Writing has always been something that I enjoyed doing. Seven years ago I went from writing a few poems here or there to making a pretty decent living. If I accomplished this, I am sure that others can also. The first thing I did was study the market to see who would pay me for my writing. After that I needed to know if my writing style was something that people would pay for. Another important factor I needed to know was what I would be paid to write.
After taking a look at sites very similar to this site and searching online to see who pays freelance writers to write, I found a few legitimate platforms that helped me launch my writing career. In searching, making sure that one does not fall prey to sites that claim they pay but fall into the scam category is vital.
While I was gathering up documents and receipts to take to my accountant this week to get started on my taxes, a thought came across my mind to talk about investing in your blog business.
In order for your blog business to succeed you must invest in it. I know my blog is about earning money for free online but to go above and beyond the free money making opportunities, it'll take money to make money.
When I first started blogging, I went the free route. I made some ok income that was enough to pay a couple of bills but I wanted to take my blogs to the next level, and in order to do that I had to start pulling money out of my own pockets to invest in it.
Below is a list of investments I did for my blogging business:
You guys just don't know the excitement I'm feeling right now! To see myself in a national magazine is beyond electrifying!
Last Fall, Hearst Corp. editor contacted me through this blog to feature me in Dr. Oz's debut magazine "The Good Life" in one of their articles about "Fun Ways to Make Extra Money" and found that I enjoy making money free testing products at home.
When I got their email, my heart dropped! At first I just didn't believe it but once I gave them my phone number to do an interview over the phone and they called me pretty quickly, then I knew right then this was the real deal!
Hello everyone! As many of you know I'm a product review blogger on my other blog. A lot of bloggers, especially mom bloggers connect with PR companies and businesses to help review their products and get the word out through social media, email, word of mouth, etc.
I really enjoy being a Brand Influencer because I get to learn about the latest new products that companies are trying to promote.
Some companies will pay you for sponsor post but when it comes to product reviews, the product is usually your compensation.
Doing product reviews and sponsored post can lead to great opportunities like, getting invited to conferences, working for big brand companies, and start making a good income from it.
If you head over to ProductReviewMom.com, I've listed companies that offer product reviews and sponsored post for bloggers. Click here.
For some, tax season is the best first part of the year because of tax refunds but for people that are self employed like myself, this time of the year makes us cringe!
Since I made quite a bit last year, I'm nervous about how much I'll be owing the IRS as well as State taxes. The good thing though is that with my full time job I had extra money paid to taxes to offset my tax bill this year.
Remember, even if you've earned less than $400 working from home last year you must report all earned income and that includes gift cards and Pay Pal payments. I'm also hearing that if you've received free products from companies to review on your blog, you must claim taxes on that too. I, myself have to start scrambling around and find out all the free products I got from companies and start adding up the FMV (Fair Market Value) of these products. ARGH!
Also if you've earned $600 or more with any company they must send you a 1099 form so you can file your taxes, but you can still file without them.
Don't play around when it comes to taxes! I remember back in 2009, I didn't claim all of my work from home income and a year later I was hit with a big tax bill from the IRS and a few years later a tax bill from my state.
Remember to keep all your receipts to help filing taxes be much easier. Hire a professional accountant to help you do your taxes.
Disclaimer: I'm not a tax professional. Please find a CPA in your area if you have tax questions.
Have you ever wanted to make money while staying in the comfort of your own home? If so, we have a special opportunity for you - free training to become an independent contractor transcriber.
Transcription is a convenient and rewarding career path because you can choose as much or as little as you want to work, when you want to work and you can do it out of the comfort of your own home. We have found that this profession fits work from home moms’ schedule and they can earn up to $30.00/hour.
Quit the Rat Race and Work for Yourself
Starting one's own business is a rewarding career move that can bring both professional and financial freedom. Working toward personal business goals can truly help a person to excel in their career much faster than when they are under the administration of another. More and more people are making the move to start their own businesses and never looking back on the working world they once knew. From starting a hobby business to establishing a dropship business, increasing numbers of individuals are branching out of their comfort zones and
finding freedom in being their own bosses.
When one is working under another person's direction, their career goals are often mandated. Most people in the traditional employee/boss setting do not have the freedom of choosing their own goals and completing work in their own way. Having a boss can greatly decrease the amount of creativity and individuality that one can express on the job. Having to answer to a boss and stick with a structured schedule often turns people away from working for someone else. When one is told what to do every moment of their day, it can become taxing.
Working for others often causes more stress on an individual than having their own business. While being their own boss may mean more responsibility, many are opting for this new role to get from under the thumbs of bosses who bring more stress on employees than they can handle.
Reasons to start a business include:
Traveling is something that we all have to do at some point in our lives for one reason or another; however, even though it may seem that when you work from home it is going to be easier for you to get off to take care of your traveling emergencies this is not always the case — especially if it is a last-minute traveling emergency. So, the question is how can you travel and still make money from home?
I'm Louida from Atlanta, Georgia and I'm a mother of two daughters, and a full-time blogger/influencer.
I love helping others learn how to start working from home online free to help supplement their current income.
I also blog at Productreviewmom.com
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