Having the ability to be a work at home mum has been such a huge but rewarding transition in my life, and it would not have been possible without creating some form of income stream from home. While I may not be earning the same potential as my previous career in psychology (yet), I have been able to build a steady steam of income from home over the past 6 months. Below I share many of the blogging resources and related methods that have helped me on my way to the freedom of working from home.
WORDPRESS.ORG – Get yourself a self-hosted wordpress site. Unlike wordpress.com which will limit what you can do, or blogspot sites, which you do not actually own the content yourself, wordpress.org will allow you to create a fully customisable blog or website, and add advertising steams, which is not allowed on the free version.
GO DADDY – This is my go to place for buying cheap domain names. They do lots of special deals so keep an eye on your inbox. They also offer website hosting. This was the easy option for me first starting out self-hosted, with a website builder package that includes hosting that is actually extremely cheap, with bonus support.
BLUEHOST – This is one of the most popular options for hosting, used by many bloggers, both professional and hobby based. They offer very affordable hosting options.
MAILCHIMP – This is by far the easiest email management system I have tried, with the service free up to 2000 subscribers and really easy newsletter editing tools.
COSCHEDULE – Seriously amazing plug in that allows you to view your blog post schedule in wordpress in calendar format, as well as drop and dragging post dates instead of having to edit each post individually. Also lets you schedule your social media shares of new and old posts any time in the future. A must have for bloggers to stay organised.
TAILWIND – If you are looking for a social media scheduling tool that also allows you to schedule Pinterest, Tailwind is a great option. There is plenty of information to show that frequent, spaced out pinning on Pinterest helps grow your following, and Tailwind will schedule your pins to happen at the most popular times of the day. Tailwind also allows you to schedule Instagram posts and to join Tailwind Tribes which are essentially community groups for sharing pins to grow your traffic even more.
GENERAL BUSINESS RESOURCES
MOO BUSINESS CARDS – If you plan to start blogging or doing any other form of online or freelance based work for yourself, you should be ready and armed with business cards to give out at any networking events, conferences or even just as a way of making connections with brands and businesses. Moo make great business cards and are very popular with bloggers. And if you use this link, you will get 10% off your first order.
AMAZON ASSOCIATES – One of the most popular affiliate programs in the world, if someone clicks a link to your associates account and purchases from Amazon, you get a commission on the sale.
eBAY – Promote products or services you recommend on eBay to your readers.
SHAREASALE – Affiliate network you can join and link up to relevant advertisers to generate sales from your own blog or website.
COMMISSION FACTORY – Another affiliate network with many brands and services you can sign up with for affiliate links to add to your sites.
CREATIVE LIVE – Creative Live is amazing. A constant stream of educational online courses with a huge range talented and informative presenters. You can watch free live streaming and replays, or purchase for anytime access which includes extra resources. So good!
CRAFTSY – More focused on DIY, such as sewing, cake decorating and scrapbooking but their courses on photography may be the perfect tool for fine tuning your skills for your blog and website.