When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a school bus driver. I rode my bike around our neighborhood, stopping at all the houses. I would open the pretend door and wait for my pretend passengers to find their seat. I made the route often, dreaming of driving of such a fine, yellow vehicle. I’m not sure why I was fascinated with the idea. The thought of that many children sitting behind me frightens me now.
As I got older, I wanted to be a teacher, a writer, a marine biologist, an investigative reporter, a police officer, and finally, an occupational therapist. I have practiced OT for the last 15 years, and I still love it.
“Figure out what you love to do and find a way to get paid for it.” This bit of wisdom gets thrown around quite a bit when we talk about job satisfaction and plans for the future. I love helping people, and I get paid for it. It is a win-win. If I am satisfied with my career choice, why do I try to earn extra income through writing?
I trace my decision to write back to my search for my God-given passion. Through self-examination and a lot of time in prayer, I discovered that communicating the truths of scripture through the written word is a big passion of mine. It took more research to learn the technical and financial side of writing. Gosh, I still learn new things every week.
I am not the expert on this concept of turning passion into cash. But I know someone who is. Crystal Paine’s latest book, Money Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference, is an excellent guide for any woman who wants to earn extra money. Be it a side-hustle or a jump into a full-time entrepreneurial endeavor, Crystal offers a road map for us wandering Wonder Women. Here are a few stops along the way.
Know Your Mission
One of the first steps to turn your passion into cash is to determine why you want to increase your income. Do you have student loans hanging over your shoulder? Do you want to generate some fun money for your family? Perhaps you are a single mom and any extra money is a necessary blessing. Having a clear goal in mind is key to maintaining the drive it takes to start a new business.
I want to write. It takes money to maintain this space, to promote it, and to receive the training necessary to do it well. Therefore, I have taken steps to monetize my blog in order to support the ministry I began here. I want to walk with others in the shadow of the cross. Each ad click and Amazon order helps support that mission.
Make a Difference
Writing would mean very little to me if I didn’t think I made a difference. It is my prayer that the words I write will encourage and challenge others. There is something special about you—a giftedness, a skill, a unique passion—that the world needs. Share your special with others; it could be the difference maker in someone’s life.
Whatever you do, be it traditional work, self-employment, or a mixture of both, be a difference maker. Be generous with your resources. As you are able, give to causes you believe in. Make financial sacrifices to help others. “Always remember that money is first and foremost a tool—something that can not only bring more financial peace and stability into your home but that can make a big difference in your community and around the world” (Crystal Paine, Money Making Mom).
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Money Making Mom is more than a book for want-to-be entrepreneurs. Crystal shares principles for generous and genuine living. I want to close with a quote from Money Making Mom. It sums up the book so well:
Aside from believing in the possibilities and opportunities that await you and your loved ones in changing your financial direction for the better, I want you to own the gifts you were given and truly believe that you were created for a purpose greater than yourself. My hope is for you to fully experience how great and impact you can make, even while you establish your financial future. (Crystal Paine)
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