While this isn’t something I usually talk about, I want to share it because I know how much blogging has changed my life and I want it to change your life too.
You are an outstanding mom with incredible talents and I also know that you have a dream, a dream deep down within your soul. It’s too big, it scares you because you don’t know if you’ll ever achieve it. You barely, if ever, talk about it because it’s not realistic. But what if I told you it is.
This post contains affiliate links but only for things I have used and love.
Today, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and I’m sharing last month’s income report because I want you to know you can do it too. A blog is the financial means to your dream.
- Pay off your house.
- Buy that dream car.
- Head on a long vacation.
- Start that art studio you’ve always wanted.
Each month we keep track of how much we make and for the first time I’m sharing it with you because I want it to help you achieve your dream.
This month is actually one of our lowest months but it’s significant because I barely worked. I had a baby and I took maternity leave for 3 months and still made money. I took 3 months to cuddle, snuggle and stare into my babies eyes and all the while I still had money rolling in.
I want this for you too. There’s room in the blog world for you. You can be both a mom and a business owner. Working at home on the blog is literally the best of both worlds!
Money is a means to an opportunity.
Imagine, going to the zoo with your family and making money while you’re there.
Or taking 3 weeks vacation, yes 3 weeks. PAID. Making enough money not only to pay for your vacation but also pay all your bills at home and more.
And imagine that moment you pay off your house. It doesn’t have to be 30 years away. Imagine yourself jumping up and down and celebrating! Then start saving for your kids’ college, investing, and more!
Ok. Ok. I know, the income report. I know you’re curious! So here we go:
Total March Income: $5,896
Remember this is almost all PASSIVE income! I was enjoying my newborn and toddler A LOT and working very minimally. Pretty cool, huh?
I want you to take advantage of it too, that’s why I’m sharing this. Do it. Make your dreams reality.
Pay off your house. Take that dream vacation.
You only live once.
You must look forward, that is the only thing you can change.
I’ve been reading a lot on limiting beliefs. Allowing how you were raised, your current situation and those around you to determine what the rest of your life will look like. Don’t limit yourself. I’ll be working on income reports every single month and giving you tips in each one.
I will publish April soon so you can see how much we normally make but until then I wanted to share with you how much you can make on passive income alone.
I know you need someone to push you. Let this be your push.
I even created a tutorial for you on How to Start a Blog – Everything You Need to Know, it’s only $2.95 each month (that price is only available through my link). You will also receive a free domain ($15 value) if you purchase one year’s worth of hosting, just make sure you use this Bluehost link for that price.
Here’s the breakdown of this month’s blog income, remember this month is going to look different than most months. This was passive income, my blog was making money without me working.
- Display Ads: $3,577
- Sponsored Posts: $1645
This is when a company hires me to write for them, so this portion is not passive. I usually make WAY more in this department but that would have required time away from my newborn. So this category is much smaller than usual. A great company to get sponsored post through when you’re first starting out is: IZEA. Make sure you join my Mom Entrepreneur newsletter so you don’t miss tips on landing sponsored posts.
- Sharing Essential Oils: $235.47
What I love about Essential Oil income is that it’s both residual and passive. Put in some hard work to start and then reap the benefits from there on. I haven’t done a whole lot in this department, yet, but these coming up months I expect this number to double, triple and then explode. If you love Essential Oils and want to make money educating others about a more natural alternative for their family, email us about joining our team in this beginning stage email@example.com.
One reason it’s so successful is it’s a product I would buy even if I wasn’t making money with it. I order about $100 in oils each month but it’s money I was spending before on other things. Now we have less chemicals and have simplified our whole bathroom cabinet. Another reason the business is successful is that you’re not just selling someone on a product you are coming along side them and educating them how to use their oils. You’ll even turn skeptics into believers once they try it. I know, cause my husband was a total skeptic at first.
- Affiliate Income: $278.43
- My Books: $155.54
- Learn with Play: 150+ Activities for Year-round Fun & Learning
- 175 Best Date Ideas (While on maternity break I wrote this book to diversify my income. I was up late nursing anyway! 😉 But don’t get overwhelmed with the pressure to write a book right away, I didn’t write this until after I’d been blogging 2 years.)
You can become an affiliate to 175 Best Date Ideas and make $5 for each friend that buys a copy. Sign up and then share your link. You can earn affiliate credit with or without a blog (a blog just helps you to reach even more people). When affiliating books I always recommend that you own a copy first, don’t ever recommend something you wouldn’t buy yourself. It’s important that you gain and keep your readers trust.
Blogging has officially become my full time job and I love it. Most months and especially when I first started I put a lot of time into the blog, it’s amazing that I was able to take off such a substantial amount of time and still make great income.
See below on how to start your own blog.
I also work with a few select companies in exchange for credit instead of cash. I only do this IF it’s something I am going to spend my money on anyway, otherwise it’s just clutter and not payment. A few examples:
Stitch Fix — you can earn $25 for each person you refer. I don’t promote it a whole lot but I’ve earned over $275 in free clothes. Clothes are something I would have to buy anyway and they literally ship me clothes to my door!
Ebates — earn cash back when you order things online, they include tons of popular stores you are already purchasing from, my as well make a couple bucks back. I’ve been making checks from them even before I started this blog.
Now it’s your turn!
How to Start Your Own Blog
- Check out this tutorial on How to Start a Blog – Everything You Need to Know. The link will walk you through how to get your site through Bluehost, then scroll down for ways to make money now.
It rocks being your own boss. We love Mondays and we want you to, too!
Important note: If you want to make money through a blog, it’s important that you own your blog and get a self-hosted site. Trust me on this one, instructions on what that means and how are HERE. It will be the difference of just blogging for fun and becoming a professional blogger. Remember, it’s only $2.95 each month (that price is only available through my link). And you will also receive a free domain ($15 value) if you purchase one year’s worth of hosting through this Bluehost link.
Disclaimer: Blogging is a wonderful business with a very low start up cost but it’s not a “get rich quick” scheme. How successful you will be will depend on how much time, commitment, marketing knowledge, resources and investment you are willing to give. These income reports are a great tool to help you get started and focus in the right direction. Our income reports are based on what jobs we secured and affiliate sale made in that month and not the actual month payment was received.P.S. Are you looking for extra side income? I make full-time income blogging part-time—check out this easy step-by-step tutorial on how start a blog (no tech knowledge required).
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I really like your website and would like to learn more on how to do the same with my blog. I’m looking for a mentor of sorts and wondered if you would willing to help?? My blog is up and running, I just need some help on increasing traffic and monetizing it. Would appreciate any assistance you have available.
Have you checked out course Successful Startup? https://therealisticmama.com/successful-startup It’s great even if you have a blog already setup, part 2 is all about getting and keeping loyal followers, how to write killer posts, how to promote those post and how to monetize.
We also have a Blogging tips Facebook group that can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/momentrepreneur/
Autumn Reo says
Hello! Thanks so much for all your great information. Can I ask which plugin youre using at the bottom of the post to direct you to the next post or last post? Thanks in advance for your help
That is a feature in Genesis, I believe. Which I highly recommend if you are not already running on it. Here’s an affiliate link if you want to check it out: http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=241369&u=963744&m=28169&urllink=&afftrack=
Samantha Sundara says
Great post, can I ask how you made $3577 in display ads? Which ad network are you with and do you need a certain amount of traffic first?
We are with AdThrive and absolutely love them! Can not recommend them enough! You do need to have at least 100,000 pageviews to apply – if you’re not there yet make that your new goal! Pinterest (using group boards and good search words) is usually the fastest way to grow your traffic quickly.