2016 was a banner year for me in so many ways. I put a lot of hard work into my side hustling. The year started pretty slow, but I ended it with a bang. In September, I discussed how I made over $1000 in side hustle income in August. I’ve been making over $1000 each month ever since. I calculated my numbers at the beginning of January. In 2016, I made over $11,000 in side hustle income. Damn, that was pretty good for someone that made a fraction of that in 2015. Below, I want to tell you how I did it.
Found More Clients
My freelance income was huge in 2016. I started off the year with only one client. Now I have four of them. My numbers will continue to grow as long as I add more clients. More clients will bring in more money. I’m at the point in my freelance career where I can pick and choose who I want to work for. I’ve been lucky to find the majority of my clients through networking and through other bloggers.
Sold More Items
Another way that I increased my side hustle income is by selling more items on eBay. For a while, the majority of the things that I was selling was shoes, sports items, and coffee mugs. I started selling different items such as board games and magazines.
Promoted the Blog More
I promoted TBJ more, and that helped me reach more people. Some of these people purchased shirts or provided sponsored posts. This wouldn’t have happened if I never started my blog. I’ve been blogging for nearly four years, and it has been life changing. I went from not knowing anything about websites to now having a legitimate side hustle. If you’re on the fence about whether you should start a website or not, do it. It can be life changing for you as well. If you are looking to make the jump and start your website, you should check out Bluehost. Bluehost has been my hosting provider since I started TBJ. It usually costs $7.99 per month to start your website with them, but they are running a promo right now. You can get your hosting and a domain starting at $3.95 when you click on this link. That’s a heck of a deal. It’s a small investment that could pay off big for you. I also have a step by step guide that will help you set it up.
In 2016, I started making sure that I provided value in all my posts. I got more in depth when I explained things. I’m actually in the process of editing some of my older ones. I also stopped writing about things that my readers don’t care about. As a result, 2016 was the best year as far as readership goes.
Below is a breakdown of how much I made in my side hustle income last year:
Freelance Writing – $7505.99
eBay – $1498.65
Sponsored Posts – $1364.32
Affiliates – $435.04
Other (shirts, eBook, Offer up, etc.) – $241.38
The total that I made in 2016 was $11,045.38. I am happy with that amount. That’s not bad for someone who didn’t start taking blogging seriously until 2014. I look at this number, and I know that there is room for growth. The way I envision things for this year, I should at least double this amount. I just need to continue to work hard and stick to some type of schedule. That’s exactly what I plan to do.
How was your side hustle income in 2016? What side hustling plans do you have in 2017?