To a dear friend…

27 Mar

Dear Long Lost Friend–

This seems so immature to be writing this right now, but I don’t know how else to describe how I feel. There was a time when we were best friends. You helped me through my first pregnancy and taught me so much. Every week you watched my son and were just the most amazing friend anyone could of asked for. I remember that you got so mad at me when I didn’t want to go out to eat/drink one night and we just stopped talking.

If I could say one thing to you it would be that I’m sorry. I’m not sure what I did to hurt you so badly, but I’m not sure you know how good of a friend you were to me. We used to joke that we would never let that happen to us. Now you are pregnant with your own precious child and I just long for our friendship to be whole again. I want to be that person that is there for you like you were there for me.

I’m not sure our friendship will ever be where it used to be, but I’ll tell you it can never be replaced. I think we both took for granted what we used to have as friends. No matter what happens, I’ll always be that friend you can call on when there is no one else. I’ll be that person that you can call when your baby won’t sleep at night or when he isn’t eating correctly.

I’ll be that person that gives you diaper money or watches your kid late at night. I’ll be that person that teaches you how to make money at home because you don’t want to leave that precious sleeping baby. I’ll be that person that you can call to ask parenting questions from your baby not pooping to him pooping all over the walls. I’ll be that person that holds your hand through it all.

Even if you don’t want me back in your life like I used to. I hope you’ll hold me in your memories.

I can’t even believe how much I miss our friendship and how these tears are just flowing. You’ll probably never even read this. But if you do..know how much I miss you and love that baby of yours already!

Love,

Jess

Image

thank you

23 Mar

thank you

Thank you to my clients

I just wanted to so a shout out to my clients. I know it’s easy to complain or whatever about the people we work with, but I have to say I am truly blessed. I do not say this in an “uppity way” or in a suck up way, but I truly am thankful for the people I work with. I rely on you to feed my family and make sure my bills are paid. You rely on me to write original, well written and specific articles. I love writing and it’s what I’ve chosen to do to stay home with my family. There are some of you out there who hate my writing and I’m okay with that, but there are hand-select-few of you who love my writing and I appreciate that.

Why do I appreciate my clients so much?

My current clients understand me. What I mean is that they know I work from home and have two little ones and I appreciate that so much. They know that my life is hectic, but that doesn’t keep them from sending me work. I appreciate my clients because they are able to tell me exactly what they want. I appreciate the working relationship I have with each and every one of you.

You may never read this but I’m still highly grateful. As long as I work for you, I promise to give you GREAT content for you. I’m glad we can continue to build a wonderful working relationship.

Thanks again.

Jess Weaver

Frustrating Day

20 Mar

Today was a frustrating day that is unexplainable. Rather than bore you with my boring day, I just wanted to send you some encouragement. I just wanted to share with you some of my mommy moments. One of the reasons I work from home is to make sure I am there with my kids through the thick and the thin. There will be days like today where I get nothing done, but at the end of the day I am still a mom and wife.

 

Anyways, enjoy these moments because they are precious to me! Image 

Image 

Image 

 

20 Mar

It has been almost a year since I have started working from home. This has been the most incredible year of my life and I have been able to watch my boys grow up. My husband and I have really been able to be married and see each other a lot as well. My five year wedding anniversary is coming up in May and I just cannot believe how fast time has flown. I would have to say that one of my favorite things about working from home is spending time with my husband and my little ones.

Where did I start?

My first work at home job was with OnPoint and I really enjoyed it. When I started working with them it was more about just working from home. As time went on I realized having a phone job was very difficult while working from home. I can’t say…

View original post 177 more words

What am I doing to work from home?

1 Mar

Whenever you work from home, it’s no secret that everything is always changing. I have lost and gained more jobs than ever before while working at home. I used to work for content mills a lot like Textbroker, Merchant Circle and just about anything else I can get my hands on. Here is a brief overview of what I am doing at home to help bring in around $450-500 dollars a week.

Private Clients

About 75% of my income is from private clients. In my opinion, private clients are the best way to go because they really are a great way to earn an income. This is really hit and miss sometimes because it’s more about building relationships and a business partner. I have a built some awesome relationships with my clients and I feel like it really helps to build a great long lasting relationship. I deliver on time and with quality work and people appreciate that.

Textbroker

I have been going around Textbroker a little more and warming up my egg a bit. I do not miss having to stalk my work. It makes me feel like I’m a killer out there trying to kill my victim. However, I’m really just a writer trying to find an article to write. I guess that is why I like private clients so much because it helps save time when the work is coming right to your own mail box.  I’ve also recently looked at Writer Access and had the chance to write an article from there.

oDesk

I love oDesk for several reasons. The other day, I was a little low on work and I decided to go back to my first love. oDesk is where I have worked with one of my longest clients. I ended up landing 3 gigs in one day. The only bad thing about oDesk is that you have to wait 3 weeks to get paid. I guess I’ll just look at it as sort of a savings account for 3 weeks.

Social Media

I’ve been dabbling in social media for quite some time now. Some companies are actually paying me to manage their social media outlets. It’s a great way to gain experience in something that will eventually take over the Internet.

Anyways, these are just a few of the ways I am earning money from home at the moment. How are you earning money from home?

Make sure you check out www.jessleewritingstudio.com for all your content and social media needs! 

My Work @ Home Journey

10 Oct

It has been almost a year since I have started working from home. This has been the most incredible year of my life and I have been able to watch my boys grow up. My husband and I have really been able to be married and see each other a lot as well. My five year wedding anniversary is coming up in May and I just cannot believe how fast time has flown. I would have to say that one of my favorite things about working from home is spending time with my husband and my little ones.

Where did I start?

My first work at home job was with OnPoint and I really enjoyed it. When I started working with them it was more about just working from home. As time went on I realized having a phone job was very difficult while working from home. I can’t say a lot about OnPoint because it is one of this confidentiality jobs. However, you can read about it more at Work at Home Adventures. 

Time moved on and I really started digging into the whole freelance scene. Right now I make most of my money from writing. Writing can be a very tedious task but in my honest opinion, it is one of the best ones out there. I have been doing it for quite some time now and my hands do get tired but it’s getting better.

Where am I now?

Right now I am working hard to make an honest income from working at home. I am trying to concentrate more on private clients and less on Content Mills. If you are not sure what a Content Mill is then make sure to check out Merchant Circle and Textbroker.  These are excellent ways to get started on your freelance lifestyle. Working from home and being a mother is certainly a chore, but for now–this is my blessing in life!

It is amazing where a year has brought me.

 

New Writing Gigs

6 Sep

The life of a freelance mom is sure a fast one! I have been sooooo busy cleaning, writing and trying to be a wife. I am thrilled to say that I have been writing for Cheer Channel, INC and they have published some of my work. Nothing better then seeing your own work published!

I wanted to share some of my stories with my loyal fans.

Here is a profile I did of a cheer team in my local area:

Jimtown Jimmies Build Teamwork

 

Enjoy and many more to come later!

Jess

Structured Life

9 Aug

Today I did something my husband suggested; work while the kids are sleeping. Most of the time I sit down and try to stress out about working while they are awake. However, this week I am trying something different. I am structuring myself. I have a goal I want to meet but I am not going to kill myself trying. My kids need to come first and I saw a huge difference today. Here are a few things I learned while giving myself a structured environment.

1. Have support. Every time I log onto my computer I have a fellow WAH friend on the other end. Her and I have been through a lot together and we have never even met. She helps keep me motivated and gives me the confidence I need to get through the day.

2. Choose the times you want to work. I am the type of person that needs a structured environment but I also need to be flexible. Both of my children do not always sleep at the same time so its hard to depend on that as a time to work. I have found solace in staying up late after everyone else has gone to bed. I am not a morning person so this is working out pretty well for me. AS a work at home mom I am finding a perfect balance between work, play, and mommyhood.

3. Live a little. Because I work at home I find myself glued to work. I am a worry wort so I am always trying to control these situations. I gave my worry to God and said he can take control of it. It’s not my burden to carry and I cast my worry unto Him!

While I reckon not all of you are work at home moms, but I am. I chose a hard journey- even though some people think this is what they really want.

I’m headed to bed and this probably doesn’t make sense but enjoy my advice anyways. And to those grammar checkers. Leave my post alone. Go grammar check your own post. I don’t want any messages in my account in the AM ;-)!

Are You Adaptable?

31 Jul

I have finally come to the conclusion that I am a Work at Home Mom. I am thrilled to death and I could not be more thankful. I think I am getting a little more comfortable with the idea of being a freelance writer and editor. However, a few things come to mind with working at home. I kept asking myself the question…am I adaptable?

My WAH mentor Miranda has always reminded me that we need to have back up work on the back-burner, which I do. But as I was thinking about my work at home journey I realized how quickly it has changed.

Just a few short months ago I was working for OnPoint. However, I quickly learned that was not going to work for me because of having children. So I quickly dived into the writing scene and never looked back. A few things I have learned from my short yet adventurous work at home career.

1. Always have a back up. You really never know what something is going to change. A company could shut down and just be on website maintenance. So always be prepared!

2. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Sometimes we blame ourselves when working for another company doesn’t work out. I have quickly learned that working at home may learn switching many jobs before you find your niche.

3. Remain adaptable. Nothing is ever going to go perfectly for you as a WAH mom, wife, or person. Simply take one day at a time and pray everything works out as God wants it to.

4. Take a break. This is something I struggle with deeply. Yesterday I was *supposed* to be taking the day off…but quickly strayed. My kids are my main priority here and I need to remember that 🙂 But being adaptable means I can pick and choose my days off and I like that. I do get a lot of quality family time in.

Are you adaptable?

Welcome to the Freelance Life

22 Jul

 

 

I finally have broken down and started my own freelance blog. I do a lot of writing for my work at home experience and I love it. There are some challenges along the way, but I am really excited about it. I have learned so much from places like Adventures of Working at Home  and Real Ways to Earn Money Online.  Both of these ladies have been awesome mentors to me.

I look forward to adding new blog posts to this simple yet exciting blog 🙂

Sincerely,

Jess