I got a surprise cake delivery from my hubby and want to share my joy to you, especially.
Last year by this time, I had just had my baby, so he was 11 days old. Tim was an active 18 month old and was at my parents because I couldn’t be by myself with the children and still recovering post partum.
But for the most part I remember feeling frustrated since finances were not so great and my husband was doing all he could at his job.
I knew I needed to do something.
I learnt fashion designing. While I had passion for it and could sew my clothes, meeting deadlines for delivery to clients was a big challenge because I had the children running about and in the day, they just wouldn’t let me sew. I had to be half -sewing, half watching so they don’t harm themselves with pins, or chalk or anything. I could only sew at night.
So you would often find me at my machine into the wee hours of the morning just to be able to deliver.
It had its down side.
By the following day, I’d be in zombie mode, with little or no energy to chase the children.
I knew I had to move my tailoring out of the house before it would make sense. Or rather wait till both the kids were in school before I started again.
All this time, I had no live in help. Just someone that came twice a week to clean and give me the time to shop for groceries and run errands.
One lady was very patient with me, thanks Adeola (mummy Tolu). Thanks sis.
So I asked myself what else I could do successfully at home.
I learnt ankara fabric accessories, shoes and bags. But by this time, everywhere was saturated with ankara designers and I wanted to sew and then use the accessories as my Unique Selling Point.
But that was not to be. Yet. (Still looking at it with one eye, 😂)
So I went online to research on how I could make money or earn from home cos I had some of these emails that women had testimonials of how they made $1000 in a month working from home. I literally lived on the Internet reading and practicing.
I grabbed whatever blog posts I could read, I then began to invest in courses. I literally emptied my personal savings in my quest for knowledge. I joined groups and aligned myself with mentors.
I had my first guest post in December and people loved it.
Launched my blog and I’ve started my journey to earning as a freelance writer and social media strategist.
I haven’t started making money (as I would want to) yet, but this clarity of purpose I have now is worth millions.
I know where I’m headed, and trust me, it’s great.
This post would not be complete if I don’t acknowledge those who made it happen. I watched some from the sidelines while some lit the path for me to follow. And there were those who literally took me by the hand and ensured that I made progress.
She lit the fire in me for being vibrant and selling things online. Then it was ankara accessories in 2013. Now she has transformed into an Online Business Strategist helping women entrepreneurs and influencers to make more money in their businesses or passion projects. in her own words, “helping people build their online empire“. She has a hearty laugh, i can tell you that.
He may not know this but he birthed the person I am today. He opened my eyes to what I do now. I can’t really say how I stumbled on his teleseminar that holds every thursday, but I bless the day I did. He opened the window to the other life. He is an online Business Coach and is the founder of the smartbcamp. On one of the teleseminars, freelance writing amongst others jumped at me. I did further research and it led me to a phenomenal young man.
He is the founder of Rich20something. A place where he teaches people how to start and grow a profitable business using skills they already have. He was recently featured on Business Insider and Entrpreneur.com. He had outlined the exact steps he had used to succeed on freelancer.
The founder of foreverjobless also stressed the power of passive income. What tripped me about him was his calendar and downloadable guide as to how his daily activities went in order to achieve maximum productivity. Some of which I could only wish for. Remember, at this point I was a nursing mother, on both day and night shifts. LOL.
The freelance writing world was huge and totally new to me so I needed a guide. Someone who was knowledgeable and someone who could understand things from my perspective. Google being google, showed me the man.
In July 2015, I bought his e-book, How to make money As A Freelance Writer in Nigeria. The information contained there blew my mind. In addition to great content, he included other books and lists of writers and individuals you should follow online and be part of their community. It was from that book I found Jon Morrow.
Any writer who meets Jon Morrow always has the feeling of “where have you been all my life?”. His courses are so well put together that a total newbie can understand it. His Guestblogging course literally shaped the way I write. Headline hacks always win any time, any day.
She is an irreverent writer who has carved out a niche for herself in the craft of writing with clarity and to evoke maximum engagement. Writing sentences where each word means exactly it says without fluff. (I hope this post passes the test, Henneke). A copywriter like no other. Her writing course is designed to make any writer better by all standards.
He is the one-stop shop for all bloggers who want to do well. Like the name implies, if you want to be a better blogger then you to read Be A Better Blogger. And to think that he still has a 9-5, makes me wonder how her does it. His blog post guide for newbies is a massive post with 10,273 words. You can’t digest that post and remain the same. I love how he fondly speaks of his wife.
I attended the Self publishing Summit that he hosted and the wealth of information he offered for free to attendees during the period of the summit, was amazing. My life-long dream of becoming an author lit up like a flame and it has not dimmed. He set up the Self publishing school to take people from idea to published and then to bestseller.
In September, the blogosphere stood in belief as the news broke that he had died while traveling the world with his wife. He was the founder of Live Your Legend which his wife has courageously carried on. I really salute her resilience. The LYL community creates inspiration, the challenge to dream big and bold, and the tools to make all that a reality. You find a community of people who are passionate about doing something great, and helping each other achieve that.
When I finally got my blog name and all that, I still wasn’t clear on the set of people i should target. I knew my message but Adrienne helped me gain clarity as to what to do with my blog and how to eventually monetize it. She is a Blogging Consultant that helps bloggers build their blogs to get more attention. She introduced me to my Freelance Coach, Elna Cain.
Adrienne Smith is best known as the “Queen of Engagement” as she has mastered the art of using Blog commenting to engage her audience.
Because we had so much in common, Adrienne said, “why don’t you look up Elna. She’s got children and she’s also into what you have in mind”. So I called her up. She’s mum to twin toddlers and she has built a successful Freelance writing career. It was a match made in heaven. Her course, Write Your Way to your First $1k gives the blueprint of freelance writing as a business. Her Facebook group is a close-knit community where I meet Raye, the upcoming Superstar WordPress Tutorial writer. She’s such a dear.
Sue Anne Dunlevie
She’s a Blogging Consultant. She nurtures new blogs to maturity and revamps old ones to vibrant blogs. She also teaches how to optimize your blog to make money even with a small list. Her free webinar is coming up this saturday. It would be worth your while.
He is the founder of timemanagementchef.com where he helps online entrepreneurs skyrocket their productivity and earn more in their business. He has made a name for himself in Blogger Outreach. His epic roundup post had 20,231 views, 1500 shares and 84 comments.
She is a veteran in this business. Has grown her blogging business from what started as a hobby to a full-fledged business in five years. Her tenacity is truly remarkable. The ABC community is also a support group that cannot be neglected. I have met great writers and people with varied cultures and backgrounds, all bound by the love for writing. Her post on managing blogging and life and life remains a point of reference for me. Thanks ma’am.
She is the Smiling face of Persuasive Bloggers and her epic post on how she used cheap Facebook ads to get 532 subscribers in 43 days quickly got my attention. What’s the essence of putting up all the great content when there’s no one to read them. She wrote a guest post for the Huffington Post and was kind enough to show the community how she did it. How generous.
Blowing out the candles…
And so this is me, on my special day saying thank you for making my 2015 a great year. I wish you more blessings and joy all round.
I have one birthday wish, though. Please share this post with as many as possible. You don’t know who would be inspired to take action.