The First Step Is the Hardest

The saying goes “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

I don’t know about you, but that FIRST step seems to be the hardest thing in life. Even though I know in the logical part of my mind that once I get started I will wonder what took me so long!

Why does the goal seem SO FAR AWAY??

So far this past YEAR I’ve been sitting here at the start of this looking at the destination (represented by the horizon of the featured image of this post).

It seems SO FAR AWAY and there are SO MANY HILLS between here and there! I feel like most of my life has been like that. I want something but it just seems SO HARD and then I just don’t even TRY. So sad.

I have done a lot of learning over the past year, but I have to be honest with myself that I have not taken appropriate ACTION to get to this lofty goal.

What have I tried so far?

Before this year, I have tried a lot of things but without the proper amount of effort to REALLY be successful.

I’ve done network marketing with several companies. I have self-published a few poetry books. I have several profiles on various Print On Demand art websites. I also did Google AdSense on my other blogs without much profit.

I am going to be going back to some of these but this time with much more urgency.

This past year I have looked at Shopify and monetizing using Affiliate Marketing and Google AdSense. I need to really dig deeper into these to figure out the “magic secret.”

What will be different?

The first difference will be the effort.

Even though I *HATE* doing self-promotion, I have to bite the bullet and JUST DO IT. Plus I am looking into how to make Facebook advertising actually turn into ACTUAL SALES or at the very least views and/or ad clicks for me to get revenue.

I have some things to straighten out before I can go back to some of these, but I think that it is worth the effort to go back to things that I love and believe in.

SO… for the past year I have been reading books, and watching webinars, and working to figure all this out.

There are some Facebook and LinkedIn options that are supposedly cost effective but the tutorials seem geared more towards people who are selling services and not to people like me who just want to sell items in a nearly automated way.

I am still trying to get a handle on the FREE options since Shopify stores rely heavily on advertising (which I do not have the budget for).

There is something I am missing. I just have to figure out what it is and then DO IT! Wish me luck!

Thanks for reading!
~ Niccolea Miouo

Have you done any online marketing of your product? Have you tried affiliate marketing? I would love to hear YOUR story!
Please share in the comments or via the Contact page.  Looking forward to hearing from you!

hills - By Luca Zanon

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Hi! My name is Niccolea Miouo Nance.  I am a freelance writerpoet, artist, amateur fire-spinner, and soon to be world traveler via sailboat. I love learning new things and challenging myself (hence this project). Above all else, I love to enjoy life and be spontaneous.


What Is Poverty?

The tagline of this blog site is:  “One Woman’s Journey from Poverty to Stability” so I feel like I should start at the beginning and define “What Is Poverty?”

The Official Definition:

According to the Institute for Research on Poverty’s information (which they got from US Census Bureau reports):  for a single person under the age of 65, the poverty level income is $12,316 per year.

By that metric, I would have to say that technically I am not under the poverty line since I made about $13,000 last year. But I am DARN CLOSE.

Broke, NOT Broken

Let’s be clear though, I do not feel bad about my life in any way. I am perfectly OK with what I take home now if my lifestyle didn’t change at all. As a matter of fact, even with the planned sailing trip around the world, I would be totally content with having the exact amount I am making now as my income while traveling.

I don’t need to be a millionaire. I just want to have my income be from something that I can do without needing to have a lot of inventory on hand (impossible while living on a boat) or having to be tied down to going into a specific location (not conducive to the whole sailing around the world plan).

If you are making barely enough to get by, I’m sure you can relate. You may be stressed by bills, but I hope you can find the good in life and the thing in you that can lift you above your current situation.

Even if you are well above the poverty level, you may still have the same life stress and need something to take the edge off financially. We all have dreams and goals that are helped with a few hundred extra dollars a month.

I will share everything I learn with you and we can be on this journey together.

Sooner Rather than Later

I have a sense of urgency to figure this all out so that a) I can pursue my passion/dream and b) so that I can share my journey with the world so that maybe I can help someone else do the same.

I want to find a way for people like me who are in this category to succeed in the mind-boggling and sometimes overwhelming world of online income.

Thanks for reading!
~ Niccolea Miouo

Are you on a similar journey? Did you already succeed from zero? Are/were you on or under the poverty line? What is YOUR story?
I would love to hear from you in the comments or via the contact link! ^_^



saul night 1 - edited and croppedHi! My name is Niccolea Miouo Nance.  I am a freelance writerpoet, artist, amateur fire-spinner, and soon to be world traveler via sailboat. I love learning new things and challenging myself (hence this project). Above all else, I love to enjoy life and be spontaneous.

We’ll Call This the New Day One

Who are you?

saul night 1 - edited and croppedHi there! For the new people, let me introduce myself…

My name is Niccolea (nick-cole-yah) and I’m trying to regroup from living a life of just barely getting by and surviving on regular 9 to 5 jobs.

I took a couple of years off and was a vagabond artist but decided that the whole “Starving artist” cliché was not for me.

So now here I am figuring out how to be financially stable and yet NOT have to show up to a job 40 hours a week. I’m doing this because I will be sailing around the world beginning August or September 2017.

I am a regular person. I live in a regular small town and work a regular part-time job. I have big dreams that I want to turn into big goals so that I can make a big reality. And I want to help other people do the same.

What is this “Starting from Zero” thing anyway?

What you are looking at here in this blog is the place where I am going to put weekly highlights of my daily journals on all the things that I am doing to make a truly passive income with almost NO money to speak of. Basically, this blog is the first and most rough draft of the eventual book.

What most likely will happen is the first income source won’t be fully passive. Those income sources nearly always involve investing hundreds or thousands of dollars.

I’m hoping to find something that I can teach people to spend three months to a year setting up and have it keep working for them over time with maybe monthly maintenance (weekly at most).

Did you really expect not to have to spend any money?

cashNo, of course not. I knew that at some point I would have to spend $10 here, or $20 there, or maybe even up to $100 in one shot.

I may even have to borrow money to get the things that will lead to what I really want.

Hopefully, I can avoid that last bit because I want to find the thing that will help all the people who truly have NOTHING but an idea and/or a skill.

Why do you want to do this?

adventure-1807524_1920I have two reasons for doing this.

The first is because I was invited by my best friend to sail around the world and I will need income while we travel.

The second reason is more noble.  I want to help people like me who are barely getting by to be able to make some extra money (and hopefully stay off government assistance as well).

What does that mean for you right now exactly?

2014-08-05-mancharginghisbrain123rf-rechargeIt means that I have to look at all the things I have done in the past: network marketing, my poetry, and my art. I need to see what I did wrong and if I can fix any of it.

I need to figure out how to use every free tool at my disposal to attempt to work with the things I know (poetry and art) and also the things that I don’t (charity and publishing).

I am at the beginning: Square One. This is the first step of my journey. Thanks for choosing to follow along!

~ Niccolea Miouo Nance

Are you on a quest for passive or on-the-go/stay-at-home income too? What have you tried so far? Have you already made it and want to share some wisdom?
I would love to hear from you in the comments. ^_^

Stop asking - Start working
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Hi! My name is Niccolea Miouo Nance.  I am a freelance writerpoet, artist, amateur fire-spinner, and soon to be world traveler via sailboat. I love learning new things and challenging myself (hence this project). Above all else, I love to enjoy life and be spontaneous.

Dear Readers,

I am going through things in life that are not motivating me to post on any of my blogs. I am feeling like a massive rebirth will be necessary soon.

I truly appreciate all of you who have been with me since the beginning as I have gone on this journey of learning more about being an entrepreneur and sharing what I have learned.

This blog will be silent for a week or two and then I will have PLENTY to re-evaluate and revisit. I hope you will be here to share it with me.

~ Niccolea

I am going back over all of my notes from the past year and will be refreshing my blog based on what I know now. I will post EVERY Tuesday beginning 5/16/17. See you then!

If you would like to contact me before the next blog post, I will reply to anything sent via the contact page