In December 2014 I left my stressful but highly paid job in the corporate world and returned to Canada from my home in Australia to visit my family and friends. I was exhausted but after a month of hiking with my best friend on the beautiful west coast, and having relaxed cappuccinos with my dad, I was reenergised.
I knew though that I didn’t want to go back to working 12 hour days and was more determined than ever to have less time working and more time living. What to do though? I thought of the old cliché that “it’s not what you earn it’s what you save” my usual response to this was “I like my life and the things I have and I am not ever going to be a coupon and recycling teabags kind of girl”
However in my desperation to not go back to the hard slog, I started to think about getting a simpler job which paid less but would mean I could do a standard 9-5 day. In my mind, finally, saving money meant saving time. When you think about it Money means Time and not the other way around. “If you can save money you can earn yourself time”
When I returned home and was surrounded by our animals I began thinking about saving money in real ways. I googled it and got about 10,000 hits but since I now had the time I started to read the articles and blogs. Most were complete rubbish and obvious or would save so little that it wasn’t worth the changes I would need to make. OK sure they would save a few dollars but they were not going to change my life.
The next day a mortgage broker friend called and this is what truly set me on my new path. After speaking to him I called my bank, long story short, I told them that after 20 years with them I was going to look for a cheaper mortgage. Fifteen minutes later I had negotiated new terms and saved us $4,000 a year. With one phone call! Why had I never done this before? The answer was time I never had any spare time to look for real savings or even the time to really think about it.
Not anymore I was going to find these savings. It took me about 3 weeks of reviewing everything we spent money on, renegotiating contracts on big ticket items and reviewing our budget. I worked out that I could save us $50,000 a year!!! In my world this meant I could now work part time and still have the same quality of life. See my blog on real ways to save money to see how I did it.
So I started half- heartedly looking for part time work at my husband’s increasing insistence. This started me thinking though about all the busy people out there who were in the same situation I was, time poor and trapped because of money. As more of a hobby and because I love to write, I started blogging about all the ways I had found to save money and therefore earn time.
I spoke to friends and realised I was on to something as they too started to implement some of the suggestions I had discovered. I continued to write and share my articles and was approached by a company (who shall remain nameless so I don’t get sued) who wanted to put an advert on my site which they would pay me for. Light bulb moment but the problem was I didn’t ethically support this company and I didn’t want to hassle my readers with cheap sales techniques.
However I was actually promoting products through my blogs, ones I used and believed in which were either giving away free samples or were really cheap, I just wasn’t getting paid for it. So I contacted some of those companies and asked if they would pay me to promote their products. Most said no but a couple said yes I could become an associate and they would pay me a small amount (cents not big amounts) if any of my readers went to their site, via a link in mine.
So Busy Buzz Co, my new business was launched. I made a decision though right from the beginning, that I would only promote products which I had used and believed in, no exceptions. I will also be very clear with my readers that if I do promote a product and I am an associate that if they clicked on a link for something free or to get more information I would receive a small stipend.
So far I have only 4 products I get paid for and now about 40 articles which might mention good websites and places to go for free and cheap stuff but I am not being paid for those. I want my readers to trust me and also to be able to use the information for their own benefit, without fear that my site is about flogging products to make a few bucks.
To this end I have set up a Facebook Page/Busy Buzz Co and will write a monthly newsletter on saving real time, money and living more simply so that you too can make choices in your lives to allow you more time for living. I also have a feedback form to encourage readers to ask questions and list things they would like to know about.
I have spent 6 months researching and working through the mess which is now the web to try and find good tips from credible experts and be able to pass them on. Ultimately I want to try and create an online community where readers can share their own tips and have discussions, so this is the goal I am working towards.
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