13 Best Tips to Increase Productivity for 2020!

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Increase Productivity: Best Tips to Get More Done in Less Time!

In this article I’m going to share my best tips for how to increase productivity. Productivity is not just a matter of getting stuff done, but it is also getting the most important stuff done, given our unique circumstances, with the limited time that we have.

Ever since I was a teenager, I was worked to be productive and spend time wisely. In fact, when I was probably 12, my cousin (and one of my best friends) and I created a daily schedule for ourselves where we designated our time down to the quarter hour. What teenager does that? My mom even teased us that we hadn’t scheduled time to use the bathroom; that’s how detailed our daily schedules were. 🙂

I’m definitely not quite that detailed anymore, but for most of my life I have worked hard to be as productive as possible simply to survive. In high school I had college concurrent enrollment classes and extracurricular activities and was seeking academic scholarships for college, so I definitely had to manage my time well there.

Then at the university, I was doing the honors program and working part-time, and I needed to maintain those scholarships, as well as maintain some small semblance of a social life.

After graduation, things slowed down a little (yay!), but there was still work and freelance projects and spending time with my husband.

And now, as a mom of three young kiddos, full-time editor (at my regular job) where there are definitely times when there is more to do than time to do it in, full-time blogger, and youth leader in my church, there is plenty to keep me hopping. 🙂 It’s definitely of my own choosing—so I have no one to blame but myself!—but I’m even busier now than I have ever been before.

So these are the top tips to increase productivity that have helped to keep my head above water (most of the time) and keep me sane (or somewhat sane).

 

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Increase Productivity: 13 Best Tips to Help You Get More Done Each Day

Below I am going to share my very best tips for how to increase productivity in order to get more (of the most important) things done each day. Stop spinning your wheels and start managing your time like you want (and need!) to!

 

1. Get up earlier.

How many times have you wished that you had an extra hour or two in your day? Well, by waking up earlier, you will!

If you feel like you do not have enough time in the day or you just want or need to get more done, then make a commitment to yourself to get up earlier every. single. day (except Sundays, if you want; I don’t work on Sundays and instead dedicate that time to church and family and taking the day off from the pressing demands of the rest of the week, and I recommend that you do, too :)).

I know it can be hard to get up earlier. I know it means you may feel tired in the morning after you get up. But one of the best ways to increase productivity really is to have the self-discipline to get up earlier. If you normally get up at 6 or 7, get up at 3 or 4.

Believe me, I know that that might sound kind of crazy! Before I started blogging, I definitely thought that getting up at 5 was plenty early enough! And I rarely got up that early. Once I ditched my hour and a half long commute each way (oh, happy, happy day!), I generally got up between 6 and 7 (and 6 only during the summer months, when I would get up earlier to go running outside).

But once I got really serious about blogging and learned the early morning—or sometimes late night, or both (that’s now me!)—habits of many pro bloggers, I gave up my blissful sleep to have a few extra hours in the morning to myself, where the house is quiet and there are no distractions.

And if you really want to get more done, then getting up a couple of hours earlier each day is one of the very best ways that you can do it.

Getting up earlier is an excellent way to have time available to spend on an awesome side hustle (learn about 19 here!) to make more money! I have been doing freelance writing and editing since before I graduated from college, and doing a side hustle it is a great way to increase your income. You  can also learn the simple steps to start a side hustle here.

2. Get some exercise to increase productivity.

One wonderful way to have more energy is to get regular exercise. I know it probably feels hard to make the time to do it, but you will feel better once you have exercised, and you will have the energy to get more done in your day!

Want an awesome time-saving and productivity hack? Do this simple trick to exercise while you work and burn 800+ calories per hour!

 

3. Know what your major goals are to increase your productivity.

To be your most productive, you have to know what it is you really want to accomplish. Like the Cheshire cat says says in Alice in Wonderland, if you don’t know where you want to go, it doesn’t really matter which direction you head in.

Similarly, if you don’t know what you want to do in your life, then it doesn’t really matter that much what you spend your time doing, in the grand scheme of things.

 

4. Do the most important things first to hugely increase your productivity.

There will likely be many days at work where you simply cannot get done all that you need to or would like to. So you have to not only prioritze your time, but you have to be OK with not getting everything done on your to-do list.

Each day, create a prioritized to-do list, with the tasks listed from most important to less important. And then start your day by tackling the most important thing. Then move on to the next, and then the next.

 

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5. Get rid of distractions to increase productivity.

While you are working to get things done, silence your smartphone (and turn it over or move it away from you if you need to), ignore your email (as much as you can; see the tip just below), block out your calendar (especially at work, so that you can have time uninterrupted by meetings), if you are doing the task at home maybe even ask your spouse or parents or in-laws to take the kids to the park or elsewhere if needed, and give yourself blocks of time where you can simply work on getting the thing or things done that you most need to.

And while you are at it, work on overcoming your own mental distractions, as well. (I have to regularly work on this one, myself!) When you are doing something important, don’t let yourself get sidetracked into doing something else! Those constant little interruptions can add up to be big time sucks, and they keep you from being as productive at the main tasks as you would otherwise be.

For example, if you are working on reviewing your daily invoices at the office,  don’t get sidetracked into checking your personal email or your Instagram or buying that thing on Amazon that you need or renewing your library books or texting your spouse to ask what plans are for dinner. (That last one should already be decided and recorded on your meal plan. :))

 

6. Get similar and related tasks done at one time and multitask low-brain-function activities.

If you have similar or related tasks that you know you need to take care of, do them together. For example,  read and respond to emails a few times a day, rather than constantly throughout the day. Same with responding to vooicemail messages. When you can, set a time to do those specific tasks, and take care of them all together at one time.

Another example is for when you are at home after work: if you know you need to check your personal email and buy a birthday present on Amazon and check your bank balance, do those three activities together while you are online. Similarly, if you know you need to go to a few different stores or businesses during the week to run errands and get shopping done, try to plan well enough and coordinate things so that you can make all of those stops together in one trip.

When it comes to multitasking, realize that you can multitask activities that do not take a lot of concentration. True, you do not want to try to multitask figuring out a complex problem at work with giving an important presentation to your biggest client.

But you probably can multitask talking to Grandma while folding your laundry or doing the dishes. You can clean or commute while listening to business audio books or your favorite podcast. You can check and take care of personal email while waiting in line at the grocery story. So multitask where it makes sense to!

 

7. Stop wasting so much time.

I don’t mean to be harsh at all, but if the average person really does spend more than 5 hours a day watching TV and more than 2 hours a day on social media, as I have read that they do, then that is almost a full workday that you could be spending on other things. If you wonder why you never have enough time to get done all that you want to, do an honest evaluation of your screen time.

I admit that I have not watched TV in years (though I do watch the occasional movie), and honestly, if I spent 7 hours a day, or even two hours a day, on screen time, I really don’t know how I would get everything done that I need to (or that I should). Actually, I still don’t get everything done that I need to or should, but that is a conscious choice on how I prioritize my time with working full-time, being a mom of young ones, and blogging.

Pro tip: Giving up discretionary screen time is another excellent way to have time available to spend on an awesome side hustle (learn about 19 here!) to make more money! Use that time to work toward increasing your income. And learn the simple steps to start a side hustle here.

 

8. Automate and streamline processes where you can.

Do you have things that you regularly spend time on that could be automated? One simple example of this, that I hope you are already using, is to set up auto bill pay with your credit union or bank. There is no reason to spend time each month writing checks and sending them in the mail when your bank will do this for free.

Another process you can streamline is your meal planning and preparation. If you are spending hours each week planning and preparing  your meals, know that you don’t have to (though I get if you are a foodie and this is where you find a lot of your joy, then you may want to :)). But if meal prep and planning is just another thing to check off your must-do list and you are spending a lot of time with it, then simplify!

Instead of finding new recipes all the time, pick the 10 you like the most that you can prepare pretty quickly, and keep those as your main dinner meals on weekdays for a two-week period. Then save the weekends for trying new recipes (or pick your favorite 14 recipes, if you do not want to have to come up with new recipes for the weekends).

Then simply repeat that two-week meal plan for the second half of the month. Then just repeat those meals from your meal plan in the two-week rotation moving forward, and change them out only if you get tired of them or find another recipe that you love that you want to replace one of the meals with.

And are there things that you could learn to do more quickly? I have a coworker who regularly times how fast he does things to see if he can do them more quickly (even making chocolate chip cookies!). If there are regular tasks that you have to perform, work on doing them more efficiently. Over the course of a year, those saved minutes here and there really add up!

Pro tip: You can find an inexpensive two-week meal plan here. This is how we feed our family of 5 for an average of $300 per month.

Want to make things even easier on yourself? Then check out an awesome service like $5 Meal Plans.

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They plan the meals you will eat and include the ingredients you will need to buy and the recipes you will need to follow to prepare them. Pretty cool! With $5 Meal Plans, the dinners themselves also cost less than $5 per meal to make! And the service comes with a 14-day free trial, so you have nothing to lose! If this sounds like a good option for your family, you can check out $5 Meal Plans here.

If you’re regularly spending several hundred dollars on groceries or hundreds of dollars eating out per month, one of these services could really help you get on the right track and save your food budget.

9. Ask for help or delegate some tasks to increase productivity.

Realize that you do not have to do everything yourself. Let me repeat that: you do not have to do everything yourself.

If you are in a situation because of health or other considerations where you are overwhelmed, let go of your pride, and ask for help. If you are in a situation at work or at home where you could (or even should) be sharing responsibilities with someone, then share them! Yes, the task might not be done as well as if you had done it yourself, but it will be good enough. And the only way for the other person or people to get better is by experience, so the sooner you let go of doing everything and let others help, the sooner they will get better at it and be good enough to meet your expectations. 🙂

Similarly, if you are in a leadership position and you are taking it upon yourself to do everything, get help from the other leaders of your group or organization. Don’t be a martyr or a one-person band when  you don’t have to be.

If you are a perfectionist and a control freak, try to ease up a little. Start with simple, small things you can let go of doing yourself, and, in a work setting for example, ask others to do them for you.

 

10. Look at what commitments or tasks you can simply eliminate.

If you haven’t already, sit down and make a list of all of the things that you do in a given week. Are there things you are doing simply because you have always done them? Do they really need to be done? If they do not bring you joy or fulfillment or a benefit equivalent to the time you spend on them, can you simply stop doing them?

Are there tasks you perform for your job or your business that simply don’t have a good return on (time or money) investment? Are there tasks or activities you do at home or with your family that don’t actually need to be done?

Similarly, are there things that you could do less often than you do, to free up some time? Are there tasks at work you could do less often, and still get the results you seek? Are there chores you could do less often around the house, and still keep things fairly orderly?

 

11. Say no sometimes.

Of course you need to keep your commitments and fulfill your obligations (as long as they are reasonable; if not, follow the advice in number 9 above). But there is a lot that we say yes to that we don’t need to.

You do not have to accept the invitation to serve on every committee or participate in every fundraiser. Your child does not have to play every sport or participate in every extracurricular activity (and you and they will both be more sane if they don’t). You don’t have to accept every invitation to serve at your church, if you just have too much already on your plate.

You do not have to go every time your friends invite you out. You don’t even have to accept every assignment at work. Guard your time as a precious, irreplaceable resource, because it is.

 

12. Write down or record digitally your reminders and appointments.

Free up some of your mental energy by freeing your mind from some of its unneeded clutter: digitize or write down (or both!) upcoming to-do items and appointments.

For tasks that are imminent but not immediate (especially for things that you remember you have to do at home that you remember while you are at work and vice versa), create a reminder in your phone. You can do this with apps like Outlook, Google Keep, or your reminders in Google Assistant.

And for calendar items, you can likewise use Outlook or Google Calendar or a similar app.

Or, if you prefer a paper and pen planner, as many people still do, then this is also a great way to go (as long as you remember to actually use it and refer to it as often as you need to; too bad paper planners don’t come with audio reminders!).

Not only will writing down or record digitally your reminders and appointments make it so that you do not have to remember everything you have going on,  it will make it so you won’t forget to do or miss out on important tasks and events.

 

13. Plan and prepare for your next day.

Each day, take just a few minutes to plan and prepare for the next day. This is potentially one of the most powerful items on this list.

Before you leave from work in the afternoon or evening, take just a few minutes to make a list of the most important things that you need to get done the next day. This will ensure that you can hit the ground running tomorrow morning right when you get to work, and you will not have to exert the mental effort to try and remember what you were doing the day before.

Similarly, in the late evening when your energy and perhaps your brainpower are perhaps at their lowest and you don’t want to do tasks that tax your brain too much, you can still do simple things to prepare for the next day. Accomplishing simple but important to-dos the night before can really help set you up for a productive and successful start to your next day, such as choosing your work outfit (and also preparing your workout clothes, if you are wanting to exercise before you go to work) and preparing your lunch for work.

Pro tip: Learn how taking a few minutes each day and preparing an inexpensive lunch to take to work can turn you into a millionaire. Really!

 

Conclusion

There are so many things you can do to increase your productivity; I have really probably just scratched the surface here. But these 15 productivity tips really can help you to have a more successful (and therefore enjoyable and less stressful) day.

As with so many things in life, the key to being productive is to have a solid plan. And with that plan, you really can (and will!) accomplish amazing things every day. And over the years, you will be astounded at what you have been able to achieve.

 

What are your best tips for how to increase productivity? Are there any of these items that you have already been doing for years? If so, what have been the results? What have you been able to achieve? I would love to hear about your successes (or your challenges)! Leave a comment below and let me know!

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How to Quit a Job You Hate (So You Can Get the Job You Love!)

Learn how to quit a job you hate and successfully transition to a job that you will love! Follow these steps to quit a job you hate successfully!

 How to Quit a Job You Hate

In this article I am going to discuss how to quit a job you hate (successfully!).

If you’re a working adult in America today, there’s a very good chance that you don’t love the work that you do and you are looking for or at least thinking about other job opportunities. According to a recent study, more than two-thirds (67 percent) of American workers are not engaged at work, and another 18 percent are actively disengaged—meaning that close to 90 percent of employees come to work and put in their time, but don’t necessarily give their best work or best ideas. That makes me really sad.

My firm belief is, if you are going to spend 30, 40, or even 50 years working, it should be doing something you love or at least something you enjoy. Maybe you don’t love every aspect of your current job or every single job you will have, but you should love the line of work that you are in, and if you find a job you don’t love as you are working your way through your career, you just use it as a stepping stone to move on to a job you do love.

So if you are in a job that you no longer enjoy (or that you never did) or that you even hate, then don’t stay there! You’re not stuck unless you choose to be. Here are the simple steps you can take to quit a job you hate and find a job that you are passionate about and engaged in and that will be rewarding and fulfilling.

 

How to Successfully Quit a Job You Hate and Transition to a Job You Love

There is definitely a right way and a wrong way to quit a job you hate! Do not just quit before you have other employment lined up (unless you are independently wealthy ;))! If you do, you will have no income and will be in a financial mess! The likely financial problems are not worth exiting a job without another job in place, even when you hate that job you want to quit! Below I will share how to quit a job you hate the right way so that you can successfully and smoothly transition to a job you will love!

1. Start looking for another job or employment opportunity to jump to.

First, again, do not quit your job until you have something else lined up that will provide you the income that you need! Even if you really do hate your job, stick it out until you find something else where you can adequately support your family. That doesn’t mean that you have to have your dream job lined up before you make a move, but you have to have some other opportunity in place. And then from that new job you can look for an even better, longer-term position.

 

2. Work on building up your emergency fund.

As you look at other career options so that you can quit the job you hate, start to build up your emergency fund (EF). Work to get to a fully funded EF of three to six months’ worth of expenses. That way you will be much better prepared and have a lot more options in the event that something happens and you do have to quit your job before you have another one lined up (but again, try to avoid this option at all costs) or you choose to take a job that means a pay cut or a move to a higher cost of living area or something similar.

 

3. Make finding your next job a full-time job (or dedicate as much time to it as you can).

If you want to quit the job you hate successfully and find a great job to replace it, you’re going to have to put in the time and effort to make that happen. I know it sounds extreme, but if you can spend 40 hours per week looking for your next job, do it! That will decrease the amount of days it takes to find your next (great!) job. Especially if you are working only part-time, then you should make finding your ideal job your current full-time job—until it happens. Again, the more time you can put into it, the more quickly you are likely to see results.

 

4. Make sure your resume is up to date, accurate, and free of grammatical errors and typos.

When you begin your job hunt, make sure to update your resume so that it is accurate and current. And this should go without saying, but don’t make anything up!

Also make sure that the text is clean. As a professional editor, I understand how easy it is to overlook a typo! But I’m also a little surprised at how many grammar problems and typos I’ve seen in resumes over the years. This is one of the most important documents you will ever create—so take the time to make it as good as possible.

Ask a friend or family member with a good eye for detail to read it over for you and not only help make sure it’s clean but also give you pointers for what you might improve (passive voice you could make active, less important information you could cut, ways to reorganize the information to be more powerful or logical, how you could make the text more persuasive or interesting, numbers and percentages you can include to better showcase your accomplishments, and so on). You might also want to hire a professional editor or proofreader to review your resume for you. Upwork and Craigslist are good places to look for help.

 

5. Include measurable accomplishments on your resume (include concrete numbers and percentages whenever possible).

As mentioned briefly in the step just above, to help you show the value you would bring to their company, be sure to include (but again, don’t embellish!) numbers and percentages wherever you can. Don’t just say “Helped to reduce overhead and increase profits.” Instead, say “Helped to reduce overhead by 22 percent over two years by finding a new shipping vendor. Helped to increase profits by 14 percent last year by introducing a new streamlined product review process that was adopted by my department.”

 

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6. Work on your interpersonal skills.

If there are areas that you feel you could work on to improve your interpersonal skills, work on them before you quit the job you hate! If you are naturally more reserved, for example, make a conscious effort to put yourself outside of your comfort zone so that you will gain experience in those kinds of situations. On the other hand, if you have heard from friends or family that your personality is a little abrasive or your behavior is overall a little overly loud or boisterous, work on toning things down a little. If you haven’t had as much actual in-person interaction as you would like because you do most of your communicating electronically, find ways to reverse this trend.

 

7. Network! Talk to as many people as you can about your job search.

If you are determined to quit a job you hate, then now is not the time to be humble or shy! Now is the time to be bold and confident. That doesn’t mean you should brag or be arrogant, of course, but you can’t be afraid to promote yourself. So let all of your friends and family know what kinds of opportunities you are looking for. Post it on social media. Send an email. Text. Call. And ask if anyone knows of anyone in the industry or company that you are interested in and if they could write you a letter of reference, make a quick call on your behalf with an inquiry about potential job openings or leads, or even introduce you to a person they know over lunch or a similar setting. Network with everyone you can as much as you can. Remember Kevin Bacon and the six degrees? Put that principle to good use. You really probably are not very far from where you want to be—you just have to find the right person to help you make the change happen.

 

8. Cold call companies directly to find out if they are hiring or if they will be in the near future and to ask for an informational interview.

Finding people that you know to help you and put in a good word for you is the most effective job search method, but if you are not able to find anyone with a connection to the company (or ideally, one of the companies) you want to work for, then find the contact information that you need online and call their HR department or the department you want to work for, if you know which one it would be.

When you get hold of the right person, ask about future hiring and request an informational interview with someone in a position to make hiring decisions or to influence hiring. It’s just possible that they will be won over and offer you a job, even when they don’t have any current openings. Or if not, at the very least you can leave a great impression for the future.

 

9. Search on job search websites and industry-specific online job boards.

There are a lot of good job search engines. I personally prefer indeed.com. Industry-specific online job boards are another great option. Here are 10 industry-specific job boards worth checking out.

 

 

10. Research potential companies before you interview so you will be better prepared.

Spend a good amount of time Google-stalking your prospective companies to find out more about them and their place in the industry and company culture and so forth. When I applied for my first job out of college, I spent at least a few hours reviewing the company’s website to learn about them so that I would be well prepared for my upcoming interview. And I think it showed, by the kinds of thoughtful questions I was able to ask and the responses I was able to give. (I got the job. :))

 

11. Do practice interviews.

To prepare for upcoming interviews, ask a friend or family member (or a few of them) to ask you potential interview questions and give you feedback on what you can say or do to improve. For example, they might let you know if you have any strange mannerisms, such as tapping your fingers or feet or avoiding eye contact, that you should avoid doing while answering interview questions. Even if you don’t get asked many of the same (or any of the same, for that matter) questions as you answer during practice, the most important thing is that the practice can help you be confident preparing and giving answers.

 

12. Seek an internship (paid or unpaid) or even volunteer with the company you really want to work for.

If there aren’t any immediate openings available at a particular company, or if you perhaps don’t quite yet have the experience needed to land the job you really want, then ask if there are internship or volunteer opportunities at the company you want to work for. If they don’t currently have an internship program, express your heartfelt and sincere interest, and ask them if they might be willing to start one. And if that isn’t a possibility, then ask if volunteering is an option. I know of at least one case where someone worked as a volunteer for an organization with the hope that she might show her worth in order to be hired for a full-time position, and it worked.

And even if you complete the internship and the company you really wanted to work for long-term still doesn’t have any openings, you will have gained invaluable experience that you can use to boost your resume and find a great position with another company. And in the meantime, you can ask that the company that you interned with keep you in mind for future opportunities.

 

13. Consider relocating if needed.

If there is a career field you really want to enter or a career path you really want to pursue, you may need to be willing to relocate. If the labor market is a little oversaturated where you are in the industry you work in or just in general, you will have an easier time looking for other opportunities in different communities or even out of state or across the country.

 

14. Don’t give up.

If you aren’t successful in finding a job that really lights your fire, don’t give up! Set a reminder in your phone to look again in three or six months. Or set a reminder in your phone to look one evening a week, if you’re really serious about making a switch. You can also set up alerts on websites like indeed.com so that you will be notified when new job opportunities come up that meet the criteria you set. Some companies have their own job search sites, and you might also be able to set up an email alert that way, as well.

 

15. Consider if you might need to receive more schooling or training to get the job you love.

If you are applying for positions but not being invited for interviews or not getting the job after the interview, you might need to consider if you are getting passed over for other more experienced workers. It might be time to look seriously at increasing your education by going back to school or arranging for other job-related training.

There may be online courses available through sites like Lynda.com, Skillshare, Udemy, or Teachable that might help you gain the skills you need. Just try to ensure that whatever money you spend will have a good ROI (return on [time and money] investment).

 

16. Consider if self-employment might be your best option.

When I graduated from college, I had no interest in being self-employed because of the inherent risks of not having a steady paycheck from a relatively stable company. Now, 15 years later, both of the companies I have worked for have had layoffs, and because of that and other experiences I’ve had, I believe that working for a company might be the riskier venture. Or at least it is probably just as risky, in its own ways, as being self-employed.

If you are in a career field or have the needed skills and training where you can work for yourself, consider if that is a viable option. When you are self-employed, you can have many “employers,” so if one of them drops you, the result isn’t so devastating as is the possible reality of getting laid off and suddenly losing all of your income.

Not to mention, there are many other benefits of being self-employed, such as being able to be your own boss, being able to set your own schedule, being able to work from home potentially, being able to set your own rates, and more.

 

17. Give your soon-to-be ex-employer the courtesy of a two-week notice.

Once you have accepted a position with another company, if at all possible, even if you really are unhappy with your current employer, give them a two-week notice so that they will have some warning and be able to begin the process of finding someone to replace you.

 

Conclusion

If you follow these 17 tips for how to quit a job you hate, you really will be able to successfully transition to a job you love! It may take some time, but it will happen!

Don’t lose heart! You don’t have to be stuck in a job you hate! Even if you are in a job that you feel is soul-sucking, where you are today is definitely not where you have to be in five years or three years or even one year. Your world could be completely different in a matter of months if you will keep a positive outlook and keep your eyes open for the opportunities that are out there.

I leave you with my honest, heartfelt, and best wishes as you look to find a job that will feed your soul and your passion and energize and uplift you!

 

If you are in a job that you hate or that you really dislike, what are you doing to change your situation? Which of the tips above do you feel could best help you right now to find different employment? What can you be doing now to best prepare to transition to another job? Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts! I would love to hear from you.

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27 Awesome Freelance Writing Jobs

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Freelance Writing Jobs

In this article I am going to discuss some of the best potential freelance writing jobs available for those who love to write and who are looking for awesome freelance opportunities.

 

27 Amazing Potential Freelance Writing Jobs

As an English major and a professional editor and freelance writer (and now blogger!), writing is something that is near and dear to me. If you are able to write (and therefore communicate) effectively, there are many job opportunities that are available to you as a freelance writer.

Many of these job opportunities are directly related to writing, like the majority of the freelance writing jobs that I will mention in this article, but they don’t have to be. Freelance writers can work in any job where effective and persuasive communication is a must. If you’re a writer at heart like me, there are some great freelance writing jobs available in today’s job market. Read below to learn about more than 20 of them.

 

1. Become a professional blogger.

My favorite freelance writing job is blogging. 🙂

I admit that I put this potential freelance writing job first because it’s my personal favorite! I love blogging (what I really mean to say is, it’s one of the best jobs ever!) because of the limitless earning potential and, even more, because I love to write and to share my thoughts about personal finance and help people win with their money! And I love blogging because you totally work on your own schedule, from home or from anywhere you want!

Read this article to learn how to create a profitable blog. You can also read about some amazing income reports of bloggers here. I know of bloggers who make $10,000, $20,000, $50,000, $100,000 and more a month! It’s incredible!

There are several ways that you can earn income as a blogger, including the following: affiliate marketing (see below), guest posts, advertising, subscription or membership fees, and selling products.

If you’re interested in creating a profitable blog, I recommend the Blog by Number course and ebook by Suzi Whitford. It’s the course that I took to get started as a new blogger. You can complete the course in less than three hours (but not all in one sitting, unless you want to! :)) and have an excellent introduction to how to start a blog and how to begin monetizing it in order to earn money.

And when you know you’re really serious about earning money as a blogger, then I also recommend that you sign up for Elite Blog Academy, the excellent course that I took to learn how to become a profitable blogger. The course is a significant investment in time and money, but if you do the work and put in practice the things that you learn, it is definitely worth the money many times over. But the course only opens up once a year, so sign up for the waiting list here!

 

Sign up for the Elite Blog Academy wait list!

*Extremely Time Sensitive!* Elite Blog Academy is open for enrollment only once per year, and that time is now! Elite Blog Academy 4.0 will be open for enrollment from March 4 through March 8, 2019! If you are interested in investing in this potentially life-changing course, the time to do so is right now! 

Missed the deadline or don’t have the money to invest in the course just yet? You can still get a ton of free resources available from Elite Blog Academy that will help you start and grow your blog! One of the best for new bloggers (or bloggers who want to start earning money, or more money, from their blogs) is the Secret Blueprint for Blogging Success! Click the link to download this awesome free resource!

 

 

2. Do freelance editing.

Another great potential freelance writing job is to do freelance editing.

I earned my degree in English and did a minor in editing (now they even have the major available in editing!), and I have worked as a professional editor for my full-time job for 15 years and have also been doing freelance editing and writing for 15 years. I really enjoy the work because I get to learn a lot of cool things and learn about subjects I probably never would otherwise. To find freelance editing and writing jobs, check out Upwork or indeed.com to see the many opportunities available. Turn your passion or hobby into an awesome part-time or full-time income!

 

3. Do freelance proofreading.

In addition to freelance writing and editing, freelance proofreading is another great option! If you have an excellent eye for detail, being a professional freelance proofreader might be just the job for you! If you’re interested in this line of work but don’t have any former training as a proofreader, check out this excellent, free 60-minute workshop by my friend Caitlyn Pyle from Proofread Anywhere to learn more about becoming a professional freelance proofreader.

Discover how you can get started and begin earning money as a proofreader today! If you enjoy reading and are a detail oriented, conscientious, and thorough person, proofreading could be a great career for you! Sign up for this excellent, free 60-minute workshop now to learn more!

 

4. Become an affiliate marketer.

You can earn an amazing income through affiliate marketing! It’s another awesome potential freelance writing job. It was actually through reading the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, who makes more than $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing, that I first realized the incredible earning potential of blogging in general and affiliate marketing in particular.

And when I decided that I was going to go all in and give blogging my best effort to see if I could become a full-time blogger, Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing was the first course that I bought. In the course, Michelle walks you through the basics of affiliate marketing and the best ways to make money through affiliate marketing.

If you believe that starting a blog (or even using Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest or other social media sites) to earn affiliate income is something you would enjoy and be good at, then I strongly recommend that you take Michelle’s course and incorporate affiliate marketing as one of your methods of generating income.

Read this article for more information on what affiliate marketing is and how it can be used by freelance writers to earn an amazing income.

 

5. Write books or ebooks.

Writing books or ebooks is another great freelance writing opportunity. These days, it is easier than it has ever been before to self-publish books and ebooks! You can self-publish and sell your books on Amazon or another site, or you can sell them on your own website or blog. And you do not need any fancy software to do it. You can create the text in Word and use a free tool like Canva to design your cover, add images, and more!

Because I graduated with an English degree (though this is apparently true of most Americans—I read a statistic recently that 81 percent of Americans want to write a book someday), I’ve always had the idea of writing a book in the back of my mind. And because I love personal finance and have for almost 15 years now, I have definitely thought about writing a book about personal finance.

And that’s one of the reasons that I started writing on this blog, was to have a way to work to put out great content and gain an audience so that I could write personal finance books that will really help many people to change their lives. You can do the same thing in the niche that you are passionate about!

For a great resource for how to publish your first ebook, I highly recommend the course Ebook by Number, by Suzi Whitford. In the course, she teaches you how to write, design, and launch your first ebook! I have taken several of Suzi’s courses, and they have all been excellent. She teaches in a fun, personable way that makes the content easy to learn. And she really cares about her students and helping them to be successful!

You can also turn your ebook into an audiobook with Audible so that it is available in another format, which can broaden your reach (and your revenue) even farther.

 

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6. Develop online courses.

Creating online courses can be another great freelance writing job. If you have something that you are passionate about and know a lot about, then developing a course on that subject could be a great way to monetize your know-how!

One easy way to do that is to take your content from a book or ebook and develop it into a course. Once you have written one or more books, you can look at expanding that content into online courses using platforms such as Teachable, Udemy, and Thinkific. One great thing about these platforms is that you can build your course for free and then pay a percentage of your earnings as people actually buy the courses, so there is not a lot of up-front costs.

To learn how to create your first course, I recommend Course by Number by Suzi Whitford. This course, like all of her courses, is an easy to understand, engaging resource that walks you through the process of creating your first course step by step!

 

7. Do email marketing.

Email marketing is still one of the best ways to generate sales. You can do email marketing to promote your freelance writing, as a way to make money blogging, or to promote any online or brick-and-mortar business that you already have or that you create.

One effective method of email marketing is to create a product funnel using a series of emails that provide helpful information to your audience, where you teach them and encourage them and also gently lead them to buy products or services (either your own or someone else’s, in which case you get a commission through partnerships or affiliate marketing).

For a great resource on how to do effective email marketing, I recommend Suzi Whitford’s course List by Number.

 

8. Be a content strategist.

Content strategists plan, create, and manage online content for businesses. They use search engine optimization (SEO) techniques and study site analytics to determine what kind of content is working and to adapt content as needed.

 

9. Become a copy writer.

Copy writers write advertising copy in order to promote sales of a company’s products and services. You can find many available freelance writing jobs for copy writers on sites like Upwork and indeed.com.

 

10. Work as a technical writer.

 Technical writers create user guides, instructional manuals, handbooks, and similar technical publications. They are able to take technical jargon and write it in a way that makes sense to average readers. They work with subject matter experts to gather information and document and explain often complex processes. Technical writers are in fairly high demand and generally make very good salaries. Check out indeed.com or your favorite job board website for opportunities. 

 

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11 Simple Steps to Start an Awesome Side Hustle
11 Best Ways to Increase Your Income
How to Quit a Job You Hate (to Find the One You’ll Love!)

 

11. Teach college or private high school English and related courses.

Even without a teaching degree, you can teach English, literature, and related courses at colleges and private high schools if you have adequate experience and education (such as a master’s degree, for community colleges). To teach in many private high schools, a bachelor degree in a related field is often sufficient.

 

 

 

 12. Be a speechwriter.

Another great freelance writing job is to be a speechwriter. Speechwriters often work with government officials and politicians, business leaders, celebrities, and other public figures to help them craft their public messaging. They can also work with public relations firms. They often have degrees in English, journalism, communications, or political science.

 

13. Be a screenwriter.

Do you love the film and video industry? Then you may want to explore working as a screenwriter. Screenwriters develop movie and television show scripts, adapt novels and nonfiction works for film, write episodes of TV shows, write commercial scripts, and more.

 

14. Work as a journalist or columnist.

If you enjoy keeping up with current events and interviewing people, you may make a good journalist or columnist. A journalist is someone who writes for newspapers, magazines, or news websites. A columnist is similar to a journalist, but generally does not write for just one news outlet. The number of these professionals has declined in recent years, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pursue this career if you are interested in it.

 

15. Work as a communications specialist.

Being a communications specialist is another great career option for freelance writers. Communications specialists represent companies and organizations in their correspondence with others. They often work with public relations specialists to craft messages such as press releases and to respond to media requests. They can also help to manage public events on behalf of the organization they represent. They often work with marketing teams and PR representatives to ensure a positive and consistent message that accurately represents a company and helps to build their brand and build customer loyalty.

 

16. Become a web content writer.

As a web content writer, you work for a company (or possibly more than one, as a contract employee or freelancer) to research and write content for the web such as articles, landing page content, and blog posts. Being familiar with search engine optimization techniques is a must.

 

17. Be a grant writer.

Grant writers use their persuasive skills to write to potential donors to secure funding for their nonprofit or other organization. Many organizations use them as one of their primary means of receiving funding. Check out indeed.com or similar sites for opportunities.

 

18. Be a proposal writer.

Proposal writers often prepare written materials to persuade businesses to buy products or services, generally by preparing documents related to pricing and marketing. They review requests for proposals (RFP) in order to develop solid proposals to secure business contracts.

 

19. Become a ghostwriter.

Ghostwriting is another great option for finding freelance writing jobs. Ghostwriters work behind the scenes to write material for books, blogs, or social media content. As a ghostwriter, you help take someone else’s ideas, research, or history and turn it into compelling content. It can be a lot of fun!

 

20. Become a travel writer.

If you love to visit new places, look into becoming a travel writer, where you create content for publications such as travel magazines and guidebooks, blogs, and articles. Bon voyage!

 

21. Work as a social media manager.

If you are good at social media, this could be the perfect job for you. As a social media manager, you manage social media accounts for one or more clients. You might publish (and even write) content for various social media platforms, as well as work in other ways (such as through advertising) to increase social media reach and followers.

 

22. Work as a virtual assistant.

Another great job opportunity for freelance writers is to become a virtual assistant. If you enjoy doing administrative work or helping to run social media setup and campaigns, for example, then being a virtual assistant (VA) may be the perfect opportunity for you. As a VA, you work remotely doing tasks such as online research, business writing, data entry, basic bookkeeping, creating or updating databases, preparing presentations, creating infographics, editing in PhotoShop, marketing, setting up or managing webinars or podcasts, and so on.

To learn to be a virtual assistant, check out 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success, which has excellent reviews. Another good option is Introduction to Running a VA Business, available through Skillshare. And if you love Pinterest, the excellent course Become a Pinterest VA Today! by Kristin Larsen and Gina Horkey might be a great option for you.

 

 

23. Become a historian or genealogist.

If you love history, two other great opportunities for freelance writing jobs are to be a historian or genealogist (family historian). Historians research, analyze, and record historical records and events. Genealogists do the same thing, but with a focus on the events and records as they relate primarily to people and to family relationships.

 

24. Work as a PR representative.

Freelance writers can also make great careers by working as public relations representatives. Public relations representatives or specialists work to establish and maintain a positive public image for the companies they work for. If you are an effective public speaker and persuasive writer who enjoys working with people and building relationships with influencers and others, then this may be a great opportunity for you. As a PR representative, you might work with business owners and shareholders, journalists, bloggers, political figures, and others.

 

25. Be a virtual teacher or tutor.

If you have expertise in a particular topic and love to teach but don’t want to work in a traditional brick-and-mortar school or need more flexibility (so that you can teach as a second job or work in the evenings so you can be a stay-at-home parent, for example), look for opportunities to be a virtual teacher for an online school. With online charter schools and completely online colleges and universities, opportunities are more available than they ever have been.

Online tutoring is another option that can pay well, from $25 an hour and up if you have the right skills and are in the right area. Share your expertise with others and get paid to do it!

Check out indeed.com or other job posting websites for current openings.

 

26. Do data entry.

If you have a good eye for detail and are a good typist, a data entry position (where you enter information, generally by using a computer, into a company’s data system) may be a good choice for you. Many job opportunities are available in this area, so check out indeed.com or your favorite job board site to see what positions are currently open.

 

27. Be a transcriptionist.

Another great potential freelance writing job is to work as a transcriptionist. As a transcriptionist, you type recorded meetings (such as conference or seminar sessions or workshops) and other audio material. If you are a fast and accurate typist, you can make good money with this career.

Conclusion

I’ve included here some of the most popular freelance writing jobs in this article, but there are many others. If you enjoy and are good at writing informative or entertaining content, then becoming a professional freelance writer may be a great fit for you.

For more information related to freelance writing jobs, check out these articles on best online jobs, the best ways to increase your income, the best side hustles you can do from home, and the best work-from-home jobs

Have you worked as a freelance writer? What freelance writing jobs have you had? Or which of the freelance writing jobs listed above would you be most interested in? I would love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below to let me know!

Would Blogging Be a Good Fit for You?

Are you looking for a possible change in career? Are you burned out or tired of the corporate grind or looking for a new (and awesome!) career path? Do you like to discover and try new things? Are you looking to learn and grow in new ways or looking for a new challenge?

Would you love to have more control over your earning potential and be able to make an incredible income? Do you enjoy writing or communicating with others? Have you ever thought about becoming a blogger to earn some extra income from home or even perhaps as a full-time, work-from-anywhere career? (I know bloggers who make between $10,000 and $100,000+ a month from their blogs.)

Would you like complete autonomy in your work and a more flexible work schedule? Do you long to work from home in order to be with your children or be able to help take care of your parents? Would you love to teach others about something you are completely passionate about? Do you enjoy helping others to make positive changes in their lives and really succeed? If so, then blogging could be a great career for you!

If you are interested in learning about making money as a blogger, read this article to find out how to start a profitable blog.

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Have You Ever Considered Starting a Blog to Make Money?

Have you ever considered starting a blog? Or maybe you even have a hobby blog where you share your fun life stories, favorite recipes, crafting or DIY tips, kids’ antics, or another topic you love and are passionate about?

There are many reasons why you might want to start a blog, but one of the best reasons is that you can make a lot of money doing it while working from home (or anywhere!) on your own schedule and sharing a message that you truly care about!

Note: The excellent, free video training Blogging Made Simple created by 7-figure blogger Ruth Soukup is available for only one week, beginning February 26! Click here to learn more and to register now for this awesome free course!

 

The Truth about Blogging

I truly love blogging (and I really do think it is the best job in the world!), but I’ll be honest—it can be hard! And frustrating! And confusing! There are so many different aspects of blogging, that it is hard to know sometimes what to focus on and prioritize.

It can be difficult to know what to write about. It can be challenging to make the time to write when life is so full of other important things. And the prospect of becoming a blogger–and particularly a profitable blogger–can seem particularly challenging when you might not be sure you have what it takes to succeed at blogging.

Do you ever feel the same way?  Maybe you wish there was someone out there who could just show you, step-by-step, exactly what you need to do to create a successful blog.

That is exactly what Elite Blog Academy 4.0 was designed to do.

 

My Experience with Elite Blog Academy

Last year, I decided to enroll in the Elite Blog Academy (EBA).  I wasn’t sure I had what it takes to be a successful, money-making blogger either, but I was willing to take the chance.

And I am very glad I did! I am still new to blogging, but since taking Elite Blog Academy®, I have been able to meet (online) and interact with amazing people, share a message that I am super passionate about, and even make some money doing it!

 I have learned so much about blogging in the last few months since I started doing it, and my life will never be the same again! 

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Now—What about You?

Do you have an idea or a hobby or a topic that you are passionate about? Do you have a message you feel compelled to share? Do you think that blogging is something you would be interested in doing as a way to make money?

Elite Blog Academy is a significant investment of time and money, so I recommend it only for those who are very serious about blogging. But if you are interested in blogging and want a good introduction to how to make money doing it, there is another excellent option you can do—and it is completely free!

EBA® founder Ruth Soukup is offering a free training series starting February 26 called Blogging Made Simple that is totally awesome! Everything that Ruth and the EBA team create is high quality, top-notch stuff. And I have previewed this free video training series, and it is solid foundational information. It’s great!

So if you are interested in the idea of starting a blog to make extra money, sign up for this free training today! You have nothing to lose, and it could open up a whole new world for you like it has for me! You can get registered for the free three-part video training here.

 

Even More (Excellent!) Free Stuff!

And while you are at it, you should snag the other free resources offered by Elite Blog Academy! (There are 11 of them that I know about!) One of my favorites, and the one that gave me the framework to structure my own blog, was the EBA Blog Structure Blueprint. Download it for free here!

EBA Blog Structure Blueprint

Conclusion

If you have heard of or thought about doing blogging as a way to make money, why not give it a try? But don’t wait! This awesome free Blogging Made Simple video training is available for only one week, starting Tuesday, February 26! So register now!

Don’t have a blog yet? You can start a self-hosted blog (the only way to go if you are interested in possibly making money from blogging) for super cheap!

The hosting service is the provider who gives you real estate on the internet. And you can host a blog for less than $4 a month—sign up here! It really is a minimal commitment to get started. SiteGround is the excellent hosting service that I use and highly recommend! They have excellent customer reviews, and they have been super responsive and helpful the one time I had a question for them. You can learn more here!

Many, many others have made excellent part-time or full-time income with blogging. So why not you? Why not now? Sign up for Blogging Made Simple to get started today!

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Have You Considered Proofreading as an Awesome Career or Side Hustle?

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Make Money Proofreading from Home—or Anywhere!

Because I am passionate about parents being able to be home with their children if that is where they want to be (one of the main reasons that I started this blog was so that I could work from home and be with my young children), I often talk about the best ways to make money from home and the different ways to work for yourself.

And I believe strongly that for many people, one of the best ways to be successful in your career is to work for yourself. When you work for yourself, you set your own hours. You are flexible. You can work around your children’s activities. You can work as much or as little as you want—when you want. And you can set your own rates and make as much money as you want.

One of the perhaps lesser known ways—but really one of the best ways, in my opinion—to be able to work from home for yourself is by doing freelance editing and proofreading. And that is why I want to talk about Proofread Anywhere.

Why Proofreading Is a Great Career Option

I earned a degree in English and have a minor in editing. I have worked as a professional editor for over 15 years, and I have done freelance editing and proofreading for even longer than that—since before I graduated from college.

I love editing and proofreading because I get paid to do something all day that I would do anyway for free given the choice—read! I love all of the things that I learn (sometimes really random, sometimes really relevant—but almost always very interesting)!

And there is an incredibly high demand for proofreading worldwide, and the best part is that you don’t need to be in any specific location to do the job . . . it’s all from your computer or tablet! That is where Proofread Anywhere comes in; they teach the skills to make becoming a highly skilled proofreader a reality.


What Proofreaders Do

Proofreaders really help keep the world going ’round when it comes to publishing by helping ensure that writing is high quality and accurate. When a document or article or book has many grammatical, punctuation, spelling, or other errors, credibility decreases or is lost altogether.

With proofreading, you take content that other people have written and review it carefully for grammatical, capitalization, spelling, punctuation, and other errors to make it perfect.

This line of work is obviously for a very specific type of person who loves to correct grammar, hates when authors use a comma splice, or makes note of spelling mistakes on a restaurant menu. It does take a certain “eagle eye” ability to be good at proofreading! But it is definitely something that anyone with the interest can learn to do!

Now, how much can you make as a proofreader? Quite a lot! There are proofreaders earning $40,000 or more per year (some of them quite a bit more) working for themselves and loving their jobs.

Interested?

How to Become a Professional Proofreader with Proofread Anywhere

Proofreading is an up-and-coming profession that is in high demand (and looks to become in even greater demand in coming years) due to the rise in popularity of self-publishing!

My friend Caitlin Pyle over at ProofreadAnywhere.com is one of the most talented proofreaders out there, and she has compiled all of her knowledge into a comprehensive course called General Proofreading: Theory & Practice.

She’ll teach you the basics of proofreading to make sure you’re a word-skills superstar. And in some ways even more important than that, after you master the proofreading skills, she’ll show you how to turn this newfound knowledge into a profitable business. As part of the General Proofreading course you’ll learn exactly how to find clients, structure your work days, and run a successful proofreading business. Pretty invaluable stuff, right?

And Who is Caitlin?


Caitlin Pyle is a former freelance proofreader who lives in Florida. That was her primary income ($40,000+ per year!)until she realized that she was just as good at teaching proofreading as she was at actually doing the proofreading itself (so pretty darn good!).

She then created an online transcript proofreading course which now has hundreds of graduates, and almost all of them have incredible success stories.

Her new General Proofreading course is similar to her first course but with a much broader appeal. While her Transcript Proofreading course focuses on proofreading legal transcripts, which takes longer to master, Caitlin’s General Proofreading course will set you up with the skills to grow a business proofreading more generaland fun!types of texts like books, blog posts, resumes, news articles, and more.

This is a perfect opportunity for someone with word skills who’s looking to start working for themselves.

Caitlin and Proofread Anywhere have been featured in everything from Business Insider to Forbes to other online blogs like The Penny Hoarder.

What Are You Waiting For?

Are you ready to learn more?
Caitlin has put together a FREE 60-minute workshop where she will share:

  • More about herself (get to know the teacher!).
  • More about proofreading as a professionincluding some great places to find work.
  • A free introductory tutorial on how to use the most popular proofreading tool on the market.

If you are interested in making more money working for yourself and enjoy reading, check out Caitlin’s General Proofreading course. You won’t regret it!

You’ve got nothing to lose and a whole new world of opportunities to gain. If you have any questions about the course, you can learn more here.

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Working Out While You Work—Burn 800+ Calories/Hour with This Awesome Exercise Hack

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A Great Way to Multitask: Working Out while You Work

Would you like a way to save time and energy by working out while you work? And would you like a way to burn a ton of calories while you do it? They say that time is money, and when you are doing a side hustle or second job or regular overtime to earn more money, that seems particularly true.

As a busy mama of three young children who works full time and also spends many hours a week working to build up this blog, I feel that time is very precious. I am a fairly avid runner (which doesn’t mean I am good at it—that just means I enjoy it as a way to keep in shape 😊), and my favorite way to run by far is to run outside. But I also live in a place where it’s cold enough during the winter (and smoggy enough) that it’s not really very comfortable to run outside for at least four or five months out of the year (at least, not comfortable for me).

So during that time, I am very grateful for treadmills so that I can keep exercising the way that I want to throughout the winter months. At my job, one of the awesome perks is an on-site gym, and one of the best things about that on-site gym is this simple, genius invention.

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A Productivity Lifesaver

I enjoy running on treadmills, but something else I enjoy (in some ways just as much—actually, in some ways more, which is why I’m writing this article) is being able to work while I exercise. And that simple board allows me to do it. This multitasking option is a great way to save time and energy (and make more money)!

One of my talented fellow employees made those boards using his saw, but before we had them, another employee had used a simple foam stepping board, much simpler than but something like this one below. He got it at one of our local thrift stores for $5.

With the awesome treadmills that we have at work, you can do up to a 30% incline. And that means that you can burn a ton more calories than if you were just walking or running without any incline.

But you don’t have to have an incline of anywhere near that to still get an awesome workout. By using an 11.5% incline at 3.2 miles per hour, I am at a speed and a percentage of incline where I can comfortably work while I simultaneously burn away about 800 calories per hour. I usually exercise for about 80 to 90 minutes with a 5- to 10-minute cool-down afterward, and so I generally burn between 1,000 and 1,100 calories exercising each day—while I work! I love it!

And I’m also at a speed where I don’t generally perspire, so I don’t have to take the time to shower and get ready after my workout. I keep the treadmill fan on as I walk, and I think that is what allows me to not perspire (and not wearing heavy sweaters or things like that, so that I don’t get overly warm)—and I just might not perspire as easily as some do.

While I was experimenting with different inclines and speeds to see how many calories they burned per hour, this is the little chart I drafted:

2.5% incline @ 3.3 mph = 400 cal/hr

5% incline @ 3 mph = 480 calories/hr

6.5% incline @ 3.5 mph = 600 cal/hr

10% incline @ 3.1 = 700 cal/hr

11% incline @ 3.1 mph = ~ 750 cal/hr

12.5% incline @ 3.2 mph =  ~ 820 cal/hr

So while I am working away, I’m also burning an amazing number of calories. I generally exercise every weekday during the winter, so that saved hour or more of time each day (more than five hours a week—but for me, really probably closer to 10 hours because of the saved time from also not having to change and shower and do hair and all of that) is huge!

When I learned that I could burn that many calories per hour simply from walking on an inclined treadmill, I was in heaven. I know many of you busy parents could use time savers like this, as well.

 

Healthy Living Program—an Added Incentive to Exercise

Every year we have the opportunity at my work to get a $30 rebate ($30 each for the employee and spouse) when we complete two-month-long wellness challenges. It’s another way my employer encourages us to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Since you can create the challenges yourself or use the ones they recommend, it’s a pretty great opportunity to both work on the fitness and wellness (they don’t all have to be related to physical fitness, though that is the emphasis) goals that are important to you and to also get a little reward for doing so.

So each year I complete the six wellness challenges for $30 each and the personal health assessment (PHA) for another $70, for a total of a $250 rebate on our annual health insurance premium. My husband completes the health assessment each year as well, and he typically completes a couple of the wellness challenges, so we generally receive a health insurance premium rebate each February of about $300 to $350. I know that’s not a ton of money overall, but given the choice between having an extra $300 or not, I’ll take it! Especially when I receive it for doing something that I should be doing anyway. 😊

A Worthwhile Purchase

Often we just use this money as extra fun money since we’re not counting on having it anyway. But sometimes we use this rebate for health-related purchases—for example, we purchased our last treadmill (which we bought used for a good price several years ago but which eventually broke) with that money. And that’s what we’ve intended to do with the money we received back last year and the money we will receive this year.

Our gym at work is pretty new (we’ve had it for only a little over a year), and when I was first introduced to these awesome inclined treadmills, I thought it would be a great idea to buy one. And I thought that if we saved the money we earned from our rebates for a couple of years (and throw in a couple of hundred extra dollars, if needed) to buy one, that would be a great way to spend the money.

So that’s what we intend to do once we receive the rebate in February (next month). And we will definitely be getting a stepping board or something like it so that my husband and I can type away on a laptop while we’re walking on the treadmill. And then I will be able to burn thousands of calories each week while I’m working on this blog! Win!

Do you have a similar wellness or living healthy program at work? If so, are you taking advantage of it to improve your health (the biggest reward) and earn a little extra cash (a fun side benefit)? If you don’t have a wellness program, is your company large enough that doing something like that would be feasible? Consider asking your manager or HR representative if it is a benefit that could be added.

 

A Few Treadmill Options

There are quite a few good options for treadmills with at least a 12% incline and that go up to 12 miles per hour. We may get on the local online classified and buy a gently used one, or knowing that we intend to use it for years to come, we may go to Target or Walmart or Amazon and order a new one.

We would definitely be looking to spend $1,000 or less, even for a new one. So here are a few of the options we might consider if we were buying a new one:

  • The ProForm 705 CST Treadmill, available from Target ($899), Walmart ($799), and Amazon ($799). It has up to a 12% incline and a speed of up to 12 miles per hour.
  • The Proform 905 CST Treadmill, available on Amazon right now for $699, with 12% incline and speed of up to 12 miles per hour.
  • The Schwinn 830 Treadmill, which goes up to 12 miles per hour and has up to a 12% incline, and which is currently selling at $699 on Amazon.
  • The NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill, which also has a 12% incline and goes up to 12 miles per hour, and which is currently available for $999.

If you don’t want to spend quite that much money and you’re OK with a little bit less of an incline, there are even more options. Here are a few of them:

  • The NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill has a 10% incline and speed of up to 10 miles per hour, and it is currently available from Amazon for $599.
  • The NordicTrack C 700 Treadmill has a 10% incline and speed of up to 10 miles per hour, and it is currently available from Amazon for $799.
  • The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7515 Smart Treadmill has a speed of up to 8 miles per hour and up to a 12% incline. If you don’t intend to run super fast (8 miles per hour is about as fast as I ever go), this may be a great option for you. And Amazon has a sale on this treadmill for 43% off right now—only $399.99 (a $300 savings!), free shipping included. That is a great deal!

And of course, if you are willing to buy used you might be able to find a great deal from your local online classified or from Amazon or a similar site. Actually, if you are willing to be patient and keep looking, I’m sure you will eventually find a great deal. 😊

Your Own Work-Exercise Multitasking

If you don’t currently have a gym at your workplace, do you work for an employer who would let you set up something like this, a treadmill with a simple laptop board? Would your company spend $1,000 or less to buy a treadmill that you could share, and get an inexpensive laptop board (or even a stepping board), so that those who wanted to could take turns exercising while they work? Why not find out? Why not try to kill two birds with one stone?

If having a treadmill with laptop board isn’t an option at work and you don’t currently have a treadmill (or don’t have a treadmill with an incline) in your home, perhaps you would be interested in purchasing one of these treadmills so that you can be on your laptop and get a great workout while you work. And if you are one of the people who is fortunate enough to be able to work from home (or work from home some of the time), then you could get fit while saving a lot of time each week by using an inclined treadmill with a laptop.

 

Conclusion

If you’re in a situation where time is a rare commodity and you feel that working out while you work is a great option for you, then look into getting one of these inclined treadmills and an inexpensive laptop board! They’re an awesome combination!

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