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Online Hustle Report: April 2016

May 4, 2016
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Online hustle report time!

My online hustle report is where I divulge the income earned during the prior month. All income I report is money that has actually made it to my checking account.  I’ll include expenses paid out of these earnings. These reports will not include taxes I owe.  I set aside 30 percent to cover taxes owed.  

Now some of you may be wondering what happened in March. There was no update but I can assure you I was working. I just hadn’t received payment yet. I did a ton in March and I did a ton in April and it has definitely started to pay off!

Check out my last two income reports for January and February.  My last income report I brought home $125. Let’s into this month’s update and see how I topped that number!

If you are looking to start a blog, don’t forget to check out this post on How To Start a Blog. It provides step by step instructions on starting your own blog.  Also, check out this income report where I share how I earned my first dollar blogging through affiliate income!


Related post on how to make extra money:

April 2016 Online Hustle Report Income


Etsy: $0

User Testing: $0

Freelance Writing: $900

Blog Comment Management: $54

Pinecone Research: $0.00 (Pinecone Research pays $3.00 per survey and they pay to your Paypal account fast!  I highly recommend them as I’ve been with them the longest! Sign up here!)

Debt Fairy Godmother: $50.00 (Yes, I’m totally serious)

Total: $1004.00


Etsy Fees: $1.00

BoardBooster $10.00

Client Connection Fees: $52.00

Total Monthly Income After Expenses =  $942

I’ve also secured more work going into May so I’m definitely hopeful I’ll be able to match or top this month. Fingers crossed for me, okay?



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Goal Update:

Here were my goals for March. Let’s see how they turned out…


Goal 1: Pay off the remainder of credit card bill and maternity bill.

No more bills ya’ll!  I wish that were actually the case, but you know you gotta keep the power and water running, but at least there’s no more credit cards and hospital bills. I paid about $1,600 total to get these paid off and rejoiced when I got the receipts in the mail indicating I had a zero balance.


Goal 2: Find a new laptop

I am typing away on my new laptop. I was able to get an incredible deal and I charged it on my Dell card for additional savings. Dell thought they were about to get those little measly payments each month but I already had the money in my savings so that baby was paid in full before the bill hit the mail!


Goal 3: Read one financial book

I read one financial book and all I can say is wait for the review. It may piss a couple of folks off, but I feel if you get pissed off about it, it’s because you’re not really here reading to change your finances. Those who are really looking for a change and wanting to do better with their money will enjoy the refreshing point of view that I will share this month. Stay tuned.


Goal 4: Pitch at least one potential client each week (2 freelance writing opportunities and 2 blog commenting opportunities)

Ahem. Nope and nope. I did get more work but it wasn’t because I was out on the web pitching. I just happened to get lucky and have a few people approach me. That leaves much to be desired in this area and it’s something I want to improve on but I seriously just haven’t found the time. Between working for my clients and putting out content here, I’ve been busy up to my eyeballs.

I’m actually considering hiring a VA to help with my social media tasks. So if you know anyone please tell them to holler at me. Also, I’m still available for some more projects. If you are anyone you know are looking for a writer for your site or someone to handle your blog comments, check out my hire me page and let’s discuss your needs today!


Related Reading: How to Land Freelance Writing Clients


Goals for May:

  1. Finish LAAB’s content for June. May is in the bag already and I’m trying to stay a month ahead.
  2. Possibly hire a VA to help with social media, particularly Pinterest. Gotta look at my budget. I can’t believe I’m already at the point where I need to create a budget for my online business. Amazing what can happen in a few months!
  3. Read one personal finance book.
  4. Rework our household budget. We just refinanced our mortgage, changed insurance carriers, dropped a warranty and a few other expenses so it’s time to create a new household budget.
  5. Determine one blogging goal to focus on for 3 months. I’ll share whatever goal I decide in next month’s hustle report.


Places I’ve Published:

Can You Really Get Ahead With Extra Income? – Frugal Rules

Do You Really Need Credit? – My Fab Finance

6 Lessons College Students Should Know About Credit Cards – Huffington Post

What Your College Student Should Know Abou Credit – Huffington Post


Wrapping Thangs Up

This month has been very rewarding and I’m so pleased with my growth so far. It’s exciting to finally be rewarded for my efforts and be able to earn extra income to contribute towards those pesky student loans. This summer I will finally be able to provide debt repayment updates so stay tuned for that.

That’s it for me, folks! Now I want to hear from you!


How was your side hustle income last month? Did you meet your goals?


Within 2 months, I went from $150 to over $1,000 in online income. With the right strategy and skills, it's possible to make money online. The best part about it: It's all going towards DEBT!

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Latoya Scott is a Certified Financial Education Instructor and personal finance writer with a mission to help millennials learn how to stop living paycheck to paycheck so they can become financially carefree.

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  • Aliyyah @RichAndHappyBlog May 4, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Your freelance writing income is impressive. Keep up the good work!

    I also like to stay ahead on my blog posts, as it gives me more time to focus on promoting the blog. You’re already a month ahead? That’s awesome! I did that my first month but was not so diligent my second month. Hopefully I’ll turn things around.
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    • Latoya S May 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks Aliyyah!

      Yes, I’m already a month ahead, which for me isn’t hard to do since I’ve decreased my publishing to once a week. It gives me more time to get out and network on other people’s site and market my current content. I previously did it twice a week and I wasn’t able to comment on other people’s work as much and I didn’t like that. I like being out on other’s content so I try to allow time to do that as well.

  • Erica May 4, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Awww so that’s the key to posting regularly… Getting ahead on content! I’m finding it really hard to find time to write with a full time job and maintaining a household and fitness. I just need to give it my focus and dedication and knock some posts out for a month! Congratulations on the income! Can’t wait to watch that number rise for you 🙂

    • Latoya Scott May 7, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Thank you, Erica! Yep, I wrote a list of around 20 or so topics last year that were based on the main subjects I wanted to cover. From there I did outlines and created my content and it allowed me to get a month ahead.

  • Melanie @ Dear Debt May 4, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    So proud of you, girl! Get it!
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    • Latoya S May 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks Melanie! It was truly a great month. However, I was totally sad to see how much I had to set aside for taxes (omg!)

  • Amanda @centsiblyrich May 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing . Awesome report, Latoya! Congrats on your success!
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    • Latoya S May 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you, dear:)

  • Jason B May 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Congrats on a great month. I had my highest earning month in side hustle income ever. May will be just as good.
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    • Latoya S May 5, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Thanks, Jason! Congrats to you too!

  • Stefan - The Millennial Budget May 4, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Wow congrats on a great month. Your freelance income is very impressive. Keep up the good work I look forward to your next income report!
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    • Latoya S May 5, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you, Stefan!

  • Miss Thrifty May 4, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Great job!

  • Jen @ Frugal Millennial May 4, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Awesome! Congrats!

    • Latoya S May 5, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks, Jen!

  • Thias @It Pays Dividends May 6, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Nice job on April! Those numbers are outstanding. I’m sure it is a great feeling when you can start doing businessy type things like creating a budget for your side hustle!

    • Latoya Scott May 7, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Thank you! Yes, it does feel nice:)

  • Apathy Ends May 7, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Wow, impressive month! Tracking monthly goals is something I need to start doing
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  • Amy @ DebtGal May 7, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Congrats on a fantastic month!!!

    I had a good April, too, and exceeded my side hustle income goal.

  • Chonce May 9, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Congrats on breaking $1k last month! You’re doing so well. Taxes are a pain huh? Good luck on your goals for May!
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    • Latoya S May 10, 2016 at 1:12 am

      Thanks, Chonce:) And yes, definitely a pain!

  • Catherine Alford May 9, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Awesome job! You are really killing it. I’m so glad to hear you are getting referrals already too. That’s amazing!
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  • Tia @ FinanciallyFitandFab May 10, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Awesome! Actually, this post is more than awesome, it is inspiring. I have seen your posts around the web and you have definitely been putting in work. I haven’t started making any money blogging yet but this gives me an extra nudge to grind harder.

    • Latoya S May 10, 2016 at 1:13 am

      Aww, thanks, Tia:)

  • DC @ Young Adult Money May 10, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Oh a book that might piss me off? Now you got my attention : ) I fell behind on reconciling my blog finances but I’ve been so busy promoting my book that I just haven’t had time. Promoting the book isn’t over yet but hopefully in a month or two I will be able to catch up on that and other things!
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    • Latoya S May 10, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      LOL! I’m looking forward to that review.

      I’m sure you’ll catch up, at least your time is still being put to good use. I’m just arising from a productivity slump and it had nothing to do with putting my time to good use – I’ve been plain lazy. Disney World will do that to you.

  • FinanceSuperhero May 12, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Somehow I missed your report. You had a really great April! You have inspired me to start pursuing freelancing opportunities.
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    • Latoya Scott May 14, 2016 at 12:30 am

      Thank you! Yes, go out there and get them…it’s definitely possible!

  • Daundra Becker May 14, 2016 at 12:01 am

    You should be super proud of what you’ve accomplished, Latoya! I so excited for you! Here’s to May! I can’t wait to see your progress!
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    • Latoya Scott May 14, 2016 at 12:30 am

      Thanks so much, Daundra!

  • Julie @ Millennial Boss May 23, 2016 at 3:23 am

    Congrats girl! Inspiring that you’re at the point of taking on a social media assistant! I remember reading Tim Ferris’ 4 Hour Work Week and he had a chapter in there about the benefits of the VA. Really cool that you’re there. Kudos!
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