My name is Pitin. The founder of this site.
Let’s start my story from the day I had my first child…
First-time mothers are sometimes torn between going back to work after their maternity leave, or stay at home to take care of their baby. Some mothers are not lucky to have the option of spending more time with their little ones. They need to go back to work. They have bills to pay, baby expenses to cater, save for the future and so on.
Monitoring my daughter via CCTVs at home (while I work in the office), I felt that there must be another way. That is when my priorities shifted.
I searched online for work from home jobs – most of it, I have already tried while having a full-time job. eBay, Odesk (now Upwork)…my search continued until I found Wealthy Affiliate in October 2015.
My Brief Story With Wealthy Affiliate
I signed up as a basic member of the Wealthy Affiliate on October 18, 2015. As a free member, it allowed me to watch the Getting Started Course - all 10 Lessons for the next seven days and get an unlimited communication from the rest of the Community.
The ten free lessons gave me the initial blueprint that I have been looking for on how I want to make money online. It is incomparable to countless blogs I am subscribed to about the same subject.
But seven days was not enough for me. I needed to ask questions and you cannot ask questions after your 7th day. And so I went premium after.
I enjoy subscribing to services that have money-back guarantee, and although Wealthy Affiliate doesn't have one, it was only $19 for the first month. They also give you the option to cancel anytime - so I tried it.
I rushed to read and watch the other 40 lessons (there were only 50 that time), which are only available for Premium members. In my mind, if it doesn't satisfy me, I am leaving after my first month of being a Premium member.
But no! The lessons were only the start. There's an ocean of training that you'll never know when you can finish. It was time to stick to one blueprint and give it a chance to work.
I committed to making it work. The weekly live classes’ replays became my new Spotify. If time permitted, I also attended live.
I blogged on my phone on the train and bus to and from work. I wrote articles after my baby slept at night. I also sometimes worked during my lunch break.
I wanted to quit my job then to blog fulltime, but it wasn’t possible just yet. We were only living from paycheck to paycheck.
So, I decided that I’d quit the post-production industry in my 12th year. I started saving for an emergency fund. I wanted to save for one year so I will not have to worry about bills while learning and starting to make blogging work.
I was already learning a lot of things from Wealthy Affiliate, randomly blogging, putting my blogging dream to the pedestal and lost interest of my full-time job back then.
Eight months after I met Wealthy Affiliate, I lost my job. With less than 24 hours notice, my bosses decided that it was already my last day.
I lost my job because as my priorities shifted, the quality of my projects suffered, too. I guess you can say that I became too lazy to do my best and was just going to work for the sake of working.
In a competitive corporate world, "anyone is dispensable" as my boss put it in words.
I mourned. Yes. Just like that and I was completely in the dark. I knew in my heart that to blog full time was my ultimate dream job. I just didn’t expect it to happen sooner. I have always been a hardworking employee…so getting fired was not something I am used to. LOL. There’s really a first-time for everything.
June 30, 2016. My last day in the post-production industry. My supposed to be first day to make blogging work. But the major change gave me depression. For three months I did NOTHING. I was a clueless first-time mother who had a toddler who always needed me. I was jobless. Our things were in boxes while we were looking for a new place to move to.
When I lost my job, I thought I had all the time to blog. But my toddler’s needs were unpredictable. Add the household chores to the daily challenge. It was tough.
My workspace even sometimes looks like this...
In October 2016, I finally took action. I committed to write one article a day for six months straight (although I only averaged to 3 articles per week).
The year 2017 was when I finally saw some results. I earned USD 6,482.18. Here’s a screenshot of my Amazon US earnings for 2017.
Here’s a screenshot of my 2018 Amazon US earnings:
In 2019, my Amazon sales "dropped a bit" since I started a new niche - this blog. But it's still a good year with an average of USD 1,000 a month, despite not working on it 100% of the time.
There are many ways to make profits by blogging and affiliate marketing is only one of them.
My other "abandoned" blog teaches the "how tos" of short-term rental via Airbnb. I initially planned to teach newbies the A to Z of Airbnb. But time constraints happened. So imagine my surprise when I got a $200 commission after only writing 8 posts and totally abandoning it. I blogged about it here.
And since I followed the training in Wealthy Affiliate, getting some Airbnb host referrals was possible (if not for the temporary suspension of their affiliate program due to Corona virus).
After almost 5 years of on and off efforts, I am still in this industry, working whenever my time permits, outsourcing here and there…making things work. Blogging helps to put food on the table, pay for bills and most especially, lets me handle my own time.
You see, “success” is not always about money. It can be defined in other ways.
I am not rich. I do not own a mansion, a sports car, and all those luxuries that most affiliate marketers will show to you as a proof of their success. Instead, my “success” story is on a different level.
I am a stay-at-home, hands-on parent, who can provide financially through my online income, while BEING PRESENT to the lives of people who matter to me.
At the end of the day, we have different goals. Financial freedom, time freedom, location freedom, peace of mind, world peace, LOL. Whatever it is you are aiming for, just make sure you have a strong goal to start with.
My blogging work now runs in a semi-autopilot mode. Yes, just semi-autopilot. I still write for my blogs and edit what my writer/VA schedules before publishing them.
It has been slow progress for me since I am a busy, hands-on mother plus an Airbnb host, too (in vacation mode due to Covid19 virus).
Looking back, this is far better compared to when I was just starting out, doing everything by myself. It somehow feels like an accomplishment to be an employer. It feels good to know that I can take days off when I want to or see the business growing despite just "delegating" tasks from time to time.
The Online Entrepreneur Certification Course is where everything started.
It's there - everything you need to start an income-generating blog. You just have to commit to following it and working your way to success.
It's time to make your goals into a reality.
If there's something I learned from this experience, it's making yourself "indispensable" by learning skills that align with your passion in life.
I love blogging, learning, writing, design, and videos. And getting into the technical side of things (SEO) is what I'm learning (yes, learning doesn't stop) to make myself indispensable - and be my own boss.
I know life can be overwhelming, so take one lesson and one task at a time.
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