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Welcome to this month’s blogging income report, where I share exactly how much money I’m making blogging and how I’m making it.
January was a great month and I think I’m going to crush my 2017 blogging goals.
If you’re new here, I’ve been sharing monthly income reports since I started blogging. My reports include both blogging income and freelancing income; but as of roughly one year ago, I decided to quit freelancing and focus more on blogging. Every once in a while a freelance opportunity pops up, and of course for the right price I will take it.
Considering a work from home job in 2017? Look no further!
Working from home allows many benefits, including:
- Setting your own schedule
- Not having a commute
- Wearing comfy clothes
- Spending more time with your kids
- Not having to attend boring meetings
- Being in control of your income
- and more!
I’ve been working from home for four years now and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. If you’re hoping to work from home this year, check out these top work from home jobs 2017.
Taking surveys online in your free time is a fantastic way to make extra money each month. And, you don’t even have to set aside a specific chunk of time to do them. I do them while watching TV, eating lunch, or during times I’d otherwise just be mindlessly browsing the internet.
Ok, let’s dive right in. Here are the best paid survey sites of 2017.
This past year, I’ve been steadily working at increasing my affiliate sales. Specially, my Bluehost affiliate sales.
And…my tactics have been working, big time. As my long-time readers know, I do not spend a ton of time blogging. I have a full-time job, two little girls and another one on the way, and I enjoy spending my nights and weekends with my husband and kids. Yes, eventually I would love to make a full-time income from my blog, but for right now I am happy as can be. I’m making really good money for the amount of time I’m putting in.
I know for a fact that you can do the same, and I want to help. I feel like a lot of times bloggers share their income reports and while awesome, they seem unattainable for the average person. My income reports are very realistic and I truly believe anyone can make money at blogging without putting in full-time hours. Yes, it takes time!!! My blog didn’t start producing a consistent income for about a year or so, but after that it’s been a steady uphill climb; and again – with a minimal amount of work! Side money at it’s best 🙂
So, two things to discuss today…
Welcome to December’s blogging income report! I’m excited to share both this month’s income AND my yearly income from the blog. Let’s get started.
Ready to make money online in 2017?!
Earning an income online is becoming more and more popular. Whether you’re wanting to make extra money each month or you’re hoping to replace your (and/or your spouse’s) full-time income, let this be your year to make money online.
There are many, many ways to make money online. Below, I’m outlining the best ways so you, too, can start making money online immediately!
But before we get started, let’s list out the specific reasons you want to make money online and what your long-term goals are. For me, it looks like this:
- Save more money each month (this is reason #1)
- Pay extra toward our mortgage (this is our only debt as my online income was able to pay off our SUV last year)
- Take family vacations more often
- Replace my full-time income (2017 end-of-year goal)
- Replace my husband’s full-time income (long-term goal)
Now, let’s get started. Below is my ultimate guide to make money online in 2017!
Being a working mom is no joke. From the moment you get up, your day is nonstop. To make your day run smoother, I firmly believe in the power of a morning routine.
I used to wake up whenever one of my children woke up (it was, and still is, always early). This started my day off on a scrambled foot. By the time I got to work, I felt like I’d run a marathon and my day was just beginning. I knew my routine as a working mom had to change.
For about a year now, I’ve been following a strict morning routine (that actually starts the night before). Below are my five top tips for streamlining your morning routine as a working mom.
Working Moms Morning Routine: Top Tips
Do as much as you can the night before
School bags get emptied out, cleaned and repacked. Lunches get made other than refrigerated items. *Time-saving tip: Make all your sandwiches on Sunday and freeze. Then throw one in each child’s lunch in the morning and the sandwich will be perfect by lunchtime.
Outfits are also selected the night before for both myself and my kids. Make it a part of your bedtime routine for the kids!
I also spend 10-15 minutes cleaning up before going to bed. This could be dishes, sweeping and mopping the floors, throwing in a load of laundry, or quickly cleaning the bathrooms. I never spend more than 15 minutes, but it’s made a world of a difference in both my mood in the morning and the overall cleanliness of my house.
Set three goals for the morning
This tip I learned from Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Mornings course. I highly recommend her course if your morning routine is in shambles and you need a complete revamp.
Every night, write down three things you want to accomplish in the morning. You can start out with easy goals, like have coffee, fold a load of laundry and have five minutes of quiet time to check emails. Simple.
As you get in the habit of writing down and accomplishing your goals, start challenging yourself. I always give myself one thing to look forward to, such as having 10 minutes to drink coffee in peace, one thing to clean, such as tidying up the play room or sweeping the kitchen, and one thing for my side job (blogging), such as scheduling posts on Pinterest and Facebook.
Wake up before your kids
You knew this was coming, right? Truly the only way to get your mornings in order is to get up before the kids. I know, it’s hard, especially if you have early risers. My kids are up by 6:30 every single day at the latest. I make it my goal to be up by 5:30 which gives me an entire hour, though sometimes I do “sleep in” until 6.
By waking up early, I have time to enjoy my coffee, take a shower and get ready, have a quiet conversation with my husband, catch up on emails, or do some work for my blog.
By the time the kids wake up, I’m looking forward to seeing them. I can spend quality time with them rather than rushing around and yelling. My patience with them has grown tenfold simply by getting up before them.
Allow time for setbacks
Wouldn’t it be nice if mornings always went exactly to plan? Of course! But as any mom knows, that rarely happens.
I’m currently breastfeeding my six-week old baby girl. Some mornings she sleeps through our entire morning and I transfer her to her car seat and we’re good to go. Other mornings she eats on and off for a solid hour. Instead of frantically stressing out when this happens, I am able to relax because I’ve left extra time in our morning routine. I give myself about two hours in the mornings, but it really only takes about 45 minutes to accomplish all my tasks. If things go smooth, I’m able to dedicate extra time to my kids, cleaning my home, or my blog.
Give the kids a routine, too
I keep our mornings exactly the same from one day to the next. I believe this best prepares them for their day, too. They wake up and head downstairs immediately for breakfast. Breakfast is always something easy: frozen waffles, a poptart and sliced bananas, yogurt with fresh blueberries, cereal, etc. We save pancakes and eggs for the weekends in this house 🙂
Then, the kids are able to watch TV, do art or play in their rooms for about 30-45 minutes. This gives me time to get what I need to do done – whether that’s finalizing lunches, getting myself ready, or feeding the baby.
Roughly 30-45 minutes before we leave, the kids get dressed, brush teeth and I do their hair. That time always tends to fly and we are out the door before we know it!
I know mornings can seem so rushed. Trust me, I have been there. And to be honest we still have very rushed mornings with the addition of our third child.
My best advice would be to be consistent and allow yourself plenty of time. I know it’s hard to get up in the morning, but it’s worth it to start your day off on the right foot.
Are you struggling with your morning routine? Share in the comments!
Happy December 🙂 I cannot believe November is over. My little baby is almost six weeks old, and I’m about to head back to work in just a few weeks. Time really flies!!
I’m happy to report that November is now my BEST MONTH EVER when it comes to making money blogging. Blogging has really been a labor of love for me. I started blogging in September 2014 and am just now (a full two years later) making really good money. I kind of feel like it could all just end at any moment, but I’m trying to stay positive!! 🙂
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