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How to Make Money

Michelle Ward

Ditch Your Day Job

Michelle Ward

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8. How to Make Money

Lesson Info

How to Make Money

Okay, now we're looking at the other side of the corn How to make money. Right? So before we before we do our our next brains up of how I could make money, I just have to say, these are just ideas. Eso I don't want everyone to be writing things down and be like Michelle is gonna make me do all of these things. I'm not thes air just like your your idea place. So that when you know you want to be bringing more money and like, this list is here for you, right? And this is really important. So important. What could you charge? 50 ish dollars or more for it tomorrow, right? So I love hearing, You know, an idea might be that you have to to bring in more money. I want to sell my jewellery. I want to sell jewelry that I make. But jewelry making isn't your like be all and dull creative dream business. If you If you know how to make jewelry on, that's easy for you. And you have people that you know are gonna buy your jewelry then, like, yes, right down. You know, sell my jewellery. Uh, but if yo...

u don't know how to make jewelry, we're not looking at things that there's huge learning curves here or there is a whole nother business that you have to start. If you have a lawnmower and you don't mind mowing lawns, then, like absolutely Emily, friends and family say, Hey, anyone need their lawn mowed? I charged 50 bucks there, 40 bucks or whatever to your friends and your family. That's great. Maybe print some flyers, put it around your area. Don't then start a lawn mowing business. Don't get a website and incorporate yourself and hire gardeners. And like, let's just focus on you know what you could do tomorrow and we're keeping it small and manageable because you just you're doing it in order to do your creative dream business. Eso Let's keep that in mind. And to think about this to going back to what we talked about the last segment about just working on things that come easy to you. Let this list come from the things that come easy to you and things that people compliment compliment you on and thank you for eso. If you know that your chocolate chip cookies are a hit. You might not want to sell your chocolate chip cookies as your be all end all job, but, you know, like, Oh, I could I could bring them Teoh that concert that my sons having at school and set up a table and and sell him there that could be easy for me to do. So think of the things that people come to you for already that they compliment you want. If you have your business up and running, then think about the things that maybe your clients and your customers are asking you for. But you haven't done yet, right? What new products can you put in your shop or what new offerings can you create? What's maybe a new market of people that you want to reach with your business that you haven't reached out to yet? Maybe you could run a sale or a promotion in order to bring in money quickly. Right? So that's one piece of this. And then what can you sell, which was brought up? Uh, what can you sell? So I had a client who hired me for coaching and my one on one coaching is not chief. I know that, uh and she had an estate sale right after one of our first sessions in order to give her more money counter act. What? She's spending my coaching. I think she made over $1000 she sold all of this, you know, old furniture in her house that she really wasn't in love with anymore. And, uh, wound up being ableto make that much money. So that's amazing. So let's go to the other side of the point, which is how I can make money. So, Heather, I'm going to start with you this heather ways that you could make some money. What's going on in your head? Nothing. Well, I'm gonna take with comments. So So things you no longer use or knee, right? Um, for me, there's so much, uh, there's so much baby stuff that my baby has grown because she's not a baby on, you know, we were gonna go and bring them to goodwill or whatever, and I looked at Luke and we could get some money. These are perfectly good. Uh, you know, baby carriers and baby seats and all the other stuff that we have, like, let's let's let's sell it I have designer boots that were gifted to me, like 10 years ago that I've worn once. Every time I look at them, I go wire these still in my closet. Why don't I have money for these? Like I need to put them up on eBay. So just keep your eyes open for the things that you don't use, things you don't need that you could put on eBay, Capon, Craigslist. You could have an estate sale. You could have a yard sale and I'm a garage sale like all of those lots of different ways for you to make money by selling things that you don't need. Yes, way. Have me who's a regular here saying Cut lawns, deliver pizzas at night? Okay, Ivan Uber or a lift? That's one that a lot of people are doing now, Simon's thinking says, I make smoothies for co workers during the week for extra money. Stop it. That's so started an idea like making them in the morning and then bring them in and have people buy them for less than they could buy them. Let us me, the store or juices like that, his juices and I want to expand on that. Just like anything cooking, cooking, baking anything that you know you do. Well, um, you could sell. I love this. It's another way to make money. Could be baby said Love that I have a little bit of experience would be like, Why are you experienced a baby? Six Children like, Okay, you're hired like that, baby. What else? Think about the things I want to hear them in the chat. Think about the things you get complimented on. Think about the things that you're thank for. Think about things that you are doing or want to do in your business. That can translate into an offer or products or a market that you haven't offered yet. Alright, awesome. They're starting to come in. So pet. Sitting in your neighborhood when people travel or dog walking is another big one. Tutoring tutor kids. Angelica says There are tons of APS that also bring in money for doing simple things. She names off a bunch of them here in the chat rooms. Easy shift, field agent moonlighting gig. Walk Another thing. Another reason for you guys to jump in the chat room was people are sure resource is that great Sell things from my garden at the farmer's market, huh? Host Airbnb If you have a home that you can put part of even and it's just a room for Airbnb ease of this task rabbit. That's the task at that. I know off. Yeah, that's the same same genre. Errands, Errands on task Rabbit. I love this list. Um, doing whatever it is that you do, um, and offering that as being a freelancer, huh? So whether that is proof reading and designing Web pages just sort of trying Teoh, push what? You're already good at a little bit further into your network. I love that. So doing what you do in your day job as a freelancer and saying You're available for side projects, that sort of thing. Yeah, it's great. There's one in my head that now it's out of my head, but we'll get back to it. Um, I love this. So do we. See, this is not like I'm starting a whole nother business. I have to go back to school for this whole other thing. This is utilizing the things that are already in your home and your skills. That and your comfort zone. Um, we cut long, you know, I think like retail and restaurant jobs. I mean, they said, you know, um, pizza delivery, and I think the back and just be broader, but it could be easy, Especially around the holiday. Is a lot of retail places Just bring in, you know, holiday help s O. That could be a really great way. If you know, Liz, that you know, your day job is part time. Get more money, maybe something you only need to do seasonally right on. You know, like, OK, I'm gonna work full time on this during the holidays, and then I'll be able to save this money or what Not, um, was that thing I wanted to mention got the biggest brain fart. I'm gonna go back to it. Uh, I think to Maybe this is that when you have your business that you know, you're working towards think about what you could offer. Now that you have confidence in in getting paid for right on. And don't be. Don't shy away from that. I know that that something is like I can't is gonna pay me for this thing, but that's a great way to start a great way to start. Yeah, because and I actually did this as well. Um, this is from Marie Iris, who says Market force for mystery shopping allows me to go and eat some of my favorite restaurants and get paid for it, plus get reimbursed for my meal. But the other one is I was hired, did something with Whole Foods. There's probably other retailers that do it, and you got like, $ to go in Whole Foods and do some secret shopping and then fill out a report. That's amazing. So there's that. There's also doing signing up for market research, and I was just going to mention that you could make a few You could make, like, a couple 100 bucks from that. I did that one like three hours. You sit in a room, you run off your mouth, and, uh, and they're like, Here's your check for $200 or your Amazon card or what Not Um, this is really, really great. We didn't even fill in. How much money are you going to make? But I because it vary so much, but I think that we could get that same you know, number, depending on how often you want to be doing this stuff

Class Description

You don’t have to commit your life to a soul-sucking day job. In fact, you can drum up the job of your dreams if you have the right mindset and an action plan to back it up. In Ditch Your Day Job, career coach Michelle Ward will show you what it takes to go from bored-at-work to satisfied and self-employed.

There was a time when Michelle was wasting her days working in finance. She was miserable at work and needed a change. Over the course of two years she cooked up her escape plan and has been perfecting her approach by helping others for the last five years. In this class, she’ll show you how to prepare to leave your day job for a career you love. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Create a simple plan for getting your business started
  • Establish an emergency fund
  • Identify your existing sources of help and support

Michelle will take the mystery out of starting your own small business and help you zero in on the details that will make it happen. You’ll develop a savings plan that will give you a good buffer before making the leap and get tips on exactly what it takes to make your new endeavor profitable.

If you are done with counting down the minutes at your day job and want to launch your own creative business, Michelle is ready to give you all the inspiration and insights you need to set yourself up with a life and job you love.

As a bonus when you purchase this class, you'll get:

  •  1 Year Membership Free to Bidsketch
  • 2 Free Hours on Breather, to apply towards booking one of their beautifully designed workspaces.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials


Bidsketch Discount.pdf

Bonus Materials

Amazing Discount Codes.pdf

Ditch Your Day Job Workbook.pdf

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a Creativelive Student

Fantastic course! I highly recommend it. Michelle is a wonderful teacher: energetic, passionate, funny, and encouraging. Kenna is also a great facilitator; the most natural and genuine host I've seen so far on Creative Live! Great job both of you. And a well-deserved shout-out to the in-class participants, who were engaged and candid about their own situations. Best of luck to both of you with ditching your day jobs. This class has given me the structure and several practical tools to facilitate my own transition to creative entrepreneurship and out of a soul-sucking job. Michelle shared many supportive messages that made me look more confidently at my "uniquity" and its value in the creative marketplace; as a result, I am now eager to take the action towards building my art business. I will use my S.N.A.P. to comfortably and confidently get to where I want to be, so that I don't snap at my day job in the process ;-)

Becky Pennington Arce

This course is truly AMAZING! I've been in hyper - forward motion since the first day! Thank you Michelle! This course was honestly different then any other! It gave actionable items, where to find support, and tons of yummy resources (which if very time consuming and somewhat impossible when you have a DAY JOB!) My Day Job is actually "ditching" me but by having a plan (which Michelle gives step by step details how to do), I'm totally comfortable and even EXCITED to be DITCHED! Several items that she shared I've already been able to implement into my creative business plan AND my personal life! Double whammy! I ended up buying the course to make sure I didn't miss anything! Super excited to continue and wish everyone luck on their own creative journey! ~Enjoy!

Heather Young

I was one of the fortunate studio members of this class. Wow! So much great information, step by step instructions, enthusiastic encouragement and fun! Michelle takes you through the baby steps needed to form a solid foundation to get ready to ditch your day job and do it with a plan, a safety net and a support network. A common sense guide to doing something uncommon and (to some) seemingly nonsensical. The videos will teach, inspire and encourage, the workbook will make it real for your own situation and the resources that are provided will be invaluable as you prepare to ditch your day job. You will be so glad you purchased this class!