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Welcome to the Lylia Rose UK money and lifestyle blog.  My name is Victoria Sully.  I'm a busy mum of two, wife, full-time blogger and online money-maker who’s always trying to make and save more money.  I’m passionate about making money online, healthy living and blogging.  I’m a mama on a mission to be healthier and wealthier!  Please join me on my journey.


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  1. Blog and Home Income Report January 2018

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    How I made almost £3000 in one month from home

    Welcome to my monthly income report where I share exactly how much money I have made from home.  It’s great for me to see where I’m earning the money and also to inspire others who want to earn from home.  There’s a lot of debate of whether people should share income reports, but personally I love them!  When I wanted to monetise my blog I read them and they inspired me to push forward and go for it!

    In my best month so far I was able to make over £3000 from home!  I wasn’t far off this month.  I also had my best money month ever for my blog this month.  This is surprising as I seemed to turn an awful lot of work down due to total non-relevance or really low pay.  I felt like I was turning down more than I was accepting.  I could have probably upped my income and had the best month ever if I’d accepted absolutely everything that came my way, but I do have a sort of niche even if I think I don’t.  It has to be able relate to parents, healthy living, making money, blogging, business, home or garden. These are the topics I discuss and can relate to. As an example, I was offered a blog post about men’s fashion on a golf course. Hmmm.  It’s not relevant to me or my blog, so even though the cash was tempting, I declined.

    Just so you know, if you are new here, I blog full time.  Well, around my children.  Reuben my youngest has 21 hours of childcare a week and then I blog as much as I can around this.  I give up most evenings with my husband to blog, if I’m not at the gym.  Sometimes I get up early to work and I work weekends.  I never have a full day off.  My laptop comes on holiday with me.

    There are bloggers who say they work 2 hours a week and make millions, but I’m not one of those.  I work hard every day.  My husband Ben says I’m always working.  I put in around 40 hours a week, but this can vary from 30 to 50 depending on my workload and our plans.

    I’ve been blogging for five years in April this year.  I didn’t monetise for three years and I only went full time after four years.  Hopefully that puts things into perspective for you.  There are bloggers who set up their blogs with the sole purpose of cashing in and they make money a lot quicker.  That was never originally my intention with my blog so I got there slower than others might.

    Making money from blogging is totally possible if you’re prepared to treat it like a business and put the hard work in.

    As well as blogging, I make money from mystery shopping, website testing, eBay selling and also cashback.  I’ll share these below.

    BLOG AND HOME INCOME REPORT - LYLIA ROSE - UK LIFESTYLE BLOG - JANUARY 2018

     

    Blog & Home Income Report: January 2018

    This is my total before any expenses, income tax, national insurance or anything else. Here’s the breakdown:

    Blog £2354.06

    This is my best figure for blog income yet.  This includes running giveaways, collaborative blog posts and reviews.  I charge for all of them.  The only time I don’t charge is if a review item is high value and I really want it or if I can do social shares only.  Blog reviews can take around 2 hours of my time so I have to value this time.  Any free time I have should be spent with my children, not promoting or benefiting other companies.  So for this reason I always put a value on my time.  Plus it’s taken 5 years of slog to get to this point.  I’m not going to give away my hard work for nothing.  If a company wants to work with you then it’s because you can add value to their company.  Even a review with a link will help benefit their Google rankings.

    Last four income reports:
    September 2017
    October 2017
    November 2017
    December 2017

    Last 6 months stats:

    6 months to Jan 18 

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    4 places to find paid blog opportunities
    How to improve your domain authority (DA)


    Referrals £64.38

    A lot less than last month (which was over £200), but it all adds up.  This came from three places this month:  Profit Accumulator, Nutriseed and Awin.  I finally had a pay-out from Awin!

    Related:
    Make money from your blog with Awin affiliate marketing
    Sign up to Awin as a publisher here for access to 6000+ brands affiliate schemes!


    Matched betting £125.88

    Not too shabby!  I predict I’ll only make around £100 a month now and that’s my aim.  I don’t put much time into it anymore and only do the easy offers.  I spend most of my time blogging and just don’t have any more time to dedicate to learning ongoing tactics for matched betting.  If you have more time to learn, then you can make a lot more!  Some people make a full time wage.

    In total I’ve made almost £3500 in profit in one year, tax free too!

    I highly recommend using Profit Accumulator for matched betting as a beginner.  They have so many guides and walk you through the whole process in the first few offers.  If you are stuck you can ask a question in the forum and someone will get back to you.  They also have a 30 day money back guarantee on their memberships, plus you can try the first couple of offers without even signing up to anything to see that it really does work.

    Click here to try Profit Accumulator today!

    Related:
    Is matched betting a gateway to gambling and is it dirty money?
    I’ve made £300 tax free cash from home in 2 weeks and you can too!
    £753.62 Matched Betting Profit Month One (and silly mistakes)
    Not sure about matched betting?  Make £40ish now to see if it’s for you!


    Mystery tasks £6.00

    I made this with Streetbees this month.  I also have some money in my Roamler, but I’ve not cashed it out yet.

    It is possible to make a lot more.  In May this year I made £235 from all my mystery shopping apps!

    Related: 
    Get paid doing simple tasks from your phone with Streetbees


    LR shop sales £39.96

    This is the total sales from my online fashion boutique .  This used to be my main focus, but I don’t do much with it at the moment. 

    Related: 
    Things I've Learnt from Running My Own Shop Business (the things no one tells you)


    Personal eBay £252.79

    Wowsers.  Over £100 more than last month.  We sold a few biggish items though from the house so this helped to bump it up.  Usually it’s just a load of 99p-£2.99 items that probably almost cost me as much in fees and postage!  Still, it all adds up.  I still have 200 items on eBay and continue to list things as the kids grow out of them.


    Resell £52.87

    A quiet month on the resell front, but I haven’t bought any new stock as I was worried January would be a quiet month money wise so didn’t want any extra outgoings.

    Related: 
    6 of the best places to find items to resell on eBay for a profit


    Top Cashback £40.80

    I love Top Cashback!  I check it for everything we buy.  Here are a few things I’ve got it on: Formula One MOT, gift cards from Zeek, Holiday Inns booking, our First Choice holiday, Very shopping, Car insurance, comparing car insurance, eBay, photo books, supermarket shopping, Flybe flights, car hire, home insurance.

    As you can see, you can earn cashback on so many different things.  Not just online shopping.  I even got over £2 just for doing a comparison search for car insurance.  I didn’t have to even buy anything.

    In 1.5 years we’ve had over £600 back on our normal household shopping across mine and Ben’s accounts.  I don’t include his in my blog post though.

    Click here to save on your online purchases!

    Related
    How to earn cashback on things you already buy 
    Today I saved BIG on my car insurance and MOT. Here’s how… 
    Zeek isn’t a scam - I’ve saved £13 this month on food shopping! (Plus a £3 discount code for you)

    JANUARY 2018 GRAND TOTAL: £2936.74

    Blog £2354.06
    Referrals £64.38
    Matched betting £125.88
    Mystery tasks £6.00
    LR shop sales £39.96
    Personal eBay £252.79
    Resell £52.87
    Top Cashback £40.80

    Super pleased with this month and hope it’s a sign of a brilliant 2018 ahead!

     

  2. Blog and Home Income Report December 2017

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    How I made over £2000 in one month working from home

    If you’ve been here before you’ll have read the below blurb at least once already, so skip to the bottom.  If you’re new, you might want to read it to understand why I do what I do and how many hours I put in.

    Welcome to my new MEGA monthly income reports where I share the exact amount of money I make from home each month from both my blog and other work at home ventures.

    I was sharing a home income report and a separate blog income/stats report, but since last month I’m now combining the two to stop giving myself so much work to do.  Plus it’s so much easier to see it all in the same place.

    I share these to show how much money can be made from home by a regular mum of two (ages 2 and 5) around mum duties and with some hard work and dedication.  Before realising I could make money online and from home, I had little idea I could really make a full time income from my online activities.  I believed my only options were to return to my previous job after my first maternity leave or to be a stay-at-home-mum with no income myself (unless I worked evenings).  I had no idea there were other options available to me.

    I won’t lie.  It’s not always been an easy ride to get to this point and I also have no idea if it will continue.  The lack of security is one very off putting thing for most people with being self-employed, but there are so many money making avenues nowadays I believe anyone can do it.  I’m working on diversifying my income nowadays so I have more than one stream.  That way, if one lets me down for a month, another should fill the void.

    I aim to make £2000 per month before outgoings and obviously as much as possible over this, but it’s good to have a figure to aim for.   £1000 after tax is the minimum we need from me.  That’s a bit more than I could earn working five nights a week or about the same, depending on how many hours I worked.  Only problem with working all those evenings in an employed job is I’m exhausted the next day and miss out on family time. 

    I gave up my last part time job in May 2017 to concentrate on earning from home and make money from blogging.  Once I’d earned more than my employed wage for six months I decided it was time to chase my dreams and go for it!  In my last job I worked from 5-8.30pm every evening Monday to Friday meaning I dashed out during dinner time, missing our family meals every evening, returning home after the children were in bed meaning I missed every bath time and bed time.  It also left me no time to work on my own business in the evenings unless I stayed up really late and then felt tired every single day. 

    My role before this required me to work first thing before Ben went to work, which as you can imagine left me exhausted early evening so I often went to bed or fell asleep accidently when the kids did!  Before this I also worked evenings and would work 8 nights in a row until midnight.  At this point Bella was little and up early.  I could never sleep until around 2am and was trying to get up around 7am, so the exhaustion soon caught up with me.  Trying to find the right employed job around Ben’s hours that still left us with days off together and time as a family was pretty difficult without me having to work undesirable hours. 

    So working for myself which has some flexibility seemed perfect to me.  My original aim was to make £1000 per month from home.   In my best month this year I was able to make over £3000 from home!

    Reuben is now in childcare 21 hours a week.  This gives me some dedicated business time without kiddies around.  This helps me so much now and means I don’t have to work evenings as I know I have some time in the day.  It is still difficult sometimes as I really need to be working 8 hours a day to get everything done and not 5.5 which is the maximum I get Tues-Weds. On Monday’s I get 2.5 hours and on Fridays I get 0 hours.  Once Reuben starts school (September 2019) I’ll be able to have a much more normal working week.

    Though it can be stressful, it is still great and I wouldn’t change it for the world.  Working from home provides so much flexibility.  Both the children have had chicken pox recently which meant I had 8 working days with them at home.  I’m glad I don’t have to miss work at a normal job for these sorts of things.  If I have to, then I just have to work with them here or choose to work in the evenings instead if they’re ill.  I can only imagine it’s a struggle for some parents to have to take time off work if they can’t work from home when this happens.  The only downside being no holiday pay and me taking time off means we lose money and I miss out on available work.

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    Blog & Home Income Report: December 2017

    This is my total before any expenses, income tax, national insurance or anything else. Here’s the breakdown:

    Blog - sponsored/review/giveaway

    £1,372.55

    Referrals

    £204.39

    Matched betting

    £113.26

    LR shop sales

    £114.98

    Personal eBay

    £128.85

    Resell

    £119.90

    Top Cashback

    £15.76

    Mystery tasks

    £2.00

    TOTAL

    £2,071.69

     

    I’m really pleased with this amount.  I felt quite stressed for most of the month as I knew Christmas was looming and I’d possibly have half a month (2 weeks) of no income!  Scary when you’re self-employed.  Half a month’s pay is a quite a chunk.  Luckily I’ve been diversifying my income and online sales were OK so they bumped up my total to my happy £2000 figure.  Obviously this is before any outgoings, tax, national insurance or pension savings.  So I was lucky this month to clear just over £1000 once all of that has been saved.

    I did it a bit backwards this year.  For the first half of the year I had all my income so we felt very flush!  Then once I hit the tax and class 4 national insurance thresholds, I then started saving for it.  I also don’t have a pension, so half way through the year I started panicking and decided to start saving 10% for now towards it and backdate it to the start of this tax year.  So at the moment almost half of my income goes towards all this.

    Next year I’ll have a better idea of how much tax and national insurance I’ll owe and I’ll spread it out over 12 months instead of around 6!  I have a spreadsheet which totals the exact amount I owe, but it’s going to make my head hurt to work out a formula to work it out equally over the months as I earn it, whilst it would have to also work out an income for the year based on a monthly average of what I’ve earned already.  I’m sure a formula can be generated, but I’ve not looked into it or tried to get my head around it yet, so I’ve done it the simple way for now.

    Blog income 2017 lylia rose uk lifestyle parent blog stats december

    Blog Income £1372.55

    If you’re returning, scroll down as you’ll have read this before.  If you’re new it’s worth a read to see how much I work on my blog and how long it took me to monetize.

    I charge for all blog post collaborations, even if it’s a giveaway or review.  Many bloggers don’t charge for all these, but I put in just as much time and effort as any other blog post, so I charge.

    Don’t work for free! I get emails daily from companies expecting me to offer my services for free.  It’s taken me five years to build up my audience and it can take more than a couple of hours to write a blog post.  If I accepted all these offers of work for free then I’d not make any money!  I personally think it’s a bit cheeky of large companies to expect access to all my hard work without putting any value on it at all.  Without compensation then I’d rather just keep my blog for myself.  Plus most of them are after a link and they’d be paying a SEO company for this and sometimes a lot more than they are offering bloggers directly.  Plus they get evergreen advertising if the post stays on your blog forever and you continue to promote it.

    It’s important to note this is my full time income.   I left my employed job and I work on my blog all the time.  Like, ALL the time.  It’s my passion and my focus.  I have no personal social media or any distractions.  I also have no social life, or very little!  I devote all my spare time to my blog and website.  It’s my obsession.

    If I am on my phone or laptop, I am always doing something blog related.  I put in 30-40 hours a week at the moment whenever I can.  I sacrifice evenings with my husband to work on my website.  He is now used to me not listening to him as I’m so engrossed in my laptop or phone!  Once both my children are at school then I’ll work out a better work routine if my blog is still making enough money.  I hope to then work in the day only and have my evenings and weekends back, if possible!’

    One thing I never mention is how long it took me to monetize my blog.  I always get asked how long it takes and my answer is really ‘how long is a piece of string?’

    I didn’t monetize mine for three years.  It was a part of my original retail business and I never knew about making money from it.  I could have made money a LOT sooner if I’d have known, but I was chasing the dream of being a shopkeeper and not a professional blogger.  I didn’t even know professional bloggers existed.  Once I found out I changed my game plan!

    That doesn’t mean it would take someone else three years.

    Many bloggers set up with the sole purpose of monetizing and they make money within a couple of months.  I’ve even seen bloggers share income reports after one month!

    It also depends on your dedication.

    If you’re going to only work 1 hour a week on your blog, you’re probably not going to make money as fast as someone who works 100 hours a week.

    Monetizing a blog means your blog is a business.  It takes just as much hard work as running any other business.

    It also depends how many opportunities you apply for and how many you get.  You might need good stats to apply for some which can take a few months to build.  I actively look for work EVERY SINGLE DAY.  It’s my job.  It’s my income.  It’s my only income, so I need the work and I need to be on it finding those opportunities.

    Blogging definitely isn’t for everyone and running a business all by yourself also isn’t for everyone.

    I do often get the impression people think I don’t do very much and the money just magically rolls in, or that’s what many people think of bloggers in general.

    My favourite quote goes along the lines of ‘entrepreneurs are the only people who work 80 hours to give up working 40’

    It fits the life of a professional blogger very well too!  I’m sure if I didn’t have young children I’d spend double the amount of time on my business! 

    Last four income reports:
    August 2017
    September 2017
    October 2017
    November 2017

    December Blog Stats: 

     2017 Stats

    Up on everything which is a good sign, though it’s not all about the stats, but unfortunately most companies will depend on some of them, so it is necessary to build some stats if you want to blog as an income. 

    Related:
    Make money from your blog without Google ads
    4 places to find paid blog opportunities
    How to improve your domain authority (DA)

    Referrals £204.39

    Some of my referral money is from Profit Accumulator and Nutriseed   - two companies I use and thoroughly recommend, so I’m more than happy to promote them to you.  Plus the first is a way to make income so you’ll make money from it too!  I also did a little blogger outreach so this includes my referral fees for this.

    I do have some money in my Awin account, over £60, but not all cleared yet.  They begin to pay out as soon as £20 has cleared.

    Sign up to Awin as a publisher here for access to 6000+ brands affiliate schemes!

    Matched betting £113.26

    Less than last month, but considering the amount of time I’ve spent on it in December which is not much, this is great.  There weren’t many offers I could take part in and I probably didn’t check for at least a full week or more with all the Christmas madness.

    I do pay £17.99 for the matched betting company I use to find me the offers and work out how much I need to place for each better.  They’re a valuable resource and I couldn’t do it without them.

    I made over £3000 in total matched betting in 2017, tax free too.  It’s a great way to make extra cash from home if you can spend a little time most days checking the offers and completing some.  You’ll need to be organised too and keep a record of all the offers you’re completing and your profits.

    I highly recommend using Profit Accumulator for matched betting as a beginner.  They have so many guides and walk you through the whole process in the first few offers.  If you are stuck you can ask a question in the forum and someone will get back to you.  They also have a 30 day money back guarantee on their memberships, plus you can try the first couple of offers without even signing up to anything to see that it really does work.

    Click here to try Profit Accumulator today!

    Related:
    Is matched betting a gateway to gambling and is it dirty money?
    I’ve made £300 tax free cash from home in 2 weeks and you can too!
    £753.62 Matched Betting Profit Month One (and silly mistakes)
    Not sure about matched betting?  Make £40ish now to see if it’s for you!
    Matched Betting Profit 2 Months: £1341.81
    Matched betting profit after 3 months: £1706.81

    Mystery tasks    £2.00

    I’ve not been doing many lately as you’ll be able to tell, but this was a Streetbees quick task at home which probably took me less than five minutes for £2.

     It is possible to make a lot more.  In May this year I made £235 from all my mystery shopping apps!

    Related:
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    Get paid doing simple tasks from your phone with Streetbees

    LR shop sales     £114.98

    Over £100 of sales in my online fashion boutique this month!  I’ve been cutting down my stock and clearing lots out as I’m going to just sell scarves from now on.  These are perfect for gifts, so pop over if you’re shopping for her or you’re a scarf lover yourself!

    Related:
    Things I've Learnt from Running My Own Shop Business (the things no one tells you)

    Personal eBay   £128.85

    Decluttering and making cash as we go!  I’m obsessed with wanting to live in a minimal home with only what we need.  We have a bunch of stuff for sale and I constantly comb through everything especially as the children grow out of clothes and toys.  This is a nice little boost to my home income each month.

    Resell   £119.90

    Whoop!  Last month I said I’d like to make over £100 from my resell items and I did in December, just!

    Related:
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    Top Cashback    £15.76

    I love Top Cashback!  I check it for everything we buy.  Here are a few things I’ve got it on: Formula One MOT, gift cards from Zeek, Holiday Inns booking, our First Choice holiday, Very shopping, Car insurance, comparing car insurance, eBay, photo books, supermarket shopping, Flybe flights, car hire, home insurance.

    As you can see, you can earn cashback on so many different things.  Not just online shopping.  I even got over £2 just for doing a comparison search for car insurance.  I didn’t have to even buy anything.

    In 1.5 years we’ve had over £600 back on our normal household shopping across mine and Ben’s accounts.  I don’t include his totals in my blog post though.

    Click to save on your online purchases

    Related:
    How to earn cashback on things you already buy 
    Today I saved BIG on my car insurance and MOT. Here’s how… 
    Zeek isn’t a scam - I’ve saved £13 this month on food shopping! (Plus a £3 discount code for you)

    Until next time!

     

  3. Money Making Mums: An Abnormal Income Stream

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    Welcome to my Money Making Mums guest series.

    As you’ve probably guessed, I love making money from home.  As a busy mum to two young children, working from home for myself provides me with the flexibility I need to care for my children and avoid high full time childcare costs.  It also means I get to do what I love.  I’m an advocate of earning money online and from apps, and I’m always looking for new ways to make more income from home.  I’ve decided to invite other bloggers and money making mums to share even more ways us busy mums can make money from home.  If you’d like to feature in this guest series please do get in touch.

    Introducing Perry from Stupid is the Norm

    Today I have a slightly different guest post for you by Perry Wilson who runs the blog www.stupidisthenorm.co.uk.  I’ve been reading a lot of Perry’s blogs recently and they are very good.  They make a lot of sense.

    It’s all very well us making money and finding ways to earn extra income as busy parents, but what is best to do with that money? 

    In my early twenties I’d have blown the lot.  I got a buzz from spending my cash and owning lots of things (mainly clothes), but now in my thirties things are different.  I have a family and responsibilities.  I prefer a more minimalist lifestyle.  I don’t need or want to consume as much.  I’ve started thinking about my future and my retirement.  I’ve started putting away towards a pension as well as a savings account for emergencies or the future.

    Perry writes a lot about this.  About how most people just blow all their cash instead of investing it wisely and becoming wealthier.

    I hope you enjoy today’s guest post:

    money making mums an abnormal income stream perry stupid is the norm guest

    An Abnormal Income Stream

    Not everyone wants to be wealthy, but I don’t know anyone who couldn’t do with a little bit more money. 

    We sell our (and others) junk on eBay, we work overtime, we do matched betting, and car boot sales. But what are we doing with all this extra cash? Are we just spending it on other stuff? What’s the point of selling stuff on eBay or at car boot sales, only to use the money to buy more stuff to sell on eBay and car boot sales?

    Why not instead, put the money to work? Because if you ALWAYS spend all your money, you’ll NEVER be wealthy (just saying this in case you actually do want to become wealthy). 

    Investing the extra cash you make creates ANOTHER income stream. I’ve just checked my pension fund, and there’s 31% more money in there than I’ve invested. It’s FREE money. I haven’t had to work for it. It’s unearned. 

    Wealth isn’t defined by what you earn, it’s defined by what you accumulate. It’s not what’s on your drive, it’s what’s in your bank. 

    When you have enough money invested, you just can’t spend the interest/growth fast enough. It just keeps compounding. That’s how the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett keep making more money. It’s not because they’re part of some international conspiracy, it’s just maths. 

    Their secret is not that they’re members of the illuminati, it’s because they both started investing from a young age, and growth plus time has done the hard work for them. 

    For me it’s too late. I’m 56. There just isn’t enough time left to me to take advantage of the compound growth required to threaten Mr Gates or Buffett’s positions as amongst the world’s wealthiest. 

    It IS still possible for me to become modestly wealthy however. I can, with some effort, accrue £300,000 in 10 years. It’s not a fortune, but it’s sufficient to buy me a 50’ Bénéteau yacht moored in Gibraltar marina, and funds enough to sail the Mediterranean in my dotage. It’ll do me. 

    And all this because I decided to save and not spend for 10 years. I worked instead of wasting. I created another income stream. 

    There’s a price to pay to become wealthy, and I’m prepared to pay it. Not everyone is. For some it’s a price too high to pay. But if you want to become wealthy by any degree, the journey begins when you spend less than you earn. 

     

    Thank you so much to Perry for taking part in my guest series.

    Would you like to take part?  Find a contact form in my top menu or email [email protected] - not a mum?  No worries!  This guest series is all about inspiring parents to earn their own income and realising they have more than two choices of going out to an employed job or being a stay at home parent.  Of course if you choose to do either of those options that's absolutely fine, no judgement here, but lots of mums, like me, didn't realise there was another way to make money by the many self-employed options available nowadays.  If you earn from home, parent or not, and it's suitable for parents then you can take part.

    Check out the rest of the series here: Money Making Mums

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     An Abnormal Income Stream

  4. Blog and Home Income Report November 2017

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    How I made almost £3000 in one month working from home

    If you’ve been here before you’ll have read the below blurb at least once already, so skip to the bottom.  If you’re new, you might want to read it to understand why I do what I do and how many hours I put in.

    Welcome to my new MEGA monthly income reports where I share the exact amount of money I make from home each month from both my blog and other work at home ventures.

    I was sharing a home income report and a separate blog income/stats report, but since last month I’m now combining the two to stop giving myself so much work to do.  Plus it’s so much easier to see it all in the same place.

    I share these to show how much money can be made from home by a normal mum of two (ages 2 and 5) around mum duties and with some hard work and dedication.  Before realising I could make money online and from home, I had little idea I could really make a full time income from my online activities.  I believed my only options were to return to my previous job after my first maternity leave or to be a stay-at-home-mum with no income myself (unless I worked evenings).  I had no idea there were other options available to me.

    Blog and Home Income Report November 2017 how I made £3000 working from home as a mum

    I won’t lie.  It’s not always been an easy ride to get to this point and I also have no idea if it will continue.  The lack of security is one very off putting thing for most people with being self-employed, but there are so many money making avenues nowadays I believe anyone can do it.  I’m working on diversifying my income nowadays so I have more than one stream.  That way, if one lets me down for a month, another should fill the void.

    My current monthly target (pre tax) is £1500.   £1000 would be my absolute minimum.  That’s a bit more than I could earn working five nights a week or about the same, depending on how many hours I worked.  Only problem with working all those evenings in an employed job is I’m exhausted the next day and miss out on family time. 

    I gave up my last part time job in May 2017 to concentrate on earning from home and make money from blogging.  Once I’d earned more than my employed wage for six months I decided it was time to chase my dreams and go for it!  In my last job I worked from 5-8.30pm every evening Monday to Friday meaning I dashed out during dinner time, missing our family meals every evening, returning home after the children were in bed meaning I missed every bath time and bed time.  It also left me no time to work on my own business in the evenings unless I stayed up really late and then felt tired every single day.  My original aim was to make £1000 per month from home.   In my best month this year I was able to make over £3000 from home!

    Reuben is now in childcare 21 hours a week.  This gives me some dedicated business time without kiddies around.  This helps me so much now and means I don’t have to work every evening as I know I have some time in the day.  It is still difficult sometimes as I really need to be working 8 hours a day to get everything done and not 5.5 which is the maximum I get Tues-Weds. On Monday’s I get 2.5 hours and on Fridays I get 0 hours.  Once Reuben starts school (September 2019) I’ll be able to have a much more normal working week.

    Though it can be stressful, it is still great and I wouldn’t change it for the world.  Working from home provides so much flexibility.  Both the children have had chicken pox recently which meant I had 8 working days with them at home.  I’m glad I don’t have to miss work at a normal job for these sorts of things.  If I have to, then I just have to work with them here or choose to work in the evenings instead if they’re ill.  I can only imagine it’s a struggle for some parents to have to take time off work if they can’t work from home when this happens.

    Blog and Home Income Report November 2017

    Blog & Home Income Report: November 2017

    This is my total before any expenses, income tax, national insurance or anything else. Here’s the breakdown:

    Blog - sponsored/review/giveaway

    1831.9

    Referrals

    406.07

    Matched betting

    167

    Mystery tasks

    1

    LR shop sales

    166.86

    Personal eBay

    136.31

    Resell

    98.91

    Top Cashback 

    11.49

    TOTAL

    2819.6

    Blog Income £2237.97

    If you’re returning, scroll down to see the income report and stats.  If you’re new, read on to see why I share my income and how much I really work on my blog!

    ‘If you’re wondering how much money I make from blogging, read on. I share all with you in my monthly blog income reports.  These are a great resource for me to look back on and also for anyone who is interested in what I earn from blogging or what can be made. 

    It’s not to show off, but to show how much money can be made online from a blog.  It’s important to note this is my full time income.   I left my employed job and I work on my blog all the time.  Like, ALL the time.  It’s my passion and my focus.  I have no personal social media or any distractions.  I also have no social life, or very little!  I devote all my spare time to my blog and website.  It’s my obsession.

    If I am on my phone or laptop, I am always doing something blog related.  I put in 30-40 hours a week at the moment whenever I can.  I sacrifice evenings with my husband to work on my website.  He is now used to me not listening to him as I’m so engrossed in my laptop or phone!  Once both my children are at school then I’ll work out a better work routine if my blog is still making enough money.  I hope to then work in the day only and have my evenings and weekends back, if possible!’

    One thing I never mention is how long it took me to monetize my blog.  I always get asked how long it takes and my answer is really ‘how long is a piece of string?’

    I didn’t monetize mine for three years.  It was a part of my original retail business and I never knew about making money from it.  I could have made money a LOT sooner if I’d have known, but I was chasing the dream of being a shopkeeper and not a professional blogger.  I didn’t even know professional bloggers existed.  Once I found out I changed my game plan!

    That doesn’t mean it would take someone else three years.

    Many bloggers set up with the sole purpose of monetizing and they make money within a couple of months.  I’ve even seen bloggers share income reports after one month!

    It also depends on your dedication.

    If you’re going to only work 1 hour a week on your blog, you’re probably not going to make money as fast as someone who works 100 hours a week.

    Monetizing a blog means your blog is a business.  It takes just as much hard work as running any other business.

    It also depends how many opportunities you apply for and how many you get.  You might need good stats to apply for some which can take a few months to build.  I actively look for work EVERY SINGLE DAY.  It’s my job.  It’s my income.  It’s my only income, so I need the work and I need to be on it finding those opportunities.

    Blogging definitely isn’t for everyone and running a business all by yourself also isn’t for everyone.

    I do often get the impression people think I don’t do very much and the money just magically rolls in, or that’s what many people think of bloggers in general.

    My favourite quote goes along the lines of ‘entrepreneurs are the only people who work 80 hours to give up working 40’

    It fits the life of a professional blogger very well too!  I’m sure if I didn’t have young children I’d spend double the amount of time on my business!

    Blog and Home Income Report November 2017 how I made £3000 working from hom

    So here is my blog income breakdown for October 2017:

    Blog - sponsored/review/giveaway

    1831.9

    Referrals

    406.07

     

    Blog Posts £1831.90

    This is from sponsored blog posts, blog reviews and hosting giveaways.  I charge for my time for all of these usually.  I have accepted a couple of reviews with very high value products without a fee.  I value my time and the years it’s taken to build followings, so I never work for free.

    Referrals £406.07

    Some of my referral money is from Profit Accumulator and Nutriseed   - two companies I use and thoroughly recommend, so I’m more than happy to promote them to you.

    I also did a little blogger outreach so this includes my referral fees for this.

    I also have some money in my Awin account, yippee!  I just need to wait for it to clear and go into my bank account.  The threshold is only £20, but it takes a while for brand payments to be approved and cleared.

    Sign up to Awin as a publisher here for access to 6000+ brands affiliate schemes!

    Previous blog income reports:
    January 2017
    February 2017 
    March 2017
    April 2017
    May 2017
    June 2017
    July 2017
    August 2017
    September 2017
    October 2017

    Blog Stats: 

     Nov 2017 Stats

    Up on everything which is a good sign.  Oh, aside from the DA, but I’m more than happy to stay at 37.  It’s better than going down!  I’ve read DA can fluctuate though as it’s a comparison to other websites like yours.  So if they’re all doing a lot better, you’ll go down for a month or so. 

    It will be interesting to see if December is much quieter as everyone is always so much busier and taking time off to spend with friends and family.

    Relevant blog posts:
    4 ways to make money from your blog without Google ads
    4 ways to find paid blog opportunities
    How I save hours every week scheduling tweets with Social Oomph
    4 ways to improve your domain authority (DA)

    Matched betting £167

    Much better than last month.  I’d love to hit £200 a month, but I just can’t find the time.  Plus I’ve been gubbed from lots of great bookies which means I can’t take advantage of their offers.  My plan is to keep going with the ones I can do until they all gub me.  Though I’ve read not all the bookies gub people, only some, and even people who don’t do matched betting have had their accounts restricted, so there’s no hard fast rule.

    So far I’ve made over £3000 this year which is incredible!  It’s tax free too.  I do have £1000 tied up in matched betting, but that’s still £2000 I’ve taken out for myself and that £1000 is mine sitting there, I just need to use it to cover all the bets!

    Matched betting is a great way to make extra tax-free cash from home if you can spend a little time most days checking the offers and completing some.  You’ll need to be organised too and keep a record of all the offers you’re completing and your profits.

    I highly recommend using Profit Accumulator for matched betting as a beginner.  They have so many guides and walk you through the whole process in the first few offers.  If you are stuck you can ask a question in the forum and someone will get back to you.  They also have a 30 day money back guarantee on their memberships, plus you can try the first couple of offers without even signing up to anything.

    Click here to try Profit Accumulator today!

    Previous matched betting posts:

    Is matched betting a gateway to gambling and is it dirty money?
    I’ve made £300 tax free cash from home in 2 weeks and you can too!
    £753.62 Matched Betting Profit Month One (and silly mistakes)
    Not sure about matched betting?  Make £40ish now to see if it’s for you!

    Blog and Home Income Report November 2017 how I made £3000 working from hom

    Mystery tasks    £1.00

    I’ve really not been doing any lately.  There’s rarely been any at the supermarkets near me and I’ve not been venturing further as blogging has been so busy.  It is possible to make a lot more.  In May this year I made £235 from all the mystery shopping apps.

    Apps I use are Streetbees, Roamler, Task360 and BeMyEye. 

    You need an invite code for Roamler. Read this blog post for a great way to get a roamler invite code.

    LR shop sales     £166.86

    Lots more sales in my online fashion boutique this month which is great news!  There are lots of new scarves in stock and great Christmas present ideas. 

    Personal eBay   £136.31

    Still going strong and making over £100 per month from my personal items on eBay.  I’m desperate to sell it all and have ZERO clutter or things we don’t need.  Though Ben says that will never happen as the kids constantly grow out of things!

    Resell   £98.91

    Nearly £100!  I’d love to hit £100 so perhaps this can be a mini target next month?!  I just need to find more time to go to the charity shops.  That’s my main problem.  I always want to try so many things and make money so many different ways, I simply don’t have the time to do everything!

    Top Cashback    £11.49

    This would have been more, but I changed my bank details on the last day of the month and it wouldn’t let me do a pay out for 3 days.  Doh!  So I’ll save the rest for next month.

    I love Top Cashback!  I check it for everything we buy.  Here are a few things I’ve got it on: Formula One MOT, gift cards from Zeek, Holiday Inns booking, our First Choice holiday, Very shopping, Car insurance, comparing car insurance, eBay, photo books, supermarket shopping, Flybe flights, car hire, home insurance.

    As you can see, you can earn cashback on so many different things.  Not just online shopping.  I even got over £2 just for doing a comparison search for car insurance.  I didn’t have to even buy anything.

    In 1.5 years we’ve had over £600 back on our normal household shopping across mine and Ben’s accounts.  I don’t include his totals in my blog post though.

    Click here and save on all your online purchases too!

    Related blog posts:

    How to earn cashback on things you already buy! 
    Today I saved BIG on my car insurance and MOT. Here’s how… 
    How to get a discount on almost all your online and in store purchases! (Plus a £3 discount code for Zeek) 
    Zeek isn’t a scam - I’ve saved £13 this month on food shopping! (Plus a £3 discount code for you)

    That’s all folks! 

     How I made almost £3000 in one month working from home

  5. Blog and Home Income Report October 2017: How I made over £2000 working from home

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    Welcome to my new MEGA monthly income reports where I share the exact amount of money I make from home each month from my blog and home.

    I was sharing a home income report and a separate blog income/stats report, but now I’m going to combine the two!

    I share these to show how much money can be made from home by a normal mum of two (ages 2 and 5) around mum duties and with some hard work and dedication.  Before realising I could make money online and from home, I had little idea I could really make a full time income from my online activities.  I believed my only options were to return to my previous job after my first maternity leave or to be a stay at home mum.  I had no idea there were other options available to me.

    I won’t lie.  It’s not been an easy ride to get to this point and I also have no idea if it will continue.  The lack of security is one very off putting thing for most people with being self-employed, but there are so many money making avenues nowadays I believe anyone can do it.  I’m working on diversifying my income nowadays so I have more than one stream.  That way, if one lets me down for a month, another should fill the void.

    My target was £1500 for October and it will be for November too.   £1000 would be my minimum.  That’s a bit more than I could earn working five nights a week or about the same, depending on how many hours I worked.  Only problem with working all those evenings in an employed job is I’m exhausted the next day and miss out on family time. 

    I gave up my last part time job in May 2017 to concentrate on earning from home and make money from blogging.  Once I’d earned more than my employed wage for six months I decided it was time to chase my dreams and go for it!  In my last job I worked from 5-8.30pm every evening Monday to Friday meaning I dashed out during dinner time, missing our family meals every evening, returning home after the children were in bed meaning I missed every bath time and bed time.  It also left me no time to work on my own business in the evenings unless I stayed up really late and then felt tired every single day.  My original aim was to make £1000 per month from home.   In my best month this year I was able to make over £3000 from home!

    Reuben is now in childcare 18 hours a week and I’ve upped that to 21 hours from next week.  This gives me some dedicated business time without kiddies around.  This helps me so much now and means I don’t have to work every evening as I know I have some time in the day.  It is still difficult sometimes as I really need to be working 8 hours a day to get everything done and not 5.5 which is the maximum I get.  Once Reubs starts school (two years to go) I’ll be able to have a much more normal working week.

    Blog and Home Income Report November 2017 How I made over £2000 working fro

    Blog & Home Income Report: October 2017

    This is my total before any expenses, income tax, national insurance or anything else. Here’s the breakdown:

    Blog - sponsored/review/giveaway

    1679.4

    Referrals

    80.73

    Matched betting

    70.81

    Mystery tasks

    4

    LR shop sales

    58.14

    Personal eBay

    111.17

    Resell

    66.93

    Top Cashback (2 accs)

    8.13

    TOTAL

    2079.31

     

     

    Over £2000 which is fantastic.  Read on for a full breakdown!

    Blog Income £1760.13

    If you’re returning, scroll down to see the income report and stats.  If you’re new, read on to see why I share my income and how much I really work on my blog!

    ‘If you’re wondering how much money I make from blogging, read on. I share all with you in my monthly blog income reports.  These are a great resource for me to look back on and also for anyone who is interested in what I earn from blogging or what can be made. 

    It’s not to show off, but to show how much money can be made online from a blog.  It’s important to note this is my full time income.   I left my employed job and I work on my blog all the time.  Like, ALL the time.  It’s my passion and my focus.  I have no personal social media or any distractions.  I also have no social life, or very little!  I devote all my spare time to my blog and website.  It’s my obsession.

    If I am on my phone or laptop, I am always doing something blog related.  I put in 30-40 hours a week at the moment whenever I can.  I sacrifice evenings with my husband to work on my website.  He is now used to me not listening to him as I’m so engrossed in my laptop or phone!  Once both my children are at school then I’ll work out a better work routine if my blog is still making enough money.  I hope to then work in the day only and have my evenings and weekends back, if possible!’

    Blog income 2017 lylia rose uk lifestyle parent blog stats october

    One thing I never mention is how long it took me to monetize my blog.  I always get asked how long it takes and my answer is really ‘how long is a piece of string?’

    I didn’t monetize mine for three years.  It was a part of my original retail business and I never knew about making  money from it.  I could have made money a LOT sooner if I’d have known, but I was chasing the dream of being a shopkeeper and not a professional blogger.  I didn’t even know pro bloggers existed.  Once I found out I changed my game plan!

    That doesn’t mean it would take someone else three years.

    Many bloggers set up with the sole purpose of monetizing and they make money within a couple of months.  I’ve even seen bloggers share income reports after one month!

    It also depends on your dedication.

    If you’re going to only work 1 hour a week on your blog, you’re probably not going to make money as fast as someone who works 100 hours a week.

    Monetizing a blog means your blog is a business.  It takes just as much hard work as running any other business.

    It also depends how many opportunities you apply for and how many you get.  You might need good stats to apply for some which can take a few months to build.  I actively look for work EVERY SINGLE DAY.  It’s my job.  It’s my income.  It’s my only income, so I need the work and I need to be on it finding those opportunities.

    Blogging definitely isn’t for everyone and running a business by yourself also isn’t for everyone.

    I do often get the impression people think I don’t do very much and the money just magically rolls in, or that’s what many people think of bloggers in general.

    My favourite quote goes along the lines of ‘entrepreneurs are the only people who work 80 hours to give up working 40’

    It fits the life of a professional blogger very well too!

    So here is my blog income for October 2017:

    Blog - sponsored/review/giveaway

    1679.4

    Referrals

    80.73

     Blog and Home Income Report November 2017 How I made over £2000 working fro

    Blog Posts £1679.40

    Not my best this year, but not bad!  I charge for all blog post collaborations, even if it’s a giveaway or review.  Many bloggers don’t charge for all these, but I put in just as much time and effort as any other blog post, so I charge.

    Don’t work for free! I get emails daily from companies expecting me to offer my services for free.  It’s taken me five years to build up my audience and it can take more than a couple of hours to write a blog post.  If I accepted all these offers of work for free then I’d not make any money!  I personally think it’s a bit cheeky of large companies to expect access to all my hard work without putting any value on it at all.

    Referrals £80.73

    My referral money is from Profit Accumulator and Nutriseed   - two companies I use and thoroughly recommend.

    I also have some money in my Awin account, yippee!  But it hasn’t been paid yet, so this may be in one of the next income reports.  I really need to make more of them and spend time applying to brands.  I have won £200 from a competition they ran once and also got a sponsored post by advertising my services in their market place.

    Sign up to Awin as a publisher here for access to 6000+ brands affiliate schemes!

    Previous blog income reports:
    January 2017
    February 2017 
    March 2017
    April 2017
    May 2017
    June 2017
    July 2017
    August 2017
    September 2017

    Blog Stats: 

     Oct 2017 Stats

    Not too shabby, my stats are remaining pretty steady for the year.  I had been dedicating a couple of hours or more of my time daily to my Instagram and Twitter, but I’m going to chill a little.  It can get so overwhelming trying to keep on top of it all every day.  I don’t want to get obsessed with the numbers and maybe just let the accounts be.  I’ve no idea if they really help me that much anyway as I mostly work on sponsored posts which care about my DA, not my social followers.

    Relevant blog posts:
    4 ways to make money from your blog without Google ads
    How I’m going to make £1000 a month as a Mum working from home
    4 ways to find paid blog opportunities
    How I save hours every week scheduling tweets with Social Oomph
    4 ways to improve your domain authority (DA)

    Matched betting £70.81

    A pretty poor month, I was hoping to reach £100.  I would have if I’d have concentrated a bit more.  I lost out on two free bets at the start of the month.  One day it was Monday and all of a sudden it was Thursday and my free bets only lasted 48 hours.  I was just so busy and every week felt like it flew by.  It’s best to check matched betting every day so this doesn’t happen as many offers/bets have time limits.  I was gutted I missed a couple.  But oh well.  Last month I made over £200!  I’ve also made over £3000 this year in total!

    It’s a great way to make extra tax-free cash from home if you can spend a little time most days checking the offers and completing some.  You’ll need to be organised too and keep a record of all the offers you’re completing and your profits.

    I highly recommend using Profit Accumulator for matched betting as a beginner.  They have so many guides and walk you through the whole process in the first few offers.  If you are stuck you can ask a question in the forum and someone will get back to you.  They also have a 30 day money back guarantee on their memberships, plus you can try the first couple of offers without even signing up to anything.

    Click here to try Profit Accumulator today!

    Previous matched betting posts:

    I’ve made £300 tax free cash from home in 2 weeks and you can too!
    £753.62 Matched Betting Profit Month One (and silly mistakes)
    Not sure about matched betting?  Make £40ish now to see if it’s for you!
    Matched Betting Profit 2 Months: £1341.81
    Matched betting profit after 3 months: £1706.81

    Mystery tasks    £4.00

    I’ve only done a tiny bit of mystery shopping.  I have earned a bit more, but I’ve not cashed out, so I’ll only include the figures in my income reports that have actually hit my bank balance.  I’ve been concentrating more on eBay and the blog so ignored a lot of tasks.

    Apps I use are Streetbees, Roamler, Task360 and BeMyEye. 

    You need an invite code for Roamler. Read this blog post for a great way to get a roamler invite code.

    4 ways to make money from your blog without Google ads

    LR shop sales     £58.14

    A few sales in my online fashion boutique this month which is great news!  There are lots of new scarves in stock and great Christmas present ideas. 

    Personal eBay   £111.17

    Time to declutter and get rid of the children’s summer clothes as they’ll not fit them next year.  I continue to have 200+ items on eBay and a clutter free house!

    Resell   £66.93

    I’ve only listed 38 resell items so far since September and I’ve sold 11 so far in total, this month I sold 7. Imagine if I could 10x the amount of resell stock I have!  I just need to find a dedicated day/time to go to the charity shops to source stock and up my game!

    I decided to try something new last month as I love selling on eBay and online, so it seems perfect to resell.  I bought a few items from the charity shop and I’m selling them on eBay. 

    I used to think it was a bit immoral to buy things from charity shops and then profit from them, but I’ve had a change of view.  I think it’s a win-win situation.  The charity shop makes money and the more I sell, the more I’ll return to buy more things. 

    Plus it’s more eco-friendly to reuse goods.  The other option would be to only buy new stock from wholesalers and line their pockets instead.  I’d much prefer to support a charity.

    Top Cashback    £8.13

    I LOVE Top Cashback!  I check it for everything we buy.

    Here are a few things I’ve got it on: Formula One MOT, gift cards from Zeek, Holiday Inns booking, our First Choice holiday, Very shopping, Car insurance, comparing car insurance, eBay, photo books, supermarket shopping, Flybe flights, car hire, home insurance.

    As you can see, you can earn cashback on so many different things.  Not just online shopping.  I even got over £2 just for doing a comparison search for car insurance.

    In 1.5 years we’ve had over £600 back on our normal household shopping.

    Sign up now and save on all your online purchases!

    Top Cashback blog posts:

    How to earn cashback on things you already buy! 
    Today I saved BIG on my car insurance and MOT. Here’s how… 
    How to get a discount on almost all your online and in store purchases! (Plus a £3 discount code for Zeek) 
    Zeek isn’t a scam - I’ve saved £13 this month on food shopping! (Plus a £3 discount code for you)

    That’s all until my next reveal next month.  If it’s over £1500 I’ll be pleased.

    Thanks for reading :)

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