Please Help Take Frugal Mama to the Next Level by Answering a Few Quick Questions

When I tell people I’ve found my calling with Frugal Mama, I sometimes have to stop and laugh. It’s easy to find a job you are passionate about, with a flexible schedule, and permission to work from home. The trick is getting paid to do it!

Sure, I have begun to earn a little money by writing for Parentables and by hosting the Frugal Mama Makeover Series, but the more I work, the more childcare I need. I’m OK with Luke being with a sitter in the mornings while Mark is at preschool, but I also work when they are napping and sometimes after they’ve gone to bed. So the idea is to work the same, and just get paid more. (Advertising is supposed to be “passive income,” even though there has been quite a bit of activity involved so far.)

When talking to companies about buying ad space, one thing I need to show is reader demographics. Would you take an extra minute to take this quick survey? It’s only seven multiple choice questions, and it’s completely anonymous (meaning I have no idea who you are when you submit the survey).

This is what the survey looks like

Take the one-minute survey now

Your confidential answers about family size, employment status, and age will help me put together a media kit. In fact, I am happy to announce that I have brought on a super-competent college intern, Lauren Alexander, a junior at American University studying communications and theater. Lauren and I have been working together to get a marketing package together, and a questionnaire is an essential part.

Thank you for participating. I swear it will just take a few seconds!

Take the quick survey now

— Amy

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  • Nicole December 3, 2012, 1:30 am

    Hi Amy
    I came across your lovely website by accident and have enjoyed reading your articles the last 30min. I was actually looking for a way to encourage my 9 yr old daughters’ artistic talent but I have also found some great stuff that I needed to read. Like you, I got so carried away with trying to make money the last ten months that I was missing out on vital time with my children and now because its December, I decided to slow down a little and have really enjoyed spending relaxing time with them. They dont stay this age for long (3,4,7,9) and I don’t want to regret not spending enough time with them and especially shaping them into the kind of men and women God has called them to be.
    I am from Papua New Guinea (Its south of Australia) and have been able to make much more money from home this year alone than I ever have when I was formally employed. (Informal sector is quite big here) It started off with me trying to avoid keeping my savings in the bank because bank fees were too high. I started lending money to friends who have the option of repaying in instalments (maximum six fortnights, the longer the term-the higher the interest)
    Then in July when returning from a holiday in Australia, I bought a few handbags, wallets, jewellry and perfume and resold here for more than 100% profit on each item. I have returned to Australia 3 more times since then for more stuff.
    Upon my return I make pdf brochures and send them around via email and they get fwded to more people and in the process of doing my sales and meeting people, I try to empower women especially to do something for themselves. I believe fear keeps us from starting anything but once you start you will soon realise all the potential that was lying dormant inside you.
    As a result of doing this from home, I am on the verge of aqcuiring a loan to purchase a brand new vehicle which will provide transport for the general public or be put up for hire.
    I worked quite hard these past 40 weeks sacrificing alot of my sleep time (I wake up at midnight or odd hours of the morning when all kids are asleep) and I do my work/reading/updating. But once I have my truck working then I can pay my trusted driver and he deposits money into my account every second week after we make our loan repayment. I have more goals and plans after this but my main one is to prioritise my time and life so my kids and hubby get the best of me. Everything else is secondary.
    My encouragement to other mums is to start something they love and enjoy (that maybe they wouldn’t mind sacrificing a bit of sleep for – initially anyway) and then they can find the balance as they go along.
    Thanks for your blog Amy, I will check every now and then and God Bless for being a great encouragement to other mums. Keep it up.

    • Amy December 4, 2012, 6:35 am

      Hi Nicole,

      It was great to read about how well you are doing with your growing business! It seems like it is all coming so easily. You must have natural ability for business. And passion doesn’t hurt either. I’m so glad you have found a way to combine family and making money in a way that feels good to you.

      Take care and thank you for writing in,

  • Rayna@BrightCopperKettles February 1, 2012, 5:44 am

    Done! Good luck, Amy! xo

    • Amy February 1, 2012, 10:59 am

      I appreciate it, Rayna! Your new blog is so beautiful and helpful.


  • Vanessa Jubis January 31, 2012, 9:27 pm

    Hi Amy!

    Of course I’d help you! :) I took the survey! Good luck mama ;)


    • Amy February 1, 2012, 10:58 am

      Thank you, Vanessa, for your help and your well wishes!

      Take care,

  • Heather Stephens January 31, 2012, 3:08 pm

    Hi Amy!

    Just discovered your blog through twitter. LOVE what I see so far. I’m looking forward to reading more. Good for you for getting your marketing package together. I’m sure the information will help you with many other things as well. Getting to know your audience is always a good idea!

    You might want to tweak the link to your survey so that it opens in a new window/tab since when I went to fill out your survey it opened in the same window, taking me away from your blog.

    Good luck!


    • Amy January 31, 2012, 4:44 pm

      Hi Heather!

      How nice of you to come on over and say such nice things. You bring up good points about knowing your audience. And thank you so much for pointing out the link issue!

      Thanks again and take care,