Sign up for the Self-Publishing Success Summit for FREE!

July 7, 2015 | Crystal Paine

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Sign up for the Self-Publishing Success Summit for FREE!

Have you ever considered writing a book? If so, you’ll want to sign up for the FREE Self-Publishing Success Online Summit being held July 12-23.

This Summit features interviews from 37 different authors and entrepreneurs and will give you lots of valuable information to help you write, market, and publish your book.

Here are the three main topics this online event covers:

Step 1 – Writing You Book – You’ll learn how to easily & effortlessly write your first book and how to overcome the doubts and fears that keep you from writing.

Step 2 – Marketing & Publishing – Learn how to successfully launch your book once it’s written…including revolutionary “outside of the box” tactics today’s top authors are using to sell more books.

Step 3 – Monetizing (Making Money) – Take your book to the bank. Speakers share their top strategies to build passive income, even a business, from your first book… including how to use a book to drive 1,000’s of leads & customers.

Sign up for this event for FREE here.

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Free eCourse: How to Make Money from Home with an Amazon FBA Business

April 25, 2020 | Meg

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Looking for some unique ways to make money from home? You might want to try an Amazon FBA Business!

If you’re interested in making an income from home and you’re looking for ideas, be sure to sign up for this free eCourse on how to work from home with an Amazon FBA business.

This e-mail series is taught by the Selling family — a husband and wife team who have been making a full-time income from home through Amazon since 2011.

In this series, you will learn:

  • What an Amazon FBA business is and how it works
  • What types of items you can sell on Amazon and how prices differ
  • How to set up an Amazon seller account
  • Plus more!

Go here to sign up for this free eCourse.

Looking for more in-depth advice on how to make money from home?

Be sure to check out my book Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make A Difference, where I share creative ways to manage money, generate income and–most importantly–live a life of deeper meaning, fulfillment, and generosity than you might have ever imagined possible. This book is packed with hard-won wisdom, real-life stories, and practical tips to help inspire and motivate you!

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6 Non-Phone Work at Home Options


Guest post from Anna of Real Ways to Earn

Let’s face it — phone jobs are fairly common in the work-from-home world. A quick “work-from-home” keyword search on any popular job site will likely bring you pages and pages of results for phone-oriented work.

The obvious downside to phone jobs is that many people have legit reasons for not being able to do them. Maybe you have a loud background at home due to kids or pets. Maybe you’re hearing impaired. Maybe you don’t have a land line phone — or any phone — and can’t get one. Maybe you simply aren’t a people person and the idea of talking to strangers on the phone all day doesn’t appeal to you. Or maybe it’s a combination of all of the above!

Gratefully, there are quite a few non-phone options out there if a work-at-home phone job just isn’t in the cards for you. Here are 6 different options:

1. Chat Support

Chat-based customer support is the same as phone support, the obvious difference being that instead of helping customers via live conversation, you’re doing so via chat and email so it is completely non-phone.

Apple and Needle are two reputable companies that are frequently hiring chat agents to work at home.

2. Search Engine Evaluation

This type of work is also referred to as “Google Rating.” The work is more complex than I can explain in a few sentences, but to sum up, you are basically helping to ensure that major search engines like Google and Bing are providing the absolute best results possible for every search query typed in.

People who tend to excel at search engine evaluation are usually very internet savvy, good at doing online research, and well-versed in popular culture.

Some reputable companies to consider for search evaluation include Leapforce, Lionbridge, and Appen.

3. Freelance Writing

Freelance writers take on writing assignments from either personal clients or through content sites, blogs, and so forth. The great thing about freelance writing is that it’s one of the most flexible non-phone jobs out there. You can work any time of the day or night and take as many breaks as you need provided that deadlines are met.

Two companies that are almost always accepting new writers are Textbroker and Demand Media. However, you’ll earn the most money as a writer if you work to find private clients so you can set your own rates.

4. Transcription

Transcribers listen to audio files and type what they hear. While this may sound easy enough, it actually requires a lot of patience and concentration. Simply put, not everyone is cut out for it. It’s one of those things you just have to try out and see if it’s a fit for you.

The three most common types of transcription are general, medical, and legal. General is the easiest type of transcription to break into as a beginner because many companies will consider you with no past experience.

Verbal Ink, Focus Forward, and Quicktate are a few reputable companies with regular openings.

5. Test Scoring

As a remote test scorer, you’ll be scoring student’s standardized tests and essays. This is usually project-based work. In most cases, you’ll need at minimum a college degree to qualify. Some companies may require that you have a teaching degree, too.

Reputable companies that frequently have home-based scoring openings include Pearson and ETS.

6. Virtual Assisting

Virtual assistants have clients who need help with day to day things and provide that help — virtually. While it’s true that there are many virtual assistants who do phone work, not all do.

Most virtual assistants have different skill sets and the work they do will revolve around these skills, such as writing, graphic design, or social media management.

Some well-known companies that regularly hire virtual assistants include Fancy Hands and Worldwide 101. You can also go into business for yourself as a VA and get some private clients. That’s usually the most lucrative route.

As you can see, there are plenty of non-phone options in the work from home world! Hopefully these suggestions will have you doing some serious thinking about which industry you should pursue for non-phone work and be well on your way to getting started.

What about you? Do you have a non-phone work at home job you love?

Anna Thurman is a work at home mom and blogger. She’s been researching and writing about work from home jobs since 2010. Her findings are published via her website, Real Ways to Earn.


6 Reasons Why Blogging Might Not Be For You

October 31, 2015 | Crystal Paine

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Jesenia at The Latina Homemaker has a great post up on 6 reasons why blogging might not be for you. Here’s a snippet:

The other day I was going through some of my old blog posts and I noticed how much my writing has evolved. It was one of those proud moments that reminded me of how far I’ve come in my blogging journey. However, this wasn’t always the case. In fact, there were several times that I almost quit and gave up blogging. Why? Because blogging is not easy. And blogging to generate income is even harder. If you’re thinking about blogging, I don’t want to discourage you. But I do want you to truly analyze if blogging is something you want to pour your heart and efforts into.

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How I Became an Entrepreneur…And You Can Too!

October 31, 2015 | Crystal Paine

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How I Became an Entrepreneur

Stephanie at Six Figures Under has a great post up on how she became an entrepreneur…and you can too! Here’s a snippet:

Being an entrepreneur is in my blood. Growing up I watched my mom use her creativity to help supplement my dad’s income. As a professor, he didn’t usually get paychecks during the summer, so my mom’s income was very helpful.

Ever since I can remember, she has taught dozens of piano students. She has done freelance calligraphy work and has taught children’s singing and art classes. In the pre-Etsy days, she sold crafts and patterns at a local boutique. She has taught everything from tie-dye to cake decorating. She is one of those people who not only excels at everything she puts her mind to, but has a knack for teaching it too!

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Watch My Interview with Michael Hyatt from The Influence & Impact Summit!

October 26, 2015 | Crystal Paine

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If you missed the chance to see me speak at The Influence & Impact Summit online a few weeks ago, you can go here to watch a replay version of my presentation and interview with Michael Hyatt.

Also, summit attendees can sign up for the FREE Platform University video series that will encourage you in having more of an impact and getting your unique message out to the world.

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How I Went From Being a Hobby Blogger to Making an Income

October 29, 2015 | Crystal Paine

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How I went from being a hobby blogger to making an income

Melanie at Gather For Bread has a great post up on how she went from hobby blogger to making an income. Here’s a snippet:

I remember that very first day that I made a couple pennies from ad income here on the blog. I literally did a happy dance in my living room. I was over the moon excited.

Who knew that I could do what I love and make a few bucks? I certainly didn’t. I definitely started my blog as a hobby. When I first started, I wasn’t even sure what to focus on. There were recipes and marriage posts and parenting posts. And I’m still passionate about all those things.

But over time, I realized that I had limited time (just like we all do) and in order to focus and fine tune I had to cut some things out. So in 2014 I cut back to posting mostly recipes. I rarely blogged on any other topics because I wanted to be a better photographer. I wanted to be a better food blogger. I wanted to focus on quality over quantity.

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How to Build a Business Without Completely Exhausting Yourself

How to Find a Time to Build a Business?

“I was wondering how a mom of three little ones (mine are ages 5, 3, and 1) can find the time to grow a blog without killing myself? – Sarah on Twitter

I often get questions from many of you who are wanting to build a business but feel frustrated by the lack of time you have to devote to it. Maybe you are like Sarah and have young children at home, or maybe you’re working another full-time job and you’re not sure how to find the extra time to devote to that business idea you’ve always had.

Whatever it is, here are a few tips to help you build your business without completely exhausting yourself:

1. Make The Time.

Look at your schedule right now. Is there another activity that you’re doing that maybe isn’t as important to you as building a business is?

Maybe it’s social media, TV, mindless browsing on the internet, or something else. None of these are necessarily bad things to be spending your time on, but maybe you can find one activity to replace with business-building time.

2. Borrow The Time.

If every single minute of your day is filled with important things, maybe you can’t make the time. If that’s the case, you may need to borrow the time by cutting something else out of your life.

When you say “yes” to one thing, you have to say “no” to something else.

It could be a good thing that you have to cut, but if it’s not as high of a priority as building your business, then you might have to choose to say no to something in order to borrow the time to put your business idea into motion.

3. Buy The Time.

This may not be something you’re able to do in the beginning, but as you get further along in your business, it might be a great idea for you. Sometimes hiring help is so worth the time you get back.

Maybe you need to hire a babysitter to give yourself a couple hours each week to invest in your business. Maybe you need to hire someone to do your laundry. You could even swap services with someone — perhaps another mom who needs time to invest in her business, too. Maybe it’s picking up takeout once per week to save time on making dinner and cleaning up the kitchen once per week.

In my book, Say Goodbye To Survival Mode, I tell the story of the moment when I realized the best thing I could do for my family and sanity was to hire a Mother’s Helper. When my children were very young, I was stretched way too thin and found myself very overwhelmed.

So we hired a young girl from our church to come over one day a week and help us with laundry and other tasks around our house. I felt like it was an extravagant choice, but it ended up being one of the best decisions we every made.

How to Find Time to Build a Business?photo from Melissa at the ATimeforEverything Etsy Shop

How Much Time Do You Need?

When deciding whether you need to make, borrow, or buy time, you need to set goals and figure out how much time you’ll need in order to meet them.

Ask yourself what your goals are. Where do you want your business to be and where you’d like to be financially within 3-6 months, or even a year? What season of life are you in? What is realistic at this time of your life?

Set some realistic goals and then break those goals down into bite-sized pieces. This will help you figure out what kind of time you need each day in order to meet your goals. Once you have those time blocks figured out, add it to your calendar each day.

Treat it as an appointment, set your timer, and start chipping away at your goals slowly over time. This will help you gain traction towards your goals without feeling overwhelmed.

How to Find Time to Build a Business

An Important Reminder

Everyone is in a different season and situation. Don’t compare yourself to other people, or you will always feel like you’re coming up short. You’ll try to run yourself ragged trying to do what other people do.

If you can only work on your business for 15 to 30 minutes every couple of days, that’s okay. Do what you can do, and focus on that.

Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. You have to give yourself grace if you want to be in it for the long haul and be successful without completely exhausting yourself.

Want more ideas, inspiration, and advice on how to build a business from home? Click here to order a copy of my brand new Money-Making Mom book!

What other suggestions do you have for finding time to build a business without becoming completely exhausted in the process?


10 Creative Ways to Earn $500 Per Month From Home

October 28, 2015 | Crystal Paine

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10 Creative Ways to Earn $500 a Month From Home

Rachel from Smart Mom Smart Ideas has a great post up on 10 creative ways to earn $500 per month from home. Here’s a snippet:

Are you a stay at home mom that would like to add a little to your family income every month?  Maybe you work full-time or part-time but would still like to increase your income with a side hustle?  With a little creativity,  everyone can find jobs and earn extra money working at home.

Let’s make $500 extra dollars a month your starting point.  You can break $500 several different ways to determine the type of work you might complete to reach your goal.  For example, you could work 10 hours during the month for $50 per hour or 20 hours for $25 per hour or you could work 5o hours for $10 per hour.

After you decide an hourly rate for your time, you can also decide how many weeks you want to work each month.  Do you want to do all the work in 1 week or just a few hours every week during the month?  Remember,  the more you can charge per hour for your services the fewer hours you will need to work to reach the goal.

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*HOT* Bluehost Sale: Web hosting for just $2.65 per month! (Plus, get my Beginning Blogging Course for FREE!)

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Thinking of setting up a website or blog? You’ll want to check out this hot offer from Bluehost that only comes around once or twice per year! (This is their Black Friday pricing!)

For two days only, you can get monthly hosting from Bluehost for just $2.65 per month! This sale is SUPER rare, so be sure to take advantage of it!

I have used Bluehost for some of my sites, and I know many, many people who use Bluehost and love it. It’s also what I recommend starting out with in my How to Make Money Blogging series!

My favorite reason to sign up for Bluehost hosting is because they offer such great customer service. In fact, they have 24/7 customer service help, so you can call in at any time of the day or night if you are having issues and they will help you out.

BONUS!! If you take advantage of this offer today or tomorrow and buy a Bluehost plan, you’ll get my beginner blogging course 5 Days to a Successful Blog Launch for FREE!

That means as soon as you get your blog set up with hosting, you’ll have all the tools you need to successfully get your blog launched right away!

Need help getting started? Here are some step-by-step instructions:

  1. Click here to start your Bluehost hosting registration process.
  2. Click the big green button that says “Get Started Now”
  3. Choose your hosting plan. (Tip: For a brand new blog, the basic plan should work just fine. You can always upgrade later if your site grows to need more features.)
  4. Enter your domain name. If you don’t have a domain name yet, you can choose one now. If you do have one already, go ahead and enter it in. Not ready to choose one? Wait a second for the option to choose it later to pop up at the bottom of the screen. Then select Choose Later. (Tip: Your domain name is the www address people enter in their browser to find your website on the internet. E.g., our domain name is
  5. Create your account. This is where you enter your information, choose your hosting package information, and make your payments.
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