All over the world, women leave promising careers to stay at home and raise their kids. It’s true in every industry and in every country, and there are likely as many opinions about it as there are women doing. But that’s not what this article is about: today I want to take a look at moms who have left their traditional jobs and careers but are still making money…in essence, getting the best of both worlds! Maybe you can have your cake and eat it too?
The internet is full of get-rich schemes, but do any of them work out? Sure, a select few get wealthy online, but statistically, it isn’t very likely. Earning an income, however, is extremely doable. Writing a successful blog that people want to read is a great way to start, a great way to get your name and brand out there, and a great way to build up reader trust and web traffic.
One example can be found in my friend Sophie van der Linden, who runs the blog best-pack-n-play.com. Sophie managed to start making money by sharing her experience with pack and plays. At first glance, this might not seem like an earth-shattering or important piece of work but follow along for a minute. It’s a topic that is in demand, something that is often thought about and researched by moms and moms-to-be (not to mention gift buyers!). Millions of families buy them. By providing a list of honest and useful pack and play reviews (and of course, Amazon affiliate links to those reviewed pack and plays!), Sophie has added a much needed passive income stream to her household, an important step towards financial freedom and giving herself more time with her little ones.
Of course, this example is illustrative of a much larger concept: the power of the internet. Amazon’s affiliate program is a great way to monetize any blog, even one that only occasionally touches on product reviews. Organic content marketing makes the world go-around these days. Affiliate programs cost nothing to the consumer, and as a reviewer/blogger, you are adding value to the brands you sell. The income may seem small at first, but remember once you do the legwork and publish your post it is online forever (unless of course, you take it down). Every time someone reads your review and follows the link, you could make money. Those pennies add up, especially when you take the long view and plan in terms of years.