I am extremely new to blogging. Like, 5 months new. I’m not new to the concept, though. I started this journey as a virtual assistant, and slowly added blogging into the mix (amongst other things!). Later, I evolved into a Pinterest strategist and manager. And I am enjoying every single bit of this “job”! Working for myself has been so rewarding, and makes me value my skills and entrepreneurial mindset even more.
I have always seen people post their income reports, and I used to think, “why would they share that information with others?” Like, why would you want people to know what you make (or don’t)? Even so, I couldn’t stop reading those reports for various bloggers. Then I realized-this report was written for me. Or, more specifically, someone who is interested in blogging (for profit) and know that they can make money from blogging, if done the right way. These reports became motivation for me to start my own business and contribute to my household.
I currently create a blog post every 2 weeks, on top of my social media management business. I think that would be considered blogging part-time? Sometimes I release blog posts more frequently, if I have something I’d like to share right away, or there’s a special occasion (new release, flash sales, etc.). This is my only form of income, and I work from home, with two toddlers (2 ½ & 3) running around me all day. I work from a desktop (working on getting an iPad pro!) and also my phone.
This is the first time I am creating (or wanting to create) an income report to share with others. I haven’t made millions, (or even thousands) but I still think it would be fun to share my journey (and look back on these later!). This report will contain my income from January and February 2019. It will be combined with my social media management projects as well.
Let’s get started!
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What is an income report?
An income report contains the income you made each month, by way of blogging, affiliate sales, any type of product sales (like if you are selling an eBook or course). It can also show your stats and expenses as well. I am hoping that there is no right or wrong way to break down a report, however, I am still learning and I intend to create better reports as I go along.
January 2019 Income report details
Note: I wanted to voice from the beginning that all incoming money (“income”) is made from blogging, one way or another. I blog about my Pinterest services, which is what brings me clients. I blog about affiliate resources, which is what brings me affiliate sales. In case you were wondering why I included what I included in my summaries.
Pageviews: 1,227 (up 814 from previous month – December)
Total Income: $229.20
- Tailwind balance (after credits): $6
- Ultimate Bundles Mini Pinterest Bundle: $37
- PayPal fees: $3.11
Total profit for January: $183.09
February 2019 Income report details
Pageviews: 906 (down 321 from previous month)
- Paypal fees: $9.30
- Etsy fees: $1.97
Total profit for February: $357.50
As you can see, even though my pageviews dropped in February, I still made more than I did in January. This is largely due to my Pinterest business (which is advertised and blogged about through my website).
Current stats (as of production of this post)
- Email subscribers: 95
- Facebook business page: 140 likes, 146 follows
- Instagram: 1,495 followers
- Pinterest: 129k monthly viewers, 2.6k engaged, 1,551 followers
- Twitter: 410 followers
My goals for March are to increase my pageviews to at least 2,500 and email subscribers to 150. I also want to raise my affiliate sales, and work on launching my eBook so I can bring in more passive income. Not too bad for a newbie, right?
Creating this income report has made me see exactly what I am doing, and what I need to work on. Imagine the profits I would have made in February if I had received more pageviews. I have only really started profiting from my blog in January. Before that, the most I received was the credit from my Tailwind affiliate link, and my Etsy shop. I have since put Etsy on the back burner, but it is still active and provides some passive income every once in a while (as seen in February’s income statement). I can’t wait to see my report for March, and even more so after I release my eBook! Think positive thoughts for me.
I decided to share my income report with you all as a way to show that, no matter how new you are to the world of blogging, there are many ways you can profit from it. Do your research and you’ll be just fine.