It's time to review my online income report from last month. This report only includes income I received from the month of March. If the money isn’t in my bank account, I don’t put it in this income report. This is the best way for me to track how much money I am making on a monthly basis.
March was my fifth month freelancing full time. I still can't believe I quit my job, moved across the country and now work for myself. It's a great feeling!
I recently posted a recap of my blog goals from last year versus where I am today. A year ago, my goal was to get 5,000 monthly page views and reported my first blog income report of $61.83. It's INSANE how much has changed!
To recap, I've been blogging for about 15 months now. When I started this blog, I had no idea what I was doing! But I worked really hard to make this blog a business and a launching pad for my freelance career. In under 10 months, I was able to grow my blog from 1,000 page views to 160,000 page views a month, with over 90% of my traffic coming directly from Pinterest each month.
I only spend an hour a week planning my Pinterest strategy. If you want to grow your traffic or start utilizing Pinterest, my Pinterest Presence course details EXACTLY how I've grown my traffic.
Here’s a recap of some of my online income reports:
- June 2015 online income report $66.10
- July 2015 online income report $515
- September 2015 online income report $1530.94
- October 2015 online income report $3634.28
- December 2015 online income report $4238.99
HERE IS THE BREAKDOWN OF MY ONLINE INCOME REPORT FOR MARCH
- $585.16 Ad revenue
- $800 Partnerships/Sponsorships
- $476.69 Affiliate Income
- $312 Side Hustle Book
- $2,868 Freelancing
GRAND TOTAL: $5,041.85
This amount is the grand total before I deduct taxes. Right now I am putting away 30% of each paycheck I receive. My favorite part of this income breakdown is that my freelancing income is roughly a little over 56% of my income. Up until a couple of months ago, freelancing was around 90% of my income. I love working with clients, but I really like working for myself on my own products and brand.
These payments are from income earned in February. Payments are paid out the following month. No surprise, Media net brought in over $350 in revenue, followed by Adsense and then Numus Digital.
I chose not to do any sponsorships my first year of blogging. I wanted to focus on writing good content and establishing myself. This year I have opened the door to this area of revenue. What's most surprising is that I have found it much easier to reach out to brands directly than use a third party platform.
This is one of the most rewarding areas, but most frustrating, ha! Affiliate income continues to increase from multiple streams, but it can take anywhere from 30-90 days to get paid. This income is from January and February.
Side Hustle Book
At the end of January, I launched my book about side hustling. I’m really excited about this! Aside from the first week of February, I have done very little promotion of this book and still got sales. I got a small boost at the end of the March when Gumroad promoted my guide. This is truly passive income and makes me so happy!
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I provide Pinterest management and image services to clients. This niche is keeping me busy and it's been really growing the past couple of months. I took on a couple of big projects and hired a VA to help me with some of the smaller tasks.
I do zero advertising and rely on word of mouth. It’s hard to complain when I get to spend my days on Pinterest or creating images for blogs and businesses.
I also launched my Pinterest Presence course. I share exactly how I run my Pinterest management services, but allows students to go at their own pace. I'm sharing exactly how I went from 1,000 page views a month to 160,000 page views a month and how Pinterest drives in 90% of my traffic each month. If you want a sneak peak, check out my FREE 4 day mini course.
This income report does NOT include any consulting income that I make that is related to my career niche outside of this blog. Even though this income is made online, it's not really related to the blog, so I don't share the income.
These are my March expenses:
- $5 Google Apps
- $75 Coaching sessions
- $260 VA work
- $39.95 Computer program
- $54.08 PayPal fees
- $38 Affiliate payout
- $49 ConvertKit
TOTAL EXPENSES: $521.03
My expenses were a little over 10% of my budget. I’m still a DIY blogger for the most part, so I’m pretty budget conscious with my expenses. This was an expensive month for me, mostly because I needed some help on the back end of my website and brought on a VA to help me with my Pinterest company.
I recently switched from Mailchimp to ConvertKit and it's been amazing. I've created some really great newsletters, course sequences and sign up forms. The stats that ConvertKit provides is insane compared to Mailchimp and it's been totally worth it.
If you are thinking about starting a blog, this tutorial will help you start a blog today. You’ll also get a FREE domain name for a year! I was able to quit my job and blog full time, all within my first year of blogging. I am really glad I took a chance and started a blog! I invested around $140 to start my blog using Bluehost, and I made $13,000 in 6 months of blogging. That’s the best return of investment ever!
I am most excited about my brand new Pinterest course. It's a 3 part course that is geared towards bloggers that are interested in learning how to create better images, effectively use Pinterest and learning how to schedule pins in under an hour a week.
First, some clients can afford my services and some can't. I always feel bad when I'm out of someone's budget and can't help them.
I totally get that some bloggers are on a tighter budget than others. Creating a course at an affordable price is a great option for my more budget conscious bloggers.
Second, I've noticed that helping bloggers with one-on-one chat sessions on the phone are super helpful, but they still like to see tutorials. This bundle has a lot of tutorials!
Finally, there are a lot of DIY bloggers that want to learn how to do everything, but want to do it at their own pace and on their own.
This course can help bloggers with step-by-step instructions on creating images, how to maximize exposure on Pinterest and how to use Tailwind, my favorite scheduling tool.
Ebates is my absolute favorite company to use when I’m shopping online. Hello, it’s free money!
Every time I shop online, I always start at Ebates. They have a list of all the places you normally shop at and you just click on the store you want to visit online.
After you make a purchase, you earn a percentage of the sale! They literally give you cash back on every purchase you make. The cash back ranges from 1% to 14%. The money is then deposited into your PayPal account.
I’ve made over $700 from shopping online and earning cash back. Join Ebates here!
This cell phone app helps you make money off your grocery receipts. Yup, for real! You use it after you go grocery shopping and use your receipt. It’s basically a rebate app, so you can earn anywhere from 50 cents to $5 off everything you buy.
My favorite part about Ibotta is that it’s not always brand specific, like a lot of coupons are. So you’ll be able to scan “any brand of bread” for 50 cents off, etc. If you do coupon – you can STILL use Ibotta and get a rebate.
For the diehard couponers out there, this will often result in getting an item for FREE. When you sign up, you will receive a $10 cash bonus when you make your first scan. Join Ibotta here!
I have made thousands of dollars over the past few years from taking surveys online!
There are a handful of companies that I love to use and earn cash back into my PayPal account, as well as reward points that I can use at places like Target, Walmart and Macy's.
Start a blog
I went from making $40/month to over $4,000/month in the span of six months. That’s crazy! Here is a tutorial that walks you through how to start a blog.
Blogging has totally changed my life. I even share my online income reports so other people can see how I got started and how I am growing.
Become an Uber or Lyft driver
Work your own schedule and make mad cash! I know plenty of drivers that work all kinds of different time shifts, whether it's working during rush hour, happy hour or in the evenings. Uber even offers bonuses and extra incentives all the time.
Start saving, even if it’s only a few dollars a week
Whether you want to start an emergency fund or a vacation fund, you have to start setting some money aside. If you’re like most people and struggle with saving, you should consider using Digit or Qapital.
Qapital is a totally free app that let's you decide how much money you want to save every time you make a purchase. You can pick from $1 all the way up to $5.
So let's say I spend $24.05 at the grocery store. Qapital will then transfer $1 to my savings account.
You can link as many debit cards or credit cards as you want to Qapital. So even if you use a credit card to make a purchase, you can pick one bank account to transfer the $1 to your Qapital saving account. Click here to learn more about Qapital.
Digit lets you save money each week from your checking account. What I really like about Digit is that it analyzes my bank account and determines how much I can really save per week.
Some weeks it might be $5 and other times it might be $20. You don’t have to worry about overdraft and can contribute less or more if you need to. You can learn more about Digit here.
The only downside to Digit is they charge $2.99 per month to use their service. I don’t mind the fee though since it’s helping me save money every week. If the fee stressed you out, use Qapital!
Rent out your space on AirBnB
Over the past couple of years, I have stayed at a handful of AirBnB's and saved a ton of money. I've been able to rent an entire house, condo and apartment instead of a room at a hotel. Have you ever thought about renting out your home for a weekend?
You can learn more about how to use AirBnB here. Using the link, you will also get a coupon for $40 off your first stay anywhere!
How to Start a Blog - Free Tips and Guide
In less than a year, I was able to quit my full time job and make a full time living from my blog. Learn more!
How is you April? Are you doing anything major with your blog for spring?
Kristin, is the creator behind Believe In A Budget. She teaches others how to start a blog and how to side hustle. Her course, Pinterest Presence, helps bloggers + businesses drive traffic to increase their website's profitability. Click here to learn more!