Long-time readers of Mom’s Plans know that I am all about earning extra money, especially if I can earn it working from home.

In Pursuit of Extra Income

One year ago last January, I was desperate to find a way to make some money working from home.  My leave of absence from having the baby was going to end in August, and unless I could find a way to supplement my husband’s income, I would have to go back to work, which I didn’t want to do, especially since the cost of childcare in our area would eat up the majority of my income.

I was lucky to find a blogger who needed some virtual assistant work done and another blogger who needed a staff writer.  (Endless thanks to My Journey to Millions and Free from Broke!)  From those two jobs, in just a few months through word of mouth referrals, I was able to earn a substantial income and have several clients.  Now, 10 months after I took my first job, I have earned $2201 for December, and the month isn’t over yet.  I am shocked that I have been able to bring home more each month for the last few months than I would have if I had returned to my job and had to pay for childcare.  This is truly the best of both worlds–I am able to do work that I enjoy and supplement our family’s income AND take care of my kids at home.

Learn How to Make $1,000 a Month

I know, from the many comments I get from readers, that others are also looking for a way to earn extra money.  Some want to earn money so they can stay home with their kids, others want to pay off debt or save for a car or a home.  Each family is unique and has their own reasons for wanting to earn extra money.  The fact is, we live in a world where it is easier to earn a side income, thanks to the internet, than it was for previous generations.

Because I know how much $1,000 a month has changed my family’s lifestyle, I was excited when Cash Flow Mantra contacted me about working with him and Derek from Life and My Finances on a new blog, Grand Per Month.  This blog, which is set to launch on January 2nd, focuses on ways people can make an extra $1,000 per month working about an additional 15 hours a week.  Because the three of us come from different walks of life and are each able to earn $1,000+ a month ourselves, we will be able to offer different areas of expertise on ways to earn that money.

Each month, at least two different side jobs will be featured including ways to get started and what costs you can expect to incur.  In addition, there will be posts documenting how an additional $1,000 a month can dramatically change your financial situation.

I wish this site would have been around a year ago when I was trying to make money to help support my family.  I hope a Grand Per Month will be helpful to you and that it will be one of the blogs you bookmark.  Here is to 2012, and all of us earning a little more money in the new year.

What would you do with an extra grand per month?