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Who wants to win $1500???

Giveaway closed. The winner is: Crystal (rcworkshop2012@). You should have received an e-mail with details on claiming your $1500.

After years of learning, experimenting, and making mistakes. After months and months of brainstorming and writing. After weeks and weeks of edits. After days and days of preparation… THE BOOK IS DONE and it’s available in stores nationwide today — as well as being available on Amazon.com & more sites online!!!!

This book is for every woman who has ever wished she could make a difference, ever wished that she could live a life that matters, and ever wished that there was a way to use her gifts and skills to make an income while making an impact.

It’s really surreal to think that the girl who just wanted to find a way to bring in a part-time income 10 years ago, is now releasing a BOOK on how women can make a part-time or full-time income from home. Truly, God does exceedingly abundantly above all we can ever ask or think!

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Why We Launched This Book in a Different Way

When our team was brainstorming what we wanted for this book launch, my heart was really to have it be a quiet launch. By that, I mean that I just didn’t want to jump through a bunch of hoops — or make you jump through a bunch of them.

If you read here, you know my heart and you know what I’m passionate about. I don’t want fancy bells and whistles and gimmicks to try to get more book sales. I wanted to keep it straightforward — here’s what the book is about, here’s my heart behind it, and here’s who it’s for.

The bottom line is this: I only want you to buy this book if you feel it’s truly a good fit for you or someone you know. If it’s not a good fit or it’s not in the budget, I totally, totally get that. And I don’t want you spend your money on it.

Because the last thing I want to do is encourage you to buy something that you can’t afford or don’t need. Whether you buy my book or not changes nothing about what I think of you.

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So, with this in mind, I asked my publisher if it would be okay if I did some things different than a publisher would typically expect of an author:

  • We waited to really start mentioning the book until just a few weeks before the launch — because I didn’t want to wear you out with stuff about the book, especially if you weren’t even interested in it in the first place.
  • We only personally asked two people to do anything for the book — Dave Ramsey and Michael Hyatt — both who generously wrote an endorsement for the book. (I know! Was that not amazing of them??)
  • We sent out boxes to a number of my dearest friends and said basically, “Whether you post about this book or not changes nothing about our relationship. So there is zero obligation for you to write about this book because I totally get that you get lots of books in the mail and I want to release you from any sort of guilt over needing to write about this book or promote it in some way.”
  • And instead of writing a bunch of blog posts leading up to the launch, I shared that content in my afternoon #MoneyMakingMom Periscopes because I figured the people who were interested in it could show up to those voluntarily.

But I did want to do one big giveaway — something that every single reader could benefit from. We talked about a lot of different ideas, but finally landed upon one that I think every single one of you will be excited about — whether or not you need a copy of Money-Making Mom.

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Yes, I’m Giving Away $1500!!

So who wants to win $1500??? One reader will win a $1500 Visa gift card this week and I can’t wait to see who wins!

We’d love for you to use this money to fund a new business, expand your business, pay down debt, invest in something, or use it in some way that will make a big impact on your family and others.

This giveaway is generously being funded by my publishers and they’ve asked if we could ask you to do one of three things to enter the giveaway. I know I don’t usually ask you to anything in order to enter a giveaway, but we want to honor their request. I hope that you’ll maybe want to spread the word about this book to those you know who might be interested in it, even if it’s not a book you need to read right now.

So in advance, I want to say thank you for your willingness to participate in a giveaway that does have a few “hoops to jump through”. It’s not our usual method, but thank you for grace for this special exception.

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Fineprint: Must be 18 years or older and a resident of the United States to win. One winner will be chosen at random. If chosen, the winner must complete a tax form for Thomas Nelson Publishers before the $1,500 gift card will be issued.

Voice Acting: The Side Job that Let Me Quit My Job

 

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Guest post from Carrie of CarrieOlsenVO.com

After I had my first baby in April of 2014, I had to go back to work after just three short months at home with her.

I liked my job, but I spent my commutes grieving over the lost time with my family. I tried not to think about everything I was missing out on, or feel guilty for spending more time in the office than I did with the people I loved most.

I wasn’t actively looking for a solution that would let me stay home with my baby… because I didn’t think it existed. My husband is an author, and his book sales weren’t bringing in enough to support us yet. I had to work.

The Podcast That Changed My Life

One day, on my way to work, I picked a new podcast to listen to for my drive. The episode was an interview of a woman who did something called voice acting — recording the voice parts for radio and TV commercials, e-learning, on-hold messages, and more.

I had never heard of it, but about halfway through the interview, something clicked. She gets paid to talk! And she can do it from home!! I knew I had to check this out.

I ended up buying some coaching lessons from her, and immediately went crazy trying to get my own voiceover business started. I submitted auditions after work and on the weekends. And after only a few weeks of auditioning, I got one of the most beautiful emails I had ever seen. I booked a job! My payday for that job was $450 — to read a two-minute script!

The third job I ever got was a national radio campaign for an international brand. I still can hardly believe it when I type that out, but that job generated over five figures for me and my family over the next few months, and I continue to do work for that client today.

Working From Home & Loving It

Only four months after hearing about voice over (VO) for the first time, I quit my job to pursue it full time. It has been a Godsend to me and my family. I get to make my own hours (for the most part), work from home, and do something creative and fun.

Of course it has its cons, as all work does, but still, it’s basically a dream job for me.

One of the reasons I love telling this story is because you don’t normally think of VO when you think about home-based businesses or freelancing. I love introducing it as a viable option for parents who want to make some extra money from home, professionals who want a creative outlet, or anyone who just isn’t feeling fulfilled in their work and wants a change.

How to Get Started Doing Voice Acting

Find a coach:

I recommend getting a voiceover coach and following their lead. I know it sounds crazy to hire someone to teach you how to talk, but I promise there’s a lot more to it than that!

Voice acting is, after all, acting. And there’s the whole business side as well, which my coach was so great at helping me navigate.

If you’re interested in some private voice over coaching, I recommend Alyson Steel. She’ll be able to help you discover what your “wheelhouse” is (soccer mom, girl next door, techy guy, etc). And she’ll also help you figure out the right time to make a demo, to reach out to agents, or whatever the next move in your VO career should be.

Get the right tools:

If you aren’t quite ready to invest in a coach, or you just want to get out there and see what happens, I recommend buying a good microphone, reading and listening up as much as you can, and joining Voices.com. If you’re interested in the premium membership, you can get $50 off by using promo code CARRIEOLSEN349 (not an affiliate link).

You can sign up without a demo, and if you have a good microphone and recording environment, you can start submitting auditions for around $40/month.

I also have a step-by-step guide to getting started in voiceover without a coach, available on my website. It includes microphone recommendations and other helpful resources — however, I know you’ll get further faster with a personal coach.

Start listening:

Listen to commercials, e-learning programs, audiobooks, or whatever you’re interested in voicing. I know, you’re supposed to change the station or fast-forward when commercials come on, but now that commercials actually help me make money instead of spend it, I change the station when music comes on so that I can study the commercials!

Reach out and market yourself:

Once your skills are competitive, make a website and a demo. Best practice is to have your demo professionally produced, but I recorded all of my demos from my home studio with direction from my coach. They were good enough to land me one of the biggest voiceover agents in the country.

Once you’ve got a good demo and website, start reaching out to your ideal clients. This can be local car dealerships, the local university, your neighbor’s lawn care business, or even companies who need on-hold messages. Voiceover is everywhere, and the more creative you are with your marketing, the better you’ll do — especially first starting out.

Keep practicing:

Voiceover is one of the best things to happen to me and my family. I get to be creative, and it’s really fun most of the time. But it’s still a really competitive business. I know that I need to keep my skills up to stay competitive.

I know I am blessed to be working in this industry that I love, that allows me to work from home and spend time with my family. And I am absolutely floored that it all happened in a matter of four months.

I no longer stress about all the missed time with my daughter, and even though I work hard auditioning and marketing to make sure I get enough work, the jobs have been consistent enough to support my family for a full year now.

Carrie Olsen is the wife of Derek and mama of Amelie. She is a lifelong learner and believes opportunities to make positive changes are everywhere. She blogs about her voiceover journey and business at CarrieOlsenVO.com and DerekAndCarrie.com. You may download her guide to getting started as a voice actor here.

Q&A: “I don’t feel like I have any gifts or talents…Can I really find a way to make money?”

If you feel inexperienced, unmarketable, or unskilled, know that you are not alone! I talk to SO many women who struggle with this idea. They feel so average and untalented, like they don’t have very much to offer the world.

I strongly believe everyone has unique abilities and gifts to give to the world; sometimes it is just difficult to see. You may have to dig deep or get others to help you in order to recognize your gifts.

This is a huge part of the goal of my Money-Making Mom book — to help women discover what their gifts are and turn them into viable income streams. There is only one you, and the world needs what you have to offer!

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