If you are like my spouse and me, you are living on a relatively limited or tight budget. We don’t have much money for extra things and do a lot of thrift shopping and looking for deals online.
When our infant granddaughter came to live with us, we knew it would be an added expense, but we also knew that we couldn’t let her go anywhere else.
Because we had another person in our family we needed a good way to make extra money to help us with raising her because raising children can be expensive!
In fact, according to babycenter.com‘s cost to raise a baby from birth until age 18 (plus college costs) calculator, it will cost about $280,230. That’s a lot of money! A lot of extra money we don’t have.
When our granddaughter moved in with us, my spouse was under-employed—in other words, not working full-time and not making much money working at a local restaurant. I was working part-time as the director of a chamber of commerce. It was a good job, but again, not full-time and not much money.
We were in that proverbial place, caught somewhere between a rock and a hard place. What were we going to do to make more money?
I was also working very part-time for the newspaper that I have worked at for the past 23 years, but that only brought in a few hundred a month.
I began researching options and found a few things online that I thought I might be able to do to bring in extra money.
I started taking surveys online
First, I started taking surveys. Yes, surveys. I signed up through several sites that looked promising, but I knew, unless I took surveys for at least 16 hours a day, I wouldn’t be able to make more than $100 a month tops.
Nonetheless, I began to take survey’s (in fact, I still do. You can click the link here to sign up! If you’re watching TV or something, it isn’t hard to multitask taking a survey at the same time!).
You get a $5 bonus for signing up. I get about $40 a month now taking surveys, reading e-mails, searching the web, watching videos and doing a few other things. Once in a while there will be an offer listed that I want to try. For a while we got Highlights Magazine through one of the offers. You can earn varying amounts of money by taking advantage of the offers.
While doing this has not made me a millionaire, it has made extra money that has helped with our raising of our granddaughter. If nothing else, it gives us gas money for getting to our day jobs!
Because this is a site that relies on users to take surveys and respond to advertiser’s offers, it is possible to also make an extra $5 for five referrals to the site. The real bonus comes if those five people take part in the program because you can also earn 30% of their earnings. (The friend still gets their money, you just get to be rewarded with a 30% “bonus” from the company and advertisers.)
Obviously, we needed more of an income than taking surveys and watching videos/TV and looking at a couple of e-mails a day.
So we continued our search and it seemed like the perfect opportunity had come up.
I became a network marketer…sort of
It seemed like the perfect opportunity was dumped right onto my head. Network marketing! I am not disrespecting it, I think many people make a very fine income from doing it. However, I did not, but I did spend a lot of money on training, going out and promoting the product and trying to be a sales person which, to say the least, I was absolutely horrible at!
I signed up two people out of the 50 people I showed the opportunity to. Not very good odds! Not very good income (I made exactly $0)! But I did learn a lot from doing it. One of the best parts of my two-year-long trial of network marketing through the two companies that I worked through was the emphasis on personal development.
I received a book each month that was beneficial to that end and in spite of not making any money, I still felt that my efforts were not a complete waste of time.
There are a lot of these opportunities out there and if you have the heart for this kind of work, you can probably make a really good living doing it.
I don’t have the heart for it.
So I needed to try something else that I could do in my spare few hours between working and family time and sleep.
I began to write websites
I have actually taken two courses of writing websites to make money. One was through a company which I trust and respect, but it just wasn’t a very helpful course. I did get two websites up and running, but learned very little about how to monetize them.
So, in spite of having two websites with money-making potential, I made exactly zero on them, too. But I did spend several hundred for that first course. There is benefit to that course, because I have lifetime access to it.
The training was just not the training that I needed to get these sites off the ground and so they never went anywhere.
I was still very interested in writing websites, though, so that way of making money continued to bubble in the back of my mind.
The next time around—this time—I took a different approach and so far it has worked out quite well.
I am training through a site called Wealthy Affiliate and not only is the training superb, the community of other website designers/writers/bloggers is amazing. These are some of the most giving and helpful people I have ever encountered.
The majority of us are there to create niche websites that help others. In fact, this website—Second Story—is the site I created to help other grandparents like my spouse and I who are raising their grandchildren.
Wealthy Affiliate gives people an opportunity to learn how to create a profitable website in any niche. A niche is by definition “a distinct segment of a market.” My niche for this site is grandparents raising their grandchildren. Another site that I have focuses on fitness and health for people with type 2 diabetes. A niche can be anything that you are interested in and want to help other people with.
Wealthy Affiliate offers a free trial of their premium program and also offers a free starter version that lets you host two websites.
The premium version is pretty amazing. The first month is $19 and then each month thereafter is $49 a month. If you pay for a year, it is even more of a savings.
I’ve included a chart so you can compare the two membership options.
I wholeheartedly recommend the premium as it offers all the training and support you could want or need to build a truly amazing website. They teach you how to market and promote your site through social media and other tools and they teach you ways to make money with your site! All from the comfort of your own home!
Don’t be afraid to try it. Even if you don’t like it, you are not out anything as the starter program is truly free. If you do decide to sign up using my link, I will be right there with you to help you along the way and answer your questions, concerns.
Another great part of Wealthy Affiliate is that they teach you everything about building a website. You will be using a tool online that is called WordPress through which you will write and set up your site or sites.
If you are ready to start your free starter membership and find out what this is all about, then click my link above or on the image below!
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About the author
Karin Nauber, “G.G.” is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 27 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. G.G. has five grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. She began this websites with the hope of helping other grandparents who may be struggling with their role as parent/grandparents. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: firstname.lastname@example.org.