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2018 Blog Income Report Roundup

  How much money can bloggers make? When I started my blog, I had no idea you could make a part or full-time income blogging. After a few months, I started reading income reports and became pretty inspired. I love reading income reports because they demonstrate how real people can make money by monetizing a blog and/or using it as a platform to launch a business. After reading a good blog income report, I often feel motivated to keep working hard on my blog and focus on specific areas of my strategy. Not all blog income reports are helpful, however. The ones I like are specific and show readers exactly how the blogger is making money. I like income reports that reveal certain strategies to try and assess what has and hasn’t been working. Ultimately, readers also like to see a summary of expenses as well. If you’re trying to monetize your blog, it’s important to have realistic expectations. Most serious bloggers are willing to invest in their site and will have expenses to cover for different services and programs. Below are some of the blogs with the best income reports of 2018. Believe in a Budget Kristin started her blog Believe in a Budget back in 2015. Shortly after, she started experiencing with Pinterest marketing and used Pinterest to boost her page views to over 6 figures. After sharing a case study detailing her results, she started picking up Pinterest virtual assistant clients and further monetizing her blog. Kristin teamed up with another blogger Gina Horkey to create a 6-figure-earning course called Become a Pinterest VA Today. Her blog income reports are reports date back to April 2015 when she earned $61.83. Her highest income month to date was April 2018 where she earned $109,878.70. That’s a HUGE income jump to make in just 3 years. What I like about her income reports is how she explains all the tools and resources she uses and breaks her income sources down so it’s very understandable. Check out the latest income report on Believe in a Budget here. Millennial Money Man Bobby…

Scribie Review: Get Paid to Transcribe Audio Files

Scribie is a transcription company that hires freelancers to transcribe audio files. This type of work is very popular which is why I’m covering it, but I want to state right of the bat that the pay is not the best. Scribie might be a good fit for you if you’re looking to make some money in your spare time (although there are many ways to earn more than this.) However, this job will not provide you a liveable wage. One of the pros of Scribie is that they offer a work when you want type of model so you aren’t set to any type of schedule. As you accumulate earnings you can request a Paypal payment at any time. Scribie Job Details Scribie offers general transcription work. You simply listen to audio files and then type them out. After completing and submitting your work, it will be reviewed. Once it’s accepted, payment will be credited to your Scribie account immediately, the same day. Requirements for Working with Scribie There are very few requirements: A distraction-free zone to work. This is for your benefit so that you can focus on your work and work faster, allowing you to earn more. Good English skills. A verified PayPal account that is linked to your bank account or credit card so that you can get paid. A laptop or desktop computer with an internet connection Headphone or headset to listen while blocking out any background noise.The latest version of Firefox, Chrome, or Safari web browser. • Typing skills – the faster you type, the more money you’ll be able to ear The application process is pretty simple, just provide some basic information and wait to hear from them. If your application is accepted, you’ll be invited to take a transcription test before you’re hired. If your application is rejected, you can simply delete it and apply again. Once your transcription test is reviewed you will either be hired or rejected. If you are rejected at this stage, you are allowed to review your test and reapply. Even if you don’t make it the…

7 Best Freelance Writing Job Boards

One of the most challenging obstacles freelance writers face is finding clients. If you don’t have clients, you don’t have work and you can’t get paid. Freelancers are known to have fluctuating incomes but your income could drastically tank or fail to take off if you’re unable to get a new client. I personally love sending cold pitches even though it can be difficult. Another less painful way to find new clients is to apply to a freelance writing job board post. Job boards can be great to use because you can connect with people who are actively seeking a freelance writer. The downside is that some freelance writing job boards can offer a sea of low paying gigs or attract so many other writers that it becomes difficult to get your pitch read. Luckily, there are still some quality freelance writing job boards around. Here are 7 of the best freelance writing job boards to consider using when you need new clients. 1.ProBlogger Job Board The ProBlogger Job Board is hands down my favorite freelance writing job board. The job board was founded by Darren Rowse who created the popular blog, ProBlogger.  I like using this job board because the quality of gigs offered is great. Whether you want to write about food, parenting, pets, personal finance or business, you’ll find opportunities on this site. The pay for most gigs is included on the listing and is usually fair. I’ve found quite a few freelance writing clients using this job board including clients who have paid me hundreds of dollars per blog post. The ProBlogger job board is updated at least daily and you can subscribe to receive instant notifications. 2. Freelance Writing Jobs Freelance Writing Jobs is a site that syndicates freelance writing gigs found all over the world. This site updates their list of leads every day and even includes resources and tips for writers looking to grow their skills and their business. You can find current blogging, copywriting, and journalism job leads for writing covering a variety of different topics on the site. As with all job…

Work from Home Customer Service with Alorica at Home

Alorica at Home is a call center providing sales, technical support, and customer service to a variety of customers. As of right now they offer both full and part time positions. One of the better things about this company is that they claim to offer flexible schedules, allowing you to work when it’s convenient for you. This type of position could work well whether you’re needing a full-time job or need a part time job to work around school or another obligation. Alorica at Home is rated a 3/5 on most job sites with mixed reviews. Some people love working with them while others had various complaints. (Which is pretty average for most employers.) Basic Job Duties for Alorica at Home Since Alorica is a call center basic duties include answering customer questions, obtaining/entering/verifying customer data, explaining sales features and more. The specifics will depend upon the job you’re hired for. Alorica does provide paid training but they do require you to pay $31.95 for a background check which is non-refundable. Technical Requirements for Working with Alorica at Home You will need to invest in some equipment if you don’t already have it in order to complete your work: A dedicated landline that is corded and feature free. An internet connection using DSL, cable or fiber optics. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are not accepted for stability and security reasons. And a computer with the following requirements: • PC Compatible (no Macs) • Processor Speed: 1GHz or better on multi-core processors. 1.4 GHz on single-core processors. • Memory: 1 GB of RAM Memory or more • Operating System: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 • Browser: Internet Explorer 10 or higher • Monitor: 17 inches or greater • Minimum Graphic Resolution: 1024 x 768 • Sound card with speakers or headset for training audio. During call processing, you will need a headset that is attached to your phone. In addition to these technical requirements, you will also need a completely quiet, distraction-free work area, preferably one that has a door that can be closed. Your shifts will…

The Truth About Making Extra Money With a Side Hustle

Want or feel like you need to earn extra money? Then you’ve probably considered starting a side hustle since most people have headed that route these days. Side hustle work can be anything from picking up a weekend job, bartending, starting a business or even freelance writing. Having a side hustle is a great way to pursue a passion and earn some much-needed extra money. The internet is saturated with ideas and suggestions for starting a side hustle and different ways to make extra money. You can also read blogs to learn about other people’s experiences pursuing a side hustle. Many of their stories are incredibly inspiring. Some people are able to start up side businesses that are so successful that they eventually quit their day jobs. While many people have had much success making extra money, the truth is most side hustles take a lot of work to get going. Making money from a side hustle isn’t easy. Before you start exploring income potential, here’s what you need to know. Making Money From A Side Hustle Takes Time Rome wasn’t built in a day. It takes time to generate traffic and interest in your business. You probably won’t be earning money from your side hustle the day you start your gig. It usually doesn’t work out that way. Sure, there probably are some people out there who get lucky, but on a general note, earning money from your side business will take a little time. Before you start your side hustle, do your research about the idea/opportunity and make sure you have realistic expectations about earning money. When I started seriously side hustling, I had a false impression that I would instantly have freelancing and blogging opportunities. For some reason, I didn’t really take into account all the time and effort it would take to build this brand and generate traffic. I’ve made some money but it took me a lot longer to reach my income goals than I initially thought. This brings me to the next point. Choose a Side Hustle That You Enjoy It is so so…

Get that Grant! 7 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs

By Katie McCaskey Are you a woman entrepreneur seeking grant funding? Be careful. Most women start with a web search. Unfortunately, many dubious sites lurk online. Some want you to pay for information. Others look legitimate but only want one thing: to gather and sell your personal information (a sordid industry in itself)! The biggest red flag? A grant is not the solution if you need cash immediately. Few grants, if any, are available to cover business operation expenses like payroll. Be wary of any suggestions otherwise. Is there any good news?? Yes! There are plenty of legitimate grant opportunities. The best way to protect yourself by researching. You shouldn’t have to pay to submit a grant application. Moreover, you can get all the information you need directly at funder’s website. Here is an excellent starting guide for grants featuring legitimate funding sources. This post is different. I’m going to share how you can do everything possible to stack the grant application odds in your favor. How do I know? I write grant writing tips and other grant program resources for a grant management software platform. Even better: I’ve won a grant myself. Grant Essential #1: Understand Grant Funding Sources Grants are distributed by governments, nonprofits, foundations, associations, and corporations. The funding source will determine many things. For example: Who is eligible to apply? What materials must be submitted? How can the funds be used? What project deliverables are expected? (No free lunch, ladies!) The number one misconception about business grants is the idea that there are plenty of funding opportunities specific to women. The good news is that there are plenty of grant programs directed toward women. (Hooray!) The better news is that most grants are open to any individual who otherwise fits the credentials. So: do yourself a favor and broaden your search to your industry, geographic location, or other specialization. Don’t limit your search to “grants for women”. Otherwise you eliminate your chances of success before you even start! Grant Essential #2: Review Requirements Carefully Applying for a grant takes time and work. The last thing you…

How College Students Can Work at Home with Apple

Work-from-home jobs are not only great for stay-at-home moms, they’re a perfect fit for college and university students who want to earn an income while going to school. You don’t have to commute, allowing more time for work or study, and you can earn extra money for school expenses. Now Apple has work-from-home positions specifically for college and university students. If you’re a fan of Apple products and use many of them, this might be the perfect fit for you. Working with Apple The Apple At Home Advisor position is part of Apple’s customer care program and is available to college students enrolled in a participating university. As an at home advisor you would be responsible for answering customers’ questions about a variety of Apple products over the phone or via chat. You don’t need to handle calls about every product at once, but the products you would need to know about are Apple Watch, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Mac, AirPort, Apple TV, and iTunes. Your home workspace would need to have a few requirements: A quiet, distraction-free place to work with a door that closes to block any ambient noise. A desk and ergonomic chair. A reliable and dedicated high-speed Internet connection with a minimum of 5 megabits per second download and 1 megabit per second upload. (Some or all of this cost will be reimbursed.) The good new is this . . . you don’t need to provide your own computer. Apple will supply you with an iMac and headset that you will be able to use exclusively for your work. It helps to have some experience and knowledge of Apple products, but 5-7 weeks of paid training will be provided. Apple At Home Advisor Pay Pay will vary based on experience and the number of hours you work. Part-time At Home Advisors reportedly average $12-$15 an hour. You are hired as an employee of Apple, not a contractor. Hours would be normal Apple support hours and shifts vary based on their business needs. There are times you may be asked to work additional hours like holidays, training, and…

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Monetizing Your Blog

The internet has opened up a whole new opportunity for people looking to work from home and make money from their computers. One of my favorite work from home income ideas is blogging. I used to blog as a hobby and started a handful of sites in the past for fun. In more recent years, I’ve opted to monetize my blog so it can serve as a flexible extra income source. There are plenty of ways to make money with your blog but it takes time to start making money. Monetizing your blog is a long-term process but it can pay off tenfold. Now that the secret is out, I see many new blogs pop up each day. Most bloggers have dreams of being able to get paid from their platform by writing whatever they want. I know bloggers who make anywhere from a few hundred dollars to 6-figures per month and everything in between. However, if you’ve ever felt stuck like you couldn’t make money from your blog even after spending countless hours working on it, your process may be missing an important step. Here are 6 mistakes to avoid when monetizing your blog. 1. Not Clear on Who Your Audience Is Your blog should cover topics you’re interested in but it should also serve a specific audience as well. You’re writing content to help entertain and educate other people so their interests and needs are pretty important. The biggest mistake I see bloggers make is speaking to a broad audience. I too started my personal finance blog and kept my theme pretty general. I didn’t want anyone to feel like they weren’t included or couldn’t relate to my message. The truth is, you can’t please everyone and your content won’t resonate with everyone. It’s best to pick a specific niche and a specific group of people you want to talk to. Narrow down who your ideal blog reader is. Include their age, gender, occupation, hobbies, habits, and interests so you know exactly who you’re writing to. Pretty soon, readers who come across your blog will filter themselves through your…

Sitel Review: Work at Home Customer Service (Benefits Available)

If you are looking for a work from home job that offers benefits and you enjoy customer service, Sitel could be a good fit. Sitel hires service providers to handle inbound calls related to billing, account management, product inquiries, orders, installation scheduling, and troubleshooting. They make working from home easy; to start your shift you only need to log in to your account. There are several requirements you’ll need to fill in order to work for Sitel, but once you’re hired, the benefits will make you feel like a valued employee. Working with Sitel There are several home office requirements you’ll need to meet in order to qualify for any position: A distraction and interruption-free work zone is a must. An approved USB Headset. An internet connection with a minimum download and upload speed of 1.5 MB, strong connection, DSL or broadband required (dial-up, Wi-Fi and/or hot spot not allowed), home router with a wired link to your PC. NOTE: Internet connection can only be used for work-related purposes during work hours. This means no one else in your home can use the same connection for streaming, gaming, or for any other purpose. You’ll also need a desktop or laptop that meets these requirements: Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10. (Other systems are not compatible) Windows system must be a minimum of 4 GB RAM with a processor speed of Dual Core 2 GHz or better. You need at least 20 GB of free space and at least 2 available USB ports. All peripherals must be wired (no wireless keyboard, mouse, or headset). A monitor that is at least 19” with a minimum 1280 x 1024 resolution. Monitor: Capable of displaying at least 1024 x 768 pixels. Full version anti-virus software. Approved products are Symantec, McAfee, Windows Defender, Avast Free, and Avira Free. Personal Qualifications Previous customer service experience is preferred and sales experience is a plus as ALL projects involve sales.  There are also a few other basic qualifications: Excellent verbal and listening skills. Professional and articulate speech. Self-motivated. Able to multi-task several computer applications while holding…

4 Ways You’re Wasting Time (When You Could Be Making Money)

I love this whole ‘make extra money‘ phenomenon that has been trending in recent years. The opportunity to make extra money has always existed, but with the emergence of the internet and social media, more and more people are becoming interested and taking action. It’s great because earning more money whether with a side hustle, extra job, or pay raise or promotion, can really help you improve your finances and meet your goals. There’s just one problem. If the thought of making extra money by picking up overtime hours or working a second job or side hustle sounds daunting to you, you’re not alone. We’re all busy whether we have a demanding job, kids, a household to manage, commitments, etc. So why is it that some people are able to muster up the energy and availability to make extra money while others can’t? Simply put, they wasting their time and prioritize making more money. Here are a few ways you might be wasting your time when you could be making more money instead. 1. Watching T.V. Television is a blessing and a curse. It’s entertaining, but also drains a ton of your time. I personally love watching T.V. It’s relaxing and some shows I watch are really good. However, recently I realized how much time I’ve been wasting watching T.V. when I could have been doing more freelance work instead. Over the summer, I would wake up, do a little work, then make my breakfast and watch T.V. for an hour while I ate. Then around lunch time, I’d watch T.V. for another hour. When my husband comes home, we like to watch some of our favorite shows and that resulted in another 2-3 hours of T.V. time. All in all, that’s an average of 4-5 hours of watching T.V. PER DAY. I could have accomplished so much work in that time. Imagine if I was doing work at an hourly rate of $15. That would be an extra $75 per day or $375 per week (Monday-Friday) that I could earn. If you feel you’re watching too much T.V. during…

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