In October, I finally left my day job.
You are probably wondering why my business income is lower in October when I left my job and I had more time to work on my business than previous months/years. Well, I'm not sure why it went down, but I'm of course not upset.
I still had my day job for almost half of October, and I have been spending a lot of time relaxing. Probably not the best idea for when I first make the switch, but my excuse is that I spent years working (or attending school attending school at the same time) for over 80 hours each week. I was tired!
It has been a nice couple of weeks, but I do need to get back in the hang of everything. October was a great month, not only job and money wise, but I also worked on improving many of my family relationships – and I was successful in doing so. More on that in my October Goals Update post.
October was a good month. It's one of my highest months ever, and it makes me really excited for November. November will also be my first full month as a self-employed person, so I am excited to see what next month's income report will be like.
Plenty of progress in the past year.
In October, I made $13,127 in business income, before expenses.
Just last October, I made $3,700 in extra income. I am definitely happy and proud of my progress.
I never thought that I would be anywhere near this amount, and I'm sure many of you feel the same about your “extra income.” However, when I first started blogging, I would read income blogs such as Budgeting in the Fun Stuff and occasionally Newlyweds on a Budget would publish income posts as well, and they both got me hooked. I didn't think their levels were possible for me, but it turns out that I was wrong.
My side income in September of 2012 was my first big jump in side income, so it was definitely still fairly large for “side income.” However, my progress over the past year just seems unreal.
I know that this is a lot of “extra income” (or business income as this is what all of this is to me now), but please keep in mind that I spend many, many hours every single day on my business.
This is definitely not passive income, although one day I hope that much of my income is passive. I have also been growing this for quite some time, and for around one year I was not making a single dollar, but I was still putting full-time hours into my side jobs. Taxes also take approximately 30% to 40% of my extra income. This is something that not everyone thinks about.
As I say every month in my income update posts as a reality check: this is still work. This is my full-time job, and for a few years I was working my full-time job while having my business as well. There were many sleepless nights!
Luckily, I do enjoy what I'm doing so it's not like I'm dreading anything. The goals that we have are also a great motivator. Right now our main goal is saving for long-term travel. Read further on my Extra/Business Income page.
As always, if you have any questions about my monthly business income that you would like me to include next month, please let me know.
This is for the month of October and before fees and expenses (expenses that lower the amount above include approximately $1,200, which includes payments for staff writing on my blog, work with FITnancials, PayPal fees, etc.) being taken out.
October‘s number above includes a rent payment from my sister. So after all expenses and fees, I made approximately $11,927. 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.
You can find my 2013 goals update here.
All of my past income updates can be found here as well.