Now that I have wrapped up all the interviews with all 8 M-Network members other than myself, I decided to expand the series a little and include all the friends of the M-Network who participate in our group projects and forums. Up this week is LJ from Mommy Gets Paid. Thanks for participating LJ!
So LJ, when did you start Mommy Gets Paid and why?
I started in November 2007. I like helping people and I thought by blogging I could reach and hopefully help a lot of people. I wanted to share with others all the ways I have learned to make extra money over the years as well as ways I have learned(and continue to learn) to manage my family’s finances effectively. I like that I am helping people put extra money in their pockets and helping them hold onto it.
How much time do you spend each week on your site?
Not enough! With 4 kids and a whole bunch of obligations, it is hard for me to set aside as much time for my blog as I would like. I do spend about 30 minutes in the early morning before everyone wakes up and about and hour in the evening after the kids go to bed, if possible. I also can steal away a few minutes here and there during the day to check emails, respond to reader comments, etc. while the kids are napping or engrossed in some activity. My best guess would be that I spend between 10 and 15 hours a week working on my blog.
For other people contemplating starting their own personal finance sites, what are a few tips you could offer them?
Just jump right in. I am a shy and hesitant person, I have to jump right in or I may never jump at all. I have just gone with the flow and tried to do my best over the past months since starting Mommy Gets Paid and I am so glad that I made that decision to jump in. My best advice is to just go for it. If you enjoy what you are writing about and like that you are able to reach people in some way, you will be successful.
What are the most essential habits that you’ve formed to achieve your financial goals?
I have learned not to give up. Whether you have a small or major setback, you can always find your way back to your original goals. Persistence is key. I set a goal and work towards it consistently. I have also learned that no amount is too small to save, we save every penny we can and always look for more ways to save.
What achievement are you most proud of in the last 12 months?
Aside from starting my blog, I would say that I am most proud of making over $12,000 without ever leaving the house in 2007. I made $8,000 by working as a part time consultant for my previous employer and over $4,000 through my online activities. I am still very excited about those numbers.
What would you consider the single most important thing people can do for their finances?
Save. Save as much money as you can, and then save some more. If you are busy saving your money, you won’t be as likely to rack up debts or over extend yourself with too many payments.
If you had to pick three of your own posts to call your “favorites”, which would they be?
That’s a tough one, but I will pick these three:
Thanks LJ! And be sure to look for the next interview next week!