Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Christmas arghhhhh!

I was having a look in the shops the other day and started to notice the growing amount of Christmas themed items in there. I started to wonder how I might afford Christmas this year with my earnings down and a few high expenses last month. However, I received a FIT cheque for the solar panels for over £600 which was very welcome and will help me. Now I can start thinking sensibly about nice gifts that I would like to buy people. I like to shop local if I can, but for specialist gifts such as music ones for some members of my family I try websites such as www.musiciansfriend.com. I find buying online so good as it saves a lot of wandering round and looking and it is much easier to find the specific items that you are looking for. I might start making a list soon and thinking about who I need to buy for and what sorts of things I want to buy for them. I will also have to get lists of suggestions to family members of what the children want, which could be interesting too. They seem to be getting much harder to buy for as they are getting older!

Earnings This Month

I have actually found myself to be really busy lately, so much so that I have not had time to think about what I might do to earn money.! I have had work in form a selection of different customers asking me to write things and so I have been doing that. I have also been approached by an old customer about doing some writing work for his website as well. I have been answering online surveys to bring in extra money which has proved fruitful as well. I have also signed up to a selection of free courses, some on edX and others on FutureLearn, which I hope to not only expand my general knowledge in some cases but also to give me useful information for my writing work. I am also selling a few things on eBay and have found the the water proof memo board sales are picking up, hopefully because of Christmas coming which is a great bonus. I am still hoping to find something new to do, that will really inspire me and help me to generate a better income but as of yet have not found anything.

Value for Money in Music?

There have been many studies done in the past and theories about how learning to play a musical instrument can help learning in children. I am not sure how I stand on this issue really as I feel that I have not looked at the evidence in enough detail to be able to draw my own conclusions. However, it does make me think about whether learning to play string instruments or any other type for that matter, could mean that children get better value out of their education. At the end of the day, education is about getting those all important results so that they can get a good job. If their learning can be enhanced, perhaps by learning music, then maybe it is a really positive things for them to do. It could mean that grades go up and that they get a better job. If you are paying for education, this could be an even more important factor. I assume that people pay for education because they expect that the children will get a better result out of it at the end and therefore supplementing it with things that could be even more worthwhile could be a good thing to do.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Looking for Inspiration!

I have just gone back to look at some old doubling websites, which is where this one came form originally. Unfortunately no one is posting any more or doing the doubling challenge which was not very inspiring.

I am doing okay, although I am not actually doubling any more. I have found online work writing, now that buying and selling books sadly makes no money any more. I would like to do something different though, as although I have just received a cheque from Amazon for book sales, I am not really that happy with what I am doing. Some writing is okay, but competition is fierce and it is very hard to get new customers at the priced that I would like to charge. If I lower my prices much more I will be working for very low rates. At the moment I am already working for about £6 an hour which is below the UK minimum wage of £6.50 for someone of my age, although interesting to note that if I was under 19 and an apprentice I would only be entitled to a minimum wage of £2.73 per hour! Of course I have a huge advantage in not having to pay anything in child care and not even having to leave the home to work, which is really good. I have been thinking about getting a job outside of the home but I want to be here in holidays and before and after school which means I am looking at part-time and term time only work. This limits me to working in a school and I do not feel that I am that good with children and so that rules out teaching assistant, lunch lady or teacher and so I am left with secretary of which there are no local vacancies.

Therefore it is back to looking for online opportunities. I am finding that surveys seem to be the best at the moment but do not pay very much. I will keep looking though.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

September Earnings

Writing - £133.98

Article Writing - £130.98

blog posts - £3.00

Book Sales - £114.11

Amazon - £114.11

Other - £10.59

Quidco - £4.33

Clixsense - £6.26

Making a Grand Total of £258.68

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Start Delayed!

I was promising that I would be making a new start soon and considering what to do to make money. However, I have been sorting out things in my home and that has taken up a lot of my time and so I am only just getting back in to work. I have had some freelance writing work which is good, but need to start thinking about marketing the waterproof memo boards. I also need to think about packaging materials as I have run out and need them in order to post out the items. I have been looking at packing materials here.

It should be fun to spend some time brain storming some ideas on how to make money and I intend to also take a look at some blogs to see if I can pick up any ideas from other people. I will share anything that I come across that I think is interesting or will be a good money maker.

Monday, September 01, 2014

August Earnings

Writing - £138.15

Article Writing - £132.15

Blog Articles - £6.00

Book Sales - £17.58

Amazon - £17.58

Other - £10.74

Quidco - £10.52

Search Lotto - £0.22

Making a Grand Total of £166.47

Friday, August 29, 2014

New Start Soon!

Once the school holidays are over on Tuesday, I will be making a new start. This not only includes my work; where I will be trying to work more and earn more compared to what I have been doing while the children have been home, but also working on my body. I am not quite going as far as those at www.ultimatelooks.com do, but I am going to work on my health and fitness. i will be doing the school run again, as well as exercise bike, but I plan on doing more abs workouts as well. I am also hoping that I will be able to be more sensible with my eating, by enjoying my food but keeping it as healthy as I can and controlling portion sizes so that I lose some weight. I usually find that when I weigh less, I feel happier and when I eat better I also feel more awake, which is always good. As the weather gets colder it can be tempting to turn to comfort food and put on weight. I am hoping to listen to my body but not overeat.

Friday, August 01, 2014

July Earnings

Writing - £152.50

Article Writing - £152.50

Book Sales - £50.46

Amazon - £13.56

Smashwords - £36.90

Other - £94.00

Quidco - £1.00

YouGov - £50

Link Sales - £40.00

Sponsored Reviews - £3.00

Making a Grand Total of £296.96