She realized she had to have a plan. No more flailing.
Amy wrote down a goal: $1,000 per month. Which felt crazy and probably impossible.
She also decided she could devote 12 hours a week to this scheme.
She gave herself three months to work her way up to $21/hour she needed to hit her goal.
It felt like writing these specifics on paper gave her more clarity. Of course, it also put more pressure on her. Last time she had the vague desire to do something, but with nothing written down, she didn’t feel the pressure to deliver.
Her new resolve was great. The initial results were less than encouraging.
Another virus. Her computer was running super slow. She was taking surveys for cash. Option number one on the “how to make money online” list she found.
It sucked. She was on her third computer virus from visiting sketchy sites.
All for $57 total profit.
After 16 hours.
She quit surveys.
Option two ... reviewing websites and apps. Slow. Boring. And not very lucrative. Slightly better than the surveys. She made $74 in 13 hours.
She could get more efficient at the reviews. Maybe even get to $7.50/hour after a few months. Far cry from her goal.
She was four weeks in with $131 to show for it.
“I should probably just give it up.”
Paul’s complaint about watching TV alone replayed in her head.
The money she was bringing in was pitiful.
At this rate, Amy wasn’t even going to be able to pay her mom back.
She was neglecting her husband.
BUT … she gave herself three months to figure it out and she was sticking to it.
Option three ... writing.
She already tried this, but … maybe there were better options than mommy blogging.
The next evening she started researching.
“How to make money writing online” landed her in a swamp of half-truths, shady pitches, and outright fraud. Amy was a newbie, but thought she could tell the difference between valuable advice and pig slop.
After another week of research, her compass was tuning. Better discernment.
Seven weeks left.
More research. She wrote down this list of writing opportunities:
- Blog posts
- Content marketing
- Product descriptions
- Video scripts
- Digital magazines
- Research reports
- Case studies
- Ad copy
She drilled down into blogging.
“How to start a blog.”
WordPress. SEO. Plugins. Squarespace. Long copy. Short copy. Three times a day. Or one mega post a month. Specialize. Be a generalist.
“Where am I supposed to start? I don’t know what any of this means ...
I’m not sure I can even write, and here I’m spending days and days getting confused about how to build a website.”
Amy was not technical (at all), and never imagined web development in her future. Still couldn’t. In fact, she ruled it out.
There certainly seemed to be a lot of demand for good writing. But, WHERE TO START!
She found freelance boards …
- People Per Hour
No writing samples. No jobs. Her mommy blog posts weren’t cutting it.
She was barely getting interest from projects that didn’t pay. Just a byline.
“What the heck!”
Six weeks to go.
“Write what you know.”
This “rule” kept popping up.
Self doubt gurgled up again. She didn’t have much schooling or job experience. What could she possibly write about that people would pay her for?
She tried to make a list of things she “knew.” It was meager.
Fortunately, she ran into a bit of wisdom that gave her hope.
If you read three books on a topic, you will know more than 99% of the population about that subject matter. And that’s enough to write about it with authority.
Perhaps she could read her way to expertise. She loved reading, but could never find the time. But, now, with her strict 2-hour-a-day, 6-days a week work schedule, there was time to read and become versed in a specific topic.
Especially if it moved her closer to the goal.
She dabbled in speed reading techniques with hopes of expediting her “path to expertise.”
It worked. She couldn’t triple her speed like the video below suggested, but Amy improved noticeably, while still comprehending the material.
A second bit of wisdom propelled her to making real gains in her side income adventure.
Good thing too, because she was running out of time.