May Updates

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Image courtesy of arztsamui / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Can you believe that it’s May already? I’m looking at the date on the computer screen and really can’t believe that it is May 2nd. The time is going by fast. It seems like January was yesterday. Does the year seem like it is going fast for you too?

April was a good month for me. I was able to start working two part time jobs. Working sporadically between January and March just wasn’t cutting it anymore. For me to get ahead with my debt repayment plan I had to get two jobs. This way I can add more than the minimum to these debt payments. My tentative date on starting the repayment plan is June 1st.

I learned a few things about myself while I wasn’t working for anyone else.

The 1st thing I learned is that I am disciplined to work from home. In a few years when I decide to take the plunge to be self employed full time, I know I can do it now. Before January I wondered if I could do work at home or at coffee shops. The answer is yes. I found that if I stuck to a schedule I could get things done.

The 2nd thing I learned is that I could live off a lot less money if I really needed to. Only having to fill my gas tank once every week and a half was a great feeling.

The last thing I learned was that there will always be distractions. You just have find ways to eliminate them. Not watching TV or not answering phone calls until you finish your work are great ways to help eliminate them.

I look at the time between January and March as a test period. In my opinion I think I did pretty well. I do want to caution anybody that is thinking about taking time off to try entrepreneurship. Don’t do this if you don’t have a plan. Also if you don’t have some money saved don’t do it. I had enough money saved up for about 3 months since I knew it was just going to be temporary.

I also started a new category on my blog called Ebay.  The money will go towards my debt repayment. My sales are doing pretty good. Check the articles in that category when you get a chance.

Finally I got my first paid gig on Fiverr. Fiverr is a website where you can do different gigs such as design a logo; write a blog article, etc. You get paid $5 for each gig that you sell. I was excited even though it was only $5. It shows me that there really are thousands of ways to make money. You just have to keep at it. Over the next few months I plan on advertising more gigs on Fiverr. Below are 3 of my gigs. Feel free to check them out.

Create a sports article

I will answer 10 questions about Atlanta

I will plan you cross country trip for you

 

How was your April? What things do you have planned for May?

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  1. Hey Jason, I have certainly had years when the time seemed to be moving by too quickly. This year not so much as a long spell of cold weather in Canada has delayed the Spring. I made the most of April with lots of writing and hope to reward myself with much more outdoor time and walking in May.
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  2. I have been self-employed for a year now and have found that I stay pretty productive working from home. I do get distracted from time to time, but I manage to stay on track =) I can’t work at a coffee shop though. That would require changing out of my pajamas.
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  3. May showed up completely out of the blue. I was really looking forward to 2014 and thought it would never come, now I feel like its flying by, at least I’m having fun. from the sounds of things you’re in the same boat, busy but good.
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  4. Jason- I am impressed what you have leaned at a young age. The pearls of wisdom that you learned while being at home will spill over into your new job. As I get older time really flies by, because I want to do so much. I like the fact you are sticking with your plan to repay back your loans. Best of luck.
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