September 08, 2016

5 Ways to Make Money Writing at Home

It took me a while to gain confidence in my writing. Sometimes I still have that fear of being judged by putting my writing out there. Blogging has helped and what has helped me most was when someone told me to submit my articles to article directories. Back in the day, for some reason I thought article directories were way beyond my level and that only elite writers would have articles accepted. Crazy, right? I know! Obviously I was wrong on thinking it was for only really good writers. Imagine my surprise when an article I submitted was accepted! It felt good that's for sure. Many months and even years later, I had submitted many articles. Now, it seems like a lifetime ago.

From blogging to article directories to ghostwriting for private clients and writing for my own website, I was still far from being a professional freelance writer. I was happy right where I was with writing web content for small business owners and I wasn't looking for anything more. I can tell you, freelance writing can be really profitable.

Writing for private clients will pay you more than writing for revenue share. Both have its own advantages and disadvantages. Combine it together and you'll have a winning combination. What's great about being a freelance writer is setting your own rates and writing on different topics for clients.

Here are five ways you can make money writing:

1. Blogging
There are many companies who hire bloggers. You are usually paid per post. Some may pay per word. Problogger.net has a job board for writers and bloggers. If you want to get paid on your own blog, you can get sponsorships for writing product reviews.

2. Write for Your Own Site
You can make money writing for your own blog or site. You won't see the money immediately unless you have a lot traffic. When you write for yourself, you can include links to affiliate products you endorse and make a commission through affiliate sales or any products or services you provide. Also, you can monetize your site with various ad revenue.

3. Ghostwriter
I was a ghostwriter for several years and for the most part it was fun because I was able to write about various topics. For topics I wasn't too familiar with I enjoyed the researching part. One thing about being a ghostwriter is having the ability to sound or write like your client. Everyone has a writing style and to emulate your client's voice can be challenging, but once you get a feel for their writing style then it's not as difficult to adapt into your writing.

4. Freelance Writer
This is where you're making the big bucks on editorials, novels, magazines, and etc. Pitching to the big companies and really making a name for yourself.

5. Revenue Share
Some people make all their income through revenue share sites. There are many things that can go against you and relying your sole income in revenue share sites isn't a good choice. You're splitting your income with the site who in the long run will always make more money than you. That split is not always equal. They may retain all rights to your work, they can close their site down without warning, they may refuse to pay you for whatever reason and delete your account and so on. One thing I will say is don't put your best work on revenue sharing sites.

I think revenue share sites are good for supplementing your income and covering your income gaps. Plus, it's also a place where you don't have to put in a lot of effort to write a good article especially if you're a quick writer.

September 05, 2016

Working at Home and Earning an Income Online

It's already September! Yikes! So what does it mean? It's back to school for kids where I live and basically it's getting back into the groove for parents. I work at home...kinda, sorta. It's complicated, but yes, I work at home.

There are tons of ways to earn a legitimate income online. There's no get-rich quick schemes and it won't happen overnight. What are these things you can do to make money online without leaving the house?

Over the years, my most successful income came from owning a niche website. I earned from Google AdSense, selling ad space, and affiliate marketing. My other income sources came from ghostwriting for private clients and revenue share, and completing surveys. Today, I'm still getting paid for surveys and AdSense. Having said that, there are plenty more ways to make money from home.

There are pros and cons to almost everything. If you want to be the boss of you, it'll require a lot of patience, perseverance, hard work, discipline, motivation, knowledge, and confidence. That's nothing to be afraid of though because there are people willing to help when you ask for it.

If you don't want to be your own boss and you want to know how much you'll make per hour/per week then becoming an Independent Contractor with a company will suit you well.

Here are some options:

*Court Research
*Customer Service
*Teacher/Tutor
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It's wise to diversify your income because you never know when you might lose one main source of income. As people would say, never put your eggs in one basket. In addition to your main income source, you can supplement your income with fun, no-brainer, or simple tasks/gigs. I call these easy money or extra playing money to cover your income gaps.

There are hundreds of different tasks out there depending on what you're interested in doing. Don't expect big bucks for simple tasks, but the small amounts add up over time. For example, micro tasks sites such as Mechanical Turk or MTurk is HITS - Human Intelligence Tasks. Tasks range from simple data entry of store receipts, short writing tasks, researching, transcription, translation, website categorization and etc. Tasks that are more lengthy or detailed may pay more while others pay pennies and up to quarters.

Don't worry not all micro task type jobs require a laptop or desktop computer. Smartphones are allowed for these sites:

Easy Shift
Field Agent
Gig Walk
Mobee
Task Rabbit

I'm sure there are others that I haven't come across yet.

This is just a sampling of what you can do to earn money online from home. It's a start. Get your creative juices flowing and think about what you would like do and how you can make money with your computer or smartphone. Let me know below in the comments if you work at home and what you do.

August 23, 2016

Enerex Greens Superfood Powder Review from Social Nature #TryNatural

First of all, Social Nature is another try before you buy site where you can trial natural products, review it and share it.

Today I received my Enerex Superfood Greens sample in the mail from Social Nature and I couldn't wait to try it. To give it a fair review, I decided to try it with just water. I got a glass and filled it with 250ml of cold water and whisked in one packet of the green powder. It mixed quite well and, of course, it was a dark green colour. After several gulps, I immediately felt more mentally alert. You can taste the greens and there was a very light mixed berries flavour. It was not bad tasting at all.

I did notice a subtle bitterness and aftertaste on the back of my tongue. They recommend mixing this powder in a smoothie and I'm sure if I did that, it would taste so much better knowing I probably wouldn't have the aftertaste or bitterness and it would mask the green superfood taste.

Even now after several hours of drinking it, I don't feel like I have more energy and I'm not the one to have a lot of energy to begin with so for me, there's no difference. Granted, I only tried this one sample and who knows if I bought this product and drank it everyday if it would make a difference.

Here are some highlights:
* A synergistic blend of superfood greens and beneficial probiotics
* Made with Certified Organic juice powders of live Alfalfa, Kamut, Barley & Oat shoots
* Ten Organic Superfood Berries 
* Luo Han Guo Concentrate Sweetener 
* Increases your energy and endurance 
* Reduces inflammation with powerful antioxidants 
* Improves digestion and brain function 
* Made with raw juiced greens that deliver 2 to 3 times the nutrient density of other brands 
* Clean refreshing taste 
* Gluten Free 
* Vegan 
* Available in Original and Mixed Berries flavours

Currently there is a $3 off coupon on their site if you would like to try it yourself.


Disclosure: I wasn't compensated to write this review. I was given a free sample and this is my honest opinion. Please refer to my Privacy Policy and Disclosure

August 10, 2016

Home Tester Club - Testing, Reviewing & Sharing Community

I really like the concept of try before you buy and Home Tester Club is no different. It's a global testing, reviewing and sharing community.
 
How you receive samples to try is different from Sample Source. Sample Source comes out with samples about three times a year and you can receive x amount of samples determined by a questionnaire. Home Tester Club is similar in the same way of answering a few questions to determine if you qualify, but you only receive one or two products at a time throughout the year when they have products to be tested.

If you join today, you have a chance to sample tea and/or laundry detergent. If you qualify, you'll be sent an email to let you know you have been selected to a trial product. You'll also find other instructions in that email. Once you have tried the product, you'll receive a survey link to complete and share it on Home Tester Club and if you wish through various social media outlets.

Apart from the trial products, Home Tester Club have product watches where you can offer your reviews. The more reviews you do and be active in the community, the chances of getting invited to try products are greater. I enjoy reading other people's reviews about products I want to buy. There have been too many times where I have bought something and it didn't work. To me, that's a waste of money! I know opinions vary; some love it, some hate it. But there's truth somewhere in between and if I can try it before I buy it, that's a bonus.

It's free to join. It's open globally and it's a fun site to get opinions on products you are looking to buy.

Join Home Tester Club today.

April 07, 2016

H&R Block Free Online Tax Return for Canadians

Oh my god I feel pretty stupid. I'm one of those people that still used to file a paper tax return. I know. I'm super slow getting on the electronic filing train. Sunday was the day I went to hell and back. Okay, I'm exaggerating. Well, not really, but it was a huge, HUGE headache. It was such a headache that I rewarded myself with two mini chocolate Easter eggs, followed by six squares from Cadbury orange chocolate bar and lastly an oat fudge bar from Starbucks. Chocolate overload I tell ya! Did I tell you I'm a chocoholic? Should I tell you how many times I had to sharpen my pencil and how much eraser bits I had on the table? Probably not and I won't bore you.

What I really like about H&R Block Free Online Personal Tax Software for Canadians? It's free for everyone and it's compatible with mobile devices. You don't have to download the software if you don't want to and you can file online by creating an account. Since it was my first time ever using an online tax software, I must say it was super easy. The interface was clutter-free and the step-by-step guidance was simple to follow because all you had to do was answer the questions and plug in your information. The software double checks for errors too and lets you know. On the side, you can track your refund or amount owing as you're filing.

If you need assistant, help is not far. You can refer to their online help centre, Tax Talk blog or call in for support.

You have the option to use NetFile or mail in. I chose NetFile because it's easy and I don't have to worry about buying stamps and wondering if my tax return might get lost in the mail. I save on paper and printing and I get an immediate confirmation number from the CRA saying they received my return.

If you're not comfortable filing your own taxes you can drop in to your nearest H&R Block office. If you haven't filed your taxes yet, you have until April 30th. Give this software a try and save yourself time and the headache.

I'm actually looking forward to tax time next year with H&R Block.

Disclaimer: I was not contacted by H&R Block to write this blog post.