Beautifully Organised

Saturday, October 6, 2018

How I make money from home

How do I make money from home so I can spend more time with my children?

Each day, I get Instagram DMs, Facebook messages and emails from other mums, asking me this question because they want to stay home with their kids too.

My kids are in primary school now, so I could go back to corporate life, but I love the freedom of being home each day:

* I get to be there when my kids get home from school

* I have the availability to volunteer at the school every fortnight

* I have a quiet home during the day so I can still be a bit of an introvert and get the housework done without rushing

* I can to go to the movies by myself during the day

Living a simple life helps. Our only financial priority at the moment is paying off our mortgage as soon as possible. Plus, I love to cook and bake, so meals and our grocery budget are quite small.. and I have plenty of time to spend in the kitchen because I'm at home most days.

We don't need a lot of money - we can live off my husband's income - but it's nice to have extra money coming in that can work around our family life. It helps us pay off our mortgage faster, build savings for emergencies and special treats, and gives us the freedom to make decisions about life based on what we want to do rather than what we have to do.

If you're looking for the same kind of simple, happy life - this post might help you!

Here's how I personally make money (or have previously made money) from home.

1. Blogging & vlogging here at Beautifully Organised
2. Working with other bloggers and entrepreneurs
3. Through
4. Ironing at home
5. Through Swagbucks

A breakdown of each one in case you want to try it too:

Blogging and Vlogging.

I blog here at Beautifully Organised, and I also run a YouTube channel.

I used to get paid through Adsense for my YouTube videos, but right now I don't meet the new partner qualifications, so that income stream is on hold. 

Most of the money I make through my blog and vlog is from sponsored posts, affiliate links, and selling my own printables & digital courses. 

It took me a while to set up these income streams because I spent my first few years stumbling through it  and learning really slowly about the tech, growing my audience, pitching brands, making printables, creating online courses, and selling online. 

I think if I started now instead of in 2011, I would have saved a lot of time and effort by using the resources from the Genius Blogger's Toolkit - it has everything you need to get up and running and start bringing in money using your blog & social media for under $100. 

They're also running a free video class series right now that will show you:

  • How to grow your blogging income (with strategies that work in any niche)
  • Why now is the best time to start a blog (and how a new blogger can succeed faster)
  • How to grow your blog traffic using Pinterest
  • How to blog when you're already busy (run your blog in less time with less headache)

Working with other bloggers and entrepreneurs.

This is one is really fun - I get to talk about all the online entrepreneurial stuff with other people who love it too. 

My poor husband - his eyes would glaze over every time I started talking about blogging, marketing funnels, launches and sales.. its just not his thing. But I could talk about it all day.. 

So when people started asking me how I personally simplified working online (I only work 2 hours a day, 10 hours a week) and what hacks, tips, funnel insights and sales techniques I used, I was happy to share what worked for me! 

I currently work with 3 - 5other entrepreneurs at a time, helping them simplify their online presence while they grow their businesses with social media and consistent content. I also share tips here.


If you're not a blogger and don't want to run your own business, but you can type well, transcription could work for you. I did it for about a year to supplement my income, and it's helped us when we needed a little extra cash in a hurry (they pay weekly). But the pay is practically nothing per hour, so you have to love it and you need to be really efficient. I would only recommend this if you have no other choice. Although it was fun typing up celeb interviews!

Ironing at home.

I did this when the kids were babies and I had a good couple of hours available while they napped. It was a simple setup, I had a Facebook page to promote the ironing service, I'd take on a couple of clients a day and I'd watch a movie while I ironed and the baby slept.
Not great pay per hour (I charged $20 for a level basket which took an hour), and you need insurance in case you accidentally burn something special, but it's a great work from home option when you need quick cash. Ironically, now I hardly ever iron our own clothes - I think I've ironed too much over time ;)

Through Swagbucks.

This one is interesting - I've tried Swagbucks a few times with practically no success. But this year, things are different and it's becoming a nice little side income to add to our basket that takes practically no effort. 

You accrue points through completing actions on their website and then swap those points for gift vouchers (great for buying Christmas gifts) or my favourite, PayPal vouchers (real money in my account, woohoo!).

Most of the actions on Swagbucks - playing games, taking surveys, watching videos - are huge time wasters, and I don't recommend doing them. Sometimes I'll answer a question or take a survey, but it's never really been worth it for me.

You can also earn points through cash back shopping. Say you wanted to buy an Oroton handbag online - instead of going to the Oroton website, you click through to it via the Swagbucks website, and you'll earn a small percentage back on your purchase in terms of points - which go towards your total to redeem via PayPal. 

I don't shop a lot online, but have plenty of readers, viewers and friends who do. So I share my Swagbucks referral link with them, they sign up and get points when they shop, and I earn referral points that go towards my PayPal vouchers. This referral process has been my most successful way of using the site to earn extra money. It helps to have a following online to make it worthwhile, so if you're a blogger, this would be great for you too.

Out of all of these options, blogging / vlogging is definitely the one I recommend if you want to stay home with your children and earn some extra money. 

My blog and YouTube channel fit into my every day life - I post about organising, cleaning, cooking and parenting. So I basically film or write about stuff I'm doing anyway. 

You could do this with anything - look at any hobbies you have, or things you are good at. What could you share with other people? Could you teach them, relate to them, entertain them? 

Maybe blogging is for you too!

x Marissa

* This post contains affiliate links - if you make a purchase via my links, I receive a small commission.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

My typical daily routine (weekdays with primary school aged children)

 I thought you might like a peek at what my day is like as a mum of two primary school aged children!

Everyone’s situation is different, this is just a look at how we do things in my family - it’s not a “to do” for yours. Let me know your daily routine in our free private Facebook group!

Ok so our mornings usually begin around 6.30 - 7am when the kids wake us up.

I trade off “default parent” shifts with my husband..

First thing in the morning he takes care of breakfast, school lunches, brings me coffee in bed and takes care of the dogs.

From 7.30 the kids have to get dressed if they want to keep watching tv..

At 8am I get up, make bed and get dressed (I shower at night) and take over default parenting.

I manage the kids getting ready for school (they are 9 and 7 so can do most of it I just give verbal prompts), put a load of washing on and organise the cat’s food and litter tray.

Kids do a quick tidy of the lounge room once they are ready and then I drop them off at school 👍😃

Then I work from home for a couple of hours, do some cleaning, chill out for a bit, and bake a little (usually something for afternoon tea).

When the kids get home from school we have afternoon tea, then they go play with the neighbourhood kids and I have a cup of tea, hang the washing, bring in yesterday’s washing, then start dinner.

My husband is usually home around now and we cook dinner, wash dishes and chat together.

After dinner I manage the kids showers and homework while husband does last dishes and takes care of the dogs, then the kids head to bed with a bit of reading and I do a quick house tidy before having a shower and going to bed to watch Netflix or YouTube 💕

And that’s it! I like to keep my days pretty simple.

Let me know your daily routine in our free private Facebook group!

x Marissa

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cooking & cleaning deals I’m loving right now from Kogan

Now is a great time to invest in some tools that will make cooking and cleaning easier this Spring!

*** Use THIS LINK to get a FREE $10 Kogan credit to put towards any order greater than $35 ***

(Store Credit cannot be used with orders made on iOS or Android apps, credit will expire if it is not used within 14 days. All links are affiliate links)

The UltraSwish Spray Mop is currently on sale for just $15 (was $39):

The 13-in-1 Steam Mop is $79 (was $199):

The 9-in-1 Multifunction Pressure Cooker is $69 (was $119): Use it for Slow cooking, Meats and stews, Poultry, Beans and chilli, Rice, Soup, Yoghurt, Sauté/brown, Cake/bake

The 8-in-1 Multifunction Slow Cooker is $69 (was $99): Use it for Slow cook, Deep fry, Grill and sauté, Reheat, Roast, Steam, Simmer, Fondue

Hope you enjoy these deals!

x Marissa

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

3 Meal Planning options that will make your life easier (even if you hate meal planning)

Meal planning, grocery shopping, cooking.

You either love it or you hate it.

Or maybe you’re just a bit ‘meh’ about it all.

I hear you. You have so much going on in your life right now that meals have stopped being enjoyable times with the family and have become another source of stress in your day.

Let’s take some of that stress away. Today, I have 3 simple meal planning options that will make your life easier. All you have to do is choose the one that suits you best.

Option 1: Simple Cyclical Meal Planner. 

A month’s worth of dinner ideas! If you really hate meal planning and never know what to cook, just use this every month. It’s based on our family favourites. Most people have their favourites on rotation anyway, this way you have 30 of them! But you’ll need to find recipes and ingredients for them so there’s a little work required. Put aside 3 hours each week to check the plan, find your recipes, check your fridge, freezer and pantry and then grocery shop.

The simple cyclical meal planner is FREE and is in my Freebie Library. Sign up here for immediate access.

Option 2: Dive and deep and master the skill of meal planning.

Make meal planning YOUR thing. The thing you excel at. Dive in deep with with my Simple and Successful Meal Planning program and use the tips and tricks I love to make meal planning more enjoyable. I show you how to plan your meals in a way that works for YOU and your family, where to find dinner ideas (and how to actually enjoy finding them), how to handle picky eaters smoothly and reduce dinnertime complaints from your partner or children, and how to save money with your meal plan (without needing to shop at 9pm). Put aside some time to go through the program and tailor it to suit you, then you’ll only need a couple of hours each week to take care of your planning and shopping.

The Simple and Successful Meal Planning Program is $97 for lifetime access and includes a private Facebook group with access to me when you need it. Sign up here for immediate access.

Option 3: Have someone else do most of it for you.

This one is perfect for you if you love the idea of eating at home with your family, you like to cook, but you HATE to plan and shop.

The Eat at Home Meal Planning service creates meal plans for you, includes printable recipes AND also gives you colour-coded shopping lists. All the work is done for you, you just shop and cook.

The 15 minute meals and the 1 hour freezer stash will change your life!

Plus, if you grocery shop online, you don’t even have to go out and get your own food! You’ll save a ton of money by not eating out or getting take away, you’ll have fresh healthy meals that are easy to make ready to eat with your family, and you can have all the credit for barely lifting a finger.

The best part? You get access to not just one kind of meal plan, but four of them, including some special dietary requirements: Traditional, Wholesome Traditional, Slow Cooker and No Flour, No Sugar.

The Eat at Home Meal Planning service is currently on sale for a VERY limited time - get 30% of your membership when you sign up by September 19, 2018 and use coupon code FALL at checkout.

*I'm an affiliate for the Eat at Home Meal Planning Service.

x Marissa

Monday, September 17, 2018

Simple Spring Cleaning: My favourite tools, tips and techniques

In my experience, we don’t spring clean when we find it too overwhelming.

If you simplify your spring clean, you’re more likely to do it every year.

Here are my favourite tips for a simple spring clean:

Declutter first so that you have less to clean (1 week of decluttering, then one week of spring cleaning).

Do one space at a time - this works for decluttering AND spring cleaning!

Use your timer and challenge yourself - make it a game and you’ll procrastinate less.

Play upbeat and happy music to keep you motivated - I love this playlist on Spotify.

Cut down your time and effort by getting extra help - don’t do it all yourself. Have your family help you out - even kids can do some!

If budget allows, hire a cleaner, or embrace the amazing tech tools out there now!

The EcoVacs Deebot Ozmo 930 robot vacuum cleaner vacuums carpets and hard floors, AND mops! plus it works with your smartphone so you can have clean floors all the time, with hardly any effort. 

It's amazing - we've been using it for weeks and it's worked beautifully on all of our surfaces. The kids love it too, they get a kick out of programming it and watching it clean the floors :)

We have 2 dogs and a cat and it's been great for pet hair too.

Give yourself a reward when your spring clean is done - a GOOD reward, not just a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit. I like to schedule in a complete day off with a movie, lunch out, facial or massage every spring as a reward for finishing such a big job! If you’re watching your budget, you can do the same with a movie, nice lunch and pampering session at home. You deserve it.

Use the same simple cleaning solution for your counters and floors - no need for multiple expensive products unless you have stains that are really hard to remove. My basic cleaner is 1 part water, 1 part vinegar with a big squeeze of dishwashing liquid.

For really tough cleans, my essentials are here.

Create a cleaning schedule for the upcoming year so you don’t have any difficult spots next spring (e.g wipe out your oven weekly on a Saturday to avoid build up)

Create a rhythm. In my online program Less Mess, Less Stress..and More Calm we use 4 simple steps to clean a room:
  • Rubbish out
  • Put things away
  • Clean surfaces top to bottom (start at highest point like door frames and ceiling fans)
  • floors last (vacuum, sweep or mop)
Use this rhythm for your weekly house clean, for one room at a time, or for every section of your spring clean. 

Use LOTS of reusable cloths so you don’t waste money and resources with paper towel, and so you don’t waste time rinsing out your cloths all day - you can just throw all of your cleaning cloths in the washing machine at the end of the day. Buy tons of microfibre cloths to use each year or go even more environmentally friendly by cutting up old towels into cleaning squares.

Stay on track with a checklist! Hand write one or grab a printable from the internet - whatever suits you best. I like to hand write a simple list for each room. I checklist keeps me on track and means I don’t have to rely on my memory, so I find the job much easier! Let me know if you’d like me to share my lists for each room.

I hope these tips help you with your simple spring clean this year!

x Marissa

FTC: The Deebot Ozmo 930 robot vacuum was kindly lent to us from Ecovacs. Links to Woolworths products are affiliate links.