How I Made Nearly $12,000 Side Hustling in 2017

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side hustling in 2017

What’s going on everyone? I hope things are going well for you. I recently calculated my side hustle numbers from 2017. I made nearly $12,000 side hustling last year. The exact number was $11,947.26. Before I go into detail about that, I want to share with you my 4th quarter income numbers. I usually do a separate income report for each quarter of the year, but I decided just to add that amount to this one.

I made $2234.54 in the fourth quarter of 2017. That was much better than what I made in the third quarter. You can view my previous income reports below.

First Quarter of 2017 Income Report

Second Quarter of 2017 Income Report

Third Quarter of 2017 Income Report

Side Hustling in 2017

2017 was an up and down year for me. I started the year off killing the game in the freelance category, but by mid-year, all my clients were gone. I began to put my focus somewhere else and work other side hustles. After all of that happened, I still made more than I did last year. That’s amazing to me after everything that happened.

I’m not the biggest fan of sharing my income reports. That’s why I only do them once per quarter. I do it to show my readers my results. I want them to know that if I can do it, they can as well. I’m happy to say that I made more money in 2017 than I did in 2016.

Here’s the breakdown of how I made my money last year.

Freelance Writing – $6368.10

For the second year in a row, freelance writing was the highest paying side hustle that I did. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that won’t be the case for 2018. While I am still freelancing a little bit, I am focused on increasing my income with a couple of other side hustles. The crazy thing is that I never thought that I’d make money with freelance writing. My blog is a HUGE reason I was able to start this side hustle

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EBay – $2431.58

EBay was my second highest income stream last year. I branched out and started selling different items. It paid off. I made nearly $1000 more with eBay in 2017 than I did in 2016. That’s the type of growth that I want to continue to have. If you’re interested in learning how to sell items on eBay, check out my course titled “The Beginner’s eBay Course.”

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Sponsored Posts – $1663.96

Sponsored posts are next on the list. I made more money with them in 2017 than I did in 2016. The crazy thing is that I decline many of the requests that I get. I only accept posts from companies that I believe will provide value for my readers.

Affiliates – $546.67

My affiliate income grew by over $100 in 2017. I have plans to make it grow even more. I promote items that I either use or can vouch for. Some of the programs that I promote are Amazon, Bluehost, and Stockpile.

Other – $384.94

This section includes t-shirts, course sales, and other things. This is another area that I’m working hard to grow this year.

Ads – $347.11

I didn’t even have a section for ads on last year’s income report. They were included in the other section. With my traffic getting better, I’m expecting to make even more money with ads.

Other Sales Platforms – $204.90

Besides eBay, I sell items on Bonanza, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and Offer Up. The more places that I have items listed, the better chance I have of more things selling.

2017 was a good year for me when it came to side hustling. 2018 will be even better. I know that I’ll be able to make even more money this year.

How was your side hustle income in 2017? What side hustle are you working on this year?



  1. Congrats on such a great year! I love reading how you bounced back. I hope you can double (or triple) your earnings this year!

    1. Thanks. I know that I will be able to double or triple my focus.

  2. That’s awesome I want to get more into freelance writing. Did you use sites like Upwork to find work?

    1. I used Upwork, but I found most of my clients by networking.

  3. That is some monster income from eBay! I honestly have not see any other blogger or side hustler who is as efficient and successful at eBay as you. I think the content you post around that is super valuable and would encourage you to keep that as a central part of your brand.

    I am confident you will have no issue 4x your affiliate income or more this year.

    Congrats on a great 2017!

    1. Thanks, DC. I definitely plan to keep eBay a main part of my brand. I enjoy it. It’s fun flipping those items. The affiliate income will take a little work, but I’m already seeing some small returns.

  4. Congratulation, Jason.You have filled up your financial target in 2017.It is most important that people would get more encouraged by your information sharing.Thank you.

  5. Great, thank you for the income reports! I’ve always wanted to do one but I’m nervous that it won’t fit in with what my blog is about.

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