I was pretty darn broke when I took EBA. In fact, I was excited to take the course, but also concerned when I thought about how we were just barely making it.
PLUS, I didn’t even have a blog yet!
But! I was mostly focused on the opportunity Elite Blog Academy would give me and my husband and our future.
We had dreams of being able to travel full-time, quit his toxic time-consuming job, and be able to have the time freedom to do what WE wanted to do.
We wanted to wake up together when we wanted to and hang out with each other, and I knew that was what EBA was going to help us with.
And that’s why it was SO important to remind myself of why I was buying this class. I had a reason for making this sacrifice even when everything around me told me this was NOT OK.
That reason, that why, was bigger than my present reality.
In fact, I was working towards a future reality that was going to be SO much better than what I was experiencing right then and there.
So first, I just wanted to remind you to find YOUR why.
Why would you want to take EBA? How would it benefit you?
It’s helped so many others become full-time bloggers and use the money they make from their blog as fuel for their dreams.
So what is your dream?
– Is it to have more time with your kids and/or spouse?
– Is it to have the time freedom to do the things YOU want to do?
– Is it to have the home you want to have?
– Get out of debt and get far ahead financially?
– Travel when and where you want?
– Retire early?
And I think it’s important to remind yourself of your why before even purchasing EBA. That way you can push yourself to take the course, finish it, and become a success story.
Also, if you find it hard to do some of the things down below, it can be VERY helpful to remind yourself why you’re even doing them. 🙂
Now while you’re figuring your why out, here are some great ways to afford EBA:
Important Side Note! Elite Blog Academy DOES offer you your money back if you go through the entire course, turn in each assignment, and show that it didn’t give you measurable results. 🙂
Thankfully, EBA offers a monthly plan instead of paying the full sum up front.
So if you’re feeling a bit nervous with the price and want to make smaller payments, then this is definitely something to consider.
Get Your Spouse on Board & Replace All Gifts
Now these two things are smart ideas I saw from Rosemarie from The Busy Budgeter which I thought I should share.
If you can talk to your spouse and come to him or her with a plan on why you will be able to make blogging work and show them the amazing benefits of starting a blog and how you will commit to it, then this is a great way to get them on board with investing into your future.
Next (and this is optional), you’ll want to let them know that you’re ok with replacing any presents that would have been bought for you on Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthday, etc. so that you can invest in YOU and your family’s future.
Rosemarie also doesn’t like recommending using your emergency fund for this (especially since she’s a budget blogger), but since it worked out so well for her (she’s now making $80k+ a month blogging because of EBA), she says can’t really complain.
Make TEMPORARY Cuts
It can be easy to overlook the small and big things you pay for which is why I’d encourage you to look at your small and big payments.
THEN (and this is important), I don’t want you to feel discouraged when you see all the places you can cut back on. I want you to see them in two different ways instead:
1. Temporary cut backs – not permanent.
2. An investment into making more money in the future.
So what subscription services are you not using or could stop using for a period of time (like a gym membership or Netflix for a few months?).
Where could you get a better plan when it comes to things like the internet or insurance?
What bills could you cut back and save on like electricity or water?
What small things or even big things that you like to buy could you stop for a few months? Things like saving money and making coffee from home or making a list and not splurging at places like Target or Trader Joe’s (Cuz’ we all know how easy that is!).
How can I cut back on eating out? Could I cut it back to eating out once a week or completely just for a few months?
It’s important to see where you can save money now, so that you can be financially free in the future.
And while it may not be fun, spending a bit of time looking into your expenses will give you a TON of free time later on.
Sell Your Things (Easily!)
Now I’m personally NOT a fan of telling people to just “Spring clean! Go crazy! Sell your stuff!” Because it always feels like it’s what so many tell us to do when saving and making money. And I don’t like recommending it because it honestly doesn’t sound like the funnest task in the world (and I know a LOT of you are busy).
BUT I am going to recommend it this time and for two reasons. First, because I’ve found a few easy ways to do it and second, because spending a little bit of time now doing this task is going to give you so much time freedom later on.
Side Note: Also, this is ANOTHER great place to remind yourself of why you’re making this sacrifice. What are you replacing these items with?
Giving your kids a better future?
Moving to a better home?
Getting out of debt?
Whatever that reason is, keep your mind on this while selling your things.
Now here are just a few (painless) ways to sell your things online without a ton of hassle.
1. Go onto Facebook and search “Buy and sell (insert your town or city name).” Then look under Facebook groups to see what shows up. Many cities and towns have a great and active Facebook group where you can list what you’re selling and have people offer to buy.
2. Use the app Yard Sale. This is a great app to show people what you’re selling from your home and have them come pick it up.
3. Letgo App. This is also a great app as a Craigslist alternative. It allows you to upload images of what you’re selling and then people can search by city or zip code and find your listing.
Now when selling things, you want to make sure that you’re going through each room and seeing what you haven’t been using in months or even years. And if it’s hard for you to decide, you can simply ask yourself if you see yourself using this thing in a few months or a year down the road.
I’m honestly not a fan of telling people to use credit, but in the case of EBA, I would like to put this option out there. Especially since EBA will help you make your money back.
If you know that you are someone who can pay off debt or would be willing to make a commitment to paying back EBA over time, then I would definitely recommend using a credit card for this.
Also, you’ll be able to make your money back on what you spent on EBA when you follow the steps Elite Blog Academy gives you. Then that credit card payment will be gone COMPLETELY.
Now there are a TON of side hustles out there, but I don’t like telling people to try ones that aren’t realistic (not all of us have time to sit down and take online surveys for hours – that is not going to pay off EBA).
However, there are some great options when considering ways to make extra money. So here are a few ideas:
Petsitting: For those who love animals, I would definitely go on sites like Rover and see if you can find some petsitting opportunities in your area.
Shopping for Others. Sites like Instacart are a great place to find shopping opportunities for others and make some extra cash.
You can rent out a room with Airbnb or use Facebook groups to post pictures of the room for rent. If you have some space where you can list a private room in your home for vacationers or people looking for a short term rental, then I would definitely consider this option.
And if you search in Facebook under groups for “(insert your town/city name) rentals,” you can join and start listing images of your place.
For both options I would definitely consider finding some simple ways to cheaply dress up the room (dollar store DIY’s on Pinterest?) and stay in that room for a few nights. When you do this, you’re able to find things it’s lacking. Usually this is something that hosts overlook, so it’s just a good way to get great reviews and have them recommend you.
Online Tutoring. If you have the ability to teach others a certain topic/subject, then I would consider going to sites like Wyzant (or iTalki if you’d like to teach English to someone who’s not a native English speaker).
And lastly, know that these are just a few options.
You don’t have to do ANY of these. In fact, there are plenty of side hustle ideas that’ll help you pay for EBA. 🙂
I really hope I was able to help you understand the different ways to afford Elite Blog Academy. And if you have any more questions on how to afford it or general question about the course (or anything else really!), then just let me know! I’m here for you. 🙂