February to April 2019 Income & Profit Report

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It’s been a while since I last updated on my income and profit. Things got a little bit crazy there for a while. Here’s a long overdue update for February through April…


First for a little bit about what I’ve been up to the past few months!

Throughout February and March I was working on a part time IT contract as a Business Analyst. This involved some days travelling to sites in the UK, but many days were working from home which was nice. In March my time spent on this contract was up to 3 days a week which is part of the reason why I was a bit quiet on the blog front!

February to April Income and Profit Report, the flower posy I made for my niece
In February I learned how to create a flower posy to give to my niece after her dance show


Casting my mind back to February I had fun learning how to arrange flowers (expertly tutored by one of my friends - YouTube video to come hopefully!), plus I also spent a day at the Apple Store in Birmingham taking advantage of their many free learning sessions. It was a fab day where I learnt video skills such as capturing cinematic shots, and how to create cool video edits such as jump shots.

February to April Income and Profit Report, Valentines Day cards and Corinna enjoying a cocktail
Our Valentines Day cards, my beautiful red roses, and a celebratory cocktail on our Valentines Dinner


On the social front I enjoyed a wonderful Valentines’ Dinner at The Botanist in Coventry, as well as a relaxing spa weekend with my good friend at the De Vere Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire.

February to April Income and Profit Report, De Vere Tortworth
I enjoyed my spa weekend at the De Vere Tortworth


March got super busy on the social front. I was delighted to visit the Royal Albert Hall for the first time to see a Disney Broadway Hits concert.

February to April Income and Profit Report, Corinna at the Royal Albert Hall
My first time at the Royal Albert Hall


I also tried the Bear Grylls adventure (affiliate link) near to Birmingham International airport when some friends came to visit with their son. We had a fantastic time doing their base package which includes 4 fab activities. I particularly enjoyed the escape room!

February to April Income and Profit Report, Corinna at the Bear Grylls adventure and on St. Patrick's Day
At the Bear Grylls adventure and enjoying St. Patrick's Day


Other events included a couple of games nights, heading out with friends for St. Patrick’s Day, a ladies film night, a baby shower and celebrating Mother’s Day with a delicious lunch at Bistrot Pierre.

I think the highlight of March has to be my niece’s dance show Dreams. She has been learning ballet, street dance and musical theatre for several years.

February to April Income and Profit Report, Dreams poster for dance show
The poster for my niece's dance show called "Dreams"


Her dance school Capella Academy present a show about every 2 years. It was an absolute joy to see her dancing out onto the stage in the very first dance, as well as seeing her sing her first ever solo. What a treat.

February to April Income and Profit Report, Mickey and friends at Disney on Ice
Mickey and friends at Disney on Ice


On to April and things certainly didn’t slow down! I went to see Disney on Ice which was absolutely brilliant. Then my attention turned to Tony Robbins’ Unleash The Power Within event (affiliate link) where I was serving on the crew.

February to April Income and Profit Report, Corinna next to a picture of Tony Robbins
Catching up with the main man Tony Robbins!


It’s the second year that I’ve been on the crew, and what an uplifting experience it is. If you haven’t been to Tony’s Unleash The Power Within event yet, I highly recommend you make the investment to go (affiliate link). It may sound like a lot of money up-front, but believe me it’s so worth it. A completely transformational and life changing experience.

February to April Income and Profit Report, Corinna in a pic of all the crew at UPW London 2019
Can you spot me in the crew? (I can hardly spot myself as I have my hair tied back!)


On my return home from London it was Easter before I knew it. I spent time with family at our local go karting venue TeamSport and at my parents’ for a bbq. I was super excited to see the final instalment of the Avengers series End Game. Finally near the end of April I was privileged to receive the opportunity to partner with Tony Robbins, Dean Graziosi and Russell Brunson on an exciting new venture. The launch for their new product took up the remainder of my time in April.


Tony Robbins Unleash The Power Within 2020 Birmingham UK


This is a recurring monthly post as I pursue my 2019 goal of making £7,000 in one month from my side hustles, before the end of the year.

Last year I made a total profit of £3,166.15 from my side hustles, with my best month’s profit being £597.95. My average monthly profit for 2018 was £263.85.

In January I made a profit of £250.45, slightly under my average for 2018.

This meant there was still a huge way to go to achieve £7,000 in one month. Let’s see how I got on in February, March and April…


INCOME REPORT

Here’s my income position at the end of April:

Month Last Year's Income 2019 Income 2019 Running Total
January £377.45 £428.54 £428.54
February £156.62 £392.05 £820.59
March £120.29 £591.95 £1,412.54
April £305.67 £227.43 £1,639.97
May £217.61
June £281.89
July £311.20
August £496.84
September £762.16
October £732.34
November £529.77
December £297.16

Income for February, March and April respectively was £392.05, £591.95 & £227.43. A bit of a mixed bag really. March saw my highest income month so far this year, but April saw the lowest!

Here’s some lovely pie charts showing a break-down of where my income came from in February, March & April:

February to April Income and Profit Report February income pie chart
February to April Income and Profit Report March income pie chart
February to April Income and Profit Report April income pie chart

Things that stand out to me from these charts:

  • Blogging income has been consistent every month of the year so far at £45. It may not be much, but it’s nice that I’ve been able to make some money every month - there was a time not so long ago that I didn’t have a clue how to make even a penny from my blog!
  • March’s overall income was boosted by the sale of my old apple watch on eBay. I can’t guarantee money from eBay on an ongoing basis because it’s dependent on when I have things I no longer need that I can sell
  • Income from Kindle book publishing has been on a downward trend this year. This is because I have been changing my marketing approach, spending less on marketing for free book promotions and experimenting with Amazon advertising instead. Expenses should also be lower for this category
  • As I had anticipated, income from Audible sales is slowly on the increase
  • Income from completing surveys, and cashback from sites such as TopCashback (affiliate link) and Quidco (affiliate link) remain a relatively small percentage of my overall income, because I don’t see value in spending a lot of time on these with their relatively small returns for the amount of effort required

EXPENSE REPORT

Here’s how my Side Hustle expenses looked by the end of April:

Month Last Year's Expenses 2019 Expenses 2019 Running Total Expenses
January £145.20 £178.09 £178.09
February £18.62 £146.78 £324.87
March £17.84 £238.15 £563.02
April £93.05 £2.19 £565.21
May £54.86
June £28.83
July £121.26
August £156.39
September £296.98
October £134.39
November £162.58
December £192.85

Woah! So what happened in April? I barely had any expenses at all with just £2.19 spent. That sounds like a good thing, but actually it’s not. You see my profit is proportional to the amount of sales that I make. If I don’t spend money on marketing then I don’t make sales.

As you could see in my income section, April’s income was the lowest so far this year - here in the expenses section it’s clear to see why. I didn’t spend enough on marketing.

The reason for this is because back in February (I get paid 2 months in arrears for publishing), I did a big review of my marketing strategy and decided I needed a radical change. Previously my approach had been to list my kindle books as free for a number of days each month, then while the book was free, pay a marketing company to blast out my free book to their email list so that I would get lots of downloads. Then over the next few days (when my book was back at full price) my book’s Amazon ranking would be improved and therefore I’d make plenty of sales/profit.

The trouble was, this strategy had been giving me smaller and smaller returns over time. In January I marketed every book using this strategy and some of the books only just broke even after I’d accounted for the cost of running the promotion. There’s no point putting in time and effort to run promotions if they aren’t making me any money.

So I decided to switch strategies and start advertising using Amazon’s pay per click service. However, during February (which is where my April figures in today’s post come from) I was in a transition period - and I still had a lot to learn!

To be fair I still have a lot to learn, but I’m improving!

Here’s how my expenses stack up on a chart I’ve been tracking since the start of 2018. Just look at how April drops off the cliff!:

February to April Income and Profit Report chart showing expenses for Jan 2018-Apr 2019

PROFIT PROGRESS

So that leads me to my profit update for February, March and April:

Month 2018 Profit 2019 Profit 2019 Running Total Profit No. of Kindle books No. of Paperback books No. of Audiobooks
January £232.25 £250.45 £250.45 4 5 1
February £138.00 £245.27 £495.72 4 5 1
March £102.45 £353.80 £849.52 4 5 3
April £212.62 £225.24 £1,074.76 4 5 3
May £162.75
June £253.06
July £189.94
August £340.45
September £465.18
October £597.95
November £367.19
December £104.31

March saw my best profit month for the year at £353.80. Profit in April was down a bit at £225.24. I think this can be put down to 2 reasons. First, this money was generated in February (as I mentioned I get paid 2 months in arrears), and with February being a shorter month there was less time to make money! Second, I dropped the ball with marketing as I already explained.

It’s nice to see my profits running consistently at over £200 for the year. I’m also very happy to see that I’ve beaten my 2018 monthly profit totals every month so far.

My average profit per month in 2018 was £263.85. I’ve only beaten that once so far this year, but my average monthly profit for 2019 is nearly £5 up at £268.69.

Here’s my bar chart tracking how my profit is faring month on month compared to previous years:

February to April 2019 Income & Profit Report, year on year profit bar chart





That’s it for my catch-up income and profit report for February through to April. What do you think? It would be nice to see my profit improving a bit more, but there’s still time.

How have your side hustles gone for the first few months of 2019?

Leave me a comment to let me know, I love hearing from you.

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