Online Business

  • November 2019 Online Income Report – $1,455.42

    Welcome to my monthly online income report! And to the biggest income report so far! November 2019 was my best online income month yet!

    Each month here on the blog I share what I earned from online endeavors like this personal finance blogmy YouTube channel, and my Etsy shop. I like sharing real numbers to inspire myself and others.

    online income report celebrate money

    I know that earning more online income could stop me from working 45 hours each week so I’ve tried to squeeze as much work into online income generating activities as possible. Because I’m back to working full time hours for a season I’m unable to put more than a few hours each week into my online income activities, but the income this month has me hopeful that I can continue growing the income by being extremely helpful and reaching more people.

    Growing my online income is so important to my current financial goals and that focus matters so much to my family right now! It also means that as my income grows, I’m helping more people.

    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 over the two years that I’ve been making videos on YouTube.

    Once I realized I could also earn money with the videos, I decided to set a goal of making YouTube into a side hustle. 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. Those two things don’t go together without added stress, so my plan was to increase my side hustle income!

    I knew that earning money online was possible because I had done it once before as a blogger on a small scale and 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 original online income goal 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 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 $1,000 a month now when I was only earning $300-500 last year when I started tracking my online income. That might not seem huge since it’s small numbers but that means I have doubled my monthly online income!

    It’s amazing to think that I have earned over $1,000 a month with Pennies Not Perfection and other online activities these past few months.

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

    November 2019 Online Income Report

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

    • Advertising – $521.55
    • Affiliates – $798.99
    • Etsy Products – $134.88

    Total Income: $1,455.42

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

    That means I don’t keep all of it it and at least 25% will be gone for taxes 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 with much excitement: I hit my goal two months in a row! I made $1,000 in a month! Again!

    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. I’ve been making videos for over 2 years now and not a single one has gone viral, though people who’ve been inspired by my videos did in fact go viral with theirs. It just goes to show that continuing on until a video or to hits still equals a steady increase in income.

    What I Worked On In November 2019

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

    Made affiliate marketing improvements.

    I continued with my implementation of tweaks I learned from taking the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course. I feel like this has helped me save a lot of time, even if this month’s affiliate income does not reflect it!

    I added additional affiliate marketing programs for products to my list finally! I plan to keep my number of promoted affiliate partnerships to under 20 so that they are manageable and never something I haven’t used myself.

    This month I added two investing platforms that I currently use for different purposes in our overall portfolio. Since I’m only adding affiliate partners that I love and use, this felt like a good extension since I’ve been wanting to talk about investing for a long time. I’ve been investing for over a decade now but I just never talk about it!

    Adding new affiliate partners in the coming months and continuing to make tweaks on my existing ones should help increase the affiliate revenue. I’m very happy with the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course so far because it’s helped me focus into a better direction.

    Added products to my Etsy shop.

    I continued to add more products to my Etsy shop and I added several new ones and made even more sales. The amount of revenue is very similar to last month so I believe if I continue to add products that will grow the product sales revenue.

    It also means that the $135 I earned last month was not a fluke! I wasn’t sure if I literally earned 10 times more last month as a fluke or if it meant my shop was finally taking off. Based on this repeat month, I think it means it was working! So for now I plan to keep going along with my strategy of creating and adding products! The more products I have the more opportunities I have to make a sale.

    November 2019 Online Income Wins

    Time to celebrate some things that went right with online income in the month of November!

    Income over $1,000.

    Like I’ve mentioned, my first goal with online income was to get to earning at least $600 a month to help pay for daycare and debt payments. More recently I challenged myself to start hitting $1,000 a month.

    This month I feel like I sailed right past that $1k mark and really blew it out of the water with

    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.

    Affiliate marketing income over $500.

    I’ve had a private goal to increase my affiliate marketing income to over $500 for a while now. I felt like providing useful content around this would ultimately get me to a place where I was earning more with my affiliate partners.

    I love affiliate marketing because it’s such a great way to earn money but you are also providing value by connecting people to the products and services they need. You aren’t asking them for money or taking any from them – it all comes from a mission from the company!

    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 but I want to create more items and also promote what is already there. I have a big goal of eventually getting to 50 items listed in 2019 so I’m hoping I can continue to add products and grow the amount of listing and sales.

    Create more affiliate focused videos. I made a couple affiliate product focused videos and they did quite well for my channel based on the response and the income. 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 by focusing on single products and being super helpful in the content. I honestly never want to create anything that isn’t helpful to at least one person.

    I also plan to participate in Vlogmas next month when December ad revenue is high and when affiliate marketing income is high as well. I’m hoping for another high income month!

    Popular YouTube videos on my channel:

    Thanks for reading/watching/following along with this online income journey! Stay tuned for more online income reports.

  • October 2019 Online Income Report – $1,024.42

    Welcome to my monthly online income report!

    Each month here on the blog I share what I earned from online endeavors like this personal finance blogmy YouTube channel, and my Etsy shop. I like sharing real numbers to inspire myself and others.

    Since May when I realized earning 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. I know that in the final quarter of 2019 my income can potentially jump up because of the foundation I’ve laid.

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

    earnning money as a blogger working from home

    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 over the two years that I’ve been making videos on YouTube.

    Once I realized I could also earn money with the videos, I decided to set a goal of making YouTube into a side hustle. 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. Those two things don’t go together without added stress, so my plan was to increase my side hustle income!

    I knew that earning money online was possible because I had done it once before as a blogger on a small scale and 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 original online income goal 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 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.

    October 2019 Online Income Report

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

    • Advertising – $512.47
    • Affiliates – $376.55
    • Etsy Products – $135.40

    Total Income: $1,024.42

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

    That means I don’t keep all of it it and at least 25% will be gone for taxes 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 with much excitement: I hit my goal two months in a row! I made $1,000 in a month! Again!

    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. I try not to think of my overall hourly rate because it definitely wouldn’t make me as excited.

    What I Worked On In October 2019

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

    Made affiliate marketing improvements.

    I continued with my implementation of tweaks I learned from taking the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course. I feel like this has helped me save a lot of time, even if this month’s affiliate income does not reflect it!

    I am still looking for additional affiliate marketing programs for products and services I already use and love that would be a good fit for earning money because I already talk about them. I plan to pick a few different products and companies to promote and not do too many at once because quality over quantity is important.

    Adding new affiliate partners in the coming months and continuing to make tweaks on my existing ones should help increase the affiliate revenue. I’m very happy with the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course so far because it’s helped me focus into a better direction.

    Added products to my Etsy shop.

    I continued to add more products to my Etsy shop and increased the number of printables available for sale. I had the goal of continuing to add new ones and this month I did! I added several new ones and made even more sales than ever.

    The amount I earned in Etsy this month over last month is very encouraging! I literally earned 10 times more this month than last month and I didn’t do anything different: I just kept going along with my strategy of creating and adding products!

    Getting sales as a new Etsy shop is the hardest part of opening but it’s starting to snowball on itself! $100 is not life changing money but it is amazing to have made so many sales this month!

    October 2019 Online Income Wins

    Time to celebrate some things that went right with online income in the month of October!

    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 one that seemed impossible just a year ago. It seems that every month the income I’m earning from this side hustle continues to grow and I’m so blessed by this fact. I know as long as I focus on helping more people it will continue to grow.

    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.

    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 but I want to create more items and also promote what is already there. I have a big goal of eventually getting to 50 items listed in 2019 so I’m hoping I can continue to add products and grow the amount of listing and sales.

    Create more affiliate focused videos. I made a couple affiliate product focused videos and they did quite well for my channel based on the response and the income. 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 by focusing on single products and being super helpful in the content. I honestly never want to create anything that isn’t helpful to at least one person.

    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! Stay tuned for more online income reports.

  • August 2019 Online Income Report – $1,118.40

    Welcome to my monthly online income report!

    Each month here on the blog I share what I earned from online endeavors like this personal finance blog, my YouTube channel, and my Etsy shop. I like sharing real numbers to inspire myself and others.

    Since May when I realized earning 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. I know that in the final quarter of 2019 my income can potentially jump up because of the foundation I’ve laid.

    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.

    earn money from home as a mom

    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 over the two years that I’ve been making videos on YouTube.

    Once I realized I could also earn money with the videos, I decided to set a goal of making YouTube into a side hustle. 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. Those two things don’t go together without added stress, so my plan was to increase my side hustle income!

    I knew that earning money online was possible because I had done it once before as a blogger on a small scale and 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 original online income goal 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.

    August 2019 Online Income Report

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

    Total Income: $1,118.40

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

    That means I don’t keep all of it it and at least 25% will be gone for taxes 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 with much excitement: I hit my goal two months in a row! I made $1,000 in a month! Again!

    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. I try not to think of my overall hourly rate because it definitely wouldn’t make me as excited.

    What I Worked On In August 2019

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

    Made affiliate marketing improvements.

    I continued with my implementation of tweaks I learned from Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.

    I’ve been looking for additional affiliate marketing programs for products and services I already use and love that would be a good fit for earning money because I already talk about them. I love the idea of affiliate marketing but I never want to promote junky offers just because they can earn me money. Authenticity and trust is important to me so I’ll never promote something I wouldn’t use or recommend for my mom or daughter.

    Adding new affiliate partners in the coming months and continuing to make tweaks on my existing ones should help increase the affiliate revenue. I’m very happy with the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course so far because it’s helped me focus into a better direction.

    Added products to my Etsy shop.

    Last month I opened my Etsy shop (well at the very end of June) and I only opened with a couple printable products. I had the goal of continuing to add new ones and this month I did! I added several new ones and made a few sales.

    Getting sales as a new Etsy shop is the hardest part of opening! Getting products created and up for sale wasn’t difficult but actually getting buyers is the area where new shops struggle. While I did get a few sales this month I have a long way to go to make Etsy a sustainable income source.

    August 2019 Online Income Wins

    Time to celebrate some things that went right with online income in the month of August!

    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 one that seemed impossible just a year ago. It seems that every month the income I’m earning from this side hustle continues to grow and I’m so blessed by this fact. I know as long as I focus on helping more people it will continue to grow.

    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.

    August 2019 YouTube Income

    My YouTube income was high again 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.

    I plan to keep focusing more on personal finance topics that will raise the overall income of my channel due to the higher CPMS based on topic. I loved doing mom life content and vlogs with my baby, but they definitely don’t pay as well or reach as wide an audience. I’m also not a mom that’s confident enough to give advice…. but I do have something to say about earning money online and handling money wisely!

    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 but I want to create more items and also promote what is already there. I have a big goal of eventually getting to 50 items listed in 2019 so I’m hoping I can continue to add products and grow the amount of listing and sales.

    Create more affiliate focused videos. I made a couple affiliate product focused videos and they did quite well for my channel based on the response and the income. 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 by focusing on single products and being super helpful in the content. I honestly never want to create anything that isn’t helpful to at least one person.

    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! Stay tuned for more online income reports.

  • 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!