say the least!  But chances are if a few people like it locally, a lot of people will like it online!  

Do you have any advice about selling successfully on Etsy? What is something you wish you knew before setting up on Etsy or when you first started?

Create a good price point is key!  Also, advertising your shop and using the keyword search terms for your listing is a great way to make sure your item shows up when people search for it. Stick with it!  You may not be an overnight success, but you are sure to drive some business your way!

How long has it taken you to start making money with your Etsy shop?

I created a reasonable profit margin so that I would make money every time a shirt sold.

However, in the beginning, I funneled every penny back into the shop!  From October to now – 6 months – and the profits are really starting to grow!  

What makes your shirts stand out against other Etsy shops/handmade T-shirts?

great question!  There are so many great makers out there!  And so many of them make graphic tees of some sort!  I am not afraid to do a custom tee – 1 or 2 of anything.  Most print shops have a minimum of 12-15 to order.  With me, there is no minimum.  I think i found a niche there!  

You were recently invited as a seller at the Magnolia event Spring at the Silos! How did you get into the event as a seller?

I am still reeling from the event!  it was an invitation only event with 60 vendors there.  I honestly have no idea how they found out about me and invited me!  I was just elated to have been given the opportunity!  

Tell us about your experience as a seller at Spring at the Silos.

It was a whirlwind of a weekend!  Set up started Wednesday and tear down happened Saturday after we closed at 6.  I met so many people during the process!  It was amazing to meet so many people that follow me on Instagram or had purchased from me on etsy before!  I sold over 700 shirts during the weekend and even sold one to Joanna Gaines!

How has Spring at the Silos affected your business?

Amazingly!  after the sales over that weekend, I came home to about 100 orders on Etsy!  so fun!  

Did you see an increase in sales on your Etsy shop after the event?

Yes, a huge spike!

Have you done other in-person sales? Craft fairs/farmer market?

I did a small market locally during Christmas that went very well.  It was a great way to test the waters!  The Magnolia was my next big market!

What is the advantage of selling at a farmers market/craft fair event? Spring at the Silos?

Instant feedback and a guaranteed crowd!  Also, getting to meet lots of new people and network!

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What have you learned about yourself, your business, life…etc. since starting your business?

I have learned that I need lots of help organizing!  ha!  Thankfully I have friends who encourage and organize for me!  It is so important to manage your work/life balance. I teach full time during the day, my daughter and I come home, make dinner, we read, bathe and she heads off to bed.  When she goes to bed, my second job begins-usually until 1am.  No rest for the weary!  So far, the hard work is paying off.

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What is your best advice for someone thinking about starting a creative business?

Create a business plan!  I did not have one to begin with – business grew so fast and I had no idea how to plan for that, but would have been more prepared with a business plan in place.  Luckily, I have been able to think pretty fast on my feet!  

What are some resources that have made a huge difference in your business? (Books, online courses. websites, podcasts, etc)

I read a lot of the Etsy forums, asked a lot of questions from other Etsy sellers, and really used social media as my platform to share designs.  If they did well, I added them to the shop!   To this date, I have probably sold over 4,000 tees since October.  Not bad if you break that down!  And most importantly, I am having fun doing it!

Where can we follow you and buy one of these awesome shirts?!

(Ashleigh’s edit: You should DEFINITELY check out her store. I seriously WANT all the shirts!!)

 I am on Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/cecelivelydesigns

I am on Instagram : @cecelively

…and of course, i would love to offer folks a discount!

use this code: LIVELYGIRL to get 15% off your order total!  



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Work from Home Jobs Online: Get Started Today

Work from Home Jobs Online: Get Started Today

Work from Home Jobs Online: Get Started Today!

Are you looking for work from home jobs online? Are you looking for ways to make extra income, start a side hustle, or even begin a new career?

There are many reasons to find ways to work from home. Smart Cents Mom was started to help other moms find legitimate ways to make real money from home! For many moms, having a sweet new baby changes everything!

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Smart Cents Mom is about leading you to the best work at home opportunities whether side hustles, entrepreneur opportunities, or career options with an established company.

There are hundreds of online job opportunities and it can quickly become overwhelming trying to figure out what online jobs are legit. Don’t worry though, Smart Cents Mom is here to help!

Just know, finding a work from home job is a real possibility! We will help you narrow down your goals and help you decide where to start your work from home journey.

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There are 3 basic types of work from home jobs online:

Side Hustle

Side Hustle jobs are things you can do online to make extra money. You might make anywhere from a few dollars to $150 depending on the side hustle you choose to work.

Popular side hustles include taking surveys, testing websites for usability, and rating the efficiency of search engines. The pay for these tasks range between a few dollars to $15 per hour.

 

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Legit Work from Home Opportunities that Pay $10+ per Hour

 

Entrepreneur Opportunities

Many people who decide to work from home start a business out of their home. This gives them total control over their time and flexibility.

Popular entrepreneur opportunities include

  • freelance work
  • selling on Amazon
  • flipping flea market finds
  • Ebay
  • creative/handmade sales on Etsy
  • e-commerce store
  • blogging
  • network marketing (selling products to friends and family)

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If you have a skill that you can teach others then you can turn that into a freelance opportunity!

 

Resources for Freelance Work Opportunities

Writing to 1K – Freelance Writing Course

Pinterest Virtual Assistant – make money pinning on Pinterest for bloggers or businesses

Virtual Assistant – All about admin for bloggers and businesses online

Proofreading – Online proofreading for transcripts

Transcribing – Learn about Legal Transcription

Internet Scoping School – Learn to Edit for Court Reporters

Amazon FBA – How to sell discounted retail items for profit on Amazon

Flipper University – How to buy flea market finds and resell them for profit

How to Start a Blog

Mega List of Direct Sales Opportunities

 

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Career Options

Many companies are hiring remote workers in fields of customer service, computer technology, graphic design, software design, social media marketing, and technical support.

Popular companies hiring work from home jobs are Amazon, Apple, Hilton WorldWide, Uhaul, Cigna Healthcare, IXL Learning, Buffer, and many more!

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Where to Find Work from Career Positions?

Flexjobs is a great place to find work from home jobs. You do have to pay a small fee to join their site and browse their jobs. They research every job post to make sure that it is a legit work from home opportunity (remote opportunity) before it can be posted.

 

Indeed is another place that I find work from home opportunities. Type “Remote” into the location box to find jobs that are available for work from home status. These job postings are not vetted so be careful to do research on any company before submitting your information.

 

Mom Source Network is another great resource for helping women (and men) who are returning to the workforce after an extended amount of leave. They offer some remote job options, but also have part-time and flexible job opportunities in cities across the US.

Skills You Need to Work from Home

Working from home can be as different as working as a sales agent to designing websites! There are so many options when it comes to location independent opportunities. However, there are some skills that every work from home job requires.

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Computer Savvy

Every work from home job uses the computer to get the job done. Whether you are emailing, entering data, managing social media, or designing graphics; you will be using a computer! You at least need basic computer skills, familiarity with Google docs, and ability to use social media.

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Highly Organized

Organization is key to having a productive and balanced work from home job. It can be easy to get distracted while working from home because of all the “other things” you think should be done. It’s important to have a planned and organized day, week, and month. Setting goals and meeting goals is also important in creating a productive work at home environment.

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Excellent Communication

If you are in a work from home job that is building clients, a team, or you are working for a company; then clear communication is key to being successful. Maintaining contact with other team members and clients will help your business run smoothly. Since you most likely won’t see these people in person written communication (emails) and video will be your most useful forms of communication.

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Ability to Work Alone

It can sometimes be lonely to work from home. You will need to be self motivated to stay committed to your work when you don’t have the support of a team around you. Some days can feel tough when you don’t have others to bounce ideas off of or to express how things are going for you in your work.

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Networking Skills

Networking skills are important for work at home jobs. You will have to find alternative opportunities to network in a work from home position. You can find support groups online through websites, facebook groups, and other forums. This will be an important factor to grow your business!

How to Spot Work at Home Scams

Working at home can sound too good to be true…

If you read things like “get rich quick” or “earn $500 per day with this easy online job,” then it is probably a scam.

These are the top 2 ways to spot a scam:

#1 Unreal Numbers in a short amount of time.

If a website or company is offering you the opportunity to make an unreal amount of money as soon as you start working, then it’s probably a scam. You can make great money from online jobs, but just like any other job it takes time and hardwork to build your business.

 

#2 Requests for Payment to Earn Money

If a company is asking you to pay them money to get started working for them, then it is a scam. No legitimate company will ask you to pay money so that you can start working for them.

 

How to Find the Best Work at Home Job

Start your search for a work at home job by assessing the following . . .

Skills

What skills do you already have from previous work?

Are you computer savvy, graphic designer, good at networking, strong presence on social media?

What hobbies do you have that could translate to a job?

Could you teach people how to do something?

 

Time

How much time do I have to dedicate towards a work at home job?

How important is flexibility to me?

Will I be working while the kids are around me? (Non-Phone Jobs would be important)

How many hours per week can I work?

Do I have time to learn a new skill?

Should I work full time, part time, or as a side hustle?

 

Money

How much money do I need to make?

If this is a new career, can I work and get paid at the beginner level?

 

Resources

What kind of resources do I need to consider to start a work from home job?

Should I take a course?

 

These questions will help you to sort out the direction you want to go in your work from home journey. You will find that once you start a work from home job other opportunities will begin to open up for you. It might be best to consider a side hustle if you are just starting out before you take on a full time work from home job.

 

There are many legit online work from home opportunities available. These are great opportunities to give you flexibility and control over your work. Smart Cents Mom is here to be a resource for you as you start your online work from home journey!

 

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My FAVORITE ways to earn a little extra cash on the side…

Ibotta

Ibotta is a cell phone app that is easy to use everywhere you go to buy groceries! You can easily earn cash back rebates and transfer the money into your Paypal account. This is seriously one of my favorite ways to save money at the grocery store!

I love this app because it is so easy to use and now it’s just part of my routine when I grocery shop. You can use this at your grocery store and even Target and Walmart!  You simply find the items you want to buy in your app and then scan your purchases and receipt when you get home and put everything away.

The best part is you get to earn cash back on items that usually don’t ever have coupons like fruits, vegetables, milk, and eggs! Also, they have many items each month that are NOT BRAND SPECIFIC. So you can choose any brand in that category and still save!

If you do this all year you will have a nice chunk of change saved up from doing what you already do! Join Ibotta and earn a $10 cash bonus!

Want more details? Read my Ibotta Review

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Survey Sites

Surveys are a great way to make $50 – $100 cash every month! You have to be choosy when you take surveys so that you don’t waste your time and you actually get paid. These are my favorite sites for earning extra cash with survey sites:

Pinecone ResearchIpsos Panel, Harris Poll Online, Vindale Research, VIP Voice, Toluna, National Consumer Panel, Survey Savvy, YouGov Panel, MySurvey Panel

Find out more about my Super Awesome Survey Strategy here >>> Top 10 Surveys that Pay with Paypal

Ebates

Ebates is one of the easiest ways to earn money while shopping online. You can earn anywhere from 3 – 10% back on average on purchases you make regularly. It’s a great way to save and you can earn more by referring your friends!

These are 2 of my favorite ways to earn cash back with Ebates.

#1 Things that I don’t want to wait to come in the mail. I order online then choose store pick-up so that I get extra savings. You can do this at Target, Lowes, and Home Depot just to name a few!

#2 If you are buying hotel or airline tickets for business or vacation, then you can get cash back if you shop through some airlines or sites like Expedia. This has saved me over $40 on an airline flight in the past.

Find out more about Why I Love Ebates here >>> Earn Cash Back While Shopping


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Ultimate List of Survey Sites that Pay with Paypal

Ultimate List of Survey Sites that Pay with Paypal

Ultimate List of Survey Sites that Pay with Paypal for Busy Moms

Are you looking for a lazy way to earn some extra cash online?

I mean something that doesn’t take a lot of mental effort and can be done while you are watching TV (another episode of Paw Patrol, maybe?) or maybe sipping a glass of wine at the end of a long day . . .

Survey sites that pay directly to a Paypal account are a popular easy way to earn money without much effort, no experience, and no skill level required.

If you are just getting started with a side hustle, then taking surveys is a great way to start making some money on the side. For more ideas to get started working from home check out this post Want to work from home? Get started here!

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How Much Can You Make with Surveys

You can make $100 – $200 per month by using a survey strategy just by taking surveys

It’s ALL about strategy! I’ve learned over the past year that most things don’t *just happen* for people…

you need a good strategy to achieve your goals.

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Strategy to Make Extra Money with Surveys

This strategy will help you be more productive when it comes to taking surveys as a side hustle!

1 – Create a separate email account just for taking surveys. You will get a ton of emails from survey sites and you don’t want to bombard your regular email account with survey emails. It will drive you crazy!

2 – Sign up for ALL the survey companies. You won’t be taking surveys from every company every day. Signing up for a variety of survey companies will allow you more opportunities to take surveys and each company pays out at different times so you will have more consistent cash each month.

3 – Below, I break down each survey company and share with you tips to make the most out of your time with each survey company. As you start taking surveys make a note of the survey companies that pay you the most money and send you the best surveys. Focus on those companies to get the best results!

Avoiding Scams

You may be skeptical about making money with surveys because of scams. Only sign up for survey sites that DO NOT require you to pay to join their site. It’s also a good idea to do your own research of each survey site before you sign up. You can get a good idea of reviews found in places like Reddit and the sub reddit: beer money.

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Survey Sites that Pay with Paypal

NOTE: Click on the Survey name or button below to start your side hustle today!

PINECONE RESEARCH

Well known as one of the BEST survey companies around and offers paid product testing. Members earn points for taking surveys. Pinecone is not always accepting new members, so if you apply make sure to complete the profile survey that is sent after you sign up. If you don’t complete this survey then you won’t be accepted!

Pay Out Minimum: 300 points = $3

Pincecone Research, Sign Up Here!

 

MINTVINE

Offers surveys, daily polls, and focus group opportunities. Pays in cash to Paypal or Dwolla accounts or gift cards.

Pay Out Minimum: 1000 points = $10

MintVine, Sign Up Here!

HARRIS POLL

Each survey is worth 75 -100 points and you typically receive 3 – 4 surveys per month. You may only qualify for 1 or 2 surveys per month.

Pay Out Minimum: 1250 points = $10

Harris Poll, Sign Up Here! TOLUNAUSUKSWEDEN

Surveys, paid product reviews, and online focus groups. Points are redeemable for cash via check or Paypal account.

Pay Out Minimum: 75,000 points = $25

Toluna, Sign Up Here! IPSOS PANELUSCANADAUK

Offers surveys and product testing opportunities. Points are redeemable for cash payout via Paypal account.

Pay Out Minimum: 1500 points = $15

Ipsos, Sign Up Here! SURVEY SAVVY

Offers paid surveys. Members are paid with check or Paypal.

Pay Out Minimum: $1

Survey Savvy, Sign Up Here! YOUGOV

Offers news-related surveys. Pays in cash by check, Paypal account, or Amazon gift card.

Pay Out Minimum: $25 in your account to request a reward

YouGov, Sign Up Here!

MY SURVEYAustraliaUK

Paid Surveys and product testing opportunities. Pays in cash to Paypal or Amazon gift cards (and other gift card options).

Payout Minimum: 1200 points = $10

My Survey

OPINION OUTPOSTUSCANADA

Offers paid surveys. Pays in cash to Paypal and Amazon gift cards.

*They have been known to shut down accounts without warning recently.

Payout Minimum: $5 – $10

Opinion Outpost, Sign Up Here!

VINDALE

Offers paid surveys, trial offers (with an opportunity to earn $5 – $30), and other opportunities to earn. Pays in cash to a Paypal account.

Payout Minimum: $50

VINDALE, Sign Up Here!

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Stay Motivated with Your Survey Side Hustle

You may get bored or tired of taking surveys. So to stay motivated create a goal or a plan for the money you are making. For example, I want to have $100 per month in surveys so that by Christmas I have all of our gifts covered.

Having a goal for your side hustle will keep you motivated to stay active and earning money.

What are your favorite Survey sites to use in your side hustle?

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Make Money Online with MintVine

Make Money Online with MintVine

Make Money Online with MintVine

 

Want to make $10 TODAY?!

I recently discovered a new(ish) survey company called Mintvine.

You could earn $10 today with Mintvine just for signing up, completing your profile, and taking a few surveys!

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Surveys are one of the easiest ways to make some extra cash from home. You won’t become a millionaire taking surveys with Mintvine (or any other survey company), but you can definitely make enough for a Starbucks run… or save your earnings to help out with birthday presents or your Christmas budget at the end of the year!

 

If surveys are your jam for making extra cash, then the best way to earn the most is by signing up for the best Top 10 Survey Sites that Pay with Paypal!

 

Pro Tip: Create a separate email account you use for survey sites. You will be bombarded with survey emails so this is the best way to keep yourself organized! Make sure you sign up for several different survey sites so that you are always having the opportunity to take a survey.

 

Looking for more ways to side hustle? 7 Ways to Make $1000 or more from Home

 

MintVine: Make Money Online

 

Earn money taking online surveys with MintVine. You earn points for surveys (and other opportunities); 100 points is equivalent to $1. You can cash out to a Paypal or Dowolla account when you reach $10. Payments can take 3 – 5 days to process.

Ways to Make Money with MintVine

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Survey Street & Points Place

This is where you can take surveys through MintVine. Survey Street is unique in that MintVine will funnel surveys that fit your profile. So be sure to be honest in your profile when you sign up! MintVine really tries not to waste your time and I appreciate that. You are able to take as many surveys as you want through Survey Street and you will be paid for each successful completion of a survey.

 

If you are not qualified for a survey MintVine will still give you points for your time! Sometimes it will be 5 points up to 35 points. So either way at least your earning something!

 

Note: Survey points take 14 days to process before being added to your account. This is the one negative aspect of MintVine. However, your Daily Polls points are posted to your account immediately.

 

Daily Polls

 

You can earn 5 points for answering a daily poll located on your MintVine dashboard. It takes about 5 seconds to get those 5 points! If you take the poll consecutively for 10 days you get a 25 point bonus!

 

Pro Tip: Keep your a window open in your browser (on your phone or computer) so that you can check in everyday to take the quick poll! Even if you don’t have time to take a complete survey you can still earn points!

 

Offers

 

Like many other *get-paid-to* sites, MintVine has an offers section. This is where you can sign up for an offer and earn points. Some of these require you to pay $1 or sign up for a subscription and earn between 60 – 1200 points.

 

Read each offer carefully and it will let you know that if you cancel your order then you won’t get the points.

 

Important Note: If you sign up for a subscription make sure to cancel the subscription before the next pay period. If you sign up for a free trial make sure to cancel before the first payment. These could cost you money if you don’t cancel before the next payment! You can set a reminder in your phone to cancel to help you remember.

Here are some examples of earning points with offers:

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Fabletics: As a NEW VIP member get 2 pairs of leggings for $24.99 and earn 1200 points ($12) This would be a great deal if you wanted Fabletics leggings and have been waiting for a good time to buy. You would just want to make sure and cancel your subscription after you receive your leggings.  

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I Can Read!: Join the I Can Read! Program and pay $1 in shipping and handling. Earn 300 points ($3). Cancel your subscription after you receive your books. When you factor in the $1 you spent on shipping you come out with $2!

 

This can be a risky way to earn points, but it’s definitely possible and can help you earn points quickly if you do several deals.

 

Local Deals

There are a few deals on the Local Deals page where you can save money from shopping online. These deals are similar to deals you find on sites like Groupon.

 

Focus Group Opportunities

You can qualify for “Recruit Surveys” with MintVine. This is a great way to earn  between $100 – $150 for participating in a focus group. Some focus groups are based on location. The best way to qualify for these is by being active taking surveys.

Referrals

MintVine has a great referral program for their surveys! Click on MVP to find your referral code. You can share via social media and email (or blog 🙂 ) For every new community member you earn 15% of what they make and you earn 50 points when they complete their first survey!

 

So sign up here with my referral link and share your referral code with your friends!

 

Pro Tip: Always take advantage of the referral opportunity. Every money making app or survey site has a referral program. Learn how you can use referrals to earn even more: Earn Extra with Cash Back Apps

 

Should I join MintVine?

 

I think MintVine is worth joining because . . .

 

  • The Daily Polls are seriously easy to take! Just taking daily polls you can earn $18 in 6 months or $36 for the year. For me, that’s a Lego set for my kids at Christmas.
  • You can earn points even when you don’t qualify for the full survey.
  • Only need $10 to cash out and it goes to a Paypal account.
  • There are opportunities to join Focus Groups to earn even more money!

 

What I don’t love . . .

 

It takes 14 days for points to be approved from Surveys. This can be frustrating especially if you are close to cashing out.

 

Overall I think MintVine is worth my time when it comes to taking surveys as a side hustle!

What is your favorite way to side hustle?


 

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Make Extra Money with Focus Groups

Make Extra Money with Focus Groups

Make Extra Money with Focus Groups

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How I Made $100 in 90 Minutes! (Make Extra Money with Focus Groups)

 

I have been participating in focus groups for several years. This week I was paid $100 for 90 minutes of my time!

 

I can’t give you details about the focus group I participated in due to non-disclosure agreements. I spent 90 minutes in a discussion panel where we (me and about 6 other people) were asked questions about a specific topic. We also had homework that we had to fill out and bring in related to the topic. (The homework only took about 10 minutes).

 

This specific focus group provided us with a pizza dinner (complete with snacks, cookies, and sodas), which was really nice because our group was at 6:00 right at dinner time.

 

I had to get a babysitter for my kids for 2 hours which costs me $10/hour, so I made $80.

 

If you are looking for a way to earn some extra cash, then focus groups should be on your list of side hustles to try.

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How to find a focus group

 

You can find a focus group in your city by doing a quick google search.

 

Start with these search terms . . .

 

  • Focus groups *Your City*

 

  • Market research *Your City*

 

  • Focus groups near me

 

Click on the options that are brought up in the search results. You will want to check out the websites of any locations that are presented and call the locations to get an idea if these places are legit.

 

You will want to get on the email list as focus group participant of your local focus group company. I receive emails each week about upcoming focus group opportunities that I qualify for.

 

Remember to always answer the pre-requisite questions accurately and honestly. If you lie about your answers it will be more difficult to find surveys and focus groups that you qualify for in the future.

Typically you can expect to earn between $50 – $150+ for 1-2 hours of work. Online surveys or phone surveys can pay between $5 – $20 for about 15 minutes – 20 minutes of work. There are some instances where you might earn gift cards for your participation in focus groups and occasionally you can get free products!

Find Focus Groups

Find Focus Groups lists focus groups that are available across the nation. You can click here to search for focus groups that are available.

**If you ever feel uncomfortable with a business or location then do not pursue working with them and do not give them your information.**

 

Online Focus Groups / Surveys

These online focus groups might look familiar to you if you use online surveys to make extra money from home. The key to each of these online focus groups/survey sites is to stay active with short surveys in order to better your chances to be invited to focus groups. Focus groups pay much better than taking surveys!

My advice is to create a seperate email account for signing up for surveys/focus groups. Then join all the focus group/survey sites below to better your chances of earning extra cash with a focus group!

Toluna

Toluna is a marketing research firm that offers paid surveys and focus group panels. Paid surveys earn between $10 to $30 (one of the best paying survey sites around!) and relevant surveys are the first step into focus group panels. You can be paid with direct cash rewards or sweepstakes entries. Your best chances for getting into focus group panels is by taking shorter surveys.

**Sign up for Toluna here!**

 

Ipsos I-Say

Ipsos I-Say is another survey site that offers focus group panels. Focus group panels can pay up to $120 per hour! The best way to get into focus groups with Ipsos I-Say is to stay active in their surveys. The surveys don’t pay as much as the focus groups, but you can still earn a little cash with the surveys.

Sign up for Ipsos I-Say here!

 

My Survey

My Survey has surveys, focus groups, and product testing opportunities. Active survey takers are most likely to be invited to focus group opportunities. Focus group panelists are paid via gift certificates and pre-paid gift credit cards.

Sign up for My Survey here!

 

Harris Poll Online

Harris Poll Online is a trusted online survey company with options for focus group panels. Paid focus group panels can be done in-person, over the phone, or online. You can expect to earn at least $50 per panel.

Sign up for Harris Poll Online here!

 

VIP Voice

You can take surveys and focus group panels with VIP Voice. You can earn from $25 to $100 in REWARDS.

Sign up for VIP Voice here!

 

Survey Junkie

Earn $2 – $75 for surveys through Survey Junkie. You can also earn up to $120 doing online focus groups! Survey Junkie matches survey takers with survey providers. This gives you more opportunities to be matched for qualifying surveys. Survey Junkie isn’t really a focus group company, but they do offer focus group opportunities. When you are offered a chance to join the focus panel, you should do it even if there aren’t currently many opportunities. As the company gets contracts for focus group panels you will be on the list!

Sign up for Survey Junkie here! 

Focus Group Websites

20|20 Panel

20|20 Panel offers in-person and online research studies. These studies generally pay $50 to $150. In-Person studies: Nashville, TN | Miami, FL | Charlotte, NC

Sign up for 20|20 Panel here!

 

 

Engage in Depth

Engage in Depth offers consumer and healthcare focus group panels. You can earn as much as $100 per pane. When you sign up you will answer several questionnaires. Make sure you are honest and answer completely. This will help you get into focus groups that you qualify.

Sign up for Engage in Depth here!

 

FocusGroup.com

FocusGroup.com offers focus groups, shop alongs, in-person focus groups, and many more opportunities. To get started, fill out the online application and complete surveys and focus group invitations. In-person focus groups can earn between $75 to $150.

Sign up for FocusGroup.com here!

 

Focus Forward

Focus Forward offers paid surveys at $5 per survey. The process to get into a focus group is to take an online survey, then you might be called for a phone screening, then you will be set up in a focus group. You can earn $50 to $200 for these focus groups.

Sign up for Focus Forward here!

 

MindSwarms

Mindswarms conducts studies online via webcam, smartphone, or tablet. To get started complete the online application and then answer questions through webcam online. You can earn $50 per study and are paid via Paypal.

Sign up for Mindswarms here!

 

Mintvine

Mintvine pays $10 to $50 per hour for focus group panels. They also have paid surveys lasting 5 to 10 minutes paying $2 to $3. You can get paid through Paypal or Amazon gift card. Referring friends is another way to earn and you can get paid 15% of what they make.

Sign up for Mintvine here!

 

 

Savitz Research

Savitz Research group offers online and telephone surveys. Focus group studies pay between $50 to $300 per study. Get started by filling out the online application.

Sign up for Savitz Research here!

 

*Be sure research each opportunity before applying to each group.*

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Get Paid to Blog as a Freelance Writer

Get Paid to Blog as a Freelance Writer

Get Paid to Blog as a Freelance Writer

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I am so excited to introduce you to my blogging friend Elna Cain! She is a busy work at home mom of 4-year old twins. Elna has created a successful business as a freelance writer and now she is teaching others how to get paid to blog as a freelance writer. I invited Elna to give us the details on blogging as a freelance writer!


Do you have a blog?

Are you trying to monetize it? It can be crazy hard, right? There are so many ways to make money as a side hustle like affiliate marketing, using ads on your blog and doing sponsored posts.

But, did you know there’s a quicker and easier way to make money if you’re a blogger? It’s having a freelance-based business!

Yes, and specifically being a freelance writer!

My name is Elna Cain and I’m a professional writer. I write for popular blogs like Blogging Wizard and OptinMonster.

And, you know what? I get paid to write about things I absolutely LOVE! Like – blogging tips!

Yes, that’s right. You can get paid to blog about your passion like:

  • Being a parent
  • Natural health
  • Home décor
  • Knitting
  • Pets
  • WordPress
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Law
  • Gardening
  • Fashion
  • Entertainment
  • Travel
  • And more!

As a freelance writer online, you can write about anything and get PAID TO DO IT!

Looking for more ways to get paid? Check this out…7 Ways for Busy Moms to Make Extra Money Online

How I Broke Into Freelance Writing

I started freelance writing over two years ago after I had finished my maternity leave with my twins (where I live, you get a year off for maternity).

For the first year of being a first-time mom, I had my hands full.

Needless to say, I had no time to do anything except, feed, change, eat, wash up and repeat (oh I didn’t sleep that first year either!).

But, after that year was up and my twins started walking and I was able to take a bit of time to myself – seriously, like shower! – I knew I had to think about contributing to the household finances.

Before I had my twins, I was working in the school system, but I knew I couldn’t go back to what I was doing.

There was no way I could leave my twins to someone else (mama bear here). And, plus, daycare costs would’ve have eaten up my paycheck.

So, I made the decision to work from home. I looked into virtual assisting and freelance writing. I chose writing since I’m creative, love to write and it comes naturally to me.

I made a lot of mistakes in the beginning. Instead of starting a website to showcase my business, I decided to create a profile on Upwork.

Upwork is a freelance marketplace, but the work is low paying and ghostwritten (which means my name isn’t attached to my work). I didn’t get anywhere on that platform.

It wasn’t until I created my website that I was able to land a $400/month gig. And then the following month was making well over $1k/month.

Life as a Professional Writer

Now that my twins are four years old, my life as a paid writer is different than when I started.

My twins napped more and I had more time to write back then. Now, my twins no longer nap, so I do most of my client work in the morning and at night.

I’ve always worked part time; I just had to switch my hours around. Most of the day is filled with activities with my twins and life as a mom.

I can easily make a living as a writer only writing 4 hours a day.

I honed on a niche – digital marketing – and was able to increase my rate from $.04/word to now over $.30/word.

I primarily write blog posts that vary from 500 words to 2,000 words. In one week I can write up to 3 blog posts for my clients and still have time to write on my freelance writing blog and my Twins Mommy blog.

Helping New Writers

I’ve met so many great aspiring writers – from mom bloggers that want to make a side income to college students that want to live the freelance lifestyle to even corporate burn-outs that hate their job and want something different.

All of them were eager to learn how to freelance write and make a living from it. Because I wanted to help everyone not make the same mistakes I did, I decided to create a course for bloggers and aspiring writers.

It’s called Write Your Way to Your First $1k.

I created it for brand new freelance writers. I set you up to get your writer platform up and running so that you can attract clients.

But I also give you over 95+ ways to find profitable clients.

I also dive deep into the skills you need to make your first $1k like:

  • How to write and structure your blog post for your clients
  • How to properly submit your work
  • How to optimize and annotate your images
  • How to upload your project into a client’s CMS (content management system)
  • And more…

Finally, my course helps you when you do get clients – because you will get clients for sure – and how to get them onboard and wow them for recurring work.

Plus, I have a thriving private Facebook group full of my students that you can connect and network with as well as get job leads and get more training from me!

Interested in Becoming a Freelance Writer?

If you’re interested in getting your first freelance writing job, I have a free email course that will teach you the steps you need to land that first gig.

I also own FreelancerFAQs where you can find the best information to help you run your freelance business.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your side hustle running and become a freelance writer today!


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