16 April 2020

How to make money from home

Making money from home, and having multiple streams of income, is becoming increasingly important.

On March 1st, I declared March a “no-spend” month. Little did I know how important it was going to be to start saving more money. At that point we knew there was a virus going around but we didn’t know it would become the global pandemic it is now. By March 14th, when we returned from vacation, self-isolation was recommended, and it’s been nothing but negative news since. Businesses are closed, many of my friends and family members are being laid off and the markets are DOWN.

I’ve always been motivated by money. Maybe because I have expensive taste. I started working when I was 15 and while I was in university I worked three jobs. I’ve also always had a side hustle — whether it be teaching yoga, or selling skincare.
I think more than one form of income is always a good idea. You never know what life is going to throw at you, (AMEN! Worldwide pandemic!) so why not have more than one stream of income so that if you ever lose your job, you have something to fall back on.

Here are four ways to make money from home, and a sneak peek at my vanity turned temporary home office!

+ Join an MLM
By now you all know I’m a Beautycounter consultant. I decided to join Beautycounter over two years ago because I LOVE the products, they work incredibly well, and as a consultant I earn a discount. Now I can say I make money by posting my favourite skincare products to Instagram and Facebook. I DO NOT actively seek out recruits, or try to sell people anything. I’m very honest about the products, and have earned a following by being authentic and open about my own skin struggles. I use my Instagram platform as a way to educate on clean beauty (something I am very passionate about) and share my favourite products. If you want to learn more about Beautycounter, click here. PS - It’s FREE to join as a consultant right now!
And, if skincare isn’t your thing, but you think another MLM might be better suited to your personal brand, ask me for suggestions!)

+ Poshmark
Poshmark has finally launched in Canada! I have my own “closet” on Poshmark where I sell lightly used clothing. A lot of what I sell on there doesn’t fit anymore, or isn’t part of my new “timeless” wardrobe. I love setting goals for myself on Poshmark before cashing out my earnings, for example I never cash out less than $100. Since joining Poshmark I have earned over $600 selling clothing, accessories and home accent pieces. If you want to join Poshmark and start selling your stuff, click here, and enter the code “simply_sera” on sign up to get $15 deposited into your account.

Reward Style is another way to earn money sharing links to products that you use, wear and love. If you post to Instagram and Pinterest a lot, you can start making money by tagging @LIKEtoKNOWit and linking your outfit, beauty products or home accent pieces in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app. Apply to be a Reward Style influencer here.

+ Sell yourself
I’ve been copywriting for years now, charging per word for blog posts, instagram posts and website content. It’s a great side hustle that I can do from my phone, iPad or computer — literally anywhere in the world. Maybe copywriting isn’t YOUR thing, but think of something that is. Maybe you bake amazing pies, or you’re a great painter. Don’t underestimate your talents and the things you’re good at. There will always someone who doesn’t want to paint their house, can’t bake, can’t write, etc... who will pay you to do it! Start sharing what you’re good at, put a price tag on it, and offer up your services. Eventually word of mouth alone will get you some side cash.You can also start an Instagram  or Facebook page to market your services! If you’re in communications like me, there are websites such as Freelancer and Upwork which can help connect you with businesses looking to hire freelancers.

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