The #1 Way Moms Are Making Real Money Without A 9-5 Job

There are tons of articles online about making money from home without the dreaded 9-5 slog into an office. A lot however, aren’t exactly what they seem.

For example, a very trendy, up and coming company –  LuLaRoe Clothing – has taken midwest moms by storm. If you aren’t familiar with LuLaRoe, it leverages “affiliates” to sell clothing to their network -i.e. hustle clothing to your peers. Participants are sold the vision of wealth and financial freedom but can only start in the business after “investing” into becoming a consultant. According to a new 1 BILLION dollar lawsuit (largest ever for something like this),  LuLaRoe encouraged participants to run up credit card debt and even “sell breast milk” to get started. Woa. Scary.

So what is a real way to earn real money without selling your first born to get started? Enter Driving for Lyft.

Lyft has become one of the top earning platforms for moms and we’ve compiled a few pretty compelling reasons why after talking to a few moms who are absolutely crushing it with Lyft:

It is safe.

It can be a scary world out there but not so much with Lyft. You are in your own car and driving on your own terms. Rider profiles are complete and tied to real payment methods allowing you to interact with verified people (no internet trolls allowed). You can choose your hours and work the daylight shift vs. the 2am pub crawl. Every move you make is tracked and monitored, which for safety feels pretty good.

It pays out fast and furiously.

Not only does it pay out weekly. If you are low on gas, you can request a quick payout and from what the drivers tell us, you get it pretty much right on the spot. Not waiting 2 weeks for the angry PR lady to hand you a check is pretty nice plus let’s get real – bills don’t wait to get paid. Thanks Lyft.

You can set your own hours.

This is one of the biggest benefits according to Lyft drivers. You literally get in your car and turn the app on and you are live. Want to stop, turn it off. One driver said they take rides only while their kid is in school. Another driver who was saving to buy a house (how cool is that), will grab a few rides after work to help bring in extra money.

The mom mobile is a premium service.

Ever think the soccer minivan or SUV would be coveted?  Well it is. With Lyft, bigger parties need more space. Minivans and SUVs are needed for more than two riders or riders with luggage. All pay a premium.

Interested in checking out what Lyft has to offer? You can check it out here no strings attached. What do you have to lose?

 

 

How To Make Money Blogging From Home

If you’re like me, you’ve seen a lot of headlines about making money blogging from home. Who doesn’t want to make additional income doing something they enjoy that is time and location independent, right?

But is it for real? Yes. Very real. I am doing it.

What can you do with this extra money you are making on the side?

-Pay off student loans

-Pay off debt

-Save for a home

-Pay for a private school for the kids

-Buy a new car

-Travel

The opportunities are endless.

Before we go any further I promised proof that I know what I am talking about so below is a screenshot from one of my Adsense accounts in regards to a site I recently launched. Below is the launch and 90 day earning summary for one site I launched last year that focused on food:

Screen shot adsense new site

What would it feel like if you had an extra few hundred per month?

I’ll tell you. It feels awesome.

We live in a great time in history. The internet can work for anyone.

If you get a blog setup and are willing to put in the time and effort, it can become some serious income. Many bloggers we work with make hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. (Here is another example from SuperMommyClub.com).

Here we go:

4 Key Steps in launching your own blog :

1. Setup A Blog With Hosting

To setup a Blog you need a host (where the site lives) and a domain name.  Setting up a blog nowadays is super easy and costs very little – especially with the host we use – BlueHost (To help I’ve put together a more thorough step by step walkthrough here: How to setup WordPress Blog on Bluehost :) )

For Your Domain Name – Pick something easy and memorable. This doesn’t have to be a premium one word dot com but it does have to give people an idea of what you are about when they look at it.

Check what is available here:

Plus, right now BlueHost has a ton of specials on setting up a website.

Hosting- There are a lot of hosts out there but I’m a big fan of BlueHost. They are super affordable (like $5.95/month) and have great support. A host is where you website and content will “live”. It’s where the actual files are located that people will access – articles to read, images,etc.

With Bluehost you are going to be able to install WordPress ( a blogging platform) at no additional cost. The reason I recommend WordPress is because it is so easy to learn and there is a lot of documentation online and on YouTube if you get stuck or need training. Plus you can find amazing themes already prebuilt for around $50 on ThemeForest.net instead of spending $2,500 to have someone build it from scratch.

(To help here is a technical link I put together to help you step by step the entire way: How to setup WordPress on Bluehost :) )

2. Signup for Adsense

Adsense can be a gold mine for bloggers because as soon as you get signed up and approved, is starts running advertisers. All you need is a gmail account, personal info and a bank account.

You can sign up here: www.google.com/adsense

The key for Adsense is placement. Remember a lot of people are browsing on their mobile phone and ads on the top or sidebar don’t get shown. Make sure you put ads in the middle of your web page like this:

 

I have found one of the best performing zone sizes on blogs is a square adzone.

3. SIGNUP FOR GOOGLE ANalytics

This is a free Google tool (you can signup here )and extremely powerful. It is how you will measure exactly how many people are going to your website. By using this tool you will know how many people are going to your blog, where they are coming from and what they are reading plus a ton more data. Use this to your advantage – if you know people are most interested in your blogs on home improvement, write more home improvement blogs, etc. The more you provide that your readers want the more they will read. Below is a screenshot from one of our sites that has over 1 million visitors per month.

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4. Find a social platform that has an audience you can write to.

Just a heads up, these tactics are for advanced users. Those who have setup their blog, have content and are ready to go.

A lot of websites and individuals write content (blogs, articles,etc.) and publish them but have no idea how to put them in front of people who will actually read them. They just go out online and get lost in web space. I’ve found a lot of success in finding a niche that you understand and can be an authority in – moms with toddlers, car enthusiasts, adults with ADD,etc. and use that as your starting platform.

The next step is to then find people that would most likely be interested in what you are writing. Social media is a perfect tool for finding potential readers. Here are some of my tips for the ones I use:

Facebook 

-Join Facebook groups who have individuals that would be interested in what you are writing about and share your articles there.

-Reach out to Facebook page owners with topics and followers that would be interested in what you are writing about and try to get them to share your content across their pages.

-Start a Facebook page and start running “like” ads to build up your followers. (Great info from AdEspresso here). We believe in this – we currently have 80 Facebook pages we run with over 8.5M fans! (Link to pages).

Pinterest

-Look for group boards you can join that have followers that you can pin your content too.

-Create a Pinterest profile and pin high quality content that will attract the type of people that would love to read your blog. We have over 200k followers for our site LifeAsMama.com that caters to moms and I currently have over 996k followers on my personal profile of people that are into the stuff I am.

Bonus: I want to support your next steps. If you take initiative, set your blog up through BLUEHOST and email me, I’ll promote your first blog post to my social media followers. (I have close to 1 million) :)

What are you waiting for? Its your time.

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Next Steps? Follow My Step by Step Walkthrough (Literally takes 10 minutes) by clicking here:  

HOW TO SETUP A WORDPRESS BLOG IN 10 MINUTES OR LESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Is Time To Do Something You Aren’t “Qualified” To Do

Bumped into this quote recently:

“Amateurs built the ark, experts built the titanic.”

Look around you. Some of the most amazing things we have came from people that weren’t “qualified”. Qualification, intelligence, ingenuity, heck even education doesn’t compare to action and the experience that ensues. It is time for you to do. To solidify this point here are people who were not “qualified” by other’s standards when they decided to take action:

  1. Steven Spielberg was rejected twice from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Regardless he built an empire that has made over 9 Billion dollars.
  2. Walt Disney was told by his editor that he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.
  3. J.K Rowling was a broke, depressed, divorced single mother simultaneously writing a novel while studying.
  4. Dr. Seuss had his first book rejected by 27 different publishers. Wasn’t qualified to be an author.
  5. Elvis Presley was fired after his first performance at the Grand Ole Opry, The guy actually told him “You ain’t going nowhere son. You ought to go back to driving a truck.”

…and the list goes on and on (Zuck and Facebook, Bill Gates, etc.).

My point: Go for it if you feel it is your destiny. Forget about the stigma of “qualification” – that is just keeping you down or giving you an excuse to not start at all.

Remember, many times we find ourselves more in the journey than the destination. Life is too short not to try. So, do it.

 

 

 

3 People You Need To Fire From Your Life

We all have people in our lives that create challenges for us. I’d even go further to say that people will be one of our biggest struggles in our lives. Many times we allow people into our lives and just assume we are to move forward with the collection of people and relationships that we’ve collected from our past and present. WRONG. 

Some people are part of our history and should stay that way. Solomon once said, “You become the company you keep”. It is true. Successful people (as defined as thriving in all areas of life) don’t just accept who is around them. They intentionally prune unhealthy people and foster healthy relationships. Here are the people you need to prune out of your life:

 

That Negative Person

I’m not talking just the person who says the glass is “half empty”. Having a bit of pessimism is not necessarily a bad thing. I’m talking about the person who just brings everyone down with them. The world is always against them, they are always the victim, “can’t and never” are a big part of their vocabulary. The world is a dark place with little hope and little opportunity. It always feels like they are benefactor of some negative force and it influences everything they do. They just breed negativity whether they realize it or not. It’s poisoned their well.

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.

The truth to this quote by Zig Ziglar is profound. Negative thinking doesn’t provide any solutions to the problem. It just wallows in them. Positive thinking invites motivation, encouragement, and determination. It seeds action.

 

That Demanding Person

Do you have someone in your life right now that has set conditions on your relationship? Expectations (explicitly or inexplicitly) you have to meet to be a part of their inner circle. For some reason you always feel some uncomfortable emotion like guilt when you don’t do something they expect or feel the need to make excuses when you don’t meet their expectations, standards, etc. TOO MUCH WORK.

It’s almost like you have to earn their relationship in some way. It’s not worth it. Each of us comes to the table in a relationship with who we are- the healthiest exchanges are very equal in nature – you give and get. Sometimes you fill them up and sometimes they fill you up. Not with this person. The reason for their unhealthy approach many times has to do with past relationships in their life. You can’t fix this for them.

 

They need to go or their relationship impact be minimized in our life. They create a lot of emotional wear and tear and impact our entire life – emotionally, relationally, etc. They drain resources from other relationships. Be careful – these are often the most challenging to downshift. These kind of people tend have the hardest time being managed into a healthy relationship.

THAT Person who makes chronic bad choices

I bet by reading that headline a name or two pops in your head. We all have people we know that can’t get it together. And yes we can always help (but not enable) those in need. But how does this person effect my life? There are a lot of ways. Here is a list:

  • They rob you of mental energy and  you away from what and who really matters in your life.
  • They always need resources beyond what they have which have to come from their friends (you).
  • They put you in positions you don’t need to be in.
  • They develop enabled behaviors with those around them that support their bad behavior (even if you don’t realize what they are).
  • They cause interfamily conflict (especially when a sibling).
  • They cause emotional, mental and physical stress and worry about their condition. They will literally “age” you.

Until this person really, truly accepts responsibility for themselves and their actions there is little you can do. Don’t let them rob anything from healthy relationships in your life.

The big question is, what any of these kind of people are family? (many times they are). The answer I’ve found that works for me is “controlled space or tactical separation”. In this you create a buffer between you and the unhealthy people in your family but allow times of interaction (as long as they are on your terms) to love on them. It could be scheduling time to meet them for dinner over the course of 2-3 hours,etc. The goals is to have a plan in and a plan out on your terms. If it goes sideways, you have simple way to exit. I’ve found that many times this strategy actually makes the time feel more valuable and brings joy to relationships that didn’t have any before. Planned visits tend to have a kind of fun anticipation.

 

3 final things to chew on:

  1. You have full control of the relationships you allow ongoing in your life.
  2. You become the sum of those closest to you.
  3. If you want to be better in an area of your life, adding a healthy relationship with someone who is strong in that area pays huge dividends.

 

 

3 Important Things I Learned Forgiving Someone Who Didn’t Deserve It

Ahhh forgiveness. We’ve all wrestled with this concept and we are sure to wrestle with it many more times in our lives. Sometimes forgiveness is easier – someone did something deceitful that inconvenienced you but there wasn’t much impact – and sometimes it is very, very hard – someone did something that hurt you so deeply that it changed your life. Either way – it still creates a boatload of emotions that you have to fight through. If we understand a few true principles of forgiveness, it can change the way we handle it and that in itself can have BIG repercussions in our life.

I chose to forgive someone who frankly didn’t deserve AND it didn’t happen right away.

A few years ago I stepped aboard a failing online startup. It was ugly – the developer partner was sleeping in the office, stacks of bills, almost no income. When I came on board there were two founding partners but one of the partners wasn’t involved and completely out of the picture. Myself and the main founding partner decided we were going to give it one last hard push to try and salvage the business. I had no idea how much it would require of me and if I had I probably wouldn’t have even started. We worked our butts off – non stop we poured in hours, sweat, blood and tears.

After a couple years the business still wasn’t making that much income. In being on the team, I took a massive pay cut from what I could earn in the job market. I built the business on the back of my family and it really took a lot out of us. We lived off very, very little and it was a struggle to keep it going. Living like this was so exhausting and we had a new baby right in the middle of it. There were times where my wife had to calm a crying baby at home because we were out of formula, didn’t have a working car (broke down) and I didn’t have any way to get it to her quickly. Just miserable.

3 years into the business we got an offer to sell and it was beyond anything we could have imaged. Finally, my family could potentially breathe a sigh of relief. Finally, there was light at the end of the tunnel. Finally, there was tangible hope. Finally…. enter partner number 3.

This individual walked in on all our hard work, our long hours, our deferred income and threatened to throw the deal if he didn’t get what he wanted- what he demanded. And part of that was to be compensated beyond me even though he hadn’t done anything. He was willing to take all we had done and throw it away. Selfish. He hadn’t had to comfort his wife when there was zero dollars and things you needed, he didn’t have to borrow money from family just to get dinner, he didn’t know what it felt like to fight the heavy weight of daily depression and uncertainty knowing that you were taking small steps towards something you believed in but couldn’t see. He didn’t know jack.

I can’t explain the feelings I felt because I’ve never felt them before in my life. I felt defeated, angry, betrayed, enraged, hurt, depressed, pissed and many, many more. I swallowed all this and we let him walk away with his demands and a fat check. We had to sell – I couldn’t go on grinding it out at that level and neither could my family.

2 years later I was able forgive him. Before then I couldn’t think about it because it would open up a dark place that threatened to poison and swallow me up in bitterness. Here are the three things I learned:

 

Forgiveness frees us

When I forgave this person, something unexpected happened. I felt unattached from the situation and all the bitterness. When I really forgave him from deep inside, all the emotions that normally stirred no longer existed. By forgiving him I let myself off the hook and was able to walk away. I gave myself permission to not let it bother me anymore.

 

Forgiveness isn’t trust

One fallacy of forgiveness is that it resets everything and everyone starts where they left off. Nope. Trust is something that is built overtime and takes time and effort. Even though I forgave this person I don’t trust them and that is ok. It would be poor judgement to trust someone who doesn’t deserve it.

 

Forgiveness matures our character

I thought for a while that I would never be able to forgive this person for taking advantage of the situation. What they did just felt so wrong. When I finally worked through it all and was able to genuinely forgive them, my complete outlook of them changed. Before I had seen him as a complete jerk who had no regard for anyone other than himself (and a handful of other choice words). After I chose to forgive him, I saw an insecure, sad scared person who had no real hope in their life. My new perspective allowed me to have compassion for him – something I never, ever thought in a million years would happen. I feel sorry for the guy. In addition, I feel like working through this and moving to forgive was the hardest thing to do but it strengthened my character. I feel like I’m able to forgive more readily because of all this.

This experience has changed my life. Letting go and moving forward has allowed me to move into bigger, better things that I could have never grabbed holding on to the past. Forgiveness isn’t for them, it’s for us. 

 

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