Ever since the beginning of College I wanted to find ways to make money “on the side” so that I continue with my education while making some money and then I could take that idea onto my mom life where I could be a stay-at-home mom while making money.
My first money making endevaour was when I was 19 years old. I was doing some homework when something popped up on my computer. I usually just click out of pop-ups, but this one was really intriguing. It was talking about how you can make money answering surveys. The whole marketing platform was showing that people can answer surveys for a part time job. I was 19 and this was my first time coming across the wonderful world of marketing schemes. I was convinced that this was “it” this was going to be my ticket to money. I saw “testimonials” of moms saying that they received money from answering “fun and easy” surveys. It showed these women enjoying sandy beaches in Hawaii, because of all the money they received from filling out these surveys. So, this website was selling a membership to their survey “club” for ONLY $30 a year! But, oh wait, if you act now you will get a lifetime membership for only $150! What, that is crazy! Nicole, you are going to be doing this your whole life and you are obviously going to make TONS more than that! So stupid Nicole put in her hard earned money from her Senior job into the sketchy website. I started immediety and I quickly learned that the website was a scam. The website wasn’t a list of amazing surveys that get sent to you. The website was a vehicle for thousands of free websites that get sent to your email. And then you fill out the surveys for each specific website and get points through those outside websites. So I did about 100 surveys and I made one point from each 100 websites. I tried to get my money back, but it was too late. That was my first try at money and I lost $150.
My next business endeavor was trying to sell Avon. My grandma was selling it and I really thought that I would do well! I figured I could sell to the girls as school and I would make a killing. I did not do well. None of the girls really liked Avon, they would say, “isn’t that an old lady thing.” (sorry if that offends people), but that is what I was dealing with. I ended up selling not even half of my inventory. It was also really hard to sell, because I don’t have passion for makeup or anything that was being sold. I lost about $100 in that adventure too.
When my husband and I got married and I was planning on getting a job with my degree. That was the plan all along, but then I got pregnant two months after getting married. We knew I needed to stay home with the kids, so it wasn’t the best to start a career at that time. I then came across Malelueca. My hubby and I talked about it for a few days and decided to sign up. I realized that it was a multi-level marketing (which is a legal pyramid scheme). The more people I got, the more money I make. The more people I have selling underneath my pyramid, the richer I become. I busted my butt for two months and I made about $200 in two months. But what you have to remember is each month you have to purchase from the store. I was working hard, but then all of my clients dropped out in one month. I had to annoy my friends, I had to bother Facebook and I had to bring it up in every form of conversation that I had. It was not only embarrassing, but I was working 10 hours a day. I quit after being even with how much money we spent and how much I made. I am so glad we got out before going into the hole. Once again I had no passion for their products and didn’t want to hustle a multi-level marketing ever again!
I didn’t really look for any side income for about two years while I was in my Master’s Degree. Getting my graduate degree and taking care of a baby was more than enough for me!
I graduated in June 2015 and I was 7 months pregnant. I knew we would be struggling even more with money and I didn’t want to deal with that, so I went back onto the “finding a job” struggle. I decided to try surveys (again I know) but this time I didn’t pay for anything, and I researched the best places to do surveys through. I found Opinion Outpost and Swagbucks to be the best places. I had made about $200 from them. One thing that I had a tough time with was the the surveys take awhile to accomplish. And sometimes I would spend 15 minutes on a survey and then they would tell me that I didn’t qualify and I wouldn’t get anything from them. Also, the surveys turn into points and the points are able to redeemed for gift cards. These surveys would take a long time and little to show for it. I am talking like prison salary. I would make like 10 cents per hour. So, this was obviously not an end all solution. But, it was enough to get Derek (my hubs) little nick knacks and stuff for gifts.
I then found an AWESOME way to make money, it was a place called User Tester. User Tester is a place where business owners pay workers (me) to test their website to make sure that it is user freiendly. While testing the website I speak out loud all of my thoughts so that they learn how they can improve their site. Each time I would complete one of these I would get $10! If you are thinking this is too good to be true then you would be correct. I would NEVER get any assignments and even when I would get them I wouldn’t qualify for them. Another huge hurdle is that the background has to be completely SILENT. I have two children and when youngest was born he would NEVER stop crying and then my oldest stopped taking naps at around 19 ish months and so my home is never silent. I wanted to find something different.
I came across a place called Writers Bay, which is a Freelancing company. I really thought that I might be a good freelancer. I signed up, uploaded my degrees, took tests ,wrote sample work and interviewed for the freelancing position. I was very excited when I got accepted. I eagerly went to sign up for my first job and I was nervous to sign up for half of the thing and the other things it seemed like students wanted me to do their homework for them! I didn’t really want to do that. So I refused to do anything from there. It was also lousy pay for a lot of work.
One year ago (february 2016) I was mindlessly searching though Pinterest and I came across a woman who was talking about making over $100,000 a year by blogging for only two years. And that is when JustaGirlWingingLife.Com was born. I was going to be successful. I was going to be rich and amazing and I was going to have all of the money in the world. Well, hey, it was a lot harder than I thought. And the space is SO congested. There are so many people trying to do the same thing. I have worked hard on my blog and will continue to do so, but it might not be the huge money making endeavor that I was hoping it would be.
In July 2016 I decided to open up a cute little area in a local home decor shop. I was going to put furniture and other items into my store and see if I could make money that way. I had to borrow $230 from my mom and I worked hard trying to fill my little store and I tried to drive traffic. I made $8. So I quickly took my stuff out before I lost more money.
In August 2016, I decided to try to become an Online Professor. I signed up for a couple of colleges (including BYU-Idaho) and I worked really hard to get an interview. I botched the interview. Like, it was horrible! I knew I wasn’t going to get the job, and I was right.
I then applied to a virtual assistant job and I didn’t get that either.
In August, I also started to makeover furniture. I would spend a few bucks on a piece of furniture, then spend a few bucks remodeling it and then I would sell it on Craigslist. This is great and all, but I would only make about $20 profit and I was putting 3 hours into the piece. I would do it though, because my family really needed the money.
In December 2016, my aunt was telling me that she does transcribing. Like, you listen to an audio clip and you write it out in words what the audio clip was saying. So I thought, “hey that’s sounds like something I could do.” Mo, that is not something I can do! I took the test multiple times and I had millions of mistakes. I tried to apply to several places and I just couldn’t pass it. Being a transcriber not only wasn’t really fun, but my mind just doesn’t work like that!
When the new year of 2017 hit I realized that I was not successful in 2016 and I refused to have that be the case for 2017. I decided my motto for this year was, “The Year of No Fear!” In doing so, I decided to sign up for a Freelancing company called, “UpWork.” I started applying for jobs like crazy! And that is where my freelancing career began! Check out