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Income report May 2017: how I made over £3000 from home

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I’m a little shocked, but in a totally good way!  I set myself a challenge of making £1000 in May purely from home.  You can read all about it in my blog post How I’m Going to Make £1000 As A Mum From Home

I basically decided to leave the security of my part time job which I’d had for 14 months and concentrate all my efforts into blogging, mystery shopping, matched betting and a little online selling.  I’d been making a full time wage from home for six months so decided it was time to take the plunge and go for it properly.  It was a terrifying decision and I nearly bottled out of handing my notice in, but I braved up at the last minute and went for it.

I’m so glad I did as in May 2017 I more than TRIPLED my £1000 target!  WOAH!

I’ve just entered all the amounts on my new ‘Vix Making Money From Home’ spreadsheet and even I’m in shock.  I knew I’d gone over £2000, but didn’t think I was over £3k in one month!

In May 2017 I earned £3210.21 from home!

Here’s how:

Blog posts:                    2238.32
Referrals:   128.55  
Matched Betting:            465.95
Mystery tasks:             235 
Online Boutique:             3.49  
Personal eBay:            138.90

In a way I can believe it as I feel like I have been working pretty much ALL the time, there have been days when it’s been non-stop from 7am until midnight around all the mum duties.  I’ve basically turned into a crappy wife as my head is glued to my laptop or phone constantly!

Let’s look in a little more detail at each earning:

Blog posts £2238.32       

I’m amazed by this figure!  Last month I made £800 which I was pleased with from blogging and in March I made over £1400 from blogging which I thought I’d never beat.  The majority of this has come from sponsored blog posts which I genuinely enjoy doing. 

Many blogger’s may argue it’s selling out, but to me it’s a way to monetise my blog and make blogging a full time reality.  I’m not an online influencer who can sell products in the thousands to anyone, and unless you have a gazillion website views a day I’ve no idea how people make money from Google ads (I make £60 per year!), so for me sponsored posts are the only way I can currently monetise my blog.

I love writing too, hence why I love blogging, and sponsored blog posts give me the opportunity to get creative with my writing and come up with blog posts based on a link, topic or keyword which is always a fun challenge.  I love researching my ideas and best of all writing the blog posts.

Referrals £128.55

There are two referral schemes I do make money from and so this is hopefully turning into a nice regular monthly income.  I’d love to master affiliate marketing as I’m now a member of Awin, but in two months or so I’ve not even reached the £25 threshold! 

Ooh, I did, however, win £200 from Awin this month by entering a blog competition with Etsy and winning, so it’s been worth being a member for this so far.

Matched Betting £465.95        

Having set myself a target of a couple of hundred now I’m only doing reload offers, I am impressed I more than doubled this.  I don’t feel like I’ve done as much as I could, but blogging has been my main priority.

The football season has come to an end and it’s this I usually bet on.  I’ll have to expand my sports betting and find some new summer sports to bet on instead!

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Catch up on my previous blog posts about matched betting here:

Mystery tasks £235        

Having set only a £50 target for May, I did very well with mystery shopping and checks.  Roamler was my most successful and I’m now up to level 4.  I even ranked #4 for a day out of all the roamlers as I’d got so many XP!  I’ve spent 1-2 mornings a week doing mystery shopping when Reuben is at nursery.  It’s a great little side money maker and gets me out of the house and my head out of a computer.  It’s my break away from the desk whilst still earning money!

Online Boutique £3.49  

So I didn’t meet my £50 target here, but I think I’ll let myself off as I did so well elsewhere.  That’s the beauty of having several income streams now rather than one.  This is actually the lowest I’ve ever made from my online boutique since setting it up in 2012, but I’m really not concentrating on it anymore.  I’ve not bought any new stock for ages and just want to clear the stock I have and then have a good think about a smaller collection.  If you want to grab a bargain there’s 40% off everything in my online fashion accessories boutique!

Personal eBay £138.90  

I used to sell loads on eBay, and then I got annoyed with it so started donating all our old stuff to the charity shop instead.  Now I’ve decided to do a mixture as some of our items are such good quality I can make a little money from them.  Sometimes the kids grow out of things so fast they are practically brand new so it’s good to try and get my money back by selling on eBay!  I sold a couple of biggish items we had in our attic which helped to boost this amount.  Surprisingly kids toys, in bundles, sell really well so I’m sorting through our playroom currently to see what can go!

June £1500 challenge!

I feel like I should challenge myself to more than £1000 for June as I did so well in May.  I don’t want to give myself such a huge target that I can’t reach it and then feel negative though.  I really believe May was a fluke month!

For June I’ll set myself the challenge of earning £1500 from home.  Wish me luck!