• Welcome to Pennies Not Perfection!

    Welcome to Pennies Not Perfection!

    I've been oversharing my life online for over a decade now and Pennies Not Perfection is the ultimate connection of where my communication and passion meet: talking about handling money without stress and anxiety.

    Over the years after I graduated college I taught myself the basics personal finance by reading personal finance blogs, books and magazines. I knew that I was doing it wrong when I felt overwhelmed and stressed every paycheck.

    I also knew that debt could ruin my life. I'd seen my half-sister take her life due to debt and depression and I'd seen my mom lose her house to foreclosure. I know that without knowledge and a plan, I'd likely end up in a bad situation because I'd seen it happen to the people closest to me.

    That desire for financial success and knowledge led me on a decade long adventure to pay off $5,000 in credit card debt, $22,000 in student loans, and $43,000 in parent plus loans, which I'm currently still tackling, along with paying off a car and cash-flowing a wedding and multiple large vaations. It's also inspired me to buy a home, invest my money for the future, and learn how to budget and cut impulse spending.

    There is no one path to financial success. I pull from different "financial gurus" taking the advice that works for our family and leaving the rest. There's no one size fits all plan.

    Ultimately I've learned you don't have to be perfect with your financial decisions to win. You just have to make a choice, pay attention, and keep learning. Perfection is not required to win with money.

    In the decade of learning about personal finance, I've made plenty of mistakes. There is always more to learn and our world and stage of life is constantly changing and requiring adjustments.

    Today I'm working on this brand, Pennies Not Perfection because I want to inspire other women to take control of their financial futures. To learn how to budget. To learn how to deal with the emotions and problems around impulsive and emotional spending. To start or increase investing for a beautiful and secure future.

    On this blog and my YouTube channel I plan to continue sharing our own journey to financial success for inspiration along with sharing tips, tools, and information that might work for your situation too. Remember that I'm always still figuring money out and am not a financial planner. More of a financial motivator, because I know that YOU have the strength and ability to learn about money and make good choices for yourself.

    If you've ever internalized the messages from society that you're bad at math or not good with money or not smart enough to invest, let them go now. None of that is true and you are 100% capable of winning with your money.

    I'm not a financial expert or a financial advisor, but I am a financial encourager. I will be here to motivate you and encourage you every step of the way.

    I hope my experience and transparency helps you see that you too are capable of doing anything. You've got this!

  • July 2019 Online Income Report – $1,037.44

    Welcome to my online income report! Each month I share what I earned from online endeavors like this blog and my YouTube channel. I like sharing real numbers to inspire myself and others.

    Since May when I realized more online income could keep me from going back to full time hours, I’ve tried to squeeze as much work into online income generating activities as possible. In June that didn’t necessarily pay off in income earned but it set a good foundation for coming months.

    Growing my online income is so important to my current financial goals and that focus matters so much to my family right now!

    Why Share An Online Income Report

    I’m sharing my online income reports as a YouTuber (my main priority these days even though I started years ago as a blogger) to show people that it is possible to make money online. Lots of people want to know how much small youtubers make and if you can make money from a small YouTube channel.

    I’m a small YouTuber that started just so I could share videos of my Alaska vacation, but it’s turned into so much more than that.

    My original goal with earning income on YouTube was to earn at least $600 dollars a month to help pay for the additional daycare expenses for my daughter. Any amount of money would help our financial situation since we had increased expenses and I wanted to work less as well.

    I knew that earning money online was possible because I had done it once before as a blogger. Even though I'd let that income and blog life go, I had seen hundreds of others do the same and more by reading their online income reports. If people could earn tens of thousands a month online, surely I could earn $600 a month.

    Income reports inspired me to try to work harder and do more while building my online income through my YouTube channel

    While I’m not earning a full time income online currently, I am happy to show that I’ve grown my income to hit that goal each month and I’ve been able to help a lot of people along the way. It’s amazing that we can earn money creating and sharing content online.

    Previous Income Reports

    If you’re interested in past income reports, you can see all of them here:

    Online Income Reports - Pennies Not Perfection

    As you can see from past income reports, my online income in 2019 has been trending much higher than my income last year. The growth is not viral or explosive but it is moving up every single month.

    I’m consistently earning $700-$800 a month now when I was only earning $300-500 last year. That might not seem huge since it's small numbers but that means I have doubled my monthly online income!

    My goal for a while now is to bump up to the $1,000 a month mark consistently with the income I’m generating from the online business activities. It’s amazing to think that it’s within reach and soon I could be earning $1,000 per month.

    I like sharing these numbers to show small YouTubers what is possible with a channel that isn’t huge or growing by hundreds of thousands of subscribers in a year. While that would be amazing, it is possible to still earn income as a small channel.

    Seeing these numbers in this format helps me to see the growth I’ve already had and inspires me to keep growing.

    I plan to grow a blog/website around my channel as well and hopefully these income report numbers inspire anyone looking to grow from humble beginnings online.

    July 2019 Online Income Report

    Here are the main income sources broken down by what I earned for the month. I’ve included referral links to each if you want to join too!

    Total Income: $1,037.44

    This is the amount earned in July 2019, before any fees, expenses, or taxes.

    That means I don’t keep all of it it and at least 25% will be gone before it hits my bank account. I also won’t be paid all of it in the month it is earned since each source pays out at different times.

    However, I must say, I HIT MY GOAL! I made $1,000 in a month!

    I hit the goal of earning $1,000 in a month from mostly YouTube generated activity which is insane and exciting and worth all the work that has gone into it.

    What I Worked On In July 2019

    In June I worked on a few different priorities both growing income sources I already had and creating new ones.

    Made affiliate marketing improvements.

    Implemented a few immediate tweaks I learned from Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.

    These changes mostly focused on the programs I use under Awin and have seen a drastic increase in that affiliate marketing income. I realized that more programs under Awin and ShareASale had much better cookie lengths which made sales easier than fighting everyone and their momma for the 24 hour Amazon affiliate marketing income. I’ll still link to Amazon but I no longer plan for it to be my main affiliate marketing income.

    Overall I’m happy with the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course so far because it’s helped me focus into a better direction. I still have so much to implement from the course that my biggest struggle is time to do it all.

    Opened an Etsy shop.

    I opened my Etsy shop at the very end of June after dragging my feet all month due to being scared. I opened with a few debt free charts and “Christmas in July” planner products. I’m super happy with the printables I’ve created so far and hope to continue adding new ones.

    Just getting started on some products I can sell is exciting and I’m thrilled to open up another source of income for future income reports. Even if it’s not a huge success money wise I’ve learned that every little bit adds up!

    My goal for my new Etsy shop in July is 10 more products and at least 10 sales. This is achievable I think and allows me to ease into learning and selling on Etsy.

    Started a mastermind group. 

    I’m now meeting semi regularly with a group of other YouTubers who are wanting to grow their online income. We are all somewhat similar in size, topic, etc. I think currently I’m earning the most but others have faster growth and we all have something to learn and teach each other.

    I know myself well enough to know I need accountability to hit my online income goals. This means I likely will want a business coach one day and for now a mastermind group. This will give me the accountability I need to hit big goals.

    So far it’s a very positive experience and one of the big reasons I’ve been able to get out of my comfort zone and push myself to want more from my channel.

    July 2019 Online Income Wins

    Time to celebrate some things that went right with online income!

    Income over $1,000.

    Like I’ve mentioned, my first goal was to get to earning at least $600 a month, and more recently I challenged myself to start hitting $1,000 a month.

    That felt like the next level of income and I’m thrilled that I was able to hit it in July. It might not be a straight up path for me with my online income but I’m thrilled that I keep climbing steadily and my audience keeps growing.

    This is the best side hustle. I love being able to earn online income through making videos, writing blog posts, recommending and creating products that help other people. This allows me to be creative, supportive, and encouraging. All the things I want to be in life.

    July 2019 YouTube Income

    My YouTube income was higher this month thanks to several videos that did well and had high CPMs.

    I shared a video about how YouTube Ads work and how CPMs work if you are interested in learning about how you can make money on YouTube.

    focusing more on personal finance topics raises the overall income of my channel versus doing vlogs and baby related content. Luckily I love talking about money so it’s not too hard to stay on brand.

    However, I don’t want to ever stop myself from creating or sharing videos I love even if I know they won’t make money. This is a creative outlet for me first and foremost and a side hustle second.

    Another video that did quite well was my video about how to setup sinking funds!

    This video explains what sinking funds are and how to set them up. Sinking funds have made budgeting so much easier for us and I love them so it’s been great to share how others can utilize them in their budget.

    Because the video is focused on a money specific topic it has had great CPMs and made decent money on the channel despite a relatively low view count.

    What I’m Working On Next

    So what’s on tap for next month? I’ve got a few things planned:

    Grow the products in my Etsy shop. I haven’t dedicated nearly enough time to my Etsy shop and the items in it. I want to create more items and also promote what is already there.

    Create more affiliate focused videos. In July I made a couple affiliate product focused videos and they did quite well for my channel. After taking Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing I have so many ideas to implement and just need to find the time to do so. I’m planning to create more affiliate focused videos in August. I also plan to start working on the strategies I noted to prepare for December when affiliate marketing income is high.

    Popular YouTube videos on my channel:

    Thanks for reading/watching/following along with this online income journey!

  • June 2019 Online Income Report – $799.96

    Since May when I realized more online income could keep me from going back to full time hours, I’ve tried to squeeze as much work into online income generating activities as possible. Earning more money online is HARD but ultimately it's a great option if I want to stay home more with my little one.

    In June that didn’t necessarily pay off in income earned but it set a good foundation for coming months.

    Growing my online income is so important to my current financial goals and that focus matters so much to my family right now!

    Why Share An Online Income Report

    I’m sharing my online income reports as a YouTuber (my main priority these days even though I started years ago as a blogger) to show people that it is possible to make money online. Lots of people want to know how much small youtubers make and if you can make money from a small YouTube channel.

    I’m a small YouTuber that started just so I could share videos of my Alaska vacation, but it’s turned into so much more than that.

    My original goal was to earn at least $600 dollars a month to help pay for the additional daycare expenses for my daughter. I knew that earning money online was possible because I had done it once before as a blogger and I had seen hundreds of others do the same and more. If people could earn tens of thousands a month online, surely I could earn $600 a month.

    While I’m not earning a full time income online I am happy to show that I’ve grown my income to hit that goal each month and I’ve been able to help a lot of people along the way. It’s amazing that we can earn money creating and sharing content online.

    Previous Online Income Reports

    If you’re interested in past income reports, you can see my last few here:

    Online Income Reports – Pennies Not Perfection

    As you can see, my income in 2019 has been trending much higher than my income last year. I’m consistently earning $700-$800 a month when I was only earning $300-500 last year.

    I like sharing these numbers to show small youtubers what is possible with a channel that isn’t huge or growing by hundreds of thousands of subscribers in a year. While that would be amazing, it is possible to still earn income as a small channel.

    Seeing these numbers in this format helps me to see the growth I’ve already had and inspires me to keep growing.

    June 2019 Online Income Report

    Here are the main income sources broken down by what I earned for the month. I’ve included referral links to each if you want to join too!

    Total Income: $799.96

    This is the amount earned in May 2019, before any fees, expenses, or taxes.

    That means I don’t keep all of it it and at least 25% will be gone before it hits my bank account. I also won’t be paid all of it in the month it is earned since each source pays out at different times.

    What I Worked On In June 2019

    In June I worked on a few different priorities both growing income sources I already had and creating new ones.

    Made affiliate marketing improvements.

    Implemented a few immediate tweaks I learned from Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.

    These changes mostly focused on the programs I use under Awin and have seen a drastic increase in that affiliate marketing income. I realized that more programs under Awin and ShareASale had much better cookie lengths which made sales easier than fighting everyone and their momma for the 24 hour Amazon affiliate marketing income. I’ll still link to Amazon but I no longer plan for it to be my main affiliate marketing income.

    Overall I’m happy with the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course so far because it’s helped me focus into a better direction. I still have so much to implement from the course that my biggest struggle is time to do it all.

    Opened an Etsy shop.

    I opened my Etsy shop at the very end of June after dragging my feet all month due to being scared. I opened with a few debt freedom payoff charts and “Christmas in July” planner products. I’m super happy with the printables I’ve created so far and hope to continue adding new ones.

    Just getting started on some products I can sell is exciting and I’m thrilled to open up another source of income for future income reports. Even if it’s not a huge success money wise I’ve learned that every little bit adds up! My goal for July is 10 more products and at least 10 sales.

    Started a mastermind group. 

    I’m now meeting semi regularly with a group of other YouTubers who are wanting to grow their online income. We are all somewhat similar in size, topic, etc. I think currently I’m earning the most but others have faster growth and we all have something to learn and teach each other.

    So far it’s a very positive experience and one of the big reasons I’ve been able to get out of my comfort zone and push myself to want more from my channel.

    June 2019 Online Income Wins

    Time to celebrate some things that went right with online income!

    Income around $800.

    Like I’ve mentioned, my first goal was to get to earning at least $600 a month, which represents what we pay in daycare costs each month (even though it now is directed at our student loan debt snowball).

    I’ve been hitting that amount and more each month for this whole year. Hitting around $800 a month is a lot of money that I wasn’t otherwise generating before so I want to make sure I’m proud of that accomplishment even as I want more and want to get to the next level.

    Getting out of my comfort zone.

    One of my bigger wins in June was not a number at all, but a mindset and actions behind it. I got myself out of my standard comfort zone in June and forced myself to try new things that were scary to me.

    I did things like a mastermind group and creating a product to sell that scared me.

    June 2019 YouTube Income

    My YouTube income was slightly lower this month despite more views and higher watch time. Why’s that? I did more vlogs and non finance content. That type of content does not pay as well because advertisers have higher CPMs for financial related content.

    This was pretty eye opening for me, even though I knew that was the case. Do I really want to work twice as hard on content that makes less money? Or do I want to focus in on the budgeting & money topics that my audience wants to see and YouTube pays better for creating? Obviously I need to think about what I really want my channel to be and where I want to spend my time. Since the time I do have is so limited, obviously I want to make it count.

    Things I did well in June: consistent video production making at least 3 videos per week. I wanted to be more consistent in making videos and I definitely achieved that.

    I also did a collab video with two other YouTubers that gave me a little spike of 60-65 subscribers. I think doing more collabs will be an ongoing push to reach new audiences that might like my content. I’m responding to collab requests with more positive responses than ever before.

    What I’m Working On Next

    So what’s on tap for June? I’ve got a few things planned:

    Grow the products in my Etsy shop. I opened an Etsy shop at the very very end of June. I didn’t promote it until July had started and I didn’t have many products when I opened. A goal in July is to double the number of products, or at least add 10 more.

    Implement what I’ve learned. In June I was focused on my Etsy shop so I wasn’t able to fully pay attention to affiliate marketing. After taking Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing I had pages and pages of notes and ideas to implement. I plan to start working on the strategies I noted to prepare for December when affiliate marketing income is high.

    Popular YouTube videos on my channel:

    Thanks for reading/watching/following along with this online income journey!

  • May 2019 Online Income Report – $861.08

    In May I had a huge realization that more money is the key to most of our financial dilemmas and I personally could earn more money than I currently am earning through side hustles like YouTube.

    At first I thought I needed to go back to work full time and hit the overtime hours but my husband reminded me that the time I have with Penny at this age is precious… and I can earn more online than I can selling my time at my day job.

    Growing my online income is so important to my current financial goals and that focus matters so much to my family right now!

    Why Share An Online Income Report

    I’m sharing my online income reports as a YouTuber (my main priority these days even though I started years ago as a blogger) to show people that it is possible to make money online. Lots of people want to know how much small youtubers make and if you can make money from a small YouTube channel.

    I’m a small YouTuber that started just so I could share videos of my Alaska vacation, but it’s turned into so much more than that.

    earning money online - income report pennies not perfection

    My original goal was to earn at least $600 dollars a month to help pay for the additional daycare expenses for my daughter. I knew that earning money online was possible because I had done it once before as a blogger and I had seen hundreds of others do the same and more. If people could earn tens of thousands a month online, surely I could earn $600 a month.

    While I’m not earning a full time income online I am happy to show that I’ve grown my income to hit that goal each month and I’ve been able to help a lot of people along the way. It’s amazing that we can earn money creating and sharing content online.

    Previous Online Income Reports

    If you’re interested in past income reports, you can see my last few here:

    Online Income Reports – Pennies Not Perfection

    As you can see from past income reports, my online income in 2019 has been trending much higher than my income last year. The growth is not viral or explosive but it is moving up every single month.

    I’m consistently earning $700-$800 a month now when I was only earning $300-500 last year. That might not seem huge since it’s small numbers but that means I have doubled my monthly online income!

    My goal for a while now is to bump up to the $1,000 a month mark consistently with the income I’m generating from the online business activities. It’s amazing to think that it’s within reach and soon I could be earning $1,000 per month.

    I like sharing these numbers to show small YouTubers what is possible with a channel that isn’t huge or growing by hundreds of thousands of subscribers in a year. While that would be amazing, it is possible to still earn income as a small channel.

    Seeing these numbers in this format helps me to see the growth I’ve already had and inspires me to keep growing.

    May 2019 Online Income Report

    Here are the main income sources broken down by what I earned for the month. I’ve included referral links to each if you want to join too!

    Total Income: $861.08

    This is the amount earned in May 2019, before any fees, expenses, or taxes.

    That means I don’t keep all of it it and at least 25% will be gone before it hits my bank account. I also won’t be paid all of it in the month it is earned since each source pays out at different times.

    What I Worked On In May 2019

    In May I worked on a few different priorities all designed to keep growing the online income I’m already generating.

    Consistent videos.

    In May I worked on consistently creating videos for my YouTube channel. While I don’t create a blog post for every video, I still want to make sure I’m creating content because every video is an opportunity to earn money and for more people to find my channel.

    Some videos I create take a lot of work and others can be created in 20-30 minutes from start to finish. I like having the variety on the channel but even with doing some easier videos it is still a lot of work. After working a full day and going to the gym, sometimes I just don’t want to make videos and that can affect the consistency in a negative way.

    I’ve not set myself a schedule for content but instead am aiming for a minimum of 3 videos a week. This is a pretty good level of content and something that feels achievable for me. I’d love to get to 5 videos a week or even daily but I’m happy with setting my goal at 3 per week now while I’m working just under 40 hours a week.

    Took an affiliate marketing course.

    I decided to invest in myself and my business to get to the next level in May which means I signed up for and took my very first course! I already am earning a small income with affiliate marketing but I wanted some guidance for how to take that to the next level, so I signed up for Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.

    I worried that it wasn’t going to be beneficial enough to justify the cost since I wasn’t a newbie, but I’ve been happy with the course and the information I learned. I did learn some new things and picked up some strategy ideas that I hadn’t come across before. I’m praying that these things when implemented can take my affiliate income to that next level.

    I started the course at the end of May, so nothing has been implemented yet. It was simply the fact that I finally decided to invest in myself by taking the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course instead of feeling like it wasn’t worth it or I couldn’t afford it.

    Started designs for Etsy shop.

    I also started working on the beginnings of an Etsy shop that I plan to open in June. I worked with my father-in-law on some illustrations for debt payoff charts and plan to sell these as printables. It’s something I personally love using in my own journey so I’m happy to share another possibility for people.

    I’m also playing around with other potential options. I’ve been making paper flowers for years now, could I sell those? Or the patterns to them? I’ve been using stickers in my planner for a long time, could I make and sell stickers? There are a ton of options that I can explore in the coming months.

    Just getting started on some products I can sell is exciting and I’m thrilled to open up another source of income for future income reports. Even if it’s not a huge success money wise I’ve learned that every little bit adds up!

    May 2019 Online Income Wins

    Time to celebrate some things that went right with online income in May!

    $100 in a day.

    Yep, I earned over $100 in one day. This is not the norm for me obviously, but it has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of growth in online income.

    If I currently earn $10 or more each day, why couldn’t I earn $100 or more each day? If I can earn $100 in a day, why couldn’t I earn $100 every day? Doing something once makes it much more likely that I can repeat and reproduce that success.

    Test, win, reproduce, repeat. Seems like the equation to online income success.

    Income over $800.

    Like I’ve mentioned, my first goal was to get to earning at least $600 a month, which represents what we pay in daycare costs each month (even though it now is directed at our student loan debt snowball).

    I’ve been hitting that amount and more each month for this whole year. Hitting over $800 in the month of May reminded me that I can achieve the goals I set for myself and I just need to keep raising that bar.

    The next bar of online income is a nice consistent $1,000 a month number. Can I do it? I think I can.

    Feeling motivated.

    It’s great that leaving the month of May one of my big wins is feeling motivated.

    For so long I struggled with the motivation to work on anything related to online activities.  I let the income I did generate dwindle to nothing and failed to capitalize on past successes all because I was unmotivated. While I know that motivation is fleeting and not reliable, it really does help.

    I’m incredibly motivated to keep working on this online income thing. It’s a puzzle I know can be cracked (I’ve seen people do it). This is something I plan to keep working towards until I figure out how to hit the goals I want to achieve for myself.

    May 2019 YouTube Income

    My YouTube income was consistent this month. I’ve heard from several creators that they had bad months in May for Youtube revenue but I’m lucky to have hit a very similar number to April.

    In May, my channel grew by 274 subscribers. This number isn’t incredibly large but it shows consistent growth. Most channels grow rapidly by having a video or two go viral and I know that could happen at any time. But I’m very happy with the current rate of steady upwards growth until that next spike of subscribers occurs.

    I improved my impressions click-thru-rate in May by focusing on creating better thumbnails for videos. This rate meas­ures how of­ten view­ers watched a video after see­ing an im­pres­sion. I knew I had room to grow here so I went back and picked some of the most popular videos I had that had slowed in growth and then made them better thumbnails.

    What I’m Working On Next

    So what’s on tap for June? I’ve got a few things planned:

    Start my Etsy shop. June is the month where I’m planning to stop stalling and take the plunge to open my Etsy shop! This is something I’ve been working on behind the scenes and it’s finally time to really do it and actually offer things people can purchase.

    Implement what I’ve learned. After taking Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing I had pages and pages of notes and ideas to implement. While everything won’t be immediate I plan to start working on the strategies I noted.

    Update my other channel. I have two channels but one gets very little attention. I’d like to at least start making 1 video a week or every other week there. I get less watch time and a lower CPM on that channel but there is a large potential for growth and all the videos are evergreen.

    Consistent video production. At least 3 videos per week on my channel between budget videos, car chats, and weekend vlogs that I’m currently doing to work on improving my editing skills.

    Popular YouTube videos on my channel:

    Thanks for reading/watching/following along with this online income journey!

  • April 2019 Online Income Report – $778.95

    While this online income report is a bit delayed, I have gone back to doing monthly income reports.

    Creating and growing my online income is so important to my current financial goals that I need to focus on it each month.

    Why Share An Online Income Report

    I’m sharing my online income reports as a YouTuber (my main priority these days even though I started years ago as a blogger) to show people that it is possible to make money online.

    Lots of people want to know how much small youtubers make and if you can make money from a small YouTube channel.

    online income report from youtube and etsy

    I’m a small YouTuber that started just so I could share videos of my Alaska vacation, but it’s turned into so much more than that.

    My original goal was to earn at least $600 dollars a month to help pay for the additional daycare expenses for my daughter. I knew that earning money online was possible because I had done it once before as a blogger and I had seen hundreds of others do the same and more. If people could earn tens of thousands a month online, surely I could earn $600 a month.

    While I’m not earning a full time income online I am happy to show that I’ve grown my income to hit that goal each month and I’ve been able to help a lot of people along the way. It’s amazing that we can earn money creating and sharing content online. What a world we live in!

    Previous Income Reports

    If you’re interested in past income reports, you can see my last few here:

    Online Income Reports – Pennies Not Perfection

    As you can see from past income reports, my online income in 2019 has been trending much higher than my income last year. The growth is not viral or explosive but it is moving up every single month.

    I’m consistently earning $700-$800 a month now when I was only earning $300-500 last year. That might not seem huge since it’s small numbers but that means I have doubled my monthly online income!

    My goal for a while now is to bump up to the $1,000 a month mark consistently with the income I’m generating from the online business activities. It’s amazing to think that it’s within reach and soon I could be earning $1,000 per month.

    I like sharing these numbers to show small YouTubers what is possible with a channel that isn’t huge or growing by hundreds of thousands of subscribers in a year. While that would be amazing, it is possible to still earn income as a small channel.

    Seeing these numbers in this format helps me to see the growth I’ve already had and inspires me to keep growing.

    April 2019 Online Income Report

    I missed my monthly online income reports so I’m bringing it back to do each month!

    Earning money online is such an amazing thing and I’m blessed to be able to do it. I’m really starting to see the potential it has to bring me to the freedom I want! Im a small youtuber but this is my favorite side hustle to earn money because even though it has taken a ton of work upfront, I can do it while being around my baby and family. I don’t have to leave to sell more of my time for money. I can keep side hustling and earning money online to get to freedom!

    Here are the main income sources broken down by what I earned for the month. I’ve included

    referral links to each if you want to join too!

    Total Income: $778.95

    This is the amount earned in April 2019, before any fees, expenses, or taxes.

    That means I don’t keep all of it it and at least 25% will be gone before it hits my bank account. I also won’t be paid all of it in the month it is earned since each source pays out at different times.

    April 2019 YouTube Income

    My YouTube income was great in April considering the ad revenue for the spring and summer months seems to be less high for most people. I know a couple YouTubers in my niche that have said the last couple months have been their worst. Ad rates are definitely lower now versus the last quarter of the year.

    I consistently made new videos in April which has helped keep the income coming in and giving me more videos in the library that people can find.

    I did hit a lull in subscriber growth in April. I grew to 5,000 subscribers quickly in 2018 but the growth slowed down in the first couple months of this year. Continuing to grow my audience on YouTube is something I’m hoping to work on in coming months.

    Popular YouTube videos on my channel:

    Thanks for reading/watching/following along with this online income journey!

  • April – March 2019 – Online Income Report – $2,379.28

    Welcome to another monthly online income report! You might be here because you wondering, “how much money do youtubers make” or, “how I make money on Youtube”, which is what I am going to be talking about today.

    I’m calling it an online income report since it not only incorporates this blog's eventual income but also YouTube earnings. Having several sources of online income growing at the same time makes sense to me in case one ever disappears.

    Motivation to rebuild my online income is at an all time high after going back to work after having my baby. I’m not sure I’ll ever stop working a regular job, but having income coming in from other sources gives me many more options!

    Why Share An Online Income Report

    A couple months ago I decided to take my online income seriously after years of just being a hobby blogger and then not making content at all besides for fun.

    During that time I watched other bloggers like Pinch of Yum, Busy Budgeter, Just A Girl And Her Blog, post monthly blog income reports where they grew from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars a month. I realized if they could do it, why couldn’t I? Even if I only made it to a couple of thousand dollars a month, how would that change our lives?

    Currently I’m nowhere near a full time income. I started tracking my income with a rough monthly range of $300-$500 per month and hope to grow that amount to better help support my family.

    This is a process for me as I reorganize, refocus, and build from a place where I had stopped blogging, did nothing online, and then fell into the world of online video. If nothing else, I want to see what I can do in this new medium.

    I don’t know how long I’ll be doing these, but I’d at least like to chronicle the experience while I’m focused on earning enough extra income to pay for new expenses like daycare!

    Previous Online Income Reports

    If you’re interested in past income reports, you can see my last few here:

    Online Income Reports – Pennies Not Perfection

    My goal for a while now is to bump up to the $1,000 a month mark consistently with the income I’m generating from the online business activities. It’s amazing to think that it’s within reach and soon I could be earning $1,000 per month.

    I like sharing these numbers to show small YouTubers what is possible with a channel that isn’t huge or growing by hundreds of thousands of subscribers in a year. While that would be amazing, it is possible to still earn income as a small channel.

    Seeing these numbers in this format helps me to see the growth I’ve already had and inspires me to keep growing.

    Q1 2019 Online Income 

    Here’s my earnings broken down by type with the sources listed below:

    January Online Income: $855.44

    • Affiliate Marketing
    • Advertising 

    February Online Income: $817.57

    • Affiliate Marketing 
    • Advertising 
    • MLM
      • Advocare – $91.71

    March Online Income: $706.26

    • Affiliate Marketing 
      • Awin  – $131.42
      • Amazon – $198.54
      • ShareASale – $0.99
    • Advertising 
    • MLM
      • Advocare – $22.00

    Total Income: $2,379.28

    Online Income Results

    My goal is to earn $500 monthly online and I exceeded that goal every month! I’m really thrilled with that progress considering last year I didn’t hit my goal several months. It just shows that the efforts build upon themselves as you continue to work on it, even if you aren’t working on it with 100% focus.

    Over $700 per month for Q1 is a great result. I’m still keeping my goal of $500 per month all year since I know things can change but I’d like to hope back up to that next level of income over $1,000 a month. That will go a long way toward paying off debt and moving us toward freedom.

    Affiliate Earnings

    This is an area I’d like to continue to grow more because there is a lot of potential here based on my reading of other blogger and vlogger income reports.

    I only recommend sites and products I believe in and either have bought for myself or would by for someone I love. Because of this I find affiliate earnings a way to share what I love and also be paid to help people at the same time. It gets a bad rap because some people use it in a shady way but I think it’s a really awesome thing. I also think I have a lot of room to grow in this area.

    YouTube Earnings

    YouTube earnings have been consistent which has been great as blog advertising income drastically dropped overall (it is not a huge focus currently but may be in the future).

    My channel is normally earning between $250-$300 in a 4 week period. That’s fantastic considering a year ago at this time I was earning $20 and then demonetized.

    That means in a year I’ve grown my income by a multiple of 10. It doesn’t seem like a big deal when it’s just $250 a month, but it’s a huge deal when I think of the snowball effect and consider what this amount will be if it’s multiplied by another 10. That is some serious money.

    What Didn’t Work Well 

    I didn’t have much time to do anything besides make videos. I have been dealing with personal stuff on top of work and taking care of Penny so it leaves less time for working on this little once again growing side hustle.

    Another thing that didn’t work well was my focus on the things that work well. I suffer from the common affliction of chasing the shiny new thing, so I tend to lose focus on the work that matters. I think some accountability or a mastermind group might help keep me on track here so it might be something I need to find.

    What Worked Well

    I think consistent video creation has worked well on my YouTube channel.

    I’ve grown my channel to over 5,000 subscribers which is insane since my goal last year was just to hit 3,000 – and that was a stretch goal.

    People are finding my channel more frequently and seem to like my content. A planner budgeting community has developed with many bigger channels and my mid-size channel. It is pretty exciting to see how it continues to grow!

    Goals For Q2 2019

    What I’m planning for next quarter:

    • Open my Etsy shop!
    • Continue at least 3x videos a week on YouTube

    Popular Videos

    I’ve been making videos regularly over the last three months. That is the one consistent thing I've been able to do with this online income journey despite my desire to do even more. Making videos is something I enjoy and the one thing I'm likely to do before anything else on my to-do list.

    Popular YouTube videos on my channel last quarter: