How to Make $2,500+ a Month as a Social Media Marketer

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If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you stumbled upon this article/site through either Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram.

Right?

Right.

How often are you on these platforms (be honest; we won't judge)? Have you ever thought about turning your time on social media into a full-blown work-from-home empire?!

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According to PayScale, the average social media marketer brings in $34,432 to $56,571 per year, which is not only factoring in marketing firms, but the freelancers and one-(wo)man companies as well.

In some of the women entrepreneur groups I am in, I see marketers advertising their 2-to-3-posts-per day services for $500+ per month!

Think about it: If you charge $500 per month to manage a business' Facebook and Instagram accounts, and take on 5 regular clients, that's a whopping $2,500 per month (or $30,000 per year).

$30,000 a year to get creative and schedule posts? Umm, yes please!

Now think about how it could be once you get your business established and some satisfied clientele... you could not only take on even more clients (if time permits), but you could also raise your prices to mirror the quality of your work!

Obviously, everyone's experience and pay scale is going to vary, but this is a highly sought after and realistic work-from-home job that I cannot help but share. 

The other day, I was listening to the Hustle to Freedom podcast (which I STRONGLY recommend listening to!) and heard the story of Sarah Bettencourt: a single mom who left her job at an established firm to grow her own social and digital management company. Today, Sarah's company employs 6 AND works with huge bloggers, entrepreneurs, and brands... pretty cool, right? 

Now for the million dollar question: Just how does one become a social media manager/strategist/marketer?

Long before we had our first son, I knew I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom and, lucky for me, about a week after he was born my husband was interviewed/hired for an awesome network engineer job in Denver. Because of this new job (and a lot of budgeting), we could now afford for me to stay home, but I still wanted to find something that I could do to bring in a little extra money.

What did I do?

I reached out to my hometown museum, who had an outdated website and virtually no online/social media presence, and offered to be their webmaster, newspaper copywriter, and marketing manager.

That's right: I asked.

My advice in starting your career in social media is to reach out to different small businesses, mom and pop shops, restaurants, etc., to help yourself become established and to help your client grow their business. Needless to say, you probably won't make $3,000/month right off the bat (I was making $10 an hour), but you will learn a lot and will hopefully receive referrals/a great testimony from the people you've helped!

Another great place to for marketing is -- ready for it? -- Craigslist!

Yes, Craigslist can be a sketchy place at times with ads for casual hookups and scam houses for rent, but it can also be a goldmine for work-from-home jobs! 

Before I began writing for the company I am with now, I interviewed for/was offered a job at a local marketing and analytics firm, one that would allow me to work remotely with the exception of bi-weekly in-office meetings. To search through available opportunities, go to the "jobs" section of your local Craigslist (heck, check out all the local metro pages -- it's work from home, so it doesn't matter if you live in that exact spot or not) and search "remote+marketing." 

Something to keep in mind if/when going this route: If you are working with an actual company, you probably won't get to name your price... BUT, you will be getting invaluable experience that you can add to your resume! Another thought/warning: Be sure to also research the company to make sure they are legit, because even though CL has a lot of good jobs, they also have their fair share of scams.

A final thought when finding work is to reach out to friends and family to let them know what you are doing! Post your services in LinkedIn, share a status about it on Facebook... it is amazing just how often somebody you know knows someone else who could use your expertise! 

If you want to take your knowledge to the next level or add a completed course to your resume, I have just the class for you, which is that of Facebook Advertising Secrets!

Facebook ads are HOT right now and businesses need people like you to help them run their campaigns. My friend, Andrea Vahl has a brand new training series called How to Start a Highly Profitable Facebook Ads Management Business…even if you’ve never run Facebook Ads before!

You will learn:

  • The #1 thing you need to have in place BEFORE you start running Facebook Ads for clients 
  • How to get your first client in 30 Days or LESS (and then Scale UP from there)
  • What specific things you do for clients each day, week, and month so that you make sure their ads are working for them (with some handy checklists)
  • 3 crucial decisions about services, packages, and pricing that will help your Facebook ads management business run more profitably

The training includes checklists, videos, an ebook and a LIVE webinar happening on September 6th. Get signed up by clicking here.

In addition to the course, I have found this book to be extremely helpful in learning more about running your business/navigating social media management (Please note: This is an Amazon Affiliate link, meaning I may receive a small commission off any purchase. Don't worry though; there is no price change/increase for you by buying through my link): 

Happy business launching, Side Hustle Mom! As always, if there is any way I can help in your work-from-home journey, drop me a comment!

Mom Boss Interview: Celia Reeves from Medical Coding Mama

Alright, mamas (and papas, students, friends, et al): I am so so so SO excited about today's mom boss, as she runs a business that is unlike any other we have ever featured (which just goes to show that if you have a passion for something, you can/should run with it)!

Meet Celia Reeves: Celia is a Medical Coder and mama who has made a business out of studying the gibberish the doctor's office bills you for (Come to find out, it isn't just gibberish -- I'm just not as smart as Celia in terms of deciphering the lingo). Her website, Medical Coding Mama, is a GOLD MINE for all things coding and consulting, and I am so excited and honored to have her here today! 

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Celia, I love how unique both your story and website is! Can you tell us a little about your background? 

I have been a Medical Coder since 2006. I fell in love the profession quite literally after my 1st husband died of cancer. Seeing the bills and stuff I didn't understand, I went to the doctor office and had them teach me what the papers said because it was all in medical codes and I didn't know how to read any of it at the time, it was like reading Greek! I also discovered I was a natural medical coder because I took to it like a duck to water. As my friends say, I eat, drink, sleep, breathe and bleed medical coding pretty much. I am now on speed dial for most of them when they need a medical question answered! 

What inspired you to take your knowledge online? 

After seeing so many people struggle to understand what goes on behind the scenes of the doctor's office, I realized all the stories i'd witnessed over the years of being in the back office as a medical coder/medical biller made for some great teaching material, and I share the patients stories and lessons they learned. I want to share all that knowledge with the world because I firmly believe an informed patient makes better health choices for themselves and their families. The stories I share come from my own life, the patients themselves, news stories i hear on the news that can spark a blog post and can be funny, sad, and sometimes a story can make you go oh yeah...why didn't I think of that?

Tell us a little about Medical Coding Mama and just what the site entails. 

Medical Coding Mama started quite by accident actually. I had gotten a phone call from a logo place asking for money. My now ex husband( i had remarried a few years after becoming a young widow) and he had ordered a logo and had given my number as a call back. When I explained he was my ex husband, the place was furious. When I offered to pay the designer for his time and effort, even though that logo would never be used, the CEO was touched I had cared enough to make sure the designer was paid for their time and effort. The CEO asked me what I did for a living, I told him I was a Medical Coder...and a single parent.The CEO then asked if my friends had a nickname for me, I laughed and said yes, my friends affectionately called me the Medical Coding Mama because my two great loves were my daughter, whom I'm raising on my own, and medical coding. The CEO laughed and asked if I had ever wanted to do my own business. When I confessed I had thought about it, they offered to make a logo for me and charged only a small amount so I could afford it since I was a single parent. The logo you see on the website is what they came up with after asking what else I loved, besides my daughter and medical coding. It's a simple logo, kinda southwest looking and teal colored. They were just tickled when I raved about my simple logo. I love it. And two weeks after getting my adorable logo, I started the blog that became Medical Coding Mama.

What doors has MCM opened for you? 

Definitely the community. I'm thrilled that people from all over the world are reading and learning from the stories I share. I honestly think and believe an educated and informed patient makes better choices. If I can help even one person, I know I have succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. I'm not in it for the money. I love what I do for a living, and I truly love and enjoy educating the public on stuff that goes on behind the scenes. Many people honestly don't realize all that goes on behind the scenes after your doctor visit is over, or what we do with all that lovely paperwork you have to fill out. I like opening eyes on all that stuff. I have seen many a light bulb over the head moments from these patients when I explain what exactly goes on.

What advice would you give other mompreneurs trying to start their business/find their niche? 

Three pieces of advice I share with you. 1. Write about what you love and are passionate about, it will come through loud and clear to people who read/buy your stuff. 2. Make a memorable name, something catchy and easily gets stuck in people's minds so you're easy to remember. 3. DO NOT compare yourself to other people. You are unique in your own right. Show your true colors, don't worry about competing with everyone else. Make your own light shine and people will easily find you when they search for your topic.

Can you walk us through a day in your shoes? What does your work/life balance look like? 

My day is kinda spread into three parts. I get up early and do some medical coding and look over charts over a secure format to make sure all the documentation is there for insurance to pay medical claims.  then mid-morning/afternoon then I do the single mom stuff like errands, do homework with my daughter( year round school), I do a lot of dinners in the crockpot or we do make your own salad nights or breakfast for dinner,  do an outline on 5 or 6 blog posts and then flesh them out when I feel it's time to do a particular topic.  After my child is in bed for the night,  then I read a lot online for new medical breakthroughs at night before heading to bed (yes, I'm a medical geek and proud of it).

And for my favorite question: What is a Medical Coding Mama-related memory that sticks out in your mind as being the best?

 It's three way tie on favorite memory...1. My former boss whom love dearly calling me up on my cell and screaming with laughter because she knew EXACTLY which patient I was referring to in a story without mentioning their name. 2. Realizing the blog had gone international when I got linkedin.com requests to connect from all over the world. 3. Having people tell me they love my website and content.

Amazing, right? Be sure to connect with Celia by visiting her website.

5 Legit Survey Sites That Actually Pay

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Since joining several work-from-home Facebook groups, I have discovered that there are A LOT of scams out there. While work-from-home surveys are a real thing, it should be known that they probably won't make you rich (or ever come close enough to replacing your income), but can make you a little extra money here and there. One of the biggest and most blatant of lies I read about in groups are people claiming they are making $100-some a day by taking surveys... this isn't a real thing, people! If you want to try your luck at legit surveys that will make you some extra moolah here and there, check out these 5 legit survey sites that actually pay:

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1.) Swagbucks: I have mentioned them before and I will mention them again, because not only is Swagbucks a legit company, but they offer their users free ways to make extra money! From taking surveys with accredited companies to watching videos and shopping online via their code, there are countless legitimate ways to earn with the 'bucks.

2.) Survey Junkie: We already established that you will not get rich from filling out surveys, which is seconded on  SurveyJunkie's own website. Now that we have re-established this (apparently) common misconception, let's delve into the fact that you can earn an average of $1 to $3 for each 10-15 minute survey you complete... cool, right?

3. i-Say: With so many supposed survey sites out there, it can be hard to separate the real from the fake, which is why we love long-time companies like Ipsos i-Say, which has been around since 1975 and is now the "third largest survey-based research firm in the world with more than 15,000 employees in more than 80 countries worldwide." Like other sites, i-Say consists of answering questions and racking up points for Paypal cash, gift cards, or sweet sweepstakes entries.

4. Google Rewards: I know, I know; you don't get paid in cash for taking Google surveys, BUT you do get a decent amount of credits, which can be worth its weight in gold if you're an Android user who likes to download movies onto their phone and tablet before boarding a flight with two kids! (Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything...)

5. MyPoints: Last but certainly not least is MyPoints, which I happen to LOVE because you not only make money by taking legit surveys, but by using their search engine, shopping via their link, and watching videos. As if this wasn't reason enough to join MyPoints, you can also refer your friends and receive 10% of their earnings for LIFE. Cha ching!