I know the work-from-home job lead round up went out today but I have a special post for you today. If you enjoyed last month’s featured interview with The Work at Home Wife, you’re going to love this one, too!
I have another special guest for February. I recently connected with Lisa after coming across her blog The Drifting Desk. Lisa blogs about work from home opportunities and creates fab printables you can use for decorating.
Are you ready to meet Lisa? Well then, here we go…
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us, Lisa. Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Lisa and I live in Denver, Colorado with my partner and our two cats. I majored in communications in college and love to blog, use and teach social media, dancing, animals and have been studying Spanish almost my whole life, but still can’t say I’m fluent! I love to travel and volunteer in my free time.
Can you tell us what made you decide to work from home and where you found work from home opportunities?
Happy you asked! After college, I wound up in a full-time office job that had nothing to do with my major or my passions – Needless to say, I didn’t enjoy the work I was doing. I knew I had some major chops for social media and marketing, so I saved up, quit my job, and started a blog to show small businesses, brands and bloggers how easy and fun social media management, online media, sponsored advertising and blogging for profit can be.
Most importantly, I was attached to the idea that bloggers can work from anywhere and that it’s a flexible job that fits the lifestyle that many women are looking for- regardless if that is traveling the world or spending their time working from home with their kids.
That’s a great segway to your blogging journey! Can you share a little more about how you started blogging?
I started a blog a few months before I quit my job (the same blog that ultimately turned into the one I run now). I spent months teaching myself about blogging- I learned about how to write a dynamic post, how to get traffic, how to work with partners like ad and affiliate companies, and even taught myself how to change some of the CSS coding on my site to get the look I wanted without breaking the bank.
It was HARD, and if I could go back, I probably would’ve saved up money and had someone do that part for me. But now, I am capable of making some adjustments to the site on my own, and I know WordPress like the back of my hand, which is helpful! I started to make money from the ads on my site, and once I saw a paycheck from all my hard work, I was hooked!
How much time would you say you put into blogging?
I spend about 20-25 hours a week on my blog. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are my designated blogging days to write posts, update my social media schedulers, make site changes and return emails. It’s incredibly flexible though, so if I miss a day I can catch up the next day.
What are some of the ways you make money with your blog?
My blog has reached a size now where I make money through my affiliate partners, which is incredibly exciting. For instance, I have a post that describes how to start a blog. Inside that post, I have a link to literally go start your own blog with a company I personally use and trust. If my reader signs up through the link, I make a happy commission! I also make money on the ads that are on my site.
What has been your biggest struggle as a Mompreneur/entrepreneur?
Self-accountability has been my biggest struggle. Making sure I had a schedule and sticking to it has been essential for me. When you your own boss, it’s so easy to be lenient on yourself and jump up to clean something or help someone around the house. But just because you can doesn’t mean you should, and it took me a few months to understand that.
Communicating that to others like my friends and family was even harder. They wanted to hang out and acted like I was blowing them off if I said no – like working from home meant I didn’t have any responsibilities! It took them a while to get into it, but I was strict with them and they get it now. Needless to say, the first month I was working from home and figuring this all out, I got NOTHING done. But I did go to the zoo on a weekday for the first time J.
What advice do you have for other women who want to work from home or start a blog?
Do it. Don’t even hesitate for a second. Because I know people who think it’s some distant dream and bloggers are ‘lucky’. It takes an incredible amount of hard work, but most of the people I know at their desk jobs work incredibly hard also. Decide it’s what you want to do and do everything in your power to work toward it.
If you’re already considering it, you know what the benefits are – and you probably want more flexibility in your finances and freedom. Those things are incredibly important, so let them or whatever you are focusing on, be your ‘why’ and give it everything. You don’t even have to quit your job today, just start researching and do everything with intention to get yourself to where you want to be.
Over To You
Thank you Lisa for sharing your story with us and for your wonderful advice! I hope you enjoyed this interview. If you have any questions for Lisa feel free to leave them in the comments section below!