In income terms, this month was very quiet, with the only income being from a few hours income from VA work. It was my 5th month earning income solely from online sources, and brings my total online earnings to $3,374 NZD ($2,503 USD).
VA/website creation work
I published another new website for a client - which is essentially a brochure website. It puts her front and centre and tells her customers exactly how she can help them. I custom built it with Thrive Architect, and used Thrive Leads to implement the freebie download - it connects to her email auto responder MailerLite.
Thrive Architect had a major update recently which released a lot of new and cool functionality. I put this to immediate use on both the sites I’m working on.
Related: Thrive Leads
Related: Thrive Architect
The Amazon Affiliate programme
In November I started adding relevant reading from Amazon into blog posts - for example if the post is focused on debt freedom, you’ll find a ‘bookshelf’ which displays books about debt freedom.
I’m a HUGE reader and devour a lot of books, so I feel comfortable recommending these to my own readers.
I haven't made any 'qualifying sales' yet, and you need 3 in your first three months as an Amazon Affiliate, so my account might be closed.
I'm ok with this and I haven't gone out of my way to promote this affiliation, because I'm testing it with my audience to see if it adds value.
If I don't get any qualifying sales, that will be my answer!
I also put Google AdSense on my site for about a day - then promptly took it down!
It slowed my site down a lot, and for the potential returns I’d get, with my current site traffic - I decided it just wasn’t worth it.
I’ll reconsider advertising once my monthly session views are higher, and I’ll probably look at Mediavine - which I’ve heard in blogging circles, is a better way to monetize a blog for ad revenue.
Total income for November 2018
|Virtual Assistance (service)||450||302|
|Total income for November 2018||$450||$302|
Conclusions and expectations for next month
In the VA/website creation space, I realised this month that I am really comfortable delivering brochure websites with a conversion focus.
So I'm going to put a specific package together for this service. Doing this will also allow me to put some expected time frames up around delivery - so that my clients have a good understanding up front about how long it will take, and how much it will cost.
In December I’m hoping to get another website launched, but in reality - with the Christmas holidays coming up, that could be January.
I’m about to finish month one of Build Blog Freedom, which has given me a really good basic understanding of how SEO works.
Things I’m grateful for this month
1. Improved mind and body
I knew that working from home would help my headspace. I didn't quite realise how much.
Before I quit my IT consulting job back in June this year, I was unsuccessfully juggling motherhood and a career while suffering from post natal depression.
Having control over who I work with, when I work, where I work and how much I work - has been immensely helpful in helping me to recover from PND. I’m truely truely grateful for that.
I continue to make the most of my situation as much as I can - I feel like this honours the belief that my husband has put in me to make an online business work.
I get to work out at home any day of the week, and I'm really feeling and noticing the difference in energy, strength, fitness - and a bit of weight loss too!
2. Directly helping people
I’m also really grateful that I’ve been able to make such an impact on the businesses of the people I’ve worked with so far.
Just making a small improvement to how they present their services online, has made a big difference to them.
It really fulfilling to be able to use all my years of experience in web design, and in the trenches of web development - to directly help people I also really enjoy working with.
And with my blog - I feel like I've started creating more valuable content, as I get to know what you like, and respond to.
A side note on accountability
I publish my online income reports for a few reasons - one reason is to show you how I've created a successful online business - ups and downs included!
Another reason being that I want to hold myself accountable.
You might have noticed that this month's income report is a bit late - that's because it was hard for me to post it!
It was my lowest earning month yet, and I had hoped for a consistent upward trend.
But business isn't like that - and I don't want to pretend it's anything else than what it is.
I promise to be accountable even if I don't bring in ANY income in a month!
Monthly Income Reports
I earned my first dollar from online sources in July 2018 (well, quite a bit more than that actually). I've published my online income reports ever since. You can see them here: INCOME REPORTS