I’m a whole week late with this months side hustle income report but I have good reason…
Last week I was told that the full-time freelance role I currently have as my main income (so not included on this report) will be finishing at the end of July as there have been changes with the clients budget. It’s not really anything anyone could have foreseen and I completely understand that without the budget there’s no budget to pay me but it’s still a big blow and I’ve been having a little bit of a meltdown over it.
Luckily I’ve pulled it together now and I’m taking it as an opportunity to work on my own projects and ideas I’ve been wanting to develop for a while. I think that with some work over the next few months I can replace that wage with my side hustle earnings, it won’t be easy but if I can pull it off it will definitely be worth it.
The extra bonus for SHD readers is that it means there will be plenty of new content on here for you all to read as I’ll be making sure to write posts on any new hustle I try!
I managed to bring in an extra £1,189.59 in June
It’s important to note that this is before deductions – I pay tax on all my side hustle/self-employed earnings so put away around 25% a month to go towards my tax return.
Also, it’s worth remembering that the incomes stated here are based on when invoices got paid so even though it’s down as June income it for invoices that might have covered work from May.
Social Media & Community Management – £202.20
We’ve had another good month for growth in the Facebook community I manage for my Fintech client. Facebook has recently made a lot of updates to Groups that have seen them become even more useful to brands wanting to build an online community so I’m keen to start advertising this more as a service I can provide to companies – that’s one of my jobs to work on during July, come up with a sort of package I can offer.
Affiliates Earnings – £459.27 – What Is Affiliate Marketing?
It was a good month for affiliate income! This is a combination of a few different affiliate schemes I work with, they don’t all payout instantly/monthly so a nice chunk of this was from referrals over the past 6 months paying out. Another decent chunk was from an offer from Ziglu that had a boosted referral amount for a bank holiday weekend that I promoted in my Facebook group.
I’ve got big plans for my affiliate marketing thanks to some advice from my friend Neesha, some of them are small things I can implement and other things are going to take a bit more work but I’m excited to work towards a more regular passive income from affiliates!
If you’re interested in learning more about how affiliate marketing really works and how to do it well as a blogger then I’d highly recommend looking at the Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers ebook by Neesha, I’ve used the book to help me boost my affiliate income recently and Neesha is so helpful if you have any questions or need some feedback on an idea – use code ‘charlottemusha’ to get 30% off the ebook!
Paid ‘guest posts’ (aka Copy and Paste posts/Link Insertions) – £278.25- Getting paid for link placements and ‘guest’ posts
Guest post work was back to being quiet again this month but that is probably because I’ve not gotten around to much blogging. I’m not the first blogger to admit that it can be hard to churn out content constantly, I want to make sure what I’m writing is of value to people and not just posts targeting SEO terms for the sake of search engine hits. Because I’m so fussy about what I write about, it can be hard to find inspiration so sometimes I just take time off to refocus on another project. The problem with not churning out content constantly is that you get fewer paid guest post opportunities come through (it’s do do with the way Google picks up stuff and the tools the link placement companies use to find your blogs and posts) so it’s an issue that’s easy to fix it just takes a bit of work.
Ad Revenue – £18.06
This is the second month in a row that I’ve received an Ad Revenue payout! It’s not much compared to what a lot of people make from displaying ads on their blogs but it’s a nice little passive income stream to have and it should only get better over the coming months as I start to put in more hours on the blogs.
Intellifluence – £68.31
Intellifluence is a platform for bloggers to be able to pitch for work, Companies will put up tasks on there – it’s usually things like writing a product review on a blog post or maybe a link insertion, and the amount they are looking to pay and you send them a message explaining how you could do that for them. There isn’t always a ton of opportunities on there but it’s worth checking every few days to see what’s been added. This payment was for a link insertion into a post I already had on a blog.
OddsMonkey membership – £13.68 – Our Matched Betting Profit Tracker/Diary
This was a quick win from some free spins I did at the start of the month. I’ve still not got back into Matched Betting properly (and I’m kicking myself as the Euros would have been an ideal time to do so!) but I’ve still got my little pot of money sitting there ready to start it back up with. I’m going to try and schedule in a bit of time each week to at least work through 1 or 2 offers.
Facebook Marketplace – £15
We finished off decluttering the shed in June and listed some bits for sale on Facebook Marketplace, a lot went in the skip or given away for free but we’ve got a few bits left that we’re trying to get a bit of cash for – if they don’t go by the end of July I’ll donate them to the charity shop or list for free.
Numbrs PayDay Winnings – £41.46 – Is Numbrs PayDay Legit or a Scam?
The Numbrs Payday wins are still coming in! It’s not being talked about as much on Instagram now (I think most people have used the free trial offer and cancelled by now) but I’m still getting referrals each week and winning at least €10 a week. My running total is now £3660.76 from Numbrs Payday winnings!
Etsy – £93.36 – Handmade Custom Cushions from Living Cushty on Etsy
In June I launched an Etsy shop selling handmade indoor and outdoor cushions and it turns out they are pretty popular. I’ve got several custom orders ready to be sorted out and a few more waiting to be listed. I’m planning to expand to a few different products but won’t look at that until I’ve caught up with orders. I’ve been keeping a detailed spreadsheet of everything I’ve spent on it so far so that I can turn it into a post at some point!
Plans for July
Well, I found out the other day that my full-time freelance job (I don’t include it in the Side Hustle Income report as it’s not a side hustle it’s my main income), that I left my actually full-time salaried job for in March, would be ending at the end of July. Needless to say, it was a bit of a shock as it had been anticipated by both myself and the company I was working for that it was going to be a long term thing but due to changes with their client and budgets it sadly won’t be able to continue. So my first plan for July was to panic, that job is my main source of income and pays for 40% of all our outgoings so without it we’re fairly screwed.
Luckily we have Emergency Fund savings and I have a knack for making money so we should be fine, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit stressed. I’ve got a months notice with the current role so I’ve got a whole month to come up with a plan which is good.
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