(To follow along, check out my previous posts: Goal #1, Goal #2, Goal #3)
Today's post is a response to my New Year's resolution #4:
- No surprise: If you’ve been reading my blog for the past few months, you are probably aware that I’m having a baby soon…REALLY soon.
- Surprise: Even sooner, I am quitting work to be a stay at home mom.
I’m beyond excited to be able to stay home with my new little baby. In my world, quitting work is kind of a big deal. Surprisingly, I think quitting work is also going to help my small family save money in the long run (not having to pay for expensive daycare is just the tip of the iceberg).
Don’t get me wrong, I am aware that just because I will no longer be commuting to an office for a 9 to 5 job every day, my new role as a mom will keep me super busy. I’m going to be contributing to our household in all sorts of new ways and yes, I think this counts as work.
HOWEVER, this new “job” doesn’t come with a paycheck and I still want to pitch in when it comes to paying the bills.
So, now you know the reasoning behind my fourth 2015 resolution.
Now the tricky part: How the heck am I supposed to make money if I’m not working?!
I’ve been asking myself this question for the past 8 months and I still don’t have a great answer, but I do have some ideas that I plan to explore this year.
Here’s what I’ve got so far:
- Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT): If you aren’t a teacher, you are probably not familiar with TPT. Basically, it is an online marketplace (similar to Etsy, I think?) where you can create and sell educational resources to teachers. I created a TPT store last year (check out my store!), and I made a tiny but majorly appreciated amount of pocket change from selling nutrition handouts. I love the flexibility of this website and I plan to create new materials to sell in my store this year.
- Sell Old Stuff Online: I have never done this. I have been told that Ebay, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are great sites for making cash by getting rid of things that I don’t want anymore. Seems worth trying to me!
- Make Money from Blogging (but in a Non-Tacky Way): I hate when blogs have 8 billion ads, or when bloggers become salesmen and promote stupid products ALL OF THE TIME. I think it’s tacky and I’m just not interested in reading their material. Yet, this doesn’t mean that I’m opposed to making money from blogging. If money can come from blogging without affecting the quality of the blog, why not? After more research, if I decide to go this route, I plan to do it in a completely non-tacky way.
- Garage Sale: I had a garage sale last summer and swore I would never have one again. Now, I think I was just being dramatic. I got rid of junk and made some money. Having a garage sale wasn’t that bad! Or, maybe I’m forgetting the bad parts…garage sale summer of 2015?
So far, these are my money making schemes for 2015. Except they’re not schemes; (just for the record) they’re legit money making opportunities. I think. I’ll find out soon enough.
I’m going to be a stay-at-home-business-woman-mom!
Oh, and one more thing: Currently our lowest bill is the $44 bill that we pay to AT&T each month for internet access. So, $44 is my monthly goal.
Wish me luck!