Tips for updating your digital branding.

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It doesn’t matter if you are a blogger, a Grammer, A YouTuber, or even a small business, if your thinking about taking your hobby to the next level, you need to think about digital branding.
Updating my own digital branding is something I am currently in the process of doing, so this topic seems so relevant to me right now! that I am super excited to be sharing the tips that I am currently using ready for my rebranding launch.

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Do your digital branding research

Before you start rushing in to creating your brand, do a bit of research first. Have a look at what others use and include, Have a look around, I recommend searching on Pinterest, It is useful to get an idea of what kind of things look good, and see what Popular themes there are. Obviously don’t just steal there’s, come up with your own.

Decide what your style is

I know this is such a tough one if you not used to brand schemes, however, deciding and finding your own style and becoming familiar with it is such a good thing to conquer as soon as possible. It goes without saying that your digital branding should reflect you, and what it is you are doing.
Once you have found your style it is going to be a lot easier for you to come up with your brand scheme.

Pick a color scheme

it’s time to choose your favourite colours for your scheme. This is one thing I struggle with but I am working on at the moment.
your colour scheme can be whatever you like. But it is nice yo pick colours that actually go together.

At the moment, my colour scheme is all over the place. Which is one of the things I am working on at the moment. This is something I also am enjoying the process of the most at the moment as my current task is messing around with my favourite colours and seeing what suits my personality. especially as I’ve been working on digital art so much more recently! Personally. I’m in love with pastel and burnt colours at the moment. Pastels more so.

Create a clear logo

Having your own unique logo is a brilliant way of standing out from the crowd! your Logo should be something that reflects who you and your brand is, as well as being clear and identifiable. Something that you will be proud to see on all of your beautiful sites and things.

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Choose a preferred font style

when you are deciding the brand scheme you want to be consistent with as much as possible. this includes your font style. I would highly recommend using font freebies online, and making note of what fonts you are using. There are so many beautiful available fonts out there. Using a font that is bold and quirky will really make your brand stand out! which is of course want you to need to achieve to be able to grow.

Be consistent

consistency is so important when it comes to growing your brand. Your brand should be what you most use across your website, digital stationery, and all of your social media. The more you stick with being on brand, the easier consistency will become throughout.

Don’t rush! And definitely don’t give up!

If coming up with your brand is something you are struggling with at the moment. I would honestly take your time until you have something that you are happy with. The happier you are, the more your brand will shine. Also, your brand is something that you will be used continuously, so if you are not happy with this from the start, it will annoy you throughout.

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Gift ideas for bloggers that they will love!

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When I started thinking about blogmas posts and what I wanted to include this year, I was quite excited at the thought of writing a few gift guides. Then when it came to who I wanted to write gift guides for. I thought what better than writing a gift guide for the blogger in your life. I already have brought so much of my Amazon account towards my blogging. So a few of these I am really passionate about. Especially when it comes to useful gifts, the others are a few things that I have on my wish list in the hope to purchase myself soon. So let’s get started… Here is my recommendations of Gift ideas for bloggers.

The only gift guide you could possibly need for the blogger in your life.

Gift ideas for bloggers

1. Bluetooth Keyboard

when it comes to blogging I use a range of devices to keep my blog going. I generally use my iPad when I am out and about or in bed, so I currently have this keyboard on my wish list. The pretty pink style is so aesthetically pleasing also!

2. LED Ring Light with Tripod Stand

I am obsessed with my LED ring light tripod. It makes creating videos and photos a breeze. The light simply plugs into a USB port, normally I plug mine into my laptop! And I use this the most for creating cute craft videos when I need too.

3. Little Miss Blogger Mug

Bloggers love mugs as it is but this cute little miss Blogger mug is the perfect gift ideas for bloggers. it says exactly what they do on the tin!. Plus keeping them caffeinated whilst working on their blog is something that honestly is appreciated. Believe me.

4. Felt Letter Board

When it came to thinking about my gift ideas for bloggers, I wanted to include things that would be useful for the blogger with their photos. Media is really important for blogging after all. Felt letter boards are something I am completely obsessed with! especially for creating flat-lay images with! You can create whatever message you want and add a few props around the board for a really nice pic to upload for the blog.
I have a few letter boards now. I like to write positive messages on them when I can, or countdowns to things we are looking forward too. It’s an idea a blogger, influencer or vlogger will love.

5. Clip-on Microphone For Bloggers And Vloggers

having a decent microphone when you are creating video media is essential. It’s all very well having a decent picture but if nobody can understand what you’ve got to say they won’t be tuning back in in the future.
this cute little condenser microphone clips to your clothes and allows recordings to be clear with little sound distortion.

6. Photo Studio Light Box

This is an amazing tool for taking photos of things with a clear and non-hectic background. I have used mine for around a year now, I love the fact I can use optional backgrounds depending on what I am shooting, and I would highly recommend this to bloggers. Since even if you don’t have a camera, and are using your phone to take images, the lighting and optional top access allows professional like photos to be taken.

7. Wall Bulletin Board

One thing I highly rate is vision and memo boards, and it’s nice to have a board to work with when it comes to tracking your goals and creating vision boards. This cute little set would suit any blogger, all they need to do is fill it with things that keep them positive and inspired.

8. Adjustable Laptop Stand for Desk

one thing is for certain. If you blog, then chances are you are on your devices a lot, and I mean hours at a time. The thing with computers is even laptops should be used on a suitable surface such as a desk. Laptop stands not only keep your laptop safe from overheating but it also allows you to position yourself in the most comfortable position whilst working.

9. A motivational notebook

I couldn’t not include a notebook in this list.

if you know me your know how obsessed I am with making notes and lists.

Notebooks are always a simple but well appreciated present to a blogger… we go through countless amounts of note-taking, idea jotting, researching. I can fill up a full notebook in a short amount of time.

10. Apple Pencil (1st Generation)

if they own an iPad, then an Apple Pencil could change the game for them! Open even more doors to there content, etc. Being able to draw your own graphics, be even more creative and take notes and things digitally! This is an amazing tool.

11. Tablet stand

finally, a tablet stand may sound simple but it’s the perfect desk accessory. Especially now that your iPad can connect with your Apple Mac to allow for split-screen functionality. Having an iPad that slips down constantly won’t have to be a bug-bear for them anymore.

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The things that drive us crazy at Christmas.

Don’t get me wrong here. I am a massive lover of the Christmas season, I enjoy pretty much everything that Christmas has to offer, however, there are still things that get slightly annoying and bring a downer on this joyful season. So in this post, I am sharing some of the top things that literally drive us crazy at Christmas.

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So what are the things that really drive us crazy at Christmas?

Not being able to find the ‘bloody tape’ again.

how the hell have we lost the rolls of tape again. We probably have 50 rolls already somewhere and we brought extra specifically for wrapping presents. It goes without saying how irritating it is when the tape has vanished the minute it’s needed for wrapping presents. I’m pretty certain losing cello-tape is a written in tradition at this point of driving us crazy at Christmas.

Christmas decorations that hit the taccy mark.

We’re getting to the time of year where we start to overbuy, and the shops are filled with things that we really don’t actually need in our lives. Now let me be clear, When I say tack, I’m talking over the top decorations, clothing, presents, that do not have any meaning. OR things that were a good idea at the time! but they were never a good idea. 

The shops are way to busy.

Even in the latest lockdown, I found myself stressing at the number of shoppers in the local grocery stores. They were heaving, and social distancing had done a major flop. Especially over the weekends.
but it’s not this year. As the big day looms every year, people do seem to lose the plot and go shopping at every opportunity. thousands of shoppers fleeing to town centres, and grocery stores to stock up a month’s worth of shopping for one day. You can’t breathe let alone think. Shopping is normally my Forte, add crowds into the mix and No. Not for me. And definitely not for my anxiety.

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Blowing the budget and overspending.

Ok I am a sucker for doing this, but I’m talking massive extents, common guys it’s not about how many presents are there to open on Christmas day, or how busy the tree is you should never forget Christmas is about love, families coming together and making memories. 

Oh, and what about those price increases.

All those beautiful things that have been brought so they can be wrapped and opened on one particular day, we love them. However, as you grow up you really do realise and find the annoyance in how that beautiful gift that they open would cost you so much less in the sales in literally days to come. How overnight the gifts being sold for £10 are now being ripped off the shelves at £2 or something stupid.

The Christmas market is impossible to navigate around.

When it comes to the German Christmas market popping up in town, I am gutted that it won’t be making an appearance this year. I mean, the Christmas market is great, it’s beautifully done and gives a real festive vibe to the town centre. The smells draw us in and the daytime beer in a stout from the German bar is more than tempting. However, when it comes to us actually trying to get into the high street shops and get our shopping done, it’s a chaotic hell. Especially in our town, where the market goes through the middle of the road with shops either side.

There is always someone moaning.

yes, ok. I get it. It’s Christmas, there’s a lot to do, money’s tight and the shops are always hectic. However, do you really need to vocalise your hatred of the season to strangers, some of us are trying to just get on, and be festive and joyful?

Commuters nightmares.

This isn’t such a problem for me anymore, but it is something I remember dearly, as the cold weathers hitting in, and the trains and buses are already a nightmare. We add the Christmas season in, it gets even worse.

Christmas songs that seem to be stuck on repeat.

Ok So I love Christmas music! but! when that same festive song has been on the radio for the 15th time in one day is enough to drive anyone crazy at Christmas. You have to admit that there is no reason to have the same song on loop, there are plenty of others to play. It’s starting to get a bit much! Variety is key. If you could send this message on to the shops as-well! Seems every shop you go in at one point has the same bloody song playing. 

Too much food adding to the seasonal weight gain.

Finally, we all say that we’re gonna try and be good over the Festive season I know that I do, but when it comes down to it, there is too much nice food and we all seem to indulge, Never-mind guys, New years goals for this one.  

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Stocking filler ideas you can’t really go wrong with.

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It tis the season to be jolly and The season for giving. So with not long left till the big day, time is beginning to run thin. At this point, present buying can become quite stressful, especially when you are clueless. What do you get? Christmas shopping has probably had about 3 levels. Super organised and Finished their Christmas shopping by November. Those who have not even started yet, and I literally mean those who haven’t brought one single present. Then there is those who will probably do it all Christmas eve. Which one are you? Need some ideas? Good, Today I am talking stocking filler ideas.

Were now all asking the question of what to buy, and so I have created my list of stocking filler ideas that you can’t really go wrong with when creating the Christmas sacks for our loved ones. and this year, of course, has its challenges. So online shopping is a massive relief so we can at least get some bits done!

Socks

I can’t be the only person in the world who has a slight sock obsession I mean who doesn’t love a few good pairs of socks!? Decorative ones of-course! Disney socks for certain! I am not being funny but especially as you get older socks are a well-loved present! especially if they’re a little bit funky like these ones, by the sock exchange.

Smelly’s 

Bubble Bath, Bath Bombs, Body sprays, Perfumes, Candle and the list goes on! Everyone baths, everyone likes to be clean and smell nice! so Smelly things are perfect as stocking fillers for Christmas! I particularly like the Baylis and Harding Beauticology set its such a reasonable price, and I have been gifted these for Christmas before and loved using the set!

No matter what your gender is, is it really Christmas unless you have received a Lynx set in your stocking?

Chocolate

Tis the season of festive chocolate giving. Chocolate is great for stocking filler ideas. For years my mum has always put some chocolate coins in are stocking, along with an orange! It’s like a must! Pink Gin Truffles. Or if you are really trying to push the boat out. Hotel Chocolate. Oh My Days, There so lush. I am craving them right now!

Bed-wear

Its winter, it is cold at night! Lazy days are always a possibility. What’s better than a pair of pyjamas, who wouldn’t want to receive these in their Christmas gifts? How cute is the Mickey and Minnie Pyjama set above? And those socks! Not just socks, slipper socks for the perfect cosy night in!

Mugs

I love mugs, especially funky ones. most of the mugs in our cupboard are Disney or friends. I have a collection of quirky mugs too, the 3D ones, that look like characters and animals… yep, them. Everyone loves a new mug, whether for its at home, or to have at the office, it could be a cute mug, or maybe a funny one, Mugs can never go a miss! even if that person owns way too many (like me).

Things to do

Books, DVDs, Puzzles, and crafty things. So many things that you could include in a stocking. Sometimes the little things are the best things a person could ever receive. Things to do is brilliant for some boredom busters.

One last thing…

The most important thing that you remember when you go out shopping this year, that it isn’t what you buy. Christmas isn’t about how much money you spend. It is certainly not about how many presents are under the tree. It’s the time you spend with your loved ones, putting arguments aside. Making memories, and living life to it merriest. With the year that we have had this year, we need to fill our lives and days with positivity! Good luck!

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Festive Blogging Ideas for blogmas.

It is getting close to December! If you are planning on doing Blogmas this year, you should have already got together some sort of plan. However it’s not too late, you can still get organised and get your Blogmas posts together. Today I am sharing nearly 200 Blogmas Ideas for you to help get your Crimbo post plans together.

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What is Blogmas?

If you don’t actually know what Blogmas is, Blogmas

Pretty similar to Blogtober, Blogmas is a month-long challenge for bloggers in December. Bloggers post in an advent calendar style for 25 days up till the big day. Some also go above and beyond to fill in the whole month up to the new year.

How do I take part in Blogmas?

Blogmas is not something that you need to apply for or permission to do, you are more than welcome to join in. All you need is some inspiration creative thoughts and your blog. If you don’t have a blog, check out my how to create a blog post, to get started.

It is up to you how you actually organise your blog posts when you are taking part in Blogmas, Some will freestyle and post every day on the day, and others will pre-write their posts so that they are scheduled and done as it happens.

It doesn’t matter what your blogging niche is either. Anyone can take part. There are no rules. It’s your blog, and completely up to you post what you want to post, and what you know your readers will want to hear from you.

100 brilliant blog post ideas for blogmas…

  • What your favourite things about Christmas are
  • What you don’t like about Christmas
  • Your Christmas traditions are.
  • Best Advent Calendars you can do/buy
  • Gift Guides (specify who the gift guide is for ie, pets, him, her)
  • Favourite Christmas Films
  • Share your favourite Christmas crafts
  • Elf on the Shelf Ideas
  • Christmas Party Outfit Ideas
  • What your house looks like for Christmas
  • Show Us Your Christmas Tree
  • What to eat at Christmas
  • Your favourite Hot Chocolate Recipe
  • How To Host The Perfect Christmas Party
  • Ultimate Christmas Playlist
  • A Christmas Tag
  • Your Letter To Santa
  • Or an old letter to Santa you wrote as a child.
  • Christmas Baking Recipes
  • Festive Themed Nail Art
  • Christmas Games to play with the family
  • Family Christmas Traditions
  • Christmas Eve Box Ideas
  • Festive drinks guide (Christmas Cocktails & Mocktails)
  • Winter Skincare (Your routine)
  • A Festive Get Ready With Me
  • How To Survive The Boxing Day Sales
  • Your Christmas goals!
  • How To Feel Festive when you are not feeling it.
  • Top Tips On Having A Less Stressful Christmas
  • whats going to be on your Christmas dinner plate?
  • Christmas Budgeting Tips

  • Outfit Ideas For New Year’s Eve
  • How To Beat The Winter illnesses
  • A Guide To Christmas Events In Your City/Town
  • Childhood Christmas Memories
  • What To Make With Christmas Leftovers
  • Winter Essentials
  • How to repurpose Christmas cards
  • ideas on how to save money this Christmas
  • What to do with your unwanted Christmas gifts
  • How to avoid overspending this Christmas
  • Favourite Festive Candles
  • Your Christmas Wishlist
  • Homemade Christmas Presents, and how you did them.
  • Mince Pie Taste Test – where you got them
  • Christmas TV Picks

Check out my christmas top 5 playlist, here.

  • Winter Wardrobe Essentials
  • Favourite Christmas Themed Books
  • Mulled Wine or Mulled Cider Recipe (or a non-alcoholic alternative)
  • Winter Activities
  • Christmas Party Essentials
  • How To Have A Festive Night In
  • Gift Wrapping Ideas
  • How To Get Your Home Ready for Christmas
  • Festive Day Out
  • Winter Pamper Routine
  • Are You On The Naughty Or Nice List?
  • What Christmas Is Like In Your Household
  • Christmas Photo Props & Backgrounds
  • Things To Do On Boxing Day
  • How To Entertain with Children Over The Christmas Holidays
  • Favourite Blogmas Posts/Vlogmas
  • Alternatives To Turkey For Christmas Dinner
  • Christmas Hacks To Make Life Easier
  • Best & Worst Christmas Jumpers

Got enough ideas? check out one of my Christmas posts from last year… How to make gingerbread men.

  • Christmas Decoration Haul
  • Winter Self Care Tips
  • How To Avoid A New Year’s Day Hangover
  • Favourite Photos Of This Year
  • How You Organise/Plan For Christmas
  • Looking Back On Your Year
  • New Year Goals
  • Our holiday traditions
  • How I plan for the perfect Christmas
  • My goals for December
  • The best diaries/planners for ‘20XX’
  • Festive nail ideas
  • How to organise a secret Santa and add a twist.
  • What to wear on Christmas day
  • The best accessories for cold weather
  • Top 10 ugly Christmas sweaters
  • Winter skincare routine
  • Christmas party outfit ideas
  • Essential outfits for the holiday season
  • How to cook the perfect Christmas turkey

Check out the things I love about christmas, here.

  • Our Christmas lunch menu.
  • How to make a gingerbread house
  • Hot chocolate recipes
  • How to make Christmas cookies
  • What I bought everyone for Christmas this year.
  • How to make a gift hamper & what to include in a gift hamper
  • The best place to buy pre-made gift hampers
  • What to do if the ‘must-have’ toy isn’t available
  • The must-have toys of this year
  • What to give someone instead of a gift card
  • The best Christmas present I ever received
  • Stocking fillers that cost less than £5
  • Tips for stress-free shopping this Christmas.
  • When to start shopping for next Christmas?

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My blogging fails – What I wish I knew before I started my blog.

When it comes to blogging, a lot of the things I have learnt have been good old fashioned trial and error. As my blog has grown I have grown with my blog. And my blogging fails.

My confidence has grown massively since I first started my blog. One major thing that becoming a blogger has given me is the understanding of my own self-worth. There are things

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So, What do I wish I knew before I actually started my blog?

I needed to do more research on literally everything.

I’ll tell you one thing. You should always be open to learning, and advancing the knowledge you already have. It’s the way we survive in life really, by learning new things.

I definitely hadn’t done enough research before I started my blog. Originally I started a blog for fun. However, as I have grown alongside my blog and decided how much I wanted to grow as a blogger I have definitely realised how many common mistakes I was making.

SEO is literally unavoidable.

Following on from doing more research comes SEO. To be honest. It wasn’t even something I had heard of when I started my blog. But when it comes to taking your blog serious. SEO is mentioned everywhere.

If you don’t know what SEO, it is an anagram for Search Engine Optimisation. A system that Google uses to rate the quality of your website and posts in its search engine results. Basically the main way your blog is recognised on the search engines.

If you think you can make it as a blogger and not have to learn how to make your blog read and found success with SEO you are so wrong. Every blogger I have spoken to lately either loves SEO or hates it. To be honest, I am starting to love SEO, but it is only since I have begun to understand its benefits. SEO is something I highly recommend you research fully.

Planning and organisation is essential.

When it comes to blogging organisation and planning is a key skill a blogger needs. When you become a blogger, you come to be a full-time writer, photographer, graphic designer, marketer as well as everything else it is you do to keep your blog interesting.

Learning to schedule content and social media posts is something that allows us to also be able to switch off from our blogs at times. Otherwise, if you are unable to keep ahead you will begin to feel drowned by your blog.

How about checking out my post on organisation, here.

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Pinterest is a search engine.

Now that I think about it. This is so obvious. But not everyone knows this. Pinterest is really a search engine! Not just a sharing tool. Although obviously we live it as an inspirational sharing tool.

It’s only recently I have really started using Pinterest and really gaining from its amazing features. It was Jenny Marston with ‘growing your blog’ who really made me understand it’s importance.

Pinterest has the ability to drive thousands of users looking to gain knowledge and inspiration to your website! Since I have been regularly posting a variety of pins (even multiple pins to the same post) my traffic has doubled. Less of blogging fails but certainly something I wish I realised from the start.

I would start running hundreds of different methods to earn money through blogging.

There are so many ways to earn money through blogging. Including ads, affiliates, and sponsored posts.

Affiliate marketing is actually one of the easiest ways to make money through blogging.

At first I avoiding affiliate marketing. Thinking it sounded complicated and really hard to do due to what some people were saying. The truth is it’s not the easiest until you actually learn how to use affiliate programs properly.

My favourite affiliate program is amazon. As it is the most used online retailing source in the world! and you can even link to generalised house hold items!

Want 11 easy methods to earn money at home. Read my post, here.

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I am not joking I swear I blog in my sleep sometimes.

Blogging is a 24/7 job.

There’s something about starting a blog and becoming a blogger that means you literally switch your thoughts to your blog constantly. One of the most annoying mistakes I was making was having the best ideas at really random times and places, not writing it down and forgetting to do it. Or worse, what it even was.

My biggest mistake is not doing things in stages and trying to do too much at once. So much so that I have so many ideas that I don’t know what to do with them all. Since I have learnt to break things down into manageable tasks or goals, I have really begun to get further with what I want to achieve. Taking breaks, and setting manageable goals does really keep you going when it comes to blogging.

Just like anything else. Blogs can get viruses.

My biggest blogging fails. Not regularly manually backing up my blog work and blog data files to my cloud.

When I first started, I really didn’t have the correct protection on my blog whilst I was with GoDaddy (another reason I love Skystra) and my blog was completely hacked and taken down.

I remember feeling so shocked and upset that this could happen. So much content literally. I had written in the past because I hadn’t actually thought of downloading a back up in months.

So, this is my most suggested tip to everyone when they first get started so they regularly keep on top of it! I set a reminder on my phone to back up my blog every 2 weeks at the moment.

I’d love to hear something you have learnt upon your blogging journey!

Running a blog is something where you really do learn through experiences and opportunities. What is one thing that you have learnt from in your blogging experiences? Is there any blogging fails that you have learnt from?

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11 Ways to make extra money working from home.

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No one can deny they like having a bit of extra cash in their pockets every now and then. For me, working from home as a freelancer. (Basically meaning I have multiple side hustles going on) I have been utilising many different methods to earn some pennies each month. Making extra income working from home seems like a dream to most people, however, it does not have to be. with these ways to make extra money, I have been earning on the side for a while now.

One thing you do need to bear in mind is a side hustle will only truly work if you put the effort into making it work, None of these is likely to bring massive money unless it’s something you are looking at doing full time and I’m that case dedication is really a must.

So, what are my ways to make extra money on the side??

1. eBay selling

Have an over-cluttered wardrobe that could do with some thinning down? Make money from your unwanted belongings by selling on eBay. Which is something I do a lot of! You will need an eBay selling account and a Paypal account. eBay reselling is a side business I have been testing out which has the potential to do so well.

Reading Girl Boss really inspired me when I started my business. Sofia who creates a business from selling 1 jacket, that evolved into a multi-million company.

2. Blogging

Let’s make one thing clear! Blogging is in no way a get rich quick scheme. However, as a side hustle making extra income working from home it is a pretty amazing way to make extra money as it goes.

With blogging there are many opportunities that you can earn from, such as earning from sponsored posts, displaying ads, affiliate marketing, and selling digital products, as well as many more. Almost a hub for lots of different opportunities whilst sharing your knowledge and experiences. Better yet I find blogging a fun hobby that you can turn in to a money-making goldmine!

With my blog, I host with Skystra, which means I am in an affiliate program with them too. I do love affiliate programs.

Want to know where to start with creating a blog? check out my guide, here.

3. Affiliate marketing

Speaking of Affiliate marketing programs. They have the possibility to earn so major income from linking products and services. So basically, you will be sharing products and services with your readers, and social media following to

There are so many Affiliate program opportunities our there as well for you to dip your toes into. Such as Amazon Affiliates, which is a very popular program to be involved in. Shien is another popular affiliate program.

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4. Write ebooks and publish to Amazon Kindle

Did you know you can self publish with Amazon Kindle? I am currently working on a book at the moment. You will need a prime account with kindle. which is £7.99 a month, but with prime, there are so many bonuses, such as next day delivery and kindle reading that it is definitely worth the money! When I have finally completed my book and uploaded it to Kindle I will post all the details I can.

5. Complete surveys

What can I say about surveys? They are annoying, repetitive and they feel pretty pointless to us. But there are companies that will pay you money to complete these. Research companies are always looking for people worldwide to answer surveys and test new products. Websites such as prolific, Go branded and YouGov, as well as probably 1000s more. GoBranded is my favourite out of the 3 I mentioned. It can be a little long-winded but it is still a way to make extra money. No one can complain about that right?

6. Sell your creations

Do you have a talent for creating crafty creations? Why not put your talent to use and create your own business with your crafty creations. One of my side hustles is to print vinyl labels and create Tshirts. This is one of the ways to make extra money I love. However, one thing you do need to take into consideration when using this method to make your money is ensuring that you are taking into consideration your cost of materials. You do not want to find yourself out of pocket by spending more on making a product then selling it. Plus take into consideration how long it takes you to create your masterpieces!

7. Become a virtual assistant.

This is also something that I am interested in, however, I actually haven’t tried my hat at yet. However, it is something I have been applying for jobs for, as a virtual assistant, it is similar to have to be a PA, but working remotely.

8. Create your own courses/resources.

Have you got a head full of knowledge? why not create a course for others, teaching them your skills. Jenny in Neverland created some amazing Ebooks about blogging, check them out here.

Recourses can be anything you have knowledge on, wether its digital patterns, templates, stickers. Where as courses should be something you can teach in detail.

9. Sell your skills

If you have not heard of Fiver, where have you been?

Fiver is a brilliant resource for advertising your skills, whether its graphic design, content writing, copywriting or literally anything else! You can sell your talents and start making extra income from them!

10. Selling Photography and video media

It’s not just running a photography business as a way to make extra money some websites will buy your already taken photos to use on stock image websites. Although it may not bring in major money, it will build up in small amounts over time, and is definitely a decent way to help your bank balance grow!

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11. Swagbucks

Ok, I thought I’d give Swagbucks its own section since it is one of my favourites when it comes to ways to make extra money. It’s like an all in one site, you can earn points for surveys, searching the web and reviewing products!

That’s not even it!

There are so many more ways that you can make a side hustle from.
What has you making extra income? Have you got any ideas I have not mentioned? I would love to hear them, I am always looking for new options. I promise to update this post whenever I learn a reliable new source of making extra money.

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Switching to Skystra hosting. Why I suggest Skystra to anyone blogging!

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I have had websites for years, I started learning some basic coding when I was around 13, the same time I got my first laptop. I was stuck bedridden at the time having had my leg surgery, and I had discovered the online world of IRC. Oh, the memories I have, me and my laptop. A true geeky tween. I first started using Go Daddy hosting, because I registered a domain, and I had free hosting through a friend. It wasn’t until last year when I really started taking my blog seriously that I found switching to Skystra hosting was the best move I’ve made so far.

Moving to another hosting provider seemed really daunting at first! I hate changing, but I really had no choice. GoDaddy does not offer free SSL and wanted a yearly payment of £80. I couldn’t really understand why something so needed for a website was being charged for at such a cost. So I hit google. Did a ton of research and found Skystra.

If your interested in starting your own blog, check out my post explaining where you need to start, here.

Why did I choose to make the move to Skystra Hosting?

The support:

So the first thing I was really impressed with was the online support being offered by the Skystra team. Before I had even registered an account I decided to speak to one of their advisors about the prospect of moving my blog away from Go Daddy hosting and switching to Skystra hosting instead. The advisor was so helpful and pleasant to talk to and explained that they would do everything for me and secure that I wouldn’t lose any of my website data. Which of course was comforting.

Free website move:

Skystra dealt with my whole website move, with barely any faff. When I had spoken to the previous web hosting support teams I had never had as much help. So it was a really welcoming feature. Their team are prepared to move your website to there servers, without any issues within a few hours.

Reasonable pricing:

Although based in the USA, and priced in dollars, I still find that the pricing plan is very affordable for the service you are getting. I signed up for the starter plan. Which covers exactly what I want right now, and is a brilliant package for any start-up bloggers.

The SSL:

If you don’t know what SSL is don’t panic. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and this is a global standard security technology that enables encrypted and secure communication between a web browser and a web server. So basically it’s a fancy layer of security.

Their affiliate program:

When you register for your Skystra account, you are automatically entered into their affiliate program, where they give you a link to earn on your referrals. I have already earned through this program, and found it really rewarding to refer friends too.

How about checking my post on 7 brilliant apps to make your blogging life easier! here

Included in my plan, The ‘Go’ plan.

  • 3 WordPress Websites
  • 10GB Cloud Storage
  • 100GB Global Traffic
  • 10 Email Addresses
  • WooCommerce
  • Free Website Move
  • Free SSL
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Starting a blog is such a positive journey you can empower on, take a look at my reasons to blog here.

If you are considering to any other hosting, I highly recommend switching to Skysta hosting if you are already on a hosting plan that you are not completely happy with.

I have not been asked to write this post, however, it does include affiliate links which earns me a small commission if you choose to buy a plan through my links. (which I appreciate very much).

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What I have been doing to improve my writing skills

Even the most competent writer will be someone continuously looking to improve their writing skills. All those aspiring writers out there, whether they are creating stories, bloggers, journalists or anything else. They all started somewhere. Anyone can be a writer as long as they have a passion for writing, but I think it’s quite fair to say that not everybody has the ability to be confident in their own writing straight away.

My downfall has always been my spelling and grammar. Through school, I was terrible at including grammar, punctuations and spelling. I hated it at one point. My passion had always been being creative. I had all the ideas of what words I would want to use, but It was just the formalities I couldn’t get on with.

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Whilst there are so many different styles of writing and skills to be gained. You don’t need to have glowing qualifications to be able to get your content noticed.

there are so many things that you can be doing on a day to day basis that will naturally improve your writing abilities without having to attend a course. (a writing class is always an option but not always convenient)

Looking for something to do? read my creative things to do when in lockdown post, here.

An excuse to read more…

If you are a book lover already then this really shouldn’t take much persuading anyway. I absolutely love to sit and chill out with a hot drink (or a cheeky glass of Wine) in the evening with a book in my hand.

The more you read the more you will gain in your own writing. You will discover so many different new styles and the inspiration that you gain is amazing.

It doesn’t matter if it isn’t a book or story either. blogs, newspaper articles, magazines, poems. Whatever it is, as long as your enjoying it, your reading experiences will be valuable.

Get playing Scrabble and other word games…

I am not kidding! Whether you are addicted to board games. Or enjoy playing on your phone word games get you thinking, can subconsciously improve your spelling and increase your own mental dictionary. My spelling has improved massively since I started playing scrabble with friends. It worth a go.

Practice your writing skills with Journaling…

Journaling may seem like an obvious writing style. However, with a journal you have a personal and private place where you can continue to practice your writing skills, whilst also having a creative outlet to enjoy.

Thinking of starting your own blog? check out my post on how to start your own blog, here.

Join others in writing groups…

Facebook and Twitter have some amazing groups circulating where others are sharing ideas, asking for help, and connecting with others that have the passion for writing, whatever your writing style is there is a group online somewhere where you will be able to connect with others and grow your experiences.

I’ve also noticed that some of these groups create challenges and competitions for writers to join in with. Which is another great way of increasing your writing skills and experience.

Focusing on writing skills and Spend time content planning…

So many ideas. So little time, right?

Keep a notebook by your side and jot down your random writing ideas. This was you won’t forget the brilliant idea you had and can use this later.

I’ve found that sometimes I will have an idea for a new blog post or a few phrases of the book I am working on, and just by writing it down for later, or jotting it down on my notes in my phone has made such a difference to my writing skills.

Having trouble staying organised? check out my post on staying organised, here.

Ask for as much feedback as possible…

One of my biggest pieces of advice to anyone would be to stop seeing feedback as threatening. All feedback is so useful for growing and improving your writing. Constructive criticism is the most valuable tool you can be given on a plate. Use the criticism to acknowledge any possible flaws in your writing. We’re all human and even the greatest writers and bloggers, make mistakes, have writer’s block and has a bad day.

Finally Download Grammarly,

Grammarly has been a massive help for me when proofreading my writing and editing my blogging work, and everything else. It is a plugin that I highly recommend, as not only does Grammarly check your grammar, but it also highlights any clarity enhancements that suggests removing unnessisary words and phrases from your writing.

I would love to hear your ideas on improving your confidence within your writing and your writing skills? let me know in the comments below.

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