How I Made $4900 in Side Hustle Income the First Quarter of 2017

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How I Made $4900 in Side Hustle Income the First Quarter of 2017

The first quarter of the year has come and gone. For the most part, it’s been pretty good. I am losing a client due to them changing business models, but it’s all good. The grind doesn’t stop. I love making side hustle income.

I love reading other bloggers’ income reports. They motivate me and show me that with hard work I can get there as well. I’ve done a couple of income reports in the past. I’m not at the point where I want to show them monthly yet, but I will do one every once in a while. Today, I want to share with you how I did during the first quarter of 2017.

How did I do?

I made $4900 during January, February, and March. This is after PayPal fees but before taxes. Almost $5000, damn that’s great. I went from only making a couple of hundred bucks each month to now this. I can’t even imagine where I’ll be at next year at this time.

The Breakdown

Freelancing – $3824.49

This is my highest form of income right now. Freelancing is cool, but it’s not my end game. It takes a lot of work. You have to make deadlines, have good ideas and write great content. Since I have a full-time job and my own blog, there are nights where I’m working past midnight. Am I complaining about it? Hell no, I have to eliminate this debt. The sooner that I do this, the sooner that I can have my financial freedom. As I get older, my freedom becomes important to me. I will be able to do more things because I won’t have any debt. I realized a while ago that I’m not the person to work 9-5 until I’m 65. Right now, I have to do so, but it won’t be permanent.

Sponsored Posts – $443.26

Sometimes companies pay people to do a post for them. It could be about a specific product or something new that they are working on. I get a couple of e-mails each week about sponsored posts. I decline 75% of them. A lot of them are about stuff that my readers wouldn’t be interested in.

Affiliates & Ads – $350.47

This income generator is my second favorite. As I continue to get more traffic, this income stream will grow even more. When it comes to affiliate marketing, I only promote things that I believe provide value such as Bluehost and Credit Sesame. One of my goals in 2017 was to grow my affiliate income. So far so good, but I want it to be more consistent.

eBay – $281.78

The final income stream is eBay. I love selling things online. This would have been a lot higher if I didn’t have the worst February ever. I currently have some new items that I’m about to start looking for at the thrift store. It should be on and popping, meaning that my income will go up.

None of this (minus eBay) would have happened if I never started blogging. Four years ago, I took a risk and started The Butler Journal. If you’re on the fence when it comes to blogging, do it. It could change your life. It changed mine for the better. If you’re ready to start your website, I’d suggest going with Bluehost. Their hosting company is legit. They usually charge $7.99 per month for their hosting, but you can get it starting at $3.95 with this link. It also comes with a domain name. I also have a step by step guide that will help you set up your blog. You can view it here.

As the next quarter of the year begins, I want to continue to rock it with my side hustle income. I’m looking for a couple of more clients, and I’m also working on my first solo challenge. My 5-day thrifting challenge starts May 1st. In the five day challenge, I will be showing people how to make money by thrifting. If you’re interested in the challenge, join today.

How was your 1st quarter of 2017 go?


  1. Terri Carroll says:

    Hi Jason, I love your blog, you have wonderful and truly helpful ideas. I’m no longer working at the post office in Kell, but I am still at school full time starting this summer. I’m very happy that the Lord released me from working for other people, and I am determined to build my business plus multiple streams of other income. I love your side hustle ideas, and I just signed up for the Thrift Store Challenge in May, can’t wait! I’m extremely interested in that. You are an awesome and smart young man, keep up the good work, you will reach that goal of not working a 9-5 til you’re 65!

    1. Thanks for the kind words Terri. It sucks that I won’t be able to see you in Kell anymore, but you gotta do what you have to do. The thrift challenge should be great. Good luck with your classes!

  2. Nice work. I haven’t been keeping up with my blog enough lately, starting to realize I really need to start pulling some side income if I want to retire early any time soon.

    1. I understand. Take some time figure out what you want to do and then make it happen.

  3. Congratulations! I am trying to get debt free too. You are such an inspiration! Thank you!

  4. I love the idea of tracking side hustle income quarterly instead of monthly. Some months, I’ve got nothing, and other months, I make mad side money. If I look at it quarterly, it seems like part of a bigger picture. That’s super helpful. As is your mention of not wanting to do freelance writing forever. I tend to think that my own freelance efforts are never sustainable, but I also think that once I start, I’ve got to be in it forever. This post has shifted my perspective in more than one way. I’ll start looking at quarterly totals now, totally.

    1. I’m glad that I could help. You don’t have to do any of these side hustles forever. I use them as a means to get out of debt. Once I’m debt-free, I can guarantee that I won’t be doing a couple of these side hustles anymore.

  5. That’s a hefty sum of freelance income, Jason! I generally dislike income reports but I do appreciate the ones, like yours, that break down the income into buckets and provide detail. My side hustle income is relatively flat as I invest time (and $) into a couple of startup ideas that will not generate Revenue for at least six more months.

  6. Great read, always looking for extra ways to make cash around the office. I just wanted to share something I’ve been doing recently. I run an office and have noticed that unused toner was piling up in storage. Looked into returning but that was no good. Tried out the site https://www.tonerconnect.net/ and was impressed. They had quick service and that payout was nice.

    1. I need to check them out then.

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