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The Real Taylor Stanford

Hey I’m Taylor. I am a Nebraska life style and personal finance blogger. I still kick myself almost daily that this is my full-time job.

It hasn’t always been my job, so I thought I would share a little of how I got to this point, and a little more about me.

In July of 2015 at 18 I married my husband, we never thought twice about it and never have. The thing with getting married when your young, and in college is that you will probably be REAL poor, and oh boy were we real poor.

I thought marriage was going to be so much fun (and it was) getting to decorate our first place, and spend all our free weekends and afternoons traveling. However, you can’t really do those things if you don’t have any money.

So in early 2016 I started searching Pinterest, for ways I could make money online.

Most of the posts I came across said things like:

  • Take Surveys

  • Write Freelance

  • Become a Virtual Assistant

  • Transcribe Audio

So in addition to working, and going to school I started trying all of these methods to make money.

And I kid you not I made like $3, for 9 hours worth of work. It wasn’t worth it I didn’t have enough extra time to make enough money that was really going to make a difference in my life.

Then I started to see blog “Income Reports” of bloggers claiming to make $30,000+ per month.

I was intrigued but I could barely use Pinterest, and had no idea how to blog so I didn’t think I could ever do it.

It was like these income reports were haunting me. I couldn’t stop reading them.

So I started to make lists of all the ways those bloggers were making money:

  • Affiliate Marketing

  • Ad’s

  • Sponsored Posts

  • Sponsored Social Media Content

then I started figuring out what I would talk about if I started my own blog.

Finally I decided to approach my husband and try to convince him to let me use our small savings to start a blog. To my surprise he agreed, and the rest is history.

I started taking every free blogging course I could find, writing blog posts about cheap clothes, traveling on a budget, being married young, working in college, and paying off debt.

Within my first month blogging I made $300 from affiliate marketing, and by February 2016 I had built a savings which had 6 months of all our expenses in it and I quit the job I hated more than anything.

Now just under 2 years later I am still blogging full-time thanks to people like you who choose to read my blog.

I am forever thankful that this is my job, and now I can help other people make it their job too.

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