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Welcome to my monthly income report.
I publish these to share not just the revenue from my blog and online business, but also the mistakes, lessons and new projects.
Make sure you check out all my income reports.
I’m currently earning a few thousand dollars a month thanks to sponsorships, freelance writing and ads but I’m also working on 2 other income streams (affiliate marketing and selling online courses).
Read on to see what’s been going on over the past month. Hopefully, this will inspire you to start a blog, add a new income stream to your business or work on new side hustle ideas.
If you haven’t started a blog yet, you can enroll in my free course Launch Your Profitable Blog.
What Happened in November 2018 on My Blog and in My Business
Released Financial Freedom Through Blogging.
The course I’ve been talking about for weeks now is finally here. Not all modules are published (currently, 2 out of 8, and the next ones will be released soon) but the course is now up for sale with a price for early birds. At the end of December, it will go to its regular price of $197.
Financial Freedom Through Blogging is the formula for starting a blog, turning it into a 5-figure business, and living life on your own terms.
Inside it, you’ll find answers to all your questions about becoming a full-time blogger, behind-the-scenes content, real ways to make money and build blog traffic even if you have no experience, a ton of video tutorials, how-to guides and screenshots.
It took me 5 years to learn all I’ve shared in the course and to become a full-time blogger, but that’s because I had no idea what I was doing in the beginning. With this product, in which I’ve invested countless hours, I share all the necessary information and the exact steps you need to follow to have a blogging business earning you enough per month so you can live a better lifestyle.
Learn more about the course here.
Purchased 2 annual plans for some of my favorite products.
This Black Friday I made 2 big purchases related to my blog and business.
That’s an annual plan for WPX Hosting (my preferred hosting company) and the yearly package for Teachable (the platform I use to create my courses).
You’ll see extra $600 in my expenses breakdown for November. But of course, that means there will be no monthly payments for the next 12 months (plus, I got some bonuses).
I shared my favorite Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for bloggers in this article.
Deleted my old podcast episodes.
Some of you who’ve been reading Let’s Reach Success for at least 2 years know that I had a podcast. In fact, it reached 100 episodes (each of which required hours of work to prepare the content, record the audio, edit it, upload it, etc.)
I’m a fan of side projects and experiments, but am also okay with letting things go when I see it’s not the best investment of my time. That’s what I did with podcasting.
Now, as I’m updating old blog posts and because when you stop paying for audio hosting your episodes also aren’t distributed to places like iTunes, I decided to remove the blog posts too.
New readers of the blog will probably never know there was once the Let’s Reach Success show where I talked about successful people, building businesses and personal transformation. But that’s okay.
If you’re thinking about starting a podcast though, I encourage you to give it a go.
November Monthly Income Report
I earned a total of $3,650 in November 2018 from my blog and business. Here’s last month’s income report where I show how I earned $4,314.
Please keep in mind that’s gross income.
After extracting fees I pay to other platforms, transaction fees, paying my own taxes and insurance and covering my pension as a solopreneur in the Netherlands, there’s much less left for me to spend.
If you’re looking for ways to become self-employed so you can work from home, please check out my free courses How to Make Your First Money Online Freelancing and Launch Your Profitable Blog Today.
This Month’s Revenue Breakdown
Total Revenue (Gross Income) – $3,650
FREELANCE WRITING: $643
Clients outside of any platform
AD REVENUE: $524
Check out: How to Optimize Your Site to Increase Ad Revenue
AFFILIATE MARKETING: $0
Check out: Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
This Month’s Expenses Breakdown
- $25 (hosting for the site I created for Financial Freedom Through Blogging)
- $225 (annual payment for Let’s Reach Success)
(Read my honest WPX Hosting Review)
Teachable – $348 (annual plan)
Accountant (paid quarterly) – €0
Office Supplies and Misc.
Mobile Plan – €27
Health Insurance – €102
Upwork fees – $35
PayPal fees – $135
Last month’s best content on Let’s Reach Success
46 blog posts were published in November.
Here’s some of the content worth checking out if you haven’t already:
The Morning Routine of Jeff Bezos
10 Hobbies That Make Money
Non-Attachment: How to Stop Possessions from Controlling You
The Garages These 4 Billion-Dollar Companies Started In
How Guest Posting Will Grow Your Business
7 Careers That Allow You to Be Your Own Boss
Next Goals: What I’ll Be Working on in December
Annual Income Report
We’re in the final month of 2018.
For me, that means it’s been a year since I registered my business as a company in the Netherlands where I now live. In January, I’ll also have my first annual financial statement. I’ll then use it to rent a better place to live and buy one sometime after that.
For Let’s Reach Success, that means not just publishing a December monthly income report, but also an annual one. That will be my first annual blog income report and in it, I’ll calculate how much I earned in 2018 as well as what happened and what I’ve learned.
A Year in Review
My life has been much more organized and I’m feeling better since I started reviewing my work and goals on a monthly basis (and also every 10 days during the month).
This way I always stay on track, have the big picture in my mind but also focus on the little actions that lead to the biggest results.
That means I no longer need New Year’s resolutions. Still, however, I will reflect on 2018 this month and see what I can do better next year.
One thing I like doing is summarizing the things I’ve worked on in the past few months and making a plan on what to do over the first months of the new year.
Working on the next module of Financial Freedom Through Blogging
Currently, the first 2 modules of the course are published (Your Blogging Strategy and Launch Your Blog). Just completed Module 3: Create Your Brand (it’s huge!) and will be publishing it this month.
In December, I’d also like to finish the next 2 modules, Module 4: Optimize Your Blog and Module 5: Make Your Site Popular.
Resources to Help You Start Making Money Blogging
Financial Freedom Through Blogging – It took me 5 years to start earning $5K/month blogging. In this course, I share all that I’ve learned about it. It’s the formula for starting a blog, turning it into a 5-figure business, and living life on your own terms. Inside it, you’ll find answers to all your questions about becoming a full-time blogger, behind-the-scenes content, real ways to make money and build blog traffic even if you have no experience, a ton of video tutorials, how-to guides and screenshots.
Launch Your Profitable Blog Today– If you just want to take the first few steps in your blogging journey, I have the right resource for you. This is a free course and will help you set up a site in less than an hour so you can move onto creating content, building your brand and monetizing your site.
Blogging Resources – To build a powerful site that turns visitors into buyers and monetize it well, you will need the right tools. In my Blogging Resources page, I’ve gathered the best of the best and the exact tools I’ve used to grow Let’s Reach Success and be able to make a full-time living as a location independent freelance writer.
10 Things I Did in The Last 6 Months to Double My Income and Make $5,000 a Month – It takes some courage and strategic actions to double your income online. Here’s exactly how I did it.
67 Best Side Hustle Ideas to Make an Extra $1000 a Month – Check out the ultimate list of side hustles you can start on your own and while working full-time that can be your chance to achieve financial independence.
Make Your First Money Online Freelancing [Free Course] – I created a free course sharing my journey to making more than $4,000/month blogging. It all began with freelancing and you can use this course to follow the steps I took to become a freelancer with no experience and earn my first income online.
The Passive Income Boss[Free Course] – That’s another free course I released on the topic of earning passive income through blogging. You’ll learn what passive income is exactly and how it works, how to get started with blogging and make your site powerful, and the 4 main passive income streams you can create using your blog.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – If you’re not earning money through affiliate marketing, then you are leaving money on the table. This step-by-step affiliate marketing strategy course shows you how to increase your affiliate income and make more money blogging. It’s by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents who went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month (and also the first online course I’ve ever taken).
How Bloggers Can Make $10,000 a Month from Home– Curious how bloggers get to 10K/month working from home and what you need to do differently? In this article, I discuss why it’s possible for everyone to make that much on a monthly basis and how to get there.
Mag – the premium theme I’m using for Let’s Reach Success.
Hope you enjoyed last month’s blog income report. Stay tuned for the next one in December.