This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sunsweet Growers for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. In the last few weeks I’ve been getting a true taste of self-employment. For the first time in my life I’m not in school and so there is no automatic structure to my life. Rather than following a set schedule I have been making my own rules, and that’s something that can be really dangerous. It would be so easy to fall into a cycle of laziness and Netflix binges, which are usually paired with bad decisions elsewhere (namely sleep and diet.) I didn’t realize how hard it would be to take care of myself while doing the self-employment thing full time, but so far I’ve been doing well with some rules and scheduling I put in place. Because taking care of yourself is tricky while self-employed, I thought that I would share the tips I’m following to keep myself in check! Stick to a schedule. Structuring your day is so important. Yes, you have the freedom to do what you want when you want, but without structure this can start to be a bad thing. If you’re constantly flying by the seat of your… View Post

Happy February, everyone! It’s a new month which means it’s time to publish my income report! I’ve been doing these for over a year now in order to show bloggers that monetization is possible, to hold myself accountable, and to track my progress. I’m keeping this income report a little shorter than usual, because if I’m being honest – there wasn’t much strategy behind it. In the coming months I’ll be moving away from sponsored posts and ads, and I spent all of January setting up the ground work to do so. Before taking out expenses, I made over $2000 in January which is awesome, but that was largely from sponsored posts. Now there are some bloggers who are super anti-sponsored posts and refuse to do them. While I will be moving away from them in the future, that doesn’t mean I won’t do one or two a month, or that I think they are bad. I just plan on investing the time I would be corresponding with brands, sending drafts for approval, and ensuring all guidelines are met into creating my own products, something I spent a lot of January doing. What I did in January. Alright, like I said – every spare… View Post

This post is written in collaboration with Dell. All opinions are my own. You guys know I love blogging – I talk about it all the time! Recently I started up a second blog all about blogging and business and I was worried that having to manage a second blog would make it overwhelming and less fun. Luckily, all of that worrying was for nothing. My blogging process is second nature by this point, and adding a second site to the mix really wasn’t too stressful at all. I like being able to blog as a job because of the freedom I have; I set my own hours, I write about what I want, and I am truly in control.   A little over a month ago I switched computers to the Dell Intel XPS 13 because it lets me have complete freedom that I have been chasing as a blogger. There are a million different reasons why I love my Dell for blogging, but I really need to harp on three of the most important: the size, the card reader, and the battery life! I’m a small laptop girl, I just am. My first computer was big and clunky and just not portable. My Dell, on the other hand,… View Post

Happy New Year, everyone! This income report marks my first full year tracking my blog’s income, and I am still in a bit of disbelief over my being able to turn this into a full time job for myself! If you’ve been around for a while you know why I do these posts every month, but in case you’re new, let me explain: To monitor my growth. I take blogging seriously, and it’s something I hope to do for the rest of my life. It’s exciting and inspiring to be able to track my numbers and see what does and doesn’t work! To be transparent. Ok, guys. There are a million and one ways that you can make money on the internet and most of them are pretty sketchy. I like to be clear about where my income is coming from so you don’t think I’m taking advantage of my readers! To inspire. Ok, lets be honest here. There are so many amazing girl bosses and business mavens roaming around the internet world, but a lot of them are tight lipped on how they are making money. And of course, to each their own. A lot of people think it’s rude… View Post

You guys, I’m going to crack. I thought I could make it to the the New Year, but I can’t. I’m letting out my big secret that I’ve been keeping from y’all because I am weak. You know that project I’ve been teasing you with for over a month? Well I’m coming out with it: I’m starting another website. Ok, so I’ve got to keep some secrets under wraps so I’m going to keep hush hush on what the content is going to be (but feel free to guess in the comments below!), but I didn’t think it would be fair to keep teasing you with a secret without throwing any crumbs your way. When I started blogging here at Mostly Morgan, everything happened on a whim. One day I was reading College Info Geek, as I did regularly freshman year, and I thought to myself, ‘Huh, maybe I could blog, too.’ And within an hour I had a domain bought and hosting was being set up. My new site, though, had a lot more planning and thought put into it. I don’t want to have the same uphill battle I fought for the first six month here, fighting for readers and engagement, so… View Post