Freelancing Puts More Money in Our Accounts Than a Traditional Job

Freelancing Puts More Money Into Our Accounts Than Traditional Jobs

Freelancing Puts More Money in Our Accounts Than a Traditional Job

I left the corporate office over five years ago. Although I take pride in working hard, I don’t miss the 12-hour shifts, the overnight managerial calls, and the numerous amounts of commuting associated with the job. Since then, I have been able to find my groove in freelancing. I’m a web copywriter, article contributor, and overall wordsmith. Make sure to check out my services page; but for the meantime, continue reading as I explain how freelancing puts more money in our accounts than the traditional 9 to 5.

Please note: This post contains some affiliate links. I am compensated if you make a purchase using my affiliate links. 

Freelancing Puts More Money Into Our Accounts Than Traditional Jobs. The truth about working from home. How I make a living being a WAHM. Freelancing and being my own boss have more benefits.
Freelancing Puts More Money Into Our Accounts Than Traditional Jobs. The truth about working from home. How I make a living being a WAHM. Freelancing and being my own boss have more benefits.

Reasons for freelancing

Everyone has different reasons for freelancing. From experience, the most fruitful freelancers are the ones that pursue their passions. Most testimonial stories about successful soloprenuers start with a self-motivated cause. For example, a mother wanting to create a soap for her sensitive skinned child. She creates her own formula and sells it for $24 a pop. Money was never her intention of starting. Finding solutions, by helping others is what drove her to succeed.

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”  

– Estee Lauder

In regards to my case, I wanted to tell the story of motherhood. I started this blog as a way to speak to mothers that needed encouragement. I thought if I shared my viewpoints, I could provide a sense of comfort to those roughing it through diapers, and toddler tantrums. As time progressed, I increased my writing ability and eventually landed my first client. (There is something about great SEO and word control that naturally attracts others.)

Moreover, reasons people work for themselves as freelancers include:

  • Setting their own hours
  • Ability to be their own boss
  • Full control of workflow
  • Usually spending more time with family
  • Freedom to work at desired locations


The downside to working traditional jobs

It seems like I’d make more money working a traditional job, but in reality, the whole process would incur a lot more expenses for my household. Right now, we are a one car family, with 2 kids in school, and 1 child that stays at home.  The downside of me returning to a traditional job means I would have to purchase a vehicle, pay for insurance, and also pay for daycare. Even if I found a remote job, working at home for a corporation, I still need to pay for daycare. ($239 a week ya’ll and that’s just for the toddler. Those months with 5 weeks would kill us!) Furthermore, if the hours of said imaginary job are not between the hours of 9 am to 2 pm, then I would have to pay for additional aftercare for the older two.

And trust me, my hubby and I have discussed working overnight, changing shifts, all the other jazz, and honestly… It just doesn’t jive. He works for the Department of Defense as both a civilian and an Army Reservist. He also attends night college courses. Right now, even with all that, we still spend most evenings and weekends together. Furthermore, no matter how you put it, my freelancing adds more money into our accounts than any traditional job, after we deduct the expenses.

If I worked a traditional job,

I’d only put $246 in my account*

Freelancing vs. a traditional job. This is how a traditional job would accumulate more expenses and not work for us.
Freelancing vs. a traditional job. This is how a traditional job would accumulate more expenses and not work for us.

How I earn money freelancing

In the short form of things, I’m a freelance writer. I earn money from numerous sources; however, they all tie to this blog. Starting this blog was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I get to motivate others to love motherhood deeply, occasionally make some chicken wings, and gain clients all along the way. For the remainder of this post, I will explain the different channels I use to make money. Additionally, I’ve included my average take-home earnings.

Ways I earn:

  1. Client contracts- ($160 to $480 per month) I charge per article. Dependent on the topic and amount of articles, I can make enough to cover my family’s groceries. Contracts include ghostwriting for companies and their blogs. Nevertheless, I stay extremely busy and usually crank around 3K words a week, not including my blog.
  2. Sponsored blog posts($210- $600 a month. Value does not include free products) A sponsored post is when a company will pay a blogger to write a post featuring their product. I typically work through a third party to obtain sponsored posts; however, some bloggers have success pitching companies directly. If you’d like further information on my sponsored post networks, please contact me directly.
  3. Paid Instagram features($185- $320 a month. Value does not include free products.) Paid Instagram features work similar to sponsored blog posts. Companies pay for bloggers post an Instagram picture featuring their product. If the brand considers the picture as a favorite, they will also pay the blogger for the rights to the picture.
  4. Affiliate marketing- ($5 or less per month) Yeah, not my most lucrative method but it doesn’t hurt to try. Some networks will pay a flat rate bounty for every new customer you bring, while other’s will pay a percentage per customer purchase. One piece of advice, it’s better to go for networks with unlimited bounties. I’ve signed up over 300 customers (post went viral) and the cap payout was 5. My potential $3,000 was trumped to their $50 limit. (So sad.)

Please also note:

There are occasions when my income for the month is under $100. During hurricane Irma, and all the evacuations, I had to turn down several sponsorships. That’s how life goes sometimes. Before freelancing, you should consider the fact that income can fluctuate. This is why you will often see entrepreneurs with multiple forms of earning.

This is the back of my current business card. I use it to advertise my freelancing services.
This is the back of my current business card. I use it to advertise my freelancing services.

What does it cost me to freelance?

As you know, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are free. My current newsletter service is also free, and it includes automatically distributing PDFs such as my Strong Family Bonds Worksheet to my subscribers. The rest of the expenses for my business are minimal, and I write them off as tax deductions at the end of the year. This includes website hosting, a social media scheduler, and business cards.

Hosting and web services:

GoDaddy: ($141.98 per year. Includes custom email, managed WordPress, SSL certificate, and hosting. For hosting only, it’s $14.99) I stick to one company and that is GoDaddy. They offer managed WordPress hosting, as well as web security certificates and email integration. The best part of it all? They have 24/7 tech support. If I need someone to look into an issue in the middle of the night, it’s no problem. GoDaddy is THE choice for web hosting and domains.

Social Media Scheduler:

Tailwind: ($15 per month) Tailwind can be described as a visual marketing suite. It works with Pinterest and they’ve just released a version for Instagram. You can schedule all of your Pinterest postings in advance. It even has a “best time” feature that pushes your publications when the majority of your followers are logged on. If you’d like to try it for one month free,  sign up here.

In conclusion, I value working from home

Ultimately, I consider myself grateful to have the opportunity to work from home. I would’ve never imagined this lifestyle for us five years ago. Considering all the expenses and restrictions to working a regular job, it’s hard to say if I will ever return. (Unless ya’ll hook me up with a free babysitter.) I’m not even kidding.

Whatever your personal situation, please rest assured that your unique path is put in place for a reason. To all my SAHM, WAHM, and working moms out there, take care and remember to follow always your heart.

Until then, when your hands are full, live your life to the fullest.

Sincerely,

Fullest Mom

Comments

  1. Caroline says:

    As someone just starting out in blogging, I found this a really good read. I left the corporate world 5 years ago too to have my kids and I couldn’t image going back now. Being on one income has been a hard slog but I hope now to contribute more with freelance work. Thanks for all the tips 🙂

    1. FullestMom says:

      No problem. Even if I weren’t freelancing, putting the kids in day care would really hurt us financially. When we decided that I would be home, we also made other changes to our spending habits. Gratefully, I now have a routine of side work. I hope you find your grove and that your ambition motivates others. Take care.

  2. This is exactly how I feel! Leaving the corporate world to work for myself was the best decision I could have made for myself and my family!

    1. FullestMom says:

      I enjoy that we have been blessed enough to be available full time for our children. Everyone has a unique path, and this is just an example of ours. Glad to see you and your family are happy.

  3. Crystal says:

    I went the cheap route on my hosting and I think it is hurting me. I can’t imagine how people write that many words per week either! I would need daycare to get that done. Impressive!

    1. FullestMom says:

      I always put it.. use what you got! I think you can make the hosting work, just contact them if there are any technical issues. I write like crazy after bed time. During the day is limited.

  4. Bailey says:

    Thank you for being so honest on how this works for your family! It’s so hard to know because some people make it seem like it’s all a walk in the park.

    1. FullestMom says:

      Nope, it’s not a walk in the part. But, it does bring a lot of advantages. A thing I had to learn the hard way, it’s not easy to get discovered. If you want clients, you have to approach them. But not in a spammy way. Take your time. Chose the ones that really fit and that you can bring true value to. Those are the ones that will be a consistent source of income. The pitchy, quick calls, just to make a dollar will see right through. Nurture the relationships you make along the way. It will happen.

  5. Jolene says:

    I also like that I can control my “work hours” working from home since I want to be fully focused on my kids when they are home from school.

    1. FullestMom says:

      I agree. We’ve had unscheduled time off school and I was very thankful I did not have to call out (like if I had a traditional job). Every family is different, and I’m very appreciative that this is how it works for us.

  6. YAS to all of this. It’s so true. When I quit my manager job this year, there was only a few month gap where I wasn’t make “enough” money, but then as I worked harder and pitched harder, I’m making almost the same amount I was before without all of the expenses. It only costs me $25 to fill up my car a MONTH and I never have to sit in traffic for 2 hours a day. I value time with family more than a “normal” job. I figured out if I get 1-2 more sponsored posts a month, I’ll be making MORE than I was working my booty off doing something I hated. It just goes to show, if you work hard, freelancing really pays off! 🙂

  7. I am so grateful that there are so many options to freelance and work from home now! This is a great breakdown.

    1. FullestMom says:

      Thank you. It’s true. I know mamas from all different niches. I’m amazed by their savviness and perseverance. Take care and thank you for commenting.

  8. I haven’t really tapped into freelancing like I want to. Your blog inspired me to get started.

    1. FullestMom says:

      Best of luck. Just think of what you can offer to others to help. The rest will guide the way.

  9. Lauren says:

    Yes, freelancing is such a great idea for making income or even additional income on the side!!

    1. FullestMom says:

      I imagine how freelancing will grow in 5 years as business, and c-commerce grow online. It’s all very exciting.

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