I have to say I love working from home

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Home Builder with The Flooring Girl

For those of you who have been following my journey, I've been learning to monetize my blog, so that I can work at home more and earn passive income. This enables me to just work part time on other things...i.e. active income.

 

It has indeed been a journey, but it's been super fufilling as I've been learning how to do many things and I keep getting better and better.  And, I feel like I'm building something that is special...and sustainable...and something that is less dependent on seasonality (yes, many businesses are seasonal and mine would decline each winter...from Thanksgiving...until the snow melted...so end of March).

 

And, I believe I have something that is less dependent on the economy...or where I live...and I have an income that will continue to earn income even when I'm away...or when I eventually retire.  It's really cool.

 

BTW, while it took me a while to get here, the last 3 months, believe it or not, I have been earning around $8,000 per month on my blog.  I still can't believe it.  Hopefully, it will continue to grow.

 

But, one of the biggest benefits of what I'm doing now is that I can work at home (most of the time).  I have so much more flexibility to do what I want to do and when I want to do it.  If it's super cold outside, I don't have to go out driving in the bitter weather.  Of if it's hot out (like today), I can just hop into the pool downstairs.  If I want to have lunch with a friend, I can.

 

If I were a stay at home mom, or mom that works part-time, this would be so perfect, too.  I know for moms, it's hard to juggle everything and many want to stay at home, but they also have this challenge...they either want to or need to make some extra money.  But, finding a way to do that and maintain flexible hours is challenging.  You know, as a mom, your schedule is never the same every day.  And, it's challenging to hold a "regular" job and have flexible hours.

 

If you or someone you know is in this situation (because yes, sometimes it just feels like there's no easy solution to this dilemma), check out my friend Carly's article on Stay at Home Mom jobs.

 

Carly is a mom.  She blogs, too.  And, she started her blog a month after she got pregnant.  She was determined to make things work for her so that she could stay at home with her newborn, but also make extra money...on her terms.  By the way, Carly now just had a 2nd child.  She's on "maternity leave" now as it just happened a few weeks ago. 

 

And, while she's on maternity leave, she is earning a great income - and passively.  She does spend a little bit of time on her blog each week...but mainly because she loves it, not because she needs to do it.

 

You see Carly has created an awesome blog community (in addition to her blog) and she has created a great network of friends...fellow bloggers...who she learns from and shares info with them.  It's truly spectacular.

 

Anyway, getting back to Carly's article, she outlines MANY ways to earn money as a Stay at Home Mom.  Blogging is just one way, and she shares many others.  She gets it as she has been a stay at home mom.  And, you know what, you don't need to be a stay at home mom...or even a mom...or even a woman to do these jobs.

 

The point is that the hours are flexible, and you set how much time and when you spend on them.  So, if you have a full time job (or part-time job) and you want to earn some extra income (even just for a few months during the slow times), these should come in handy.  I wish I had known about some of these before because I might have done one or two of them during the winter slow times.

 

I hope you find this info helpful.  And, tell Carly I say hi.

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

As always you are a fabulous resource for all of us on how to do the best with our blogs. Congrats on your success

Jun 16, 2018 12:06 PM #1
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Thx so much, Lise.

Jun 16, 2018 12:55 PM #2
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debbie- I am blown away by that!!! You've worked so hard for it so a huge Congratulations to you!!!

Jun 16, 2018 02:32 PM #3
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                                         

       Thank you, Debbie. 

Jun 16, 2018 05:30 PM #4
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Debbie Gartner you certainly ARE the queen of success, no matter what the journey may be... and I firmly believe, you could travel any path and make a success of it.... congrats.

Jun 17, 2018 05:25 AM #5
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debbie,
That is so awesome.  I know you've worked hard to get where you are and it will only get better!  Kudos!

Jun 17, 2018 08:56 AM #6
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Before you know it, Debbie, you'll be in 6-figure category. It is really hard for many people to fathom how profitable writing online can be. Although, it is Google gods that run the show, and you can't forget that. There is always that underlying feeling you're not really in control, but that's true with anything in life. Including death, LOL.

Jun 17, 2018 11:26 AM #7
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Debbie Gartner,

I missed your post so am thrilled Kathy Streib featured it in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week. You have worked diligently and I for one am so excited for your success! You have earned it and found a niche for yourself that works!!

Jun 17, 2018 11:52 AM #8
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Dorie Dillard thx so much. It's taken a while, but I'm getting there and I think it's just onward and upward from here. I'm finally at a more comfortable spot.

Jun 17, 2018 01:48 PM #9
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Debbie

I am so impressed with what you have accomplished over the years with your blogging, and now the passive income you are generating. Thanks for all the tips you have shared over the years! Wishing you much continued success.

I, too, like working at home. I was in corporate for many years, and even the first 3years after leaving when I started in this business I worked in an office at the brokerage in the Boson area most of the time because it felt right. That changed when I moved to Carlsbad back in 2005.

Jeff

Jun 17, 2018 02:21 PM #10
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Hi Debbie- congratulations on your success!  I guess that is why I don’t see you at Starbucks.

Jun 17, 2018 02:37 PM #11
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We have always worked from home...and built our house with an office in it..it's iike spinach...you like it or you don't...we have always LOVED it !

Jun 18, 2018 06:47 AM #12
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

You should be (and must be) so proud of yourself. I'm pretty darn proud of you!

Awesome job, Debbie! Amazing!

Jun 18, 2018 06:56 AM #13
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Jeff - Thx so much.  And, yes, you've set things up so well for your business and work/life balance.

Grant - Right, although sometimes I still go.

Sally - Yes, you have a great set up.

Sharon - Thank you so much.  That means sooooo much to me.

Jun 18, 2018 09:01 AM #14
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Working from home since 2005 and love it.  I get so much done and eat healthier, too.  Plus my office is all Energy Star so I don't add a lot of expense on energy working from home.  Good for you!  I'd say it also reduces blood pressure, fighting traffic!

Jun 18, 2018 05:00 PM #15
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

So proud of you Debbie Gartner, you're an inspiration to many. Wishing you continued success.

Jun 18, 2018 05:26 PM #16
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I have worked from home for years, and I love it.

In an office there is often too much water cooler talk and a lot of negative attitudes.

I can only blame myself if I do not stay on task.

Glad you have so much success from your blogging.

Thanks for sharing.

Jun 20, 2018 07:27 AM #17
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