Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Ebook Progress

I have been working on my Ebook when I can, and I am making progress. I have gotten a couple of chapters to my expectations and working on more. Ebooks are a true process and do take work if you are wanting to produce quality work. In addition to writing the ebook I am working online, going to school full time, and I am a full time single mom. I am happy with the progress I have made, and will be putting more time into it next week. I hope to have it completed in by the end of February.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Reason I do not like selling on Ebay

I sell things on Ebay every once in a while to get a little extra money, but some buyers are dreadful. I recently sold an HP J3680 all in one printer for $16. With shipping and all it came to $30. It works, I just updated to a new one. I even included ink that I had recently purchased. It was left in the printer. Well the Item description said; used in working condition, with ink, shipping time three days.

The auction ended on a Friday evening, I told the man that I would send it on Saturday. I did not get to because of personal reasons, but it was shipped early Monday morning. I was sick, so I had not contacted him. Well Wednesday I checked my email. I had one rude email sent to me on Tuesday, then two rude emails sent to me on Wed.

This man it rude and lying, saying I did not include the ink. I made sure the ink was in there. Then he was griping saying there was a few scuffs on the side. I want to yell at him and say, you spent $30 on a used printer that runs $130 on eBay new. What do you expect? Even though I know it was not bad, it was USED.

I have purchased things on Ebay, and I know if I am purchasing something used that it usually comes with markings. If I am that concerned I will buy something new. He is lying about the ink, and I know it is in great shape or I would not have sold it. I would have donated it, or trashed it. I hate dealing with dishonest people. It makes me not want to sell anything on Ebay.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

$25 a Day Challenge

I have decided to challenge myself. $25 a day online is a goal I am trying to reach since I have been unemployed. No, this will not cover my expenses, but it is a good start. $25 a day will add up to about $750 a month. This amount does not even cover my full rent, but I have my sister living with me helping cover the living costs. There are days that I have made $25 or more online, but I am trying to get it consistent. I want to make $25 a day online, every single day.

Once I reach my goal of $25 I will reach higher. This is a personal challenge for myself. I have to stay motivated and keep working hard. I still have to go to school full time, and take care of my son. Even though I have a crazy life already, this is a goal I want to reach. I am willing to work hard, like now, 11pm and working. Wish me luck, and if you want to read more about my $25 a day challenge, read HERE!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Small Home Income Streams

Since I have been working exclusively from home I have considered sites that will give me a small income stream. In the past I had signed up for small income stream sites as well, and made a fair amount of money. These sites I am talking about are sites such as PTC, paid to search, traffic exchange, or other types of paid per action sites.

Are these sites worth the time?

I use Donkeymail, Inboxdollars, easyhits4u, MTurk and a few other sites that I make a small income on, but are they worth the time? I would say yes if you can do them in a small amount of time, or if you can do them while you are doing more than one thing at a time.

I make an average of .10-$1.00 a day on these sites each day, and I spend an average of an hour total on all of the sites. So all of the sites I work on I earn a total of about $2 a day, but I do them when i am doing other things such as searching for other ways to earn money, or coming up with article ideas for writing sites.

Conclusion:

I think they are worth the time, especially if someone really needs extra money coming in on a regular basis. Some of the sites do take time, but learning to use your time wisely will make them worth the time.I will probably continue to use these sites even after I build up my income on the writing sites that I use. These sites will never allow me to earn a full time income, but they are a good addition to other income sources.

What do you think about small income streams, are they worth your time?

Friday, September 14, 2012

All Writers Beware, Serious Plagiarizing Issues on Knoji!!

I have been writing online since 2009. I have had a few plagiarizing is since then, but not one as bad as I found a few weeks ago. This person that is doing it is even using my pen name, nonar21. I found this site because I decided to search the user name nonar21. Guess what? They were actually ranked higher than all of my article profiles online. Every one of their articles have been copied from my articles that I published back in 2009 and 2010.

I am so freaking mad. I have contacted the site, and the person. I am waiting now for a response. Knoji is the site, so I am recommending that others check to see if someone may have done this to them as well. I worked hard to write these articles, and someone is earning money off of 62 of my articles.

Does anyone else know what else I may be able to do. This is ridiculous, and the site does not seem overly concerned that someone is stealing to help them.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Increasing AVON sales

AVON is one of the top direct selling companies for women, and is seeing a lot of men become direct sales reps as well. With AVON you have a small upfront cost, then unlimited earning potential. When you AVON sales in the best opportunity for you to make a real income with AVON. These are a few of the easiest ways to increase your AVON sales, and increase your earning opportunity.
Begin by using the easiest form of promoting your AVON business, word of mouth. Word of mouth will give you a great deal more sales if you are a good representative. Give each of your customers a great experience and they will promote your AVON business in return.
Offer incentives for referrals, new customers, and even large AVON orders. If you offer a customer 25% off there order for referring another customer that orders more than $25 you will increase your earnings. Both customers will order an average of $50. $50 will usually put you into a different earning bracket, so you will still be increasing your AVON sales.
Use yourself as a promotional tool to increase your AVON sales. Promote yourself everywhere that you go. I find the easiest way to promote yourself is to wear an AVON pin, and as many AVON products as you can. If you show that you are proud to be an AVON representative, and proud to show off their products, you will increase your sales quickly. People know the AVON name, they just need someone that sells the products.
Take AVON brochures everywhere that you go, and be sure to leave one anywhere that you can. If you are going to leave a brochure in places such as doctors' offices, be sure to ask if it is OK. The best thing about asking is that you may get the employees to order from you as well.
Have an AVON home party for your current customers, and have them invite a couple of friends. You should also invite a few people that you see as potential customers. Order at least $20 worth of AVON products for each person that RSVPs so that you will have products that people want then. If your guests want to order something that is not available, offer them an incentive for placing an order.
Set up an email reminder program for your customers. Most people tend to forget to place their orders, so sending out reminder emails could easily increase your AVON sales. For example; if three of your customers forget to place their $25 order you will lose $75 in sales, and most likely a profit level.

Increase your AVON sales by knowing all of your products. There will be customers that have questions about the products you sell. If you have no product knowledge, they will usually decide against the product. There are a lot of great tools on the YourAVON site, make use of them. Another way to learn about products is to give the item to someone for free if they will answer questions about it. This will give you first hand product information.

All of these steps are easy to do, and do not take much effort. If you do these steps on a regular basis you will increase of your AVON sales each campaign. Make a goal to increase your sales each week, and do everything that you can to reach the next pay bracket. There is a big difference in your profits if you earn a 50% commission, rather than a 30% commission.

Your AVON Business

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Hectic Week with Home Income and Classes

I have to say that this has been a really hectic week for me. I have started classes, and I am trying to get them in order so that I can be more productive with everything. I take three online courses, and one class on campus. I was thinking that it may be a little easier with the online courses, but I think I was wrong.

The thing with online courses is that you have to learn all of the software, read your texts, see if there is any hidden activities on the site, and still get everything completed on time. I finished everything for each class, and even got ahead a little.

With my online classes I have not been working as hard this week online as I should have been. I wrote about 5-8 articles, kept Squidoo updated, and did some other small things that I do online to make a few cents here and there. Starting tomorrow I am focusing more on getting everything scheduled. I need to make sure I get everything completed with my classes as well as work hard to make some money.

I am still not working, and will be seeing a surgeon in two weeks. I am hoping that I can get this doctor to rush a little. Since I am the person that is responsible for my son, I have to figure out something. I have rent paid for this month, but next month will be here before I know it. I have to figure it out. This is a stressful time, but school and my online income are very important, and I have to get everything accomplished.

I am scared about it all. Life has thrown  few curve balls the last few weeks, but I know God will show me the way. I cannot sit here and worry about everything, even though I would love to hide under a rock. I would love to not have anything to worry about financially for a few months, but that is not going to happen. If I would play the lottery it could happen, but I have to actually leave the house to do that.

If anyone has any tips that they could share, please do. I am looking for part time positions to do from home, seeking help with rent for next month if I cannot pay it, or help with utilities. No, I am not asking for any help, I am asking for someone to guide me in the direction that I need to go for help.

Maybe I can just write my butt of for the next month, do you think it could give me $1300? LOL. I will work on it all. My boy, nieces, and nephew are worth it.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Classes Start Tomorrow

Tomorrow I will start going back to school full time for business management. It is a very exciting and scarey step for me. Two of the first classes I will be taking is English and Writing. These will help me a lot in my future career path, but I think it will help me more with my online writing career.

I took a moment last night to go back and read a few of my first articles. I was truly upset at some of the grammatical errors that I had made. I think my interest and writing skills have increased dramatically since I started writing online almost three years ago. With these courses I am hoping that my writing skills will continue to increase.

I am hoping that I can continue to increase my online earnings, spend time with my son, go to school full time, and hopefully only have to work part time. This is a very big step for me, and I am hoping I will have the will to accomplish all of my goals for my son.

Read more about my life dreams for my son, and my personal goals:

My Life Dreams

Thank you all for reading.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Home Income is my Only Income

As of yesterday my online income is my only income. I was terminated from my job due to an injury I had at home. I would have been there for a year on the 30th, which would have given me FMLA. I am presuming that was the reasoning behind it anyway. I can not worry about why, I just have to worry about how I can improve my home income.

I am now focusing on promoting and contributing as much as I can, even though I am in a lot of pain from my injury. I have got to make sure I can take care of my son. Squidoo has been a big focus of mine, and I have to say I can see it paying off on the next payday. I have been reaching my goal of submitting articles everyday to each of my sites. Even if it is only one, I submit every day.

Now that I have more time I will be submitting a lot more. My goals for September is to write 100 Firehow articles, submit 40 lenses, and at least 40 Yahoo articles for upfront submission. I have one month to start earning more of an income online. I have to be able to help my son, he is the most important person in my life.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Happy with my Home Income Progress

The last couple of weeks have been showing great progress with my home income. My online income has been increasing and the views on my pages have been consistently increasing. Some days I am just impressed with how much the increase is. I am hoping that the income starts picking up just as much as the views from some sites.

My home income has been progressing too. I haven's started to make much of an income, but I have been working on recipes and other things. I made my first perfect batch of pepper jelly yesterday, and will be starting to work on other recipes to sell at the farmers market next year. I want to be sure that the recipes are perfect before I try to sell them. I would never sell anything that was below perfection.

I have also started collecting baskets to start selling gift baskets. The gift baskets are in the beginning stages, but I have a few good ideas to work with. I just want to be sure to make a profit on everything that I start. I am working on making a life for my son and I, so everything I do on line and off is extremely important to me.

One of my newest Squidoo lenses is about My Life Dreams. This lens is very important to me, so check it out if you would like. I love receiving feedback that can improve my work, or just hearing about other peoples struggles and successes.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Help with Direct Sales

Direct Sales is something that I have put effort into learning a lot about and I try to share things that I learn. I have put together a few great Squidoo Lenses about Direct Sales Business, Advice, and Direct Sales Taxes. It is always good to learn as much as I can, and these lenses can help people with direct sales and general home businesses. Check them out!

Direct Sales Business and Advice

Direct Sales Tax Deductions

Organizing Your Home Business

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Becoming a Work at Home Single Mom

Most of my readers know that my dream is to become a work at home single mom. I am working hard to accomplish this dream. I have been putting in a lot of extra time when I can to update blogs, write articles, submit Lenses, do surveys, and sell items on Ebay. I have to say it is taking a lot out of me, but I know that this is what has to be done to reach my dreams of becoming a work at home single mom.

What I am doing to reach my goal:

My other new project is selling items at the local Farmers Market. I made my first batch of Jalapeno Pepper Jelly today, and will be trying it to make sure it tastes as good as it should. Tomorrow I will be making Spicy Honey Mustard. Some other things I will be making may be; homemade crackers, peanut brittle, preserves, salsa and tortilla chips. I will not start selling at the farmers market until next Summer, but I want to perfect my recipes and get my ServSafe certification again. I am ready for my next big step in becoming a work at home single mom. All of the things I am trying to do will help me be with my son more, and I am excited as well as motivated. Life is going to get better, God will show me the way to make it all work.

I am hoping I will be able to share my success story with becoming a work at home single mom in a few month. This is a process, and I have to keep up my momentum for success. My son is the most important thing in the world for me. His dad is not involved with him, and pays nothing. I am his sole provider, and I need to reach this goal for him and I both. Thank you everyone for continuing to read and the support.   


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Do You Squidoo?

I signed up for Squidoo a couple of years ago, but never put much effort into the site. Squidoo is now one of my biggest focuses. I enjoy putting together the lenses, and sharing different things on one subject. Before now I did not realize how easy it was to put together a lens, but it is not very hard as long as you know about the things you are submitting.

I found a Squidoo lens a couple of days ago that truly motivated me. It was submitted by a contributor by the name of Janet21. The lens is Are you a Stay at Home Mom (or Dad) Interested in Earning a Monthly Income? In this lens she gives her earning proof, and I was honestly surprised that she was earning so much on Squidoo. Her earnings from 2012 so far is $14,063.83. I have not made this at my current job, and will not make much more than this by the end of the year. WOW! I am excited. I know that these earnings are not average, and I have a lot of work to do so that I can reach that amount. My current total online income goal is $1000 from all of the sites. If I could get that from one site, then still earn a great deal on other sites, I would be doing great.


If you have any experience with Squidoo please let me know. If you would like to share your Lenses on the comments I would welcome it.


My Top Squidoo Lenses:


Your AVON Business


Helpful things for Expecting Single Moms

My Newest Squidoo Lenses:


My Life Dreams

Tent Camping


Becoming a Work at Home Single Mom


If you read my newest lenses you will see that I am putting more of myself into them. I like sharing my experiences and dreams with the world. I have learned that you can submit higher quality work if you do it about things that you are passionate about.


Big Increase in Pageviews

In the last week I have been having a large increase in page views on Yahoo, Squidoo, and Firehow. These are my top earning sites and they are my favorite sites to write on, so they get most of my attention.In the last couple of weeks I have committed more time to each site, and the page views are consistently increasing. Compared to a month ago all three sites have almost doubled in average views.  I am very happy with my accomplishments this month. Now I have to continually increase my page views, which will take more motivation. I feel like I can reach my goals of being a work at home single mom, I just have to continue with my hard work.

I am off of work for the next couple of days, so I have to put in as much effort during these days as I can without sacrificing time with my son. I have been reading single mom success stories about working from home, and I know that I can make it happen.

My Top Earning Article From Each Site:

Yahoo-50 Direct Sales Companies

Firehow-How to be a Successful Single Mom

Squidoo-Your AVON Business

Yahoo is definitely my top earner at the moment because of up front payments, but Squidoo is becoming a great earning site. I have found that even if I do not make much on the site I can still promote my other articles. I think that it has been the biggest influence on my page views for other sites. I read one motivation lens that shared a moms Squidoo earnings. It stated that she is making more than $200 a month. This was a big influence for me, so we will see where all of my earnings go, hopefully they continue to grow.

Thank you for reading!



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hard Work Pays off

The last couple of weeks I have only been able to put about an hour a day into my online income. On my days off I put in about 3-4 hours, but I have not had many of those lately. Even though I have not been able to put in a lot of time, I am sure to work hard when i can. I have been reaching my goals, and even passing them in areas.

Since I have been really committing myself to my work, I have dramatically increased my income. This week alone I have made over $100 from a few different sources. Before I was not even hitting $100 a month at times.

I am not going to quit my job just yet, but I do see that I will be able to make my goal to be able to work from home. I am hoping that I can do it by the end of the year. My first semester of school will be basic courses, but the second one will be a lot harder. I am so motivated at the moment. I will be able to work from home soon, and spend more time with my son.

Recent Top Earning Articles:

Drought Hits Colorado with Devastating Results

Preparing a Winter Survival Kit for your Car

How to be a Successful Single Mom

How to Afford Unpaid Maternity Leave When Single

My most recent Squidoo Lens:

Tent Camping

All for My Son, he is a great motivator!


Friday, July 20, 2012

I am Changing My Writing Pen Name

I have been writing under the pen name Nonar21 for almost three years, but I have decided to make a change. I submitted an article to Yahoo a few days ago and they do not feel that Nonar21 is professional enough. After thinking about it, I agree. I am now going to go by my name, Nona Weeks. I believe that this shows companies that I am serious about my writing. I may not have always taken it seriously, but things have changed. I know that I can make a full time income online, so I am very serious about my writing.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Earnings Increasing

Since I had to leave my home a couple of weeks ago I have been putting a lot of work into my online income. Just like now; my only day off of work, been taking care of my son all day, now it is 10 pm and I am starting my online work day. I am tired, but so happy that it is starting to pay off.

My online earnings have increased by about 25% this week alone, and I know it will continue to increase. It is taking a lot of motivation on my part, but it is truly going to be worth it once I start really seeing a steady income every month.

Yahoo Voice has been the biggest increase so far. I have received three up front offers this week for articles that I had submitted, and my page views have almost doubled in the last two weeks. I do not know for sure what is causing the increase, but I am hoping that it continues as I continue to submit articles on the site.

My Firehow views has almost doubled as well. I have been submitting quite a few articles recently, but I am liking the increase of income. I have made payout this month already, which is $15. I know that is not a lot of money every month, but I am happy with the addition to my income. I am trying to put a plan together to submit 100 quality articles to Firehow each month.

I have not put much work into Squidoo, but I am still making a small amount of money each month. I have been reading up on the site, and see that there are people that make a decent income on there. I am putting together some lens ideas so that I can start to really see what potential Squidoo has.

The couple of blogs that I work on the most have been increasing in traffic, and I have seen a small increase in my income from them. My blogs are more of a way for me to speak my mind and get input from others, so the income from them is just a plus when it comes in.

I also have a few other miscellaneous things that I do online that is helping me reach my goal of earning a full time income from home so that I can spend more time with my son when I start school.I have been trying to put in more effort to the sites that I know will give me a higher monthly income, but I never forget about the small earners because they usually give me a steady income each month.

August Goals for my Home Income:

Submit at least 1 article each day to any site.

Write 25 articles a week for Firehow

Write 5-10 articles a week for Yahoo Voices

Stick to my schedule for everything

Be halfway to making a full time income from home

Monday, July 2, 2012

Feeling Stuck

In the last week my life has hit a wall. I had to leave my home and job in Divide, CO due to the Waldo Canyon Fire that Started last Saturday. My 12 month old son and my mom both had horrible reactions to the smoke, and I made a very had decision to leave for a short time. I am now in a camp site near Custer, SD.

We arrived here on Wednesday, and they have both been doing good with the fresh air. I have hit a wall because I am enjoying spending time with my son, and I am getting crap from my boss to come back now. I found a spot that has free WIFI, so I have been trying to do some work online. This has been helping, but now I am wondering if I should put more focus on my online career rather than dealing with the headache when I go back.

I love my job, but I do not make much at all. When I write online regularly I can make about the same amount. The only thing is that it fluctuates from month to month. I would love to spend more time with my son. I see this week that I have been missing a lot in his life, because I try to work extra hours when I can. I am also starting school full time in August, so I will be missing even more.

I know that there are people that make a good bit of money online, can any of you give me any more ideas about how to make more money from home? Times like these I wish I could just be shown what is best.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Earning Money on Firehow

I have been doing fairly well on Firehow, and making money regularly. I know that a lot of people have been negative about the site, but I think it is worth the time to get a decent residual income. I have a total of around 100 articles and make payout regularly. I average $3 per 1000 views, which is quite a bit more than my earnings on Yahoo Voice. I had stopped submitting as many articles because I read all of the negative comments about the site, but I have learned for myself that you can earn money on Firehow!

My Firehow Profile

My newest Firehow Article
How to Make Money for College as a Single Mom

My Most Viewed Firehow Article:
How to Make Extra Money for Maternity Leave

One of My Favorite Firehow Articles:
How to Be a Single Mom and Go Back to School


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Fundraising Efforts for My Niece

My 13 year old niece, Desiree, has been accepted to take a summer trip (Marine Biology Lab) with her school. She is one of 10 chosen out of 200+ seventh and eighth grade students. She is only one of two seventh graders. I am beyond proud of my niece. Desiree has been a straight A student throughout school, has always taken advanced classes, and even received a presidential award for all of her school and life efforts. She is a giving and respectful thirteen years old, which would do anything to go on this trip.

This school trip is going to be in Florida. They will get to do a lot of activities with different sorts of marine biology. They will actually be staying on a large boat for a couple of the days, I would have loved that as a kid. The trip will be seven days. This is a trip that I know she will love and learn from. Desiree has shown a real interested in marine biology since she started school, and even before.

This is an opportunity of a lifetime for my niece and I want to try to give her a chance to experience things that normally she would never be able to. The cost of the trip totaled $1600 and she has raised a little more than $1100 on her own. We have less than a month to raise the rest and I know every little bit matters. This is only one of my efforts to raise the rest.

Desiree has been through a lot this year; dad caught cheating, divorce of parents after 20 years, and a big move from Texas to Colorado. She is not my child, but I want to give her the world. She has worked so hard to be where she is, and for her to continue to do so well in school with everything going on, I am so proud of her. All of my online earnings for this month will go directly to the trip. Thank you all for looking and helping in any way.

Firehow profile

Yahoo Voice

Squidoo

New Single Mommy Blog

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I am Writing an Ebook

The last few months have be so hectic that I have been putting off some areas of my online income, but because of it being so hectic I have learned a lot about making a very low income and being a single mom. This will be my first ebook, and I am a little scared about writing it. I feel I picked a topic that I have a lot of knowledge about through my son, my mom, and my sister. This project is not only about the money, but it would be great, I want to share things that I have learned. The book will be a guide of sorts, starting with maternity leave and hopefully ending with making the single mom want to improve her life. If anyone has any knowledge about things not to do, or big mistakes people make please let me know.

No I am not jumping into this without doing my research. I have considered writing an ebook for a couple of years, but I could never think of a topic that people would really want to read. I feel I am ready. I will keep everyone informed about this. I am just hoping that I do not get half way through the book and quit. I have done this in the past, but I am more determined than ever to do this!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Inboxdollars

Inboxdollars has been a site that I could make a little money on without a lot of effort. I made it a point to read the emails and do the searches every day. Now Inboxdollars has decided to change up there site and no longer send out there emails on a daily basis. Now you will receive one email a week and it only pays .02. I am actually very upset with the site. I went from making payout in a month or so to now maybe making it in 3-4 months. I am really reconsidering working with the site now. I have a few more dollars until payout then I think I will be putting my effort somewhere else, even though I never had to put much into it.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Still Earnings a Home Income

I am still working hard with my home income, I just have neglected my blogs. By the time I put in a couple of hours working on my writing and miscellaneous income sites, I am ready to call it a night. I am still focused on making a real income from home, I just have to make time to do it in addition to working full time and being a full time single mom. I am also starting school in August. I am hoping that I can be able to work from home by then, instead of working full time away from my son.

One of my biggest earners would have to be Mturk. On Mturk it is not a residual income, but it is one of my biggest incomes when I have time to do the HITs. There are a few things in the site that seem like they are not worth the time, but I have learned that making a few cents during my down time makes a big difference.

I had hit a writers block during the Holidays, and did not write much. Even though I did not submit a lot of new articles to any site I still made a decent residual income from Holiday articles that I had published the past few years. My writing motivation is back, and I will be submitting a lot of articles soon.

Motivation and determination is the key to anyone wanting to make an income from home. If you have both of these you will be able to succeed. Keep your focus on what you are wanting in life and go for it. No one said it would be easy to reach your goals in life, but it will be worth it when you reach your goals.