(break-break-break-it down yo)
So, normally I don’t publish my freelancing income, but I had a really good week last week! So, I thought I’d share it with you just to show you the different streams of income that I have, and maybe you can get a better idea of how to accomplish this for yourself in the future.
First of all, my main income comes from my 9-5, and in order for my budget to work, I have to also bring in at least $575 extra every month on top of that. Yep, there’s nothing like having to work extra to light the fire under you! Our budget is very tight since the hubs is currently in school, and we’re trying hard not to rely on student loans this year. So, I work extra to make sure that we don’t have to do that.
I’ll be honest though. I really pushed myself to the absolute max last week. I actually spent so many hours on the computer that my left hand refused to type by Thursday. So, naturally, I just kept typing with my right hand. Somebody slap me. (I feel much better now!)
But, I got all of my work finished on time, and I have $755 to show for it. There’s truly no greater feeling than working hard and seeing some results. I should mention that you should only pursue this type of freelance income if you don’t mind spending time working for 3-4 hours after you’ve already worked during the day. (To see how I find my freelancing jobs, you can read this post.)
I know I won’t be able to sustain this pace forever, but for right now, while the hubs is studying 15 hours a day, it really works for us.
Anyway, here’s the breakdown from my week:
April 15-April 19 Freelance Income
BudgetBlonde.com Income: $475
Staff Writing Income: $50
Fiverr.com Income: $230
The website income is from advertising. I also write for several other personal finance websites, and that’s where the staff writing income came in. As far as Fivver, I’ve written about it before in this post, this post, and in this guest post on the Debt Movement. I was very lucky to sign up for Fiverr in its early stages when there was not much competition. Essentially, you agree to do something for $5, and you get paid for it. Fiverr has actually grown tremendously and you can now offer extra services for an additional $5, $10, and so forth on top of the original $5. This has nearly tripled my earnings, and that’s why, despite the time it takes, I can’t seem to let it go!
So there you have it, $755 in one week. I’m hoping to bring in another $400-$600 by the time April is over with, but for now I can rest easy knowing that the $575 required by my budget has already been reached and exceeded.
Do you try to make extra income on the side? What type of work do you do? Do you have any resources that you’d recommend to others? Please share in the comments below.
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