How to Make Money: Making Money from Blogging

“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore” –Yogi Berra

After scaring myself silly last week with my Income and Expense report, I’ve decided to write out some Financial Independence Goals based on my many Powerpoints of how I will reach FIRE. Strangely making money from my old blog seemed to demotivate me. I used to make money from my old blog without really trying, so why would I have such an aversion to it now?

I never really knew how I made the money I did from it and it certainly wasn’t my main focus especially with a full time job. I decided to do some digging and create my blueprint for making money from a blog from the various sources on the net.

Firstly its important to remember I haven’t touched my blog since 2010 and its a fashion blog. I don’t really have too much interest in fashion anymore so I might as well be starting from scratch! All my readers have long gone and I’m left with an empty shell of a site (sob!) Its also on Blogger which I have no clue how to use! (Will have to pop that on the to do list!)

The Plan

The Basics

Obvious as it sounds but you have to have a blog! So if your hoping to follow along with this once I’ve made my millions from my fashion blog (yeah right……) After that you have to start writing content. There’s a whole heap of advice on Google about making the content interesting and engaging but I’m not sure how that works when its fashion?

So my take on this is to begin. Content will improve as I gain more practice and hopefully become more enthusiastic about it.

Find Readers

After some more research I wildly sifted through the hundreds of fashion blogs out there and some of them I really enjoyed (surprisingly) Once I read through the comments I noticed just a hint of self promotion in each one and that seemed to be ok with the fashion blog community!

I am going to start commenting on fashion blogs that I enjoy and do a tad of self advertising and see where that gets me. I’m going to dedicate a whole heap of time to gaining readers so I’m sure I’ll end up creating a guide at some point!

Build Engagement

This one is tricky to me.How can you engage people with mere fashion? I know it seems like I’m really berating fashion bloggers (and I shouldn’t as some make thousands!) but I’m really not. This one will be a work in progress!

Make Money

Ah the fun one! If only we could all skip to the end! Bloggers on th whole make money through a variety of streams should as affiliate links, sponsored content, marketing campaigns.

The Plan

How awesomely scary is this picture that I found over at Pro Blogger!

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Does anyone have any hints or tips for me? If you use Blogger then please help me!

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How to Make Money: What you need to get selling!

“Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant. –P.T. Barnum”

Happy New Year! My first post of the year – phew. I had a really good Christmas in the new house and feel recharged to tackle FIRE for 2018. It feels symbolic to really start the “doing” in a new year. But enough of that, lets get back to EBAY! I sold quite a few items last month using my EBAY guide which took me by surprise (you can see how I did in income report on Thursday!) and I had a mad dash to find packaging materials and rushing off to the post office! So it seems a missed a few key pointers out of my guide – what you actually need to get set up. so here is my part two: (told you I’d be honest!)

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  1. What are you going to sell?
    You can sell literally absolutely anything on EBAY! Clothes, electrical items, cars, boats you name it! So for me I’m starting with unwanted, surplus items which currently is clothes and definitely not boats!
  2. How will you package them?
    A mentioned above this one really caught me out. I used anything and everything I could find, A4 paper boxes, reused amazon boxes, wrapping paper. I made sure it looked well presented to send but I really hadn’t thought it through when I got to the post office! The best way to tackle packing is to match it to what  your sending. For me, the best way to package clothes is with brown parcel paper, tape and a permanent marker (bought a roll of paper, pen and tape for £1.99 from a local discount store before I moved) Shoes go much better in those little brown packets with bubble wrap on the inside, so i’ll be seeing if family/friends have any left over from Christmas present orders or purchasing 4 for 99p from Home Bargins.
  3. Postage Charges
    This was the death of me. I really had no clue of royal mails sizes and postage prices and found each item was costing £2.90 (small package) to send. This really cut down my profits! The very kind lady in the post office told me as I was a posting my last parcel “Your stupid if you couldn’t fit that into a smaller parcel” Got to love good customer service! She was right though, I had blindly trusted I would get the postage right.  Here’s Royal Mail’s official size document but basic rule of thumb is if its second class and A4 or below, postage is £1.22. Once its above that it jumps to £2.90.

4. Who are you posting it with?
Again my naivety shone through on this one. I hadn’t thought of any way other than standing in the post office with 30 other people to post my packages. I now know there are mutlplie ways:

Post through EBAY – You have the option of using EBAY Shutl service or Royal Mail, you can print the label off too. You get postage at a discounted rate here by taking advantage of online discounts. Thing to watch out for though is the labels “expire” after a certain amount of time and you will need to print a new label out.

Post through Paypal – This is discounted Royal Mail prices and you can avoid the usual post office ques by using the “c,lick and collect” area of your local post office. Your parcel can even be tracked!

Usual way of taking it to the post office and paying for postage – Nothing wrong with this way if your happy to wait in line  and are a dab hand at postage sizes.

I’m really liking the idea of online postage as it also means the money comes straight out. Currently I have been forgetting to transfer my postage fees over after paying for them my self!

5. Your Time

It actually took me much longer than I thought not only to take the photo’s, write the descriptions and check the listing but also to wrap and go to the post office. Many sellers have a designated day they send parcels and have it noted in the description of all their items.

 

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So there you have it. Everything you need to know to go forth and sell (hopefully!) As for me, I’m currently unable to get to a post office since I now live in the middle of no where and still cant drive!

Do you sell on Ebay? Is there anything I’ve missed?

How to make money: How to make money without the day job.

“Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we’ve got 24 hours each” Christopher Rice

I’m surprisingly coming towards the end of my first ever month of not having a “day job” and I’m not going to lie – it feels strange. I think earning money seems to provide purpose to life as if it justifies the existence of life itself. Too deep for a Tuesday? possibly, The rant of a hungover woman after too much Christmas cheer? most definitely not….ahem. Moving on swiftly then…

Myself and Mr Fire have become obsessed with one particular google search of late – how to make money online. He travels fifty miles a day to his job and back and its quite frankly taking its toll on him. I have a desperate desire to help but I feel almost hypercritical trying to solve a problem for him that I haven’t figured out for myself yet. So I’ve plucked out some of the most intriguing and more plausible results from many a search and I will be trying them out in a new section simply called : Tried and tested.

Plan

This section will move about more than me trying to keep warm without putting the heating on. I will cross things off as I test them out and add new things as and when I hear about them.

Its much shorter than I thought it would be. The internet is full of results talking about making money, but they all seem to be the same few things duplicated over and over again.

Got anything to add to the list? Please let me know either by commenting below or dropping me an email – hellolittlemissfire@gmail.com  Would be fab to hear about your experiences with these things too.

How to Make Money: Blogging

“Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it” –Benjamin Franklin

Way back in 2010 when I deep within my Couture obsession stage and FIRE was something if you touched, you got burned, I started up a blog to share my passion. I was very young and when I started to make money from it by accident (people would ask me to write about their site and/or put an advert up, then pay me) so I didn’t really appreciate the money. I saw it simply as “excess” money and so it should be spent. You name it, I bought it:

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I could go on but trust me, I REALLY don’t want to! Imagine if i would have invested all that money (sob!) Now i’m in a completely different situation then when I was then and i’m hoping to get the old blog fired up (pun intended) problem is, I took all that extra income for granted with no idea of how I got it or how to replicate it now. So i’m starting from scratch and hoping to build my fashion blog from the ground up. It still has the followers and gets the odd page view so I guess i’m not really starting from ground zero.

I’ll be researching the proverbial out of it the next coming weeks as the blogging world has changed alot!

If anyone has any helpful hints about making money from blogging, i’d love for you to share!

How to Make Money: Starting to sell on Ebay

“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”–Henry David Thoreau

I first joined Ebay about 5 years ago to buy some designer clothes that I saw on there much cheaper than if I had bought it in a store. Thinking back if I had known about FIRE back then I would have invested the money since I had it spare!

Anyway since the lack of income I thought I would revisit ebay but this time as a seller. Now I have sold a few items before without really having a clue what to do and even sold a product that was broken without checking it worked. Not this time. I have quite a lot of clothes from myself and my daughter that she has grown out of (length ways) and I have grown out of (unfortunately width ways) so I thought its time I reintroduced myself to selling on Ebay with a simple selling guide (I wouldn’t  want it to feel like  Ebay is hard work)

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What is Ebay?

For those of you new to this sort of thing its actually quite simple.

Ebay is an online marketplace which bring buyers and seller together.  Ebay gives you an opportunity to nab yourself a bargain by buying cheaper than retail price in some cases along with providing the opportunity to sell your unwanted/unused items and making a profit. Some people actually make a living this way and if my selling takes off then I’m definitely going to review that!

How it works:

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Listing the item for sale is super easy too as ebay talks you through it!

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Whats the cost?

Now it can appear relatively complicated as there are a few sets of fees involved.

  • Listing Fees – You can list 20 free items a month but keep a look out for Ebay special offers! I’ve heard Ebay regularly offer listings for 100 items free.
  • 10% of the overall sale price (including postage charges) are paid to Ebay as their “fee”
  • Payment Fees – Honestly Paypal is the only way to go with regards for taking payment. You are totally covered then. Of course Paypal will charge you for the privilege of using their service and that is 20p per transaction and 3.4% of the total sale price.
  • Lastly don’t forget your packaging fee. Sure you get your postage back but you have to wrap the thing first. Include this in wither your sale price or your postage fee.

And thats it! I’m off to start selling all my unwanted items and I will check back in a month when I bring you my Monthly Income report. If it works you can bet your money earning bottom I will be sharing an updated guide with you and I may even talk Mr Fire into pulling together a fee calculating spreadsheet so its less of a chore to work out profit.

I’d love to hear your ebay selling stories and tips!

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How do you make money online?

“To begin, begin” William Wordsworth

So I’ve let the dust settle after my welcome post, how do you feel? think its  possible? lets hope so. I thought today I would explain how I would like my blog to work. I think its important I share the hard truths and the facts on this blog. Quite simply put – If I fail I WILL tell you about it as I don’t want you to fail, equally if something works I will be sharing it here so to share the love (well you know, money)

So how will I share my wonderful (Scary) story with you? Exactly how I am aiming to reach Financial Independence with no steady income behind me and no savings? By having a well structured blog which should hopefully help hold me accountable. Once my plan is out there or everyone to see then that should hopefully help motivate me.  So here it goes:

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I will provide monthly updates on how much income I have made along with how I did it.

So what does it feel like to know I no longer have to “work” (meaning the day job obviously!)? ok well actually really scary. I have always imagined not working as feeling like a weight has been lifted but unfortunately after Mr Fire and I have talked constantly about money and worked out budgets and incomes (or rather lack of it!) and how much money I actually need to survive its all been very scary. Christmas being right round the corner isn’t the best timing either. I have cried ALOT and almost begged for my day job back several times.

But the important thing is I haven’t and I’m determined to make it work.

So whats next for me? Well as I mentioned above, I’m not bringing in any money at all right now so I’m off to explore some money making schemes and I’ll report back shortly. Hopefully I will be able to answer my blog title “How do you make money online” quite easily. I also answer the question up to you:

How do you make money online?

I’d love to hear any ideas you may have or things you wish you could try but havent/cant/wont. Let me be your guinea pig.