Things to help you along the way
I regularly come across useful resources for widows and must-have tools, encouraging blogs, valuable side hustles and lots of other ways to make your life easier.
I promise to always pass along the good stuff I find, so check back often.
Just so you know, I only recommend products that I use or can verify. I have a strong aversion to promoting resources or products that I haven’t vetted. I won’t write about or suggest anything that isn’t based on my own experience or my own research.
Hopefully, the following recommendations will save you time, money, or your sanity, which we widows know is always in short supply.
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PROTECT YOUR DATA
An identity theft protection service I’ve used for 7+ years that scours billions of online data points to discover vulnerabilities and alert you when your identity may be at risk. It monitors your SSN, credit card numbers, financial account numbers, health insurance number, and more to help protect your personal information.
An easy and affordable backup service that protects your data from common forms of data loss with set-it-and-forget-it daily cloud backup. After your initial backup is complete, set an automated backup schedule and easily sync between devices or use the web interface to ensure data availability at all times.
A game-changing resource for finding professional, remote jobs. Perfect for widowed solo parents looking for more alternative schedules. Every company and position is hand-screened by so you know you’re getting top-notch job listings. This is a very well-curated site for not only freelance jobs but also remote and otherwise flexible gigs. You won’t have to worry about scam postings, because they research the jobs and monitor new gigs pretty thoroughly.
Think you’ve got the chops to offer support services to other businesses? Maybe you could put your skills to work as a VA. As a VA, you’ll do anything from content or email management to bookkeeping to social media management for your clients. The Fully Booked VA system guides you through establishing, launching, and managing your VA business. and the value-packed lessons, videos, and worksheets are well worth your initial investment.
Do you have mad proofreading and editing skills? And like the idea of working from literally anywhere? My friend Caitlin has just released a completely free workshop that pulls back the curtain to see inside the world of proofreading books and blogs. If you love words, details, and red pens, then you will want to check this out. Quality proofreaders are in high demand, and Caitlin will show you how to become a rockstar proofreader.
Loan Signing Agent
Loan signing agents walk homebuyers through the forms and contracts they must sign when closing on a new home loan. Real estate agents and loan officers need signing agents, who have a notary public certification, to ensure all home loan documents are filled out and signed correctly. Learn how to become a loan signing agent from this reputable course. This course takes you step-by-step through learning the different types of closing documents and teaches you how to get signing jobs.
This is no joke. You can get cash back for shopping at over 2,500 stores. Retailers pay Rakuten a commission for sending you their way, and Rakuten shares the commission with you whenever you purchase items through their portal. I use Rakuten and have earned a significant amount of cash back!
A personal financial assistant that analyzes your spending accounts and helps you save money, negotiates bills on your behalf, and cancel subscriptions you don’t use. This amazing tool constantly monitors your financial activity and looks for savings while you’re busy doing other things. Receive text messages when the negotiations begin.
An insurance marketplace ready to help you get insurance right by making it easy for you to understand your options, compare quotes, and buy a policy, all in one place. Policygenius combines that marketplace experience with online tools, an expansive educational library, and guidance from real, licensed humans to help you get covered with confidence.
The BEST place to buy organic brands online for 25-50% less than other stores. I eat a gluten-free, egg and peanut-free diet, and I have no problem finding what I need at Thrive Market. Whether you’re gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, keto or flexitarian, there’s something here for every dietary need. Click for 25% off your first order.
A mail-order personal shopping service that selects clothes just for you and ships them directly to your house. After you fill out a style profile and determine a price range, a stylist hand selects clothes tailored to your taste, budget, and lifestyle and sends them to you with a style sheet containing fresh ideas for how to wear each item. No more slogging through the mall! Click to receive $25 off your first order.
The BEST subscription box packed with specially selected beauty, fitness, and wellness products. The full-size and seasonally appropriate products are particularly well-curated and super FUN. The price for each box is significantly lower than the total cost of each item, making it one of the best values around. Click to receive $10 off your first box when you purchase a Seasonal subscription.