November 2017 extra income report

November 2017 Extra Income Report

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Wow, it’s December already! Here we go again with my monthly income report 🙂

Here is my income report for November 2017, along with my thoughts and updates for the month, and my goals for December.

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:

  1. To help me earn more money
  2. 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 November 2017

I’m really pleased with my progress in November! The grand total of my extra income from last month is £347.59.

Please note, this report only includes the money that was paid into my account in November.

Here’s the breakdown of how I made it:

Income report for November 2017! I make money online through multiple income streams, including blogging, Pinterest affiliate marketing, surveys, apps and more! If you want to learn how to make money from home, check out my income report and see which of these methods could work for you!


Affiliate income: £186.03

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).

Sponsored Post: £95.00

I published one sponsored post on my blog this month.

Surveys: £28.85

I made nearly £30 this month just on my favorite survey site, Prolific. Click here for a full list of recommended survey sites that work in the UK.

Website testing: £22.26

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.

Job Spotter: £8.55

Job Spotter is my current favourite money making app. It pays you to take pictures of job hiring signs in shop windows. Payment is in Amazon vouchers. I’m saving my vouchers up to buy Christmas presents!

Featurepoints: £2.23

Featurepoints is a way to earn money from your phone by downloading apps.

Citizenme: £1.92

Citizenme is an app that pays you to answer very short, easy surveys on your smartphone.

Spare5: £1.48

Spare5 is an app that pays you to do small tasks on your phone.

Curious Cat: £1.08

Curious Cat is a new survey app that I tested this month.

1Q: £0.19

1Q is a survey app similar to Citizenme. It pays $0.25 per question but as you can see, there aren’t many questions available!

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.

November thoughts

I’m really pleased with my progress in November! As you can see, I made a nice bit of extra income from various sources this month. From blogging to surveys to apps, I hope this shows that there are ways for anyone to make money online.

I was keen to increase my income before Christmas so I worked hard this month on various side hustles. Mostly I have been concentrating on Pinterest marketing. It is definitely the most fun side hustle I’ve tried. If you love Pinterest anyway, it really doesn’t feel like work!

My earnings are slowly but surely beginning to snowball. I actually earned my first pay cheque from my main Pinterest affiliate program in November, although it won’t get paid until December so it isn’t included above. I think I’m at the stage now where I can expect a regular monthly income from Pinterest in 2018 🙂

I recommend taking this free course if you want to learn how to do the same.

November goal review

Last month I set myself 4 goals for November:

  • Publish 4 new posts on Boost My Budget. Yes – 5 new posts.
  • Publish 2 new posts on my niche site. Yes –  3 new posts.
  • Make at least £350 in extra income. No but just £2.50 off!!
  • Make at least 4 new pins for old posts from each of my sites. No – I actually cancelled this goal. I made a LOT of pins but focused on making multiple great pins for new posts, rather than going back to old ones.
  • Find 4 new affiliate products to promote on Pinterest. Yes

December goals

  • Publish 3 new posts on Boost My Budget.
  • Publish 2 new posts on my niche site.
  • Make at least £500 in extra income (seems a lot but I am expecting some payments to come in 🙂 ).
  • Add a new affiliate network (Awin) to my Pinterest marketing strategy and test my most popular pins across different networks.

Please check back next month and see how I do.

Any questions or comments? Ask me below!

Happy December everyone!


7 thoughts to “November 2017 Extra Income Report”

  1. Hi, Really inspired by this. I’ve been reading your post on affiliate marketing on Pinterest and bought the booklet on your recommendation. Can I ask, which boards do you pin your affiliate products to? Especially those from ShopStyle Collective?


    1. Hi Ellen, I’m glad you getting into Pinterest marketing! It’s such a fun side hustle! I use ShopStyle Collective mainly on my personal Pinterest account because it doesn’t really fit with my blog account. I have boards like home decor, Christmas decorations, stationery, bullet journaling, quotes etc. At the moment I’m doing really well with Etsy (you can link any page with the Linkit tool but not from the SSC search page). They have lots of things like printable planners and motivational quote art prints which are doing well on my boards. The best tip is to look at Pinterest analytics and see which boards are most popular with your followers, then look for products to promote that fit into your top boards. Hope this helps!

    1. Yeah I had trouble too to start with but these instructions worked for me! You have to copy and paste the code bit. Well done on your first sale, that’s amazing! All the small amounts really do start to add up over time as you get more and more pins out there! It’s exciting 🙂 I also recommend joining Christina Root’s Facebook group if you haven’t already, it’s a really helpful community of people doing affiliate marketing on Pinterest

  2. Hi,
    Just wanted to ask a general question, if you do get the extra income whilst in full time employment, do you need to register as self employed for tax purposes, i. e having 2 employments as such alongside each other? How does it work?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Martha. Great question, yes you do have to register as self employed if you make any money online! Assuming you’re based in the UK like me, you have to register as self employed on the site and also register for a self assessment tax return: You just need to know your NI number and fill in a few personal details – it’s quite simple and you don’t need to give any details of your business at this point. Also, your other job will not be informed. When it’s time to complete your tax return online, the site should automatically pull through the details of the tax you’ve paid for your day job (if you have one and have taxes taken out of your paycheck). Then you simply enter the total you earned in extra income that tax year. You can also enter any deductable business expenses. In my case, that would be website hosting etc. Then they will tell you if you owe any extra tax and you pay it online. It’s quite simple as long as you have kept good records throughout the year! I just keep a spreadsheet of income and outgoings and it doesn’t take long. Also, be sure to set aside a percentage of your earnings each month ready to pay the tax bill or you could be in for a shock 😉

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