August was a good month income-wise. It was probably my second highest income month so far, and one of my highest blog income months, which is always nice. It was also a month where I made a decision that could impact my near future earnings, which I’ll explain a little more below.
If you’re new here I want to point out that it was a long road getting to this point. When I started trying to make money online I was also working two day jobs just to get by. Then in October of 2013 I made the decision to try and turn my online business into something more. At that time I was only making around $1,800 a month.
After that my income slowly rose and I made around $2,500 a month for what felt like forever. It was only this year that my income quickly went up to what it is now. (And that took a whole lot of hard work!)
Making money online is an awesome thing but it’s not something that happens quickly.
August Online Income
In August I earned a total of $6,410.44
The income broke down like this:
- Freelance (Writing, Blog Management, Virtual Assistant Work) $2,656.36
- Blogging $3,754.08
To break it down further blogging income came from:
- Ad Networks: $2,372.79
- Sponsored Posts: $1,000
- Affiliate Sales: $336.29
- SEO Guide $45
As a reminder the income I report is what I actually received during the month of August. That means the vast majority of these payments came from work that was done in the past 30-60 days.
My expenses in August came to $522 making my net income $5,888.42.
I’m happy that blog income is up. And the good news is that it looks like it will continue to stay up. I actually have quite a few affiliate commissions I’m waiting to receive payment on. I’m not sure whether I’ll receive those payments this month or in October.
If I don’t receive them until October my blogging income could dip a bit for September but I’m confident it will go back up again the following month. 🙂
Restructuring My Business
I’ve been thinking for a long time that I need to restructure parts of my freelance business. One long term job I had just wasn’t fitting in with my lifestyle anymore. So, I stepped down from that role last week.
This means that my freelance income will go down a bit. (I’ll receive payment for last month’s work this month so you won’t see the income change reflected until October.)
I’m 100% positive it was the right thing to do. I’ve had a few thoughts running through my head of projects I’ll work on to replace the time I spent working that job.
Some of my thoughts have been:
- Do a few high-paying one-off freelance writing projects
- Start a content marketing team to offer full-service solutions to businesses
- Work on my own projects (I have a couple started and one that desperately needs to be finished.)
All I know is that I’m going to take a few weeks to think about it. I don’t want to commit to anything and then regret it.
Plus, my income will only go down $1,000 – $1,500 per month and I know that I can replace that in other ways that eat up less of my time and are less stressful.
So, yep, I’m just going to take my time until I can confidently figure out what I want to do.
Also, my girls don’t have school this week due to the county fair. Plus, I have surgery. This will be a pretty low-key work for me. I’m going to enjoy it! (Well, to the best of my ability, anyways.)
I hope you’re enjoying your Labor Day weekend. Have fun with your family!
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Hi Alexa – Another great month by the looks of it! Can I ask; is this income you mention (excluding freelance writing) from this one site or from a number of them? Just fascinated by how well you’ve done this month 🙂
Hey Richard, Blogging income is just from this site alone. I’ve tried running other sites plus this one before and have failed miserably every time 🙂 The income on this blog picked up about a year ago and has been pretty steadily climbing since then.
Well, wonderful numbers I have to say.
You’ve done extremely well this month, too. I absolutely love reading this type of articles, they are informative and inspiring as well.
Thank you, Ramona 🙂
You’ve done a great job growing your online income. It’s nice to be in a position where you dint feel like you have to take every job offered.
Oh yes, when i first started freelancing I pretty much took every job I was offered. Now it feels so good to be able to pass up on stuff that doesn’t seem to be working well for me. I am definitely extremely grateful to be in this position right now.
Joyce @ My Stay At Home Adventures says
Congratulations! Great job! I can’t wait to read about your future projects. I’ll be thinking about you this week. Need anything let me know.
Thank you so much, Joyce. Fingers crossed everything goes well. (I’m sure it will I worry far more than I should.)
Awesome job last month Alexa! Hope everything goes well this week and wishing you a happy and relaxing Labor Day! 🙂
Natalie @ Financegirl says
DAMN! I’m impressed, Alexa! 🙂 Your income has increased steadily and it’s inspiring. My income from blogging really comes almost exclusively from freelance writing, and while I charge a lot, it still isn’t even close to what you’re making. This month, I’m trying to do more affiliate advertising and in the future I want to create a course. We’ll see!!
Looks like a great month! I’ve recently decided to restructure my business as well, mainly so that I can be more of my own boss. It’s been great and I’m sure youre decision is a great one as well.
My Factoring Network says
Looks like a great month which was income fetching. This is a great figure just from freelance writing and other ad work. Great job!!!
Connie @ Savvy With Saving says
Wow, another great month! I think you made the right decision to be your own boss. Excited to hear about your next projects!
Such an encouraging report. Great Job. I appreciate that you make your blog income public. It’s always inspiring and encouraging to hear how others are making money.
Wow, that income is amazing! I love reading your reports, especially from when you just started posting up until now as it’s nice to see how you are progressing. Thanks for sharing the breakdown. I’m starting to venture into ad networks and sponsorship posts, and it’s crazy to see how much you can make!
please tell me how you get started and I am a single mom I am sinking in todays world how can I get started please help
I like when blogger share how they work from home, it is inspiring and with good tips…Thanks for sharing
Shirria @GDTH says
This is inspiring! You’ve made tremendous progress since starting out. I wish you the best in the following months as well!
Like I tell you every month, I love to see the Passive Income Growth! Congratulations on another awesome month 🙂
Elaine heng says
Hello! My best friend/partner/”hubby” discovered your blog right around when I decided to start a blog for myself. I’m so glad he found it because you really have been an inspiration to me to not only writr for my life, but to stick to pursuing my dreams of being a stay at home mother! Passive income, etc.! I stopped by to comment today to let you know that I nominated you for the beautiful blogger award! This can sbe seen on my page. Wishing you well, and thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge
Amanda Northern says
I love these types of posts because they are not only inspiring, but they are so REAL! I am planning on incorporating income reports on my blog soon, and I’m really looking forward to seeing your growth.
Thanks for all the great info you provide!