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Posted by Jen in Daily-Dallies, Working Girl |
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So, I am a little bit broke.  I’m not quite sure how it happened or when it happened, but I am suddenly scrounging for extra cash these days.  I have been toying with the idea of going back to work for again, but I seriously don’t think I can handle the stress of being under the scrutiny of their fickle QC department.  I also know that they changed the entire pay system right after I stopped working for them earlier this year.  According to a friend of mine who still works for them, her income was cut by about 40% since the pay changes.  The only reason I stopped working for ChaCha in the first place was because I had mono.  (I could hardly sit in my computer chair for more than 5 minutes before falling asleep.)  Now that I am better, I just don’t think I am willing to spend 8 hours a day for a measly 2 to 3 dollars an hour.  I am sure I can make more money doing something else.

The job market where I live is horrid.  I would only be looking for a part-time job because I plan on taking on 3 college classes by the end of October.  I do not wish to work at McDonald’s or the local supermarket.  Been there, done that.  I stopped considering those types of jobs after the age of 25…and I’m not nearly that desperate.  Yet.

So, my next choice is to try to find another way to make some extra money online.  I plan to rejoin the ranks of WAHMs.  I’ve done it before (via ChaCha, eHow, and my web site.)  I’m sure I can get things rolling to do it again.

First things first.  I need to get my products back up for sale on my web site.  I made some decent cash that way and it hardly required any work on my part.  The second thing I need to do is to build up my traffic again.  I closed down the site a few years ago when my anxiety disorder reared its ugly head and my traffic (understandably) took a hit.  Closing a site will do that, you know.

The next thing I plan on doing is working on writing some more eHow articles.  I’ve received 2 checks from them so far and that’s with only 4 articles.  I am sure I can spit out a few more.  After that, I want to start building and possibly flipping some blog sites.  I love working with WordPress and I’m becoming much more familiar with it.  I have a ton of articles I can use and a bunch of interests I can write about.  I think I can make that work.  Niche blogging can be profitable if you do it right.

I just really need to get focused and work out a solid checklist for the upcoming week.  I find myself getting easily distracted these days.  I have been trying so hard to make up for the months I lost this year when I was sick and I think I am making things worse by trying to get everything done at once.  It’s just so awesome to feel so good again.  I want to just stay awake all day and all night and just…be productive again!
That darned human need to get daily sleep keeps mucking up my plans. Tongue

Ups and Downs

Posted by Jen in Friends & Family, Working Girl |

Well, this was a weekend of ups and downs for us.
The ‘up’ was a very successful day at the Elementary School craft fair.  I sold almost 80 name prints and made a nice amount of Christmas cash.  (Thank goodness!)  Meghan and her two friends, Macy and Alyssa, also made about 100 dollars by selling their chocolate and some of the needlepoint and sewing crafts they made.  It was a fun day, but a little stressful, too.  A lot of people and the responsibility of keeping an eye on the girls and their craft table…eek – I barely had time to take more than 3 sips of coffee the entire day.  On the bright side, I survived without a panic attack, so that is a sure sign that my anxiety disorder is indeed under control.  It’s been so long that I almost forgot what it was like when I was plagued by them almost every day.

The ‘down’ of this weekend was that my Uncle Joe passed away.  He had been sick for quite a while and my aunt and cousins have been under a tremendous strain these past few months.  Sadly, I honestly can’t recall the last time I saw him, but I am sad that I can’t go to the funeral tomorrow.  Our family is so small that I really feel it is important to be there during times like these.  Even if this particular side of the family isn’t as close to us as the others are.  I love the holidays so dearly, that it makes me very sad to think that it won’t be quite a happy holiday for my aunt and cousins this year.

Well, this is yet another late night post, so I must head to bed.  The longer I stay up, the more likely it is that I will not hear my alarm clock in the morning.  And, I really hate when that happens.  :(