In a recent chat in Discord with some PowerHouseCreatives (PHC) members, the discussion of working from home versus working in a corporate atmosphere came up; and how finding home-based jobs, careers and gigs can be a feast or famine situation. And how, as a self-employed freelancer, it can be difficult finding online jobs that are consistent, pay compatible or even legit came into play.
Most freelance writers know of places like Upwork and have used this platform. Or perhaps they have visited the Write Jobs blog for writing leads. Maybe some of you have searched through Reddit groups like Hire A Writer or Writing Opportunities.
If not, then you should try these places.
And this conversation got me thinking about how over the last decade I have done, more than I can even remember, hundreds and hundreds of writing gigs.
And I started thinking back to what these jobs have allowed me to add to the homestead.
But let's get back to disposable income.
The definition of disposable income can be defined like this:
Disposable income, sometimes called disposable personal income (DPI), is the total earnings a household makes that are available to save or spend after taxes have been paid. In other words, it’s a household’s take home pay after taxes and other employee deductions have been taken out of their paychecks
I may not have an end of the week paycheck coming from an employer, but I do have ways to utilize my writing skills, earn some mad money (as they call it) and contribute to the household budget.
What I Do For Added Income & Supplies On The Homestead
Keep in mind, not all these resources I use pay monetarily; some are just for items (ie. free ebooks, etc)
- Google Rewards- I take super fast surveys and earn google play money to be used for purchasing ebooks about homesteading/gardening/etc
- National Consumer Panel- I use this to answer surveys, record ALL my purchases and in return I can earn gift cards. I ALWAYS get the Amazon gift cards. Every quarter I usually earn a $25 Amazon E-card and go shopping for what we need here. You are also entered into sweepstakes and they have quarterly contests.
- Coin Star- I cash in ALL that loose change in the cars, my purse or from wherever. When I do this (usually once a month) I use my telephone number associated with my Amazon account and get an on-going accumulation of Amazon Cash to use and shop with.
- Facebook Market Place- I have been a seller and a buyer here. GREAT place to get rid of LARGE items that would be costly to ship.
- On Etsy and eBay I sell items like seeds I have harvested from my garden, items I have found CHEAP on FB's Market Place or at thrift stores. When I sell on these two sites, I accumulate money in my PayPal account and will purchase items needed. You would be amazed at the websites who accept Paypal for payments. Places like the bulk store where I buy our coffee and tea, where I purchase our low carb bread, Home Depot (where you can place order online, pay with PP and pick up from their locker service and even where I purchase some of my garden seeds; which is a local (in my state) small business.
- Ebates/Rakuten- I ALWAYS use this service when ordering online from websites that use the service <--- Referral link
Money can be found ANYWHERE! You just have to be creative and look.
I keep telling myself to sign up for those coupon and cashback apps and maybe some day I will. But for now, I do more than I ever thought I would. (ie. iBotta, Flipp, Checkout 51).
Other Possible Writing & Freelance Sites
NOTE: I have not utilized all these websites. These are just suggestions & resources.