What Big Mama’s Been Up To: an Update…

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june updateErm…darn, now I’ve created the damn title, I can’t quite remember what I’ve been up to.

What have I been up to…what have I been up to…breathe, breathe woman…

1) Well, I’m a Year Older…

Was my birthday on June 9th. Big Mama’s a whole lot bigger now! She’s 36.

Had a laidback day which was just the way I wanted it. Did some blogging work during the day (and suddenly, a million squirrels stop in mid-motion and say “she worked? On her birthday? Diggidy hot damn”).

Yes, I’m still in shock (not at the squirrels); I worked on my birthday…and I enjoyed it!

Then I went to a close friend’s for dinner (which tasted absolutely GORGEOUS), had cake and watched Sex and the City: part 1. Felt pampered and loved.

2) The Freelance Writing…

Has been going well. Written more than I did last month. Still get the squirms if I spend more than 30-45 mins writing; so I take breaks, do something else, then come back to it. What I try to focus on is how it feels when I finish writing a piece: the sense of achievement, pride, relief/weight off my shoulders.

3) Working on CloudCrowd…

CloudCrowd pays you to complete a number of tasks including editing, reviewing, research and translation. Payment can vary from a cent to $5 depending on the task.

Pays daily (weekdays only) via Paypal. You need a Facebook account too.

I joined CloudCrowd a while ago, but wasn’t that active on it. Got paid for a few tasks and from time to time, I’d get a surprise referral payment.

Recently revisited the site. Been doing more tasks. The money’s not gonna have your wallet bursting at the seams, but there’s something about getting paid every weekday that feels…well…nice and uplifting.

4) Updated my ebook…

Some time ago, I created an ebook called ‘Writing Online: 3 Ways to Make Money‘. Primarily aimed at beginners and based on the experiences I’d gained at the time.

Since I’ve gone back to freelance writing, I’ve been motivated to comb through the ebook with more tips and insights.

I think I’ll keep on adding things to it as I go along. Already, I have a few more ideas I wanna add at some point.

5) Mama’s got a brand new gig! (play it for me, guitarist – finger that frikkin guitar, you beauty!)

Thought I’d leave this one ’til last ‘cos it happened very recently and I’m super excited about it!

I got myself a research gig. Saw it advertised last week on Digital Point forums. Thought I’d pass on it ‘cos I didn’t feel I was qualified. But curiosity brought me back to it the following day. So I thought, what the heck, and applied. I was really honest about my experience, but also mentioned I was keen on the opportunity as it sounded really interesting. I did a trial assignment. Worked extreeeemely hard at it. Got very little sleep. Handed it in. Thought I’d done a crap job, but at that point had done the best I could do and had worked incredibly hard at it.

Didn’t get a reply that day…or the day after, so I thought, “yep, I fucked up; I’m gonna go change my name now”.

Then, I got a reply yesterday asking me if I was ready for the next assignment!

I GOT THE JOB! Me? Happy? Relieved? Ha!

Plus, my client (ooh, that sounds good – let me say it again: my client) seems like a genuinely nice person. Really cool. He was kinda like a mentor through the first assignment, offering tips and advice.

The pay’s not bad either. I get $50 per assignment.

I’m really excited about this new gig. It’s different. Interesting. I have a feeling no two assignments will ever be the same. Satisfies my natural curiosity and the need to be doing different things all the time. Whatever I research is whatever I learn is whatever I teach.

June has been an interesting, busy, challenging, rewarding month.

Looking forward to July.

How’s your month been?



  1. TriNi

    Aw.. first of all happy belated birthday! Glad you enjoyed your day!

    Secondly, I’m so happy because you sound truly happy. I’m happy you’re finding new ways to write and put forth your talent while still making some money! Keep up the great work hun. So proud of you!

    – TriNi @ Make Money Online Free

  2. ebele

    Thank you, lovely 🙂

    Yes, I think I’m getting there. Eventually, in terms of writing, I’d like to specialise in one or two topics.

    …and, yes, I’m pretty damn excited about the research opp 🙂

    Well done to you too ‘cos you seem to be doing superbly online. Inspiring.

    Take care…

  3. Murlu

    Happy (late) Birthday!

    That CrowdCloud thing looks interesting – that’s one thing that has always been the ups and downs about most work online – you have to wait.

    Some of it reminds me of MTurk but definitely cool that you can just use FB too

  4. ebele


    Thanks for the belated b’day wishes 🙂

    Yeah, CloudCrowd’s cool. Still finding its feet, but has potential.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Anonymous

    I am new to freelancing, and find your blog refreshing and insightful. I like your style and approach, and you have given me hope that I could actually make a couple of dollars for writing!

  6. ebele

    Hi Anon 🙂

    Aww, thanks for the compliment.

    I think writing could make you more than a couple of dollars. I don’t know if you know about the WAHM forums, but there’s a writing section there (wahm.com/forum/wahms-who-write-46). It’s one of the most supportive & inspiring sub-forums I’ve come across and I pass by it most days. You might find it useful. (p.s.: it’s a work-at-home-mums forum; however, the info there, I find, is widely applicable and useful).

    Take care…and welcome to the freelancing world!

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