What a way to finish the year! December was another awesome month. Although it was a slight dip from November I was still able to get over halfway to my goal of making $3,000 from home. For those who haven’t read my previous post, I have a very simple dream. My dream is to make enough money from home so that I can quit my day job. (That is going to be a sweet day!) My estimate is that I’d need $3,000/month in steady income to make that possible.
Making money from home isn’t easy so I’ve identified a few different ways to reach this goal. If one of these methods doesn’t work then I’ll switch to another one.
(Looking for other opportunities to make money? Check out our monster post of ways to earn money online)
How I’m Making Money From Home:
- Website: i need money ASAP!
- Carpentry: A hobby of mine that brings in some cash
- Small Business: Not sure what yet…maybe financial planning?
- Freelancing: In the future…maybe freelance writing?
- Swagbucks: Easy way to make money online just by searching & watching videos
- Clickworker: Doing small tasks online
My December Update: $1,504
It was a great month for making money from home! Although it was another small backtrack from where I was in October and November. But really who can complain about $1,500+ in side income? Not me thats for sure! Most of the month was actually trending ahead of November but then Christmas came and everything really slowed down. I never anticipated that there would be such a large decrease but it makes total sense. Everyone is home with family and less people are online.
Looking forward I expect January, February and March to be a bit soft as well. Some of the keywords that drive the majority of my SEO traffic appear to have a seasonal dip for the first three months of the year.
Without further ado here’s how I made $1,504 this month…
This was a good month for my online income. There are a few websites that I tinker with but i need money ASAP! is by far the largest. If you’re thinking about starting a website then I encourage you to check out my previous post. Right now GoDaddy has a sweet promotion where you can start a website for only $1/month! You get a free domain name and everything.
My websites made an astonishing $1,361 this month. This was from a mixture of Adsense, Media.net and affiliate sales. Up to this point I have not done any direct advertising or sponsored posts on my sites.
This site has seen some good growth. I continue to work on increasing the number of page views per session and decreasing the bounce rates. I hope this better user experience will translate into higher traffic and earnings in the future.
- Sessions: 11,692
- Pageviews: 29,697
- Pages/Session: 2.5
- Bounce Rate: 52%
I also did a couple of guest posts this month. Check them out…
- Frugal Rules: How To Find Free Money
- Reach Financial Independence: My Secret Number
The site was also mentioned on QuitYourDayJob101, thanks Allan for sharing!
- Quit Your Day Job 101: Need Help Paying Bills? 21 Ideas To Help You
As you can see it was a great month for blogging and I hope to keep this up in January.
If you’re familiar with i need money ASAP! then you know that I love Swagbucks. You can earn money online for doing the things you normally do like shopping, search and watching videos. This month I made $128 from Swagbucks. Some of which I used on gift cards to buy my Christmas gifts online from Amazon.
You can also earn money from referrals. Swagbucks will give you 10% of whatever your referrals earn. Thats right, you don’t even have to do anything and you’ll be making money. Over time I’ve been able to get a decent number of referrals.
Clickworker is another site I use to make money online. On Clickworker its possible to make between $5-$10 per hour. The trick is to qualify for good tasks by doing well on the assessments. For a while there they didn’t have enough tasks for everyone so the assessments were shut down but they appear to be back up again. Even though I didn’t spend a lot of time on Clickworker I was still able to make $15.10 this month.
Through all the Christmas craziness I was able to spend some time on my carpentry projects. They weren’t sold though. So I didn’t technically make any income from my carpentry hobby this month. But it does mean I should get a few hundred $’s sometime in the future. Usually I’ll attend an “art show” during the summer where I can sell a few pieces at a good premium. The best part is that these “art shows” are usually community run events so it only costs $40-$60 to get a 10ft x 10ft booth. If you have a craft you think you can sell then look into these local art shows. They’re inexpensive to enter so its pretty easy to turn a profit.
Making Money From Home:
Thats it for this month! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to reach my goal of making $2,000 in December. For January I’m going to set a more realistic goal of $1,500. I’m also going to try and finish a few more carpentry projects so that they’re ready to sell in the summer.
Wish me luck!
How was your December? Did you reach your goals, financial or otherwise? Are you making money from home? Tell us what’s working well for you in the comments below!
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