3 Ways I pick up extra $$$

Being a work at home mom (WAHM) is no small feat, it takes a lot of organization, late nights, and endurance. I started off as a simple freelance writer bringing in anywhere from $100-300 a month. I have since added a part time work at home job to my work load, and currently make about $1200 a month including the freelance writing gigs. Of course this is still not where I would like to be, but I am slowly growing my freelance writing business, as well as my skills as a writer. It is my goal to eventually bring in $8000 a month, so my husband will not have to work, but simply work because he chooses to do so. I know he would love more than anything to be a stay at home dad, or at the very least work part time and even possibly open his own restaurant one day.

As I do not currently make the money I would like, I have many ways of hustling in side cash, and for now that is my job. Bringing in extra money so that extras are covered and our debt can get paid down. Below are a few ways I bring in the extra cash between freelancing and other spare time activities.

Fiverr.com- I advertise my writing talents here and during the summer when I was really putting myself out there before the baby showed up I was making okay cash this way. The week before the baby arrived I brought in $100, I had only been on the site a month, and prior to that was able to bring in about another $100 over three weeks.

Swagbucks.com- This has to be my favorite way to earn extra cash in the form of giftcards you can choose whatever type of gift card you want. I use this money to buy the baby fun extra toys, sometimes I get myself starbucks, and I’m thinking in the future I will start updating my ipod. Considering I haven’t updated the music on there in five years, its time. To join please use the link here: www.swagbucks.com/refer/LeeannMinton

Craigslist- This is going to sound weird, but I have a knack for finding awesome furniture pieces people are throwing out at the dumpsters around the apartments in my area. I clean them off and re-sell them on craigslist. This is also where I find some of my writing gigs. I even managed to get a regular contract with a company, by posting an ad offering my writing services. You just never know who might be reading, so though craigslist might seem fishy at times, it is a great place to pick up extra cash in a pinch.

How do you earn extra cash for your family???

Motherhood, Organizing

Keeping the House Clean Durring the Holidays

The holidays are a busy time of year, people are visiting, you are traveling, working, and taking care of the children. Meanwhile somewhere in all the activity you still have to find the time to clean the house and shop for gifts. When it comes to cleaning here are 6 tips and tricks to make it faster and keep it maintained.

chaos-227972_1920#1 To keep your house looking clean this holiday season maintain surface clutter don’t allow piles of stuff to take over your coffee table, dining room table, desk space, and kitchen counters.

#2 Maintain your floors. Leave shoes by the door to prevent the tracking in of dirt, snow, and mud. Sweep, mop, and/or vacuum every day to every other day. (If you have multiple types of floor surfaces, pick one to do.) For example maybe Monday you sweep, Tuesday you vacuum, and Wednesday you mop.

#3 Wash dishes as you cook or immediately after eating. dishes-691541_1280

#4 After returning from travel immediately unpack. Sort and put away, Don’t wait till “tomorrow.”

#5 Get a head start on your New Years Resolutions make a daily, weekly, and monthly chore schedule and stick to it.

Items you do daily: Dishes, sweep, mop, vacuum

Items you should do weekly: Laundry, bathrooms

Items you should do monthly: Dusting, and wiping of base boards

#6 Designate an out of the way space for gift wrapping or put it away when you’ve finished wrapping for the day.


For related posts please see:

Kitchen Organization

Deep Cleaning Your Kitchen

Single Tasking Day

Clean Out Your Computer Day

Surviving Life with a Baby Part 5: Chore Chart

Spring Cleaning: Tips and Tricks to a fresh Start of the Year