Jul
31

I’m a “How I Make Money Blogging” Participant!

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A few months ago, my close friend Georgene sent me a link to a blog post and told me the story of how the young site owner had quit her job to blog full time – and was making a LOT of money doing it. Being a writer myself, I was instantly hooked by the story and went to take a look. I left the corporate work force a few years ago to write full time. Fast forward almost two years, and I find myself all over the place instead of on the New York Times Best Seller List, and not nearly as successful as I had planned on being – too many ideas, not enough time in my days.

I took a look at Crystal’s blog “Budgeting In The Fun Stuff” and told myself that I had planned for over two years to get a blog out there on taxes, money, and all things related. If a young woman could do it and make enough money to build a new house, I should be able to do it, too – after all, I didn’t need a new house, I only needed a new car! I moved my “money/taxes site” up a few slots on my business to-do list, resolving to get on the ball and get the blog out there. Sometime tomorrow. Or maybe the next day. Sometime soon.

A few weeks ago, a headline on Crystal’s blog happened to catch my eye:  “How I Make Money eBook is FINALLY LAUNCHED!!!” Since I also write eBooks and I’ve been the eBook launch coordinator for an award winning writer and Grammy winning song writer, I read with interest Crystal’s ebook sales page.

Crystal mentioned that she was looking for someone to volunteer to test out her ebook, follow the steps she had created in building up her blog to replace her income – and see if the process could be duplicated. I sent her an email and very quickly found myself included in a small group of bloggers that will be testing the “BFS Process” and chronicling the journey. I figured what better way to get my blog idea out of my head and onto a page – be responsible to someone else, seek to prove Crystal’s ebook steps were do-able – and just do it. Instead of “sometime soon”, I found myself building a blog NOW!

I’ve got a solid background in small business, taxes, tax prep, bookkeeping, business consulting, and more. Money and finance is an excellent niche to chronicle what my decades long experience has been, and I look forward to talking to you about it. I’ve also got a lot of things going on with myself and my own finances that I’ll be writing about. This old house needs repair, student loan debt needs to be repaid, existing retirement plans need to be liquidated and moved, new retirement accounts set up and funded. My emergency fund was recently depleted over the last few months due to my husband’s job loss – he spent 13 years with the same company and was laid off on Good Friday without a word of warning or inkling the company was making any changes. I need to buy a new car, and soon – can I do it with cash? I haven’t had a car payment for years, and I’d like to keep it that way. The central air unit quit this week. It was repairable, but it was new 22 years ago – can I replace that without resorting to a perennial garage sale? (I think my village might frown on that, in this neighborhood!)

There is a lot to talk about, and I’ll be telling you how I intend to do what needs to be done in my financial world. Will I make the right decisions? Will I do the right things at the right time? I’m looking at a few investment vehicles and am going to write about how I set up those accounts and how they pay off – will I make money or lose money? I used to trade the markets for a living – dare I jump into stock and commodity options or the Forex market again? Subscribe to my RSS feed or follow me on Facebook and find out!

Send me an email or drop a comment and tell me what you’d like to see and hear. Do you have any questions about your taxes? Do you own a small business and don’t understand what is expected of you as an employer? Looking for an accountant or tax professional and need to know what to look for? Let me know, and I’ll be glad to help!

Check back often, as I’ll be posting updates as I follow in Crystal’s footsteps, and I’ll be keeping track publicly of my blog’s stats, traffic, income, and more! Can I do the same thing Crystal did, and make six figures from this blog in a year? Will I be posting this time next year from a private beach? Tune in and find out! Sand checks will be coming regularly!

 

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  1. Crystal says:

    Thank you so much for participating! It actually took me 2 years to make 6 figures online, but I do hope you knock that out of the water with your own success! :-) I am really looking forward to seeing your site grow!

  2. I am part of the challenge as well and can’t wait to see your progress as we all follow in Crystal’s footsteps.

    • Wendy says:

      Shondell, I’ve been following your blog since the challenge began :-) I need to start commenting as I read! Congrats for paying off that mortgage so early! What an accomplishment!

  3. Hi Wendy,

    I just wanted to poke my head in and lend support. I think it would be fantastic to have a professional voice in the pf blogging community, and I can’t wait to rummage through your ‘bookshelf’ more once it’s finished.

  4. Madison says:

    It sounds like you’re a sort of jack of all trades. Talents and knowledge in all sorts of fields!

    Also wanted to wish you good luck from one challenger to another. Can’t wait to see your progress! :)

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