Many housewives have one thing in common; they rely on their spouse for financial support. So, you have to ask yourself, “Where would I be without it?” This is the very question I have asked myself over and over, and until recently the answer would have been, homeless with no means to support my children. For that very reason, becoming a financially independent housewife has been a goal of mine; one that’s finally coming to life.
GETTING TO THIS PLACE
Like most people, I had never liked working outside the home. I had hopes and dreams for my life that never included a traditional 9-5, yet that’s where I was.
Working my butt off to make someone else’s dreams a reality while I was literally having the life sucked out of me.
“My kids should be with me,” was the only thought I had – all – day -long. Except, when I finally got to them I was completely drained and depressed.
This is not what I wanted for the rest of my life, and I knew there had to be another way.
PINTEREST CHANGED MY LIFE
I started searching Pinterest for legitimate work from home opportunities. I found a pin from a lady claiming to make $3,000 from home so of course, I clicked through because I needed to know how. She said she had started a blog, taken a class and now, nine months later was making a full-time income.
The seed was planted, and I was hungry to know more.
I researched income reports like there was no tomorrow and found dozens of people just like her, sharing how much money they made from blogging.
This could be me! This WILL be me.
SELF DOUBT’S ARE A REAL “B”
Soon after I came down off my high of thinking what could be, came the reality of actually doing it.
I started doubting myself and having thoughts and questions like:
- What will I write about?
- Why would people care what I have to say?
- Am I that interesting?
- I’m not that great at conversation.
- I’m shy and introverted, how could this work?
Questions and thoughts like this are so self-defeating, it’s unreal. Why do we do that to ourselves? After all, what’s the worst that could happen? I fail?
I thought to myself, “hosting for a website is $3/per month, if I don’t make something happen in a year, I’ll throw in the towel. I’ll have wasted $36, but I just did that, and more, last month on all the cable channels I don’t watch but still have to pay for.”
So, I did it.
I had no idea what the heck I was doing, but I started a food blog.
With great recipes, and horrible photos, I made that thing successful with over 50,000 monthly readers to date, but food blogging isn’t something I’m passionate about. For that reason, I’ve recently launched this blog, A Jar Full Of Change.
I figured, I did it once; I can do it again.
Only this time, I wanted it to be something I’m passionate about, and that’s being a mom, a housewife, living frugally, and showing others that they can do it too.
BECOMING A FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT HOUSEWIFE
I truly believe now that we can all have the life we desire by making a choice to do so and then committing to doing what’s necessary to achieve it.
For me and my journey to becoming a financially independent housewife, that’s blogging.
I’m committed, and I’m determined, so I choose to work for it.
I sit down for 4 hours, five days a week and work hard on making me dream life a reality and am finally seeing it come to fruition.
Now I’m like, why doesn’t everyone do this?!
If you’re interested, here are some blogging topics you can think about:
- Personal Finance
- Frugal Living
- Lifestyle (kind of everything)
- Parenting (mom blogging)
- Self Improvement
- Health and Fitness
- Food Blogging (Low Carb, Slow Cooker, Low Calorie, Quick Meals, Casseroles could be a more targeted niche)
- Marriage and Relationships
- Home Improvement
You could also do a combination of topics. I consider A Jar Full Of Change, for example, a personal finance and lifestyle blog. I talk about saving and making money a lot, but I also love travel, home décor, and gardening.
Do what works for you and most importantly, do what makes you happy.
HOW TO GET STARTED IN BLOGGING
As far as getting set up with hosting and WordPress, I have written a step by step tutorial that will have you up and running in about 10-15 minutes.
After that, there are two options:
- Research the heck out of blogging, blog traffic, and blog monetization.
- Take online classes.
Obviously, which option you choose is going to depend on your current financial situation.
If you are short on cash right now, I recommend doing as much research as you can on topics like:
- writing your first blog post
- WordPress dashboard
- using Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog
- Pinterest Images for Blogs
- Affiliate Marketing
Or, if you can afford it (I would never want anyone to go into debt), I recommend the following paid classes or eBooks.
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- Blog By Number Ebook + Course comes highly recommended. Full disclosure, I personally haven’t taken the course yet but plan to shortly. I do, however, visit Suzi’s site often and know she’s only giving the absolute best advice. I’m confident you will get so much more than expected from her lessons. You can see reviews of her book and course here.
- Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is all about monetizing your blog. I have taken this course and gone back through several times to be sure I haven’t missed anything or to just refresh my memory. I can honestly tell you I wouldn’t have made a penny with this website without it. You can see more reviews from Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing here.
Have questions? Shoot me an email! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 🙂 I’d love to hear how you plan on becoming a financially independent housewife.
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