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.

 

Working Through The Doubt

Working through the doubt.

That’s one of the toughest things to do when you want to work in your jammies. I’ve taken a month off of the blog simply because I needed to get my head around my own doubt. The thing is, guys, doubt is part of the journey! I find that I doubt myself even when I’m having a great month.

I’m always questioning if I made the right choice to start this journey. Working through the doubt is just a small step in the journey that never stops. Something that a great mentor of mine, Caitlin Pyle says a lot is, don’t wait for the doubt to go away because it won’t. I’m paraphrasing but you get the point.

There’s more truth to this than people may want to admit. When confronted with doubt, it’s not easy to work through it but you have to! When you look at your journey, realize that it’s yours alone. No one else (not even me) can tell you how to handle the doubt. I just offer advice on my continued experience.

I have a story to share. My new writing client wants me to take over some of his business soon. I’m thrilled! I’m also scared that I will let him down. It’s doubt. It has no place in my mind but it gets in. Working through that doubt has been tough. I know I can do it! I know I’m good enough. My client believes in me and I need to believe in me too! Long story short, when the time comes I plan on taking over what he needs me to do because he’s an amazing client.

In short, working through the doubt is a huge part of working in your jammies. Put yourself out there, work your passion and do it all in your jammies!

Check out my last entry about Creating a Comfortable Work Environment

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

As we start a new year, I’ve been thinking about what happened this past year with my freelance business and starting this blog. I started freelancing in 2015 as a writer. About a  year later, I added Virtual Assisting to my offerings. It has been a great outlet for me to keep myself happy and earn extra cash. I love the fact that I can do this kind of work while sitting in jammies!

I started this blog back in September to expand my knowledge and share my passion for working from home. I’m happy to say that today is the first day (launch) of this blog. I hope to share some great things here with you. My plan is to have some interviews in the coming year, some freebies to give away, and just enjoy this amazing journey.

One of the biggest things I want to concentrate on in 2018 is giving great content. To do that, I want to hear from you! What do you want to see? Let me know in the comments. You can also email me at admin@workinjammies.com. Don’t be shy 🙂

My passion for working in my jammies came out of many things this year. I took on a new job, left another one and decided I wanted to concentrate on this goal. When I look back on 2017, I see these changes and couldn’t be prouder of what I’ve accomplished. I’m looking to take 2018 by storm and want to help you all do that too. When you sign up for my newsletter, I will be giving a freebie that I created!

One of the big things I want to concentrate on with this blog is not only giving content to you, my readers but also, fun and actionable steps to take if you want to find ways to work in your jammies!

If you want to see my last entry click here.

Happy New Year!

Ways to Create Passive Income

There are many ways to create passive income. This type of income is great for people who want to work in their pajamas while earning cash. The word “passive” may make you think you won’t have to work for it. For the most part, this is true, but not initially.

So, what does passive income look like exactly? It can take many forms. Some people enjoy writing e-books. Other people like to create online courses on platforms like Udemy. Still, others like to create passive income by other creative means such as coming up with phone applications or investing in stocks or options. There are a wide variety of ways to create passive income. Here are just my top 3!

Ways to Create Passive Income

Writing E-Books

Writing E-books is a great way to create Passive Income. You can choose any topic that is of interest to you. I have written fiction before, and while this has not netted me millionaire status, it was fun. Simply pick a subject you want to write about or a topic you enjoy and start writing. Once you finish writing and editing your e-book, you can upload it to Amazon Kindle and begin earning money from your writing. Just market yourself on social media and it can begin generating sales. This is especially true if you have a great story or topic that people are interested in. One thing I want to caution you on. Don’t just write about the new “it” thing. Many people will do that. You want to make sure your book and topic has a unique perspective. It will make your book more marketable.

Heck, some people find it fun to write an e-book about a subject they are passionate about and then create a course around it. This brings me to my second way to create passive income.

Creating an Online Course

This is a fabulous way to create passive income and do so on a monthly basis. It works best when done with thought and care. After all, you’ll be selling a product which is also about selling yourself and your knowledge on a topic. You want it to be the best it can be. This can often mean more time and substantially more effort than writing an e-book. You may also do your first run of the course and realize you want to add more to it. Through programs like Udemy that I mentioned at the top of this post as well as other sites like teachable, you can create fun and engaging courses.

Something to keep in mind when going this route. Depending on who you choose to go through, there will most likely be a cost (usually monthly) to host your course. I believe Udemy gives this to you free but you also have to get it approved by them. Teachable allows you to create your course without approvals but it does cost. The minimum I saw was $39.00 per month. It may be steep, but if you price your course accordingly while keeping in mind the transaction fees they charge, you can recoup your monthly cost with just one sale. Obviously, you want to get more than that but I was using that as an example.

Using Apps to Make $

I’ve talked about this a bit in a previous post, but it bears repeating. There are TONS of apps out there for both Apple and Android users to generate passive income. From Inbox Dollars to Ibotta, you can use these apps to get money back on purchases and even get cash for doing things like shopping online. In fact, look for a post soon on E-Bates! Apps can also be installed on browsers to generate this passive income. Simply shop, take surveys, or use the browser extensions on websites to get cash back and make money. Again, this will not make you rich, but it’s a great way to get some pocket money.

Well, that’s it for this entry. These are just a few ways to create passive income. I haven’t scratched the surface of this topic. What I wanted to do was to give you all a general overview of where to potentially get started in this interesting and often fun subject.

To check out my last entry on Proofreading for Profit click here. Until next time…HAPPY EARNING!

Proofreading for Profit

Proofreading for profit is another potentially great way to make money in your jammies! If you have amazing grammar skills and an eagle eye, this might be a great option for you.

When you think of proofreading, you may think of long documents. This may not be the case. Some documents can be very small while you can get other documents that may be a bit longer. It all depends on the client(s) that you work with.

Another great reason to look at proofreading from home is that it can give you serious flexibility as to when and where you work. The whole idea of working in your jammies is to be able to do it anywhere you want, right? Proofreading can allow you exactly this type of freedom!

You may be asking yourself how to break into proofreading for profit.

Ways to Break Into Proofreading

  1. Offering services to bloggers for free. This is a great way to build a client base and get experience.
  2. Take a course. Yes, there are courses that can teach you how to proofread really well. The gold standard seems to be Proofread Anywhere but check out other options as well for the best fit for you.
  3. Look into working for a school in their English Department. This may not be as easy but it could be a great idea!

Proofreading can be a very fun and rewarding if you’re looking for a legit work in jammies opportunity. It does take practice and you HAVE to know your grammar and have an amazing grasp of the English language. It’s frequently not easy. With the right client, however, you can make some good money depending on how quickly you proofread the documents you’re given.

Finally, proofreading for profit may be an ideal position for you if you have the grammatic skills and the discipline to read potentially large documents while providing the best work for your potential clients.

To read my last entry, a review of Inbox Dollars…click here.

A Review of Inbox Dollars

In this week’s entry, I’m going to do a review of Inbox Dollars. This site is an interesting one because it pays you to do all sorts of things. If you read an e-mail, you get paid. Get paid to watch videos? Yup, that too! You can make money doing things you already do and all while in your jammies!

So, what are some of the benefits of joining Inbox Dollars? Well, first off you get a $5 bonus just for joining. Talk about an easy bit of money, right?!

Other Benefits

  1. Getting paid to take surveys
  2. It’s free!
  3. Getting paid to do free trials
  4. Earning money for simply reading their emails as I stated before
  5. Earning money for referring your friends

Downsides of Inbox Dollars

There are some downsides to using Inbox Dollars. They range from taking a lot of time to reach the $30 threshold to having to sign up for paid offers to get paid. I’m not saying these are horrible things, but it makes this particular option tough. The downsides I’ve seen since using Inbox Dollars are:

  1. It can take a long time to reach the $30 payout threshold
  2. Paid e-mails are only worth .01 each.
  3. Paid offers often are trials so you have to make sure you cancel.
  4. The survey offers are decent but in the end, you may end up with a cluttered inbox which can be very frustrating.
  5. Once you get started, it can be tough to recruit friends to join you even though there’s a $5 sign up bonus

As you can see, the downsides are there but so are the benefits. It’s all going to depend on how you view the website and what offers you decide to do. Ask yourself how many companies do you want having your e-mail address. That could be a deal breaker. I would even encourage you to set up a dummy e-mail address just for this particular site.

In conclusion, I personally like Inbox Dollars but you are NOT going to get rich off of it. It’s important for me to say that. Just like anything else, it will take time. That’s not to say you cannot make a few bucks and have it go right into your bank account 🙂

Thank you for reading a review of Inbox Dollars! Click my link to get started. Happy earning!

To read my last entry about Work/Life Balance click here