Try, Try, Try, AGAIN!

I Can’t Be Successful Working From Home……

I have heard this a million times, a million different ways, with a million reasons why. Many people have tried and failed and are scared to try again. They think they weren’t successful once, so they never will be. Or they think all companies are the same. But as we teach our children, “at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again”.  Some of the greatest people in history, are only known because they kept trying and did not let failure define them! Will you let it define you, or will you keep trying? I will always try as I want to pass that lesson on to my kids, keep trying!!!

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Why are some people successful working from home, and some are not? It boils down to a few things!

  • Your Work Ethic- some people do really good with motivating themselves, while others need people to constantly remind them to stay on track, and give them tasks to do. If you can motivate yourself, then you are already on the right track!
  • Your “WHY”- this is huge! “Why” do you want to work from home and be successful? I challenge each of you to sit down, really think about this, and then write it down. Stick it where you can see it each day and so you will be reminded “WHY” you need this and want it! For me, it’s a better future for my kids! I want to be able to pay for them to do activities, go to college, take vacations, and yet still be home for them each day. They motivate me and push me to be better!
  • Your Determination- this is another huge factor! I have heard every excuse, and I’ve made them myself!!! What keeps you going is NOT making excuses, but finding reasons to make it work! I’ve moved 5 times in the past 5 years, across states, and lost contact with so many people. I don’t know many people where I live now, so I’ve used social media to build my business! Where there is a will, there is a way to be successful!
  • Your Schedule- when working from home, you have to set your own schedule! For some people, this is easy. But for others, when it comes time to work, they don’t. But this is the key, to be successful, you have to WORK! You can’t post one thing on facebook each day and expect that to make you $1,000 a month. If that really worked, every one would do it!!! Some people do have a large following and can be successful that way, but for most people, we have to build relationships, we have to share our love for our job, we have to spend hours talking to people and showing them the great opportunity! If you are spending 5 minutes a day and not finding success, its time to really work!! Figure out what time you can work each day. For me, I get up before the kids and then I also stay up usually an hour or two after them. That is my work time! I write down during the day what needs to be done during that time, and I don’t relax until its accomplished. To build a successful business though, you need to WORK!
  • Your creativity- you need to find new ways to get a customer base, to grow your network, to reach people! Be creative! Ask other small business owners how they do it, try new things, and get outside your bubble! Take post cards around to local businesses, host a “networking” dinner for other business people In your area, go to events and get a booth, give a prize for referrals….there are so many options!!!

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I’ve been told I’m successful because I have a large network or a lot of friends or I got in at the start of the company. None of those are true haha. I’m successful because I put in the work! When I first started working from home, I was a senior in college and my kids were 1 and 2 ½. I got creative, I worked each day, I had success….and then I quit!!! That job was not for me, and it was a bad experience, but I didn’t let it get me down. I kept searching until I found the right job, and I tried again!!! For a few people, success comes easy, but for some, it takes years of hard work! But isn’t the hard work for a few years worth it to own your time???

 

Your success is determined by YOU! Do you have what it takes to keep going and never give up? I believe in you! After all, us Mom’s are some of the strongest people in the world. Keep going!!!!!

 

 

Dana

Get PAID To Test Websites

More and more companies these days are turning to the World Wide Web as a way of finding new customers. It allows them a larger reach, plus its more convenient for the consumer! But before they go live, many companies like to have their website tested! They want to know if it’s user friendly, are the links working, are words spelled correctly. And to do this, they need people to test it for them!

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This is a great option for all us busy Mom’s who can’t commit to working set hours each day! Most of these tests take about 20 minutes so you can fit a few in before the kids wake up, and a few in the evening when they go to bed!

 

Most of these companies do require you have a computer with a microphone (they record you talking about the site as you test it), good internet connect, a paypal account for payment, and a few ask you have a web cam too.

 

Check out this list below of some companies I found who will hire you to test their sites for them! If you work for any of these, let us know in the comments what you think!!

 

 GET PAID TO TEST WEBSITES:

Userlytics- Earn $10 per testing websites (average time is 20 minutes). Must have a computer with good internet speed and have a paypal account.

http://www.userlytics.com/sitepublic/

 

UserTesting- Earn $10 per each test (average time is 10-20 minutes). Must have a computer with a microphone, be 18 years of age, and have the ability to speak your thoughts. Payment is through PayPal

http://www.usertesting.com/

 

YouEye- Earn money for participating in panels. You must be 18, be willing to share information and have a computer with a webcam and microphone.

https://www.youeye.com/participate/

 

WhatUsersDo – Earn $8 or more per test (average time is 10-20 minutes). Must have a computer with a microphone and internet access.

https://app.whatusersdo.com/apply

 

Userfeel.com- Test websites and talk about your thoughts on them into a microphone. Good testers can earn $100-$200 per week. Pay is by PayPal

To sign up as a Tester, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “become a tester”

http://www.userfeel.com/

 

Analysia- Test websites and surf the web and share what you think about them. Get paid $10 for 10-15 minutes of website testing.

http://www.analysia.com/user.asp

 

StartUpLift- Test websites and earn $5 and up per test. Payment is every Monday via PayPal. Must have a computer with internet and web browsers.

http://startuplift.com/get-paid-to-provide-feedback/

 

trymyUI- Test websites and apps, provide your honest feedback and earn $10 for each test.

http://www.trymyui.com/worker/signup

 

Enroll- Test websites and apps and help make the web a better place. Pay varies per job.

http://www.enrollapp.com/

 

TestingTime- Earn money testing digital products via Skype or in person with clients. Pay is $50 per test.

https://www.testingtime.com/testusers

 

Looking for more jobs you can do from home? Make sure to check out our Work From Home Directory for other great options!!

 

Dana

Lasagna Roll Ups

One of the hardest part of cooking with 3 kids is finding things they will eat…other than mac and cheese!! Of course once I find a recipe they approve of, I have to share it so other parents can give it a try!! This is a favorite in my house for both the kids and adults! And if you want to get some veggies in, just puree them and add them to the sauce. The kids never even know! Enjoy!!!

 

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**12 Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles 
**1/3 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
**3 cups Sugar Free Pasta Sauce
**10oz. Frozen Spinach – THAW AND DRAIN
**2 1/2 cups Fat Free Cottage Cheese
**2 cups Part Skim Shredded Mozzarella
**3 egg white
**2 tsp. Garlic Powder

Directions:
Cook your pasta according to the package instructions. Combine parmesan cheese, spinach, cottage cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, egg white, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl – Mix well. Spread 3/4 cup of sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Lay the noodles out on a plate, and spread the cheese/spinach mixture on them. Roll them up and place them in the baking dish. Top with the remaining sauce. Bake COVERED at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella. Return to oven and bake for 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.

 

Dana

5 Tips For Raising Healthy Kids

As a personal trainer AND mom, teaching my kids to be healthy is very important to me! But it’s also hard!!! Kids are picky eaters at young ages so getting veggies in can be a trick! For me personally, I have 3 kids and they all like totally different things! My daughter loves broccoli, my oldest son likes fruit, and the baby hates both those. My key is starting them out young, but also sneaking those fruits in! We have a daily smoothie with kale and spinach and fruit. Even if they hate veggies, I still win by getting them in their body.

 

12049250_1048285918538207_3309233857384547622_nHere are some more tips for raising healthy kids:

 

1) Keep healthy snacks on hand. They won’t eat the junk food if it’s not in the house.

2) Teach them balance, one treat a day type of thing.

3) Give them fruits and veggies, some kids learn to love them!

4) Teach them about foods that are good for us and help us grow.

5) Sneak veggies in if your kids won’t eat them.

 

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Dana

Pinterest for Business

As Facebook has recently changed its rules on allowing people to advertise, more people are looking for other avenues. One great way to advertise your business is through Pinterest! People spend more time each day on Pinterest than Facebook, plus they have the intent to buy and are willing to spend more! Here are a few other fun facts about Pinterest:pinterest-for-business
 69% of people on Pinterest make purchases vs only 40% from those on Facebook.
 Pinterest is the place to buy, or find inspiration on things you want to buy.
 People spend DOUBLE the amount of money on products they find on Pinterest vs on Facebook
 Food and Drink is the most popular category on Pinterest, followed my Home décor, followed by art and design.
 Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social media sites
 Pinterest has users of all ages
 People spend MORE time on Pinterest than Facebook

So how do you utilize this to grow your business? It takes time, but more and more business, especially large brands, are coming to Pinterest! Start small by getting your boards organized, have good descriptions, and make sure your pins are linked back to your website. Here are some tips to make Pinterest successful for your business.

 *Convert your Pinterest to a BUSINESS account. This gives you analytical information such as the number of clicks, the number of repins, etc and with that feature you can see which pins are helping your business.
 *Fill out your ABOUT section and use details as to what you do and what your website is about
 *Make Your Boards Organized. Have board names that are easy for people to recognize and know what it is that category. Have a fun and engaging picture set for each board. Have lots of boards that cover wide topics.
 *Make sure your boards have detailed descriptions and use SEO keywords and relevant hashtags.
 *Have Group Boards. With these, other people can post to the same board which means you reach their friends and followers PLUS your own!
 *Have engaging and enticing pictures. Pinterest is very visual so make sure your pictures can catch someone’s eye
 *KEYWORDS! Have keywords that will help people find your post. When someone goes to google, and types in “work from home jobs for moms”, you want them to be able to find your post right away. To do so, you need to make sure to use keywords that describe exactly what your post is about or what you are promoting/selling/taking about. Take time and think about who you are trying to attract and your audience. Keywords are very important for getting new people to your site. One way to know which keywords are most popular is by typing in what your post is about in the Pinterest search bar. That will bring up the most searched words related to your pin.
 *Make sure your Pins are linked back to YOUR website and not someone else’s.
 *Add a Pinterest “Pin It” Button to your website so people can easily pin your posts/pictures/articles
 *Have boards devoted to your business
 *Make sure your pins are 80/20. 80% need to be non business related, and 20% business. That will keep followers from getting bored and help them to engage with you more.
 *Incorporate hashtags to describe your pin and business
 *Aim to have about 10-20 pins put up a day. Have ALL of them go to your website to boost traffic.
 *Follow other people interested in what you are selling, and often they will follow you back.
 *Quality pins are way more important than having a lot of pins.
 *Follow other boards, especially large boards that have a similar interest to the market you are trying to reach
 *Share your Pins to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. (make sure to shorten the url before posting to Twitter)
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Remember it takes time to build a following on any social media account and to start getting sales from it. Be consistent each day and you will get there. One way to get started is set apart a time each day just for Pinterest. That way you won’t forget to do it!

Dana