December 2015 online income report

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How I made £3300 online in December 2015

Hello and welcome to the December 2015 online income report. I have a lot to share with you from December, so let's get stuck in.

How I made £3300 online in December 2015

December has been hell. We had some time off at the beginning of the month to go to Marrakesh. It was the worst holiday we have ever been on (I will be posting about it in detail in another blog post), and we were both fell ill on our second day. We started with food poisoning and left with a cold that still hasn't shifted. As you might remember, last month I talked a lot about how I had been ill with tonsillitis, and I just feel as though I have been ill forever. It is definitely something I need to work on!

As you may have noticed in previous income reports, I kept referring to my online income as money “we” had made, and there is a reason for that. Last year I tweeted something negative about my husband's work, and it went viral. It was picked up by news outlets – it appeared in the Daily Mail and it was a segment on The Wright Stuff but worst of all, it created a horrible atmosphere for him at work. Coupled with his injury, we knew that we had to make a decision about his career. It has taken us months to make this decision, but he handed in his notice in December and he is going self-employed alongside me. I am terrified. I am excited. It is not a decision we took lightly but we felt that there weren't many other options.

December is when it hit me that BAM, I am self employed. It is now up to me to earn money, plus my husband had been off work since the end of August with an injury, so he wasn't bringing in a wage. I knew it might be a possibility that he would go self employed with me, but neither of us knew for sure. Very early into the month I considered ringing my old boss, tail between my legs and asking for my job back. I even looked at job listings to see if there was anything I could apply for. I stressed. I worried. I stayed up at night with worry.

Finally, after a bit of a meltdown, I pulled up my socks and started doing something about my income concerns. I headed over to People Per Hour and pitched for some jobs – within 30 minutes I had a lucrative writing job. I reached out to contacts I had worked with before and now I have sent numerous proposals for paid work. I listed some items on eBay and two items sold. I did whatever I could think of, with the little time and energy I had available.

I sit here now and I cannot believe the figures in front of me. December has been so hard and yet we have done it. I would estimate that we had a total of two weeks off for the holiday and due to illness, and we've smashed our target. There is still a lot we both need to work on, from establishing a routine to opening new websites, but things are moving forward, and we started 2016 knowing that we are both fully dedicated to our online earnings with no other distractions like a pesky full time job.

So with all of that out of the way, let's move on to the important stuff.

Why I publish our income

Publishing my income holds me accountable to you, my readers. I want to achieve, I want to earn and quite frankly, I want you to congratulate me! I am able to look back at previous months when I need some more motivation or ideas to continue. Most importantly, I want to tell you how you can be making money! You might just want to make enough to cover your holiday spending money or you might want to quit your job all together. Whatever your financial needs are, you can earn extra.

Matched Betting – £1,347.29

Matched betting continues to be our biggest earner by far! This now marks almost £7,000 made tax free and risk free since July 2015! We were away for a week which I thought would have hit our matched betting earnings quite hard, but thanks to some hard work and some bookmaker advent calendars, we did well! If you have been considering matched betting then why not give it a trial

So there is money to be made for everyone, no matter how much time you have to commit.

We are still using Profit Accumulator as a tool and you can see all my previous matched betting income reports:

Remember that month 3 also overlaps into October – from now on I will be reporting the matched betting income monthly.

Affiliate earnings – £543.44

Affiliate earnings is another thing that is down in December! I think that time was the biggest factor, as well as people not wanting to pay out for anything besides the necessary in the run up to Christmas. I am still happy with this as most of it was passive income. I did post a few offers to my Facebook and Twitter pages and my Amazon Associates earnings were up.

Website earnings – £186.88

Between us we currently have five websites, all earning us an income from various sources. These earnings are for non-affiliate earnings – so sponsored posts and advertising (through Google's Adsense). December's website earnings are down (in November is was £584.91), but in the run up to Christmas I found that there weren't any sponsored posts going. My Adsense earnings were up, thanks to holding a giveaway every single day. I have reinstalled the Content Click advertising widget and I am in the middle of a trial with another.  This total definitely needs to be improved in January!

My top blogging resources
Here are the products, services, courses and books I have used to get my blog to where it is today – earning me £thousands every single month.

Running my blog

TSO Host – Website hosting If you are looking to get your website up and running, I recommend using TSO host. Hosting packages start from just £1.25 a month!  Click here to visit my tutorial on building a self hosted Wordpress website with TSO Host. Studiopress – Wordpress theme The Genesis framework for Wordpress is fantastic, and I am using the “Brunch Pro” theme to create the website that you see in front of you. Click here to visit Studiopress and browse their available Wordpress themes. Pretty Link – makes affiliate link management a breeze I am now using the pro version of this plugin but the free version takes an affiliate link and makes them pretty. The pro version comes with some added bonuses, but the free lite version is fantastic too. Click here to get Pretty Link.

Courses & books

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing e-course – Michelle, who runs the course, is making a massive $50,000 (£38,000) a month from affiliates alone. Can you even begin to imagine what you would do with an income like that? In this course Michelle shares her tips and strategies for being successful at affiliate marketing. There are also some great course bonuses including a dedicated Facebook group where Michelle offers her personal help. Click here to take a look at the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing e-course.  Elite Blog Academy e-course is a wonderful e-course that I started earlier this year. Since implementing the changes I have learned on this course I have seen both my traffic and my income increase! When you register your interest in the course you will receive a FREE copy of 7 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight. Click here to register your interest in the Elite Blog Academy and get a FREE copy of 7 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight 17 Strategies I Used To Go From 17k to 350k+ Page Views in 9 Months – in this fantastic ebook Lena shares her tried and tested tips for increasing her pageviews over a 9 month period. I have started implementing some of the hints and tips that Lena shares and I am already seeing some growth. Click here to get your copy of 17 Strategies I Used To Go From 17k to 350k+ Page Views in 9 Months Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money by Pat Flynn – I have only recently discovered Pat Flynn but I am amazed by what he is achieving. This is a great resource to help you figure out if your business idea will work – you will figure out whether your business idea has merit, whether it will succeed in the market you want to service and whether it is a good idea for YOU. Click here to get your copy of Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money by Pat Flynn

Gift vouchers – £32

Some of the things I do, such as Instagc and Swagbucks and even some sponsored posts here pay out in gift vouchers. Whilst this isn't cash in our hands, we still like to count it. In December I earned £32 in Amazon gift vouchers. This amount is NOT included  in my income total for this month. 

Online surveys – £61.52

Surprise surprise, Prolific Academic continues to be 1my favourite survey site by far, with another month of over £40 coming from Prolific Academic. It was followed by two payments from MintVine. During December I exclusively used these two survey websites, but I am hoping to start back with a couple of others in January, at least until I reach the payment thresholds. There is a small increase in earnings from surveys in December.

Everything else – £1,158.91

“Everything else” comprises of just that, everything else! As I mentioned, I really pushed myself to try to find some extra money in December, and I came up trumps!

Everything else compromises of:

  • Article writing
  • eBay sales
  • Bank account reward
  • Rent profit
  • Book sales
  • Freelance work
  • eBay sales
  • Smart phone apps
  • Tengi cash prize
  • Website testing with WhatUsersDo

Total before expenses £3,298.04

Remember that this amount doesn't include tax, national insurance contributions, holiday pay and sick pay – for which we are putting aside 20-30% of our monthly income (excluding matched betting earnings as they are tax free).

Expenses – £621.58

There have, of course, been some expenses this month. They total £621.58 and consist of:

  • Paypal fees (when I have received payment)
  • eBay fees
  • Landlord costs (mortgage, nothing else this month)
  • Buffer to schedule my social media posts
  • Postage for eBay sales and competition prizes
  • Competition prizes – I gave away a lot of cash in December.

In order to cut down my cost for Buffer, I am going to pay the annual fee, which will increase my expenses in January, but save me £12 throughout the year. It isn't a massive saving, but everything helps!

Total for December 2015 (after expenses) £2,676.46

5 most popular posts in December

I have seen other bloggers include their most popular posts from the previous month, so I am excited to share mine with you. These are a mixture of posts that were published in December as well as previous posts that have been popular in November.

  1. 10 Ways To Boost Your Bank Balance in January
  2. What's Awesome in Poundland, December 2015
  3. How To Get Half Price Lush
  4. 10 Weird Things that Sold on eBay in December 2015
  5. Give matched betting a free trial

My thoughts

I think I said it all in my preamble. December has been a roller coaster, and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved. The self employed lifestyle is great for us, we are having a blast when I'm not worrying myself silly!

My plans for the next month and beyond

I would love us to crack the £3,000 mark in January, and I think we can do it! We are going away in February so one of my biggest concerns is to get everything prepared for the holiday – posts written and scheduled, passive income in place and of course, packing!

I want to get rid of 100 items in January, whether it be selling, donating or recycling. This will hopefully help to boost our bank balance and declutter! A

After that, world domination! I would love to be hitting £5,000 per month by the end of 2016.

Do you like this income report? Would you like to see more of them in the future? Let us know your thoughts in the comments – we would love to hear from you.

How I made £3300 online in December 2015

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11 Comments on “December 2015 online income report”

  1. Wow you’re doing so well hope you’re proud! I’ve breifly looked at matches betting but I don’t really understand it I’m not very good at jumping into things! My only aim is make some extra pounds each month so I can see my little jar full with notes!

    1. Thanks so much Hannah! Have you joined us on Facebook? Everyone has different aims and encourages each other!

  2. Sounds like you make a dynamite couple! And this is just the start, .. I’m sure this time next year you will be flying! Me and my husband used to work together, but he was doing making and I was doing selling and computer stuff – it wouldn’t work with ‘online earning’ .. he can barely use email lol (there is low-tech, and then no-tech)

    1. I’m not sure about dynamite, but we definitely motivate each other and know when to leave the room and let each other work alone. I know many couples couldn’t do it…but we can try!

  3. Well done! I’m hoping this month my match betting becomes a bit more profitable to help us start cleaning debts and extend our house! I’d love to be a bit more disciplined like you so I could reduce my work hours and be home more!

    Hope working together at home works well 🙂

  4. Love this post! It’s really inspiring 🙂 I have 10 months left on mat leave and finding your advice and encouragement is keeping the pennies coming in x

  5. You really are doing well and I wish you every success! However, matched betting would not be for me although I must admit that really enjoy an afternoon of Channel 4 Racing!

  6. Congrats on going self employed! Must be scary but liberating!
    Don’t feel you have to answer but what on earth was the tweet about that got picked up on the Wright show!? Have you done a post about it since? Like I say no worries if you’d rather not say, I am just being nosy really… 🙂

    I will be interested to see how far you can go with the matched betting. I am about to start it up myself so you will be about 6 months ahead of me. I am skeptical it can be a long term thing as surely the bookies will catch up with you eventually, but will watch your results with interest, for sure!

    Good luck with the MB and the rest of the self employed income!

    TFS

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