Crystal Paine, aka The Money Saving Mom, debuted her latest book today: Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference. I was privileged to receive an advance review copy.
As a fan of Crystal’s for years now, it has been interesting to see how her message has evolved. There are two basic ways to improve your financial situation: spend less or earn more. Most personal finance blogs focus more on one of these sides of the coin.
Initially Crystal’s blog became wildly popular as a result of her deals and frugality advice, but in recent years she’s moved away from an uber-cheap approach to one of encouraging women to look too at the other side of the equation: earn more money. One of the reasons her newest offering focuses on this is because making more money makes it possible to increase your reach and ability to help other people, and to make a difference in the world.
As a person grows their income, pays off debts, and is no longer living on the edge financially, they begin to look around and realize that there really is more happiness in giving. Paine’s book encourages women to look beyond the scarcity of their immediate situation to create a dream that will give them impetus and energy to meet their business goals when things get tough, or when their own self-confidence is waning.
At the same time, Crystal excels in helping people break down the big goal into the smaller, day-to-day, bite size actions that lead to big results.
The book probably isn’t for a woman who wants to continue her “career with a big C” while raising kids. (Laura Vanderkam’s I Know How She Does It is the title for that person.) It’s more for the mom who wants to either a) earn a little extra pocket money without getting caught up in internet scams or b) create a business with flexibility that allows her to continue being the primary care provider for her kids.
There are a lot of ways to make money online, some better than others, and where you start looking depends a lot on your own personality, how comfortable you are with risk, etc. It’s impossible for one book to detail all the possibilities, but Money Making Mom does a good job of giving you an overview of the real possibilities, along with resources to get more information, as well as helping you analyze your own unique talents and skills that could be applied to a money-making venture.
Crystal is the real deal, and I have much respect for her integrity, her work ethic as well as business acumen. She’s also been an encouragement to me personally. A few years ago she urged me to write an ebook, which ended up earning me several thousand dollars its first year, and is a source of passive income each month since. And one of my favorite things about the book is Crystal’s honesty about how building an online business can take years as well as many twists and turns. On the internet especially, things are constantly changing, and what works well one month may change the next. That’s certainly been true of me since I started blogging over a decade ago. In addition, it’s perfectly ok if you set out to do one thing, fail utterly, and start something else – perhaps even stumbling around for years as Crystal herself did before finding “her thing”.
Check out Money Making Mom here.