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My August Income Report

Thanks for stopping by to check out my August Income Report!

I remember how excited I was when I read my first Income Report from another blogger.  

My heart leapt and a new fire came into my soul. Yes, that sounds a little cheesy but it's the absolute truth!  It probably also helped that I was hating my life working a desk job for the Government in Customer Service.  

I knew I wanted more, needed more, and there was concrete proof right in front of my eyes that it was possible.  

Let me tell you that the fire that got lit under my ass was definitely more like a bon fire.  

I was straight up hooked. I was literally having trouble sleeping, like it was the night before the first day of school!

Fast forward 5 months and I already have income coming in, and I'm even more excited and pumped because now I know that I too can do it.  

Oh, and I also have a kick ass plan, in case you were wondering.  And yes, I have every intention of sharing it with you - find my full making money from home strategy here!

*This post contains affiliate links which means I receive a percentage of any purchased products.  I do not recommend any products that I don’t have full confidence in.  For more information you can always check out my disclaimer.

Why I'm Sharing My Income Report

Now I will be honest with you, there is a part of sharing my August Income Report that makes me uncomfortable.  People I actually know will be seeing this and I'm not the type who would ever discuss earnings with anyone outside my immediate family.  If you are wondering why I have decided to do this, my reasons are twofold.  

1. Without having had the opportunity to read other bloggers' Income Reports, I don't know if I would have had the same determination.  Obviously that determination comes from wanting to be successful, but I'm also an Aries which means I LOVE competition.  The Income Reports really gave me something to strive for!  

2. It's such a great way of keeping me accountable.  Part of posting the Income Report is letting the world know what my goals are for the next week, month and quarter.  This adds some serious accountability in having to let you know how it's going with my goals.  When you work from home in a relatively solitary environment, it's nice to know you have a support system that is helping to keep you honest and hard working.

My Work from Home Strategy

First, I need to mention that I have an entire post dedicated to my Work from Home strategy that you really need to check out.  

My Work from Home strategy has 2 parts.  

The first is how to make money now, while setting myself up for some amazing income in the future.  I'm sure you have heard that making money from blogging takes time.  And I don't mean making a couple hundred dollars a month, I mean making actual live-able income that you can count on.  

I don' t know about you, but with a house, a kid and a family, I certainly cannot live on minimal income for an undetermined amount of time.  

This is why I think I have found such a winning strategy:

To start a Virtual Assistant business while building up your passive income through your blog.  

By passive income, I mean making money through things like Affiliate income, Online Courses, E-Books and Advertising.  All of these types of income would be facilitated through blogging.  

The Virtual Assistant portion can be set up on a limited budget, and with the right tools you can find a client pretty quickly.  It took me 1 week to find my first client. I've since taken on a second client, and I still have time to work on my blog and business!

The Actual August Income Report

Below you will see the actual breakdown of the Income Report.  I've made sure to include actual descriptions on each of the Income Report categories so you can learn as much as possible about how I made the income.

Connected Colleague August Income Report

August Income Report: Broken Down

Virtual Assistant Income:

As mentioned, I have 2 clients on my roster now for my Virtual Assistant business.  

I handle all of the funding for a Mortgage Broker's business for client 1.  You can literally be a Virtual Assistant for anything.  I work for this client 3-5 hours per day, which still allows me to work hard on my blog while my little guy is at day care.

For Client 2 - I am their Social Media and Marketing Manager and also take care of all of the graphics.  This is the stereo-typical ultimate client for me and I'm soo thrilled to be in this role!  I charge hourly for this role and I've been working about 30 hours a week for this client.  This made a huge difference to my earnings this month!

It's so great to be making good income while building up my blog and affiliate income.  I can avoid current financial stress while working my ass off for future financial freedom!

Affiliate Marketing Income:  

Since this is my second report, I'll skip straight to how I got my start in Affiliate Marketing.

I took an amazing course from a blogger that currently makes over $100,000/month in passive income.  

Yes, I wrote $100,000 - remember I mentioned those Income Reports that lit a fire under my ass? This was definitely the main one.  

Check out the course here: Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing

I also have a really great post on how to get start with Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers and Virtual Assistants, check it out here.

I have actually signed up for quite a few affiliate marketing programs for products that I believe in. You typically can make great earnings from affiliate marketing when you have a lot of pageviews.  

The more people you have reading your posts with affiliate links, the higher your odds are that someone will click a link you have posted and purchase a product.  

Unfortunately for me, I am still working on building my pageviews, it's actually on my goal list.  But it has gone up so I'm pretty happy about that!

I have people clicking on links I'm recommending in my blog posts even with the smaller amount of traffic!

To me this is amazing because it means that they are relating to my content and trusting me.  The second part that is also amazing is the excitement of how this all plays out once I can increase my blog pageviews.  

The sky is the limit, baby! 

My two best sources for clicks right now are my Resources Page and my post on how to start your first WordPress blog.  Below are the two links:

Ultimate Resources List for Virtual Assistants and Bloggers

How to start your first WordPress Blog

As a last note on Affiliate Income, all the traffic that is coming to my blog is from Social Media, and mainly from Pinterest.  

I've also managed to actually make it to the number 1 spot for a few of my pins, which is INCREDIBLE!  I'm totally killing it with my Pinterest SEO.  I just finished posting an AMAZING Pinterest SEO post that you really can't miss! Don't leave money on the table by not tapping into Pinterest's incredible potential!!!  

If you want to know how I have been able to be soo successful with Pinterest, this is the course I took and seriously recommend!  White Glove Pinterest Course.

Survey Income:

So this category is a little bit better this month but could still really use some improvement!  I started doing some surveys, watching a few videos and added the Swagbucks Google Chrome extension so I could collect Swagbucks while I also shopped online.  

I booked a trip through Trip Advisor and using the Chrome extension from Swagbucks, got 11 times the points back! A-MA-ZING!

I can redeem my Swagbucks points for Amazon gift cards and a bunch of other options.  I intend on doing a bit more this month, after all, you can literally find anything on Amazon and this is a perfect little side hustle!  

Check out Swagbucks here, it's free to join!

I also signed up with American Consumer Opinion. You can make money doing surveys and you also get a kick back for referring others to take surveys.  That's some serious passive income!

My Plan For Next Month

1.My number one goal for September and really onwards is going to be to increase my blog traffic.  I'm really working on narrowing down my Social Media Strategy and I'm excited to see how much of a difference it makes.

2. Update on Queen of Maids - Because I took on a second client, this took a bit of a back seat but I do have good news.  I'm teamed up with my sister-in-law who is a fashion blogger and mom herself and I can't wait to see what comes of it.  The website should be up and running by September but we are aiming for a big launch come January!

3. Lastly, I want to have some additional income from online survey companies.  It's just soo easy to do while sitting on the couch after dinner while the baseball game is on.  I don't know about you, but my brain starts going at 6:00 am and by 8:00 pm, it's pretty much useless in the sense of trying to write any good content.  Surveys are a way of still being able to bring in some income without causing a brain cramp!  The sites I'm planning to check out this month, along with Swagbucks and American Consumer Opinion, are Pinecone Research and Harris Poll Online.  I can't wait to let you know how it goes!

Thanks for Checking out my August Income Report!

I'm really glad your curiosity got the best of you and you came to check out my Income Report!  Have I perhaps encouraged you to start your own Virtual Assistant Business or Blog?  I've been working on a FREE e-Book for new bloggers to get everything set up so they can start making money too, you really need to check it out: 

Blogging for Beginners: FREE eBook

See you all next month!

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