September Income Report: Digital Nomad Challenge
Job #1: Review Guide Writer
A friend of mine in Chiang Mai got me a writing job for an online travel platform. They pay me to write custom guides of locations that I have spent a lot of time in. Luckily I’ve lived in 5 countries so I can write a whole bunch of guides for them. They pay $50 per guide plus an extra $10 if I add at least 5 high quality photos per guide. This month I was pretty busy so only managed to finish 2 custom guides, still good pay although it is a lot of work.
Number of guides written: 2
Pay per guide in US$60
Hours it took me to write them: 10 h
Average hourly rate: $12
Job #2: Video Transcription
This one is definitely my wild card job for this month. I’d been trying to land my first Upwork job for weeks and was SO excited when I finally got that first offer. The client needed me to transcribe the audio of a TV show in German. Sounds good, right? Watch TV and get paid to scribble down the dialogue? WRONG! You can read more about My Epic Upwork Fail here, where I describe why it took me 7 hours to earn 21 bucks and why I hate 2 Broke Girls.
Number of episodes transcribed: 2
Pay per episode: $21
After Upwork fee: $37.80
Hours it took me to transcribe them: 12h!!!!
Average hourly rate: $3.50
Job #3: Affiliate Links
Now, this is an interesting one this month. I only started signing up to various affiliate programs recently, in preparation for some services I will start offering (as part of this challenge) and also to include links to some of my favourite products and services on my blog. It’s a long story, but basically I am trying my hand at website design for the first time, and signed up two clients to the amazing Divi theme which I fell in love with and will be using on my projects.
Number of affiliate sales made: 2
Total pay: $89 Hours worked: 0 (I am just starting on the websites and count this as passive income).
Job #4: Ebook author
September was the second month that I made some money from my e-book, and although it wasn’t much, this month it was completely passive as I had already finished writing the book. By the way, my book is currently on sale, so grab yourself a bargain and get ready for Oktoberfest 2016! I’m planning my trip already; join me if you like, just leave a message in the comments!
Number of ebooks sold: 5
Total Pay: $25
After Amazon “fees”: $17.50
Hours worked: 0
Job #5: SEO writing
This is still the first writing gig that I landed when I first arrived in Chiang Mai. It hasn’t been a very busy month but still ok.
SEO articles written: 10
Total Pay: $78
After Paypal fees: $75.66
Hours it took: approximatel 5
Average hourly pay: $15.60
Total income in September:
After Paypal fees: $340
My living costs on Koh Phangan added up to $460 in September, so I managed to cover 74% of my spending. Not quite there yet but we’re getting close. Stay tuned for October’s Income Report to see if I finally managed to break even!
Now it’s your turn! Are you making money online? Please share your advice in the comments below!
Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item or service, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I have used and loved and would never recommend anything I don’t actually like. This way you get a great product or service and I get extra money for ice teas in the coffee shops I work from.
This is awesome Jenny, congratulations!!! I was just cooking up ideas for an ebook myself, going to have to pick your brain about that!!!
Thanks Lindsay! I’m glad you like it! I’m behind with last months one! But it’s coming soon 🙂