4 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Going Freelance

Spare time? There is no such thing as spare time…

I’m A 34 Year-Old Woman Who Doesn’t Want a Promotion

I don’t want to climb to the top of the career ladder. I want to be free of the shackles of my nine to five. 

Stay-At-Home-Mum Business Ideas

Being a stay-at-home mum can be a tough gig. Living off one wage whilst trying to pay numerous bills isn’t ideal, but for some it is a necessity and for others it’s a choice. But what if you could make money from home by starting your own small business? Everyone is looking for more flexibility and freedom in the workplace these days and working from home gives you that luxury. 

So here are some business ideas that could see you join the thousands of other Australian who run their own small business.

If you’re creative with your hands or a whizz on the sewing machine why not sell your creations to make some extra cash? Making jewellery, paintings, children’s clothes, accessories, plush toys – it could be anything really that is handmade. A great place to sell your creations is on the Madeit website (www.madeit.com.au), where you can set up your personal online shop in a few simple steps for free.  Just pay a small fee for the items you advertise. Alternatively, consider taking your items to markets.

If you have a skill or a qualification then consider becoming a freelancer.  Your area of expertise could be anything from web design, hairdressing, photography, copy writing to accounting.  Offer your services to friends and family then watch it grow by word of mouth.  Start up a Facebook page for your freelance business and ask friends to share your page with others to get the word out there.

Do you like to bake?  Making cupcakes or cakes for birthdays and events can be a lucrative business opportunity if you have the talent to do so.  It can be a popular business though, so try and think of something that will set your cakes or cupcakes apart from the others such as offering gluten free items or unique flavours.  Remember that we eat with our eyes, so you need to have great attention to detail to get those cupcakes looking spectacular. 

If you enjoy looking after children then a family daycare could be the business opportunity for you.  A good daycare is hard to come by these days and when you find one, they are quite often fully booked.  Running a daycare from home comes with plenty of rules and regulations but if you are determined enough and are successful in running a safe and friendly daycare then you’ll be almost guaranteed to have full books all year round.

Walking pets is a fast growing business opportunity.  With many people working longer hours and spending less time at home, a pet walker has the potential to earn substantial income.  If you like dogs and enjoy getting outside consider strapping your baby into their baby carrier and walking pets for some extra cash.

Provide an ironing service.  With people now busier than ever, usually the last thing they feel like doing is ironing after spending eight or more hours at work.  This is a job that can easily be done in the evenings when your children are asleep and you’d be surprised at how many clothes you’d get through in a few hours.  It’s not glamorous but it’s still money going into your bank account and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

Become a blogger.  If you enjoy writing and are passionate enough about what you’re writing about there is the potential to earn good money as a blogger.  Whether you write about travel, parenting or finance there are numerous websites that pay for good articles. 

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How To Make A Career From YouTube

You’ve probably heard about the many individuals who have quit their day jobs and create content for YouTube as their top priority. Beauty, fashion and daily vlogs are just some of the ways people like Lauren Curtis, Shannon Harris and family the Saccone-Joly’s have made their mark on the internet. However, is it possible to carve a career from YouTube?

Know your audience

This would be the same piece of advice to give anyone if they’re interested in starting a blog. Focus on building an audience by creating content that will pull them in time and time again. Stay true to your personal beliefs and don’t accept gifts in exchange for exposure if you don’t really feel passionate about it. Otherwise your audience will see straight through this.

New content

The secret to a successful vlog channel or even blog is by creating your own content. Sure you could go with the flow and create videos which hundreds of other people have seen before, but starting something new and fresh is a sure way to keep the subscribers rolling in.

Don’t quit your day job

Beauty Vlogger Lauren Curtis was working as a makeup artist at Bobbi Brown before her channel blew up, and then made YouTube her full time career. Work on other projects on the side, and allocate time and money to creating content that will slowly but surely bring in a steady audience.

YouTube partnership

If you’ve ever googled ‘How to make money from YouTube’ one of the top hits is always the YouTube Partnership Program. If you reach a certain number of subscribers or collective views, the channel goes into a partnership with YouTube and you can make some money through advertisements on videos. This only applies to videos which don’t use copyrighted content or music from artists which is royalty-free.

Watch, like and share videos

It’s important to be proactive and search what else is available online. You can’t really expect just to gain one thousand followers overnight just by sitting back and focusing on your own videos. Engage with other users online by liking their videos, sharing and even participating in collaborations which are in the interest of your channel.

Those are just a few tips on how to get started. The best way to come up with new videos is by working on ideas which you yourself would like to watch online. Then create fun and interactive ways in which to watch these ideas come alive.

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By Felicia Sapountzis