What the Tech: Blogger proves you can make thousands working from home

Weekend Extra

You’ve probably received a few thousand emails over the years telling you how you can “get rich quick” by working from home. Most are scams. 

However, tech reporter Jamey Tucker found a young woman who has gotten rich while only working a few hours a week. 

It isn’t easy to catch up with Michelle Schroeder-Gardner. She’s traveling the world with her husband, while her blog is paying all the bills.

“I’ve been blogging full-time,” she said. “I guess it’s been almost six years now.”

Michelle’s blog, “Making Sense of Cents,” teaches readers how to pay off debt, earn extra income and come up with side-hustles — and when she started, she knew less about blogs than you do now.

“I didn’t know what blogs were. I didn’t know you could make money blogging or anything like that,” she said. “Once I realized I could make money blogging, I sought out all the different ways to make money blogging. I started reaching out to advertisers and started responding to their emails. I was earning around $1,000 a month one year after starting my blog.”

These days, she’s making over $100,000 a month working from home or on a sailboat.

“Sometimes I might work 100 hours a week, other weeks zero,” she said. “Like in the past week, I probably worked around 10 hours, the week before that was probably zero hours.”

The income comes from advertisers, sponsorships and blogging courses she’s written, but most comes from affiliate marketing or commissions from sales of products she mentions.

“It’s a lot of work. It’s a business,” Michelle said. “So even if you think you’re just a tad interested, I just recommend starting one.”

And most likely, you already have the same tools she had when she got started: a computer and an internet connection. 

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