Guest Post – Erica Douglas www.becomeamumpreneur.com
I’m Erica. Lisa has agreed to let me do a post on her blog regarding becoming a mumpreneur. This is my own mumpreneur journey. If you’d like to embark on your own journey then scroll to the end for a free e-course to get you started.
In 2009 I was working part time as a waitress, a job I enjoyed but that was physically demanding. Events that year meant I had to resign leaving me with very little personal income (I was earning £100-£200 from my blog).
A few months later I found myself well enough to seek work again, I attended the Job Centre every week only to be disheartened to find that the recession meant that opportunities were limited. With every week that passed and every visit to the job centre I felt more and more depressed and my self-esteem was suffering.
I’d been trying to make a go of things online (making money from selling advertising, eBay etc.) but the small amount of income I was earning via my blog wasn’t really enough. In October 2009 my husband told me to stop looking for a job, just like that, just stop. He promised that he’d make up the difference between my waitressing job and the income I was making online in overtime (about £200-300 per month). I took his advice and well, he never had to do any overtime. My husband is a sensible guy, he figured by taking away the barriers it really put me under (good) pressure to follow my passion and soon as I started taking it seriously I started earning an income. I ‘work’ for around ten hours a week now on various things but predominantly my income comes from training business woman how to use the internet more effectively. I chose that niche as it’s something I’m hugely passionate about but there are a ton of different niches out there.
My target in the first six months of 2010 was to exceed my waitressing income £400-500 per month. My target by the end of this year was to earn more than £1000 per month working just ten hours a week (I’m not lazy, I’m studying full time too!). Last month I exceeded my target, I know it’s not a huge amount (I’m not rich, yet!) but it was a big milestone. This income comes in multiple streams, in 2010 I had ten different streams of income which made up the total.
I believe that there are plenty of online and offline opportunities to make a moderate income (and sometimes a large income) for those willing to work hard.
If you’d like to explore the idea of multiple streams of income and becoming a mumpreneur then sign up to this free e-course.
My partner (Antonia Chitty author of The Mumpreneur Guide) and I wrote this e-course to help stay at home mums or those wishing to become self employed. On this e-course you’ll learn three important concepts in becoming a mumpreneur and 15 ways to start earning your own income.
Whatever goals you decide to pursue in 2011 I hope it is a happy and successful year for you!