My little Lovies, as I like to call them, were just a few months old when I first typed in Pinterest's search box “Jobs for Stay-at-home moms”. As quickly as I typed, a flood of pins popped onto my screen. I set my phone down to comfort a weepy baby, and picked it up again to scroll through the hundreds of jobs listed. Blogs, pins, websites, Facebook pages… the list was practically endless, and yet all of the jobs seemed completely unattainable.
I could fill out surveys for hours at night and possibly earn some money if I wasn’t your average Joe-Shmo.
I could write on my blog several times a day and after many months, and a few hit blogs, eventually make enough money from advertisements that it would be worth my time.
I could make sales calls between baby cries, house cleaning, and cooking.
Like I said, that list was endless. And everything felt completely unattainable.
“Hey friends! Looking for a way to work from home, part time. Any ideas?”
(PSA: DON’T post that as your status unless you are curious to see how many of your friends are into multi-level marketing businesses.)
You see, I have nothing against multi-level marketing, except for the fact that it got to a point where I felt like my friends were only interested in being friends with me if I would buy something from them. I never wanted to be “that friend”. I wanted people to know that when we got coffee, it was because I was truly interested in them, not the money I could make off of them.
A big problem with multi-level marketing companies, is you have to put in a certain amount to even get started. As a brand new wife, and brand new mama, we were lucky to have an extra $20 at the end of the month, let alone enough to sign me up to get the products to sell and try to make back some of that invested money. Selling makeup, jewelry, and shakes just isn’t for me. And that’s OK! Because if it were for everyone, our friends wouldn’t have people to sell to.
It was about that same time, spending lots of time online during feedings, napping babies, and more feedings, that I discovered just how much I love social media. I love to see how businesses are able to sells thousands of dollars’ worth of products on Instagram alone. I love to see how people connect to certain bloggers and fall in love with specific personalities.
So here I am, one year later, still completely interested in social media, technology, and studying people (AKA: People watching. Is that a thing on Facebook? I think that is called stalking… So I admittedly Facebook stalk people. Don’t tell. It’s a little embarrassing. But seriously, I find out so. much. stuff.)
What does this entire post have to do with you?
Well, chances are you are reading this because you searched the exact same thing I did one year ago, or you’re just as interested as I am in something you can do while sitting on your hiney in between a baby crying and a toddler yelling, so you clicked on this link to find out how you can fit money-making into your every-day lifestyle.
I’m not here to give you a list of the best work from home jobs. I’m not here to tell you how to become a millionaire with no degree (I haven’t reached millionaire status, yet, so that would be a hard one to share).
I am here to tell you how you can make some extra money while you’re out and about, getting coffee, dropping your kids off at the play area in the gym, or just sitting on Facebook during naptime (When you should be napping yourself! Come on, mom!).
That would be… becoming a Ninja.
I mean, I know you already are one with your amazing mama-super power skills. You’re a ninja in the kitchen. You’re a ninja during bath time. You’re a ninja at the park and at bed time. But you can be a money-making mama Ninja, too.
Becoming a Ninja 101:
Step 1: Sign up. Just click here. (So. Freaking. Simple. People. And 100% free.)
Step 2: Tell other mamas they need to be a money-making mama Ninja, too. (I mean, who doesn’t want to be a money-making mama Ninja?) The more money-making mama Ninjas you have under you, the more money you will make, you mama-Ninja, you!
Step 3: Post on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. (You’re already on there all the time anyways, just throw up a little post about how amazing being a Ninja is.)
Step 4: Meet your mama-friend for coffee. Oh, this coffee shop has a band come sing once a week? They want to bring in more people? They should probably advertise on Ziyak because all of your friends use Ziyak to keep track of events. Leave them your card so you get the credit (and the money) when they start advertising with Ziyak.
Step 5: Enjoy your coffee. Or Caramel Macciato. Or Chai Tea Latte. You’re the real winner if you got a Chai Tea. Congratulations.
Step 6: Watch all of your friends conquer Steps 1-5 and smile because they are helping you become a money-making mama Ninja and you have helped them become money-making mama Ninjas.
Step 7: Smile. Because you have mastered every single Ninja skill there is. You’re a bath time Ninja. A meal time Ninja. A bed time Ninja. A play date Ninja. And now… you are… a money-making mama Ninja.
It really is that simple. And it really is that possible. I promise you, mamas.
And why not give it a try? Because you know, just as well as I do, that you’ve already tried filling out surveys. You’ve probably already tried some form of a multi-level marketing adventure, or you've considered it on many occasions. You’ve already tried blogging, or babysitting someone else’s kids, or selling your artwork on Etsy. And while they are all something to be proud of, you still need money. You still need results.
And even if you have tried and are succeeding at ALL of those things (Pat yourself on the back. Overachiever.) you can still use some extra cash at the end of the month so you can go to the fancier salon or get the elite pedicure next time. Might as well conquer being a Ninja as well as everything else amazing you’re doing.
You deserve this. Your family deserves this. You are losing absolutely nothing by signing up. And I promise, you can do this.
Go for it.
Hit that sign up button.
It is right there…
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Kendra is an Executive Assistant at Ziyak. She loves to share her humor and share her passions with anyone who will take the time to read what she writes.