I have another featured interview for you today. My special guest this month is Anna of Real Ways to Earn Money Online. I found Anna’s blog when she was featured on a work-from-home round up post. Her blog is packed with ways you can make money online so asking her to take a moment to chat with us was a no-brainer.
Are you ready? Come and meet Anna…
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us, Anna. Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Anna Thurman and I’m a work at hom mom and blogger from Georgia.
Can you tell us what made you decide become a blogger and why you chose the niche to write about?
I never set out to be a blogger, really. And definitely didn’t imagine it was something I could ever do full-time for an income. I was really interested in working from home back in 2010, when my two children were pre-school aged. I didn’t want to leave them and go to work. So I spent lots of time every day researching online jobs.
I was finding a lot of different things and decided to create an online space to store all the information I was coming across. Having the site would also make it easier to share my info with friends and family who might be interested.
That’s a great segway to your blogging journey! Can you share a little more about how you started blogging?
After setting up this simple Blogger website with work at home information, I discovered I really enjoyed the process of working on the site. And that led to me looking into how to spread the word about it beyond just my family and friends. I wanted to share this awesome information with absolutely everyone. One thing led to another, and I began to get traffic.
Fast-forward almost seven years later, and this blog has become my work at home job. I absolutely love researching the subject of work from home and helping others, so it’s awesome that it’s something I’m able to do as a career as well.
How much time would you say you put into blogging?
I probably put 25 to 30 hours a week into my blog. Sometimes more, sometimes less. But it’s usually around this amount.
What are some of the ways you make money with your blog?
I do a little of everything. Display ads and affiliate networks make up the largest portion of my income. I also do some sponsored posts, and I have some eBooks on Amazon that are tied in with my blog that I sell.
What has been your biggest struggle as a Mompreneur/entrepreneur?
I have a very hard time “unplugging.” I always have. Sometimes I feel like I have the internet cord connected to me everywhere I go! I’m constantly checking emails and doing social media for my site, responding to messages, etc. when I should be done for the day. This is something I’ve always struggled with.
What advice do you have for other women who want to work from home or start a blog?
If you want your job title to be “Blogger” and you want that to be 100% how you earn your living, then you MUST treat it like a job. Even if it’s only something you do part-time. It has to have some sort of priority in your life. Commit to spending at least 5 to 10 hours a week if that’s all you can do at first, but stick to it.
I firmly believe that one of the main reasons I have had success with my website is because I made it a priority and treated it like a job from day one. I did this even though I only made like $20 my first year! It paid off in the long-run.
Over To You
Thank you Anna for sharing your story with us and for your wonderful advice!
I hope you enjoyed this interview. If you have any questions for Anna feel free to leave them in the comments section below!