2018 Year In Review

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In a few days, we’ll be bringing in a new year. I’m getting excited because I’m looking forward to more growth and success. Before we get into 2019, I want to go over my 2018. Today’s post will be just that, my 2018 year in review.

Where do I start? A lot has happened this year. There have been more ups than downs. I’ve made a lot of progress. I’ll start off by discussing my goals.

Goals

This year I completed 44% of my goals. That’s better than the 38% that I completed in 2017. There were nine things that I wanted to complete this year. I only completed four of them. Stuff happened during the year and I wasn’t able to focus on all of them. Because of that, I’m only setting two goals next.

I shared two goals with y’all at the beginning of the year. They were the following:

Speak at 2 events.

Be under $45,000 in debt by December 31st.

I spoke at two events this year. That was awesome. I’m nowhere near being under $45,000 in debt. I’ll go into more detail about those and my 2019 goals in January. That post will be live the second week.

My Debt

In June, I finally got under $60,000 worth of debt. In July, I had to get a new car. Of course, something like that would happen. I ended up getting a used car. That added another $8K to my debt total. I was frustrated, but shit happens. I’m focused more than ever to get rid of this new car note and other debt.

There are a couple of other reasons my debt hasn’t gone down as fast. I’ve used my credit card a couple times when I shouldn’t have. That slowed my process down. Second, I’m still paying the IRS from when I was audited a few years ago. I don’t count that as a debt. That’s a bill. So that’s another $200 gone each month. If things go right, that bill will be gone next year. Then that $200 can be applied elsewhere.

In 2015, I set a ridiculous goal to pay off $72,000 in three years. Looking back, that was a foolish goal. I didn’t have a real plan in place. I struggled my first year trying to find side hustles that would generate a lot of money. Since then, I’ve gotten more focused and the side hustle income has increased each year.  I’m smarter than I was in 2015. I also realize that I have to put in a lot of work to make this debt free thing become a reality. 2019 will be a great year for side hustling and paying off debt.

Travel

2018 was a great travel year for me. I went to Chicago, Toronto, Niagara Falls, NYC, and Orlando. Check out a couple of posts about my trips.

10 Amazing Things to Do In NYC

6 Fun Things to Do In Toronto

Side Hustles

2018 has been my highest earning year for me with side hustles. Flipping items online via eBay and other sites, selling t-shirts and my courses are just a few of the reasons it’s grown so much.  With everything growing so much, I decided to step my game up this year. I set up an LLC in November. It was time to go from hustle to legit business. The name of the business is Butler Industries LLC (Shout out to Tony Stark).

EBay

Every year my eBay side hustle grows. 2018 was another record-breaking year for me in sales. I opened an eBay store and expanded my inventory. It’s been a fun journey so far. Below are some of the eBay related articles that I published this year.

If you are looking to make extra money with eBay, check out my course, How to Make Money with eBay in Your Spare Time. The course teaches everything you need to know about eBay as a beginner. I teach you how to set up an account, create your first listing, give you examples of what to sell and more. To get more info about the course, go here.

Teespring

I still made a little bit of money with Teespring, but I slacked up a lot. I didn’t make any new designs for a five-month period. My focus was on other side hustles. In 2019, I’m going to work on more designs. When I say work on more designs, I mean outsourcing for 90% of my designs.

I’m also going to focus a little more on Merch by Amazon. It took me 13 months to get approved and I’ve absolutely nothing from it. That changes in 2019.

The Butler Journal

The website has done well this year. I had a record amount of page views this year. I’ve also deleted more content that didn’t serve a purpose. I expect big things to happen with the site next year.

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Some of y’all may not know this, but I’m rebranding on January 1st. I’m changing a few things including the websites name. It’s going to be great. Make sure you follow me on social media so that you can get all the updates from me.

How was your 2018?

6 Comments

  1. Looks like you had a pretty successful year! Best of luck in 2019!

  2. Great goals and amazing progress. You’ll do great in 2019. Wishing you best of luck!

  3. Well done and good luck with the rebrand. Re-designing my blog has taken over a year with a designer. It’s a big job if you want it done right.

    1. I underestimated. I’m still working on some things as well.

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