5 Ways To Make Money From Home

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How to make money from blogging

As you may or may not know I have been working from home for just about 3 years now. Needless to say I get a lot of questions about how I got started, made it work, and keep it going. Dealing with a chronic illness, I really needed to figure out a way to make a decent income and be able to lay in bed with a heating pad at the same time. While that is a huge perk getting to this place has been a lot of hard work. Since I tried just about every trick in the book to get to the point of working from home I figured I would share with you some ways I made money working from home work. No scams, no survey sites, legit businesses and real money.

1. Upwork:
This is where I started when I was looking to begin working from home. No matter what skill set you have you can find yourself work on Upwork.com.  I know there are a lot of freelancing sites out there but this is the one I personally have the most experience with.
While there is a large amount of competition, you can set yourself apart by creating a detailed profile, include a portfolio if you can. Craft personal proposals, as tempting as it can be don’t copy and paste, tailor each proposal to the job you’re applying for. Finally, start out at a lower hourly wage to build ratings and reviews. Remember that the goal is to build stable income streams, that is going to come from being able to have the ratings to continue getting new jobs and eventually start receiving invites. 3 years in, we don’t typically apply for Upwork jobs anymore, we get enough invites to sustain this income stream.

How to Make Money From Home

Yes, you can make money blogging. However, it does take time and it is not just as simple as posting things and having some ads on your blog. You also really cannot go into blogging focused on just trying to make money. Start by creating valuable content to build an audience. Write about things your passionate about. It doesn’t even all have to jive together, as long as you can tie it all back to your personality. This also set you up to the real ways bloggers make money, sponsorships and affiliate programs. Once you have an audience, you can leverage those programs to sell things you and your audience love.

3. Spreadshirt, Redbubble, etc:
Do you like to draw, design things, or take photographs, turn that into your at home income stream with a site like the above. We have shops set up with both Rebubble and Spreadshirt and I like them both equally. Although I have heard that the quality of redbubble’s finished products are better, I do like the capabilities of Spreadshirt better. There are more ways to promote your store, work with SEO and google analytics, and make it more marketable in general.

4. Re-selling on Amazon and Ebay:
This can be a really great way to earn money from home and you can get up and running pretty quickly. We specifically drop shipped but there are plenty of options out there from that to flipping craigslist and garage sales finds. The biggest thing is that you need to ensure you are following eBay’s rules an regulations to the letter, I have seen 100,000 a year businesses get shut down over something really simple. This is why my suggestion is to use Amazon or set up your own website. Amazon has fees and there are restrictions if you're looking to dropship but, it takes less marketing efforts on your part. You can go the route of starting your own site (personally I like Shopify.com for e-commerce sites). You have the freedom to sell whatever you would like but, have to spend more up front getting the store set up and with marketing.

Do A Combination Of All Of The Above:
While the advertising business we’ve created has been our biggest source of income, we don’t rely on just that. Combining all resources for making money online has been the biggest reason our income maintains stability. Even if we only sell 1 shirt on RedBubble or Spreadshirt than we have blogs or Amazon to make up for it. My biggest advice is to concentrate on solidifying 1 stream of income and then expand.
This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to making money online, there are a lot of ways you can build yourself an income at home. The biggest thing you need to remember is that you should treat each one of these as its own business. All of these things take time and effort and will not happen overnight. Yes, Andy and I make decent incomes working from home but, we also work about 10 hours a day on average with an ever growing to-do list. We’ve found a groove because we love everything we do. We have utilized online tools to do the things we are passionate about. That is the ultimate way to make money online.

Love you all!

Travel Tuesdays :: Nashville

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Things to do in Nashville

I was sort of a terrible blogger while we were on our trip in February. I had really grand plans to write a bunch, take pictures, and be a real life travel blogger that month. That just totally did not happen. So trying to make the most of my Daredevil binge watching (yes Jillian it’s finally happening) I decided to write some posts and tell you all about our trip.
The first stop I really want to talk about is Nashville. I am obsessed with this place. My obsession may stem from one of my dearest friends in the world living there and showing us around that day but, for real I would move there in like a second.

So, here are a few suggestions of places you should go visit if you ever find yourself in Nashville. Yes, they are mostly all food places….good places to eat is legitimately the reason I like to travel. 

1. Five Daughters Bakery

So for real, if a donut could change your life, it is the 100-layer donut at Five Daughters Bakery. It is seriously the best thing ever. I don’t even like donuts that much and this is arguably one of the best things I have ever eaten.

 2. Burger-Up

Holy homemade, farm to table goodness batman. So I love burgers, we never eat red meat at home so when we go out to eat, I am getting a burger. So a restaurant dedicated to burgers was already going to be my favorite but, add in the fact that they put macaroni and cheese on one of them and you’ve basically described my heaven. It may have been the best burger I have ever eaten...this place and The Red Yeti in Indiana are come really tough competition for each other.

3. The Soda Parlor

So first thing is first, watch this video. 
Now that you’ve laughed for 12 minutes straight you can truly appreciate why I would love a place created by that guy. 

Olan Rogers (guy in video) created the Soda Parlor and it is as cool as he is. Old video games, soda, and awesomely designed t-shirts. This place was awesome. I totally suggest you going.
Also I would watch this video to get the story behind the place. 

4. The Parthenon

Yeah, this is the 1 legit tourist thing we did. But, as you may or may not know. I love a good park and this one did not disappoint. Built in 1897 as a part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition it is truly an architectural feat. I would say the museum inside is worth it but, just as worth it is walk around the park. 

There were so many other great things about this city. I would really encourage you to go for a visit. We loved it!

Thanks for reading as always!

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