Self-Employment Income Update December 2013

by Fig on January 2, 2014

Happy New Year my friends! Hopefully your not waking up with Christmas credit card debt and instead are enjoying a wonderful new year full of hope and optimism! Today it’s time for my monthly self-employment income report.

I do this to keep myself accountable and to be transparent. Thank you for reading and helping support my dreams!

Figuring Money Out Blog Updates

Goals for the blog for December were a mixed bag of results.

  • Enter blog into blogger carnivals – YES. Did this! YAY!
  • Increase Alexa Rank to under 400,000 – SORTA. I’m so close! At 404,000.
  • Increase visits to 3,000 – NO. Missed this one. Got close but oopsie, there were holidays!

I did however post some content I’m really proud of last month. My favorite posts from December:

Goals for January:

  • Enter blog into blogger carnivals again!
  • Increase Alexa Rank to under 350,000.
  • Increase visits to 3,000.
  • Write 2 more reviews.

Side Hustles Update

As a reminder, services I’m currently offering:

  • Blog Setup
  • Website/Blog Management
  • Blog Monetization Management
  • Social Media Management
  • Blog commenting
  • Virtual Assistant

If you need help with any of these things, let me know! I’m happy to help.

Self-Employment Goals

Sign on 1-3 new clients. Pass.

Build affiliate income. Pass! I wrote two review posts (Discover It Credit Card Review and Fire Starter Sessions Book Review) that will bring in income. I also went through a few old posts to add affiliate offers where appropriate. I’ve noticed my old writing does not have a focus toward monetizing at all because I truly started this blog for fun and accountability.

Keep doing offline gigs. Pass. I made some offline money but I also am unsure if I want to continue doing this or not.

Same goals for next month.

Business and Other Income in December

So how did I do in December? The numbers please…

  • Website-Related  – $865.00
  • Offline Gigs & Income – $125.00

December Income Total – $990.00

Self-Employment Thoughts

YIKES! This was a very expensive month for me so it sucked to not have a huge income coming in this month. I can’t believe I didn’t even crack the $1,000 mark for the month. That’s pretty lame.

To be honest though, I didn’t work as hard as I could have. There were a lot of distractions throughout the month. There were a lot of times where I should have been working but took the day off instead because friends and family were in town and they wanted to do something. I didn’t work hard because I was definitely in “vacation” mentality since everyone else was too.

I can’t survive on less than $1,000 a month so this is definitely problematic. I will have to either get a job or work really hard in January to bump up my self-employment income to a liveable level. Since my expenses are low, I’m not that far off, but I do need to earn about $1,500 a month for this to be a realistic plan for my survival. That’s not much, right?

This month I plan to work a bit harder EVERY DAY. I don’t plan to take days off and I plan to set hours of focus time aside to work on this blog and other projects.

I hope to pick up some staff writing gigs and will be lowering my normal price just to get more volume going. Since I’m a newbie and I need the money I think this will work out well for everyone. If you need a writer for your blog, let me know!

So that’s the month in review. It’s not super excited right now but I still hope to one day be earning at least a decent wage by doing this. I know it’s possible by seeing people like Michelle, Holly, and Jeff make it happen. If they can do it, I can do it!

Until next month, it’s time to hustle!

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Raquel@Practical Cents January 2, 2014 at 7:28 pm

I think $990 is great! Given that you are a newbie and just getting started on monetizing your blog. Keep up the good work! I’m sure your earnings will continue to grow.


Untemplater January 3, 2014 at 2:09 am

December was a rough month for me too. I was sick for so long I really couldn’t do much at all and it really frustrated me. Fortunately I’m feeling better and I think I will be able to get a lot done this month. Even though I’m doing a lot of catch up work, it’s all good. Anything is better than being sick in bed! Best of luck on your Jan goals and happy new year!


jefferson January 5, 2014 at 7:27 am

I think you have a great plan to keep that online income on the upswing. The blog management services that you are getting into can be very lucrative (so I hear).

Don’t get too hung up on December, however.. It can be a tough month for most people.


Daisy @ Prairie Eco Thrifter January 6, 2014 at 8:33 am

It looks like you are doing really well with self employment. All really impressive goals to have achieved! I am working on affiliate income as well. It seems like the most promising.


save. spend. splurge. January 9, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Your december income is pretty good..! It can only go up from here, right?


Fig January 10, 2014 at 10:53 am

True! That’s the best part is that it can only get better. :)


Kim January 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I think you did great! I’m a newbie and to see you continue to work on your goals is inspiring!


Fig January 21, 2014 at 10:41 am

Thanks Kim!


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