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November 2017

A Day in My Blogging/VA Life

 

I was inspired to write about my typical day as a part-time blogger/virtual assistant after reading a post from Kristen Larsen. I work a full-time job, mom to two kids while trying to blog and build my virtual assistant business. I work nights from 3-11 and try to get as much done as I can during the day.

In addition to side hustling, I’m also still working on learning as much as I can to grow as a blogger and virtual assistant. I try to spend at least two hours a day on actual work stuff and maybe at least ½ to 1 hour of learning. If I’m at work I will use my lunch break to watch a training video while I have my dinner.

Our Busy Mornings

Before the kids get up, I’m up and getting my husband ready for his day at work. In between I’ll have my breakfast and coffee (usually it’s pop tarts since it’s quick, easy and I can carry it with me as I move)

Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it but my days are pretty busy. I have a 7-year-old who goes to school and my 4-year-old who is usually with me. We have a morning routine so that I can get my kiddo off to school on time. I’ve added an additional 30 minutes to our morning since our van is having issues, we have been walking to school. If my husband is home, I can take our truck while he stays with our daughter.

My Day Starts off Like This

6 am: My alarm goes but often I don’t get out of bed til 615am

630am-830am: Iron hubby’s work clothes, pack his lunch and water.

  • Kids are up, get their breakfast
  • Pack my son’s lunch, water bottle, make sure he has backpack ready
  • Kids get dressed
  • Make my coffee and breakfast (sometimes it’s in between getting the kids breakfast or my son’s lunch for school)
  • Get dressed
  • Out the door and on the way to school (on Thursdays I help out in my son’s class for at least an hour)

 

915am-930am: Home from school, rest for 15 minutes

930am-10am: Snack with my 4-year-old

10am-12 noon: Work on blog, upload content to Facebook if need be, client work. (I will sometimes fit in 30 minutes learning time)

12pm-1230pm: Lunch

1230pm-130pm: Spend time with my daughter

130pm-2:15pm: Get ready for work

2:15pm-245pm: Head downstairs to the car and leave to pick up my son, then meet hubby to trade cars so that he can take the kids home and I head off to work

3pm-11pm: Work at my full-time job

111:15 pm Home from work

11:15pm-1230am: Client work

1230am: Bed Time

My days off are usually the same unless we have a doctor appointment to go to or if it’s Wednesday then my son has his martial arts class that he goes to. We also go to the park after his class, then home for dinner and homework.

Wednesdays

1245pm-115pm: Leave to pick up my son from school

1:15pm-2:15pm: Enjoy a little downtime or help my son with homework

2:15pm-3pm: Get my son’s clothes ready for his Martial Arts class, water bottles and extra clothes.

3:10pm: Leave for Martial Arts class

3:30pm-4:20pm: Sometimes I will work on my schedule or read a blog, but often I will watch  Tanis in his class

430-6pm: Park with the kids

6:15pm-7pm: Homework Time, make dinner

7pm-8pm: Kids shower, get ready for bed

Sometimes I feel as if I’m just running on a half tank of gas and that my life seems busy and hectic! I know some entrepreneurs will get up earlier in the morning but for me, it’s a little difficult. I’m not a morning person but I do stay up to 1 am to get work done. Unless I fall asleep with the kids!

Every now and then I will feel the exhaustion weigh on me and I find myself zoning out. My life seems so hectic because I’m trying to do a lot of things at once. I’m glad to have a full-time job while I’m building my business, we still struggle but that is one of the driving forces that keep me going. I can often be a bit of a procrastinator and sometimes don’t plan things well, but I try to utilize Trello to keep me on the right path.

What’s Next?

I’m constantly tweaking my schedule to be able to fit in the different aspects of my life. Sometimes I fall off the path but I get myself back on asap! I hope to allow more time to reading other blogs and commenting back. I am active in the Facebook community and enjoy learning from entrepreneurs.

I am curious to see how much will have changed in a few months when I revisit this post. Every day I am growing as a blogger/virtual assistant and learning so much from others. I plan to work from home at least 50% of the time and only committing to a few hours a week at my day job.

 

5 Side Hustles to Make a $100 Per Week! It’s Not as Difficult as You May Think

You may feel that trying to make an extra $100 a week may seem as out of reach as winning big in Vegas. I feel like that from time to time as I work towards my goal of working from home on a permanent basis. Although I currently have a full-time job and my side hustles are in the works, it always helps to have a little extra.

But if you take a minute and think about it, making an extra $100 a week doesn’t seem as much as you think. Figure out what type of work you want to do and how many hours it will take to commit to it. You can find a job that pays as little as $5 an hour or $50 dollars an hour for very little hours. Here are 5 Side Hustles to Make a $100 Per Week!

Get Hustling!

Pinterest Virtual Assistant

As a Pinterest virtual assistant, your job is to assist their clients to build their Pinterest outreach and grow their presence within Pinterest. You’ll create amazing pins that have the right size, a combination of the right fonts and has a background image that will catch the eye of someone strolling through Pinterest for ideas. Creating multiple rich pins for a client’s blog post is a great strategy to attract potential customers to their website.

As a Pinterest VA, you will be responsible for not only writing the description of a pin but to also schedule them through Boardbooster or Tailwind. It will depend on your client’s preference, a good rule of thumb is to be familiar with both.  Your client may require you to apply to group boards that they assign, staying updated with the boards’ rules and be in contact with the owners of boards that you join. As a Pinterest VA, you can expect to start at $15-30 an hour as a beginner, as you gain experience you can raise your rates to $100 an hour!

Blogger

As a blogger, you create content in a blog that’s either for personal or business use. People write blogs on various topics such as working from home, tips on parenting and various topics. It may take time but a person can grow their blog to be profitable and gain a lot of followers. Although it’s possible to make a full-time income, blogging takes time and isn’t a quick way to make money.

It’s recommended to have a niche when starting your blog, some have found success as a lifestyle blogger.  If you have an idea or topic in mind try to be sure it’s as evergreen as possible because you will be writing about it continuously and you won’t get bored or run out of ideas.

I still don’t quite have a niche but I know who my target market is and that’s moms who want to work from home or at least bring in a little extra income. I haven’t completely settled on it so it’s more of a lifestyle blog because I include mom and kid stuff as well. If you’re not sure of your niche or what direction your blog will go, come up with a generic name that can go in any direction. That was the problem that I had and I didn’t want a name to stop me from getting my blog going.

 Social Media Manager

Social media is a key component of online marketing strategy, social media is about people, making conversations, developing relationships and possible sales from those relationships. A social media manager is responsible for a company’s social media marketing such as content marketing often their advertising.

Some tasks performed by a Social Media Manager Include but are not Limited to:

  • Planning and Goal Setting
  • Developing a client’s online presence and brand awareness
  • Content Manage and possible Creation as well
  • (SEO) Search Engine Optimization
  • Acquiring Leads and Sales

Uber or Lyft Driver

Working in the customer service and hospitality industry I’ve come across different services for our island’s guest. For 7 years I worked on the West side of Maui, particularly in the Kaanapali and Honokowai areas. Visitors would often come to Maui without a rental car and needed some sort of transportation to get around. Taxis were a common source and easy to get to in that area. When I moved to Kihei and starting working here, I noticed a difference in how taxis operate. You had to schedule a taxi just for a guest to go to a luau! It was weird to me, which is why I feel being an Uber or Lyft Driver in this particular area is a great way to side hustle. In any area across the country.

A few things to know:

  • Your actual earnings may be a little less than is advertised. If you are wanting to earn an annual income of up to $50,000, which means giving up to 60 rides a week. The great thing about Uber and Lyft is that you work as much or little as you want.
  • It may be more beneficial to drive for both Uber and Lyft
  • Be familiar with the peak hours of where you live
  • Find a Facebook group of Uber and Lyft drivers and it can help you to make more money
  • Make sure you can handle the daily rigors of the job, being in a car all day
  • Keep your car clean, inside and outside all the time
  • Lyft adds customer tips in their app while Uber does not
  • Don’t become an Uber or Lyft driver if you’re not a people person.

Clean Homes or Condos

Earn a little extra on the side by cleaning other people’s homes or condos, in some areas such as where I live various cleaning services exist. They operate as a large or small company to clean vacation rentals and not necessarily working for the big hotels. A cleaner does the basics such as cleaning, sweeping, mopping, replenishing supplies. The money can be good, I got paid $25 an hour cash every two weeks. I have done it in addition to working full-time. I’d work for 2-3 hours then head off to work a full 8 hours at the hotel.

If you will be the sole entrepreneur, you will be responsible for maintaining supplies and getting your own clients. But the upside is that you keep all the profits you make minus expenses. Working for someone else may mean you earn a little less but you don’t have to worry about any overhead costs or getting clientele.

Resell Thrift Store Clothes

Reselling clothing and other items is a big industry, so much that thrift stores can make up millions in revenue. You can get a slice of that pie without the expenses of a traditional brick-and-mortar store. Many with on sites such as eBay or Amazon selling second-hand items for a nice profit. You may be able to make a decent living with an online boutique of gently used items.

Visit your local thrift store, there is probably a Salvation Army or Goodwill in the area if not find the nearest thrift store and start hunting! The best way to find out if reselling thrift store clothes is for you is to do it on the side like during a weekend and get started. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to start, head out to one of these thrift stores and buy a couple of items to list for sale.

Other Side Hustle You Can Do:

  • Petsitting
  • Data Entry Jobs
  • Freelance Researcher
  • SEO Evaluator
  • Answering surveys through reward sites such as Swagbucks or Inbox Dollars
  • Joining A Focus Group
  • MLM Companies

I barely scratched the surface of side hustles, there are so many out there to try. You can find a favorite hobby or something completely new to turn into a profitable side hustle.

Feeling Stressed? Here are 4 Tips on Helping You to Deal with Being Overwhelmed!

Feeling Stressed? Here are 4 Tips on Helping You to Deal with Being Overwhelmed!

At one point or another, we all come across feeling stressed and overwhelmed with our daily lives and responsibilities. I know I certainly do! Currently, I am still working a full-time job, have two young kids and a husband that need me. I don’t freeze up but  I get a little cranky and irritable.

It can be mentally and sometimes physically exhausting trying to do a lot of things at once. Sometimes we need to take a break from everything. At other times we may need to implement better time management system so that we don’t get so overwhelmed or feel stressed.

Should you start to feel stressed and overwhelmed try the few tips below:

Stop and take time for yourself

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or your mind is about to burst, take 15 minutes and step back. Close your eyes, you can wear an eye mask, then put your headphones and to listen to soothing music. It doesn’t have to be Beethoven, but whatever music you find that’s soothing and will help you relax your mind. Keep your mind still and try to think of nothing, instead focus on the music you hear

Write your top 3 tasks that must be done

After your mind has had a chance to relax, write down your top 3 must do tasks. Pick one that you know will make you feel better once it’s done. This way you’ve accomplished at least one important task and you won’t feel so stressed.

Journaling

Sometimes it’s helpful to write down the things that are running through your mind. Through journaling, you can find some relief and your mind will relax because these thoughts are written down on paper for you to refer to if needed. Do a brain dump and get all the thoughts that are plaguing you out of your head. You can even toss what you’ve written, what you want to do is basically dump it all out.

Focus on Right Now

If you’re too focused on what could happen tomorrow or next year, you are forgetting about now. Sometimes you can’t help fix or stop what may happen tomorrow. Take note of that fact and do what you can for today.

Whatever may be the cause of feeling overwhelmed, take some time to take care of yourself and deal with it in the best way you can.  Being mentally exhausted won’t do yourself or your family any good.