Remember that song? It’s been stuck in my head ever since I made the decision to come back to internet writing professionally. I started this site in 2008 and at that time, I was supporting my family of 8 with the revenue I made from write-for-cash sites, revenue sharing sites, content mills and through affiliate marketing and paid posts on my own niche blogs and through social media. It was rough. At the time, I had 6 kids age newborn to 13 and we were homeschooling. I was working 7 days a week and most days I refused to stop until I’d reached my daily goal, which sometimes took over 12 hours, especially because diaper changes, feeding children, household chores and parenting would “interrupt” my work day. My biggest obstacle at that time was lack of help with the children. We had just closed down our family business and my (now ex) husband was dealing with a crushed ego, fallout from the shutdown of the business and the stress of life. I was doing the only thing I could to keep us from starving to death and becoming homeless.
It was the beginning of the hardest time in my life and writing online was the only power I had. It served us well until 2011 when we embarked on an extended road trip and I found myself living in a land where internet access was a rare and special treat.
Flash forward now to 2013 and I’m a single mom with kids ranging in age from 5 to (gulp) 19.75 years old. I’ve been itching to get back into the world of writing and not so sure about the idea of working outside the home again. My kids spent some time in public school, I spent some time getting certified in every Microsoft application and teaching pre-school and now we’re in a position where I can bring them home again for some real learning and exploring. From September to December we’ll be participating in way too many classes at the Village School in Portland and spending 3 days a week in Oregon and the rest of the week at our home in Washington State. I’m in the process of re-activating my license to do hair and eventually I’d like to specialize in weddings. But the licensing won’t be finished until later in the year and I simply MUST get this avalanche of words and ideas out of my head.
So. I’m writing again.
I plan to specialize in topics related to small business, beauty (mainly hair), unschooling/homeschooling and home & garden. One of my favorite things about this business is that someone with a thousand interests and a busy life will ALWAYS have something to write about. Helping other women become empowered to create their own income and opportunities was always very important to me and now that my life situation has changed, I’m even more fired up to help other moms NOT feel trapped and powerless in their lives, whether it’s financially or personally.
I noticed that this website is a mess. It’s full of dead links and reviews of writing sites that are no longer active. My current proposed schedule involves about an hour a day of combing through my niche blogs (like this one) and updating the information that has helped so many other people get started in this business. At first I was intimidated by re-reading through all of the requirements and guidelines for sites like Demand Studios and all of the IZEA companies. But now, I’m excited, more excited than ever. It’s clear to me now that breaking into this business will be a hundred times easier the second time around.
So what have YOU been up to for the past 2-3 years? Also, do YOU have any resources I should be checking into? Can you think of any amazing companies that I have missed out on during my absence? More importantly, what’s their pay schedule? (says the mom of six). Pour yourself a cup of coffee and let’s chat.