How I Make $3000 A Month Working From Home

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I debated posting this, because it requires vulnerability, which is terrifying. Income is a touchy subject, and I have never been one to disclose how much I make. I decided I needed to share with the world how I have completely turned my life around, by spending only a few hours each night (if that) working from home. I used to find these kind of articles inspiring, and they gave me hope that one day I could do the same. I’m glad to say that now I can.

One day I came across Gina Horkey, a freelance writer who shared her income, and it blew me away. I couldn’t believe that someone could actually make that much money by writing. I mean, I have been writing as long as I can remember, and it was something I have been very passionate about, but I didn’t know you could make money from it. It seemed almost unreal, or too good to be true.

I started dabbling in freelance writing here and there for a while, but it didn’t seem worth it only to make $0.03 per word, like most places were paying. It is very easy to get burnt out when you are writing about topics that don’t excite you, for next to nothing. I didn’t get how others could be making so much, when it was hard to find great paying gigs. Then, I took Gina’s freelance writing course, and so much has changed since then.

I was so scared when I bought the course. That would make it my very first investment towards my freelance business, but I wanted to learn from her so badly. I flew through the course as fast as I could, and I was surprised by how much useful information there was. Not only that, but it was information that I could use right away, so I hit the ground running.

I scoured job boards, and sent off as many pitches as I could right away. I didn’t think I had much of a chance at landing any of these writing gigs, but I tried anyways. You never know unless you try, right? Well, to my surprise, quite a few of the did actually respond to my pitch. I didn’t land every single one, and there were some I never heard from again. The most important part, however, is that I did get some of them. Despite my deepest insecurities and negative voices telling me I’d never get a paid job, I got quite a few of them.

After taking the course, I got higher paying jobs. I learned to know my worth and stick to my guns. I didn’t take jobs that didn’t pay well. I learned the value of the industry, and the value of my work. I was scared at first that this would limit the amount of jobs I would get, but that didn’t seem to be the case.

That was in May, and it has been 4 months now. So much has changed in 4 months, for the better. My freelance writing business has allowed me to bring in a minimum of $3000 extra a month, on average. The best part is that I feel like there is still so much room to grow and improve, to bring in even more of an income. I have no college degree, or formal training at what I do, I am simply good at it. We all have our talents, and writing has always been one of mine. I feel very blessed that I am able to do what I am passionate about every day, to help support my family.

What would you be able to do with an extra $3000 a month? For me, it meant I would be able to pay off debt, help my boyfriend with some big bills each month, and it even helped me buy my new car. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can definitely help buy peace of mind when it doesn’t seem like you can keep your head above water.

This may not work for everyone, and some people might find greater success. Not everyone is good at, or even likes to write, and that is OK. The point of this story is to inspire you to explore your talents. What is it that you are good at, and like to do? Is this something you would like to do everyday of your life?

Do you think freelance writing is for you? Do you have knowledge in one or more areas that you could contribute to the world? Give it a try! One of my favorite parts about freelance writing is there are little-to-no costs. I paid absolutely no money to get started, and I didn’t make any investments until I had already started making a small amount of income. Right now, I have $0 expenses as well (aside from my websites, which cost about $20 a month).

With almost no expenses, that means I get to keep 100% of my earnings. Ok, I shouldn’t have said that, because I have to set aside around 20-30% for taxes. Since I am self-employed, I have to make sure I have enough to pay in on taxes at the beginning of the year, so that I don’t face big penalties later on. This kind of stinks, but it is what it is.

One day I may be able to do this full time, you never know. When you work as a freelance writer there is never a “guarantee” or stability that comes with a “normal” job. I love the doors that it can open, and the people I get to work with. I never know who is going to email me, or what they are going to want me to do for them, but there is never a dull moment.

Stay tuned for my next post where I will go over the steps to starting your freelance career, and what you may or may not need to get it up and running.

Do you have any questions you would like me to answer in my next post? Leave them in the comments and I promise I will get to them!

 

 

 

Meal Prep 101: The Basics

 

Prepping your meals ahead of time is an awesome idea- whether you are trying to eat healthy, or if you are just pressed for time.  For me, it’s both!
When I prep my meals ahead of time, I know that I am setting myself up for success and that I am saving myself a load of time during the work week.  When you get an hour lunch, and have a 20 minute transit home, you really only have 40 minutes to accomplish anything.  I personally like to do something productive on my lunch break, such as work out or do some of the household chores.  This gives me more time in the evening to enjoy quality time with my family!

There are two main questions I get asked when people are curious about my meal prepping:

1. Don’t you get sick of eating the same thing everyday?
2. Does the food stay good all week in the fridge, without drying out?

To answer the first question, I honestly don’t mind eating the same thing everyday.  ESPECIALLY when it is already made and all I have to do is grab it out of the fridge and pop it in the microwave (some things you don’t even have to microwave).  The thought of making something different is way less appealing to me than eating what I already have made and portioned out, even if I ate it the day before.

For the second question, most things stay good.  I have found that the best way to make chicken is either on the grill, or in the crockpot.  I don’t have
a problem with it getting dry, most of the time.  If you do find that what you are making gets dry, add a little dijon mustard or tweak the way you make it until you find what you like best.  A lot of the time, I like to eat my chicken cold, and it’s almost never dry that way.
So, the actual meal prepping itself is super easy!  It doesn’t even take much time out of your day; it takes maybe an hour, at most.  I like to do it all
on Sundays so that the following week is good to go.

What you make depends totally on the kind of meal plan you are following.  For me, I am on the 21 day fix, so I know what kinds of foods I need to eat everyday, and how much of each food group. There are some basics that you should follow, though.  A good meal consists of some form of protein, a serving veggies, and a source of carbs (I typically only eat one form of carbs a day, because I do better all around when I limit my intake of carbs).

Breakfast

My breakfasts take no prepping.  I drink my strawberry Shakeology every day for breakfast and I love it.  It takes 5 minutes to whip up, and I take it with me on the go while I drop off my son and drive to work.

There are plenty of alternative options for breakfast, and I will be diving more into that on a later date.  This is just the basics- and I am going to be taking each meal and going into detail in posts to come.

Lunch

My lunch meals vary.  It usually depends on what kind of protein I will be having.  Here are a few ideas of easy-to-prep lunches:

  • Tuna on baby spinach with carrots & cucumbers, with a side of cottage cheese
  • Grilled Chicken with boiled broccoli and whole grain rice
  • Taco salad- Venison taco meat (use ground turkey if you don’t have venison) on lettuce with reduced fat shredded cheese and 2 tbsp of light sour cream. Yum!

Those are just a few of the typical lunches that I can prep ahead of time in bulk before the week starts.  You can pretty much design your own based on your own likes, especially with the very versatile grilled chicken.

Dinner

This one  varies.  Dinner time in my household is always chaotic because I do not eat the same thing as the rest of my family a majority of the time.  Our son is only 16 months, so there are things that he is not quite ready to eat yet, so there are nights when all 3 of us have something different.

One of the best ways I have found to prep my dinners for the week, is to make a big dinner Sunday night, so I have leftovers all week.  Being a busy working mom, my evenings are very short and very busy, so cooking a whole dinner is pretty much out of the question.

My favorite meals to make on Sunday’s are my special Skinny Chicken Cordon Bleu, and Skinny Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Parmesan.  Both of these recipes make 8 servings, which leaves me with 5 for the rest of the week!  This makes my nights way easier, and all I have to do is pop it in the microwave (or oven to make it crispier) and I am good to go!

IMG_2431chicken parmesan

Check out these awesome looking dishes- healthy too!

Snacks

Snacks are easy.  For me I just pour some nonfat vanilla yogurt in little containers, and take one with to work every day.

For other snacks, like veggies (I have celery every day for my afternoon snack), it’s smart to cut them all up before the week starts.  Typically, I cut up cucumbers and celery every Sunday, because those are the vegetables that I eat the most of.

prepping veggies

Other snacks that are healthy are raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc), healthy fats such as cheese, or hummus paired with some veggies, and fruits like berries, bananas, apples, etc.  OR, my personal favorite- Shakeology Protein Cookies!  These are delicious and only takes 4 ingredients.

 

 

It’s More Simple Than You Think!

A lot of people get scared off by the idea of prepping a whole weeks worth of food in one sitting.  The truth is, it doesn’t take long at all.  One, MAYBE two hours of work on a Sunday and you are good to go.  The amount of time that it will save you during the week makes it  more than worth it!

Keep following; there will be more to come on this series!  Some future posts will include freezer meals where I will give you some recipes and ideas on meals that you put in the freezer until you are ready to eat them- then all you have to do is throw in the crockpot!

How do you feel about meal prepping?  What are your questions, or do you have any helpful hints for the rest of us?

The basics of meal prep

 

4 Simple Tricks a Busy Mom Can Use to Get Time to Workout (Daily!)

tricks for a busy mom to find time to workout

If you are a working mother like I am, you know how busy life is. (Or any mother, for that matter). The mornings are a rush, lunch time is a rush, and the nights are a rush to get the housework done while spending time with your kids. With all of that going on, who has time to get a workout in?

You do. Yes, I said it. You HAVE time. You just have to find it.

Making your health a priority (as it should be), will make it a little easier to find spaces in your day to get in some exercise.

If you are laughing and shaking your head at me, I am going to tell you how. There are little things you can do to treat your body right every day.

Little Exercises Throughout the Day

Want me to let you in on a little secret? I squat. I do over 100 squats a day. How? Everytime I go to the bathroom, I do 15 squats.

How easy! It takes a couple minutes (if that) out of my time, and it gets my legs and booty working!

So, you try! Sometimes I do lunges instead, and sometimes I add tricep dips on the counter too. It’s about getting in what you can. And I know you can spare a minute or two every time you go to the bathroom.

Exercise on Your Lunch Break

If you have a job like I do, you get an hour lunch break. After you factor in transit time home, I have about 40 minutes to spare.  When I am not using this time to get some housework done, I like to get my workout in.

So, what I do sometimes, is pack my lunch and eat it at work. Then, on my lunch break I have time to get a workout in! Luckily my 21 Day Fix workouts are a half an hour, so it works perfectly!

Sometimes I like to go for a walk on my lunch break, instead. I could get about 2-2 1/2 miles in!

After You Put The Kids to Bed

Yep, I know you love to just sink into the couch after you put the littles to sleep, and I’m not telling you that you should stop doing that completely.

BUT, you should cut your couch potato time down by half an hour, and get a workout in before its YOUR bedtime! Night is my favorite time to get my workouts in.

Wake Up Early

I had to say it. I know you are groaning right now, because the thought is awful. Believe me, I know. I only go this route once in a blue moon, because lets face it, I am NOT a morning person.

If you ARE, then this would be perfect for you! All you would have to do is wake up 30 minutes early and kick start your day! Honestly, I WISH this was easier for me, because that is the perfect start to any day.

Well there you have it. My simple little tricks to making time for working out. I know that you can come up with millions of different excuses, as can I, but don’t! Treat your body how it deserves to be treated, and get that exercise in!

If you need motivation, add me on Facebook! I am always looking for accountability partners so we can keep each other going!