December 2015 In Review

Every month starting with December I will be documenting my income from all of my side hustles. As I am just starting out some (more like all) of these amounts will be very little or even nothing. In full future me style though I’m going to include things that I may not even be doing yet because I know that in the future these things will be bringing in an income.

Rideshare Income

$128.90

December was the worse month of rideshare for me (4th month). The great thing about driving is that you can work when you want, and if you don’t feel like it you don’t have to. The bad thing is that you can work when you want, and if you don’t feel like it you don’t have to. Much of December I was sick (even called out of my 9 to 5 a day or two) and so I didn’t feel like driving. Then on days that I had set aside to drive, I would get a call from some friends who wanted to hang out so I think I only drove maybe 5 times the whole month. That being said it was still enough to cover my minimum bills for the month.

Miles Driven: 243

Paying for gas for that amount of driving costs me $21.87 and about $4.27 in other expenses (oil change, clean car, misc.) I don’t know how much time I actually spent to get this amount of money because I wasn’t keeping track of it up until January so next month will have additional information. Also I made just on the first of this month two dollars less than Decembers total income and I have met my first two weekly goals thus far this month so this income should be pretty good for the month of January, time will see. If you are interested in driving for Lyft click here , or if you want to start using Lyft as a passenger click here.

Real Estate Income

$0.00

I am not a real estate agent but I’m 100% certain that before this year is done I will sell my first house. If you have any advice on this please let me know, I’m currently in the stages of deciding what school to go to (an online course) and am trying to save up the money to pay for everything in cash. I’m thinking by end of this month I will have the money saved up to pay for the course (most cost $200 to $300 from what I can tell). I will of course keep you all updated on this as time goes on.

Blog Income

$0.00

I have yet to do anything to monetize this site. I have decided I’m not going to do google ads which are probably the easiest way to monetize but I don’t like how they look and feel. That being said I am going to start having some affiliates (starting in this post) that if anyone clicks on I will get a small commission from at no cost to you. My monthly reading post (coming near the end of the month) will have affiliate links. I also plan on making a resource page that will also give good tools that help with budget and savings that can help.

As none of this is done yet I didn’t receive any sales obviously hopefully I get my first sale this month after I set the pages up properly, maybe even this post helps get me my first sale.

Freelance Income

$0.00

My main goal is to start freelance writing, I’m even taking a course by Melanie over at Dear Debt that is giving some great tips on what to do. If you have any suggestions or maybe a freelance opportunity that you have please let me know by contacting me at tjphilbrook@gmail.com.

Misc. Income

$27.50

This is a bit complicated to explain and I promise to eventually but as of right now I can’t go into detail. I did however feel I needed to include this amount of income in if I was going to be open and honest with everything I bring in.

Wrap Up

My ultimate goal is to get all of these side incomes to match or surpass what is required to surpass mine and my wife’s income so the wrap up will be how close I got.

Monthly Income Needed: $3,000
Side Income Total: $ 156.40
Difference: $2,843.6

As you can clearly see I have a long long long way to go. That isn’t going to slow me down instead I look at this and see that I need to make massive changes in order to increase this income. Some of it will come from getting my real estate license and selling some houses. It will also come when I get my first freelance client and make some money that way. I can also drive a lot more in order to make up the difference. Whatever works I will become the greatest future me I know I can become.

How was your month? Did you make as much as you had anticipated? What are you going to do differently this month to make sure you become the “future me”? Commit to it now by telling us in the comments bellow.

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6 thoughts on “December 2015 In Review”

    1. That’s my thought as well. Reading so many other income reports out there makes it very embarrassing to put up this one. That being said I know that in the future these income reports will be even better and maybe even as good as those ones I love to read. And they can always go back to this one to see where it all started.

    1. Hi Mel, I will tell you driving can be fun and also boring at times. I’m working on an article now that goes into detail about the kind of money being made as well as how much time and effort goes into it. Something that I’m not sure can be measured though is the connections I’ve got well driving. I have been thinking about going into real estate for a while now and by talking to people well I drive I have found a few that have been in the field for longer than I’ve been alive and have had some give me their information to contact them when I get my license and they’ll help me get started right.

      As for freelancing I think it may be further down the road than I would like but you never know I could get a request for something today needed by tomorrow and money in my account by the end of the week, we’ll see. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. I’m hoping to make more money from referrals and affiliates from this site to make up the cost of what I make from ridesharing. Time will tell. thanks for stopping by.

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