Recently I posted my September Blog Income and Traffic Report.
Blog income in September was significantly higher than ever before for me. And it was (in large part) due to the fact that I got serious about affiliate marketing.
But let’s be totally honest for a minute here. There are over 150 million blogs out there, and a fraction (I dunno, less than 10%?) of bloggers are earning any money at all. And even fewer are earning full time income. The fact that I was able to join the ranks of “the full time income earning bloggers” just 7 months into blogging has sort of baffled me.
I’m pretty grateful. I’ve prayed for this, and I have worked for this.
But is it a fluke?read more
SO. It’s been a month since I received my first real “paycheck” (as in, deposited money into my bank account) that was earned through my blog (read my August blog income report here).
I haven’t even been able to bring myself to transfer the money into the checking account, because I am so certain it can’t possibly be real. (Also since I’m still at my day job for another month and a half we aren’t desperate for the money yet. So better to save it until we are. Because I feel certain that the blog can’t possibly continue to earn money… that would be… just. I can’t even imagine it.)
This is what it feels like to earn money doing something you love.
It feels pretty good.read more
Do you have a reason for wanting to work from home? Lemme tell you about mine.
(If you don’t care for a story, feel free to skip down to the 3 Real Work-from-Home Options heading further down :))
I’ve mentioned before that I was super blessed growing up to have a mom who worked from home and was always “there.” Sometimes she was there and working, but she was still there. I was never without her.
I didn’t spend any time in a daycare or wondering if someone was really paying attention to me.
I grew up knowing that I was her priority, and I also grew up knowing that working from home is an actual thing. (You just need to wade through all the scams to find the gems.)
But for some reason I couldn’t “find a way” to make it work for me. And I couldn’t figure out why. I’d try different multi-level marketing type things, or I’d look into “freelancing” with all my “skills”… but inevitably I’d end up waiting tables from 5-midnight for minimum wage and tips.read more
I’ve mentioned before that we are debt free. We decided early in our marriage that we would STAY debt free (not including a mortgage. Some day we will have a mortgage, if the timing is right.)
The decisions we made that helped us be debt free from the beginning were hard decisions. We lived with my parents for two years, we saved the money it required to build our home. Then we actually BUILT our home. With our own hands. It’s not a big home. We have never owned an awesome new car. (Although I do own an awesome second hand car now! Well, actually it’s third hand, but it’s like pure luxury compared to the one I drove for the last 6 years.)
Juuuuust in case you think I’m exaggerating about my car – and no, I didn’t give it that dent, it came pre-dented. (BTW, car currently for sale. $400 takes it and it runs great!)read more
If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that I don’t fully trust coupons.
If you’re new here – HI! Thanks for stopping by. And you should know that I don’t fully trust coupons.
I know, I know, coupons are literally like money… unless you weren’t ever going to buy that thing in the first place. “Save 50 cents on (specific) shampoo” is not the same as finding two quarters on the ground. If the coupon sways you to purchase something you weren’t already planning on buying… well, that can be bad. That’s what coupons are designed to do, by the way. Sway you.read more
Part of me can’t believe I’m doing this
Not because I have any qualms about sharing my blog income – I’ve worked so. freaking. hard. for. it. (And prayed hard for it!). I want to tell the WHOLE WORLD that I have a blog income. ( I might feel differently if this were my main source of income.)
No, I can’t believe I’m doing this because I can’t believe that I have a blog income to report. I started this blog 6 months ago… and I said if I made 10 dollars by Christmas I would keep going.
I want this blog to be successful so badly, I hardly think of anything else right now. (I’m having a baby in December, and I want to stay home with this baby. I want to give it the kind of childhood I had – one with a mommy who is around while it’s growing up. I know what a blessing that was to me. My mom worked from home, and to this day we have an awesome relationship. I want that for my baby.)
And now, this month, it feels like a possibility. I haven’t earned enough yet to say that I’ve replaced my income, but for a first income report, I can say that I’m well on my way. In just 6 months.read more
It’s pretty darn hard to love life when you feel crappy
(Even if you have an otherwise great life, yes?)
So it makes perfect sense that we would take drastic steps to improve our health any way we can… including spending heaps of cash on expensive products that seem to be promising the solutions to our problems.
According to this article on abcnews.com, Americans spend TWENTY BILLION dollars per year on weight loss drugs, diet programs and surgeries. TWENTY BILLION. And that’s just the weight loss industry.That number doesn’t even take into account the money spent on things like pain management, sleep issues, digestive disorders, skin problems or any multitude of other health issues we struggle with.read more
I looooooove The Bang Theory. They finally made a TV show that can compete with Friends as far as I’m concerned. (I very much just dated myself didn’t I?) Anyhow, I was watching Big Bang re-runs the other night, the one where Sheldon (who we know has “extra” money, by the way, despite being a poorly paid physicist) goes shopping with Penny and tells her she should be purchasing her tampons in bulk to save money.
Penny is terribly offended for some reason. Perhaps it’s the discussion about her cycle in general, but as I listened to their conversation I paid attention to my thoughts (for once).
My thoughts said… “Are there really people out there who don’t buy tampons in bulk?! Or who would find the suggestion to be a bad one?”read more
There is a time and place for splurging, and there is a time and place for knowing how to save. The small ways we save can add up to real (big) money over time. Set your inner cheapskate free!
My mom (to this day) washes and reuses her ziplock freezer bags. I don’t actually use that many freezer bags, so I don’t find this to be an absolute necessity… but I will admit to keeping the clean ones (ones that never had meat in them) and letting them hang around for another go. Your inner cheapskate is your buddy… set her free and let her help you save!read more
Most people looking for side hustles are probably looking to make some money this week (or this month) – not in 6 months or a year.
So for that reason, blogging is not on this list. I defenitly have some “side hustles” that make me pretty good money, blogging is one of them, but blogging takes time to see any cash for your efforts. So for you today, this is my list of side hustles that you can see results from immediately. (These are all things I DO and have seen results from.)read more