October 3, 2018

September 2018 Income Report

It's now been three months that I've been earning income solely from online sources.  Three months in I now have two sources of income, and this month I made over $1,000!

How I made over $1,000 online this month

I've had a steady stream of Virtual Assistance clients, and work between 5-10 hours a week with them.  Offering a service is the fastest way to get earning online, and it gives you income and opportunities to create other income streams in the background.

Virtual Assistance – $825 ($542 USD)

The great thing about being a VA, is that you can choose any path that suits you.  Most of the past 15 or so years I've spent working in and with teams who create websites, so I can comfortably set up a functioning, good looking website that does what it needs to. So this is the main area I focus on – because I love it!  I don't offer administrative services, or bookeeping, or repetitive task type things (think social media posting), because I don't enjoy it.  But there are plenty of VAs that do!

My point is, there's a lot of flexibility to choose what you like and enjoy doing – and if it turns out that there's a need for it, you're in.

Freelance Writing – $293 ($200 USD)

There was an increase in income this month, but no increase in work – I just banked two months of cheques.  Because I'm lazy! No wait… smart.

Total income for September 2018

Income streamNZDUSD
Virtual Assistance (service)825542
Freelance Writing293200
Total income for September 2018$1,118.00$742.00

Conclusions and expectations for next month

I'm pretty happy with cracking the $1,000/month mark. I hope to triple that early next year, and keep growing from there.  How I earn my income will change over time – right now all of my income is from trading time and services for money.  Over time I aim to do less service work and create more passive income.

On that note, in October I will have a new income stream to add – I won't spoil the surprise yet, but I can tell you that it's PASSIVE income.


I decided it would be a TRAVESTY not to make the very most of the perks of working from home. Currently I work out 3-4 days each week at home, and my daughter and I enjoy super nutritious lunches, play often, and go outside when it's nice.

Because I'm juggling less responsibilities and have no commute to worry about, I'm also less stressed! So I've had the headspace to try new recipes in the kitchen – which the husband isn't unhappy about at all!  Traditionally HE has been the chef in this house, but now I'm slowly turning the tables.

This month I'm grateful for…

I'm hugely grateful for having the privilege to be able to do this. To be able to quit my job and start up a business working from home with the support of my husband has been life changing.  Our debt repayments, savings and investments have taken a temporary downturn while I business-build, but we have faith that I'm going to make this work – so we'll pick that up again later!

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

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  • As always, I love following your journey Peti. Thanks for being honest and open and sharing how you’re making it work – for you. There are lots of great tips in here for anyone else who wants to give working from home a go themselves.

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