One of my targets for this year is to become financially self sufficient so I can move off from relying on benefits. This post will set out what steps I have taken so far to realise this dream.
1) A second blog
In order to hone my technical skills and work on my professional skills I have created a second blog Lakes Single Mum's Tips. On here I am putting simple IT tips and advice on researching family history. Hopefully I can work on my training techniques on this site.
2) Improving my qualifications
I have been investigating undertaking a Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector course. This would enable me to tutor in adult education or be a self employed trainer. I have bought some training manuals and will investigate as to whether I can get financial help to undertake the course. To get some real life experience I have volunteered to help train senior citizens in sheltered accommodation.
3) Getting advice
I have signed up to the Become a Mumpreneur course. This is giving me ideas and a focus as to how I can start building up various incomes from what I have already and others for the future too.
4) Kendal Family History Services
In conjunction with steps 1 and 3 I created a site called Kendal Family History Services. This offering assistance for starting in family history and also research services. This may not go anywhere yet but at least I have created a web presence for it.
5) "Monetizing" my blog
I have worked on improving the current advertising and affiliate links on the blog. There is now a page dedicated to attracting advertisers. This may not come to much but it is worth a few minutes of my time to set-up.
I am dipping my toes in the water on Etsy with a small shop to try and sell some of the photographs I have taken. Currently only one available but I will expand my lines with a new photo each week. Any suggestions from regular readers as to which photographs I include will be welcome.
Watch this space and hopefully its onwards and upwards for me in 2011!