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Making Money Online

8 Tips for Starting a Home Business on a Tight Budget

Are you thinking about starting a home business, but you have no money to “invest” in your business? Been there, done that. Many bits of wisdom I have on business I take for granted, from my years of starting a home business (or dorm business :)) more than 30 years ago right on through my […]

In Praise of Passionless Projects. How Mundane stuff can help you successfully start your side hustle

In Praise of Passionless Projects that Give You a Boost

I also love to talk about passion projects — doing what you really love because you’ll easily sell/market/talk about what you are passionate about. I have an easier time talking to someone about what I do if I’m passionate about it. There’s something to be said for Passionless Projects too — boring, stupid stuff that […]

Frugal living can help your home business

How Frugal Living Helps Entrepreneurship

If I had a dime for how many times I’ve heard, “I wish I could afford to have a home business”, I would be a rich woman. Usually, it’s someone who has an idea in their head — a dream. But the dream is going to cost money. The programs she needs is going to […]

How LongTail Pro improves my marketing while cutting my marketing time

How LongTail Pro Cuts my Marketing Time by Half

“So I did a thing,” I tell my husband, Martin, over Cubanos on date night, “I bought this program called LongTail Pro about a month ago, and I can’t believe the difference.” My husband, a skilled tradesman, doesn’t understand much about things like keyword research and marking your online side hustle. But as I was […]

Solopreneur doesn't mean always flying solo

Solopreneur Doesn’t Mean Always Flying Solo

When starting out as a solopreneur (that is, an entrepreneur that works alone), you may be tempted to do it all yourself. And I get this impulse. I’m the same way. I’m a DIY sort of girl boss. Hubby says it’s more about being a control freak. We’ll agree to disagree there. Solopreneurs Can Rely on […]

Free printable Events and Recipients Zazzle Cheat Sheet for Zazzle Sellers

Freebie: Zazzle Printable Product Creation PDF with Calendar

Hey, fellow Zazzle Sellers! I have a freebie for YOU today! I wasn’t sure what to call this thing, so it’s just the Zazzle Printable Product Creation PDF with Calendar. Let me explain. As many of you know, I have been building a steady side hustle over at Zazzle.  When creating products, there is an […]

Two Ways You can Make Some Money on Zazzle

Two Ways to Make Some Money with Zazzle

I’ve become very excited about Zazzle in recent years. I love that I’m able to make some money on the side with Zazzle without too much extra time and effort. In fact, I now have several Zazzle stores for different niches, including gifts for coffee lovers and gifts for book lovers. All of these help […]

The Best Keyword Research Technique for Your Side Hustle

The Best Keyword Research Technique for Side Hustlers

Are you trying to figure out the best keyword research technique for your online side hustle? You’ve come to the right place. Let me walk you, step by step through a keyword research technique that will help your side hustle get more traffic from search engines and other sources, while also helping you plan your […]

What is Keyword Research and why should it matter to a solopreneur

What is Keyword Research and Why Should it Matter to the Solopreneur?

You may have heard of Keyword Research when looking into starting or growing a business online. But what is Keyword Research? Why should Keyword Research matter to the entrepreneur? The most important takeaways for you on the topic of Keyword Research are these two: Done right, Keyword research will help you determine if a niche […]

How to do Keyword Research: a step by step guide to finding great keywords for your online side hustle

How to Do Keyword Research for Your Online Side Hustle

If you have started an online side hustle, or have been considering starting a side hustle, you’ve probably heard about keyword research. But how do you do keyword research? What does keyword research entail? Here’s my step by step method on how to do keyword research that works for me and my side hustles. How […]

Why Keyword Research is Important even for Solopreneurs

Why Keyword Research is Important

Starting off with online side hustles in 2004, I didn’t understand most things about running or marketing a business online. I learned most of this stuff on my own. The most important thing I learned is understanding why keyword research is important. I’m going to share some insights I’ve had on the topic with you! […]

How to make extra cash using pinterest

How to Make Some Extra Cash Using Pinterest

Are you looking for a way to make some extra cash to add to your household income? This is going to blow your mind. A few months ago, my friend Christina Root (of Youthful Homemaker) created an e-course for how to make some extra money using Pinterest. I was intrigued for a few reasons: Most of […]

The Flexibility of Working from Home

The Flexibility of Working from Home

Of all of the benefits of running a home-based business side hustle, I think the flexible schedule is what I love the best. Sometimes when I talk to moms who are thinking of working from home or working some kind of side hustle for a little extra money, they get hung up on The Schedule. […]

Two Choice: Cursing the Changes or rolling with them

Rolling with the Changes or Cursing them?

I was recently talking about the changing face of business and marketing due to the internet, with a friend who has grown so much in her home business ventures. Her epiphany came via a group of kids at a homeschool enrichment class on marketing, of all things. After we reminisced about it after running into […]

Marketing Fails: Angering your target audience is a bad first impression

Marketing Fails: Angering Your Target Audience is a Bad First Impression

When it comes to marketing, there are some fatal errors that people not only participate in but sometimes I’ve even heard them taught as if these are a good idea. When it comes to marketing tips, I’ve seen some of these promoted as “effective” even though the average consumer, when talking about them, find them […]

what is a niche and why does it matter?

What is a Niche?

If you’ve heard anything at all about business, blogging, or working from home, you’ve probably heard the word “Niche” before.  Usually, it’s used together with “marketing”, “business”, or even “blogging”. So, what is a niche?  It is a very narrow market or specialty within a larger field.  That sure clears it up, doesn’t it? A […]

What is Zazzle?

What is Zazzle? In short, Zazzle is an online print-on-demand company whose mission is “to give people the power to make anything imaginable”. Zazzle is an online marketplace where designers can sell their designs on a huge selection of products that automatically shop to customers from Zazzle. This is a great win-win for both customers […]

Connection: The Key to Print Marketing in a Digital World

Connection: The Key to Using Print Marketing in a Digital World

Some people claim that print marketing is dead. I disagree. Strongly. Some of you may even be here due to my print marketing efforts. Rethinking Print Marketing When I’m talking about Print Marketing, I do not mean buying expensive ads, renting billboards and signs, or other traditional ad campaigns. What I am referring to is […]

What is Print-On-Demand and How does it work?

What is Print-On-Demand?

What is Print-on-demand? Print-On-Demand is a publishing and manufacturing process where an item can be printed one at a time, as the orders come in. This is different from traditional manufacturing, where a huge inventory of items are created and hopefully sold. One of the biggest benefits of print-on-demand is being able to test out […]

The Day Zazzle finally started to click for me

The Day Zazzle Finally Clicked for Me

I initially tried out Zazzle during a year of sampling different side hustles to see what may work for me and to write a review of these for my readers. Zazzle frankly did diddly squat for me. I was disappointed, but not surprised. I was feeling pretty low and frustrated in general so I sulked […]

The Year Long Side hustle Experiment

The Year-Long Side-Hustle Experiment

About six years ago, a friend and I set out to try out some popular “side hustle” ideas that cost nothing to start. This was after hearing the same question over and over from friends on social media and via email about whether or not you could really make money doing some of these common […]

Developing Better Habits for Home Business Success

Developing Better Habits for Home Business Success

What is the key to home business and work from home success? While there is no one thing that will guarantee success, I believe forming better habits will tip the odds more in your favor. A few friends and I were talking about the topic of working from home. We all seemed to agree that […]

The Work from Home Time Money Tradeoff

The Home Business Time-Money Tradeoff

Most women decide to become a WAHM because they want to spend time with their children while they’re growing up, but yet they still need some income to make ends meet. The problem is, as anyone who has ever started a business knows, newborn businesses tend to need as much attention as newborn babies, depending […]

Creating an Extra Side Income with your Side Hustle

Creating an Extra Side Income

Stagnate wages and inflation means that we as middle class, working class families are slowly sliding into poverty by reason of the cost of living expense increases we are facing. For many families, adding something towards the family income may help shore up the budget if you’ve already cut as much as can be cut. […]

How to make money on your blog or website

How to Make Money on a Blog or Website

Just recently again I found myself in a discussion with a friend about how a WAHM can make money on a website. There are two basic approaches to making money on a website, which I’ll refer to as directly and indirectly. How to Make Money on a Website Directly When I’m talking about how to […]

My Work from Home Story

I recently received this question from a Twitter follower, that I thought would be good to answer here: I know you’ve talked about making money from home, and that you do. I have been trying to figure out how to make money from home right now because everything has gotten so expensive. I am not […]