What I really do for a living… And no, it’s not watching soaps and playing on Facebook.

                   

I work a lot of hours, most of which are done in my home office or at my kitchen table.  Occasionally I’ll take off to teach a seminar, attend a conference, or spend an entire day holed up in the back corner of a coffee shop (the rarest of all occasions).  I’ve been trying desperately to follow a routine that allows me to have the tiniest bit of a social life, which I’ve found simply opens me up to more questions about my work.

For some strange reason, when someone asks a family member (outside of my husband and kids) what I do, they reply ‘she coupons’.  How impressive is that?!?  I went to college SIX times to coupon.  I guess I see where they get it.  I’ve taught couponing workshops for ten years, but they are just a small portion of what I do, and honestly, they are a ‘for fun’, make no money job on the side.

Even though I know exactly what I do, when someone asks me, I usually reply with a canned response, ‘I work from home’. That used to invoke curiosity.  Everyone was interested in working from home. Now it can stop a conversation dead in its tracks and send the person who asked running for safety.  Working from home is now associated with multi level marketing scams and direct sales recruiting.  So why the canned response?  Because I do so much that it’s hard to narrow it down to a short conversation, and when you work at home, you’re so excited to speak to another human that it might actually take longer than normal.  It also lessens the idea of success.  I tend to keep to myself because I fear that even speaking of my accomplishments might be considered bragging.  I prefer to be humble.  

So, what do I really do?  I own a media company, which encompasses several small companies.  I’m actually in the middle of incorporating, which is a huge step!  I’ve always loved learning about anything and everything, and I’ve found a way to wrap all of that useless knowledge up and create my own dream job.  

  • I create and photograph recipes and crafts for hundreds of popular magazines, cookbooks, and websites.  
  • I own and run 23 active websites, along with over 100 Facebook pages and groups, in addition to all other social media accounts.  
  • I design planner pages.  
  • I have several books published, both fiction and non-fiction.  
  • I design party supplies.  
  • I am an accounting consultant, specializing in freelancers and internet businesses.

In addition to all of the above, I also have a lineup of over 40 workshops that focus on bootstrapping and personal finance.  I’ve taught at four universities and several technical schools, along with hundreds of conferences, events, and private groups.

The opportunities that I’ve been blessed with are things that I never thought possible.  I’ve worked with and met dozens of celebrities, including Bob Harper, Mario Lopez, and Molly Ringwald. I’ve written articles for magazines that I idolized as a child.  I’ve taped segments for national news shows and syndicated columns for newspapers.  The biggest blessing has been the tens of thousands of families that I’ve helped get their spending under control and bootstrap their dream job.

I’m often asked how I found my job- and for that, my answer is simple.  I created it.  

 

 

 

Freelancing 101 Workshop THIS Wednesday

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Gateway to Saving will be holding a Freelancing 101 workshop on Wednesday, September 12th at 6:00 p.m. in Springfield. 

The increase in internet business has led to a high demand for freelance positions.  A freelancer is simply someone who contracts their skills to businesses.  This workshop will teach you how to start your own freelancing business, hone your skills, obtain proper licensure, find clients, set rates, basic bookkeeping, and more.

You can turn almost any skill set into a freelancing opportunity.  Some of the popular freelancing jobs include:

  • Technical Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Blog Posting
  • Bookkeeping
  • Editing
  • Graphic Design
  • Virtual Assisting  (encompasses all office skills)
  • Newsletter Development
  • Photography
  • Event Planning
  • Business Writing
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Data Entry
  • Business Consulting
  • Financial Planning
  • Personal Shopping
  • Personal Assistant
  • Copywriting
  • Document Design
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Proofreading

This class will help you kick start your work at home career!

Freelancing 101

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 
6:00-8:30 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $20 in advance, $30 at the door (if seating is available)*

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This class is part of the Gateway to Saving Work at Home Series.  This does not require attendance of any other workshop in order to attend.  It does expand deeply on the freelancing topics covered in Sensible Earnings.

New Workshops Scheduled | Sensible Earnings and Ultimate Couponing I

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May is such a hard time to schedule workshops around graduation, end of school activities, and spring sports.  I will only be offering two public workshops in May, and seating is very limited in each. 

The summer is the best time for many to begin working from home, and it’s also when some of the best coupons come out!

We’ve done over 700 workshops in the past 5 years, along with many large conferences.  You’ll learn more in these three hour classes than most 2-day conferences. 

Sensible Earnings

Registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable or transferable. If you cannot attend a workshop, you may elect to give your ticket to another person within 48 hours of the workshop. You MAY NOT use the ticket for any other workshop. Please contact classes@thesensiblefamily.com to do so. Due to limited seating and the educational atmosphere of this event, no children will be allowed without prior written consent.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room, North Kansas Expressway (adjacent to Library Station)
Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $18 in advance, $30 at the door (if seating is available)

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Ultimate Couponing I

Bring 3 Friends, Get In Free!

To take advantage of this offer, simply email classes@thesensiblefamily.com with the names of your friends after they have registered online. This must be done by March 16th in order to qualify for the promotion. (Each registration may only be applied to one promotion.) DO NOT REGISTER YOURSELF USING THIS LINK- we’ll take care of it via email.

Take a class somewhere else and feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, or confused? Get in for half price when you bring your receipt (or other form of verification). Email classes@thesensiblefamily.com for details. We want you to save- not spend!

Registration is required. Registration fees are non-refundable or transferable. If you cannot attend a workshop, you may elect to give your ticket to another person within 48 hours of the workshop. You MAY NOT use the ticket for any other workshop. Please contact classes@thesensiblefamily.com to do so. Due to limited seating and the educational atmosphere of this event, no children will be allowed without prior written consent.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
6:00-9:00 p.m.
McAlister’s Deli  
1711 W Battlefield St., Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (if seating is available)

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Sensible Earnings Workshop THIS Thursday!

The January/February Sensible Earnings workshop will be held in Springfield on January 26th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Panera Bread Meeting room on North Kansas Expressway.

Registration is required. 

Cost: $18 in advance, $25 at the door (if seating is available)

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Sensible Earnings offers tips, links, and advice on how to earn an additional income from home.  All methods discussed are evaluated by our staff to provide attendees with the most accurate and up to date information possible.  Every company featured is legitimate and pays as promised.

Discussion of several types of income earning ideas, along with tips to maximize your earnings, will take place. If you’ve ever d one a search online for ‘Work at Home Jobs’, you probably know that scams are becoming more and more common.  We will talk about how to avoid getting scammed and find a legitimate career that you love.  We will NOT be exploring any direct sales methods.

Some of the avenues we’ll explore are:

  • Mystery Shopping
  • Surveys
  • Product Reviews
  • Getting Paid to Read Emails
  • Making Money from your Hobby
  • How Win Instant Win Games and Sweepstakes (yes, it can really be done- and winnings can really rack up)
  • Transcription: Medical, Legal, and More
  • Closed Captioning
  • Freelance Writing
  • Working at home for large companies (You’ll recognize some of these businesses)
  • Turning your home into an inbound call center
  • Online Tutoring
  • and more!

We’ll also talk about how to track your earnings, organize your employers,  and how working from home will affect your taxes.

Each attendee will receive a links to over 1,000 legitimate survey sites and 200 mystery shopping sites.

We will NOT discuss any direct sales or allow any discussion regarding direct sales from representatives.

Sensible Earnings Workshop- Tomorrow Night!

Registration is required.  Registration fees are non-refundable.  If you cannot attend a workshop, you may transfer your fees to another person within 48 hours of the workshop. Please contact classes@thesensiblefamily.com to transfer. Due to limited seating and the educational atmosphere of this event, no children will be allowed without prior written consent.

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Panera Bread Meeting Room (Adjacent to Library Station)
North Kansas Expressway Springfield, Missouri
Cost: $18

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Want to work from home, but don’t know where to turn?

Sensible Earnings offers tips, links, and advice on how to earn an additional income from home. All methods discussed are evaluated by our staff to provide attendees with the most accurate and up to date information possible. Every company featured is legitimate and pays as promised.

Discussion of several types of income earning ideas, along with tips to maximize your earnings, will take place. If you’ve ever done a search online for ‘Work at Home Jobs’, you probably know that scams are becoming more and more common. We will talk about how to avoid getting scammed and find a legitimate career that you love. We will NOT be exploring any direct sales methods.

Some of the avenues we’ll explore are:
* Mystery Shopping
* Surveys
* Product Reviews
* Getting Paid to Read Emails
* Making Money from your Hobby
* How Win Instant Win Games and Sweepstakes (yes, it can really be done- and winnings can really rack up)
* Transcription: Medical, Legal, and More
* Closed Captioning
* Freelance Writing
* Working at home for large companies (You’ll recognize some of these businesses)
* Turning your home into an inbound call center
* Online Tutoring
* and more!

We’ll also talk about how to track your earnings, organize your employers, and how working from home will affect your taxes.

Each attendee will receive links to over 1,000 legitimate survey sites and 200 mystery shopping sites, in addition to links to every opportunity discussed in the workshop.

 

Registration is REQUIRED. 

We will NOT discuss any direct sales or allow any discussion regarding direct sales from representatives.

This workshop features a majority of internet jobs. If you are uncomfortable with working online and have no desire to work with a computer, then this workshop might not be the best fit for you.