I started blogging in April 2012 to share my ideas about personal finance with the hopes of making a little extra money on the side.
At the time, I worked as an accountant for a manufacturing plant but in November 2015 I decided to leave my job and become a full time blogger.
Two months later, in January 2016, I decided to start sharing my monthly income here on Money Manifesto.
As I remind everyone on every income report, I share my income to both keep myself accountable to my income goals and to be an inspiration to others that may be curious about making money online.
The Hours I Put Into My Business
Below is a list of all of my income reports from January 2016 to the most current report. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you look through the list.
First off, I have never spent 40 hours a week on my blogging adventures. Usually, I’d say I spend 20 hours or less per week on all income earning ventures due to various life choices we’ve made. Here are a few reasons why:
- February 2016 – December 2016 – We decided to sell our home and our rental property and have a new home built for us. I spent a ton of time fixing up both properties to sell, moving, and checking up on the new home build.
- Fall 2016 – May 2018 – In the fall of 2016, our first son was born. My wife went back to work after taking 12 weeks off and my main focus was caring for my son while making some money blogging on the side.
- June 2018 – Present – In June 2018, we decided to have my wife move to a very part time schedule so she could stay home with our son more and I could hopefully start growing Money Manifesto even more. I still won’t likely work full-time hours as we still value our family time and want to enjoy the time while our son is young.
My Income Goals
While it’s always nice to earn more income than you need, I’ve set minimum income goals based on the actual amount my family needed to maintain our lifestyle.
- In January 2016, we only needed $3,000 per month to continue living our lifestyle.
- In November 2017, I decided to raise that goal to $4,000 per month, even though we could still easily live on $3,000.
- In June 2018, my wife moved to a part time schedule which is awesome for family life. However, I now need a minimum income of $5,100 per month going forward to continue living our lifestyle. That said, I hope to increase my income much beyond that point in the months to come.
A List Of Every Income Report
In every income report I try to share something I’ve learned from self-employment that month. Make sure to check out every lesson if you’re considering making the jump to self-employment to see what it’s really like.
Finally, not all of my income is made from this blog, but all of the income on my reports is made online. My main sources of income are advertising, affiliate income, freelance writing and branded content. You can read more about these types of income on each income report.
- July 2018 – $9,357
- June 2018 – $7,363
- May 2018 – $5,354
- April 2018 – $6,480
- March 2018 – $7,865
- February 2018 – $5,833
- January 2018 – $4,168
- December 2017 – $5,485 Plus a 2017 Year Review
- November 2017 – $6,575
- October 2017 – $3,648
- September 2017 – $4,542
- August 2017 – $3,497
- July 2017 – $3,048
- June 2017 – $4,286
- May 2017 – $2,159
- April 2017 – $2,269
- March 2017 – $4,452
- February 2017 – $4,394
- January 2017 – $4,731
- December 2016 – $4,779
- November 2016 – $3,318
- October 2016 – $4,301
- September 2016 – $3,673
- August 2016 – $4,409
- July 2016 – $2,976
- June 2016 – $4,480
- May 2016 – $4,275
- April 2016 – $6,914
- March 2016 – $7,178
- February 2016 – $6,675
- January 2016 – $4,160
I’ll update this list with every new income report I publish, so make sure to pin or bookmark this post so you can check out my most recent income reports every month.