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Job Satisfaction – My Priority Now & How I Will Make Money Online

A couple of years ago, I didn’t think a lot of job satisfaction.  My day job is okay and I couldn’t think of any job I would actually like better.  Now that I’ve found out how much you can actually like doing your own side gig, I feel like I was sleeping my way through life.

Job satisfaction is now my #1 priority. 

Here’s my new point of view.  Money is great but actually craving to wake up and get started with your day is priceless.  Blogging does that for me and has ever since I set up my first blog on blog hosting sites, so I am 100% sure this is what I want to do as my career and its just one of my part time online jobs.  It feels good to know that but it also means I have to dig in and make it happen or I will be truly failing myself.

These are the steps I need to take to transition to my happy job:

  1. Build up my online revenue to our target number – about $30,000 a year.
  2. In the meantime, build up a cash reserve to pad ourselves in the months after I do let go of my day job.
  3. Wrap my head around the new responsibility I would be taking on.
  4. Make a schedule and follow it.  I do not want to get lazy when I actually have the chance at living my own dream.

If I can follow my own advice, I should be able to make money online by the end of this year.  I may push that back a few months just to top off our padding account, but at that point, I will at least have the satisfaction of knowing I am working my day job by choice instead of by necessity.  I have a feeling that in and of itself will kick butt.

Once I do start working from home, I will need to keep from getting overwhelmed or losing the drive that makes it so fun right now.  I hope a regular schedule will keep me on task.  But it will be up to me to keep it fun.  Please let me know if you ever feel like Budgeting in the Fun Stuff isn’t as good as it used to be.  I want to know if I ever start slipping.  I also want to keep you all interested, so don’t worry, I will always treat this as the community it is – not a business model. In the meantime learn more about how to make extra money at home.

With that in mind, what do you think?  Do I have the right idea?  If you work from home, any tips?

24 thoughts on “Job Satisfaction – My Priority Now & How I Will Make Money Online”

  1. Nicole

    Good luck!

  2. Denise @ The Single Saver

    I have no doubt you will meet your goals!

    Personally, I would suggest keeping your day job for NO LESS than 6 months (I would actually do a year, myself) once you hit your target. Why? You want to be absolutely sure your blogging income is sustainable for the long term. In my opinion, it takes at least 6 months to be sure. Plus, the extra padding to your savings is always nice!

  3. krantcents

    Remember, you will be self employed with all the responsibilities of own business and all the freedom and risks too. This is not an all or nothing choice! If it does not work out, you can return to a regular job/career. Since you are asking this question, what are your doubts?

  4. Crystal @ BFS

    @Nicole, thanks!

    @Denise, that is good advice but tough. I may not actually be able to do both jobs for 6 months straight since I am literally running out of time. I am going to try though. If May and June goes as well as expected, the rest of this year will be gravy.

    @krantcents, yes, if it doesn’t work out, I can get another job. I doubt I would return to my current job though. My only doubt at this point is for how long blogs can make money…not just my blog, blogs in general. Since my income will be based off of writing for blogs and handling my own and others’ blog advertising, the future of the blog in general is really important to me…

  5. Everyday Tips

    Even if blogging did magically disappear, you could still do freelance writing.

    I do work from home, and I love it. However, at times it can get a little lonely. I go out to lunch regularly with friends just to break up the day a little and so I can socialize a little.

    Oh no, I feel a post coming on. Gotta go…

  6. Melissa

    My husband and I were just talking about this. I am going to officially resign from my day job next month, though thanks to maternity leave, I have not worked there in 13 months now. I will focus on blogging and writing, but in 2 years when our littlest will be in preschool, I will have all day to work from home (at least 8 to 3 and at night, vs. the 2 hours I have during nap time now and at night). But, I will also need to be producing more income because all 3 kids will be in private school.

    I wonder how much the world will change in 10 years and what the next big thing will be? Will people still be reading blogs? Will I still be able to make money blogging? I understand your questions about this completely.

  7. mommymommymommy

    Good luck with your endeavor! I worked to pad our savings account and then left full time teaching nine years ago…and I have not looked back since! I do work on the weekend, but have become an ace at saving money and saying “no” to my kids.

    I write full-time at home. I have several blogs and write for online rev share sites such as Info Barrel. I also write for Textborker on occasion for up front payment sites.

    Keep track of your goals and remember to schedule in some fun when working from home. I have become quite the homebody, and it never used to be that way! I love to write and get antsy when I cannot.

    Good luck!

  8. Car Negotiation Coach

    Crystal, my advice is to exit on as good terms as possible, leaving the way to go back should you need to.

    In fact, contrary to popular opinion, you may even want to make yourself indispensible before you go. Why you ask? Because maybe then they’ll try to make you stay (with an offer you can’t refuse) or, offer you something like 10-20 hours a week working from home (w/ benefits maybe?) and then you could have the best of both worlds.

  9. Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager

    I had a hard time creating a schedule that worked for me when I was working from home. I also spent a lot more money doing social things during the evenings since I was missing out on that human connection while working from home. Just some things to consider.

  10. Crystal @ BFS

    @Everyday Tips, yes, I can always write. I already have a plan to battle that loneliness feeling – Meals on Wheels in my area needs a lunch driver Monday-Friday from 11am-Noon or Noon-1pm, woot! I will end up spending about as much on gas as I do now, but that’s about it. 🙂

    @Melissa, yep, we are both right there. For what it’s worth, I think we’ll both make it work! 🙂

    @mommy, first, funny name! Secondly, thanks for the insight!

    @Car Neg Coach, I will leave on the best terms possible but they will not offer me anything not to leave. I think my department is being phased out over the next few years, which is why we are down to only 2 employees in my department and they are not trying to hire.

    @Jenna, I’m hoping that my volunteer work at lunch with Meals on Wheels will keep me sane and frugal. We’ll see…

  11. JT McGee

    Doing what you love is awesome. Working from home, however, is…well, not as good as it sounds.

    I recently moved into an office get out of the home, and the difference is incredible. I’ll never go back.

  12. A.N Raja

    Good Luck!!! I do work from home one day a week and I really enjoy it. Infact my productivity is higher on those days than the days I go in to the office. Yes having a schedule helps.

  13. MD

    Just a few humble thoughts from me:

    I took this semester to try to turn this online work into something on a whole different level. What has gotten me through everything is the following:

    Doing blog work at random times. Early in the morning and late at night.
    Working my part-time still. I also pick up shifts when I need to or when I just feel greedy.
    Going to the gym for weights and kickboxing classes during the day. My days just fly by to be honest with you.

    Could you hold a part-time job to mitigate some of your risk?

  14. Financial Samurai

    I’d extend the permanent phase from 4 months to 8 months or 12 months, just to be a little safer. What’s the rush?

    Cheers, Sam

  15. Crystal @ BFS

    @JT, do you rent office space like J. Money does? I don’t have the budget for that yet, but I will be getting out of the house during the day…

    @A.N. Raja, I am hoping my productivity will stay high and I am already thinking of my schedule, lol. 🙂

    @MD, yes, if it looks like I am not making at least $2500 a month from my online income, I will pick up part-time work. I don’t plan on leaving my full-time position until I am consistentluy making $2500 a month though, so that is only a backup option in my mind. Oh, and since you mentioned it, I wanted to tell you that I start kickboxing classes today. 🙂

    @Financial Samurai, well, I am running out of time to do both. If my online business keeps growing the way it has been over the last 2 months, I will literally not have time for my day job and my own business. 🙂 It’s a good problem to have, but it is an issue none-the-less. Trying to balance the two full-time jobs for 8 months or more just may not be possible – I am already getting pooped out with my current 7am-11pm schedule.

  16. JT McGee

    I’m not familiar with the ins and outs but I thought he had a shared space? I rent a small office in a medical-service building. Quiet, has a door, and inexpensive. I think I may do a post on it, actually. You might be surprised how inexpensive office space is right now.

  17. Crystal @ BFS

    @JT, what do you like better about a solo space away from home? I was going to create what you described in the guest bedroom so I am curious. 🙂

    If you’re covering that in your post, link back to it here when it’s ready please. 🙂

  18. retirebyforty

    You can do it! 😀

  19. Kayla @ Finance.. What?

    Good luck with everything! I think your dream is very realistic; you seem to have great traffic on this blog. I think being self-employed/working from home is a great thing, you just really have to have the motivation and stick to a schedule, so if you can do both of those things, then good on you!

    I personally have a hard time with motivating myself to work at home. So many distractions! But I think if I could find something that I absolutely loved (maybe blogging too! One day like 10 years down the road!) and it was self-employment, then I could end up making it work!

    Make sure to keep posting all about it! You are so close, so definitely let us know when you’ve made it your full-time real deal! =)

  20. Crystal @ BFS

    @retirebyforty, LOL, anytime I hear that, I add another sentence to it from some movie from 10 years ago…it’s just not appropriate to repeat, lol. 🙂 Thanks for the support!!!

    @Kayla, I think the lack of kids and the bi-weekly housekeeping service makes my house less distracting than most, lol. I could not work from home if I knew a little one needed to be fed or the dishes hadn’t been done for a week…things that may happen in the future, but no time soon.

    I will definitely keep you all updated! You all hear about pretty much everything since I do post daily and keeping you all in the loop is easier than coming up with more ideas for general tips posts, hahaha. 😉 We’ll just skip right over the fact that I couldn’t possibly do any of this without you. 🙂

  21. optionsdude

    Having a quiet home will be big for you. Also establishing a schedule is important but don’t forget to schedule time off. It will be easy to want to work too much and get burned out. Be adaptable.

  22. JT McGee

    Hey Crystal,

    I went ahead and threw up a post on the topic of renting an office. It touches a little on why I didn’t like working at home. You can find it here: https://moneymamba.com/renting-an-office-online-business-home/ and I hope it is helpful in some way 🙂

  23. ODWO

    Good Luck! I think what Denise said ([email protected]) is pretty smart. “2” birds in the hand .. is better than 1 … just to make (damn) sure. And the extra money can always make great padding.

    Do what you love .. the money will come! (wink)

  24. ross

    I agree with you 100% on this. I’m trying to build an income around my life, not vice-versa. Most people don’t think its possible. But i think i’m on the right track and am working on setting things up so i can play more of a management role and outsource the work that i don’t enjoy doing.
    i really want to do well and make money, but i want to do it my way 😉

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