4 ways to earn money from home

Hello lovelies!

I apologize for taking forever to write another post, I’ve been pretty busy. Here’s a short update:

  • My sister just moved into her own apartment, so I’ve been busy organizing the bedroom we were sharing. (I will have a video about that up on my Youtube Channel sometime, so stay tuned!)
  • I have discovered the world of animation (using Adobe After Effects) and I have been working on a little sketch that I will hopefully have finished sometime.
  • I have rejoined Roller Derby and I’m currently going through the Fresh Meat Course (pun not intended)
  • I have another coloring book I’m making
  • A Children’s chapter book that I’m working on
  • and of course, my novel…
  • and a YA fiction book…

Basically, I’ve been pretty busy.

Anyway, I wanted to drop in and give you guys a few ideas on how to earn some money from home, whether you use all of these together (like I’m doing), or just choose one and build on it. Whether your goals are to supplement your income or work from home full-time, I hope these can help get you started.

1) Affiliate Marketing

 

This is one of the best ways to earn money because most affiliate programs are free to join and all they require you to do is put links everywhere you can, write reviews, do videos, promote products you use and love however you can.

I haven’t personally earned too much from this yet, but I’m earning some now and learning a lot about which products to list.

I am using Amazon’s Affiliate program because

1) I love Amazon

2) most people love Amazon

3) it’s recognizable and people trust it.

To sign up, just click here and follow the steps. It’s really easy, but before you sign up, think about your niche, research and watch some videos and figure out a “game plan”. If you don’t have a blog you can get a free one from WordPress or another site (see: 4 Tips on Starting a Blog) or even just simply promote products on a Pinterest account.

How it works:

Basically, you sign up with an Affiliate program and the company pays you a small percentage to advertise for them. You share your links and write reviews on your blog or video and tell people how much you like *insert product here* and if they buy it, you earn some money from it.

*Something to note is that at least with Amazon’s program you have about 90 days (I believe) to actually sell a product before you’re 100% accepted. If you don’t sell anything you will go inactive and have to rejoin. I had to do this like, three times because I was signing up, popping on a few links and not doing anything else. So after I started doing research and really figured out how to do this a bit better I started selling some stuff. Not a lot, but it’s growing.

 

 2) Merchandise

 

If you are artistic at all, you could make some designs and sell them on shirts, mugs, stickers, etc. and if you don’t want to worry about printing them onto your own products there are plenty of websites out there where you can upload your design and have them print and sell them for you.

I only use Redbubble so far, but there are others out there such as:

and many more.

I’m still learning how to promote on there and what designs people are going for, but it’s fun. I love to create art and coming up with ideas and trying to guess what people are going to like is a fun process.

 

3) Create a book

 

Even if it’s just a short “how to” ebook on Amazon, if you can get some people to read it and leave a review you will start earning some extra income from sales without a whole lot of work.

Fun Fact: The reason having reviews is important is it helps Amazon’s algorithm and your book will rank higher on the search results. The higher you are, the easier it is to find your book and the more people will be interested in purchasing it. I lucked out with my Fun Facts about Alaskan Malamutes coloring book because there are only a few coloring books about malamutes out there so I’m already in the top results (and yes, I did just shamelessly plug my affiliate link to my coloring book in my blog post about earning money online…you getting some ideas now?)

The first month my book was out I earned about $30 and I have already earned some this month as well. It’s not a whole lot of money, sure. But it’s way better than nothing and the more books you get out there the better!

 

4) Youtube

 

This one is a little trickier, because Youtube recently changed their policy and you need at least 10,000 channel views before you can monetize your videos, BUT, even if you’re just starting your Youtube channel you can mix and match these ideas to your benefit. Youtube monetization is only just one way to earn money on Youtube, you can do video reviews for products and put your affiliate link in the description so people can check it out, you can link to products you use in a video whether the video is specifically about that product or not, you can promote shirts your selling on whichever site you have them on, you can promote your books you’re selling. There are a bunch of ways you can use a Youtube account to get the word out about whatever you have going on. The sooner you start, the more you interact and the more consistent engaging content you create the fast your channel will grow and then you can monetize your videos. Just give it a shot! you could be surprised.

 

None of these are quick and easy, they all take a lot of time and dedication. Some days you are going to feel discourage, like it’s taking way too long to get anywhere but the key is to not give up. I’ve been doing this for a bit and learning about it all for even longer, some days I feel like I don’t have enough to show for it, but then I look at what I have accomplished and even if it’s not super impressive, it’s more than when I wasn’t doing anything and wondering what on earth I should do. At least now I have a direction and I’m not giving up.

That’s all it takes. Entrepreneurship is more about character than earning money, in my limited experience. You have to get out of your head and puzzle through every obstacle, stick to the plan and just keep going. Ignore hateful/ignorant comments about being a bum/not wanting to get a “real job” or deigning to dream of something more than a typical 9-5 for the rest of your life. If you stay dedicated and you keep plunking away, you will get there. Perseverance is key in everything. You’ve got this!

 

 

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I’m A Published Author!

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Hello lovelies!

So, I am now officially a published author! I have a coloring book written and illustrated (by me) up on Amazon! you can find it here.

I am SO excited! I know it is only one coloring book, but this is just the beginning. I have a million ideas and I have already started working on my second coloring book. I will hopefully have that one finished in the next couple weeks.

Anyways, enjoy the video and have a fantastic day!

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Why you should buy from your friends “Pyramid Scheme” home business

*** ATTENTION click here to see the recent update on Maëlle***

Wait, what? you’re actually telling us to BUY from one of those MLM’s? those, Pyramid Schemes?! why would you do that???

First off, let’s review what a Pyramid Scheme actually is for a moment.

A quick google search shows this: “A pyramid scheme is a business model that recruits members via a promise of payments or services for enrolling others into the scheme, rather than supplying investments or sale of products or services.” (via Wikipedia)

But let’s not stop there, Investopia says: “A pyramid scheme is an illegal investment scam based on a hierarchical setup. New recruits make up the base of the pyramid and provide the funding, or so-called returns, the earlier investors/recruits above them receive. A pyramid scheme does not involve the selling of products. Rather, it relies on the constant inflow of money from additional investors that works its way to the top of the pyramid.”

So, basically a Pyramid Scheme is 1) Illegal and 2) has no actual product

So, what is an MLM?

An MLM or Multilevel Marketing Business (Direct Sales, Network Marketing…) is defined by the Better Business Bureau as “a system of retailing in which consumer products are sold by independent salespeople (distributors). Earnings in MLM are based on effort and ability to sell consumer products supplied to the distributor by the company. A MLM company will also encourage distributors to build their own sales force by recruiting, motivating, supplying and training others to sell products, earning a percentage of the sales from the sales force.”

So, basically, a company will come up with a product and instead of selling it to a retailer (like Walmart or any other big store) to turn around and sell to customers they use individual sales reps (usually each company has their own title, like Independent Distributor, or Consultant etc..). Using this strategy the company not only saves money by not having to rent space in a store, but they also provide work-at-home jobs for people everywhere. We sign up, use the products, advertise the company and the opportunity and we get paid a percentage of sales. If we recruit people and build a team we get paid a percentage of their sales (a much smaller percentage than personal sales, but depending on team size it can become a significant residual income) and there are usually team bonuses and other incentives to build a team.

At this point usually people start thinking “Wait, if you make money off of other people signing up, then it’s a pyramid scheme!”

Nope. I do NOT make commission off of anyone purchasing a starter kit and starting their Maëlle business. When my downline makes a SALE, I get a tiny percentage of that sale. Here is the compensation plan from my Maëlle business so you can see what I’m talking about:

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Each companies compensation plan looks s bit different, but generally they are pretty similar to this. You should always be sure to look at the compensation plan before joining a company. Here are a few things to be sure to look at when contemplating signing up with a MLM’s company:

(Source: The Better Business Bureau)

  • Promises of high earnings, especially with little effort, time or serious commitment.
  • Requirement to purchase a large amount of inventory to start, with no written guarantee that unsold products will be bought back for a certain percentage of the original price.

  • Request for payment in cash, via wire transfer, or money order for initial investment.

Okay, so this isn’t me just shamelessly trying to get sales or recruits. Honest. I just have noticed that a lot of people pass up the opportunity to support their friend’s businesses because they don’t really understand the difference between a legitimate MLM/DS business and an illegal pyramid scheme.

Think about this, if you go to Walmart, you find what you need and you may have a nice cashier and chat for a few minutes and then leave. Your money goes to the company who in turn pays the cashier but you are mostly supporting this huge corporation, not an individual that you know.

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Regardless of your views on Donald Trump, he is a successful entrepreneur and has some good business advice.

When you shop from your friend who is a stay at home mom trying to earn some extra money selling candles, supplements, Tupperware, makeup or whatever-else-there-is-out-there. You are supporting not only a friend, someone you know personally, but you are also helping a family pay for groceries, rent or their car payment. You make a direct impact to someones life. Just like if you go into a locally owned boutique and purchase a handmade sweater, you can make contact (normally) with the artist who put hours of work crafting that sweater and you can appreciate it more.

This is how I view everyone trying to earn money by working for a MLM/DS business. I wish I could afford to buy something from all my friends who have their own businesses, but I can’t at the moment. Someday I will be able to do that though and I look forward to being able to help my friends more than I am financially able to at this moment in time.

MLM’s are NOT a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. If you speak to anyone who has ‘made it’ in MLM’s you’ll learn that it takes hard work, positivity, dedication, and motivation to keep it going and get anywhere with it. If you put the hard work in, you’ll start to see the benefits.

I have a couple businesses, but I have been with Maëlle since pre-launch (August 2016). I made it to Silver the first month after we launched (October 2016), I didn’t rank in November because I didn’t make any sales or put in any orders personally, but I hit Silver again December, January and February, because I worked my butt off posting and interacting. I also signed up four new team mates just in January.

I may not be making a huge paycheck, but I’m see a return on my investment. I now have a team of 15 wonderful ladies all working their businesses and trying to create a laptop lifestyle.

Also, I am viewing MLM’s/DS businesses as a stepping stone towards financial freedom. This is my first step to making enough income to not only support myself and my son but also to create a residual income that I can then turn around and invest into something else. This is only the beginning.

If you dedicate time every day to work on whatever business you have, you will start to see results, and trust me, it’s exciting. Extremely exciting!

So anyway, this is just a friendly reminder that we’re all in this together. If you need some Tupperware consider your friend who is trying to get her business started, if you want a candle consider your friend, etc. Chances are you know at least one person who offers a product or service that you would be interested in trying. There is nothing wrong with being supportive of your friends business, even if you have no intention of signing up to sell for that business. You have still shown support instead of ridiculing them for their choice of profession and trying something out of the box.

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