Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
I Want To Build a WebsiteWhile I await word from my Upwork proposals (which I think are dead at this point) I've decided I am going to dabble into creating a website. I have created websites before, often for work, school, and others but never for me. So I am going to try it. Although much of my experience is with Google Sites I am going to try and work with the platform Wordpress.
Although Google Sites is easy to use (this blog is based off of Blogger) and do create nice looking pages my early research has convinced me to go with Wordpress. The biggest selling point to me is if you are using Wordpress you are the sole owner of your site. Google Sites are owned by Google, and therefore, your site is owned by Google. I like owning my own things because it gives you far more liberty to do what you want to do. Also I find Google Sites to be a little constricting with design and content. Also, I chose Worpress because I would like to see what the experience is all about. So I will let you all know how that pans out. Could be exciting. About as exciting as I don't know, but something and what that is I will let you know!
So I am goin to start to dabble in this business of web development and see how it goes! So let's get cruising!
Monday, June 10, 2019
The Summer Challenge Update 1:Upwork
Freelancing with Upwork:So I think the subject of the last blog was that I was going to try my luck with a freelancing website called Upwork. Essentially this site is setup very much like your typical jobs posting site such as Indeed or GlassCeiling in that employers post small jobs ranging from "read my resume" to "6 month data entry project." In order to gain access to these jobs Upwork has you fill out a rather extensive profile which I get (have to screen the frauds). Once your application is complete you are then told that whatever you earn Upwork gets 20%! Of course if you hit $500 they take only 10%. From what I saw, it would take a lot to hit that $500 mark. So that fun fact is out there, next let's apply! In order to apply or bid as you'll later see, you have to use these things called "connects." Connects are like Upwork currency in that you buy one connect for $0.15 and you have to use x-amount of "connects" to place a bid on a job. They gave you 20 connects to start, that's nice of them until they snatch their first 20%. I don't mean to be cynical, but maybe that's how all these freelance sites are. So I messed around and put my 20 free connects out there and applied to 4 jobs. When you do "apply" you have to throw a bid out there based on how much you would be willing to pay to do the job and also you have to put up a cover letter. I haven't gotten this far yet, but I believe the next step is you get invited to interview, you interview, and shazam you have your little side hustle. It seems like applying for a full-time job all over again at times, but shucks I'm willing to keep giving it a shot short term to see what comes of it. I have a feeling it's one of those things that at first is a slow go, but once you build up momentum you are in a good place!
As I await my first "interview" or whatever may happen next there are a couple of things to consider from Upwork. First, you can upgrade to premium for $15 a month which gives you the ability to see how much others are bidding on the positions open and also gives you 70 connects per month (70/0.15=4.67). At least you are getting $4.67 in connects and you get to see the bid range by others. Could be worth it.... I'll let you know what I decide upon.
As blog posts around one particular digital platform or goal could get dull I may post on this matter once a week as an update. In the meantime I think I may lead you all on a journey of doing some other fun project such as webdesign/web acquisition or some other exciting experiment.
Thank you all again for checking in, if anyone is checking in, and I will keep you up to par with my journey into finding just a little more cash!
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Cruise 3: My Revelation!
So I've been wondering lately how to make some extra funds. With a new baby, a six year old, and daycare on the horizon I want an avenue for extra funds so I can cover our expenses and continue to save.
I've been currently listening to the audio book "Financial Freedom: A Proven Path To All The Money You Will Ever Need," by Grant Sabatier. In this book Sabatier writes much about using a side hustle to help achieve your financial pooposals. Although both my wife and I work full-time and live somewhat comfortable I figure my skills set can be used for so much more.
My challenge (the first of a few) is to begin a path of experimenting with ways in which to make some extra funds. I will document my progress here with tips to follow along the way! I look forward to my opportunities and I've finally found something to blog about. Thank you again for stopping by and I hope you look forward to following my challenge.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Okay! Here I am on the big wide world web! And I am blogging. I am blogging like I am boss! Or am I not? I'm not too sure what I am doing, but I know I want to do it. I've thought about blogging for sometime now as I like to write things, I have a good sense of humor, and I seem to get myself wrapped up in some pretty wild things!
When I began thinking about writing a blog I didn't quite know what a blog was or what to base my blog on. Then, by golly-g-willikers it dawned on me! You don't know what to blog about so just blog about life! I mean we're all cruising through it right? I have a twitter handle @drewcruise I started years ago played off of a shirt I had from Old Navy. It had a picture of a boat on it and said "Booze Cruise." Well that shirt sounded fun, and so did my first name in front of the word "cruise." Here I am, maybe 15 years after buying that shirt, 10 years after my first tweet, and now seeing that the drewcruise.com domain was available, the universe opened up and shot proverbial rainbows and gumdrops unto my fortunes! It was a no brainer I thought! Let's light this fire!
What might people get out of this blog? I don't know but it's going to be exciting! I am a husband to an amazing smart and beautiful wife which to do this is still way out of my league and she must have patience of a saint. I have two amazing kids that take us on crazy amazing adventures! I have a house that needs patching up here and there. I drive a Subaru Legacy. I work with a youthful audience whom of which always keeps me on my toes and in the know of what is rad (I know rad is no longer rad). It is my hope that this blog will allow people to have an avenue to relate with somebody on something or learn something from someone who might be in a similar position or who might just want to pop in for a good old laugh. And, ow there will be laughs.
What won't you find on this blog? I know I openly admitted I don't know much about blogs (maybe it's a good thing here) but what I do know is blogs can be become political. One thing I will say is this, leave your politics at the door please. We all have our opinions but we are all humans. Let's focus on the humanity side of things here. Comments, although I may not be able to control them, I am hoping to avoid negative comments. The world doesn't need it and don't be a coward throwing negativity out there hiding behind your screen. Rule of thumb here, if you wouldn't say it sitting next to me or someone else, don't say it at all. Basic kindergarten life lesson there. Okay, we got that touchy feely stuff out of the way.
So this is it. My first blog. Probably no one will ever read it except those closest to me who will probably really make fun of me for it but will support me in doing it. So like the boat on that awesome shirt (I think it was white with blue print or was it blue with white print) many years ago let's push off of shore and head out on a Drew Cruise!