One of the hardest parts of being a mother is feeling like you need to give up who you are in order to become ‘Mama’. All of who you are is wrapped up in that one role, that one job. Even women who go to work and have the opportunity to be called by their own name through out the day often still feel like what they do for work, isn’t really who they are.
On top of the struggle that comes from being a mother and a woman at the same time, there’s also the struggle that comes from being at a place in life that often involves money struggles.
How can you fuel your soul, feed your passion, and still make money. Or at the very least have a hobby pay for itself?
Get the right hobby of course :p
But seriously, there’re so many different ways to make money outside of a regular 9-5 job. Some I’ve tried, most I’ve learned about from women I know.
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The cheapest way to start is to sell what you already have, but don’t need. Half of our Christmas money this year came from selling the toys the kiddos were (mostly) done with. That’s a solid way to make money – and with a little finesse it can be sustainable. However I do that out of necessity, for my sanity. It doesn’t really feed my soul if ya know what I mean!
Writing and Blogging
The next cheapest way (I can think of) is to start a blog. To be a writer. It really doesn’t matter what your interest is, there’s a blog for that. And if there isn’t, then maybe you’re the person to start it!
I’ve had, I think, 5 different blogs over the years. I’ve learned a lot in that time. I have to admit, I didn’t make any money the first 4 times I tried. But I also only blogged for myself, and family. I wasn’t trying to make money with a blog. I realize now I could have with my previous blog, but I had no idea what I was doing. Assuming you’re like I was, I’ll share a couple quick things I learned.
Most bloggers make their money through ads, sponsored posts, affiliate marketing and selling your own work. Today I’ll touch on affiliate marketing – we’ll get into more depth about blogging later.
Affiliate marketing is when you partner with different brands/companies You let your readers know about the items the brand offers, then when the readers click through the link, if they purchase something, you get a commission. That banner above is an affiliate link to AWIN – a Global Affiliate network. They’re one of the places a blogger can sign up through to become an affiliate marketer on their blog.
Those pretty ads some bloggers have on their site vs those spammy ads others have on their sites – those are affiliate links.
Once you’re signed up as an affiliate marketer, you can apply to different advertiser’s programs. If you’re accepted to the program (some are hard to get into, some are automatically approved) then you’re allowed to post their images and banners to your site. You don’t get paid for clicks, but you do get paid if someone buys something after clicking. And it doesn’t need to be the exact thing you linked to on the site.
Oh and there’s hundreds of different companies you can become an affiliate marketer for. So it doesn’t matter what your niche is, there’s a company in the same niche who’d happily want you to put their ad on your site. Share-a-sale is another global Affiliate company I’ve worked with and liked.
But not everyone wants to blog. I get that. I love to write. Before I became a registered nurse, I wanted to be a writer. When our second daughter was born I even wrote a couple novels (that I never submitted or tried to publish). So blogging is something I enjoy. But beyond blogging I’ve been a wire artist for a few years now. I found a lot more passion in wire working than blogging and I had no idea wire art was something I’d enjoy until a life coach helped me see the possibilities.
Art Creation and Sale
Creating art is a great way to feed your soul and also make a little money. As a wire artist, I’ve made more money selling my art than I spent creating it. There’re so many different styles of art out there. Just like blogging there’s a different style for everyone.
But how do you make money creating art? Some people sell at farmers markets, others sell on facebook, and some sell on Etsy.
If by chance you’re one of the few people who haven’t been on Etsy, I’ll explain how it works. Anyone can create an account and buy or sell. However the items being sold must be handmade or vintage. You’re competing with the other makers for visibility on the Etsy platform. So not only do you need to make your items, you also need to market yourself (but don’t worry there’s groups to help with that. I can recommend one. If you’re interested just let me know and I’ll send you their way.
There are so many different ways to feed your soul and fuel your passion. Blogging and creating are only two of them – but they encompass such a wide variety of interests.
Sometimes that’s the real problem. We often become so bogged down with life, that we lose sight of who we really are and what really interests us.
Journaling can be a great way to tap into happiness and find our authentic selves again. I really love The Happiness Planner as a guide to seeing your roadblocks and working past them.
I also highly recommend seeing a life coach. If not in a paid capacity, then at least through seminars or online courses. A coach can help you reach into yourself and find the many different possibilities available to you.
IT’s such an amazing feeling to be coached and realize not only your potential, but clear steps to move you toward that potential.
On Wednesday Jan 16th at 9PM MST I’ll be Live on my Facebook page. This week I’ll be talking about defining goals and finding purpose. This will be particularly useful if you know you want to make a change in life, but aren’t exactly sure what change to make.
You can click here for my facebook page when you’re ready to check it out.