2018 was a good year for me. I continued to grow as a person and step outside of my comfort zone in many aspects. Side hustling went very well for me. I made damn near $14,000 extra in side hustle money last year. The exact amount was $13,927.27. In 2017, I made $11,947.26. That was almost a $2000 increase. In 2019, I will continue this upward trend. Before I get into details about the full year of 2018, I want to share my fourth-quarter income numbers.
In the 4th quarter of 2018, I made $2853.36. Here’s a quick breakdown of the amounts.
eBay – $1575.40
Other (Includes shirts, courses & more) – $448.09
Sponsored Content – $437.40
Other Selling Platforms – $280.25
Affiliates – $104.50
Ads – $7.58
Let’s get to the whole year. Like I said earlier, 2018 was great for me income wise. The numbers look different in certain categories than they did in 2017.
Sponsored Content – $5364.47
This was a small shocker to me. For the first time, sponsored content is number one on the income list. The crazy thing was that I didn’t accept every sponsored content post or idea that was directed towards me. If I did, I probably would have been closer to $7000. For me, it’s quality over quantity though. For the last two years, freelancing was my number one on the list. I knew that wasn’t going to be the case, but I had no idea sponsored content would jump to number one. In 2017, I made over $1600 with sponsored content. Last year, I more than tripled that amount. That’s crazy to me.
eBay – $4821.97
EBay is second on the list. In 2017, I only made $2400 with eBay. I doubled that amount last year. The way things are going, I’ll be selling even more items this year. Expanding the type of items that I sell ad opening my store were two of the smartest things that I’ve done.
If you’re thinking about selling on eBay, check out my course, How to Make Money With eBay in Your Spare Time. It’s full of info that will help you bring in at least an extra $300-$400 per month. for more details, check out the course here.
Other Selling Platforms – $1065.39
On last year’s income report, this stream was at the very bottom. This year it’s up to number three. I focused on cross-selling. Cross-selling is when you list the things you are looking to sell on several different websites. Some platforms do better than others. Besides eBay, I sell things on Bonanza, Poshmark, Mercari and Facebook Marketplace. If you sell things online, make sure that you have items listed in multiple places.
Ads – $878.56
My ad revenue is trending upwards. Last was the best year ever for the site. I had over $100,000 views for the first time. I expect that trend to continue. The rebrand will help make it happen. On last year’s report, I made $347 with ads. I more than doubled that amount in 2018. I’m looking to do more of the same this year.
Other – $835.03
This section includes t-shirts, ebooks, and course sales. I did better in this area last year, but I’m not where I want to be at yet. On next year’s report, I’d like to have a separate category for my course and t-shirt sales. That means I need to get to work.
Affiliates – $816.50
I was less than $200 from getting to $1000 in affiliate sales. I know that I will get there this year. I’m retaking The Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course and I’ve scaled back on promoting products that don’t fit the message of my blog. I’ll only be recommending things that I’ve used or that I think my readers could use, not just because it has a high payout.
One of the reasons my affiliate income has grown is because of my blog. While you don’t need a blog to make affiliate income, it helps a lot. If you’ve thought about starting a blog, what better time to do it than now? People are motivated to make things happen at the beginning of the year. If you want to start a blog, I’d recommend Bluehost to use as your hosting company. I’ve been with them for nearly six years. I haven’t had any major problems with them. Here is a step by step guide that I wrote about them, Creating a Blog With Bluehost.
Freelance – $145.35
I did one freelance assignment last year. I’m not actively looking for freelance opportunities. If someone is paying well, I’ll consider it though.
While 2018 was good for side hustle income, I need 2019 to be even better and I know it will be. I have a certain amount of money that I plan on making this year. I just gotta get to work. I’ll be sharing it with y’all very soon.
Resources That Can Help Your Side Hustles
GoDaddy is one of the best places to locate and purchase a domain name. They are advertised as the world’s largest domain name website. I purchased a domain for another website that I had a couple of years ago for under $5. That’s a heck of a price. Head over here to see what domain deals are eligible.
Grammarly is a program that you can download to your computer that helps with grammar. I’ve been using Grammarly for two years, and I love it. It helps you with spelling, punctuation placement, and other grammar issues. As a blogger or writer, this tool is a must-have.
Tailwind is a tool that I use to help schedule my pins on Pinterest. Pinterest has been a game changer. It is currently the platform that drives the most traffic to my website. Grab your free trial to Tailwind when you click my link.
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If you are thinking about creating and selling t-shirts, check out Teespring. It’s a platform where you can create or upload designs and make t-shirts, sweatshirts and more. Teespring is free to use. If you sell an item, Teespring will keep a percentage of it.