Income Report – February 2017

This is a series of reports that I will post each and every month summarising my progress. I’ll first mention the major events that may have happened within the month that could have made a difference in my earnings. I will also break down the sources of my income so that I can keep track of how each one is doing. Lastly, I’ll conclude with the most important things that I learned and what I have planned for the near future. I’d love to respond to any questions or comments that you may have. Thanks!

Important Goings On In February

Here are the import goings on this month:

Kindle and Createspace

Kindle and Createspace seemed to drop this month, even though I have released 2 new books. Neither book has been put on free promo as yet so these should along with the 3 other books I’ve got waiting to be published means that my income from Kindle and Createspace increases next month.


I got my first 2 bounties from ACX this month. This is what a bounty is:

You can get—or split—a $50 bonus payment if a qualifying audiobook you produce through ACX is the first purchase by an AudibleListener member!

So that extra $100 was a cool little bonus.

Print on Demand T-shirts (Redbubble, Teepublic and Teespring)

My earnings from t-shirts dropped massively from last month. My earnings from sites like Teepublic and Redbubble seem to be directly related to how many ‘20% off’ sales each site has that month. As both sites only had one sale each I earned a lot less than I have done for the 3 previous months.

How Do I Make My Money Online?

The majority of the money I make online comes from Kindle Publishing. Some income also comes from Createspace, ACX and a small amount comes from selling print on demand T-shirts on sites like Merch By Amazon, Redbubble and Teespring. Plus some small affiliate earnings.

Kindle Publishing

This is my total from Kindle taken from the Book Report dashboard plugin for Kindle. It adds everything up into one nice figure.


Total from Kindle Publishing – $1,409.63 (£1.139.33)



Total from Createspace – $1147.37 (£926.91)

Note: I take this screenshot before the end of the day so I will get a few more sales as I get most during the night then get reported here. I don’t want to stay up until 5AM to take a screenshot.


Sold 88 audiobooks (plus 2 bounties at $50 each)

Total from ACX – $223.76 (£180.79)

Note: This is an approximation as I do not know the exact amount until later on this month (20th). So I’ve made an approximation based on what I have been paid in the past.

Merch By Amazon (Redbubble, Teespring, etc)


Total from RedBubble – $220.63 (£178.34).

Total from Teepublic – $58 (£46.89).

Total from Teespring – $10.21 (£8.25).

Total from Zazzle – $0 (£0).

Note: I’ve not been given access to Merch By Amazon yet. All my sales have come from other sites such as Redbubble, Teepublic and Teespring.

Misc Income

Affiliate Income – $87.86 (£71.02).

Total for February 2017


$3,157.70 (£2,551.53)


What’s Next?

Overall this was a really bizarre month. I worked harder than I have done in the previous 2 months and earned less as a result. It’s hard not to feel dejected when that happens but that is life and how a business goes sometimes. I think if there had been 31 days in the month, instead of 28, I could have earned an extra £200-£300 so I’m not that dejected.

Hopefully, the work I have done this month will help my income to grow next month.

If you have any questions please ask them below. Thanks for reading!

4 thoughts on “Income Report – February 2017”

    • Hi Jim,

      RB only had one ‘20% off sale’ last month and the number of those seems to really affect my sales, the more of them they have the more I seem to make. I’ve nearly surpassed last months total already. So fingers crossed it is higher next month.

  1. Hi Brendan

    That you are Still not invited for Merch after that long a wait must be agonising. Hopefully they let you in soon,

    Compared to me you are killing it on redbubble and when you finally get you Merch invite i’m sure you will do very well.

    I just hit 1k in profit for february with Merch by amazon but the same designs on redbubble only get me 30$
    I think my designs are too simple for Redbubbles audience since its more of a Artistic website

    Did you change the Product Pricing % On Redbuble for the products you sell?
    I changed it from the standard 20% to 25% but i am thinking about increasing it.

    • Hi Niels,

      Thank you for the comment. To be honest it would be nice to get into merch but I just focus on Kindle Publishing while I wait. I’ve just registered a company so I’m going to set up a second Amazon account so I’m going to apply again for the new account.

      Sounds like you’re doing really well on Merch yourself! Yes, the Redbubble audience does seem to like more complex designs.

      I kept the product pricing the same (20%). Try increasing it and see what happens.


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