Jody Allen is the founder of the website Stay At Home Mum. She is also the author of the Penguin published book Earn At Home Mum: How to boost your income or start your own business from home. Here is an extract from Jody’s latest book.
When you’re starting up a new business or tapping into new ways to earn from home, it’s only natural that you will be looking for a helping hand in the form of apps and software to make your life a little easier. Thankfully, there are many people who have acutely felt the pains of becoming self-employed, and they’ve invested plenty of time and money into creating solutions that we can now all enjoy.
Being able to schedule your social media posts ahead of time is great for small business owners as it means you don’t have to be attached to your phone every moment of the day. Most of these apps and websites have free trials and free or low-cost start-up packages so you can test the waters before diving in.
This is great for Instagram because it has a visual content calendar. This allows you to schedule future posts easily and move aroundyour planned posts with a drag-and-drop feature, so you can create the best-looking feed possible.
This can find and filter social conversations by keyword, hashtag and location – in multiple languages – to hear what people are saying about your brand, competitors and industry. It offers all the basics in its free version, but even more features if you choose to upgrade to one of the paid packages.
This can integrate with a huge number of platforms and is a great option for people who run social media for multiple businesses or clients, as you can create profiles for each to manage their respective campaigns.
This suits all social platforms and offers a stack of cool features, like ‘self-destructing posts’, which delete themselves after a set timeframe so your followers are not reading outdated content in the future.
Extracted from Jody Allen’s book Earn At Home Mum which is published by Penguin. RRP $AU 24.99. How to boost your income or start your own business from home.
Jody Allen created Stay At Home Mum after she was made redundant while she was pregnant with her second son, everything in her life changed. On top of that, it happened when they were in the middle of building a house, the dream house Jody and her husband, Brendan, were not willing to give up.
Before this, the couple enjoyed the privilege of living on two wages. There was not much effort to budget and live frugally. But when theirs became a one-income household, Jody had to step up.
And step up she did. To keep their home, they found out that they only had $50 a week to spend on groceries.
But there was no time to complain. Instead, Jody turned the drawback into a challenge. She had to; her husband and her kids relied on her. From cutting up her credit cards to putting half a cow on lay-by with a local farmer, she did everything humanly possible. There was simply no other option but to make it work.
Jody connects with thousands of women sharing her money saving and frugal lifestyle tips. She has launched 5 books (and counting) with Penguin Publishing with her latest "Earn At Home Mum" and “The $50 Weekly Shop” becoming a best seller.
Today Stay At Home Mum is one of Australia’s biggest online mother’s network.