Online Income: $5,596 in January 2016

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Last month I earned $5,596 in online income! How I did it here.

Hey guys! I can’t believe we are already well into the month of February now. January was a total blur and while I had a lot of fun on my trip last week, I can’t believe it’s over.

One of the things I spent some time pondering while I was out of town was the direction I want to go with my business. I think I have an idea of what I want to do, but now I just need to figure out how to make it happen.

That said, I’m still very happy with how my business has been performing income-wise.

In January 2016 I earned $5,596.92 with my online business.

Here’s how:

VA/Blog Management Services – $3,874.42

Writing – $1,722.50

Advertising on both my sites – $0.00

Bonuses, Tips, etc.- $0.00

A couple months ago, I started sharing my expenses with you too so you can get a better idea of how much I spend to keep my business going every month.

The expenses listed below are only what I pay out of my business account each month. You won’t see a charge 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 – $661.50

PayPal and Other Fees – $36.78

Podcast Expense – $15.00

Total Expenses: $713.28

Income less Expenses: $4,883.64

I’m glad that my January expenses were lower than December’s, but I have a feeling that February’s will be higher due to some business travel and because I paid one of my contractors to help me with some extra tasks while I was gone.

I did have one expense last month that is not listed above – quarterly taxes. But I don’t feel that I should be sharing that information publicly. Just keep in mind that I do save up for that expenses every month, so the payment I made in January didn’t all come from my January income.

It seems that once you reach a certain level of income (or work) that you have to start paying more business expenses in order to continue growing your business.

I did beat my income goal of $4,200, which is awesome.

As always, you need to know that I don’t count my online income until the month it gets deposited into my account, so this is from some work at the end of December through about mid-January. I have made some more since then, but it will be included on my next report since it didn’t hit my account until February 1st (or later).

Remember, that my online income has not yet been taxed, which 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 of $4,883.64 listed above. Additionally, I’m saving some of my income to be used for FINCON16 and other business expansion projects in the future.

I’m going to set my February income goal at $4,400. This will be my highest income goal yet.

Here are some of my other online income reports:

For kicks and giggles I decided to average my monthly online income for the 19 months I’ve been freelancing. Even with the smaller months at the very beginning, my average monthly online income (gross) is $2,257.45. My 12 month (gross) average is $3,151.10.

Did you make any online income in January? 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 earned $5,596 in online income! How I did it here.

Last month I earned $5,596 in online income! How I did it here.


  • Congratulations on such a fantastic month, Kayla!!! Very encouraging!! I am curious to see the direction you decide to take your business, as it looks like you have many options 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Happy to be following along! Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  • Brilliant month I’m delighted for you. I think it’s amazing you have doubled your income in 6 months. It’s very encouraging for me just getting ready to start out, seeing all you have achieved in such a short space of time.

    • Yay! Thanks so much Michelle!! I haven’t yet, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed 🙂

    • Thanks Latoya! I’m super excited about the growth my business has had lately 🙂

  • That’s incredible, congratulations! I am curious, however, as to why your advertising went down to $0? I don’t know how online advertising works, but it seems like quite a drop.

    Like Sarah, I’m looking forward to seeing where your business goes.

    • Thanks! My advertising income is mostly through private ad placements and while I did sell a few in January, it was toward the end of the month and the payments didn’t come through until Feb 1 or later. Good question!

  • Hey Kayla,

    thanks for sharing your January report. You’re doing an incredible job at building your online income – especially in such a short time. Clearly, you’re a rockstar!


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