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I am going to share with you a few ways I’ve posted my income since becoming self employed two years ago. When I started working from home in April 2015 I gave up a full time job as an Insurance Auditor that I had just qualified for. It was a really risky move. I decided I wanted to work from home because I was getting so stressed about Evie starting school, breakfast clubs, childminders, after school care and basically being out of the house for 12 hours a day, not really seeing my family and having to work weekends. I sort of jumped out and quit. With no plans.
It’s been two years now and I’ve gradually built up a regular monthly income for myself and I’m really proud of that. It’s been hard work, it’s been a lot of trials, seeing what does and doesn’t work but I really feel like I’m getting there and because of this I’m able to provide into the family pot. I can do a weeks food shopping, I can have a few small luxuries now and again, I do feel more confident in my abilities and I can pay towards things like the rent, holidays, bills and clear debts.
Why boost your income?
Well, why not? Boosting your income with these options do require you to register as self employed and to declare all your earnings but you can still come away with extra money to help clear debt, save more, go on holiday or just have some fun money for a rainy day. These options might be really good if you need a change from your work, if you’re currently looking for work and finding it hard to secure a job, if you would rather get rid of benefits…boosting your monthly income can help many people for many reasons.
There are several things I am doing right now that might appeal to you and below you will find my top five ways to boost your monthly income.
Starting a Blog
Starting a blog has been an absolute joy. The big change for me was going self hosted in April 2016. I decided to sign up with TSO hosting as I knew they were compatible with WordPress and I heard a lot of good things about them. I decided to go for the Pro hosting which is £4.99 a month. I haven’t had any real issues and anytime my site has been down the support at TSO has been great. They have a couple of hosting packages available and I think all are really affordable options. If you want to monetise your blog and gain an income from it then you will need to be self hosted. You might as well do it from day one. It’s quick and easy to sign up and you can select a package with TSO hosting here.
How do I earn money with my blog?
A good portion of my work from home income comes from blogging. Some of the posts I write are sponsored which means that I have been paid to write the article or include a link to a product or service. Some of the posts are not written by me and I am simply hosting them. This means that I have been paid a fee to publish the article. Some of the posts are reviews about products, services and adventures we’ve had where I have been invited to attend the experience in exchange for the feature. Blogging now is one of the key income streams I have.
Search Engine Evaluator
This is a tricky one as I can’t really give away too much information. What I can say is that this is a really interesting way to work from home. It’s hard, there are exams to pass to ensure you know exactly what you’re doing and applying is a very lengthy process but once you’re in you can earn on a rolling six month basis and the rate of pay is very good. You need to be very organised and good at tracking your time for this so that you can invoice and get paid properly. You are paid a month in arrears so it’s not a quick fix but it is a great way to boost your income. I do this with Leapforce and you can apply to become an independent contractor too.
Working as a Freelancer
If you love to write and want to write for a living then I recommend blogging alongside being a freelancer to open up a bit more money for you. Freelancing can be tough to get started on but you can make use of sites like Freelancer, People Per Hour, Fiverr, Upwork and Guru. A lot of these jobs on site are very low paid and are content mills but if you can push through those to get a good review and reputation you can find clients that are willing to pay for your services. This can then expand into social media management, being a virtual assistant and longer term, regular work. This is something I need to work on a bit more but it can be a real boost to your income.
Starting your own business
I very much call my blog my own business but there are other ways you can start a business from home out there. Some use freelancing as above, but perhaps you’re better at design than writing? Can you create logos or graphics for websites? You could consider retraining with a qualification to start your own beauty business. I really recommend NCC Learning Online. I took a Creative Writing course with them and it was fantastic. I think it really helped to improve my writing skills. A friend of mine started her own business making gorgeous hair accessories and bows because she’s really creative and has some fantastic ideas.
Reward and Cashback Sites
Sites like this are brilliant. If you put the work in on the reward sites each day or month then you can earn quite a bit in giftcards. Most reward sites, like my favourite, Swagbucks, involve you completing tasks for points. These tasks include watching videos, completing surveys, taking part in offers and playing a few games. It’s not hard but to get a decent pay out it does require daily work. If you’re a blogger you can take part in the influencer programme which is a great way to get even more points. This gets me around £60 worth of vouchers each month. You can sign up to Swagbucks for free.
You can also earn Swagbucks through shopping online however for great cashback deals when things need renewing like phone contracts, insurance, utilities and such I use Top Cashback. Not only have I saved money on my bills my comparing them with other offers but I’ve also got extra rewards and around £300 in cashback direct to my bank. Top Cashback and Swagbucks both reward you for bringing people in and have a nice referral bonus. For anyone that signs up to top cashback you can get £7.50 when they earn some cashback of their own. These may not be huge but they can really add a nice boost to your monthly income.
These are just a few ways you can boost your income each month. Would you try any of these?
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