Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday: It Doesn't Mean Much When You Work from Home

I had a friend text me this morning and state she was so happy it was Friday. Hmmm...Friday. What's that again? After working from home for so many years I have realized that Friday no longer holds the same joy in my heart. After all, I still work Saturday and Sunday...and sometimes Monday again.

However, this weekend I have made a goal to not work as perhaps this Friday really is something to look forward to.

Today I'm submitting applications to diversify where I write a little more. As a freelance writer you should never solely write for one client. Why? Because if they drop you without notice you have no income and no immediate backup. Ideally a full-time freelance writer working at home should have at least two steady clients and at least 10 filler clients the rest of the month. I have two steady and one filler. Guess I need to diversify a tad more.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Working from Home is Work

I work from home, yet people assume since I work from home I don't really work. Boy is that wrong. In fact, I work MORE than if I had a job outside of my home. Why?

When you work from home you have to balance home stuff (chores, distractions, etc.), children (in my case there are two), and work. Also, clients don't pay you as much when you work at home because they don't have to compensate you for things like travel time, work clothes, gas, etc.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Low Paying Writing Jobs - To Take or Not to Take

I have been a freelance writer for some time and one thing I have noticed is there are some clients who understand freelance writing and others just have no clue. A lot of clients (especially online content clients) will hire you at a low rate and tell you that if you love your job, the pay doesn't matter. A lot of work from home opportunities reel people in with this line and it's not only untrue, it's insulting as a freelance writer.

A low-paying writing job doesn't pay my bills and I am a freelance writer for income -- not hobby, that's what my books are for. Yes, I love my job, but do not tell me to take a job that is low pay because of that fact. You're basically telling me my skills, experiences and abilities don't matter. Gee, thanks.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Yet Another Work from Home Reality - Starting the Day Off Wrong

Today was one of those days that make me dread the fact I work from home. Not because I really hate working at home, but because I hate how at-home issues make me not want to work that day.

I woke up at 5:00am ready to hit the keyboard and make some money. I have tons of writing work piled up -- and it's not going to go anywhere today that's for sure. I go to my trusty Keurig and pop in a pod, pull out my favorite International Delight Heath Bar coffee creamer and hear the Keurig doing it's usual loud sputter. I go to scoop up my steaming mug and sneak into the bedroom to start work and...wait? No coffee? There was nothing but a few piddly drops at the bottom of my mug! I tried every troubleshooting trick in the book  and finally came to the conclusion (sadly might I add) that my precious Keurig was dead. We had a good (almost) two years together, but, why for the love of all things could you not break the day before! You brew one cup at a time and you can't break the day before so I have a warning?!

My 2nd Book is Out! "What I Wish I Knew Before Couponing"

Well my second book is out. This follow-up focuses on the mistakes every couponer makes. While some people figure out these mistakes, others don't. So I highlight them here. It's a fun, light read and I hope everyone enjoys it! It's available for $2.99 in the Amazon store.

Friday, August 9, 2013

My Latest Book

This week only you can get a copy of "How to Coupon: One Cheap Utah Chick's Guide to Getting Started" for just $0.99. This is an introductory rate that ends 8/16/2013! What will you find inside?
This quick read offers you insider couponing tips to get started, including where to find coupons, organizing the ones you have, terminology and tips.

This guide has everything you need to start couponing today. And, you can implement these techniques now -- not a few weeks from now.

Soon to come, "What I Wish I Knew Before Couponing: Common Couponing Mistakes Every Shopper Needs to Know". Expected to release 8/16/2013! This will go over the common mistakes couponers make and help you avoid them from the get-go.

Get your copy of "How to Coupon: One Cheap Utah Chick's Guide to Getting Started" today on Amazon here.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Great Post: 10 Guaranteed Ways to Never Run Out of Blog Post Ideas

Got a blog, but feeling a little idealess? has a series post going on right now that discusses 10 sure-fire ways to never run out of ideas. These cover the basics from getting enough sleep to writing immediately after an idea pops into your head. It's a good start especially if you're new to blogging.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sold 7 Copies of My Book "How to Coupon: One Cheap Utah Chick's Guide to Getting Started"

I'm excited! I've already sold seven copies of my book, How to Coupon: One Cheap Utah Chick's Guide to Getting Started. I'm hoping I will sell more soon too.

I'm already working on a follow up book that will cover ALL of the errors coupon to first-time and seasoned couponers. This will be very in-depth and cover a lot of "oopsies" that other couponers have seen. I'm hoping to have this one published by end of next week!

If you haven't already, buy a copy of my book -- it's only $2.99!

Monday, August 5, 2013

How to Coupon: One Cheap Utah Chicks Guide to Getting Started

Yesterday I released an eBook on Amazon for the Kindle and iPhone/iPad. I can't wait to see how it turns out. This how-to guide discusses the basics of couponing and helps individuals get started. I love couponing. As a freelancer, I have to find ways to constantly save money, so I decided couponing was a good start. Then, I realized how difficult couponing could be and after going through all of the leaps, hurdles and mishaps, I decided to write them down and share them with the rest of the world. I'm still working on my novel. I'm thinking I will self-publish it as well through Amazon, Nook and Smashwords.

Check out the eBook though! It's going to be a hit (I hope). You can get your copy for $2.99 here on the Kindle Store. I think I will release a series of these. This one only covers "beginner" stuff and there are a lot of advanced techniques. You can follow my couponing journey on my other blog, by visiting here