Get Your Kids Into Playing Team Sports

ID-100183145There’s a whole host of extra-curricular activities out there that you can sign your kids up for. Of course, parents are often guided by an interest that their child has – hence so many little girls who want to live out those princess fantasies choose to have ballet lessons. But sometimes, it’s also a good idea for the parents to do the choosing, as there are some fun activities that can really help develop children’s social skills too.

Soccer is a great example. No longer the preserve of boys, this is a game that any kid can play, and by joining a mini-soccer team your children will learn more than how to kick and dribble a ball. They’ll also learn the importance of team work, and how they need to co-operate with their team-mates in order for their team to score goals and win.

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How to Find Multiple Freelancing Clients to Make Money

How to Find Multiple Freelancing ClientsThe following is a guest post from Martin of Studenomics, where he’s all about helping you reach financial freedom before you hit 30 so that your life doesn’t suck.

The one thing that has allowed me to travel whenever I feel like it, save up more money, and create a flexible lifestyle has been freelancing. I’m not saying that freelancing will solve all of your problems, but imagine what you could do with the extra money or the freedom?

We could all use an extra $100 or $500 per month. This could help you plan a trip, pay off your debt, or just have more savings.

There’s just one problem. How do you get you started? I’m sure that you read the income updates from Alexa (they’re awesome!) and get excited. The only issue is that you might not know what to do next. Your motivation fades and you just wish that you could get into freelancing.

How do you find multiple freelancing clients?

You find one client.

Okay, I’m sorry! I realize how obnoxious that sounds. Allow me to explain myself please…

How do you land that first client?

This is the trickiest part of all. Getting started is always very intimidating. You don’t know if you should start a blog, go on Twitter, or read another eBook.

Here’s the thing: you need to do whatever it takes to land that first client. This varies on what field you want to get into. Some fields are all about networking, while others are about the final product and nothing else.

What are my best tips for landing that first client?

  • Facebook ads/a page. Everyone is on Facebook! It’s actually annoying. My brother and a few friends use Facebook to promote their service. My brother cuts hair. So he posts pictures of haircuts to a page and word has spread over time. Facebook isn’t just for creeping your ex-girlfriend.
  • Kijiji. My friend posts his guitar-teaching ads on here and he usually finds clients. All you have to do is copy the best ads on there.
  • Job boards. The Internet is filled with job boards. What are you waiting for?

I know that these aren’t exactly groundbreaking tips, but sometimes you have to cover the basics and be reminded of them as well.

The point is that you need to hustle to land that first client. From there you can work on building your freelancing portfolio.

What if you can’t find a freelancing client?

This is the worst part. You feel like nobody cares about you and you want to give up. Well, I don’t want you to give up or we’re going to have problems.

So what’s one to do?

You have to do work for free and use this as your portfolio/testimonials.

I didn’t realize how powerful this was until it worked on me. A young lady contacted me about writing. I said no. She offered to work for free on the basis that I would consider hiring her in the future and that she could use me as a referral. Guess what? I hired her and I was used a testimonial.

Free doesn’t sound sexy, but you have to prove yourself somewhere. I’ve recently started pro wrestling and I have been told not to expect payment until many shows in. Four shows in and not a dollar made yet. That’s not going to stop me.

What happens when you land your first client (paid or unpaid)?

This is where you have concrete evidence that you’re on to something. Someone actually wants your help or your service. This is where you start building momentum. This is where things start looking up.

One client will always lead to others. So if you want multiple freelancing clients, all you need to do is land your first client and then over-deliver. You need to hustle. You need to ensure that you do the best job possible so that this person recommends you. Or else, why bother?

If you want to read more, you need to check out my book on Amazon on how you can start freelancing.

Good luck and I’m here to help you get started!

March: Life & Income Update

Tomorrow is a big day. HUGE actually.

Its kindergarten registration day and my first baby will be heading off to school in just a few months. (Queue tears.)

Kailyn just can’t wait to go to school. She’s been asking about school since she was first able to talk. And while my nerves are a bit on edge to send my baby to school I’m trying to keep it from her.

Fingers crossed for me that I don’t burst out in tears as I sign her up. This will be a happy, happy day for her and a reminder to me at how fast time flies by!

Kailyn Collage

March Income Update

March was a record month for me. The extra freelance jobs that I’ve taken are starting to pay off. What’s weird though, is that this probably the worst month I’ve had blog income-wise in more than six months. But it’s the best month I’ve had with freelance jobs.

March Income Update

I’m actually pretty thankful for this. There’s so much that can go wrong with blogging at any given time that’s out of your control. Freelancing is pretty straightforward and for me, more stable. So, I’m happy.

With all that said my income from the month was $2,716.34

April Goals

My goals kind of sucked at the beginning of the year –and I’m pretty sure that’s why I haven’t made the kind of progress that I want to make.

So, I’ve got to bring the goals back!

Here are my goals for the month of April:

  • Write two blog posts on SMI weekly
  • Add Another Page to SMI and reorganize some things
  • Save 10 percent of my income for real estate (either buying a house or buying an investment property) I’ll do a post on this later. I’ve looked at some foreclosures properties and nothing has been too great!
  • Invest income I earn from Google Adsense (Have been doing this for a few months by purchasing dividend stocks.)
  • Save $30/ a piece for the girls college

Other Financial Updates

My Dad received a little bit of an inheritance and he (very generously) gave me $6,000. After debating what I should do with it I ended up putting every penny of it on the loan I took out on the trailer. I did this because 1) I hate monthly payments 2) It was a guaranteed return on my money (no longer paying interest)

The loan balance was right around $6,750 so now I just have to pay off the remaining $750. Then I’ll be 100 percent debt free!! And I’ll have an extra $226 per month freed up in my budget. Yay!

I’ve also started investing but I still need to open up an actual retirement account. (Shame on me!) All the investing I’ve done so far has been in a personal investment account.

I also need to update my budget. Last month was a train wreck. There was so much going on in my personal life that I over spent big time. And……I just did it again.

I wanted to have an Easter party for my kids, nieces, and nephews. My Dad wanted to have it at his house but I’m in charge of the kid fun. I just spent around $150 on candy, a piñata, cookie cutters, cupcake kits, and about 120 Easter eggs. I ended up buying way, way too much stuff. The good news though, is that I can save a lot of this stuff for Ava’s birthday next month.

I get way too into throwing kid parties. Too easy to go over budget. Time to reign in the spending!!

That’s all for now!

How was your March?

3 Ways to Earn Extra Cash This Spring

ID-100182519Spring is finally in the air.

After an unusually rough winter the sun is out and it’s finally starting warm up. This change has not only put me in a better mood but it’s made me want to go out and do something fun.

So instead of blowing my budget once again I figured it was much better to look for ways to earn some extra cash.

If you’re itching to pad your bank account or take a little trip this spring here are three ways you can earn some extra cash.

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