September 2015 Online Income Report – $1,530.94

September was another amazing month for earning online income. This was my best month ever, which is something I feel like I have been saying every month. I can’t believe my income continues to increase and I’m excited to share what’s working for me.

As I mentioned last month, I renamed this report to my monthly online income report. Originally these monthly posts started off as solely blog income report, but now that I ready to freelance full time, it makes more sense to change the title.

This is my seventh online income report to share! This report only includes income I received from the month of September. I don’t include any money that is pending. If the money isn’t in my bank account, it doesn’t make it in this report.

To recap, making money from my blog has been a slow, but steady one. I started blogging a year ago, but didn’t get serious about my blog until January of this year. I made the smart decision to stop treating this blog like a hobby and turn it into a business.

If you are thinking about starting a blog, this tutorial will help you start a blog today. You’ll also get a FREE domain name for a year! I was able to quit my job and blog full time, all within my first year of blogging. I am really glad I took a chance and started a blog! I invested around $140 to start my blog using Bluehost, and I made $13,000 in 6 months of blogging. That’s the best return of investment ever!

Some of the changes I made was to become more socially active online. I joined Twitter, signed up with Pinterest and started reaching out to other bloggers. I committed to write regularly, improve my photos and have better content.

In March, I had my first online income report! Since then, I have been slowly making money each month. Here are a few of my other online income reports:

Notice how there is a jump in my income? That’s no coincidence. While it’s been months in the making, I announced on this blog a few months ago that I planned to transition from full time employee to full time freelancer. I was no longer satisfied at my job and it was time to make the switch.

Since I made money freelancing in July and in August, I decided I would document and post everything on this blog. As I already mentioned, September was my best month yet!

It's time for another online income report! Last month I earned more than $1,500 online! I have been blogging for around a year. I break down all the different areas I earned money last month.
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Here is the breakdown of my online income report for September:

  • $1396.80 Freelance Income
  • $30 Affiliate Income
  • $104.14 Google Adsense

Grand Total: $1530.94

Are you sitting down? Can you believe this? I knew I was having a great month, but this is amazing for me. I worked really, really hard in September. When I wasn’t at my full time job, I was freelancing at all hours of the day. I definitely didn’t get enough sleep. It was tough, I was tired, but seeing this number makes it all worth it!

This amount is the grand total and before I deduct taxes. Right now I am putting away 30% of each paycheck I earn.

If you want to keep track of your online income (which I highly recommend) check out Freshbooks! It’s what I’ve used to track business income, expenses, invoice clients, and more. Click here to learn more about Freshbooks.

This is how I earned my affiliate income:

Even though I earned more affiliate income this month, I am only reporting on what I was paid! I worked with:

Rakuten – Hello, free money when you shop online! I always go to this website first when I am shopping online as they list every retail shop on their website. Once I click through and make a purchase, Rakuten pays me a percentage of real cash back on my purchases. This goes directly into my PayPal account. Get $10 off your first purchase of $25 using this link.

Ibotta – It’s another free cell phone app. You use it after you go grocery shopping and use your receipt. It’s basically a rebate app, so you can earn anywhere from 50 cents to $5 off everything you buy.

My favorite part about this app is that it’s not always brand specific, like a lot of coupons are. So you’ll be able to scan “any brand of bread” for 50 cents off, etc. If you do coupon – you can STILL use Ibotta and get a rebate. For the diehard couponers out there, this will often result in getting an item for FREE. Crazy, right?

If you want to grab the Ibotta app and start making money off your grocery receipts, click here to get started. You will receive a cash bonus of $10 when you scan your first item! 

Bluehost – If you want to start a blog, Bluehost is the site I use to run Believe In A Budget.

If you are thinking about starting a blog, this tutorial will help you start a blog today. You’ll also get a FREE domain name for a year! I was able to quit my job and blog full time, all within my first year of blogging. I am really glad I took a chance and started a blog! I invested around $140 to start my blog using Bluehost, and I made $13,000 in 6 months of blogging. That’s the best return of investment ever!

This is how I earned my freelance income:

Pinterest management, photo packages and consulting are all different services I offer on my Hire Me page. I absolutely love this aspect to blogging. While many people excel at writing, I do well with images and pictures.

I love connecting with bloggers and companies who need help with creating photos for new blog posts or updating old photos for previously published content. I also provide basic consulting services for people who have no idea how to utilize Pinterest.

This niche has opened a lot of doors for me and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the response. If you need help in these areas, please contact me! I’d love to chat and see how I can help!

I am also providing consulting services related to my career niche. When I decided to leave my full time job, I was determined to find a location independent job. I absolutely love my day job career and was determined to somehow stay in the field. I knew it was possible, but really had to scour the internet to see what was out there.

Finding online jobs

To get to this point, I did a lot of digging and even wrote a post about all the different job boards I found. The job boards I searched included a huge array of career fields, so I think it’s possible to find almost any job online these days.

You don’t have to be a writer to do well freelancing or helping bloggers. Do you specialize in spreadsheets and accounting? There’s probably a business out there that needs your help. Are you great at creating newsletters? There are bloggers that have no idea how to set this up.

What I am getting at is there are jobs out there that some bloggers don’t even realize they need! Change things up, be different and go after what you are good at. This helps you stand out and get noticed!

Google Adsense

Get excited because I received my first check from Google Adsense. That was the hardest $104.14 check I’ve ever worked for, ha! It took me months to earn this first check and I couldn’t be happier.

Here’s a breakdown of my monthly expenses

  • $5 Google apps
  • $5 Board Booster (2019 Update: I now exclusively use Tailwind)
  • $120 Coaching

Total Expenses: $130

I nixed a couple expenses. Although small, I managed to shave around $14 off my monthly expenses from the previous month. I made the decision to stop paying for a couple of apps I was using. I thought I needed these programs to succeed and it turns out my business is still doing fine without them.

This reduction in expenses will save me around $168 a year! Because I am still a DIY blogger, meaning I can’t afford to outsource much, every penny counts. This money can go towards a number of things, such as VA help from Fiverr, marketing or who knows what!

I now use Tailwind for all my pinning, but forgot to cancel my Board Booster membership hence the $5 charge. I paid for a yearly subscription to Tailwind that features unlimited Pinterest pinning and it’s a crazy better deal than Board Booster.

I am really excited to see where October takes me. October will be a crazy month anyways as I will be leaving my full time job, moving across the country and starting my freelance career. I hope you plan to continue with me on this journey and see where it takes me!

What are your freelancing specialties? What would you like to do?

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  1. An old post of yours but very new to me. I promise to you and myself.. I will work harder!! My blog is only 2 months old but I have lost motivation and i found you. Thankyou for sharing yoir income reports. Yo’ve given me the Oomph!

  2. Man, I would LOVE to be able to monetize my blog. Unfortunately, I’m on the most strict budget my husband and I have ever conjured. Paying for a yearly plan for hosting and registering my site would require some serious moving around and tightening up. Did you have this issue when you decided to start yours? I LOVE TO WRITE, and I LOVE to share what I’m using and have many “affiliate” codes for products I use… But the investment as of now is up in the air! Thanks

    1. Kristin Larsen says:

      I think I spent around $100ish on setting up my website, so it was worth the investment. In my first year I made around $13,000 from my blog, so it was worth it!

  3. Wow freelancing is doing you right! How many hours a week would you say you spend on freelancing stuff?

    Congrats by the way. I love how you quit your job. I will do that someday, but Im not ready.

    1. Thanks! While I was working full time, I was probably spending 20-30 hours a week on my freelance side hustle. I was exhausted, lol

  4. Way to go! That is inspiring! πŸ™‚

  5. Awesome month with your freelance work! I love how you found something you could do within your career field, but on your own terms. Very inspiring!

  6. That is wonderful Kristin! I’m at the $60.00 range for Google and can’t wait until I hit the threshold.

    I didn’t know you offered niche consulting. That’s something I may consider after I implement all the suggested changes!

    1. Nice job! I’ll be here if you need anything πŸ™‚

  7. Congrats on the income! So great! I can relate to this in a way -> “When I wasn’t at my full time job, I was freelancing at all hours of the day. I definitely didn’t get enough sleep.” While I have outsourced a lot of writing on my blog, I do spend a ton of hours working on my side hustles, and it can result in getting less sleep than I’d like. But then again I’m a night owl so I’m doomed to not getting enough sleep anyway πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks! I’m excited for when I will get to the point I can outsource more and prioritize better. Who needs sleep anyway, right?!

  8. Yay Congrats Kristin! This is so exciting πŸ˜€ I can’t wait to see where you go from here.

  9. Way to go, Kristin! It’s been so much fun watching you on this adventure from the beginning. I can’t wait until you get to drop your day job and just work on freelancing.

    1. Thanks Janeen! It’s been a crazy journey so far!

  10. Congrats on such an awesome income month girl!! Haha so true about Adsense – I’ve never worked harder for a $100 check either, but it was just so darn satisfying! Especially after months and months of earning nothing from my blog, that first $100 check felt like someone dropped a bucket of golf in my lap lol!! Keep up the great work – you are killing it. I can’t wait to see where you are in just a few short months – I think we’ll be seeing some 5 figure income reports in the very near future πŸ™‚

    1. You’re too nice! But for real, that check was amazing.

  11. Awesome, you’re an inspiration, you should write more about your consulting, there doesn’t seem to be any posts on it

    1. Thanks! I try to post mostly about the Pinterest/Website consulting but haven’t figured out how to share my other consulting as it’s so different than my blog. I worry no one would be interested πŸ™‚

  12. Hey Kristin,

    Congrats on all this extra income this month. Wow!

    Totaling your monthly income at the end of the month is so stinkin’ exciting. It is so inspiring to see you hustling and working hard, even in your down time, to make life better. You’re awesome!

    1. Thanks Vanessa! It’s so crazy to add it up and realize this is all working out!

  13. Congrats on the income for September! You are doing amazing with freelancing!! Waiting around for Google Adsense payouts seems like an eternity, but at least I don’t have to do anything much to cash out eventually πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Chonce! Haha, waiting on the check is the hardest part!

  14. Wow that is amazing! I love seeing hard work pay off. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, it’s been a long year of waiting for it all to pay off!

  15. YAY!!!!! Congratulations!!! Girl, I gotta say you are an inspiration!! The fact that you were able to work FT and still make over $1500 is insane!! That’s been the hardest part for me is finding a balance between doing it all, and last month was a record low for me at $845 LOL. What consulting services do you offer?? And yes, you are totally right that there is something out there for everyone. I am actually thinking of hiring someone to set up my newsletter as I have no clue how to do that and really don’t have the time right now.

    Also, what do you do at your FT job?! Is it related to writing? Maybe they will let you freelance if you ask πŸ™‚

    Hope you have a great day! Feel free to shoot me an email!

    1. I don’t know how you have time to do it all. I can barely take care of myself! I’m doing a lot of Pinterest consulting as well as consulting that relates to my degree from school, which is as far from writing as you can get πŸ™‚

  16. Carrie O. says:

    Congrats on a stellar month! I love the way you’ve put your own spin on freelancing by focusing your business around helping others with Pinterest. That’s ingenious if you ask me πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Carrie! It definitely took me some time to figure out what my niche could be.

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