Stretched Too Thin

@sunnflr (2767)
United States
January 10, 2010 12:53pm CST
How many different places do you work with online? I have quite a few. I have two cafepress stores, just opend a zazzle store, write for Associated Content, Helium, Bukisa, Demand Studios and regular eHow, socialize on mylot, facebook and twitter, and use Xomba and Entrecard, my blogs and a few other things. I sometimes think I have too many irons in the fire but then I'll make a little money with something and think it's worth it. I do the bulk of my work with Demand, ehow and AC, but do update my blogs weekly or so and the other stuff is just whenever I catch up. It's hard to decide what to do when sometimes, but I'm managing. It seems to me, when you work from home, you have to do more things to make a decent amount of money. Do y'all find this is the case?
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
10 Jan 10
I'd love to work from home but am afraid of the legalities of filing taxes with all the money being made. Only after $600.00 do they need be filed, but I've also read recently that regardless the amount it still needs to be claimed. The uncertainty of it all clamps me from persuing more items. I'd much rather just mylot for a bit of money. I have a fulltime job outside of mylot, and want to get another part time job as well. I, at one time, had planned for mylot to become an income for when hubby and I get pregnant... but with how much time would need to be spent, I'd be much better using this as a second or third income with realization that the most I'll make is pocket money. In any case, I have tried stretching myself thin online and it only proved to stress me when goals were not met or things were not as easy as they seemed.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
10 Jan 10
I do taxes every year, but I do make more than 600 a year. Not alot still, but more. I make a nice part time income. Thankfully, I can do work from home and help since my health doesn't allow me to work outside the home. I'm sorry you have to work so much to make ends meet.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
19 Jan 10
sunnflr, so you've filed online earnings? if you don't mind me asking how do you go about doing that, and do you have to pay taxes on the earnings or do you just file them? Sorry, I'm not good at legalities as I've said. Also I wanted to clarify that I do not have to get another job, but would like another one so as to save... I'm just not sure yet.
@maezee (32570)
• United States
17 Jan 10
Oh my. I would say so. I don't do any of the writing sites like it sounds like you do (although I want to get into them! Somehow someway.) But I am on at least 5 other survey sites, and one other PTP site besides MyLot. I sometimes wonder if I invested ALL of my time into ONE site, if I'd come out in a better place than I do by getting 5 different checks/Paypal transactions a month. But oh well.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
17 Jan 10
I do two main survey sites..MySurvey and Pinecone. Pinecone is my favorite because they pay per survey and pay quickly. The other one I have to accumulate points before getting paid. The surveys are short though, so it's no big deal. I do most of my writing for Demand and just a little for the other sites now. Good luck to you!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
17 Jan 10
I have cut back on the amount of different things I do online because I believe that focussing on just a couple of things versus many is just as profitable as spending a little time on each. For example aside from my writing I have been working on MyLot and Microworkers and during the holidays I only had time to be on one so I chose MyLot and the amount of money I’ve made has not been any less than when I worked for Microworkers as well for the same amount of time. I think it is better to simplify things; much less stressful!
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
17 Jan 10
I agree. At first, it's good to try different things to see which you like best, what's more profitable and all that, but there does come a time you have to weed it down. Good luck with your online work!
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• United States
10 Jan 10
Trying to juggle too many things can prove to be ineffective. Now I only concentrate on a handful of programs that generate the most income. The more money the better! As fas as taxes go, that's just comes with the territory. By the way... If you work and have a side business such as online, you could possibly reduce your overall tax liability - and you may receive money back from Uncle Sam! More on taxes here: http://tinyurl.com/ydvphzt
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
10 Jan 10
True. I recently got rid of some blogs that weren't making money and quit doing articles for a few places so I could concentrate on the ones that are the best earners. It really is a balancing act.
• United States
10 Jan 10
I have found that organization is a must. Some days I just can't get to everything that I had planned on doing. I try to break it up....blogs one day, websites or forums the next..etc. With all the different online earning avenues..you have to make decisions on which pay you more for your time or which you just simply enjoy doing. I enjoy most of what I do online. Sometimes the coding I do for my websites gets to me. When that happens, I find me another outlet...usually housework..lol
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
10 Jan 10
Yep, I do the same. I have a list for each day and I mark stuff off as I do it. I spend the bulk of my time on Demand because I make the most income from them, everything else I do after I finish with them for the day. One problem I have, is I keep adding stuff to my list as the day goes. Makes it seem like I'm not getting anything done...lol