Happy New Year everyone! I’ve been in a bit of a blogging slump since the holidays, but better late than never: here’s my income report for December 2017.
This is all the extra money that I made in December from various side hustles and online money-making projects, along with my thoughts and updates for the month, and my goals for the new year.
You can see my previous income reports here.
What is this?
They say money is the last taboo. So why am I publishing my earnings?
Well, the Boost My Budget project has two purposes:
- To help me earn more money
- To help you earn more money!
By sharing honestly exactly how much I managed to make each month and where it came from, I hope my income reports will be a genuinely useful resource for anyone else looking to make a bit of extra cash.
Also, sharing my income helps me hold myself accountable and motivates me to increase that figure each month!
I hope that seeing how a normal person like me with a full time job is managing to make a bit of extra money on the side will encourage you to do the same. I probably never would have got started without some other bloggers’ income reports out there showing me what is possible.
Anyway, without further ado, let’s see how I did this month trying to make extra money from home!
My extra income in December 2017
December 2017 was my best month yet for side hustling! The grand total of my extra income from last month is £1,085.36.
Please note, this report only includes the money that was paid into my account in December. I don’t count my earnings until they hit my bank account, because some companies take several months to pay, or refunds happen and things like that.
Here’s the breakdown of how I made it:
Sponsored Posts: £695.00
This month the biggest chunk of income came from sponsored posts. I signed up with a new company which sent me several posts for the blogs I run, as well as getting approached directly for one post.
Affiliate income: £343.41
Affiliate earnings are when somebody purchases a product or service that I recommend, and I earn a small commission on it. I made this money through my blog and on Pinterest (click here for my tutorial on making money on Pinterest). This month I got my first payout from ShopStyle Collective, the main company I use for Pinterest affiliate marketing! Yay!
Emotion Miner: £16.41
Merch by Amazon: £13.83
Merch by Amazon is Amazon’s own print on demand service that lets you design T-shirts and other gear to sell. This is my first payout from them, which represents the sales I made in November. I started in October and sold my first shirts in November. Merch really took off for me in December, but you’ll have to check back next month to see my final sales figures for December as I’ll get paid in January!
Website testing: £9.37
Did you know you can get paid to give feedback on websites? It’s a quick and interesting way to make some extra money from home.
Field Agent: £5.00
Field Agent is a task app that pays you to do mystery shopping and similar small jobs on your phone.
Citizenme is an app that pays you to answer very short, easy surveys on your smartphone.
Streetbees is another survey app that pays you to answer questions on your phone.
Note: some of the above payments were in USD, but for ease of reporting, I converted everything to GBP using the exchange rate on the day I wrote this post.
I am so happy with my December income of £1,085! This is the highest monthly income since I started trying to make extra money online just over a year ago. It was a great way to end the year. It also gives me confidence that I will meet my 2018 goal of making enough money to become full-time self employed!
The one thing that made the biggest difference to my income this month was signing up with an agency who sent me several sponsored posts across my blogs. I am obviously very grateful for this money. However, sponsored post income may not be consistent or reliable, so while I’m very happy with this income, I want to focus on building other more consistent income streams such as affiliate marketing.
My biggest success of December was Merch by Amazon. In December I made over $200 from selling T-shirts on Merch, with just 10 shirts live. I will get paid for December’s sales in January so you’ll have to check back then to see the final amount – I suppose it might change if there are any refunds or anything, which is why I don’t report income until it lands in my bank account. I was really surprised how much easier it was to make sales with Merch than my previous experiment with print on demand. Of course, sales are always highest in December so we’ll see how January will compare, but I’m feeling pretty excited about Merch!
I also got my first paycheck of £165 from ShopStyle Collective, which I earned through pinning affiliate pins on Pinterest. If you want to learn how to do this I recommend checking out the free courses on this site.
As you can see, most of my income this month came through blogging. I am really happy with this but it has taken me over a year to get to this stage with my blogs, so I know these income streams are not available to anyone.
November goal review
Last month I set myself 4 goals for December:
- Publish 3 new posts on Boost My Budget – Yes
- Publish 2 new posts on my niche site – No, only managed one.
- Make at least £500 in extra income – Yes!
- Add Awin to my Pinterest marketing strategy – Yes, I made a handful of Awin pins and have made a few pounds but I think I need to pin a lot more to see a real increase.
This month I don’t want to give myself too many goals because I tend to get overwhelmed with too many projects. For now I’ve decided to focus on the two side hustles that started to take off for me towards the end of 2017: Pinterest affiliate marketing and Merch.
- Make 5 custom affiliate pins each day (meaning, create unique images in Canva rather than just pinning product images, as custom images do much better on Pinterest)
- Upload 2 new designs to Merch by Amazon each day
Please check back next month and see how I do.
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Hope you are all having a great start to 2018!