I don’t know how but another month has flown by! Which means it’s time to pull back the curtain and show you another income report. This month I’m sharing both how much I made and some behind the scenes and exciting changes coming up!
Why Share My Income Publicly?
My hope is that through sharing this income report you will have inspiration and clarity, whether you have your own blog or are thinking about starting one. Blogging has changed my life and I want it to be able to change your life too.
When I first started blogging I remember stumbling across an income report, it helped direct my business to where it is today. I want to pass on that same clarity and direction to you by being transparent about my own income now too, so you can see the endless possibility that blogging has.
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My Word for October
Last month I decided that I wanted to have a word for each month, a single word to focus my energy and decisions on.
In October I choose the word CELEBRATE because I’m the worst at slowing down long enough to celebrate my accomplishments. I usually just set a new, bigger goal and keep going.
It was time for a change!
Benefits of celebrating:
- Creates a positive energy
- Improves mental health
- Helps you sleep better
- Motivates both you and your team
The word overflowed into my personal life too. Both my daughter and husband have their birthdays in October as well. I chose the word for the month even before I put two and two together! The word for the month fit perfectly, to say the least. I was able to take both days completely off and several other days this month and CELEBRATE with my family. A flexible schedule is definitely a perk of owning your own business.
I did learn that celebrating requires discipline. It’s required me to slow down time and time again, which is no easy task but I’ve noticed more peace and shockingly more productivity because of it!
Next month’s word: Manifest.
Let’s Talk Numbers
In October, my blog made $4,656, which is lower than previous months but I’ll tell you why I’m totally ok with that in a second.
- Last Month: $6,639.00
- This Month: $4,656.00 (See the breakdown of where this income came from below)
- Difference: – $1,983.00
While this month’s income was lower, I’m still totally excited, here’s why…
Income so far for 2016: $69,252.00
And if I add what we’re expecting to make in November and December, we’re looking at making over $80,000 this year from this blog alone!
Not bad at all if you consider that I work only 3 hours a day on the blog.
A few more reasons this month was a little lower than our usual ($8,000-$10,000 a month):
- We are currently traveling and working WAY less — I used to work around 15 hours a week on the blog but while we’ve been traveling it’s been down to around 5-10 hours depending on the week. The beginning of November I’m picking back up and working ahead so that I can take a nice chunk of time off for Thanksgiving.
- We have been restructuring — Over the last few weeks we have been breaking down everything that we do on the blog piece by piece and evaluating what is the most helpful and beneficial for both our readers and our family. Questioning what can we do better at and what’s been most beneficial to our readers so far that we can do more of. Here are a few of the changes we have so far…
- We’re playing around with a site redesign that will be even easier to navigate for both new and existing readers, this will likely take a few months because of everything else going on.
- Posting less but posting better. Quality over quantity has always been my moto when I’m working on blog posts but lately I’m working on kicking it up another notch!
- I’m doing less sponsored posts. I’ve always been super picky on what companies I work with and lately I’m narrowing it down even more so it’s more beneficial to my readers and more enjoyable for me.
- We’re implementing more passive income streams so we can work less and make more, which ultimately means we can spend more time with our family.
- We’re expanding the content on our blog to include family focused business and money-making ideas for both moms and family-oriented entrepreneurs We’ll continue to share parenting tips and idea for your family while expanding to also include family-friendly business ideas so you have options when it comes to income for your family.
So… with all that in mind I’m more than happy with our income for last month. The months ahead have some really exciting things in store!
Here’s the breakdown…
Affiliate Income: $1,084
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Successful Startup: $493
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175 Best Date Ideas: $275
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Sharing about Essential Oils: $70
This is something that I order anyway (regardless of income). Doing the business side has not been my focus, I just share about the oils here and there on the blog because I have seen how well they work and I’m excited to help out my readers. I end up making a residual commissions on purchases through my links.
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Display Ads: $2,334
This is such a great passive income stream! Anytime a readers stops by any of the posts on my site, even a post 2+ years old, I make an earning through the ads on my site.
Sponsored Content (Blog Posts and/or Paid Social Shares): $400
Two of my favorite companies to get work from are IZEA and TapInfluence. I also get direct emails from brands because of the size of my site.
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