The 5 Stages of Getting a New Work-From-Home Job

You know that saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans”?

Well, that’s basically been my life as of late.

Between long car rides for funerals, sickness, and other day-to-day bumps, I haven’t gotten to post everything on here that I have wanted. (I guess that comes with having a side hustle sometimes… big plans have to be put on the back burner because of family, day jobs, and life in general).

Since next week is Thanksgiving, I will not be posting anything new, BUT I will be working hard to get ahead for the rest of the year, so stay tuned!

Today, I leave you with an article I wrote on my personal blog nearly 4 years ago regarding the 5 stages of getting a new work-from-home job (or any job, for that matter)… like grief, the emotions come in different spurts, which I was randomly reminded of the other day whilst speaking to a friend about her new job.

Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving!

A few weeks ago, I got a new job.

Finding a job I could do at home with Jax (in addition to my marketing) is something I prayed about, searched high and low, and constantly scoured for on Craigslist.

I finally found it.

I'm currently writing daily entertainment articles for a national site and couldn't be happier -- my bosses/co-workers are awesome, the work itself is a blast, I get to keep working while staying home with my little tyke, AND I'm learning a ton about my home state! It's a win/win/win/win.

Anyway, from the time I was offered the job to the time I started writing/setting up posts, I experienced 5 all too familiar feelings. I've worked several different industries in my 25 years (retail, hospitality, journalism, and food to name a few) and have felt these varying emotions every single time -- and this time around, it finally occurred to me what was happening.

You know how there's the 5 stages of grief? Well there's also the 5 stages of getting a new job. Don't believe me? Read on..

Ladies and gentlemen: I present to you the Annie Sandmeier Model (or the 5 Stages of Getting a New Job).

1.) Shock - One of the first reactions is shock, wherein the applicant cannot believe they were the (supposed) most qualified candidate out of all the (assumed) people who applied.

2.) Excitement - When the applicant recognizes that they did indeed get the job and that shock cannot continue, it becomes excited, possibly a little cocky. Certain psychological responses of a person undergoing this phase would be: "Eff yeah! I got the freaking job!"; "Hey *insert significant other's name here*, I got the job so you need to take me out and give me a back rub to celebrate!"; "I need to go out and spend all the money on new work clothes (which, in my case would be yoga pants and pajamas, since I work from home)!" 

3.) Pure, Unadulterated Panic - The third phase involves recipient realizing that the cockiness may have been a bit premature. Usually, the job recipient is given a swift kick in the ego and begins to negotiate with a higher power in exchange for a reformed lifestyle: "Hi God; it's Annie again.. I'm sorry I got so ahead of myself with this new job.. Again.. I pray that this first week goes smoothly and that I can quickly learn everything I need to do.. If it does, I promise to limit my Netflix binging. Amen."

4.) Self Doubt - "I can't do this job! Why did I think I could handle this?!" "Why did I apply for a writing job.. I can't even write!" 

5.) Acceptance - "Okay, okay.. so maybe I CAN do this." "You got this, girl! Just remember to breathe." In this last stage, individuals embrace the new job, figure out their new schedule, and overall just get their shi — err stuff — together. 

I think that the hardest part for me was getting used to the writing, deadlines, etc., but once I found a good balance and made myself a little schedule, I realized that everything would be just fine! I try to do most of my work either very early in the morning (before Jackson is awake) or wait to do it after dinner (when Brandon is home and can watch him for a bit). I'm loving my new job and feel extremely blessed to be doing what I'm doing from home! 

Here Are The Best Ways To Make Quick And Easy Money Before Christmas

Ah yes, that most wonderful time of year is once again here, so it is time to break out the eggnog, festive attire, and credit card so that you can rack up massive amounts of debt, right?

If you know me, you know that I LOVE Christmas (like, I listen to Christmas music/watch Rudolph/buy gifts year round), so I cannot help but feel giddy when Christmas commercials begin airing on November 1st! While this happy time of year brings great joy, it can also bring great anxiety, as gifts, turkeys, and higher electric bills cost lots of money. 

Before you go opening new charge accounts around town, we recommend checking out our list of the best ways to make extra money for Christmas:

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Become a personal shopper 

Mystery shopping has a negative connotation, but becoming a personal shopper with an accredited company like Instacart? 100% legit! Whether you are wanting to pick up a few hours here and there during the holidays or are looking for something a bit more consistent, there is money to be made as a grocery shopper/deliverer. 

Rent your guest room on Airbnb

You can read A LOT more about the Airbnb opportunity here, so I will just recap by saying that you can rent your extra room or guest house as little or as often as you want, and come out ahead each time.

Open a tiny boutique. 

As you may remember, I recently partnered with Kollectin and was super impressed by their incredible selection of bling and by their business opportunity! How does it work? In their own words, "you get to pick and choose the jewelry you love, and manage everything with a couple of swipes of your phone: keep for yourself, sell, or send back and get something new. It's that simple." (In addition to the business opportunity, Kollectin also has a lot of beautiful jewelry for sale, which makes for that perfect Christmas gift!) To get instant access to the app, use promo code Annie491!

Cash-back apps

If you have been around for awhile, you know that I LOVE me some Ebates... and what's not to love? To use a cash-back app like Ebates, simply go to their site/app, find the online store you're planning to shop at, click the link, and shop. That is literally it! The cash back varies depending on where you shop (it will tell you the cash back percentage on the store's home page), but it is a simple way to earn some extra money here and there.

Take surveys 

Are survey sites legit? Depending on the site? Yes. Can you get rich off of taking surveys? I wish... BUT if you are consistent, you can easily earn cash and/or gift cards, perfect for buying Christmas gifts! (Not sure which survey sites/apps are the best? We recommend Survey Junkie, My Points, and Swagbucks.)

Do quick, odd jobs around town 

Want to make $10+ in less than an hour? Do a few quick audits for Gigwalk! How does it work? In their own words, "Gigwalk is a mobile app for Android and iOS that allows you to find quick jobs (“Gigs”) in your area. A Gig is represented by a pin on the map in our mobile application and can take anywhere from 5 minutes to a few hours to complete and pay anywhere from $3 to $100. Clients see the work Gigwalkers submit through the app on our back-end Gigwalk platform.)" I have completed several gigs since beginning my Gigwalk venture and cannot recommend it enough... you can read a lot more about my experience here.

Flip on Craigslist 

Not to brag or anything, but... I have pretty much perfected the art of the Craigslist flip! Just how does one do it? You can start by emptying out your closet and/or the kids' toy box, OR you can do what I do, which is buy larger toys on sale at Goodwill, clean them up, and then sell them on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist for a profit. Easy peasy, right? To give you an example, last year I bought a Fisher Price playhouse for $2, buffed out all the scuff marks, and sold it on Facebook Marketplace a few days later for $15!

Flip on eBay

While the money may not come as quick as Craigslist, there is still cash to be made on eBay! For those of you who are unfamiliar with flipping something on eBay and what all that entails, it is essentially just finding/buying items like clothes, antiques, electronics, etc., and then re-selling them for a profit. (Side note: I have several friends/family members who sell full time on eBay, so it's great for both chump change and a full-time income.)

Turn your passion into profit 

Do you knit beautiful scarves? Sell them. Bake incredible cookies? Sell them. Create gorgeous jewelry? Do you see where I'm going with this?! My mother-in-law is one of the busiest people I know and -- in addition to working full time -- farms, bakes delicious breads, pours and sella her own candles, and more. If this is something that may interest you, start by marketing your product to friends on Facebook and then expand to groups, farmers markets, and/or artisan fairs.

Babysit 

Whether you nanny during the day or pick up jobs in the evening, there is always a need for trusted caregivers! Not sure where to find your next job? Offer your services to friends or utilize sites like Care.com

Paper route

I know, I know... the words paper route bring up images of teenage boys on bikes, but do you know what? Paper routes are a quick and simple way to bring in an upwards of $1K per month! Picture it: A quiet car, your favorite coffee, virtually no traffic... total dream job, right?!

Earn gift cards with Job Spotter

Have you heard of Job Spotter? It's an app that let's you snap pictures of help wanted signs around town, upload them, and then rack up points to put toward Amazon cards and more.

Cut the cord

This one is more about saving money than it is making money, but have you thought of getting rid of your expensive cable and switching to just over-the-air? We haven’t had cable in nearly 5 years now (and before that got it for free, thanks to my husband’s job) and are amazed by just how much we save by relying solely on over-the-air! Not only is the picture crystal clear, we still get 50+ channels (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, a bunch of oldies/game show/movie channels) and save an upwards of $150/month by not having pricy cable on demand! (My other favorite cable-less hack? We recently downloaded the FREE Pluto TV app on our Roku and get a ton of free news channels, a 24/7 Mystery Science Theater 3000 channel, and even a home channel that airs old HGTV shows from the late 2000’s, early 2010’s.)

Transport food (or people)

This is a super easy and popular way to make money that deserves mentioning: food delivery! Uber Eats and DoorDash are HUGE in the city (especially for us lazy folk who sometimes do not feel like cooking or driving anywhere for food) and give you the flexibility to work as little or as often as you like!

Seasonal Retail

Last but certainly not least is what is quite possibly the most obvious: seasonal retail. If you have someone to watch the kids and are able to commit 20+ hours a week through the new year, you can make some serious cash! To find out who is hiring, check out your local Target, World Market, Walmart, or any other of your favorite stores.

I hope these tips make your holiday season a little merrier, brighter, and greener! Do you have any tips for making extra Christmas money? Please share them in the comments!

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Open An Tiny Online Boutique And Make Money With Kollectin

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, meaning I may have received payment and/or free product in exchange for this post. That being said, I would never give my endorsement/recommendation for something I didn't absolutely love!

Being a mom to young kids is one of the happiest, most trying, and most expensive times in our lives. 

We ooze pride when our 2-year-old sings their ABCs or counts to 10 for the first time.

We heavily sigh when we sit down for the first time all day, just to hear screams and cries of "mommy!" coming from down the hall.

We cringe every time we go to Costco and spend $100+ on JUST diapers, pull-ups, and wipes.

It's a tough job, ladies... but let me just say that you are rocking it! 

Despite the days with (in my case) an almost 5-year-old and 2-year-old being so long, I feel incredibly blessed to be able to stay home with my boys and work around their schedules; it is something that I will never take for granted, as I know there are millions of moms out there who yearn to stay home with their babies.

According to a recent study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the estimated cost of raising a child from 0 to 18 is a whopping $233,610, which does not even include the cost of a college tuition! With the cost of raising just one child nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars, it is no wonder why so many moms who want to stay home have to work, and it is also why I am so thankful to learn about and partner with companies like Kollectin!

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What is Kollectin? Kollectin is an innovative fashion tech startup geared to empower women and help them flaunt their style and individuality while making money and allowing them to be their own Girl Boss. 

If you have been around my corner of the web for awhile, you know that I have experimented with both selling on eBay and Amazon, which -- while potentially lucrative -- also proved to be stressful in shopping for inventory (not to mention coming up with the money to purchase your inventory), keeping track of overhead, running back and forth to the post office, and so on. 

This is where the beauty of Kollectin comes in: You don't have to spend tons of money to make money (unless you decide to keep product on hand, in which case you buy the jewelry at wholesale price and sell it at retail!) OR go through the hassle of stocking your own tiny boutique, as Kollectin — with no cost, no subscription — does all the work for you! 

How does Kollectin work? With their Tiny Boutique Box program, you get to pick and choose the jewelry you love, and manage everything with a couple of swipes of your phone: keep for yourself, sell, or send back and get something new. It's that simple.

Are you the girl who loves to experiment with new looks and accessories? 

Kollectin is for you.

Does your tribe consider you to be the group fashionista? 

Kollectin is for you.

Are you a busy stay-at-home mom, college student, or side hustler looking to make a little extra money each month?

You see where I am going with this, right? 

Even if you are not in the market to make extra money (if that is even a thing), Kollectin is a fabulous platform, as they partner with numerous designers to bring you not only the hottest looks, but special pricing and deals, rewards, and style inspiration. 

"Whether you are a girlfriend or an Influencer, you get to choose your favorite jewelry designs and build a virtual store to promote them."

Now for the million dollar question: Just how does one build their own tiny boutique... through an app? 

When you first log in to the app, you are asked to create your own style profile, which may sound daunting (it did to me, at least), but is actually really fun, as you get to browse through numerous necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings, and decide which pieces best fit your style!

Here are a few of my picks:

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Totally fab, right?! 

Once you have chosen your favorites, your tiny boutique has been established, meaning you can enjoy a discount on your chosen pretties OR invite your friends to shop your collection! 

(As I previously mentioned, when you make a purchase through the app, you not only receive some of the newest styles, but special deals, pricing, and rewards as well.)

When your friends purchase? You receive a generous commission! So cool, right? 

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Whether you are a busy mom, broke college student, fashionista, or influencer, be sure to check out Kollectin! (Psst... Christmas is coming and EVERYONE could use some pretty new earrings or a chic handbag ;) 

To apply to be one of Kollectin's first influencers, simply fill out their application/survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X9D5T5G

The Kollectin App is currently available on both iPhone and Android

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Is Ebates A Legit Cash Back App? (And How To Actually Make $10 For FREE!)

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You've seen the commercials and have maybe noticed an ad or two for the cash back app Ebates... but is it real?

If you are reading this right now, you are either:

1. My mom (who reads all my articles... Hi/thanks, mom!).

2. A regular Side Hustle Mom reader.

3. A new reader who was searching the web for unbiased reviews for Ebates. 

Whether you identify as 1, 2, or 3, you have come to the right place, as I am going to tell you about my experience with Side Hustle Mom and whether or not I -- in my experience hustling -- consider it to be the best cash back app. 

Let's start with the basics: What the heck is Ebates? 

Essentially, Ebates is a middle man/affiliate marketing site that scours the web for the best deals/cash back offers, notifies their users of these sales/cash back offers, and then gives the user 50% of the commission made for using their referral link. 

"Since our founding in 1999, Ebates has helped its members — 10 million and counting — earn over $1 billion in Cash Back at their favorite stores," explains Ebates, adding that "By connecting these savvy shoppers with America’s best brands, we give them a hassle-free way to save money on the things they buy every day, while our retail partners find loyal new customers and drive record sales."

In the world of affiliate marketing, this is pretty ingenious. 

Now that you know the basics of Ebates, just how does it work?

Basically, all you need to do is go to their site/app, find the online store you're planning to shop with by either scrolling through their list or typing it in the search bar, clicking the link (which will instantly re-direct you to the Amazon, Target, eBay, etc. homepage), and shopping like you normally would. 

That is it. 

As you can see from the screenshot above, each box tells you just how much cash back you can receive through Ebates, but keep in mind that it may be subject to certain categories (like with Amazon, whose cash back is -- as of this writing -- only valid for Prime Apparel, Amazon Devices, Dash Buttons, etc.). 

Now for the Million Dollar Question: Is it legit? Do you really get cash back? 

It is! 

When you sign up for Ebates and spend $25 or more, you get an automatic $10 deposited in your account. (Free money, what what?!)

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Then the next time you shop through your Ebates link, you get that allotted percentage added into your account. 

As of this writing, I have made $50+ via two separate checks... and literally all I have done is added 5 more seconds to my shop time in order to access the website through the Ebates app. 

How does Ebates pay you?

This part is cool: You can either be paid by a physical check (which is my preferred method of payment, as I can take it to the bank to be cashed) or by Paypal, which has a quicker turn-around time than the former. (As far as frequency, Ebates pays quarterly, with the posting period of January 1st through March 31st being paid May 15th, April 1st through June 30th on August 15th, July 1st to September 30th on November 15th, and October 1st through December 31st going out on February 15th.) 

In conclusion, Ebates is a totally legit and totally free way to earn money back on stuff you were already planning to buy, which is why I recommend it to EVERYONE! 

If you are ready to get started on making easy money, follow my link, which will not only get you set up, but will give you a FREE $10 after you spend $25 online

Happy shopping/earning!