February was one of the busiest months of my life. I got the best writing job I’ve ever had (which took up so much of my time), and I also had finals! I only took 1 class, but holy smokes, it was so demanding. Apparently, Bible College is demanding, who knew?
Now, a lot of the hard work from last month (February) will be showing up on my March report. I don’t count my money until it’s actually been given to me. This helps me not get too eager when I’ve started a new job or writing project. Don’t count your eggs before they hatch, people!
Q: Where does my money come from?
A: I take surveys, I ghost-write and freelance write, I clip coupons, and I sell things. I’m also an insanely good budgeter. Honestly, we have 4 kids and live on 1 income, I’m not a financial guru, but I keep us afloat.
I earn money from a few different places and this is how I have them categorized:
Survey sites: $55.00
Selling things: $0
When I say “Coupons”, I mean anything that I would have been buying anyway! I make a list, then check for coupons for that stuff. That, to me, is money earned. I took the time to look, clipped it, then saved that money from our budget that we would have spent. That’s an earning in a sense, and I do include it.
“Credits” are things like Amazon cash back (for loading with my debit), or free things from rewards programs. We got a free coffee, free McDonald’s, etc.
“Survey sites” are places like Ipoll.com, Swagbucks.com, and I also include Bing rewards in this category. A decent bit of my Swagbucks earnings come from signing up for trials, and cash back. Some of it does come from actual surveys and watching videos. This month I made $50 off of Swagbucks and $5 from Bing searches.
“Selling things”. I try and make a monthly trip to the consignment store, but I had been so busy that I never made it in. I’m sure I’ll go in April, if I don’t go this month. I also occasionally sell on eBay and Vinted.
“Writing”. I get a lot of my work from Upwork but I also have a local client as well as a contract with an agency (that’s new ;). We’ll see more from this category with the March report.
Is this a replacement for a full-time income? Not yet! But I am in a place where it doesn’t have to be. My husband makes enough to cover our household expenses, but it can be tight! I have hope that we will eventually be able to replace his full-time income with my writing, online sales, and blogging. One small realistic step at a time folks!
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