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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 that give you the right boost to succeed wehn money is tight.

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 about Passionless Projects too — boring stuff that makes you a fairly […]

How upping your frugal living game can help you finance 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 are 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), it may tempt you 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 […]

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 to 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. These help me make […]

The best keyword research techniques for soldopreneurs and side hustlers

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 how can it help a solopreneur like you?

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 Keyword Research are these two: Done right, Keyword research will help you determine if a niche is going to […]

How to do keyword research: a step by step guide to finding great keywords

How to Do Keyword Research for Your Online Side Hustle

If you have started an online 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 to do Keyword Research: Start with Your Focus At the […]

Why Keyword Research is important and how it can help you grow your business.

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! […]

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

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

In marketing, making your target audience mad is not the right way to start off. There are some fatal errors that people not only take part in, but I’ve even heard them taught as if these are a good idea. With marketing tips, I’ve seen some of these promoted as “effective”. Even though the average […]

What is a niche and why it matters

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?

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 vast selection of products that automatically shop to customers from Zazzle. This is a great win-win for both customers […]

Connection: The key to using 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 because of 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. Those can be effective for certain […]

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 creators print items one at a time, as the orders come in. This differs from traditional manufacturing, where you create a huge inventory of items, then hope they sell. One of the biggest benefits of print-on-demand is being able to test out a product […]

The Day Zazzle finally clicked 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. Life had disappointed me again, but I not surprised. I was feeling low and frustrated so I sulked off […]

Our year long side hustle experiment and what I learned

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 you could really make money doing some of these common suggestions. This […]

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 working from home. We all seemed to agree that our habits can […]

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 a 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 […]