From Home Extra Income
If you are finding
yourself in a pinch each month, you may want to have a
work from home extra income coming into the household.
Alice Seba tells you how you can accomplish this in the
But I Need to Make Money Now: How to Work from
A subscriber to my newsletter
"Hi. My question is where do I start? I have been with a
couple of programs for a few months now and I'm
getting nowhere fast. I just want to earn some extra
money so we are not broke all the time we can never
seem to get ahead, please help me."
This is a situation many of us find ourselves in when we
decide we'd like to work from home or start a new
business. The problem is, most businesses take time to
build. It takes time to find customers, recruits and
secure a reliable income.
If you've been a subscriber to my newsletter long,
you'll know that I am always talking about passive and
residual income -- and working less, while working more.
However, this is not how I started working from<
home. I was like you and I needed to make money NOW!
So, what did I do? I could have done what many other
mothers do and try to apply for every telecommuting job
listing out there. Problem is, there are so many scams
and there are always way more applicants than jobs. It
is not EASY to get a company to hire you from a job
Instead of going that route, I created my own
opportunity. I found people who needed my help and I
provided it to them. Let me explain how it happened for
me and maybe you can apply this to your own quest to
work from home too.
I've always been a half-decent writer and I knew a lot
of online business owners struggled with writing for
their businesses. Well, there was my in. I created a
copywriting service to write articles, press releases
and search engine friendly copy for these business
It was kind of like a job, but I did it from home and I
chose which hours I wanted to work. Yes, I still had
to meet deadlines, but it was nothing like carting the
kids to daycare every morning to drag my feet into a
boring-old office every day.
I began by finding just a few people who needed my
services. I did a great job, so they offered me more
work and they also sent me referrals and soon enough I
had TOO MUCH WORK.
Of course, this is the short-version of the story. There
was a LOT of hard work involved acquiring the
clients and I had to put in long, hard hours in writing
to get paid. As my friend, Sylvie Charrier, says about
working from home:
"You will not be spending more time with your family.
You'll be home more, but you will have no time to
That may sound a bit grim, but as you develop your
service-based business and possibly outsource some of
the regular tasks, things do become easier and less
labor-intensive. However, the point is you should not
expect a magical life where people pay you to hang out
with your children. It's not going to happen that way.
But enough negativity, let's talk about you and what
services you can offer. It's time to put modesty aside
and take an inventory of the things you are good at and
even the things you may enjoy. Whether it be:
or any other service (those are just a few ideas off the
top of my head), there are plenty of people and
businesses that need help in these areas. It's up to you
to establish yourself as an efficient provider of
those services and secure those first few clients.
The thing is, if you need money now...you either need a
regular J-O-B (who wants one of those?!) or you need to
start getting paid for the work you do. You can sign up
for every opportunity under the sun, but you don't get
paid until you sell product or sign up productive
recruits. If you can create a service and
deliver it to people in need, they will pay you for your
time and you can pay your bills.
I mentioned my friend, Sylvie earlier because she also
faced the same dilemma. Her husband left her with 3
children to care for. She had no job and no money. She
created her own opportunities, just like I did and
just like you will. Her first project netted her $2400
and the next, $10,000. She used her skills and
knowledge to deliver a service that people needed ---
and she'll never tell you that it wasn't grueling work
to accomplish those goals, but she did it. She now runs
an international company that provides support
services to businesses all over the world and it all
started with her finding her own opportunities.
Sylvie has also created a guide to help you create your
own opportunities. This guide prepares you for
the realities of working from home, avoiding pitfalls
and scams, marketing yourself online, landing contracts
with winning cover letters and resumes and where to find
the best opportunities.
Alice Seba thrives on helping other mothers build
profitable online businesses from home. Join her at her
free community and information center just for moms at
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