Working From Home For MYSELF + Jewelry Shop Grand Re-Opening!

Hey Guys!

Thank you so much for all the continued support of this blog – and hello to all my new readers who came here for my “Work From Home” blog post! Whether you were referred here from ABC News on Facebook, or my YouTube video, I’m so glad you’re here, and I hope you’ll stick around!

I wanted to update because I have been super hard at work building my own “work from home” empire… (Okay, so not exactly an empire… more like a one-woman small business) and am excited about sharing it with you. I know many of you are here for work from home tips – and maybe this blog will inspire you to turn what you love to do into your full time job like I have!

I wish I could say I had all the answers, or that it’s been simple, but unfortunately; that’s not the case. I have run a small (very, very small) jewelry business for over 8 years, and only within the past year or so have I really seen all my hard work start to pay off, to the point that it’s become my full-time job. For some, it takes even less time – but the more time you invest, the bigger the reward in the end. If you can stick with it, it can be very rewarding.

My passion has always been mental health awareness, while my greatest hobby has been crafting/jewelry making, and only when I merged my passion for spreading awareness with my crafty side and created my Awareness Jewelry Business, did I start making a living for myself while doing the two things I loved.

As most of you know, I have made YouTube videos since 2007, and while I by no means have the biggest channel, I have gained a good sized following over the years, and I truly do credit that for giving me the boost I needed to get off the ground. You have to remember, when I started Vlogging, social media was just a baby, it was not as huge as it is today – Instagram, Twitter and even Facebook didn’t exist and certainly weren’t tools for marketing – so I was left at a disadvantage compared to those who start Vlogging today, with all the numerous ways to share content!

But that’s where YOU can benefit, where I didn’t! It may have taken me many years to get where I am, but most of that progress has been made in the past few years, as I have gotten into social media marketing and branding. You have all of these amazing free tools at your fingertips to share your talents with the world…. So what are you waiting for?!

You may think you’re not good at anything. That you could never make YouTube videos and you’re not handy with jewelry making. That’s okay, those are things that I am good at, you may be good at something else! What do you love to read about? What kind of sites do you have bookmarked and visit on a daily basis? What do you do in your free time? We all have passions and hobbies, and there many ways to express and share your love for those things, while simultaneously making a living for yourself!

  • Do you love to write? Start a free blog on WordPress just like this one! Not sure what to write about? You can write about your daily life, school, past experiences, parenting, animals, movie or book reviews, fashion, celebrity news… Your imagination is the only limit when it comes to starting a blog.
  • Do you love to talk? Start a YouTube channel or a Podcast!
  • Do you love art or photography? Join Instagram, Tumblr, create a WordPress blog, start a Facebook page and start posting photos of the things you love!
  • Do you have a crafty DIY talent? Jewelry making, woodworking, drawing, painting, sculpting, mason jar crafts, candle making, soap making (etc)? Join an online marketplace and start selling! Storenvy, Etsy, BigCartel, Indiemade, and eBay are great free places to start!
  • Do you collect things? Do you love hunting for treasures in thrift stores, garage sales, or even in your own closet? Why not join eBay, Etsy (for vintage finds), Threadflip, or Storenvy and start selling?

Of course, these are just examples of things you can do to start working for yourself and earning a living working from home. There are endless opportunities if you are dedicated and motivated. One thing you MUST keep in mind is that these are not quick ways to start making enough money to live on overnight… These things take time, dedication and patience. You will be working for yourself and that means you have to do ALL of your own business planning, inventory, photo-taking, research, posting and social media marketing and promotion.

That brings me to my final tip for this blog post: SELF PROMOTION!

In this day and age, like I said; social media is everything! It’s an essential part of building your own brand/business/full time job! Social media is how information is spread these days, and if you’re not taking advantage of every social media outlet and tool available, you’re doing yourself a real disservice. Create branded accounts for your business/blog/brand on:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Tumblr
  • Pinterest
  • Linkedin
  • Google+

If you don’t know how to use one of these sites, find tutorials and figure it out! The more social media accounts you have to promote your product/brand/blog the better! Make sure the names and URL’s are very similar (or identical, if you can) to your online shop, blog, youtube channel or whatever your “home base” is – so it’s easy for customers to find you everywhere!

NETWORK! Search tags and keywords for people who love the same things you do, and follow them! Like their posts, learn from them, gain inspiration, start conversations, make friends, and post your links! If you follow someone, there’s a good chance they will follow you back, and this is a great way to get people to notice you in this HUGE world wide web.

Utilize #HASHTAGS and keywords, tag everything you post to make sure you turn up in search results!

Cross promote! If you’re selling something on Etsy or writing a blog on WordPress, for example, make sure you post links and information to all of your social media accounts! I know it seems tedious, sometimes I even have trouble doing this – but it’s the best way to make sure to catch the eye of potential customers/viewers/readers, etc.

Use Google Analytics and sign up for a Google AdSense account! If you use YouTube or a blog, you can actually get paid for page views through Google AdSense! And Google Analytics helps you determine where your traffic is coming from and how many views you’re getting. It’s essential!

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Now that I have given a few tips on how to get started creating your own small business in order to work from home for yourself – I’m going to get to the second part of this blog, which is my exciting announcement about the GRAND RE-OPENING of my jewelry shop! 

ancora jewelry

Ancora Jewelry Collage

As my business expanded, I decided I needed a more unique, professional name that had a story behind it, a new logo, a new website, better products, higher quality photos, and a business plan. I have spent months overhauling my small jewelry business – I came up with a new name, set up a new jewelry store, bought my own domain name and created social media pages and accounts in order to promote my jewelry. I invested in new, high quality materials and created new items. It’s been a long process, but I am so happy with the results! The response has been amazing and overwhelming – and I am so glad I stuck with it and didn’t give up.

I have a “Shop” section here on my blog that links to my store – and I’d love it if you’d check it out! I’ve put a ton of work into it – and your support means the world. I can only hope to keep on doing what I love, creating handmade jewelry and vlogging on YouTube, as well as hopefully returning to blogging more regularly.

As a thank you for all your support, I have created a special promotional code for readers of this blog – if you head on over to my site (below) you can use the promo code “Blog10” for 10% off of any order! And with your first order, you’ll receive a coupon for 20% off a future order, as well as an offer to get a free bracelet!!

So head on over to my shop: Ancora Jewelry by simply clicking the button below – or feel free to check out the “shop” tab at the top of my blog! Thank you so much for your support!

Visit my store on Storenvy

Enter promo code “Blog10” at checkout for 10% off any order!

I truly hope this blog post was helpful for those who have been searching for alternative ways to make money online, work from home, and start your own small business. I will continue to blog about this topic if you guys are interested in it – so if you want me to keep talking about this, leave a comment letting me know! And as always, if you have any specific questions I can answer, comment and I will try my best to get back to everyone!

xoxoxox,

Christie

Awareness Is Contagious.

I was browsing around online for self-injury awareness ribbon designs, and literally stumbled across an artist on Deviant Art that blew my mind. I was very inspired by her designs, and I think that they speak for themselves. As you know, I am constantly saying that it’s so important to spread awareness, one of my main messages is to be aware, and spread awareness to others; because it’s the only way we can break the stigma around self injury and mental illness. The artist is right, awareness IS contagious, and as long as we keep spreading it (in any small way that we can, from talking about it, making videos, blogging about it, wearing awareness jewelry, or creating artwork) then eventually, it will catch on. It’s so important!

I hope you enjoy this artwork as much as I did, and I hope it inspires you too!

Awareness is Contagious, by xtwstdtncx on Deviant Art

Awareness is Contagious, by xtwstdtncx on Deviant Art

Check out more from the artist, Kristina, on Deviant Art: http://xtwstdtncx.deviantart.com