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 November
Here are the import goings on this month:
My biggest change this month came from me deciding that I needed All my books converted to Createspace books by the 1st December ready for the Christmas sales rush. I fell short of this target as I still have two books in the middle of being converted But these should both be done and up online in the next few days
Amazingly Kindle only went up by 29 cents ($0.29). But I only published 1 book this month because I was so focused on getting all my books converted to Createspace.
Merch By Amazon
If you found me from this post you’ll know that I have been waiting to get accepted to Merch By Amazon (Amazon Merch), well I’m still waiting to be accepted, I think I’ve been waiting 8-9 months at this point but I honestly can’t remember when I applied. It doesn’t look like I’ll be getting in anytime soon which is a shame as I think I could double my print on demand income being part of that program.
A while back I uploaded all my t-shirts to Zazzle.com. I didn’t get any emails from them so I assumed that none of them was selling and I’d wasted my time. Well, earlier on this month I logged into my account to see that I had sold 7 t-shirts. The royalty is less than $2 per shirt so I probably won’t be uploading any more shirts to that platform unless I have a day with no tasks to do. The money that I’ve earned from selling those shirts would not even pay for 2 subs from Subway.
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.
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 – $1255.70 (£1003.46)
Total from Createspace – $1569.11 (£1253.92)
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 97 audiobooks
Total from ACX – $271.60 (£217.04)
Merch By Amazon (Redbubble, Teespring, etc)
Total from RedBubble – $305.80 (£244.16).
Total from Teepublic – $86 (£68.72).
Total from Teespring – $30.45 (£24.33).
Total from Zazzle – $11.60 (£9.27).
Note: I’ve only just started selling t-shirts I’ve not even been given access to Merch By Amazon yet. All my sales have come from Redbubble, Teepublic and Teespring.
Nothing at all. I’ve been doing some affiliate marketing so hopefully I start to make some income from that soon to add to this section.
Total for November 2016
As you can imagine I’m very happy with this months income. I worked really hard and it has paid off. My ultimate goal is to be earning over £3,000 per month by December 31st, 2016. That would mean that I’ve effectively doubled my income from being a Web Designer in 12 months. So hopefully I’ll be able to achieve that.
I think due to it being December that freelancers will start winding down for Christmas around the 15th of December. I’ve already been told by a couple of my VAs that the 15th will be the last day they work until January. So at best I’m only going to be able to get maybe 2 new books out before then. So what I am going to do to try and continue growing my income is:
- Get my last 2 books formatted + cover designed and up on Createspace.
- Get at least 2 new t-shirts designed a week.
- Get some of my books turned into Audiobooks.
If I do that then hopefully I can hit my income goal by the end of the year.
Thanks for reading!