Online Income: $5,436 in July 2016

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Last month I made over $5,000 working from home. How did I do it working from home? Check out my sources of income here.I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Running your own business means dealing with a lot of ups and downs – both financially and emotionally.

I’m a little sad to report that this is the lowest income month I’ve had this year. The worst part is that I felt like I worked more in July than I did in the previous two months, but my income didn’t reflect that.

Part of the reason things like this can happen is because a lot of my income isn’t counted until the month after I’ve done my work. I can’t invoice for freelance writing and other projects until after they are completed. For my steady clients that I work with each week, this is the last business day of the month. And I’ve never counted my income until it actually hits my bank account, not when I’ve invoiced for it.

This is just another reason why solopreneurs have to hustle and why an emergency fund or buffer of some sort is 100% necessary when you run your own business.

Here’s a deeper look into how I made money, and spent money, with my business last month.


VA/Blog Management Services – $3,776.62

Writing – $1,285.00

Advertising on both my sites – $375.00

Bonuses, Tips, etc. $0.00

Total– $5,436.62


A few months ago, I started sharing my expenses with you. I think sharing the cost of running my online business each month help provide a more realistic picture.

The expenses listed below are only what I pay out of my business account this month.

You won’t see a line for internet in the expenses below because that is something I would pay for even if I didn’t have an online business. (But yes, I do get to deduct most of it now that I have an online business.) So keep that in mind. ?

Staff Writer, VAs, Tech Services – $2,036.84

PayPal and Other Fees – $35.90

Business Tools – $119.40

Office and Equipment – $43.95

New Computer – $100.00

Total Expenses: $2,336.09

Income less Expenses: $3,100.53


I’m glad that my expenses are finally going back down, especially since my income was lower too. My PayPal fees would be significantly higher if I didn’t use FreshBooks for invoicing my clients. I can’t recommend FreshBooks enough.

Remember, that my online income has not yet been taxed. This means that about 30% of what I make is going to be taken by Uncle Sam. That “expense” is not included in the net figure listed above.

I’ve been trying to hold back on business spending so I can re-build my business savings after a few expensive months. But at the same time, I know there are some things I need to pay for if I want to take my business to the next level.

Speaking of which, I am planning to make some big changes to my website and branding later this year. I am setting up a new, more professional website that I hope to roll out in December. I have lots of ideas in my head for how it’s going to look, but I just need to get them out there now. 🙂

If income reports get you jazzed, you can see all of my online income reports on this page!

Just to see how far I’ve come, I averaged my monthly online income for the 25 months I’ve been freelancing. Even with the smaller months at the beginning, my average monthly online income (gross) is $3,270.64. My 12 month (gross) average is $5,402.07.

Did you make any online income in July? Is there anything else you’d like to know about how I run my business or make income online? Let me know, I’d love to help you out!

Last month I made over $5,000 working from home. How did I do it working from home? Check out my sources of income here.


  • I think $5,436 is fantastic!! That’s a lot of money, though I understand a chunk of it goes toward business expenses. Way to go!

    • It is a lot of money, but after you take out expenses is only about $3k of income. Then you factor in tax savings and it’s quite a bit less too. 🙁 That’s probably the biggest downside to being self-employed.

  • I still think you kicked butt in July! On the other hand, I know exactly what you mean. This month I’m doing a lot of work but unfortunately, my income won’t be affected until next month. It can be a constant hustle but having savings and a cash buffer lined up can make things so much better and offer peace of mind.

    • Thanks girl! I think my income will be a LOT higher for August, but we’ll see. 🙂

  • I think you did a great job this month! I do have a question, though. Since after business expenses you made $3k, and your budget for July was around $3K, how do you save for taxes?

    • Great question! I actually had to use some of my “buffer” from previous months to live off of in July. 🙁 It was a very tight month, but I think I’ll be able to make that up in August due to some extra projects I took on.

      • Gina, another thing to consider is that the business expenses for things like equipment or travel aren’t necessarily coming only out of the income I earned that month since I save for business expansion projects too.

  • $5,436 is definitely nothing to sneeze at – awesome job! My most recent experiment with making some money online has been doing online surveys. It’s not something that I am wanting to spend much time on, but I’ve just been doing a few here and there while I’m watching the Olympics in the evening, mainly!

    • Thanks Ashli! Any income is good, great job on finding a way to make money AND watch the Olympics. 🙂

    • Thanks Latoya! I have a lot of work to do first, but I think it’s going to be great!

  • First time visitor. I haven’t read your previous income posts yet, but I must say July looks impressive to me. There will always be ups and downs, but as long as you’re not in the red it’s a good month. Best of luck to you.

    • Thanks! I really can’t ever afford to even be close to the red though since I have to live off my business income. 🙂

    • Thanks Beth! It’s going to take a lot of work, but I think the site will be great once it’s done!

  • Kayla you might feel down about making less than usual but $5k in one month is amazing!! You work for yourself and you get to dictate your schedule and do what you love doing 🙂

    That would be a win in my books!

    • Thanks Jaymee! Hoping to see you at FinCon. Will you be able to attend?

  • Yeah keep hustling, even though that is still more than most people make online. Expenses and taxes are a drag, but what can we do. Good luck in August.

    • Thanks EL! I do hate taxes, but I’m still making more with my business than I was working a traditional job, so something to be happy about. 🙂


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