August Side Hustle Income

 

August Side Hustle Income

Hello! I’ve decided to return to sharing Side Hustle Income reports as a means to motivate others on their Financial Freedom Journey!

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I do Side Hustle Income reports to show exactly how much money is earned from side hustling.  I continue to work a full time job and that income is not reported.  Side Hustle Income reports, originally Online Income Reports,  began in 2015.  These reports stopped when Goal Digging to Happiness stopped producing income.  However, I’ve decided to return to reporting my Side Hustle Income.

Side Hustle, or “side hustling” is a common term within the personal finance community.  A side hustle is considered to be any task or tasks that earn additional money to be applied towards debt payments.  Side hustles include blogging, a part time job, Youtuber, amazon seller, anything that brings in additional income!

In 2015, I earned about $4000 in side hustle income, with only starting in March 2015!  I was able to pay off 3 credit cards and

August Side Hustle Income Breakdown

Side Hustle as a Therapist:                     1050.00

Google Adsense:                                        102.37

GDTH:                                                             0

Selling Items:                                                  0

Natural Hair Care Specialist:                           0

Total:                                                          1152. 37

The categories listed above are ALL my side hustles.  Earlier this year, I earned extra money doing hair in a shop however that stopped.  My schedule become more and more hectic at my full time job and I was unable to be consistent with appointments.  Shortly afterwards, I decided to do therapy on the side, which has been my most lucrative hustle yet.  There is potential to work less hours and make more money at my part time job but the benefits of my full time job are needed at this time.

Debt Payment Progress

I’m currently on my LAST credit card with hope to have it paid by the end of October or before!  $600.00 of my side hustle money was applied to my debt snowball payment this past pay period and over $1000 in all for the month of August!  This brings my consumer debt number  to $1966.58.  

August 2016 Side Hustle Income Report

Updates

I started a Goal Digging to Happiness youtube channel!  There I also provide some insight of my debt freedom journey as well provide a personal look into my life with 5 children.

With only one credit card left, I’ve been able to make other investments. My insights on work independence has changed drastically after a recent incident at work.  Since then, I’ve been more interested in having the option of work flexibility, although it is not my goal at this time.

After October, the mister and I will be FINALLY joining finances.  Joining finances will increase our debt snowball payments and speed up the debt free date!

September Goals

Financial

  • Pay $1000 towards WFCC
  • Build Emergency Fund

Goal Digging to happiness

  • Complete course and implement techniques
  • 1 blog post weekly

Health

  • have one meatless meal/week

Happiness

  • Do a crafting, DIY with family
  • plant my fall garden
  • go on a date
  • Enjoy all the pumpkin spice I can!

What do you think? Do you think I should be applying more to my debt snowball?  How do you determine your debt snowball payment?

2016 Goal Review and Debt Update

2016 Goal Review

Hello!

First I’d like to apologize for the inconsistency here at GDTH.  Due to unfortunate circumstances at work, I’ve been extremely busy, like earning 75 hours a week busy, which has made it extremely hard to find time, energy, and motivation to write.  I understand that constancy is important for blog success and I’m working really hard to get back to a routine and am even considering outsourcing and guest post.  If you’d like to submit please let me know here.

June 30, 2016 marked the first half of the year as well as the end of the second quarter.  Since we are already half way through the year, I thought it would be a great time to evaluate my progress on my yearly goals and reevaluate any goals that are no longer relevant, may take longer than expected, or need revising.  Below are the goals I made at the end of the 2015 year for 2016 and the progress made thus far.

2016 Goals

  •  Fully finance our home improvement  FAIL (actually revised) This has been placed on the back burner.  This post explains more.  
  • Establish and build an emergency fund IN PROGRESS This is still in progress but will be completed by December 2016.  
  • Stop using all credit cards and be out of credit card debt by December 2016- SUCESS I’ve stopped using the cards and am on target to have the last two paid off by September 30!
  •  Earn or exceed $1,000 blogging income by December 2016  FAIL I completely lost focus with GDTH, which is so unfortunate because I probably could’ve been making more money from it by now and could’ve potentially met this goal.  Check out my previous Blog Income Reports below.  
  • Lose 10-15 pounds- FAIL
  • Generate or exceed $5,000 in side hustle money IN PROGRESS Thus far I’ve made about $3,000 and unless I lose my PT, I should exceed this amount!
  • Increase my income my 10% SUCESS I recently got a raise and the combination of the raise and my PT income should place me at the 10% increase I need to excel my debt pay off.  
  • Increase my financial knowledge IN PROGRESS Initially, my goal was to read a book a month.  I read one in January, none from February to April, and then 3 in May. Nothing since.  
  • Self improve ONGOING
  • Eliminate overpayment loan SUCESS This was paid in full in April!

 

December Side Hustle Income

November Side Hustle Income

We decided to revise our debt repayment plan.  I will be at the point in August that I can apply ALL my part time income to my debt which should successfully have my final credit cards eliminated by September 30, 2016 or before.  Beginning November 2016, the mister and I plan to both tackle all vehicle debt with the goal to have all paid by December 2017!  Afterwards that will leave my student loans, which I’m still on the fence about actively paying to eliminate while on the loan forgiveness program.

Since we’ve decided to work on eliminating the auto loan debt by December 2017, we’ve decided to DIY as much of the home addition as we can possibly do while saving for a contractor with goals to have it completely funded by December 2018.  However, those plans may change drastically.  My baby boy desperately needs his own room, and I can only imagine the peace we would get with the teens upstairs on their own level.

Debt Repayment Progress

Jan Feb March April May June July
AC 290.9 PAID
PP $1,136.65 $866.11 PAID
BML $1,157.99 $1,092.57 $589.80 $294.00 PAID
CF $1,925.70 $1,948.98 $1,709.10 $1,685.24 $1,659.70 $1,388.95 $900.00
WF $2,562.76 $2,506.96 $2,482.80 $2,455.50 $2,687.35 $2,965.16 $2,873.16
Total $7,283.90 $6,369.62 $4,771.70 $4,434.74 4,347.05 $4,354.11 $3,773.16

Here is the previous debt repayment update posted.

I’m super excited about being close to having my credit card debt eliminated and having that HUGE burden off my shoulders!

How have your 2016 goals been going thus far?

GDTH June DIY

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Hello!

I’m bringing another DIY!  You can my May DIY here.  I’ve taken on a new interest in creating great spaces in my home as well as updating my home on a budget of course.  To stay within that budget, I’ve taken a liking to DIY’ing and have had some great results in doing so, in my own opinion.

Doing it myself is not something that comes naturally, however being creative is.  The patience and time it can take to complete one task can become a little overwhelming especially in a time where most everything is instant.  I began my DIY’ing with small task, in baby steps, beginning with one project/room at a time.  This helps to stay within my budget as well as evaluate my next steps and avoid the overwhelming feelings and cost that can come from taking on huge projects.

GDTH June DIY

For June’s DIY, I reupholstered a chair to create a reading/sitting space in my bedroom.  Creating a reading space in my bedroom was part of the bigger picture project of updating my bedroom which I’ll discuss in a later post.

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I purchased this chair from the Habitat for Humanity Store for $15.00! In selecting this chair, I looked for a chair that was fairly simple to disassemble, made of real wood (easy for staining), had a good cushioning (replacing cushion can be costly) and was cumfortable. This chair met all those requirements!

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I then disassembled the chair. To disassemble I simply unscrewed all the screws under the seat and the seat came right out.  As for the head/back rest, I had to pop out the wood circular fillers and then unscrew.

Once taken apart, I sanded the chair to get the brown wood stain off.  If I was going to paint the chair, sanding wouldn’t have been necessary but I wanted an Ebony stain to match our bedroom furniture.

Following the sanding, I stained the chair with two coats of Ebony stain which cost about $10.00 for the brush and stain.

While I allowed the stain to dry overnight, I selected the pattern for the reupholster and reupholstered the seat and back rest.  The fabric for the reupholster was purchased from Hobby Lobby with a 40% coupon which made 1 yard plus $8.37.  In addition I purchased some fabric flowers for $7.99.

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Once the stain dried, I put the chair back together and placed the chair beside my window because I love natural lighting, and wanted to create a good working, reading, sitting space in my room.

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In addition to the chair, I added a side table I had gotten from Habitat for Humanity about 3 years ago that was sitting in my attic.  I originally purchased the side table for $10.00 which is faux wood panelling and had a dated wood stain.  I spray painted the table black.  I also added a $.49 basket and $.99 glass vase from the Salvation Army.  The mirror was laying around the house so I added it behind the table to make the room appear larger.

I’ve loved the space since creating it!  I’ve sat in this space while blogging and also sit in this space and have my morning coffee.  Collectively, this space cost me less than $50.00! My master bedroom upgrade is now totaling less than $70.00 which include the fan from May’s DIY!

Have my DIY’s been helpful?  Would you like to see videos?  Do you have a DIY or would like to begin DIY project, if so please share?

 

5 Task I Complete at the Beginning of Every Month.

5 Things I complete at the beginning of every month.

July is just 8 days away, along with nearly half of the summer.  Although I hate to see the months pass by, I always get a fresh feeling at the beginning of the month.  If you read this post then you are aware that I like to plan as far ahead as possible so it should come as no surprise that there are certain task that I like to complete by the first of every month.  Honestly,  I usually start planing the next month about the second week of the previous month.   However, several of the below task can not be completed until the beginning of each month.

5 Task I Complete at the beginning of Every Month

Track and total my income

I have a Google Docs spreadsheet that I write down and track all of my income.  This includes income from my full time job, my part time job, doing hair, GDTH, selling items, milage, and any “gifts” that  I may receive for the month.  This is important for me because I would like to know how to better plan for the following year.  Tracking my income also allows me to hold myself better accountable with my debt elimination and savings goals.

track and total my debt payment progress

Tracking my debt payments is a major motivator for me.  To see the numbers continue to decrease and think about the additional money that I will soon have gets me more excited about the future!  If you are not tracking you debt totals, I encourage you to do so!

Check and update my calendar

Checking and updating my calendar is not necessarily money or debt related.  However, it’s as equally important since I have multiple employment responsibilities and a large family.  I make sure to write down appointments, extra circular activities, deadlines, payments, tune ups, even when I need to cancel a free subscription to avoid charges!

Set goals

Setting monthly goals for the month is one of those task that are already completed by the second week of the previous month.  I’m always looking and researching ideas for self improvement which I incorporate into monthly goals. I usually set one finance goal, a personal goal, a fitness/health goal, and a self improvement goal.  With so many goals, I NEED to write them down constantly.

Plan ahead

I’ve said before how important it is for me to plan ahead which is why this task kind of goes along with updating my calendar.  Planning ahead is imperative to ensure that I avoid crisis moments, stress, over scheduling, as well as ensure that life runs as smooth as possible with multiple roles.  Most times, “planning ahead” is done way before the month but at the beginning of month point, I’m making final arrangments and tweaking. The one thing I do plan ahead on a month to month basis are meals.  Meal planning is very helpful.  Meal planning keeps money in my pocket as well as ensures that I’m making healthier choices. I also like to plan blog post and my budget as far ahead as possible.

 

Do you have “First of the month routine?” Please share!

 

 

3 Incredible Ways I’ve Made Money from Home!

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In a world where money talks, my personal finances are always under scrutiny. Things cost a lot of cash these days, and I need to be able to afford it. Unfortunately, I’ve fallen short often which resulted in me being in serious debt.  In attempts to get out of debt, make more money or both, I researched reading other blogs, watching Youtube videos, and reading to find ways to make money at home and even attempted these three below.

Freelance Writing

If like me, you love writing, then it pays to become a freelance writer. It’s great when you have a passion, and it’s even better when you can make money from it. Only after about three months I was able to make a small profit from freelance writing using GDTH as my platform.  There are also lots of other sites where you can create an account and look for freelance work, however I’ve heard good and bad things about those sites.  This will let you show off your writing skills and increase your chances of getting work. The great thing about freelance writing is that it can be part-time or full-time. Depending on your current schedule, you can either make this your proper job, or just something on the side. At this time, it’s more like no time for me because I haven’t earned a dime in about three months.  

February Side Hustle Report

Online Trading

When you hear the word trading, you tend to think of the stock exchange and businessmen running around frantically. And, yes, that is what happens in the trading world on a daily basis. But, it’s something that has become more convenient and available to the general public too. These days, you can trade from home using online brokers and apps. There are lots of broker reviews where websites give their explanation on how everything works. So, to save time, I’ll only give you the basics. You find an online broker, deposit some money, and start trading. There are loads of things you can trade; stocks, forex, even things like gas and corn. The aim is simple, you buy low and sell high. If you know some tricks of the trade, then you can make a lot of money. So much so that people are trading from home as their full-time job! Unfortunately, this isn’t me.  I’ve attempted it one time and made a $0.05 profit and never looked back. I’m not sure I completely understand the concept, or like the others, you have to have time to get up to the big cash.  

YouTube

Finally, I tried Youtube.  I’ve told you before that I have a channel and about 80 subscribers.  If you’re looking for a fun way to make money from home, then turn your attention to YouTube. This video sharing site has become a top way for people to make money. There is a variety of content creators whose full-time job is making videos for YouTube. Because of the ad revenue system, you can make a hell of a lot of money on this site. The hardest part is getting started and gaining a subscriber base. Once you’ve got lots of subscribers, you can monetize your videos. The more people that watch them, the more money you get. It’s an excellent idea if you’re comfortable behind the camera, have interesting ideas, and can remain consistent!

Of the three listed above, I enjoyed Youtube the most and about once a year I receive an adsense pay out.  If I had more time and less responsibility, I could definitely see myself doing it.  Who knows I may even start back up sooner rather than later!

What things other than blogging have you attempted to keep “your money up”?

Why I Quit!

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I’ve quit lots of things in the past.  I quit college twice.  I quit exercising regularly last summer, and I can tell now.  I quit drinking mountain dew every Monday and then I quit quitting mountain dew every Wednesday.  I’ve quit blogging twice as well.  Did you know I have a youtube channel?  I’ve quit that too.  My point is that I’ve quit a lot of things.

Although I’m pretty successful (by my own definition, of course), I have quit all those things above, and more, and therefor I am a quitter!  Umm, I’m not terribly depressed about the things I’ve quit and honestly  I can appreciate the lessons learned from quitting as well as where I am now because of it.   More specifically, I can better understand why I’ve quit and how to prevent it in the future.

  1. You’re in over your head.

Not in a bad way, or maybe.  More like you’ve decided to do something before even having a plan, or any information, or facts or anything.  For example,  those two other blogs I’ve had, I read other blogs, desired their lifestyle of what I thought was just writing about my feelings and taking some pictures.  So I started.  I failed.  I was misinformed and in over my head so I quit.

2.  No Instant results or gratification.

Often times when there are no instant results or gratification, motivation is lost.  After a continuous lack of motivation the result is usually quitting. I worked out regularly to lose weight but when the weight wasn’t coming off fast enough I quit.  With blogging, I read these high dollar income reports that I desire, NOW and I want to quit because it is not happening.  This was the reason, in my opinion, behind quitting college twice as well.  The end result seemed so far away and more difficult than I imagined.  Which leads me to the next reason below.

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3.  It’s too hard.

Most times when we have a “big idea” or embark on a new journey, we (or I) get so excited about the results and often never think about how hard it will be or how much work it will require.  Usually once that first set back is experienced that knocks us off our feet, we quit.  On the other hand, however, sometimes it’s the reality of how difficult it could be that prevents us from even starting at all.  In either situation the end result can still be considered quitting.

4.  Not fully committed.

There are many reasons that can affect your level of commitment to a new project or journey.  Family, life, work responsibilities are just a few.  When I initially began GDTH, my work responsibility and home responsibilities were different.  At that time I was able to blog at least three times per week, however since then things have drastically changed.  We have a new pet, I’ve switched supervisors at work, and the mister works longer hours which as all affected my level of commitment to GDTH. My decreased level of committment is affecting my earning potential and the growth of GDTH which has resulted in me considering quitting GDTH.

5.  Overwhelmed by the work or time

Feeling overwhelmed at some point is unavoidable.  The pressure that comes from being overwhelmed all the time, for me, is suffocating and usually the point that I want to quit or do quit.  In 2012, I nearly quit my last semester of graduate school because of how overwhelmed I was by ongoing revision recommendations of a 20 plus page paper that was required to pass the class.  In my case, pressure really does burst my pipes.

6.  No definition of success or lack of measurements.

It’s important to determine what “being successful” looks like to you and measure your outcomes throughout.  Within the blogging world, particularly, I feel like bloggers quit because they feel unsuccessful based on comparisons to other bloggers.  This was also the reason I quit blogging twice before and sometimes consider it now.

Any or all of the above reasons may have been why you have quit, which I think is perfectly fine especially if you’ve learned from it.  Just about all the above reasons have been my reasons for quitting something at one point or another.  In every quitting situation, I discovered something about myself which has prevented me from quitting now and helped me make better decisions.

What have you quit and why?

January Side Hustle Income Report.

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Hello,

It’s hard to believe that February is already here! If you’re new here, I begin posting Online Income reports back in November, after only three months of blogging.  The amount was very small and at that point, I still had not broken even with the money I put into starting GDTH.  However, I was bold enough to share what I made to encourage other bloggers, as new to the journey as me, or who have recently decided to make a business out of their blog and begin to monetize to continue to work hard and reflect that the hard work and diligent effort can pay off, even if it’s small tokens.

Fast forward to December, and I decided to  change from online income reports to Side Hustle Income Report to track all the side hustle income, including what I made from Goal Digging to Happiness.

For the month of January 2016, I made

$503.39.

The break down for my income is below:

  • Hair        $300.75
  • Milage    $77.64
  • Blogging $125.00
    • Freelance writing $95.00
    • Sponsored post     $30.00

I had a goal to make $400.00/month doing hair.  I didn’t meet that goal this month unfortunately.  I was affected by the snow when the shop closed.

My milage was also significantly less because I was off two weeks in December.  I’m not even sure I should be counting milage as extra income or deducting it from my gas budget because, technically it’s gas reimbursement.

Finally, my online income has increased, nearly doubled for January compared to December as my freelance writing opportunities increased as well.  I focused much more on increasing my traffic.  I spent most of January networking in various Facebook groups, blog commenting, Twitter, and personal emails to other bloggers.  I’ve even collaborated with some bloggers.  Speaking of collaborations, I’m actually being interviewed by Tonya at MotherlyAdventures where I share a more personal side of my frustrations and success blogging, working all while parenting five children. You can check out the interview here.  Below you’ll see a brief description of what their blog is all about.

Motherly Adventures is a blog about the adventures of Tanya and Nara,two students who met in a random hostel while traveling Europe in their 20’s. Fast forward 10 years, they are now married, house owners, career women and mothers. The one thing that hasn’t changed is their love for travel, spontaneity and adventure. Add babies to the mix and you’re guaranteed a good read. Follow their stories as they learn to embrace their new roles as mothers.

I say this every month, however this month I’m not sure if I’ll have any income directly from the blog.  I’m really focusing on increasing traffic.  I’m spending more time on social media, commenting on blogs, even outside of my niche, and even hosting a give away!  I’m also brainstorming on a product to develop to either give away as link to my newsletters or to earn an income from.

If you are interested in starting a blog of your own to earn money, I discuss the difference here.   starting at only $5.95 per month (this low price is only through my link) for blog hosting. Additionally,  with the low pricing, you will receive a free blog domain (a $15 value) through my Bluehost link if you purchase at least 12 months of blog hosting. 

What are your income related goals for February?

My Blogging Journey: The personal side and a GIVE AWAY

 

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I did a previous post on My Blogging Journey, the first six months.  In that post I addressed more of the business part of GDTH.  I discussed the difference that purchasing a domain name and switching to Blue Host made in increasing my page views per day.  I also reviewed my online income that I’ve made the last two months.  Jaime, a valued reader, commented and made me realize that, that post may have made it appear that this first six months have been great.  Overall they have been, but I have had many challenges and there have been times that I wanted to quit GDTH as well as the journey to financial freedom.

Motivation

Initially starting GDTH, my motivation was fueled the by enormous debt amounts I had and then the determination to become debt free.   Reading other bloggers journeys towards financial freedom debt elimination success continued to motivate as well.  Then one day I came across Online Income Reports!  After reading the income potential from bloggers in personal finance, I went into overdrive and immediately tried to step my game up, build a bigger audience, present better content, and build relationships.

My motivation would come on strong, as I read and read and read other blogs and attempted to incorporate what I liked into GDTH.  Then I became obsessed with my progress, my page views, and Google analytics and adsense.  I downplayed that obsession here.  After about a month stand still with page views and adsense and no leads for guest posting or freelance writing, that motivation diminished and the efforts where redirected solely to becoming debt free.

The motivation to grow GDTH and earn a semi passive income from blogging comes and goes but the motivation to continue to share my journey is more consistent.

Feelings

Blogging

My feelings about blogging are mixed.  What I love about blogging is the feeling that my journey helps other’s in similar situations and ability to create content that others actually want to read!  However, blogging can take a toll on you.  You put forth so much effort working at night or earlier in the morning (or both) and sometimes the reward is not instant.  Sometimes I feel tired of blogging and the rat race of going to work, paying bills and repeat and feel that my journey is not different than any other person doing the same.  Then sometimes I feel successful because I’ve gotten 70 more page views that last week, or I’ve been introduced to another freelance opportunity.

Blogging community

Then there are the feelings from the personal finance community.  This community that tells you to “get out of debt, become a minimalist, clip coupons, stop spending except for on my book that will tell you everything else you need to know!”  Now I’m not at all knocking anyone’s hustle and I definitely understand that time is money, but with some bloggers I feel that any information  or help has a price tag.  Again, I understand that, but it most likely would not be the path that I take.   But then there are some wonderful bloggers that will help anyway they can and pass along helpful information because of the compassion of once “being in my shoes.”  Overall, I have developed some great relationships and feel that I have a lot to learn from all of them.  I’m excited about my future with them a part of it.

Pitching

I have a love/hate relationship with pitching.  I often beat myself up because of the lack of responses I get back.  I have to remind myself that it’s not personal even if I’ve pitched to a blogger I’ve followed for about three years, commented on every post and shared the content several times.  Pitching makes me feel inadequate so I attempt to avoid it like the plague although, its necessary if I continue to work towards meeting my goal of earning $1000 per month by December 2016.

Overall blogging, like anything else, takes dedication, a successful mindset, and hard work.  Initially, you seek advice and help and you ask questions and get answers that are so obvious, you think that the person doesn’t want to help, but truthfully they have.  I asked so many people how do I become successful blogging and the answer has always been keep blogging and do not focus on the money.  In hindest, I’d agree.  Also determine what your definition of a “successful blog” is.  Focus on improvement and growth and less on the money and I’m sure the opportunities will come!

My Blogging Journey Six Month Give Away

 

The give away!

If you’ve made it this far then bless you!  I’m hosting a give away to celebrate my 6 month blogging journey and it’s progress thus far! In celebration, I’m giving away four $15.00 gift cards to Target! To be entered all you have to do is:

  1. Like the Goal Digging to Happiness Face book page
  2. Click to Tweet from this post or Monday’s post on Twitter. The Click to tweet is below!

All actions are required to be entered.  You may retweet as many times as you like! The give away will last for two weeks and the winner will be announced on Friday February 12, 2016!

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*all winners will be selected randomly using Rafflecopter. 

 

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My Blogging Journey: The First 6 Months

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I posted my very first Goal Digging to Happiness post on July 27, 2015 and now it’s coming up on six months!  What started out as my accountable journey to becoming financially free, early retirement and overall happiness, just one goal at a time, provided opportunities to a whole other world of income generating opportunities and eventual work independence!

Blogging

I began blogging on Blogger, but soon purchased my own domain name and switched to a word press blog via Bluehost.  Once on WordPress, GDTH had a more professional appearance. I was able to add valuable plugins needed to grow an audience and begin building my brand.  Additionally, since I had no idea what I was doing, it felt good to be able to have backup to assist me with whatever I was having difficulty with.

Since having a wordpress blog, my page views per day have nearly doubled and are continuing to increase with hard work.  I’ve been able to build connections and market directly through the wordpress community.  Finally, Bluehost is conveniently priced and offers great support, which is a major plus since I have basic computer skills

If you’re interested in starting a blog, click my link here to get started right away!

Building an AUDIENCE

As mentioned above, once I switched over to WordPress, my page views per day nearly doubled although still not in the upper thousands.  I continue to build my audience by commenting on other blogs within my niche community as well as outside.  I build relationships with other bloggers and reach out to them for help.  In most cases, many bloggers are eager to help and will with little to know cost.  However, there are some bloggers who have become established and their time is money.  I understand this concept.

If you’re a newer blogger and need help but are on a limited budget and do not have much to offer, reach out anyway.  Shoot an email or reach out via the Contact me form.  I’m always willing to share my experiences thus far, for as little as a Twitter post share or a Facebook page like! Those small tokens go a long way.

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Earning income

In order to earn an income via blogging, building an audience is essential.  Right now I earn a very minimal income via Google Adsense and Media.net.  I’m also an influencer with Izea and Tap Influence.  However, my following is so little that I hardly receive gigs from them.

I also have affiliate links via Amazon and Target.  I’ve gained a little income via those affiliate links.  Most of my online income comes from freelancing.  You can check out my online income reports below:

Social Media

This is the most crucial part to blogging, building an audience, and building relationships.  Although, I hate being on social media because I feel like it takes so much of my time.  There are amazing widgets and plug in that will simultaneously post to your social media platforms.

In addition to simultaneous posting, it’s important to join Facebook groups like The Careful Cents, Blogging on your Own Terms, Social Hack and She Rocks Her Marketing to gain helpful tips from other bloggers, build relationships, network, and even market your work.  You can also find a plethora of helpful information via Pinterest.

Youtube and Google have helped out tremendously when I get stumped on something.  I can’t wait to see where blogging here at Goal Digging to Happiness continues to take me.  Thanks to all my GDTH valued readers, subscribers and Facebook and Twitter followers for being interested in my journey.

How was your first six months blogging? What did you wish you wish you knew then that you now know?  Any helpful information, tips, or tricks?

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December Online Income Report

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I’ve been blogging since late July 2015.  I started GDTH to chronicle my journey to financial freedom and be held accountable.  You can read more about that here.  Although my focus for GDTH is to document my journey towards financial freedom, being made aware of the possibilities and opportunities to make an extra income from blogging sparked an interest!

The income I make online is not at all comparable to the income of top, long term blogging gurus such as Michelle @ MakingSenseofCents or Carrie @ CarefulCents, or even Chonce @ MyDebtEpiphany but it’s a start. I share my income to encourage other bloggers, new and old, to work hard if making an income online is the goal.  My goal is to keep my blog, the information I share, and my experiences  authentic and relatable to others on a journey towards financial freedom or even entreprenuership.

I made $55.00 online for December!

The breakdown is below:

  • freelance writing $30.00
  • product review        $25.00

I’m not sure if the income and/or income reports will continue.  The freelance opportunity I had ended in December and the online review will probably post until after January, therefor will probably not affect or increase my opportunities.

December Side Hustle Income:

I earned $762.55 in side hustle income for December 2015. The break down is below.

  • Doing hair side hustle $480.90
  • Milage reimbursement $127.19
  • Shopping reimbursement apps $84.46
  • Selling items online $15.00
  • Online income:          $55.00

Most all income went towards Christmas.  I was able to apply an extra $25.00 to my AM card.  However if I have another lucrative month in January, the money will be divided amongst extra credit card payments, savings, and out-of-pocket renovations.

ongoing goals:

The thought of continuing to make online income is exciting!  I’d love to continue to grow GDTH, increase traffic, and continue to build my writing portfolio.  My ongoing goals are below.

Pitch

Of course this ongoing.  Pitching to find freelancing opportunities is very necessary to continue to earn online income.  I’ve already pitched to one client and have not heard anything back as of yet.  My plan is to pitch at least once per week until I hear something back and find the perfect fit.   My problem is I continue to struggle with rejection, not hearing anything at all, or provide feedback.

Invest

I’m still not at the point of justifying spending money or paying for assistance or resources to gain income to get out of debt.  I still struggle with the irony of some PF bloggers that tell you to “save money after you pay for my service to earn money.”  However, I do understand the concept of time being money.  As a result, I plan on spending more time blogging and writing more helpful and informative post that have helped me in my journey.

Network

I’m a major introvert which affects my eagerness to socialize even on the internet.  I’ve majorly reduced my social media time after reading an article about being a slave to the phone. I even deleted my FB app on my phone on December 27, 2015 and have not been on FB since nor have I had the desire to.  However, social media is essential in growing an online business and therefore returning would be beneficial.  I’m working on developing time frames or limits for social media interaction and how to optimize my time while on there.

Other GDTH goals include:

  • adding a subscribe widget
  • developing a news letter
  • coordinating a link up or collaboration

Do these income reports help or motivate you?  What are you ongoing blog goals?