For several years we ran a series of articles on how to save money. Writing these articles and reading your comments taught me a lot. As these were monthly articles it gave me a lot of focus on the task in hand as I had to come up with an interesting and useful article.
I was lucky that I had a lot of these savings in hand by the time I got ill in the summer of 2009. I haven’t worked full time since then but I do have a regular income from the advertising and affiliate links on this blog. I was also very fortunate that when I did get ill, the ideas that I’d been promoting on the blog – such as simpler living had become fashionable. It was cool to try and save money and live more independently. This gave me more readers and a higher ranking on Google which in turn attracted more advertisers.
Although the income had steadily improved over the past two years, it is about half that of my decorating days. So this year I’m determined to increase my income significantly. To focus more on building up several streams of income that I can generate easily from home.
It’s all very well to have plots and plans but what realistically could I do? I began to get depressed as I couldn’t really think of anything new, apart from my plans to branch out into jewellery making and more crafts this year.
Yesterday I was fiddling about on my computer and took a peek at the spam folder. In there I found an email inviting me to a day by day online event where I would learn how to format and market my own Kindle books. By using the discount code kindlevip I got the course for $20.
I don’t have any books written just yet but this would give me the onus to pull my finger out and have a go.
Sniffing about on the Dennis Becker’s site I noticed that he had an update on his book Five Bucks a Day, five years on. I haven’t read 5 Bucks a Day but I’d heard good reports about this step by step system. So I bought the eBook. Perhaps this would kill my procrastination dead?
I read the book in one sitting. By the end I felt inspired and focused for the first time in months. I’m now working on my list of 50-100 projects. Each project has to be set up in a week. At first I struggle to list just 10! Now I’ve reached 50 and would like to get to 100 if possible. By focussing on small projects, I feel much more confident about proceeding.
I thoroughly recommend this book if you want to try and earn some extra money but don’t really know where to begin. Or if you just want to improve and hone the earning power that you already have.
And of course I will be keeping you up to date with my progress.
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