10 Unbelievably Sad Ways You Just Killed Your Pinterest Pin

I’m sad for you, friend. I’ve had my share of flopped Pinterest pins, too, and it still hurts my heart. After investing all that work, that effort, and all that time on that blog post, you at least want to see some decent results, right? So let’s talk about 10 Unbelievably Sad Ways You Just Killed Your Pinterest Pin.

And then let’s fix it so you can be on your way and crush that blog of yours.

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Pinterest Pins and Blog Traffic

Should You Be Aiming For Viral Pins?

Okay, so I know we get stars in our eyes when we talk about viral pins. Our eyes kinda glaze over and we dream of the day our pin finally goes viral.

Is this a thing, like really?

Well, yes. I’ve had a couple viral pins on my Mama Fearless account and it’s a wonderful feeling.

Here’s what I have to say about it.

Landing a viral pin is kinda like winning the lottery, with slightly better odds. Well, okay, much better odds.

Do all the things you know to do to win that viral pin, but instead of always hoping for that viral pin, learn how to create solid, well-performing pins.

The viral pins will come. But for now, it’s those consistent, high-performing pins that become your bread and butter.

They’ll bring you a steady flow of reliable traffic and help you steadily build your blog.

And don’t worry. Like I said, those viral pins will eventually come!

10 Unbelievably Sad Ways You Just Killed Your Pinterest Pin

Let’s talk about how and why your pin didn’t go so well, and then let’s fix it!

10 Reasons Why Your Pinterest Pin Flopped

1: Not Enough Keyword Research

This one is the most boring of all 10 Unbelievably Sad Ways You Just Killed Your Pinterest Pin, so let’s just get it out of the way.

When you’re creating your pin, you need to have specific keywords in mind that relate to your niche and the topic of your blog post.

The title of your pin should closely match the verbiage on the graphic. It doesn’t have to be word-for-word, but it does need to be pretty close.

Which means the words you choose to put on the actual pin graphic should also contain keywords.

To find out which keywords perform best, go up to the Pinterest search bar and start typing a phrase related to whatever your pin is about. You’ll see several suggestions pop up.

Those suggestions are the most frequently searched in that particular topic. This is a good place to start to discover keywords.

2: Poor Description

Not only does the title need keywords, the description does, too. Your pin description should be written naturally in flowing language that is easy to read.

Make sure the top keywords of your blog post are included in that description. You can also include a few hashtags as well.

Don’t go overboard on hashtags. This isn’t Instagram. Pinterest won’t recognize ultra-clever tags and phrases. Just be direct and clear in your phrasing.

3: Bad Quality Image

This one is a biggie.

When you’re designing your pin, you need to be completely sure that the image you’re using is high quality.

Pins with images perform better than those without. So, yes, use an image.

Just make sure it’s crispy clear. If it’s poor quality, that pin is going nowhere.

Use Canva to design your pins. It’s extremely user-friendly and even the free version has nice, high-quality images that you can use on your pins.

4: Too Busy

This is huge.

Images with warm tones and contrasting colors outperform other types of pins. Keep this in mind when selecting an image.

However.

If you select a vibrant image and you plan to design a text overlay (which also performs well on Pintrest), you need to make sure your text overlay stands out.

If your image is so bright and so vibrant that it hurts my eyes, I’m going to keep scrolling.

Keep it balanced.

Refrain from using a bazillion fonts. Stick to around 2 fonts–preferably a display font of some kind and then a Sans Serif font for your minor details. A 3rd font is okay if cautiously–and I mean cautiously–used.

10 Reasons Your Pinterest Pin Flopped

5: Wrong Size

I won’t take a long time here. If you’ve been researching Pinterest pins, you’ve read this a thousand times, I’m sure.

Keep your pins vertical, not horizontal. Pinterest best practices states that pins should have a 2:3 ratio (which means the size should be in thirds, and the length is 1/3 longer than the width).

For 2020, they stated that 1000 x 1500 pixels is the preferred size.

You can get away with longer pins, but keep in mind Pinterest has stated extra long pins will be cut off, ultimately decreasing its performance. If you can find a good length that is eye-catching without getting cut off on a viewer’s screen, that pin can potentially perform well.

Some of my highest-performing pins are 650 x 1260, 700 x 1200, and the classic 1000 x 1500.

Canva makes it very easy to design beautiful pins in any size you’d like.

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6: Bad Links

Yeah, it’s obvious, I know, but if your pin’s link to your website doesn’t work…

That’s just all bad.

Before you ever publish your pin, always, always double-check the link to make sure it’s complete and actually directs the viewer to the correct place.

7: Irrelevant Board

If your beautiful pin is about a healthy lifestyle and you pin it to your “entrepreneurship” board, it’s not going to do well.

Pinning your pin to an irrelevant board confuses Pinterest’s algorithm and significantly impacts your SEO rankings.

Doing this continually will hurt your overall Pinterest ratings.

If you’re struggling to find places to pin your content, just create new, relevant boards.

10 Reasons Why Your Pinterest Pin Flopped

8: Your Pin is Hard to Read

Pins with text overlay do well. But we want to be able to read what you’ve written on that pin.

Your pin offers to solve a specific problem. It should attract the eye, and then attract the viewer’s interest.

If the viewer can’t easily read the pin because the font is not the centerpiece of the pin, they’re moving on.

Your text should be large enough to capture the viewer’s attention immediately, without making the viewer fight to get past the image or graphics.

Your image should be either faint enough that the text pops, or the text should be in a solid box that makes it stand out from the pin.

Check out my video on creating an epic Pinterest pin in less than 10 minutes!

9: Bad Timing

Your pin can be perfect, but on Pinterest, timing is everything. Your niche has a particular day or time of day when it’s going to perform the best.

Yeah. Trying to figure that out on your own can get very interesting. And stressful. Let’s not forget stressful

Using Tailwind to schedule your pins will solve that problem. Tailwind has already done the research for you, which means that it knows what time to pin your pin for optimal results.

By scheduling your pins through Tailwind, you’re setting that pin up to go out at the right time for your niche where it will get the most visibility.

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10: No Brand Identity

If your pin is absolutely gorgeous, but it’s a ghost pin without any sort of identity, well, you’ve just undermined all that gorgeousness.

People want to know about the brand, company or person that published the pin they’re clicking on.

I mentioned in my article about 15 reasons why Pinterest isn’t working for your blog that your logo is important–in the right place.

Your logo should be somewhere on every pin you post, in a tidy, well-fitting place.

It doesn’t need to take over the pin. Keep it small and out of the way, but easily found so people get to know your brand.

After awhile, people will start clicking on your pins because they recognize your brand. That’s when you’re breaking through the walls and creating trust between your audience and your brand.

Keep Learning

The art of Pinterest marketing is pretty in-depth, but this is a good place to start.

If you’re a beginning blogger all this SEO and Pinterest marketing talk can get overwhelming.

Don’t try to take it all on at once. Just focus on these 10 reasons why your Pinterest pin flopped and start working to improve one thing at a time.

It becomes less confusing as you grow and learn and gain more experience.

Don’t let this intimidate you! If you need some extra help, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me! I’ll help you any way I can!

Happy hustling!

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What Your Blog Is Missing And How To Fix It

15 Reasons Why Pinterest Isn’t Working For Your Blog

I’ve been there. Let me just say that first. So I understand your frustration. Are you working hard, hustling every day on Pinterest, only to find that NOTHING is happening? No improvement, no increased traffic, no connections or monthly Pinterest views? Here are 15 reasons why Pinterest isn’t working for your blog.

And, more importantly, how to fix it.

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15 Reasons Why Pinterest Isn’t Working For Your Blog

15 Reasons Why Pinterest Isn't Working for Your Blog

15 Reasons Why Pinterest Isn’t Working For Your Blog

Before we dive into this, you should know that I’m not going to cover the same ol’ same ol’ stuff you’ve read a million times.

This is literally 15 reasons why you aren’t seeing results from Pinterest due to some common mistakes. Thankfully, they’re mistakes that are easily fixable.

I’m not going to include this in the list because it’s a crucial prerequisite, but before you go any further, make sure your Pinterest account is a business account.

1: Not Pinning Enough

I’ve talked to several bloggers who are frustrated with their results on Pinterest, only to find that they’re only pinning 1-3 pins a day.

That isn’t NEARLY enough.

You need to be pinning at least 20 pins a day. That’s a minimum, especially if you’re still building your audience.

A better number is around 20-30 pins daily.

If that seems overwhelming, start with 10 consistently every day and gradually increase your number of daily pins.

To do this easily, you need Tailwind.

Tailwind will schedule and pin your pins for you. I take about 2 hours in the beginning of my week and schedule all of my pins for that week and into the next.

Tailwind does the rest for me. It’s that simple. And that’s why I have nearly 1 million monthly viewers on my Mama Fearless account (and counting).

2: Spamming/Over-Pinning

The flip-side to not pinning enough is over pinning the same content. If you’re pinning the same pins 50 times a day, Pinterest (and your followers) are going to label your pins as spam.

This is bad for SEO, you’ll lose ranking, and nobody will see your pins anymore.

If you use Tailwind, it’ll let you know where that sweet spot is in the number of pins you pin per day. It warns you when you’re pinning the same content too frequently, which keeps you on the good side of Pinterest’s best practices.

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3: Bad Links

The fastest way to lose ranking in Pinterest is to have bad links. When someone clicks on your pin and it takes them to a 404 error page, that’s a poor user experience.

It’s frustrating and it makes Pinterest look bad, too. Your pin will quickly be buried and your overall approval with Pinterest will drop considerably.

Besides, why put all that effort into making beautiful pins if they aren’t going to work?

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4:Not Enough Pins Per Post

Each time you publish a blog post, you need to think of it as a mini book launch.

There are a few things you should do to prepare that launch, but since we’re focusing on Pinterest, that’s what I’m going to talk about here.

You need to market that post to drive traffic to your fresh content. You should create around 5-7 brand new pins for that post specifically for that launch.

There’s nothing more frustrating than working hard on that post only to discover that no one is even seeing it.

Your 5-7 “launch pins” should be gorgeous, descriptive and a catchy debut of your fresh blog post.

15 Reasons Why Pinterest Isn't Working For Your Blog

5: Not Enough Pinterest Boards

You need a lot of Pinterest boards, and you need to be active on those boards to gain a good reputation on Pinterest.

The more boards you have and the more consistent activity, the more Pinterest will recognize you as a reputable, trustworthy pinner.

You’ll also gain more followers in a shorter amount of time. Monthly views are far more important than followers but followers create more interaction and engagement which is crucial to you on Pinterest.

You need a lot of Pinterest boards. Aim for 40 at least (to start out) and pin to them consistently.

As your Pinterest activity increases, you’ll need to create even more boards so you have fresh places to pin your content.

Remember to keep all of your boards relevant to your niche.

Hint: If you have personal boards that aren’t related to your niche, simply archive them. You can keep those boards and they won’t hurt your SEO ranking through Pinterest due to being unrelated to your niche.

15 Reasons Why Pinterest Isn’t Working For Your Blog

6: No Keywords or Descriptions on Your Boards

Your Pinterest boards need a cute cover photo, a simple, clear title, and a good description.

The title and descriptions need to contain keywords and phrases to let Pinterest know what the board is about.

Pinterest isn’t Instagram. Don’t try to be cute and clever with your board titles and descriptions. Aim for clear, concise descriptions with keywords that are relevant to your blog niche.

Make sure your keywords and descriptions are written in natural language, meaning, it makes sense to read, not just a list of keywords bunched together.

Good Example: All the best tips and resources to organize your house on a budget. Get the latest tricks and hacks to simplify mom life on organization, housecleaning, and essential must-haves.

Bad Example: House organization to organize your house, tips, tricks house cleaning organization hacks for mom life organization, essentials.

7: Not Enough Interaction with Other Pinners

Pinterest is a search engine and social media platform combined. You have to rank highly and learn the SEO game, but you also need to interact with other Pinners and create a following like you do on social media.

Pinterest tests out your pins to your followers first. The more approval they show, the more Pinterest will display your pin in smart feeds and search results.

But it all starts with the followers you have.

While monthly views are ultimately highly important, engaging with other pinners and creating some engagement is important too.

The people on Pinterest are pretty amazing. They’re either regular folks searching for something specific, or they’re other regular folks in that hustle trying to build something, like you.

So they’ll follow you.

Note: You don’t need hundreds of follower on Pinterest to get a large amount of views. I have around 430 followers to date and almost 1 million monthly views on my Mama Fearless page.

15 Reasons Why Pinterest Isn't Working for Your Blog

8: Not Enough Variation In Your Pins

You need a recognizable brand to your pins.

Here’s the deal, though. The same pin template or look won’t always work.

If you’re known and popular on Pinterest (take a look at one of my favorites, the Content Bug AKA Cathrin Manning) your brand and pin style is easily recognizable.

But you need to get there, first. You need to learn what kind of look is most successful for your blog.

Before you just pick one type of pin and theme and stick to it like glue, you need to experiment with different colors, font styles and images to see what types and combinations bring you the most results.

Once you find 2-3 styles that work well, use those as templates and create your pins accordingly.

Your pins don’t need to be clones of each other to gain brand recognition. Using similar styles, colors and fonts will do just fine.

15 Reasons Why Pinterest Isn’t Working For Your Blog

9: Not Enough Consistent Pinning

I mentioned not pinning enough already, but the other part of that is making sure you’re consistently pinning.

That means 7 days a week.

If you’re pinning 20 pins Monday and Tuesday but Pinterest doesn’t see any action from you until the following Monday, you’re going to be playing catchup.

And you’ll lose the game.

In order to climb the Pinterest ladder, you need to pin consistently. Every. Single. Day.

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10: No Domain Name

Nothing screams “newbie” like: yourblog .blogspot .com.

Please, friend.

Don’t do this. Just go pay the few dollars to get your own domain name. It’s so much more polished and professional.

It makes your blog look more believable and lends more credibility to you as the blogger.

You’re working hard. Don’t sabotage yourself.

Get that domain name.

11: No Head Shot In Your Profile Picture

Unless you’re In-N-Out or some other iconic brand (if so, what are you doing here?), your cute little logo is not doing you any favors.

Don’t get me wrong. That logo is super important on Pinterest.

You’re just putting it in the wrong place.

Your logo should be somewhere on your Pinterest pins.

Not your profile photo.

People like to know who wrote the stuff they’re reading. They want to know who you are and feel assured that you are indeed a human being.

Instead of using your logo as your Pinterest profile picture, use a nice photo of yourself. If your style is casual and fun, use a fun photo that gives that impression.

If your style is more professional, edgy, educational or… you get my drift… follow that vibe when it comes to your profile photo.

Save that nice logo for your Pinterest pins.

15 Reasons Why Pinterest Isn't Working for Your Blog

12: Spamming Peoples’ Inboxes

I’m hitting my head with my palm, here.

Do. Not. Do. It.

Okay, embarrassing story alert.

When I first started blogging I took it for granted that anyone who posted about blogging knew what they were talking about (ha!).

I read a post where a blogger explained how they reached out to Pinterest pinners to collaborate, follow-for-follow, or join a group board by creating a template message and blasting it to pinners’ inboxes all over the place.

Yeah… I followed the advice.

It got me nowhere. Literally, nowhere. I sent hundreds of messages and got… wait, let me count… ZERO responses.

Why was that?

Well, because nobody knew who I was!

Real talk: no one likes to get a message from a complete stranger out of nowhere asking them for something or–even worse–advertising merch or products!

Unless you’re a professional with a media kit and know how to slay cold pitches, just spare yourself the trouble. Pinterest is not the right place for that.

A far better way to gain relationships and a following is to simply follow other pinners.

Another, super effective way is to join Tailwind tribes. It is by far a better way to get to know other pinners in your niche, expose your content, and help them by pinning theirs.

I still get random messages in my Pinterest inbox with some sort of merchandise or advertisement. Guess what happens…

D-E-L-E-T-E.

That’s all.

13: Pins with Errors and Misspellings

Nobody’s perfect. We all make mistakes, but your Pinterest pin can’t afford to be one of them.

If you’re taking all that time to create a beautiful pin, make sure it’s polished and complete.

Check your text for errors, make sure it’s complete, and make sure it’s clear and concise.

If you’re blogging about entrepreneurship, don’t expect someone to take you seriously if you misspell entrepreneurship.

Poorly written content lowers your credibility. It makes you look unprofessional, unprepared, and unpolished.

That’s intense, I know. But it’s that serious.

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14: Slow Load Times

Nothing kills your Pinterest game like a website that takes forever to load.

If someone clicks on your pin, that’s an incredible opportunity for you.

You’ve got about 7 seconds to hook your reader and keep them reading. Your website’s loading time is part of that.

If someone clicks on your pin and your site takes 5 seconds to load, they’re already losing interest.

I used a particular host my first year blogging. I was new and didn’t know how to analyze my site’s loading speed.

My pageviews were down and decreasing daily and I couldn’t figure out why. After scrambling and doing a ton of research I learned how to check my site’s speed.

I was shocked to find that my site took a whopping THIRTEEN SECONDS to load!

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Nothing I did improved my site speed. Finally, irritated and discouraged, I switched to Siteground.

Siteground changed my whole blogging game. My site’s load speed drastically improved, my pageviews came back immediately and kept improving, where they’re increasing to this day.

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Based on my whirlwind adventures, I totally recommend Siteground as your hosting platform. It’s only a few bucks a month with superior performance.

You’ll get 1 free site migration (they’ll do all the work for you). Any additional sites cost $30 for them to migrate for you but it’s so worth it!

You can manually migrate your own sites for free but I recommend having their team do it for you.

Keep your pins–and your blog–alive. Use a good host with fast load times.

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15: Not Pinning Other People’s Content

This is another one I learned by making lots of mistakes.

Pinterest works when everybody pins everybody’s content.

Did you get that?

What that means is that if all you do is pin your own stuff, Pinterest basically says, “this is getting old,” and you lose ratings.

Now I’ve read a lot of different people’s opinions on what ratio of your pins to other pinner’s pins is most successful, but so far what I’ve found is that pinning 40% of my own content and 60% (ish) of other people’s content yields the best results.

I know what you’re thinking: If I’m putting all this work into Pinterest and my blog. I’m not spending my time pinning OTHER PEOPLE’S content!

Yeah. That’s what I said too, at first. But that isn’t how Pinterest works.

After getting frustrated and finally following the formula, I saw a drastic improvement in my blog traffic.

Trust me, friend, it ends up being a worthwhile trade.

Note: Use Tailwind to pin 40% of your own content and 60% of others’. If you’re using Tailwind tribes, only add your own pins to the tribe. Be sure and follow the tribe’s rules (usually for every pin you pin to a tribe, pin someone else’s).

Go Fix Your Pinterest!

Now that you know 15 reasons why Pinterest isn’t working for your blog, you can get to work!

You’re probably doing at least 2-3 of these things–I know I was making the majority of these mistakes at first.

The great news is that you can easily fix this stuff and get some serious improvement in your blog traffic!

Remember: Pinterest won’t work harder than you do. Keep at it, keep learning and improving, and you’ll see those results unfolding.

Happy hustling!

5 Basic Tips On Starting Your Blog

5 Steps To Start A Successful Blog

Hey there, entrepreneurs! Ready to start up your blog? Maybe you’re not starting a blog, per say, but you own a business and you need a website. If you’re in the second category–you still need this info! Yes, I’m focusing on 5 steps to start a successful blog, but these 5 points are important for any online business!

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Warning: Don’t skim the table of contents and think, “I’ve read this all before.” Sure, you’ve seen these 5 steps, probably a million times, but here’s the difference between Earning SAHM and other posts: I’m brutally honest.

This isn’t a fluff piece to get you to sign up for Bluehost (Don’t do it. Use Siteground.). This is a legit list to help you get started correctly.

Let’s do this.

5 Steps To Start A Successful Blog

1: Nail Down Your Audience

This step is listed in THOUSANDS of blogs (yes, I just yelled it) and it really is important. How many times have you read, “find your audience…?”

Here’s the deal–don’t just find your audience. Nail it doooown.

Here’s an example. You’re a fitness blogger. Or, for the sake of my “category 2” peeps, you’re selling fitness equipment online.

Who likes fitness? Basically everyone. But you can’t write to every single person on the planet who likes fitness. It’s bad business–not to mention impossible.

So you need to nail it down. Who are you writing to?

The best way to think about it is to start at your goal and work backwards. What is the goal of your website, blog, post…?

Let’s just say you’re selling an exercise machine. Is it designed for women, men or both?

Who’s most likely to buy in–the already-fit human who wants to add something extra to their routine? Someone who wants to lose 25 pounds? A person who wants to tone up in a particular area?

Narrow that thing down, and then include all your potential buyers.

When you’re creating a blog, you need a specific kind of reader in mind–like 2 or more descriptive words.

For example, my blog, Mama Fearless, is dedicated to first-time moms and expectant mothers. But what else? I’ve nailed down my audience to first-time moms and expectant mothers who need encouragement about pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood.

BAM! It’s not a baby-items blog, a review blog (though it contains those elements). It’s an inspirational blog to boost confidence.

Here are some words that I used to nail down my audience:

  • First-Time
  • Expectant
  • Encouragement
  • Christian-Based
  • Infants and Toddlers

See? Gotta get specific.

2: Choose the RIGHT Niche

Ugh. This one frustrates me. I see this one everywhere, too. “Choose your niche.” Period.

That’s like starting a sentence with, “This amazing…” and then walking off.

Huh?

There is so much more to choosing your niche than just choosing your niche.

I know you really love nachos, but I hate to break it to you. Good luck creating a successful, money-making blog entirely about nachos.

Food blog? Oh, yeah!

But nachos only? Wah wah wah.

You might be so passionate about nachos, and maybe you even have 47 nacho recipes. But you’re going to have one crazy massive climb ahead of you to make decent money writing about nachos, unless you’ve got a secret the rest of us don’t.

If you do, then what are you doing reading my blog? Seriously, please refer me to yours!

Do your research. Find out which niches do well, and if your idea fits in those categories, you’re off to a good start.

Maybe just keep a journal about nachos or write a recipe book while you choose a better niche for your blog.

3: Write Good Content

Can I just say that I’ve actually read blogs that say you don’t have to be a good writer to make money blogging?

Sabotage!

Yes, you do! In fact, you must be a good writer to make money blogging. Of all 5 steps to start a successful blog, this one is your bread and butter.

You might be selling thee greatest gym equipment of all time, but if you can’t spell equipment or construct a decent, persuasive article, you’re toast.

Yes, marketing, yes, SEO, yes design and creativity.

AFTER GOOD CONTENT (yes, I yelled again).

I care about your blog because it’s part of you and it’s serious. If you’re creating a blog or website to make money, it’s your baby, your dream and you’re probably already working hard at it.

That’s why I’m not brushing this under the rug. Blogging is writing. That’s the medium you’re using to get your art out there.

If you need help writing, take my 1-hour course for writing basics to get you started. It’s 100x less the cost of most of the courses out there and it will help you with some writing and blogging basics to improve your content.

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If you can’t write well and don’t care to improve, try vlogging.

Bottom line, bloggers need to be able to write killer content.

4: Engage with Your Readers

This isn’t the Wizard of Oz. You’re not some enigmatic figment that people love to follow and buy your stuff.

Much better than that, you’re a human. Talking to other humans.

That means you’re building relationships around trust, so that when you recommend your products or publish something, people take your word for it.

So what’s your plan to engage with your readers?

Building an email list is a great method. Keep it real, talk to your audience, and encourage them to get involved.

They’ve got great minds and valuable input. Ask them what they want to see, what works for them and create discussions.

I recently asked my Mama Fearless readers to tell me what they wanted to see on the blog and I received some great feedback. I thanked them individually for their response and showed appreciation for their ideas by writing back.

One of my subscribers literally wrote to me, “Wow, I feel special that you’ve taken the time to write back…”

More than a pageview, a reader, or a sale, I just made a friend. 🙂

Found out what your blog is missing and how to fix it.

5: Monetize

Now we get to the fun stuff. Who doesn’t like getting a paycheck? Seriously!

No, but really. This is super important. You’re not doing this just to play around (if you are, you’re reading the wrong blog my friend. We’re a bunch of serious entrepreneurs around here!). You’re building a business.

You need a plan to monetize. How are you going to make your money? Do you have your own products to sell? Are you an affiliate? A coach?

It’s important that you have an outline on how your blog is going to make money. The avenue you’re taking to get that dough is going to determine the steps you take to be successful.

If you’re selling your own products, you might want to be careful about placing too many ads or affiliate links on your site that will distract people from your own product.

If you’re an affiliate, you need to make sure you’re doing a great job honestly reviewing products and recommending products with integrity (come on, don’t sell your soul, here).

What about coaching? If ever engagement and building relationships was important, it’s crucial for the coaching business!

Write out your goals. Then turn it into a plan. Finally, make that a plan of action, with all the steps you’re going to take.

Stick To It, My Friend!

These 5 steps to start a successful blog are only the very beginning of your business.

The better you do and the more solid your foundation, the more successful your blog will be in the long run.

Remember, this is building a business. It’s not a get-rich-quick-scheme. It’s a marathon, one step after another, and it’s not always easy.

That’s why not every blog makes it. If you’re serious, and you’re willing, you can totally make good money blogging.

What You Need To Know Before Starting A Business

How To Massively Save Money At Dollar Store

Who doesn’t love saving money? Who doesn’t love saving a lot of money? Trust me, I’m right there with you! That’s why I’ve constructed this hefty list of over 25 items to show you how to massively save money at Dollar Store.

When my husband started his business, we knew we needed to cut living expenses in a big way. After my son was born and we decided I would stay home with him, we knew we really needed to cut back!

Hey, you can find ways to shave dollars off the budget in more ways than you’d ever know when you really need to. That’s just what we did.

Nowadays, even though the belt isn’t cinched anywhere near as tightly, we still stick to most of the frugal habits we picked up during those interesting years. It became a habit, it saves money, and saving money gets addicting.

Like, really addicting.

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You Are More Creative Than You Think

You’ve got tricks you don’t even know you have. Seriously. When the going gets tough prepare to amaze yourself.

There are so many ways to pinch your pennies! From groceries to personal care to household items, there are tricks out there that can save you some serious cash.

That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality, either.

There are so many ways to save money, including these tips to save over $500 A Month.

One of the easiest things you can do is swap more expensive items for less expensive ones. There are more items that you buy than you realize where the brand doesn’t really matter.

That’s why I’ve created this list on how to massively save money at Dollar Store.

I’ve constructed a list of 30 Dollar Store items that you can buy and save a lot of cash. I’ll be comparing them to Walmart’s online prices since Walmart has highly competitive pricing.

Get Ready For This Dollar Store List

This list honestly blew me away a little bit. Truth be told, there are other items I could have added as well but due to packaging differences and quantities the comparison would have been off.

A lot of these items are things you use and replace several times a year. Think about what you’re spending every time you replace those items and what you could be saving–it’s substantial.

I also want to add that another great Dollar Store buy are every day drinking glasses.

My husband and I received a couple sets of glasses as wedding presents. All but one have broken from being dropped in the sink or falling over. Having two sons, I simply didn’t want to buy nice glasses only to have them break.

I purchased several from Dollar Store with the idea that if they broke–so what? I could just go replace them.

But guess what? Those suckers don’t break! So hey–even better. It’s my few bucks well spent.

Among these honorable mentions are general items like simple craft supplies (tape, pipe cleaners, other supplies), toys, greeting cards and travel items.

Though they didn’t make it on the list, they’re still money savers in a big way!

Let’s get to it!

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30 Dollar Store Items to Save Massive Amounts of Money

To be fair, I’m using the lowest-priced items I can find on the Walmart website.

Cleaning Supplies

  • 1. White Vinegar- $1 Walmart- $2.64
  • 2. Peroxide- $1 Walmart- $3.52
  • 3. Rubbing Alcohol- $1 Walmart- $3.76
  • 4. Baking Soda- $1 Walmart- $2.24
  • 5. Cleaning Sponges- $1 Walmart- $1.34
  • 6. Cleaning Cloths- $1 Walmart- $2.41
  • 7. Broom- $1 Walmart- $8.34
  • 8. Toilet Bowl Brush- $1 Walmart- $5.00
  • 9. Cleaning Liquids- $1 Walmart- $4.75
  • 10. Microfiber Car Towels- $1 Walmart- $3.84

Household Items

  • 11. Candles/Deodorizers- $1 Walmart- $3.33
  • 12. Chip Clips (pack)- $1 Walmart- $5.00 (pack)
  • 13. Refrigerator Magnets- $1 Walmart- $4.78
  • 14. Batteries- $1 Walmart- $4.34
  • 15. Small Trash Can- $1 Walmart- $6.28
  • 16. Ice Trays- $1 (pack of 3) Walmart- $2.84 (pack of 1)
  • 17. Small Storage Bins- $1 Walmart- $4.80
  • 18. Disposable Baking Tins- $1 Walmart- $5.99
  • 19. Dish Towels- $1 Walmart- $3.48
  • 20. Mailing Envelopes- $1 Walmart- $5.99
  • 21. Hand Mirror- $1 Walmart- $4.34
  • 22. Stirring Spoons- $1 Walmart- $1.97

Crafts/Party/Stationary

  • 23. Notebook- $1 Walmart- $2.26
  • 24. Party Streamers- $1 Walmart- $1.13
  • 25. Tissue Paper- $1 Walmart- $3.98
  • 26. Gift Bags- $1 Walmart- $1.88
  • 27. Decorative Helium Party Balloons- $1 Walmart- $6.32
  • 28. Kids Sticker Books- $1 Walmart- $1.50
  • 29. Coloring Books- $1 Walmart- $3.99
  • 30. Ink Pens- $1 Walmart- $1.87

Dollar Store Total = $30 (plus tax) Walmart Total= $113.91 (plus tax)

Wow!

I’m not sure what’s more surprising–the price difference or the fact that we spend that much money at Walmart on such basic items!

And, honestly, I used the cheapest items I could find. When we’re at Walmart we don’t always select the lowest price items, do we?

So now that you know, maybe you’ll be able to make some little changes and make your wallet happy!

Happy Saving, Friends!

What You Need to Know BEFORE Starting A Business

My husband took the big leap in June of 2016. It was one of the scariest decisions we’d ever made. It wasn’t just a decision–it was a move, a jump. There were some things we knew, but there was a whole lot we didn’t know. Since then we’ve learn so much about business, entrepreneurship, and making stuff work. That’s what I’m going to share with you in What You Need to Know BEFORE Starting A Business.

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How It Got Started

We’d been married a year and a half. That’s not very long at all. I was working a full time job in the medical field as a certified professional, doing what I loved. Having that backup income gave my husband the confidence to start his business.

My husband, Adam, had been working a 9-5 doing meticulous work that he absolutely did not enjoy. Furthermore, he was terrible at it. We look back and laugh now, thinking about how he was trying so hard to be a square peg in a round hole.

June of 2016 was the big month. He took off. Well, it was more like he started. Because nothing actually took off.

Hindsight is 20/20, so here are 5 things that our now-perfect vision taught us and what you really need to know before starting a business.

Don’t Expect A Big Return During the First Year

When I say Adam started and that nothing took off, that’s exactly what I mean. We planned, we prepared, and we prayed.

That does not mean that massive success plopped into our laps. All that means is that we felt like it was the right decision.

We still had to start building from the ground. From nothing. It didn’t come easily, either. There were so many times we just wished his business would take off and the income would come pouring in.

But that just isn’t how good business is built.

Proverbs 13:11 says, “Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it” (ESV).

Searching for get-rich-quick-schemes isn’t realistic, and it isn’t wise. When it comes to building your blog or business, you need to understand that you have to build it up just like you would a sturdy house.

You start with a solid foundation and then you build upward, slowly but surely. All the parts of what you’re building have to be constructed correctly. If something isn’t right, you have to tear it down and start over.

This takes time, learning, growing, and a lot of hard work. So don’t expect massive profit during this season. It takes at least a year for things to start gaining momentum.

A year of no real profit does not mean failure. It means you’re learning.

Make sure you’re expecting the right things and have the right perspective about time.

Prepare to Make Some Serious Sacrifices

How we would have loved for Adam’s business to explode immediately. It didn’t. But it still required 500% out of us.

Every day.

There were times when I watched him work himself into exhaustion for very little return. This is where his vision and his determination became everything.

Adam believed in his business. He knew he was on to something and was prepared to make the sacrifice.

It also meant I needed to sacrifice, too. I was part of the team. Working my full-time job to help provide financial security was only part of the game. I learned how to shave our budget down like crazy and how to save over $500 a month doing these basic things.

I also learned how to have the ultimate yard sale and whatever else I could to earn extra cash, save, and budget.

Whether or not you’re part of a team, if you’re building a business, it’s absolutely crucial that you be prepared to sacrifice.

You’re going to pour your time, money, energy, and effort into making it work.

To get a business off the ground you need to understand what it’s going to take. It requires enough hours to make a 40-hour work week seem like a cake walk.

I can’t tell you how many people have since come to my husband asking for advice on starting a business because they don’t want to work 40 hours a week.

Adam’s response is very straightforward. If you can’t handle a 40-hour work week, then you definitely can’t handle building a business. It requires at least twice that.

Your Business Idea Had Better Be Good

Since you’re going to be making some serious sacrifices and you won’t see the benefit of those sacrifices for a while, your business idea had better be a good one.

Your business idea must be thought out and well-planned. Here are some things to ask yourself:

  • Is your business fulfilling a need that’s in high demand?
  • Is the market saturated with your type of business? (Think population, area, demographic and demand)
  • How are other businesses in your niche doing in your area? Are they succeeding?
  • What’s your plan to stand out? (Think branding, identity, P.R….)
  • What is your marketing strategy?
  • Is there room for growth, expansion and longevity?

Making sure your business idea is awesome doesn’t guarantee success, but poor planning and choosing a not so great business niche will certainly hurt your efforts and your business probably won’t survive.

Make sure your business or blog is something that’s in demand, that fills a current need, and is a space where you can flourish and stand out.

Does it feel like walking a tightrope yet? It should. That’s what it is.

What You Need to Know BEFORE Starting A Business

Stay Ahead of The Marketing Game

What you need to know before starting a business is your marketing strategy.

This is the era of online marketing, and while technology makes it easy to put your name out there, it’s that much more competitive.

Before you ever launch that blog or open up for business, you should already have a marketing plan in place and you’ve got to make it count.

Think unique and creative branding, connection with your audience/clientele, and your strategy for promotion to gain traction.

No matter what your business is, you need a following. Where are you going to find it and how are you going to get it and maintain it once you have it?

These are detailed questions but they need to be answered before you start your business.

Which social media platforms will you use (it’s best to not use all of them when you’re starting out but rather do well on a couple)?

Every niche is different, and your type of business will determine whether Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google, LinkedIn or other platforms should be your main focus.

Each social media platform has its own kind of law of attraction, so-to-speak. The same formula will not work across the board.

My husband’s business is local, providing a service to residents and businesses in our area. Because of that, he learned how to harness the power of Facebook and Google, and let me tell you he’s incredible at it.

For my blogs I’ve learned to use Pinterest since it’s the number one traffic driver to blogs.

When it comes to your business or blog, knowing how and where to market is crucial.

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Love It Enough To See It Through

In order for your business to succeed it has to meet a demand somewhere. Choosing a niche willy-nilly is certainly not going to set you up for success. This is particularly true for blogging. Let’s just keep it real. Certain blog niches do better than others. Period.

Okay, so now we’ve established that your choice of business must be a thought out, strategic decision.

There has to be some balance to this decision. You still have to love what you do.

My husband’s business is flooring maintenance. Surprise! Yes, he chose to provide an in-home or business service that is considered blue collar.

And it does really well.

Why is that? Because Adam loves it.

Adam is not interested in real estate, finance, or accounting. He’s not interested in graphic or web design enough to make an entire business out of it.

Adam loves connecting with people and he loves moving and putting in some sweat. That’s his personality. Because he chose a simple business that he loves, he excels and the business is flourishing.

He could have chosen to build a financial company or an investment company since those both tend to pay high dividends. The reality? It probably would have failed.

It’s not his thing.

Your business choice needs to be something you love to do, something you’re willing to work at even when it’s not working for you yet.

You’ve got to love what you do or you won’t do it for very long when the going gets rough–and it will. Trust me.

What You Need to Know BEFORE Starting A Business

Ready To Do This?

Now that you have an idea of what you need to know before you start a business, you may decide to take a little extra time to plan and prepare before taking off.

Using wisdom, especially when you feel impatient about getting started, will only reap long-term benefits.

If you’ve got these questions answered and your business is well-planned, you’re that much closer to taking off.

The most important thing is to have a plan and make sure it’s thorough. Starting a business is a big deal. It’s important. Don’t treat it like it’s some little side gig that won’t go anywhere. You’re not giving it enough credit.

You business matters. It’s your future, and it deserves respect.

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What Your Blog is Missing and How To Fix It

No matter what kind of business you’re starting, you need to be able to give it 500%. Be ready, be sure.

And then be successful.

What Your Blog Is Missing And How To Fix It

There are countless blogs in existence. That means if you want to succeed as a blogger and grow your business, you have to stand out. There’s not much room for error. The crazy thing is that so many blogs out there are missing one of the fundamentally most important things, and it’s a fatal mistake. So let’s talk about What Your Blog Is Missing And How To Fix It.

What Your Blog Is Missing And How To Fix It

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Recognize Pinterest

First of all, you need to understand that Pinterest is the number one traffic driver to your blog–any blog. It’s this massive search engine that begins with pretty pins and leads interested people straight to your content.

That’s invaluable.

You’ve read the articles, I know you have, about how to harness the power of Pinterest.

You’d do well to take the advice.

The amount of traffic you get is directly affected by your success on Pinterest. The better you do on Pinterest, the better your blog does in general.

So when Pinterest gives suggestions about your blog, it’s best to take them.

Seriously.

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New Changes On Pinterest

For so long the focus was all about your pins. Then it shifted to keywords and phrases, descriptions and hash tags.

All of those elements are still crucial. Don’t stop working on your SEO or on your pins.

They still need to be pretty, eye-catching, and they need to sell your audience in a second or less.

SEO is crucial to your pins getting seen, and it’s also crucial for your blog to gain traffic–not just from Pinterest but from Google and other sources as well.

The Big Shift

Pinterest has recently released new information about what types of content will have the best success rate, and the answer may surprise you.

It’s all about fresh content.

That doesn’t mean that your old stuff is out the window (or we’re all in trouble). It just means you need to find new ways to refresh your old content (ie make new, fresh pins for your old content and spruce it up a bit).

But that’s not just it.

Pinterest has also made it clear they will be favoring new content in general.

That means write new stuff.

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This is where the crucial stuff comes in, and a lot of blogs totally miss it.

You can whip out new content every day if you so desire, but that doesn’t mean people will read it.

In fact, if they click on your post but they don’t read it and bounce (leave your blog immediately), that works against you.

The amount of engagement with your blog matters a lot to the big sites like Pinterest and Google. Like, a lot a lot.

So you can’t just write anything.

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What Does This Mean For Your Blog?

Your content has to be good–no, it’s got to be great.

If your pin is gorgeous and offers a solution to a problem that’s in high demand, you’re going to get click through.

But if your writing is mediocre and doesn’t offer anything fresh, you’re in for some seriously negative impact. Expect your blog to take a big hit. Or sink altogether.

Another crucial factor is the completeness of your work.

I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read that are poorly written and full of errors. I’m supposed to believe the author is a professional, an authority on their subject, yet they can’t manage to properly write an article.

Do you think I’m going to buy in to whatever they’re offering/selling/recommending?

No. I’m not. And neither are you.

It’s All About Content

Pinterest wants you to create fresh content. But not just fresh content–it’s got to be good content, well written, and it has to draw your readers.

It stuns me to see the amount of posts and pins that claim your content isn’t as important as your marketing, SEO and the keywords you stuff into your post.

While it may have worked in the past, it’s wildly false information according to today’s current standards.

You need to write more, and you need to write well.

YOU Have to Have the Goods

If you’re a smart blogger who cares about your work, you’re probably using Grammarly to improve your posts. That’s brilliant.

But Grammarly can’t replace your ability as a writer. It’s your wing man, not the pilot.

Grammarly helps ensure your work is polished and edited, free of grammatical errors, misspellings and clutter. But it can’t improve your writing ability.

Your writing ability is determined by you and you alone. And it’s crucial to the success of your blog.

Blogging is all about content writing. If you’re a poor writer, that doesn’t bode well for your blog.

That’s why you have to have the goods, and if you don’t have them, you need to know where to get them.

It’s so important that you better yourself as writer, that you improve your content, if you want to see your blog gain any real traction. Your readers are expecting something from you.

You’ve got to be able to deliver.

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It’s Time To Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

It’s your blog, it’s your business–your income. No one can make it happen like you can.

If you know your writing could use some improvement, the ball is totally in your court.

Most bloggers fizzle out within 6 months to a year. It takes some serious grit to get past that. Once you do, you’re getting ahead of the game and you’re on your way to some success.

Why do blogs fizzle? They don’t get the results they want. Why not?

There are several reasons but a big one is that they aren’t producing content that meets their readers’ expectations.

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Don’t Let This Be You

If this is you, don’t fizzle out! Hang in there–you can make this work!

You simply need to work on your writing skills and content creation–and it’s not that hard! You can become a better writer in a short amount of time.

Like in an hour. Seriously.

In this 1-hour writing course you can gain enough knowledge to drastically improve your content and get on Pinterest’s good side again!

Once Pinterest sees the content you’re putting out and that your readers are liking it, they’ll be more likely to show your stuff to more of the world and bring you more traffic. Like a lot more.

It’s time for you to take back the control and start gaining traction on your blog.

Now is the time for you to write confidently, with passion and skill, and attract those readers. They’ll stick around, engage with you, and what’s even better–subscribe.

The cool thing is that it doesn’t need to be expensive. I mean, sure, if you want to spend $500 on an outdated course that’s focused on 2017 then go for it.

You don’t really have to go that far if you don’t want to. You can spend $20 and get more current content information and resources in just 1 hour than you can find anywhere for ten times that price.

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10 Reasons Why Mompreneurship Is A Winning Idea

There is nothing more exciting than talking to my fellow moms about pursuing goals and going after big things–mompreneurship! If you’re a mama who has a dream and is looking to open some sort of blog or business, you’ve found a huge supporter and fan in me! Here are 10 Reasons Why Mompreneurship Is A Winning Idea to inspire you to greater things.

10 Reasons Why Mompreneurship Is A Winning Idea

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1: There Is Space For Mompreneurship In The Business World

I know you’ve noticed the wave of online business and how it’s increased rapidly over the last several years.

And it’s going nowhere but up. Technology advancement is creating more of a demand for online business–helpers, builders, creators, and designers.

If this is your passion, now is the time to go for it.

The cool thing is that it’s not just this specific area that’s booming. Thanks to online marketing and resources, you can literally advertise, sell, market, or promote anything.

Do you have a degree or expertise in a certain area that you’d like to utilize and grow a business?

The possibilities are endless, Sister!

2: Society Is Demanding of 2 Incomes

As time goes by, paying the bills isn’t getting any easier.

Can I get an Amen?

Things are getting tougher, and it just seems like it’s growing more challenging.

Now, for those that are set up nicely with one, solid income, that’s great! But, the majority of us can really benefit from a two income household.

Having 2 incomes makes it easier to…

Do I really need to write the list?

Honestly, having 2 incomes makes life easier. Moms creating and growing a business can totally make that happen!

Who knows? That mompreneurship can flourish into a single income!

3: Mompreneurship Fills A Much Needed Niche

This is a biggie–especially for those mom bloggers out there.

Women are graduating into motherhood every single day. The need for experienced moms who are willing to lend a hand and share their knowledge will always stick around.

Yes, there are a lot of mom blogs out there, but honestly? There’s a reason.

No matter your personality, your style, or you take on motherhood, there is probably going to be a good-sized audience.

Mamas everywhere are interested in what other mamas have to say.

It shows in the numbers.

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4: Mompreneurship Adds Creativity and Diversity

It’s not just about business.

Women everywhere are discovering new ways to utilize their passions, talents and abilities. What’s even better is that they’re discovering amazing ways to showcase and market those talents.

This means more creativity being shared and more options for consumers.

What is your style? What are you passionate about that you like to share? Do you blog about it? Sell it? Create it? Teach it?

No matter what you do or how you do it, there is room for you!

5: Our Kids Need Their Mamas

This one is so important! Mompreneurship is a winning idea because it gives mama the freedom to pursue her goals, but it leaves room for the most important thing in her life.

Her family.

How many of you mamas out there dream of creating a business without having to sacrifice the “Mom” part of Mompreneur?

For me, staying home with my two sons means the whole entire world to me!

My husband is an entrepreneur and started his business from the ground up. Totally not easy work–in fact, it’s been straight up hard at times.

But the hard work and things we’ve learned has inspired me to pursue goals as well.

It’s also shown me that it is totally possible to build up something and still prioritize the things that truly matter.

Our family truly matters, and it’s worth every sacrifice.

I know you feel me–that’s why you’ve earned the title of “Mompreneur”. Wear it proudly, Sister!

6: Mompreneurship Is Moldable

One of the coolest things about Mompreneurship, and one of the 10 Reasons Why Mompreneurship Is A Winning Idea is that it’s completely pliable–into whatever you make it.

Looking for a side gig to lend a hand? Dreaming of creating a full-fledged business?

That’s the beauty of it. It becomes whatever you make it.

It takes some serious work, grit and sacrifice too. But doesn’t everything that’s worth having?

7: Moms Already Have What It Takes By Default

You were pregnant for ten months, give or take. You carried a child and watched your body morph to accommodate a growing human.

Then you went into labor, experiencing contractions and a childbirth experience. There’s nothing like that in the world.

After that, you brought Baby home and started your postpartum healing… all while getting up at all hours of the night, feeding your baby, wearing spit up and poo and whatever else.

You’ve sacrificed sleep, time, quiet, food most likely, personal space, and tons more, all for the simple reason that you love your baby and you’re happy to do whatever you need to do for them.

After all that, you’d better not ever doubt that you can build create a blog or build a business!

Sister, you’ve already accomplished some amazing things. You’ve totally proven that you’ve got what it takes to reach for those dreams.

Feeling inspired yet?

8: Moms Understand the Patience Needed to Build A Business

One of the most-needed virtues of all moms is patience. Seriously. And it’s probably the hardest thing to maintain.

Raising children is all about hanging on to every shred of patience inside you, all while your littles laugh and tromp all over it.

You know that if you have the patience to raise those babies, you have the patience to create something, too.

Things don’t happen overnight. It takes hard work and lots of time (it takes 18+ years to raise an adult).

Mompreneurship is no different. It certainly doesn’t take 18 years!

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9: Moms Can Fulfill Dreams and Goals While Maintaining Priorities

Because you’re Mama, you’re irreplaceable to your kids, and you’ve grown used to that.

You understand your value in their life, even if they don’t yet.

Having that wisdom and total love for your baby is what gives you the ability to prioritize.

Mompreneurship is a winning idea because you can pursue dreams without sacrificing your place in your children’s life.

10: Mompreneurship Sets An Example

It’s not just about what you create for you, it’s what you create for the future.

What kinds of things are you setting in motion now that your children will see in 10 years?

How do you view yourself and your abilities? How will your children view you? What are you teaching them?

Mompreneurship is another beautiful way to exemplify that anything is possible and anyone is capable.

It’s a way to forge new paths and yet never let go of the hands of the ones you love. Mompreneurship is a way of working toward goals and yet keeping your place as nurturer, lover, giver… mama.

So Go Create

You have absolutely everything it takes as a mama.

Do you have that dream written down? Perhaps you’re already in the trenches of making it happen.

Wherever you are, just remember that what you’re striving for isn’t some far-out notion. It’s the real deal, deserves credit and respect.

It’s not easy. It takes work and sometimes a good amount of frustrated tears. But it’s all totally worth it.

More power to you, Momprenuer!

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5 Basic Tips On Starting Your Blog

If you’re new to the blogging arena, welcome! Blogging has become a new and current way to share experience, education, and lifestyle. It’s also a great way to earn extra income. Before you take off on all that, though, it’s important that your blog gets started correctly. Here are 5 Basic Tips On Starting Your Blog.

Before I get going on those tips, there are a few things you need to know:

  • Blogging is not a get-rich-quick scheme
  • It takes hard work and consistency to create a successful blog
  • You need to be open to learning and growing. You don’t have it all together just yet!

If you’re serious about blogging you can make a go of it. If you’re just drumming up ways to try and quickly earn K’s while sleeping in and being lazy, you should think twice before investing your time into this.

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If you’re serious about starting a blog, then here are the basics of all basics to get started.

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1: Choose Your Niche

A niche (pronounced “neesh”) is basically the subject or main theme of your blog. This is what all of your writing is about, and it is going to directly control who your audience is and how you market your blog.

Your niche can be anything, from raising chickens to underwater basket weaving.

However, choose your niche wisely.

Not all blog niches are as likely to be successful. Think about what you want to write about. If you want to make money blogging, you need to research your niche.

Is it a topic that’s in high demand? If you’re passionate about it and don’t care whether or not you make money from it then write away and have fun!

But if you’re planning on turning your blog into a small business, make sure your niche is a carefully chosen business move.

2: Domain Name

A domain name is the address of your blog. It’s what you type into the URL bar (ie: earningsahm.com).

This is another decision you need to make carefully.

Think of your domain name as the title of a book you’re trying to publish. The title has to be catchy, something people will remember, and not overly complicated.

It’s your blog’s identity.

Kind of a big deal, right?

Take your sweet time choosing a domain name. It will be face of your blog from now on.

3: Blogging Platform

A blogging platform is the site where you create and customize your blog. This should also be a carefully-made choice as well.

I started out on a free blogging platform with my first blog and ended up creating a nightmare.

Make sure your blogging platform is focused on helping your monetize your blog and gives you the options and freedoms to turn your blog into a business.

WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms and it’s compatible with basically everything. For beginners, it’s a good place to start.

4: Hosting Platform

A hosting platform is the site that essentially enables you to monetize your blog.

In a nutshell, a hosting service, like Bluehost or SiteGround, grants you the real estate to run your blog online.

By setting up your blog with a host from the get-go you save yourself the trouble of having to transfer over later–which you will need to do if you ever wish to grow your blog or online business.

You can set up your blog through SiteGround for just a few dollars a month and get all the services you need to start out.

5: Blog Outline

This is where being passionate about your blog niche comes into play.

When you’re starting your blog, you need to be able to plan enough content to last a good long while.

So, is your niche something you can write about like that? And no, not just flimsy little puff pieces. You need to be able to write good, meaty content for your readers.

Before you take off working, creating and investing, you need to have a good solid plan from here going forward.

  • What is the focus of your blog?
  • Where do you want to see your blog go?
  • Can you write 57,000 articles on your topic? (Okay, maybe not 57,000 but a hefty amount for sure!)
  • Do you love the topic enough that you won’t fizzle out? Believe me, you’ll feel like quitting enough times without getting bored of your topic!

These 5 Basic Tips On Starting Your Blog is just the basic starting point. There is a lot more to blogging which you can read about at EarningSAHM, but this is step 1.

Hang in there! You can do it!

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5 Ways To Save Over $500 A Month

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5 Ways To Save Over $500 A Month

Sometime back, my husband and I sat at our desk, looking over our spending habits with some serious shock. In an effort to get some goals lined out, I created a meticulous list of where our money was going each month. We were amazed. We’d been living our lives, doing our thing, and hundreds–yes hundreds of dollars a month were slipping through our fingers.

My husband owns his own business. We’ve literally built it up from nothing. To see that your seriously hard-earned money is being spent like that… well, it didn’t sit well with either of us. We dedicated ourselves to discussing our finances more often and created a stricter budget than we had been using. Within a matter of weeks, we saw a huge shift in our cash flow.

Here are some habits to either cut out or incorporate to bring in that extra money.

1: Eat At Home

How boring, right? Sure, until you sit down and calculate how much you’re spending. The national average of families eating out is around 3-5 times per week. I won’t dissect numbers for that, but I can tell you what my husband and I discovered for ourselves.

We discovered that we ate out twice a week as a couple, maybe three times during a busy season. My husband, on the other hand, spends his day out of the house. He often would grab a sub for lunch, or drive through somewhere, in a hurry and focused on the day.

Between the two of us, that was over $354 a month. What? Exactly. The average takeout dinner for us was around $22. My husband’s quick little stops were racking up, too. This is on top of the hundreds we were spending on groceries!

If just the two of us spent that much money, how much does a family of 4 spend on average?

We immediately changed our habits. When my husband knew he couldn’t come home for lunch, I packed him a lunch to take on the road. I began pinning delicious meals on Pinterest like crazy, and planning a weekly menu. I was able to plan our meals, do some meal prep for lunch, and still stick to our grocery budget. In fact, planning the menu made it that much easier!

2: Save Your Cans and Bottles

This one sounds so annoying, I know! We didn’t bother with it. We just tossed our cans into the recycle bin and forgot about them. As a rule, we don’t keep soda in the house, so we are big sparkling water fans. I found a brand of sparkling water that is much less expensive than the popular name brands, so we are able to buy a few packs a month of water and drink it happily.

We decided after our big money shock that we’d save our cans, just to see how much we could get back. Now, I don’t like having bins and bags sitting everywhere, so I came up with a way to store our “can bag” in an out-of-the-way place. My husband’s office is just off the dining area, and he has a roomy closet he doesn’t use. I took a 13-gallon trash bag and hung it on a sturdy hanger on the far side of the closet. We started tossing our cans in the “can bag” instead of in our recycle bin.

Once a bag is full, my husband takes it to a special place in the garage to wait for others. You’d be surprised to see how fast the bags fill up! It grew addicting! Soon we began adding water bottles and other cans and bottles to the bag. Our first trip to the can recycling company with 5 bags yielded us $30! And, no, our cans weren’t crushed either.

Is It REALLY Worth It?

While that may not seem like a whole lot of return, think about it like this. You’re spending X amount of money on those sodas, waters, or canned beverages. Why not get some money back? You’ll be surprised at how fast it adds up! We can easily get $40 worth of cans in two months. That’s $240 a year!

3: Wash Your Own Car

This one is another small biggie. I say that because it seems like such a small expense, but if you calculate the annual cost, you’ll be surprised at how much it adds up. Remember, all of these tips may not feel like a lot individually, but add them all together and you’ll see something significant.

The average car wash is $15-$20, depending on where you go. Most people get their cars washed a couple times a month. A lot of people own more than one car. If you have two cars for your family, and you’re getting them all washed twice a month, that’s easily $60-$80 a month.

A pail, towels, sponge, and car cleaning supplies will cost you a one-time expense of around $20 or so, with smaller purchases to replenish supplies throughout the year. That’s a massive annual savings of hundreds of dollars!

4: Cut Out The Coffees

I simply don’t get this one. I’ve been at a store where I’ve seen a mom and her 4 children, all with their own coffee drinks. That had to have cost over $30. I’ve also heard of people who drive through their coffee place every single day.

On the lower end, a coffee is $5-$6. If someone is getting a coffee on their way to work every day (let’s use a 5-day work week as an example), that’s $25-$30 a week on just coffee. And let’s be real for a minute. That’s on the lower end. That’s also assuming a person only gets their coffee 5 times in the week. A huge percentage of people easily spend over $50 a week on their coffee.

That’s over $2500 a year. In coffee.

I know several people who took their money back into their own wallets. They purchased an espresso machine–a one-time expense–and for just a fraction of the cost to buy supplies, make their own specialty coffees, just how they want them. None of them regret it. It saves them literally thousands a year, and they can make their favorite drinks exactly how they want.

5: Don’t Buy Groceries Without A Plan

As a mom, I can honestly say this one is huge. It’s so easy to head to the grocery store and start buying things with all the best intentions. I’ve done it countless times.

That’s when I looked at my spending habits and realized I was spending over $400 a month on groceries for two adults and one baby (who doesn’t eat that much food yet). I realized that I was wasting money by just buying what looked good and by coming up with meals on the fly.

The worst part is that I ended up throwing out good food that spoiled. There is nothing sadder or more wasteful than tossing out food that you purchased but did not eat. It hurts my heart.

Plan Your Meals

By planning a weekly menu, you stay focused on just the items that you need. As you plan, create a list of all the ingredients that you need to purchase. Yes, it requires a little bit more time to plan and perhaps more trips to the grocery store. But if it’s saving you $80-$100 a month (around $1000 a year or more), don’t you think it’s worth it?

We shaved our grocery budget from over $400 down to $300 a month. I’ve found ways to get it below that amount as well, but I haven’t committed to it monthly.

Pro Tip:

If you use grocery delivery services like InstaCart, calculate the cost of an annual membership. An annual membership will ensure you save on delivery fees, which add up quickly! Using a grocery delivery service can easily add an extra $15-$20 per shopping trip. Beware that some grocery items may cost more through delivery services than purchasing them in-store.

Thanks for reading 5 Ways to Save Over $500 A Month! I hope this helps at least gain some ideas where you can cut spending or add habits that save you serious cash!

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The Ultimate Yard Sale

Thanks for stopping by the Ultimate Yard Sale! In this article, I’ll share some nifty tricks and ideas to optimize your yard sale and increase that cash flow!

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The Ultimate Yard Sale

One of the fastest ways to earn some cash–and de-clutter–is by having a yard sale. It takes a little bit of prep work, but it’s so worth it! With the right tools and methods, you can earn a nice chunk of cash in short order! Beware: successful yard selling gets addicting!

My last yard sale was a happy success. I sorted through items in the garage that I knew I was planning on selling, and then I took an afternoon to go through my house and find other things that I didn’t use or want anymore. I added those to the pile. It took me a solid three days to totally prepare for the yard sale, but it was organized, planned and profitable.

I earned over $250 in a little over 5 hours. That’s $50 an hour! Not too shabby! Doing 1 yard sale every so often throughout the year can easily bring in around $1000. That’s pretty amazing to think about.

Now, this all sounds great, and it’s so easy to run, full speed ahead, with the best intentions. But how often do we get caught in the trap of planning that elusive yard sale that actually never happens? Well, all that stuff that’s sitting in your garage, waiting to be sold, becomes a pile of dusty good intentions. And it’s money just sitting there. So, why do we do that?

Reasons Why That Ultimate Yard Sale Never Happens

  1. Procrastination: Ugh. We all do it. Some of us are worse than others. I think I got an extra large dose of it in my DNA. We have the best ideas ever… but we’ll get to them tomorrow. Especially if you’re a mom. You’re busy and you have a lot going on. The best way to conquer this is to simply just do it. Look at that stuff sitting in your garage, or in storage, and view it as cold, hard cash. That’ll motivate you for sure!
  2. It’s Messy: Well, if you’ve just been chucking stuff in the garage, then, yeah. It’s messy. You can avoid this by sorting as you go, placing things together and in plastic bins or boxes. Just like step 1–go stand in the garage and stare at that pile. It’s literally cash just sitting there. Take that extra day and sort. If something is garbage, then toss it. You know what’s salable and what isn’t. If your pile is pretty big, then chances are you can toss some stuff without missing it, saving time and energy for the stuff you know will bring you some dough.
  3. It’s Time-Consuming: This just depends. So, is it really time consuming, or does it simply require some extra time? If you stop and think about it, how much time are you spending on Facebook or social media per day? It’s commonly know that research shows people spend at least 2 hours a day on social media. What if you took some of that time and devoted it to planning a yard sale? One week of prep and you’ve got some serious cash. So, in short, the answer here is you’ll have to prioritize and go with what really matters.

Tips to The Ultimate Yard Sale

So now that we’ve begrudgingly accepted that this amazing yard sale really can happen and is very possible, let’s look at some tips and tricks to make it as successful as it can get. My little yard sale brought in over $250, and the things I sold were so simple. I did not sell a single piece of large furniture. Everything I sold fit in the back of a tiny, Toyota pickup and the trunk of my car. The yard sale lasted around 5 hours, but 90% of my earnings came in the first 3 hours. More on that later.

So, what did I do? Here are some tips I learned along the way!

1: Keep It Simple

It’s easy to get excited and a little carried away. Before you start pushing your couch outside, stop and think about it. Most people who are shopping at yard sales come with a certain amount of cash. It’s usually enough to fit in one pocket. Someone purchasing a couch would need three things: A truck or large vehicle, a larger amount of cash, and help to lift and haul the furniture.

That severely limits the amount of people who would be able to purchase your couch. Unless your couch is beautiful and you’re selling it for $40 in like-new condition, you’re probably going to lose the average shopper from your house to theirs.Keep things simple. Sell what you know a person can pull over, impulsively buy right then, throw in their car and go.

Still want to sell that couch? Use platforms like OfferUp, Facebook and other free online apps. Buyers on these platforms have most likely typed in search words and key phrases to find what they’re looking for. If someone asks you about your couch, it’s most likely because they’re looking specifically for a couch. Read more about how to sell on OfferUp here.

2: Keep The Prices Low

I know some stuff is important and that salad mixer your grandma gave you means the whole world, but it probably isn’t worth $10 to anyone else. It’s probably not even worth $5. In fact, most people won’t even pull over for a salad mixer. They’ll pull over because they see all that stuff in the yard. Then they’ll walk by that salad mixer and see that you’re only asking $1 for it. They’ll readily hand you that dollar and take that salad mixer home.

Before you scoff at that $1, there’s something else you should know. Sure, a buck is just a buck. But that yard sale shopper will probably also notice the pretty vase, ornate picture frame, and the pair of candle holders sitting there, all for $2-$3 or less. They’ve got ten bucks cash. They’ll most likely give you that ten and take all those items. Now that $1 has just multiplied tenfold. That’s not too bad.

If you’d stuck to $5 for that salad mixer, all that may not have ever happened. Yard sales aren’t about haggling over pennies. This is where a lot of people trip up. It’s about getting rid of stuff you’re not going to use and serve you no purpose, and swapping it out for cash. If you get hung up on trying to maximize every single sale, you’ll exasperate your shoppers. They’re looking for a deal. Give them what they want!

3: Keep It Organized

There is nothing worse than being a yard sale shopper and having to ask “what are you asking for this? How much for this?” on every item. It’s frustrating. Unless it’s this incredible find that a person has been searching for, most people will lose interest. Yard sells are all about impulse buying. Keep that process as quick and simple as possible.

Before the day of the yard sale I went through all of my items and placed stickers with the prices clearly labelled. Keeping sentimentalism out of it, I listed everything at an unbeatable price, clearly written and easy to see. My goal was to make it as easy for those impulse buyers as possible. It worked.

People brought stuff up to me to talk price, but it wasn’t asking “how much”. It was to haggle. If the vase I was selling was $3 and they offered $2, I said “deal”. If they offered $1 I countered with $2 and they said “deal”. I was stuffing my money bag with bills left and right.

4: Keep It Appealing

If you’re selling a bunch of stained clothes from the 80’s, don’t expect to make much. The same goes for broken picture frames, cracked cookware, and non-functioning electronics.

Sure, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but the reality is that if it looks like it belongs in the garbage, it probably belongs in the garbage. You’re not going to get very much money selling stuff you didn’t feeling like hauling away.

But if you have a set of dishes in perfect condition that sat in the cupboard for ten years unused, or 4 crock pots, or a gild-frame mirror in great condition, you’ll get some money for that stuff.

A very appealing item to see is something still in the packaging or box, unused. A yard sale shopper is going to love feeling like they just bested Home Goods or Bed, Bath and Beyond by buying your blender, still boxed, for $7.

You also get away with charging a little more for the pretty stuff. I had way too many cloth laundry bins that I’d received as gifts for my son. I sold a large, gray laundry bin with elephants on it and rope handles for $10. Those things are sold everywhere, and you can find them at Ross or Home Goods for $15-$20. However, that shopper saw my like-new laundry bin and recognized the bargain. So I got the cash rather than Ross or Home Goods.

5: Don’t Be Afraid to Bundle

As a mom of a 1-year-old, I had a surplus of baby blankets. Almost all of the blankets I had were virtually new or in excellent condition. The idea of sorting and pricing every single blanket was a bit overwhelming. Instead, I got the idea to bundle them in packs.

I bundled the muslin swaddles together, the receiving blankets, and the thicker blankets, and rolled them up and then tied them all together with ribbon. Then, I sold each bundle as a set. I charged less for the receiving blankets, selling them for $5 for a pack of ten, as those are inexpensive. The muslin swaddles were separated into packs of 5 and the thicker blankets sold in bundles of 2-3. I charged for each bundle accordingly.

I made over $40 in just baby blankets. This is extra nice when you consider these were mostly gifts, which means I didn’t buy them to begin with. That $40 was pure profit.

I did the same with my son’s shoes, separating them by size and selling them for $10 a bag. I also sold bags of baby clothes for $5-$10 per bag, based on the size. When shoppers saw the bags for sale, full of items, they didn’t waste time. At least two shoppers handed me $20 and grabbed their money’s worth of bags. They acted like they’d hit a gold mine, and, hey, it was money in my pockets and more space in my house.

I was rather amazed at how the bundling idea appealed to the shoppers. Rather than trying to sell every receiving blanket for $1 or scattering baby clothes all over the yard, the bundling method sold more, much faster.

6: Keep It Tidy

One of the things that added to the success of my yard sale was the fact that we set up folding tables under E-Z Up canopies. The larger items sat on the driveway, and the smaller items were organized on the tables by category. Adult clothes were neatly on hangers and hung on the canopy frame. Everything was well tended, easy to reach, and clean.

Affordable folding tables perfect for your yard sale.

I know we’ve all seen those yard sales where stuff is virtually piled on the lawn. A determined shopper might rifle through the items, but most people are overwhelmed and a little put off by what looks like a mess. Your yard sale will be significantly more successful if you take the extra time to place things neatly on tables or hang clothes up.

Things like furniture, containers, large electronics, and so on can easily sit on the ground without looking cluttered. But a pile of clothes just dumped on the yard gives the appearance of disorder and uncleanliness. You’ll make more money avoiding that altogether.

7: Remember Prime Selling Hours

This one is huge. If you miss it, you’re going to be so frustrated. I found by experience that the best time to sell is Saturday morning, from 7:30 to 10:30. I live in Southern California, so the weather allows for those hours. Depending on where you live and how chilly it gets, those hours may change. For us, it was definitely early on Saturday morning.

We were still setting up at 7:30 and had shoppers waiting on us. The biggest crowd arrived from 8:00-9:45, with other shoppers trickling in between 9:45-10:30. By 11:00, the traffic had considerably decreased. Our official hours of selling were 8:00-1:00, but the last hour was spent chitchatting with the neighbors.

For the best results, be ready at the prime time. If you start at 10:00, you’ll most likely wind up exhausted and discouraged in a couple hours, with minimal success. Just make that sacrifice and get up early.

8: Market Your Yard Sale

Don’t let this one put you off. I’m not about to start a spiel on marketing techniques and all that complicated stuff. The reality is that those “yard sale” signs are super effective. But, you can take it one step further.

My husband was clever when selling time came. He took pictures of specific items and posted them on our local Facebook “Buy, Sell, Trade” along with info about the yard sale.

I sold an item for $50 off of that technique. Someone saw the baby item (still boxed), asked about it, and then drove all the way to the yard sale, cash in hand, to buy it. We also generated much more traffic by posting the choicest items on Facebook.

A good way to market is to have one person handle the physical shoppers, and another focus on answering all the “how much” questions on Facebook. By responding and interacting with interested people on Facebook, we sold more items, specifically some of the larger ones.

My mother-in-law even sold her car for $5000 at that yard sale!

Pro-Tip: For Extra Results, Team Up!

Unless you have a yard full of stuff, this one is a great way to generate lots of traffic and interest. I didn’t have a huge amount of items, and neither did my mother-in-law, so we put our things together and had one big yard sale. I had less than 50 items, and she had around the same amount. She, too made a couple hundred dollars (aside from her car sale).

It can be overwhelming to take on a yard sale alone. If that’s the case, team up with someone! Keep your things separated by specifically colored price stickers. Make sure both sellers are following these tidy techniques, and don’t forget your coffee!

I hope you enjoyed reading about the Ultimate Yard Sale. I plan on doing another one soon, and I’ll keep you posted on its success! My goal is to break $500 in 4 hours, so it will require prep, marketing and organization.

5 Side Hustles to Earn Cash Quickly

There are countless methods out there to generate income. Not all of them yield instant results. Here are 5 side hustles to earn cash quickly.

1. Instacart

Instacart is a somewhat new and still expanding company where shoppers can order their groceries from a selection of stores and have them delivered to their doorstep, usually the same day. Customers download the app and select the grocery market of their choice, choosing their groceries and purchasing right then.

Instacart shoppers are the “runners”, so-to-speak. They collect the groceries and deliver them to the customer. According to their site, Instacart shoppers can choose their own hours and are paid weekly.

There two options at Instacart.

You can be a full-service shopper and use your vehicle (required) to do both the shopping and the delivering. The other option is to be an in-store shopper where you hand-pick the grocery items and bag them, readying them for pick-up.

As a full-service shopper (shopping and delivery), you are an independent contractor. As an in-store shopper, you are a part-time employee.

2. Amazon Flex

Amazon Flex is similar to Instacart where drivers pick up items at an Amazon warehouse and deliver them to customers. They are independent contractors, can schedule their own hours, and as the site claims, earn $18-$25 an hour.

With Amazon Flex, you select an available block of time via the app on your phone. You must then deliver packages during that scheduled time. They do provide the ability to reschedule or cancel your block if it’s done according to their guidelines (within a certain time, etc).

Applying, scheduling, and schedule maintenance is all done through the Amazon Flex mobile app.

3. Uber

While it’s so annoying to see this suggested on every site about making money from home, it’s listed because it’s true. If you have a decent car, that’s pretty much all it takes.

Uber is widely known and used, recognizable to just about everyone. It’s popularity is far reaching and Uber has expanded their services. This makes it an established company to join for some side cash.

There are multiple programs to choose from, including Uber Eats (delivering food). Uber also makes the promise about keeping your own schedule, and it goes without saying that people need transportation pretty much 24-7 making this one of the most reliable of 5 side hustles to earn cash quickly.

4. Rover

Who knew? But honestly, Rover is a site where pet devotees can have their dogs walked and watched over.

Rover claims safety and integrity of their walkers based on background checks, building a trusted relationship between consumers and workers. Their claim is that you can earn upwards of $1000 a month, though other sites have reviewed workers who made around three times that much based on their schedule. Rover walkers are considered independent contractors as well, with all the freedoms that go with it.

If you love dogs and enjoy setting your own schedule, Rover is worth looking into.

5. Door Dash

Want another option to schedule your hours and make deliveries on your own time? Door Dash is another option. Dashers register with the company, download the app, and start delivering orders. It’s pretty much that simple.

If you drive an “other-than-average” vehicle, like a moped or motorcycle, you’re able to use that vehicle for deliveries, cutting down your fuel costs.

Note:

While it may not be recommended for all types of delivery services, some companies may also allow you to bring the littles along, effectively eliminating childcare costs. That’s a question worth asking when you apply.

Some helpful things to find out before applying:

  • Is there a minimum number of hours required to work?
  • What is required?
  • Since I’m using my own vehicle, is there auto insurance provided?
  • Is payment strictly off of sales, or are there other bonuses and/or base pays?

Thanks to smart phones and apps, we now have options to make some extra earnings on our own time, allowing us to decide where our priorities are and how we’ll arrange them.

Want more ideas to earn some side cash? Find out how to make money on OfferUp.

How to Make Money on OfferUp

How to Make Money on OfferUp

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Make Money on OfferUp

When I first got married and relocated to Southern California, I wasn’t working a full-time job. We didn’t have any children yet, and I was going nuts. I had to find something to do. I’m results-oriented to the extreme, so I needed to do something that would give me something in return–why not money?

I started selling items from my wedding that we no longer used on OfferUp. I learned some tips and tricks, honed my skills, and sold everything I listed.

Well, that was easy.

Next, I decided to experiment with creating something to sell. I went to our practically empty garage and found a solitary dining chair. It was sturdy but dusty and outdated. With sudden inspiration I used some things I had on hand and up-cycled the chair.

It turned out great. I didn’t want to sell it as a tribute to my new inspiration, but I began restoring chairs and selling them on OfferUp. It worked beautifully.

Here’s how I used OfferUp and presented my items to get responses.

1: Post EVERYTHING!

First, OfferUp is like a virtual, 24-7 garage sale, so what you’re selling doesn’t really matter. It’s one place where you can sell anything and everything on one page and it’s perfectly orderly and expected. So don’t worry about trying to turn your OfferUp page into a website.

2: Get Good Feedback

Next, OfferUp is highly influenced by reviews. I asked my buyers to please rate me and the item they purchased. The app pushes buyer/seller reviews so you can count on getting at least a star rating. However, making the extra effort to ask for a rating encourages buyers to say something about you. Having the extra description works toward building trust.

3: Take Quality Photos

The most important thing I can say about selling your product on OfferUp is to take quality photos of the item. It’s not only odd to see pictures someone posted and only half the item is showing, it screams “something’s wrong with this item and the seller is hiding it!”

Blurry and grainy images will make shoppers scroll right past your item. Why pause and look at something they can barely see? Another thing I saw that made me shake my head was the same photo posted 3 or 4 times. When buyers are perusing through OfferUp and they click on your item, they want to view the item at different angles.

Thankfully, OfferUp understands not everyone is a photographer and allows you to ask for more information about the item in question, including requesting specific photos. Still, you’ll make more sales if people don’t need to nag you for more info because it’s all right there.

4: Be Willing To Negotiate

When it comes down to how to make money on OfferUp, it’s important to again remember to think of it as a yard sale, which means negotiating is a norm.

About 90% of my buyers offered lower than the listing price, and they almost never paid the asking price. That means that if you want a certain amount for your item, make sure the asking price is higher than what you expect.

OfferUp shoppers are after a deal, and paying the asking price in their mind is not getting one (never mind that what you are selling is probably a fraction of the price of a new, store-bought item).

Again, people are after a deal. OfferUp gives the option to list your price as “firm”, which means no negotiating. I found that unless my item was coated in gold, the “firm” button scared a lot of people away. T

he “firm” button is good for brand new products with the tags and packaging in tact and in view, or for something in extremely high demand. For upcycled, funky and whimsy accent chairs, people liked to haggle.

I gave them what they were after.

5: Respond Promptly & Interact

Responding promptly to inquiries is crucial. OfferUp is similar to the “buy-it-now” button on Amazon. Impulse is a huge motivator.

If you respond too late, the buyer may have already moved on from the purchase or may have purchased from someone else. When a potential buyer asks about whatever you’re selling, your quick response will open a conversation and greatly increase the likelihood of a sale.

Don’t waste time on an unresponsive buyer. If you sell on OfferUp for any length of time, you’ll see how often people ask a question or even give an offer on your item before disappearing into oblivion.

When someone stops responding, just move on to the next offer. If you’ve committed to selling your item to them, politely give them a deadline to respond, letting them know you have other offers.

I wouldn’t recommended selling items out from under people, however. It’s not the kindest move and you can bet on getting a negative review out of it.

Making money on OfferUp isn’t going to make you rich, but it’s easy and a lot of fun, and you can earn some decent side cash fast.

There are some things to keep in mind when selling, for your safety.

  1. Try and always meet in a public place if it’s possible. If the item you’re selling is too big to be moved around, make sure you have at least one other person with you when you are selling from your home. You are selling to complete strangers, after all.
  2. Don’t accept checks. That’s a surefire way to get gypped after all your hard work. Deal in cold, hard cash.
  3. Communicate within the OfferUp app, only. It has everything you need to conduct the sell without giving your phone number or other personal information away.
  4. Steer clear of anyone or anything that makes you feel threatened or unsafe, regardless of a sale. When it comes to safety, err on the side of caution.

Now that you’ve got some tips under your belt, enjoy making some extra money, and all the best to you OfferUp tycoons out there!

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