If you’ve been here before then scroll down to see the income breakdown, if not then start at this introduction for why I share my home and blogger income online. Get ready for a blog post stuffed full of resources to help you make money online and from home!
Welcome to my monthly income report where I share exactly how much money I have made from my blog and at 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. Without reading an income report of another blogger I wouldn’t have even known it was possible to make money from my own blog.
To read more on this with an in depth reason behind sharing my income reports start with this blog post: Why I publish income reports
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 tasks, website testing, matched betting, online selling and cashback.
The top 3 ways I made money from home in 2017 is a great blog post to see my most profitable home money making methods in one whole year.
September 2018 Income Breakdown
The below are my totals before any expenses, income tax, national insurance or anything else, so my total turnover for the month. My yearly business expenses last year were approximately £4000. I save £500 per month to cover my annual tax, national insurance, student loan repayments and pension. So my total monthly expenses and savings to cover all this are approximately £830.
September 2018 was my third best month for blogging! I was expecting it to be busier after August, but strangely my July and August were my best months ever and September was a bit quieter. That's the thing with self employment - you can never totally predict what's going to happen! My side hustles were much quieter this month. Let's take a look.
Blogging - £2517.07
This includes running giveaways, collaborative blog posts and reviews. I charge for all of them. 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, my husband, or blogging just for me!
My advice to bloggers is to value your time, your dedication and your resources! My social medias and blog have taken over five years of a lot of hard work to build up, so I have to value this time. Companies should value and respect it too.
If a company wants access to your blog or social medias then it's because it benefits them in either sales, exposure, brand awareness or SEO. They are utilising your services for their benefit. Personally I think these services should be valued, but if you want to work for free then that's fine too. I, personally, can't afford to work for free.
I did used to review items without payment for my time when I started blogging. I did this for three years before I realised I could even make an income from my blog. If you like doing that then again, that's fine, go for it. But for me I found it started taking up a lot of my time each week to do these reviews and I had no income and was spending time away from my children more and more. I just had to put a value on this time and my resources.
It’s not all about stats, but they can help, so here are this month’s website and social stats for reference:
Personal eBay and Facebook Marketplace - £110.44
Over £100 again, but remember this is turnover so I reckon I can always knock anywhere up to 40% off this for fees, postage and packaging. Still, it's a great way to clear out old things and have a little extra money each month. Facebook is a great way to clear out home items as people come to you and there are no fees or postage involved! Unfortunately this does also mean there are a lot of time wasters too!
Matched betting - £104.06
Ooh, just over £100! I did make one mistake this month and lost around £30. That was me not paying attention and laying a bet on the wrong thing. I didn't realise until it was too late. Always do this without distraction and double check your bets. I am quick at it now, but I must remember to double check. It's very rare I make a mistake, but human error can happen so always take this into account.
I've made over £5000 profit since starting matched betting in January 2017, so it's a brilliant tax-free boost to my monthly income.
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Referrals - £102.31
I also have lots pending in my Awin account, which makes a nice change! It can just take a while to clear and the payment threshold is £20.
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WhatUsersDo - £5
I do website testing at WhatUsersDo and it’s so easy! I get paid £5 per test and some of them are only a question or two.
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Receipt Hog - £5
I snap all my receipts on an app called Receipt Hog for points which can be converted into cash!
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Roamler - £4.60
There have been barely any mystery checks near me on this mystery shopping app recently so I cashed out some money that's been sitting there for ages.
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Curve cash back - £0.90
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September 2018 grand total: £2849.38
If you want to read more then check out the 5 ways I made £30000 money from home in 2017/2018
Close to Ben's wage, but not quite there! My personal target each month is to beat Ben's wage! The last two months were my highest at over £3000 per month, but this month was more normal for me. I hope it continues and I am continuing to work on my two new blogs too - www.healthyvix.com and www.wood-create.com (Ben's, but I have taken over!).