I feel like May has been a blur, it hasn’t necessarily gone quickly but I just don’t feel like I can remember much of it! The weather was starting to get me down at the start of the month especially when I was seeing Facebook and Instagram memories from last year and we were in the middle of a heatwave with the garden in full bloom but thankful the sun has made an appearance the past few days and we seem to finally be into Spring.
Life definitely seems a lot easier for me when the sun is shining…maybe I’m solar powered 🤔
I won’t lie it’s been a fairly stressful time here at Musha HQ for various reasons and I still don’t feel like I’ve fully got this whole freelancer life sussed yet. I have given myself a lot more downtime this month which has been needed (I’m slowly learning to not feel guilty for taking time off). I’ve not done much to grow my ‘business’ lately as I don’t feel like I’ve had the time or brainpower to do so but I have been fleshing out some ideas that seem manageable for me to start working on soon.
I managed to bring in an extra £6,004.44 in May
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 May income it for invoices that might have covered work from April.
Social Media & Community Management – £400
I’m really enjoying having these sorts of roles with clients as I get to have an insight into how their business works and what their aims are without having to be too involved with the decision making or meetings! Running communities and social channels is great fun as you get to help promote a companies message to its users but also interact with people and help to create conversation in a more natural way, which is exactly why the companies like it as it’s the easiest way to get constructive feedback! I seem to have carved a niche out for myself in the Fintech sector with this kind of work and it’s really interesting to see all the developments happening within fintech lately and how it can really help with financial literacy.
Small Business Mentor – £150
This was my last month with this particular client but they gave me such lovely feedback and let me know that they’d secured an article in a national newspaper off of the back of some of the work I’d done for them which was a great way to finish out our contract. This is a service I still haven’t really advertised as I’m still tailoring packages for it, I honestly thought I’d have more time to organised stuff like this when I went self-employed but I feel like I have even less now! For the time being, I’m going to rely on people finding me via recommendations before going all out and advertising it as a service.
Affiliates Earnings – £221.44 – What Is Affiliate Marketing?
This was a nice little chunk of passive income to earn this month, this is for signups to one particular affiliate I promote which isn’t ideal as really I should be trying to diversify my affiliate income BUT I finally have a plan. Yes that’s right, the woman whos been saying in her income reports for months that she doesn’t have an affiliate strategy in place finally has one and it’s all thanks to a fellow blogger called Neesha. Neesha is the queen of affiliate marketing and I recently had a coaching call with her to talk about all things blogging and she has given me some great ideas for what to focus on and taught me a ton of stuff that I didn’t know about. I’ve also come up with an idea for a new site I want to launch that would be solely for making money from affiliate schemes, I’m hoping to get it launched in June and as soon as it is live I’ll be keeping you all up to date with how its doing, we can make it a little case study!
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) – £593.60- Getting paid for link placements and ‘guest’ posts
The guest post-work has finally picked up again after a few quiet months! It still seems to come in in dribs and drabs through the month but as long as its coming in I’m happy.
Sponsored Posts – £600
I completed two sponsored posts this month over on my main blog, they were fun projects to work on and they made for some nice content. I’ve not got any sponsored work lined up for June yet which is a little bit of a worry but I also haven’t pitched for any work in the past 3 months or so I can’t really complain!
Ad Revenue – £14.48
I decided I wanted to start monetizing my sites by showing ads so back in April I applied to join Ezoic. Ezoic is an ad company much like Google Ads or Mediavine except they pay much better than Google and have much lower entry requirements than Mediavine – so they are perfect for smaller bloggers such as myself! I’ve not put much effort into driving traffic to any of my sites recently, which is a terrible thing to admit as a blogger, but it’s nice to know that I can still earn a little bit of money each month from display ads on them.
Intellifluence – £23.92
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. This little chunk of income was for a link insertion and it just so happened that I was writing a post where it would fit in nicely so it was money for less than 2 minutes work really!
OddsMonkey membership – £64.69 – Our Matched Betting Profit Tracker/Diary
I have not been keeping on top of matched betting at all lately but I do try to do any free spin offers that come through on emails as they are nice and easy to complete. I’ve won £64.69 on a single offer this month and I’ll be honest it was because I made a mistake! I had won some money on free spins but it wasn’t enough to withdraw (normally has to be a £10 minimum) so I decided to spin through it and didn’t realise that the first spin was set to £4.50 (I usually spin at 10p to maximise my chances), luckily it won and paid out big!
I do want to focus on Matched Betting a bit more if possible but I’m struggling to find time at the moment.
Facebook Marketplace – £300
We decided to have another declutter of the house and found lots to list on Facebook Marketplace, I prefer this to eBay as it’s so much easier to just have people come and pick bits up. I’ve still got a few bits on there that haven’t sold so I’ll reduce the price and renew the listings and see what happens. If there are still no takers I’ll list them as free or take them to the charity shop.
Numbrs PayDay Winnings – £3,619.30 – Is Numbrs PayDay Legit or a Scam?
You’ve probably seen everyone in the Instagram money community talking about the Numbrs app and their weekly PayDay draw but it’s because there are such good odds of winning! I’ve won every week I’ve taken part and my first week I won the €4,000 and my friend won the €10,000 top prize 😱 I’ve then won prizes of €100, €200, €10 and €10 the subsequent weeks.
The reason I’m including it in my side hustle total for the month (because I know a few people will think I shouldn’t have) is that it is a fabulous example of how affiliate marketing works. To get an entry into the weekly PayDay draw you need to use someone’s referral code and sign up for a free trial (I’ve got a full post explaining the process here if you want a chance of winning too), once you sign up using someone’s code you both gain an entry into the draw. This pushes people to get their own referral code out there more as the more people who use it, the more entries you get – this is referral or affiliate marketing in its purest form – getting some kind of reward, monetary or otherwise, for referring someone to something.
The week I won the €4,000 I had made 12 referrals, the week after I had over 50 entries as people saw I had won a big prize and wanted in on it too. Referrals have gone down each week since but that’s bound to happen as more and more people are sharing their referral codes.
Winkel Play Daily – £16.61 – Win real money with Winkel Play Daily
Winkel Play Daily is an app I started using this month as I reviewed it for a post over on my other blog – it’s a free to play app that gives you the chance to win real cash every day as well as tokens and coins towards shopping vouchers. I cashed out £16.61 after playing it for about 10 days and have enough to also get a £5 shopping voucher (but I’m saving up the points for a £10 one instead). It’s not a very involved app, you can just swipe and tap through the games whilst cooking dinner or waiting for the kettle to boil!
Plans for June
Something I really want to get done in June is launching my little cushion business on Etsy, I’ve been making cushions since the start of lockdown last year but haven’t gotten around to listing them but I’ve now developed a line of waterproof garden cushions so it’s the ideal time to get my finger out and get them listed! Other than that the plan is to just keep my head above water, try not to stress too much and enjoy the sunshine. I’m learning that can’t force myself to work on side hustle stuff if I’m not in the mood for it, I just end up getting frustrated so I’m better off waiting until I’m in the right headspace for it and then it’s so much easier. Basically what I guess I’m saying is that I’m finally learning how to relax 😂
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