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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?

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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:

FREELANCE WORK – $100

  • I re-launched my VA business, and started focusing my client base on early stage bloggers. Because sometimes they are the busiest, and need the most assistance – am I right? Speaking as a early stage blogger myself. I JUST started taking on clients the last week of this month. To get started as a VA, I strongly suggest checking out 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success. Gina makes bank as a VA and can show you the tips and tricks you need to start your own VA business.
  • This also includes any freelance writing I complete as well. Gina also has a great course on getting started with your freelance writing career.
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If you are a first time or early stage blogger, and looking for someone to take some tasks off your plate, send me a note! I provide discounted packages for bloggers just starting out in their biz!

SURVEY INCOME – $17.85

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:

  • Vindale Research ~ $3.63 this month, but I just started out last week
  • Pinecone Research ~ $15.00 for maybe 20 minutes worth of work
  • Harris Poll ~ $10.85, which I turn in for Amazon gift cards every quarter
  • Ebates ~ $2.85. Normally this amount is higher, but I have been trying out another merchant rebate company, Top Cashback. And, I haven’t been doing a lot of online shopping.
  • E-Rewards ~ $27.05. I turn this “cash” into Southwest Rapid Rewards Points

BLOG AD INCOME – $2.20

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!

BLOG AFFILIATE INCOME – $13.51

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.

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MISCELLANEOUS ~ $20.00

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.

STATS

Social Media

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.

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Check out that Pinterest growth right there! Pinterest has been my main referrer, at 58.2% of my referrals thanks to both Tailwind and Board Booster. Use this link to get a FREE month of Tailwind.

Blogging Stats

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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!

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OCTOBER GOALS

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!

15 COMMENTS

  1. Angela @ Setting My Intention | 4th Oct 16

    Hi Lauren, I love reading smaller and newer blogs who share their income reports. It’s encouraging! While the larger incomes are inspiring, it can also be discouraging. Keep up the good work!

    • Lauren | 6th Oct 16

      Thank you! And yes, I wanted to show people that just because you don’t turn a huge profit in month three, doesn’t mean you should give up. I am hoping months down the line I will have a more steady stream of income so I can show people how it really progresses!

  2. Aliyyah @RichAndHappyBlog | 5th Oct 16

    That’s great that you were able to find VA work so quickly! At this rate, your business will take off very soon.
    Aliyyah @RichAndHappyBlog recently posted…How I Increased My Salary By $17,000 In 3 Years

    • Lauren | 6th Oct 16

      Fingers crossed! Running a blog, a side business and a new house is turning out to be a lot of work but I am thriving in the chaos 🙂

  3. Stefan - The Millennial Budget | 5th Oct 16

    Awesome job! The freelance income would only continue to increase from here on out I am sure. Glad to see Pinterest is picking up. I have platformed for the last couple weeks but hoping I get it to pick up!

    • Lauren | 6th Oct 16

      Thanks! Fingers crossed on the freelance part!

  4. McClain | 5th Oct 16

    Super impressed with your growth especially Pintrest! I took Michelle’s course as well, really helped me out with affiliates. Good job, keep up the hard work!

    • Lauren | 6th Oct 16

      Thank you! I am still slowly ramping up the affiliate thing but I am hoping in a few months to really see some results!

  5. bee | 6th Oct 16

    I’m so glad that you are sharing your results. It is so easy to feel defeated as a new blogger when so many are saying that they make a $millions per months. This shows how it really works and gives us reassurance that it is normal to plod along in the beginning – good months and bad. thanks for sharing!

    • Lauren | 6th Oct 16

      I know all bloggers started small in the beginning, but not a lot of them share the income reports where they make pennies. They are still so inspirational, but I felt I should show what its like from day 1! I’m sure other beginner bloggers make some good money out of the gate, but I am slow and steady 🙂

  6. Felicity (@FelicityFFF) | 6th Oct 16

    Love how detailed you are! With your grit and hustle, I’m sure you’ll be making money like crazy in no time. 😀

  7. Francesca - From Pennies to Pounds | 8th Oct 16

    This is great Lauren! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I just shared my first income report too as like you, I had to talk myself into it lol. Your growth is amazing!!

  8. Julie @ Millennial Boss | 15th Oct 16

    Had no idea about the SW rapid rewards points through surveys! Thanks for the tip! Love me some Southwest points. Bookmarking!

  9. Karmen | 19th Oct 16

    Congrats on your income last month Lauren! Keep it up and don`t give up, I just started blogging so it`s very inspirational to see this!

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