March was Light

March was light for me. I did a few blog entries and didn’t have much to do. It’s okay though.

The start of the month was pretty good. I was able to get back to this amazing blog. Life got in the way a few times but I knew that was bound to happen. Work started to pick up as well. I did get a new client for my writing though! I even have been paid a couple of times!

So what does this mean for the month as a whole? I would say it wasn’t a bad month. It wasn’t a great month either. I do my best but sometimes, I feel like it’s not always enough. I have a wonderful content planner that I use to build this blog. I’ve been using it for a few months and I love it!

Income

My income in March was about $100 which isn’t a lot but it helped me buy a new knitting machine. This was based on my Direct Sales money and freelance work.  As I said, March was light for me. I think it is because I didn’t try hard enough. As a combination worker, it’s tough to balance the scales. It makes affiliate income and other income a bit tougher to gain. At the end of the day, it’s a journey. I remember that each day. Thankfully, I also have an accountability partner in my friend Devon! We talk every day and keep each other going! Thank you, hon!

April is here and I have new entries ready to go! Look for a much better round out for this month! I have new goals and a new freelance client to earn from! Here’s to a wonderful spring!

For an answer on if we can do it all take a look at my previous entry

Can We Do It All?

Can we do it all?

Sometimes, as bloggers, we try. I’m guilty of this. I’m a corporate worker, freelancer, partner, son, and many other things. I added blogger to the list a year ago. If I’m being honest, it’s not always easy to juggle. I talk about this my last entry.

When I think about everything I have to do each day, I wonder how I can blog without fail. Sometimes I do fail. That doesn’t make me a failure. It makes me human. It does the same for any other blogger trying to do it all.

Why We Try to Do It All
  1. We made commitments
  2. We love what we do
  3. Not wanting to look like we failed
  4. Fear of success
  5. Because we think it’s expected of us

So, can we do it all? The short answer is, yes! I do it all every day! When I start my day, my mind is on what I will accomplish for the day. That includes this blog! As a result, I am successful in my days. It’s because of that success that I continue to be inspired. In other words, I set myself up to be successful and have it all.

In addition to everything above, I surround myself with supportive people. This is key if you want to have it all. Support and love are paramount. Love for yourself, and the support of others.

In conclusion, we can do it all. Be the blogger, wife or mother, son/daughter, partner etc that you can be. There’s a delicate balance to maintain. Once you find that balance, it’s easy to keep. At the end of the day, it’s all about your success and showing other bloggers and jammie workers that they can have it all. To your success! Until next week’s wrap up for March!

Why Do I Blog?

Why do I Blog?

That’s a great question! The answer isn’t simple but I just love to blog! I know it’s been a couple of weeks since my last entry. Family things got in the way and my partner and I had an extra houseguest.

So, why do I blog? I blog because I have something to say. I decided on the work from home niche because it’s what I eventually want to do. It’s going to take time for me to get there. I have taken classes online for both writing and virtual assisting. Both classes were very good and I learned SO much! The reality is that I like writing more than virtual assisting, in most cases. For some reason, writing speaks to me more. That’s probably another reason I started this blog.

When I log in each week, I see an opportunity.

What kind of opportunity?

  1. To educate
  2. To have fun
  3. Share wisdom
  4. To show that anyone can do this

Over the last few months, I’ve seen a great shift in my thinking. I want to be successful. I want others to be successful too. When I started this blog, I wasn’t sure where it would go. I’m happy to say that I am now confident in its direction. I find myself happy to write and not suffering the dreaded “writer’s block” as much as I used to.

In the end, I simply want my readers to understand who I am and why I’m here. Sometimes, things get in the way. It has happened before. Take this as a lesson. When life tosses you a curveball, use it and learn with it. I aspire to be in all things, your go-to for the wonderful information on how to work in your jammies. This is why I blog!

Want to see how I create content? Check out this post. Until next time!

How I Create Content for My Blog

This week, I want to talk about how I create content for my blog!

I am going to leave an affiliate link to my Siteground hosting company. I may get a commission (payment) if someone uses that link.

Creating content isn’t easy. It takes thought, determination and sometimes a bit of genius. Not saying that I’m a genius, in fact, far from it. When I create my content, I try to think about my readers. My readers are the most important. That being said, I also think about subjects that interest me. I have a passion for working in my pajamas. That’s why I created this blog.

How I Create Content for My Blog

  1. Brainstorm ideas on the train
  2. Just write and see what happens
  3. Get help from other bloggers

These are just a few ways to get the content out. There are many other ways that I create content. Some escape me right now. The point is, how I create content varies. Sometimes I take from daily life. If something strikes me as a good subject, I will use it. Very often, I find my ideas come to me during my corporate workday.

Top Ways to Create Content for Your Blog

  1. Daily Life
  2. Personal Interests
  3. Fun stories
  4. Anecdotes
  5. Time with friends and family

These are just some ways to create content for your blog. Just make sure it’s relevant to your blog niche and provides valuable and practical information. I always strive to create fun and engaging content for my readers.

If you’re looking to create your own blog, I suggest SiteGround hosting. Their customer support is amazing and I find them to be wonderful to work with. Here is my affiliate link if you’re interested.

For a recap of last month, take a look at Why February was Awesome!

February was Awesome!

February was awesome!

I restarted this blog because I have a passion for working in jammies. In January, I reached out to a new friend to help me come up with content. We spent an hour on the phone and it was so helpful. I have a full content calendar now! When I look back at this month, I’m reminded that I can do this!

Reasons February Was Awesome

  1. New friends
  2. New confidence in myself
  3. I am ready for anything
  4. Working on new content each week
  5. Ready to monetize this blog and share amazing content with everyone!

I looked through the posts from this month and I am so proud! I am proud that I spent the time and energy to revive this blog and get more fun, practical info out there for male WFH bloggers. My favorite one from this month was What It’s Like Working from Home because it was a total blast to write. All my posts were fun, but I liked that one the best.

March is going to be another great month of blogging. Look for what I do to create content and even a few course reviews! I want this blog to be a haven for all bloggers, but mainly for men who work from home and blog about it! The best thing for me with this blog is that I can share all my information and thoughts with ya’ll! Look for a newsletter to go out soon too! I want to create a weekly or bi-weekly newsletter with some stuff I don’t always include on the blog because I have so much more info to share!

Be on the lookout for new and fun content for March! I am ready to rock this blog to the stratosphere in 2019 and I want you all there for the ride! Until next week, my blogging friends!

Call to Action: If you love blogging and haven’t started one yet, let me know in the comments and I can help you start!

Dealing with Stress as a Male Blogger

Dealing with stress as a male blogger isn’t easy. Yeah, we all have stress in our lives but working in your jammies is a whole new level.

How does one deal with that stress? Well, it’s not always easy. Today, I want to talk to you about how I deal with the stresses that come with trying to make money working in my pajamas. Buckle up, it’s gonna be fun!

For me, as a man who happens to blog, I get stressed out about a lot of things. I want to create great content. I’d love to have people read what I write. I want to make money. These are all great things but in the end, it stresses me the heck out! How do I handle this? I take it one piece at a time.

How I handle Dealing with Stress as a Male Blogger

  1. Realize I can’t do it all at once
  2. Take my top 3 goals and work them piece by piece
  3. Remember I am only one person and not everything will come quickly (not easy, trust me)
  4. Rely on other bloggers of both genders for help and to be sounding boards

That last way is so important for dealing with the stress of running your own blog. Find a community that supports your goals. There are a TON of them on Facebook. I recommend Blogging for New Bloggers on Facebook. I just joined and they are active and supportive 🙂 Also, try and find a fellow blogger you can befriend one on one. I have a female friend who blogs and she’s fabulous! For a man, it can be another guy. Encouragement and support are key!

Finally, when dealing with the stress of being a male blogger it’s important to remember you’re in charge of the content, look and feel of your blog. Make it conversational and fun. People want to see a male blogger talking about working from home in a relatable and fun way. Sometimes you have to ask for help. Do that! Don’t let male ego get in the way of your success!

Here’s last week’s entry on Where are the Male Bloggers? It was fun to write and I hope it gives you all the inspiration to be amazing!

Where Are the Male Bloggers?

Where are the male bloggers?

The short answer is, there are many. The longer answer is, there aren’t enough blogging about working from home!

Blogging tends to be a female field. Men do blog but not about how to be successful at it from home. This is where male bloggers like myself come in. I love blogging about something fun and also about something you can make money with if you do it right.

Why Men Should Blog About Working in Jammies

  1. It’s begging for a male voice
  2. Men have amazing contributions that can work hand in hand with women
  3. Untapped revenue for men

Why Men Don’t Blog about Working in Jammies

  1. Fear
  2. Not being sure it’s for men to blog about
  3. Gender bias (unintentional)
  4. The mistaken belief that they have nothing to say

When it comes to male bloggers, it’s important to remember that there’s always something to say. The best thing about this niche of blogging (working from home) is that it’s something many people want to do. Also, blogging can give men a different voice and therefore, others a new perspective.

As a male blogger myself, I struggle with what to write about. Sometimes I feel like I may not have anything to say. At least, that’s what I used to think. Now I know I have a LOT to say and I want to say it, especially about working in my jammies!

That’s the goal of this blog. I want to show that men can blog about something that is usually dominated by women. Both genders have something to say on the subject and that’s a wonderful thing! So, where are the male bloggers? Easy! They’re right here and ready to share their wisdom.

Here’s my challenge to all the men who read this. Do you work from home? Write about it! You have a lot to say!

Check out my last blog about What It’s Like Working from Home.

Here’s a list of Badass Bloggers Who Are Men to check out!

What It’s Like Working from Home

Good Morning!

I am often asked what it’s like working from home. It’s glorious is often my reply. That being said, there’s both good and bad with this amazing opportunity.

I’ve got the pleasure of working from home in my corporate job. Not only can I do that, but I’m able to get a great deal more done when I do! Here’s a list of the good things:

The Good:

Being my own boss (even in corporate jobs)

I get more done

I stay in my jammies!

My boss trusts me to do my job

These are just a few of the good things. There are also problems that present. It’s important that when one works from home, they concentrate on the work and not just what is around them. Here are some of the bad things about working from home

The Bad:

Distractions

Other obligations

Being too comfortable

The temptation to slack off

As with any job, working from home should be treated with professionalism. Although it’s easy to let things slip, you should be careful. I try to keep myself as professional as possible, especially when I’m not in the office.

Another thing that people say is to have a dedicated workspace. I don’t agree. I think you should work wherever you feel most comfortable. My place to work is at the table. I can sit and do my work easily. I also like to work on the couch, if the mood so strikes me.

Check out this article about The Myths and Realities of Working from Home. It has some wonderful and powerful information. And it’s from the Huffington Post so that’s a bonus!

Well, enough for today. Here is my last entry on The Side Hustle Shuffle! It is one of my best, I think! Have a fabulous day!

The Side Hustle Shuffle

Today I want to talk about the side hustle shuffle!

Let’s talk about the side hustle shuffle. What is this fun play on words? It’s what us working stiffs do on the side for fun and extra money. Why? Because we like it!

There’s so many different side hustles that someone can do. You can blog as I do. You can run your own direct sales business. Heck, you can start your own business making anything from T-shirts to hair bobbles. The sky’s the limit! I personally chose to run a couple of direct sales businesses and now, reignite this blog!

When you look for a side hustle, ask yourself some questions. These will help you narrow down your reasons, goals and even help you plan on how to be successful

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. What am I passionate about?
  2. Do I want to make money or is this a hobby?
  3. What are my primary and secondary goals with this side hustle?

Once you figure out the answers to those questions, you’re ready to make a list of potential side hustles to explore. If you’re a salesperson by nature, direct sales like Avon or Mary Kay might work for you. If you’re a guy, there are a few companies that men can do well with when it comes to direct sales so just do some digging.

Blogging is a great choice for anyone who prefers to be solitary in their hustle. It’s all individual to you! I am a bit of both and that’s why I do both 🙂

Here’s a list of 99 Side Hustle Ideas from sidehustlenation.com. Many of them can be done from your phone which makes them truly awesome! The key is to pick ones that resonate with you. I just bookmarked that for myself for future use and you should too!

Let’s talk failure!

Yeah I know, it’s not something you WANT to talk about but we have to. Sometimes you’re going to fail. A particular venture may not work out. Your blog may take more time to get traction. (This isn’t a failure, per say but you get where I’m going with this) That’s okay. Each “failure” is an opportunity to refine and reinvent! If something doesn’t work out, just look at your list again and try something new.

There are literally dozens of different side hustles you can try. Some require money up front like a direct sales business, others just your smartphone and a free app. The key is to find what works for you and shuffle your side hustle!

Read my last entry being ghosted by a client.

 

Ghosted By A Client

Being Ghosted by a Client. It’s probably happened to most freelancers. Heck, it’s happened to regular employees too. Point is, it sucks! The reality is, it will happen.

I was recently ghosted by a client. I don’t want to get into specifics but when I realized it, I was hurt. Not angry, but truly hurt. We had a great working relationship. I looked forward to working with him more. The problem was that each time I tried to check in and got nothing. No reply.

At first, I was concerned so I sent a quick note to see if all was okay. Still nothing. After a couple more monthly tries I realized I had been ghosted by my client. So what do you do when this happens?

That’s an easy question to answer, believe it or not. If you’re ghosted by a client you just move on.

Yup, start looking for new clients or people to collaborate with. What if you run a blog? Find other bloggers to connect with. Yeah, it hurts and you may feel angry for a while but life will go on. It’s kind of like having a bad relationship. You just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep trucking. Above all, keep going!

You’re wondering how often this happens.  It happens a fair amount. That is why having more than one client or stream of income is important. There’s an old phrase that goes “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”  The same holds true with blogging and freelancing. Have multiple income options open. This will make it easier when a client does ghost you.

Finally, what’s the lesson here? Simple. Clients will sometimes ghost you. It happens.

Take a look at my last entry on Working from Home with a Corporate Job.