How I Made $733.24 from Side Hustles in July 2017

Welcome to my July 2017 income report! It’s only my second one, but I can already tell that keeping myself accountable by sharing the figures online is going to encourage me to keep going, especially in those moments where I really just want to lay on the couch instead of adding affiliate links to my old posts or trying to make sense of AdSense!

This month was an encouraging month, as I have started to make money from AdSense, completed some freelance work and worked with a brand on a sponsored post. I’ve been away with work a lot and haven’t had time to put into my blog, so I feared the worst for this month, but came out ahead in the end.

To read my first income report and see how I made over $500 in side hustles, click here.

If you’re new here, keep reading! If not, skip down below to see my July 2017 income report.

I’ve been ‘side hustling’ before I even knew there was a word for it. I have an overactive brain and the inability to take a moment and relax, so I’ve done a whole host of things since I was younger to make money in addition to my weekly allowance.

For example, I have:
– worked as a personal assistant for my next door neighbor
– picked up prickly ‘gum ball’ droppings from the tree in our front yard for my Dad for 1 cent per ball (I was definitely underpaid, in hindsight)
-attempted to start up a shop on the playground in 5th grade where I would sell candy and other trinkets to other students (pretty sure that was against school rules, whoops)

and the list goes on.

Today, my side hustles are a bit more normal, I’ll have you know!

Should I Post an Income Report?

There are different schools of thought and lots of chatter on the internet on whether or not ‘income reports’ are okay to post. I’m not sure why the drama, but I’m posting mine because I have always been really interested in other people’s to see how they make money and it’s a good tracking tool to follow my journey. Hopefully I look back on these and say, “Wow, Kalyn, remember when you only made $500 per month?!” instead of, “Oh, no, Kalyn, why are you only making $3 a month when you used to make $500?”. Either way, come along for the ride!

Right, so, for July 2017, I ‘side hustled’ in the following ways:

July 2017 Income Report

*Note: I make money in both USD and GBP, but I report in USD to make it easier to keep track (this accounts for some of the funny numbers!)

Freelancing: $615.35

This is also double last month’s amount due to a larger job assigned to me by a travel writing agency. You can read my story on how I found this agency and my tips for freelancers here.

The problem with freelance income as dictated by other people is that you often just have to wait and see if any work comes up. There is no hustling for clients or being in control of your own destiny when you rely on others to hand you work, which is frustrating when it doesn’t come in.

While I’m always open to freelance work and will continue to stay on with this agency, I’m going to start branching out into other areas that allow me to see results after putting effort in or earning based on my referrals instead of putting my fate into someone else’s hands.

Sponsored Posts: $103.64

I often apply for sponsored posts through blogging Facebook groups to go on my main site,

One of the companies I applied with got back to me, asking me to do a sponsored post on walking holidays in the Alps. I love the Alps and have been skiing their twice, so their content matched perfectly with stories I would tell on my blog anyway.

Ads: $14.25

I finally got back into the Google AdSense game, after having made about $16.00 with it back in the day. I was surprised to make anything with it at all in July, and while it’s mostly less than $1.00 a day, it’s still $14.25 that I didn’t have when I started July. And I didn’t have to do much for it!

The reason I am using ads from the very beginning on this site is so future readers won’t be shocked to see ads later down the line. I want people to be comfortable with ads on my site from the very beginning.

It will be interesting to see how my Google AdSense income grows (or decreases) as the blog grows. People have mixed opinions on ads and on AdSense in general, so I’m testing it out myself to give you the answers!

Total: $733.24

What’s Missing?

There are some income streams that are missing from this second income report. I tackled advertising this month, but still haven’t made anything from affiliate marketing or online surveys. Affiliate marketing actually scares me somewhat as I have no clue what I’m doing. It seems like such a large area to get my head around. So stay tuned as I figure out just what the heck I’m supposed to do to start making money from it.

What are some other income streams that you recommend? Any tips on the above?

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25 Responses

  1. Ieva says:

    Here’s a quick suggestion about affiliate marketing: choose sites that you’ve used yourself + you really believe in. AND sites that have a good commission. It’ll give you more motivation to promote what you’re trying to sell and talk about it from your heart. For example, Teachable offers 30% commission each month for subscriptions while Siteground offers 40 – 80 euros per referral. I’ve found that affiliate programs work waaaaay better that Google AdSense does. They’re not as annoying and give you better income in shorter time.
    Let me know if you have any questions!

    Ieva //

    • budgetingtofreedom says:

      Thank you so much for your thoughts on this — you’ve given me the kick I needed to really get into affiliate marketing this month. πŸ™‚

  2. Brianna says:

    Great job! I sometimes get discouraged by the huge monthly reports. I’m starting with Google Adsense soon on my blog. I like the idea of starting when you’re not huge so people aren’t confused by it.

    • budgetingtofreedom says:

      Thanks so much! I know, I feel the same way. My $14.25 Google Adsense income is nothing compared to the bigger bloggers, but we all have to start somewhere!

  3. Ada says:

    Well done! Looks like freelancing is a way to go! I feel the same way about affiliate marketing.. I use some but I haven’t make any money yet so I am wonder if I do it correctly !

  4. Google adsense makes almost no money … but I keep it because it’s easy (and I use blogger). Hope I can make as much as you even in a month

  5. Wow good for you! That is the right mentality and drive that will really get you far. Reading this has been motivating.

  6. Delphine says:

    Well done, I need to start doing some affiliate marketing, it’s hard to know where to start!

  7. Tee says:

    Great stuff! I felt encouraged reading this. There’re soo many ways of making money but it takes time and patience! Well done you.

  8. Danielle says:

    I’ve just started getting into freelancing and AdSense. I can’t wait for my figures to grow!

  9. Mica says:

    It’s interesting to read reports like these as you get some ideas for how to make a little extra income! Glad freelancing went so well for you last month πŸ™‚

  10. Marlon Hurd says:

    This is awesome! An extra $700+ is absolutely amazing! Keep going! I’m going to read more about what you are doing!

  11. Helene says:

    Awesome! I just took in a freelance job and was so overwhelmed until I realized I made a little over $500 for my time. The good news, the client can offer me a lot of referrals, like the one yesterday – $25 for an hour of my time and some wordsmith skills. Side hustles rock!

  12. Congrats. Always like to see my fellow bloggers making strides. Now towards the $1000 mark.:)

  13. Delphine says:

    I really need to start earning some money with my blog, I’ll look at Virtual Assistant gigs, thank you for sharing

  14. Molly says:

    Sounds like you are heading in the right direction. BTW, what facebook groups do you belong to that offer sponsors?

    • budgetingtofreedom says:

      Hi Molly! I belong to “Official UK Bloggers” and “Blogging Boost.” There should be some groups specifically dedicated to wherever you’re blogging from, especially if USA or UK!

  15. Tara says:

    that’s amazing! very well done!

  16. Sarah says:

    This is great inspiration for me!! My mat leave ended early, so I really had to sided-hustle to get through July and August… great ideas! Thanks for sharing!!!

  17. Rhonda Swan says:

    Fantastic and unstoppable info! Thanks for this post! Cheers.

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