When I first started sharing my income reports, it was solely side hustling while a worked a full time job. I know that sharing how much money I make each month is kind of a strange thing to some people. It took a lot of convincing myself to share this with you guys, because I don’t want to look like I am flaunting anything. But now I have connected with so many bloggers old and new and I think showing you where I started can be inspiring.
Back in the beginning, I was doing all kinds of side hustles to bring in some extra money. Nowadays, I have decided to keep my focus on a few streams of income, and those are the ones I will be sharing with you from now on. Before was kind of all over the place – sometimes I brought in a few hundred dollars in garage sales and ebay sales. These days I no longer have junk I want to get rid of (hooray!) so my income reports are more focused on what I am actually making with this blog.
Many other bloggers post their income reports as well, and you can find my roundup post on them here. The ones I highlighted vary from brand new blogs (at the time) to successful, long running blogs. Each person has their own technique for making their money, and some of them even quit their 9-5 jobs to make blogging their full time gig.
Take these reports, and the ones I share as inspiration that if this is something you want to do – you can! It just takes a little hard work and dedication, but for most people it is all worth it in the end to work for themselves. There are so many ways you can create side income, and I have a great list compiled for you that is always being updated as I try new things.
On to the income! That’s what you came here for, right?
Looks a little slim, right? That’s real life with a new blog! This is just after some focused strategy in the past two weeks. Since I moved to Oregon, I am going to have to rebuild my photography business but that plan goes into action spring of next year. Here is some more detail for each income stream:
This one was minimal this month, since I spent most of the time moving to Oregon, and unpacking/settling into my house. I know some people say the surveys aren’t worth your time, but I have found that setting aside a little time each day pays off. Sure, I don’t accept the surveys that pay you pennies for something that takes 20 minutes to complete. But there are some legit survey companies out there that pay pretty well. And when you are paying off debt, every penny counts. I don’t count all the income I make from surveys in this total, since some of them pay out points that you turn in for gift cards. Some of my favorites are:
Although I have had ads placed on my site since the beginning, I haven’t really had a strategy for them. I am trying out new spots to place my ads and providing more awesome content to bring you fine folks to my site.
But this is real life folks! When you are just starting out, it is going to be small. But you just have to remember that the hard work will make it bigger as you put more effort into it!
This has been my main focus in the past two weeks. I want to build relationships with merchants and provide you guys with products I believe in. If I don’t like it, I won’t tell you about it.
I recently took Michelle’s class on Making Sense of Affiliate Income. Michelle has been known to make $40k+ from her blog MONTHLY. So to get access to her and her insights has been phenomenal. I strongly suggest if you want to try out affiliate income, you give her course a try. You will pretty much make the cost of the course back pretty quickly and access to the private Facebook group is worth 10x what you pay.
The miscellaneous category is sort of the “catch all” of my income. I just started getting paid to test out websites, so for now I will categorize that money here. Until it shows a significant payout, I don’t want to give it it’s own category. But, $20 in two weeks for a few short website tests is fine by me. I also recently starting investing with little amounts of money to see if I can navigate dividend income. Check out Stash, for as little as $5 you can learn how to invest AND they will match your $5 deposit.
Here is a quick rundown of where my blog is at in terms of growth. The last time I shared this information was May, so I am jumping straight from there to September.
This proves two things – one, when you don’t put out content on your blog your visitors will fade away. BUT it also proves if you think ahead and schedule old content, it doesn’t die away completely!
If you are interested in starting your own blog, check out my resources for beginner bloggers! I also highly recommend the ebook, Building A Framework. It is so full of fantastic information to get you started!
I would love to show you guys how I can double or triple my income next month! I have a sturdy plan of action for this little blog o mine, whereas before it was my last priority. I love sharing insights on frugal living and personal finance, especially since I am no expert and I am learning as I go – hopefully just like you. I make mistakes, learn from them and become a better person because of it.
So there you have it. Am I rolling in the dough? Heck no! Although $153 could be rolling in the dough for some people. I just know that over time, my hard work and dedication to giving you guys good content will pay off in the end. You just have to have a positive attitude, the right mindset and a good group of encouraging people to cheer you on. And if you don’t have that? Let me know, I will come be your cheerleader! 😀 And if you want to guest post for me, check out my Collaborate page and let’s work together!