I’ve read it is important to have multiple streams of income. I’m seeing the value in this more and more, as time goes by. It used to be easier for me to just concentrate on one thing at a time, either fiction or nonfiction goals, but I am learning how to juggle more than one project, plus I have a day job.
It can seem overwhelming at times, but I’m getting better. You will too, if you decide to create multiple streams of income.
I have a couple of things I’d like to add to my repertoire, though I’m not ready to discuss them now. The trick is going to be in having the time to do all I want to do. Here are some things I’m doing that are freeing up time for more projects:
- Simplifying processes.
- Organizing my space, including my home, is a manner that will need less time for upkeep.
- minimizing material possessions so I’m not wasting extra time cleaning things I never really use.
- Organizing my work supplies and papers, etc., so I don’t have so much to do.
- I don’t really watch television, so much as use it for background noise. This actually helps me accomplish more in a shorter period of time.
- I learned in 2015 that if I work at the cafe up the road I get a ton of stuff accomplished, again due to the background noise.
- I’m getting pretty good at ignoring social media these days, checking it quickly during natural breaks – if I feel like it. I think people are getting used to not hearing back from me immediately all the time. I do use it for personal stuff still, as well as professional.
- I’ve learned to turn the notification sounds off on my phone when working. Otherwise, I feel the need to check it every time it makes noise. Not good for productivity.
Things aren’t taking as long as they used to, which I’m grateful for. This frees up more time for other things, other ventures.
What does this mean for you?
- For starters, I have a book I’m publishing over the weekend. Organizing Your Space and Stuff is all edited and ready to be sent to Amazon to be published. I’m just waiting until I’m done with the biggest part of the promotions for Hidden Camp. A couple of day break will help me to feel rejuvenated for the promotion of this book.
- Some epic articles with worksheets for this blog. I’ve been working on them over the last month, but there is still more to do. Plus, more articles.
- And a series of eGuides I’ll start putting out during the second half of the year. I’ll introduce these eGuides with more epic articles here on the blog.
It will be a good year for work on this blog, plus I’ll have time for fiction writing (my first love!), and other things I want to do that I’ll (hopefully) be able to earn money from.
This is my year of courage, after all.
And what goal did I achieve so early in the year?
I published a series of short stories on Amazon, and I want to introduce you to my author page before the publication of Organizing Your Space and Stuff, so you’ll know where to go. Feel free to follow me on that page, and to subscribe to this blog (in the sidebar) for other updates.
The #CampSeries is four stories that I wrote years ago, and finally found the time to edit properly and publish. I’m pretty proud of this accomplishment, and felt I had put it off too long. There will be more stories to come, of course. The entire series includes published stories, as well as diary entries from the main character, a child named Jessica, only found on my fiction blog at this time. The stories get darker in nature as you progress through the series. This is the order they should be read:
The Bear (Diary Entry 1)
Rascal (Short Story # 1)
I Told (Diary Entry 2)
A Trip to the Outhouse (Short Story # 2)
An Uncle, A Dad, and a Boogie Man (Diary Entry # 3)
Auntie’s Boyfriend (Short Story # 3)
Hidden camp (Short Story # 4)
I’ve been a busy bee between getting these stories, Organize Your Space and Stuff ready for publication, the promoting of the stories, and planning for the upcoming eGuides.
There are so many possibilities! Limiting ourselves would be such a shame. Why not try one or more from the list below, or something you’ve already been thinking of trying?
- fiction writing
- nature photography
- providing scrapbooking or card making (or both!) classes
- selling your crafts online
- publishing a magazine
What do you think? Will you be adding another stream of income? If so, please talk to us about it in the comments, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I always respond, and love hearing from readers.
Shannon L. Buck
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