July 2014 Monthly Income Report
Summer has still been full swing this past month in the Schultz household. However, things were a bit busier than they were in June. Last month I shared my first monthly income report and the feedback I received was amazing. I am truly grateful that this is the type of information that other bloggers need to see that proves that they are doing great and that the passion doesn’t always show in dollars and cents. I also shared one of my favorited resources for tracking time, RescueTime. For those of you that downloaded and tried it on your own I would love to hear your thoughts. Did it increase your productiveness by making you more aware of where you were spending time?
Hours logged for July 2014: 63 hours and 19 minutes. This is a little over 20 more hours than last month. I spent a good portion of time during July actively participating in one of my favorite groups on Facebook, Learn To Blog. If you are a blogger I strongly recommend that you request to join. The information and support from other bloggers is really amazing.
Traffic for July was again low until I published new posts near the end of the month. There were only 3 new posts published for the month.
Media.Net: $1.72 Google Adsense: $3.47 Genesis Theme by StudioPress: $0 Business2Blogger: $0 Advowire: $43.26 Self-Hosted Ads: $0 Busybee’s Creation (Etsy Shop): $90.30 MacHighway: $0 MailChimp: $0 Hootsuite: $0 RescueTime: $0 Amazon: $12.20 Rich Mom University: $0 Online Edge Academy: $0 Total Income: $150.95
MacHighway: $9.95 (www.sarah-m-schultz.com) $5.95 (www.notthatcrunchy.com — Site Coming Soon!)
Advertising & Promotional Tools:
Maintenance & Daily Operations Tools:
Graphic Design Tools and Resources:
Adobe CC: $10.91
Product Sales Tools:
Net Loss: -$25.67
This month you can see that I didn’t actually bring in a profit. I am trying some new resources as well as investing in myself and using the fantastic online program, Treehouse, to learn to code WordPress sites. I am hoping that by the end of the year I will be able to offer new WordPress themes to expand my client base and generate another source of income. I broke down the expenses by category to help you better understand what some of the tools that I depend on to keep my blog up and running and to help you to determine if there are some resources that might be beneficial for you. If you have any questions about the tools that I use on a day to day basis be sure to ask and I will let you know what I recommend and what to skip on. For more information on tools and resources I use (including some that are free) check out the Resources page.
Thoughts for the future:
With this being the second month of Summer, I expected things to still be rather slow. Who really wants to spend time in front of a computer when it is beautiful outside. I also was able to make some decisions on which direction I would like to see my business headed toward the end of the year. I know that investing in myself is the only sure fire way to be successful. I am fortunate enough that we do not rely on my income from blogging and that I am able to invest a bit more to make my dreams come true without taking away from the family.