There comes a moment in every woman’s life where she chooses what’s best for her life goals, whatever those may be. All women have different approaches to get what they want and to achieve all they’ve dreamed of, be it a brilliant career, a beautiful family, or the fulfillment of her personal desires. The best part of this is that, with today’s opportunities, it is no longer about choosing one of three, but about balancing those you pick while doing what you love, and this is how I came to write sewing machine reviews as a full time job.
Why sewing machines?
Yes, it might sound a bit odd, but the first thing to keep in mind when venturing out into the work-at-home realm of possibilities is that with enough determination and a good Internet connection, pretty much everything is profitable, even something as unassuming as writing about sewing machines.
You see, I’ve always had a love for sewing clothes, and seeing my own creations slowly take form thanks to a good sewing machine is always a simple yet gratifying experience, so I thought, why not profit out of this? It is, after all, an increasingly growing field, seeing how the DIY movements and homemade tendencies seem to be steadily on the rise, but there is something more about it and what it could mean to all those creative women who find themselves looking for ways to balance their family life and their work goals.
Having a little girl of my own, I of course enjoy spending as much time as I can with her, and as soon as I started reading up on ways to work from home by offering my knowledge about sewing machines, I knew this was the path for me. I just had to take a look at how people were writing about every product imaginable, from lists about how to pick the best indoor grill to choosing the right food for your gerbil, and considering my experience with sewing, I figured I could offer some quality content on my area of expertise, and most importantly, from the comfort of my own home.
Once on this track, there was no going back. Of course, building an entire sewing machine reviews blog is not an overnight feat. There was a lot of work, investigation and logistics put into every step of the way, but at the end of the day, the benefits are completely worth it!
Where to start?
I think the first thing everyone should have in mind when starting a stay at home business is to trace your short, mid, and long-term goals; this way, you’ll have a clearer vision of the steps you need to take in order to achieve them. The second thing to remember is that, with these types of businesses, things may not always go according to plan, and that’s perfectly ok!
Maybe you realize that your audience is different than the one you had in mind at the start, or that your associates may come from completely different niches as to the ones you imagined. Finding the people who will support your venue is paramount, which is why you need to keep an open mind when it comes to alliances.
Another important thing you need to do is create your own space. If I can assure of one thing, is that you won’t find yourself lacking in information about how to properly create your online presence; the Internet is full of helpful articles, videos, courses and infographics specially catered to starting an online business, and at the end of the day, that’s exactly what writing sewing machine reviews was: a business with the potential of profit that didn’t require me to leave my house.
Once you’ve created your digital space – be it in social media platforms or on a blog, like this one -, it’s time to create the content you’re going to fill that space with, and that requires a lot of research. You see, the thing with wanting to condense years of experience sewing clothes into a neatly organized and labelled blog, is that you realize exactly how much there is still to know about your own field, and then you find yourself in the position to keep learning in order to offer valuable quality content to your readers, which is what will eventually set you apart from your competition.
But how do you actually make money by just writing reviews?
When I was all set up, what was left to do was find the right alliances and reach out to a broad enough audience to start profiting, which leads to the common crossroads of offering honest content while convincing your readers that you are not just dropping names for the money. This is very often seen in review blogs, and what you can do to keep your readers’ trust in your opinions is to be clear and straightforward about what you gain and what you don’t, and I found that a disclaimer is great way to do this.
The way I actually make money writing sewing machine reviews can take several forms. The one that gives me the bulk of the profit is a small commission I get each time a reader clicks on any of the sewing machines I’m reviewing in the post. This, of course, leads me to produce more content with more sewing machines, and perfectly ties up with all the research I ought to do in order to develop new content.
It can very well be your dream job
Perhaps the most fulfilling part of my job is that I’m actually sharing information about something I’m passionate about with people with the same interest as me, and who are free to contact me and see me as someone whose experience on the matter is somewhat influential to their decision making.
The actual best part? I get to do it from home, along with the help of my daughter, who does research with me and accompanies me in every step and success. To me, that’s what it’s all about!
Mother and daughter Shailey & Sophie – found that from their passion to sew, they were able to create a website whilst working from home – sharing their thoughts and reviews on different types of sewing machines.