Monday, September 30, 2013

Your Financial Goals: Needs and Wants

I've been posting every month since May about my monthly income. You can check out August's here. I know ya'll love seeing how much I make and where, working only about 20 hours a week. There are writers who make double what I make in the time I work and there are writers who make half. We are all different.

As I get ready to post September's numbers, I wanted to take a moment to ask you about YOUR financial goals. Not your writing goals (like: I want to get published at XYZ magazine; I want to get out of the content mills, etc.), but your financial goals.

Are you writing to feed your kids? Are you writing to save for a Camaro? Are you writing to send your kids to do things they love, like for me it's gymnastics classes. Also we are trying to remodel and need the money for that. My husband's income takes care of our necessities, but my income pays for extras, like the trip to SeaLife Aquarium and to Powell Gardens and for any mini vacations we might be able to take. And unexpecteds like lawn mowers breaking! And Christmas is just around the corner!!!!!!!!!!!!
Our trip to Powell Gardens last week in Kansas City

Do you want to make $100 per week for fun money? Or do you NEED to make $500/week to survive?

I hope some of my ideas help you to reach your goals. There's plenty of work to go around! I'd love to hear from you and support you!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

AMAZING August 2013 Income and Sources

August was not too shabby, weighing in at a whopping $2,081.44 (if I could do that every month, that translates into about $25,000 per year working part-time from home).

Here were April's numbers, and then May's numbers. Then here are June's numbers, and you can see I'm increasing my income every month. July was amazing but not as good as August!

It is once again awesome to be able to make this much money from home while also being able to go to the pool with the kids every day! This month we were able to get a lawnmower when ours broke down and are spending quite a bit of money on remodeling our living/dining rooms with hardwood floors and paint so we can maybe move to the country sometime!

I am in the Stop Whining About Money and Do Something About It Club! Care to join me? Open enrollment is now!

Disclaimers: For the record, I have no reason to lie to you about any of the income I’m reporting, and the most underhanded, nasty, smarmy thing I’m going to do is give you my referral links so I can make a whopping dime or so off of each person who signs up to do what I’m doing! The dollar amounts I show are what I actually RECEIVED in my hot little hand or PayPal account, not what I EARNED because things show up at different times and take different amounts of time to come around.

Just like always: I STILL do not count my eggs before they are in my PayPal account. Now, let's get started:

1. Fiverr. I received $1,224 here in August. The majority of my income is from proofreading when my kids sleep, but I also have gigs for promoting things via my social media outlets. I outsourced some jobs this month, and the amount takes that into account  and does not count it as income for me (about $187 outsourced).

2. Bubblews. $303.02. Just click on the word Bubblews and you can sign up using my referral link. This is basically a blogging site that you can read more about here. Anyone can join.

3. Regional Parenting Magazine articles, new and reprint: $205. That would be thanks to this little gem.

4. General blogging for sites not my own. $57

5. PostLoop. $12.94. I'm going to send you here because I have a lot of information on this and it needed its own post. Bottom line: probably worth it and potentially $10/hour while you watch TV. *IF YOU SIGNED UP UNDER ME USING MY REFERRAL LINK, THANK YOU! PLEASE DO THE 10 POSTS TO GET STARTED; YOU WILL GET POINTS FOR THOSE AND THEN A RATING, THEN YOU CAN CONTINUE ON.

6. LikeNation. No income involved but great for boosting your social media. I finally sucked it up and just wrote a post about how this works!

7. Private proofing jobs: $105

8. BlogHer ads income from 3 tweeting campaigns plus one month of ads on my main blog: $159.02

9. Ebooks! $12.20. I'm only on Amazon now with Make Money to Write About Your Kids and The Tater Tot Casserole Cookbook. You do not need a Kindle to buy these! You can also load them onto your smartphone using their new Kindle app!

10. $3.26. This is a site where you find something you think your social media peeps or Facebook friends might like and then post it. Depending on who clicks, you get a few cents. They pay out weekly. I tried it just for fun and head back there every now and then.

Come back to see September's numbers, which will likely be lower since homeschooling just started yesterday and my time will be limited!

*Yes, I pay taxes on every stinking cent!
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