November was my first full month of self-employment and it went very well. November was also my highest month for self-employment income yet. It was a good month but I do think that I can make December even better.
In November of 2013, I made $13,387 in business income, before expenses. I’m hoping for a similar level or higher this month.
Just last November, I made $5,114 in extra income. Still a great amount, but each month I am still amazed by my progress.
Like I say every month, when I first started blogging, I didn’t think this level of income was possible. I read (and still read) income reports from bloggers such as Pat at Smart Passive Income and Crystal at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff and I thought their levels were just completely unattainable for me.
I’m sure many of you feel the same about your level of “extra income” and that my story is just a lucky story. However, I read stories on other blogs and used them as motivation for myself.
I didn’t think their levels were possible for me, but it turns out that I was wrong.
And, I’m glad I was wrong. No, I’m not at the levels of Pat or Crystal, but I will keep trying everyday to improve my business.
This is for the month of November and before fees and expenses (expenses that lower the amount above include approximately $1,500, which includes VAs for my other websites, a website that I bought, PayPal fees, etc.) being taken out.
November‘s number above includes a rent payment from my sister. So after all expenses and fees, I made approximately $13,387. In the amount above, I do not count the amount that I bring in to blogs that I help run, I only include the amounts that are my actual earnings from my services.
Hey everyone! This week marks two years of blogging for me. I first started blogging two years ago on August 10, 2011. You can find that post here (it’s weird for me to read that post!).
When I first started my blog, I’m not going to lie, I was a complete mess. I probably did everything on a “bad blogger” list and then some more.
I quickly became addicted, and have made tons of awesome friends. The list could go on and on about how many bloggers I love. There are so many bloggers that I would love to list right now, but I tried that and the list had well over 50 blogs and just looked crazy.
In the past 2 years, my life has changed drastically. Back in August of 2011, I was working full-time in the same job I have now, I was a full-time Finance MBA student, and we didn’t have much money. I had tons of student loan debt also.
Neither W nor I had any side jobs, and our income was much lower than what it is now. Housing in our budget was somewhere around 30% of our take home pay, whereas now it is much, much lower than that. Food was also a budget killer for us…
We spent lots of money on things that we did not need. We were not saving. We ate out every single day, and most of the time multiples times each day. We did not have a budget.
More personal: the passing of my father and the many family issues I was going through were tearing me apart. I had to start raising my sister and I was not ready. Everything, even 3 years later after he passed, was still reminding me of my father and I would break down everywhere I went.
And that’s when I started to blog. It was a great outlet for me, and still is. Things are getting better, and are great in the financial area. In my personal life, W and I have been together for over 7 years, and we couldn’t be better.
My sister is like my child now (oh hey Lexy!) and it has been awesome watching her grow into an awesome young lady. I haven’t seen or talked to my mom in over a year though. However, I have begun talking to my dad’s side of the family, even though it is difficult as I am sure that I am a sad reminder.
We never thought that our lives would be like the way they are today. We have also come to realize that we can’t let money dictate our lives, and that we need to enjoy the little things. I also plan on pursuing what I love instead of stability, which brings great risks but also much more excitement and happiness.
I never thought that my student loans would be gone, and especially not so soon. << STILL shocks me.
Blogging and personal finance blogging drastically changed my life, and for the better. I definitely recommend that others should start their own blog as well.
Hey everyone! Today I have a new post on my other blog, Diversified Finances that I really want you all to check out. The post is How To Leave Your Job on Good Terms. Your input would be great
If you are looking to start your own blog, HostGator currently has a coupon for 30% off, SENSEOFCENTS30. If you need help with starting your own blog, I do have a How to Start a Blog post that is helpful. I use HostGator for my Diversified Finances blog, and haven’t had a single problem with them, so I highly recommend their hosting. I also recommend Bluehost, and currently use them for both this site and FITnancials. Haven’t had a problem with them also
I plan on creating a how to start a blog with HostGator post soon, would anyone find that helpful? A lot of you have emailed me about it, but that was weeks/months ago.
Don’t forget to check out my engagement photos if you haven’t yet!
This is probably my most random post in a while, but I do have one more question for you all. If you have any tips for my blog, improvement ideas, or anything that you would like to see here, please let me know in the comments below.
Thanks everyone for being awesome!