2017 Online Business Income & Recap

Now that 2017 is behind us it’s time for a recap! I have to admit that the year didn’t go as I planned. I had all these grand plans, but by the time summer hit I had things pop up (gallstones and pregnancy) that pretty much stopped me in my tracks for a good three months. I’m still recovering and trying to build my eBay sales back up to where they were before that happened, but considering everything that happened I’m still pretty happy with the year.

The good

It was my first full year selling on eBay! I’ve learned that I really do enjoy it, despite the fact that it means I constantly have stuff in my house. For a wannabe minimalist that was hard for me to accept at first. It’s really a great way for me to not only bring in an income while home with my son, but also do something that I feel is helping, instead of hurting, the environment. That was something I really struggled with in past businesses like my online boutique that I ran years ago.

Despite the fact that the last half of the year was a struggle (including three months almost completely off) I still did over $15,000 in sales on eBay alone.

The bad

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How to Use Paypal to Send Clients Professional Invoices

When I started as a freelance designer in 2012 I basically gave away my blog designs. I started on Etsy to find clients. As my portfolio grew, my rates went up and I moved to my own site and was able to stopped selling my services on Etsy. Since I was on my own I had to find a new way to invoice clients. Paypal was the first payment system I used to invoice my clients. I’ve been using Paypal for years from buying and selling online, I already had an account so it was an easy choice.

Over the course of the last few years I strayed. I tried several different ways to collect payments like Freshbooks (love) and Wave (don’t love) and a few others that I can’t remember off the top of my head. But recently I came back to my tried and true method: Paypal. Truth be told, I don’t invoice clients a lot these days because I don’t do much design work. I’m working on diversifying my income and moving away from doing design work so I decided it was silly to pay a monthly fee when I could do it straight from Paypal with just the transaction fee (similar to what every payment processor will charge you).

If you haven’t tried Paypal for invoicing yet you should! It’s simple and there is no monthly subscription fee to worry about. Plus it’s been around a long time so people know the name and trust it.

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How to Make Extra Money Selling Your Stuff on Facebook

In an effort to simplify I’m constantly going through the house to donate or sell items that we don’t need anymore. We are always bringing new items into our homes and I do my best to make a conscious effort to also remove items from my home on a regular basis. My absolute favorite way these days is to sell on local Facebook groups! Some people call them Facebook Buy/Sell Groups or Facebook Yard Sale Groups. Whatever you want to call them, they’re basically local groups for a city or regional area where people can list items they want to sell. I’ve mad at least $1,000 doing this over the last 1-2 years and you can too!

Why Facebook and not Craigslist? Craigslist used to be the go to place for selling your stuff locally. I used it all the time! But listing on Facebook is just so much easier! I get more interest because people are constantly on Facebook, I can check someones profile to make me feel a little better knowing who I’m meeting up with and it’s so much faster than Craigslist. We still use craigslist on occasion, my husband has better luck with cars and car parts there, but in general Facebook is the place to sell locally now and we’ve had tons of success with it.

Note: This post was originally published on another blog of mine back in 2016! I’ve sold much more on Facebook since then.

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6 Ways I Make Money as a Stay At Home Mom

Note: This post was previously published on an older blog of mine.

I’ve been an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid I would fill notebooks with business ideas and probably highly inaccurate calculations of how much money I would make. I still do this. One business was a dog poop clean up business called The Poo Fighters. I’m not kidding. I had it all planned out, but it never ended up happening. I still believe that it would be a successful business if you live in the right area. I’m trying to convince my husband to do it. Silly businesses aside, when I became a mom my entrepreneur spirit didn’t subside. Sure, I have like 23 less hours in a day now, but I still love finding ways to earn an income from home.

My son is only two so working from home is challenging, but non-negotiable. I was working from home before a baby was even in our sights because I wanted to be able to be home if/when kids started popping into our family. So naturally here I am as a work at home mom. I want to share the different ways I have and currently make money from home. I want to empower other parents to be able to help support their family financially, and find something that’s their own, all while being home with the kids.

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New blog, let’s do this!

Welcome to the new blog! I’m currently in the middle of a rebrand and combining several different concepts I’ve worked on in the past and bring them to this new blog, Hustle and Slow. I plan on sharing all the different ways I make money from home as an entrepreneur and work at home mom. I hope to inspire others to do the same and learn along with you.

My plans for this blog are to share valuable content on entrepreneurship, productivity and anything else that goes along with it. I also plan to continue to connect with this community of entrepreneurs and resellers through regular YouTube videos as well as my instagram account.

I just thought I should post a quick “welcome” post before I started getting into the meat of things.

Just a heads up I will be reposting and backdating several posts from previous blogs that include old income reports, etc. dating years back so that I can look back at them all in one spot. Those should be fun to take a look at again as I find the time to transfer those over.

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September 2016 Online Income Report

Note: This income report was previously posted on another blog of mine.

Welcome to my online business income report!

I love reading the income reports of other bloggers and wanted to start sharing mine as a way to be transparent, as well as motivate myself (and hopefully others!) to create a successful business. I’ll also be including my traffic and social media stats as well as goal tracking since those are important parts of the business and it’ll help me keep track as I move forward.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

I include all of my online business income and expenses from blogging, ebay, etc. basically any money I earn from my online businesses.

SEPTEMBER INCOME

One big change from the last time I did an income report in February is that suddenly I’m making a decent income on ebay. I started on ebay mid-August and decided it was a great way for me to earn an income from home so I jumped back in after many, many years and I’m so excited about how everything is starting off!

How to Sell on Instagram Course: $24
Google & Youtube Ads: $11.36
Ebay: $1,404.27
Poshmark: $32
Total: $1471.63

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