October Income Report Digital Nomad Style
Job #1: Review Guide Writer
I’ve been doing this particular writing job for a few months now. I write small guides about places I have visited for an online platform. The money is good but it’s quite hard work. The good thing is though: the more I travel, the more places I will have to write about! Number of guides written: 3 Pay per guide in US$60 Total: $160 Hours it took me to write them: 14 h Average hourly rate: $11.4
Job #2: German – English Translator
This month I finally started doing translations. I’ve been thinking about it for a while but was a little worried that my German is a bit rusty, after all, I haven’t lived there for 6.5 years, and I wrote all my university theses, from Bachelor to Ph.D., in English, it just comes more naturally to me than German. The way around this? Translate from German to English! I got my main job (a website translation) through connections (thanks, mummy!) and then got myself a few small Upwork jobs as well. What I found most surprising was that I actually kind of enjoyed the work, I need to use my brain and it’s quite satisfying. Oh, and the pay is good too! Number of words translated: 4015 Pay per word (average: $0.08; ranging from $0.10 to $0.03) Total: $440 Hours it took me to translate: approx. 20 Average hourly rate: $22
Job #3: Affiliate Income
My third month in a row that I got some affiliate income. I have to say I could get used to this, but sadly it’ll dry up if I don’t get more clients or more readers, so I need to work hard over next few months to keep it up. Number of affiliate sales: 2 Commission per sale: $50 Total affiliate commission: $100 Total hours worked: 0
Job #4: Blogger
This was one of my favourite freelance jobs since I started. A friend from Australia who works in content management read my blog, liked it and asked me if I would like to write a post for the career blog of a huge Australian online university. It was great fun as I got to use my travel experience and it was paid really well. I was really proud to see my name in a bio on a proper website, hopefully, I can write more for them in the future. Blog posts written: 1 Total Pay: $138 After Paypal fees: $138 Hours it took: approximately: 10 Average hourly pay: $13.80
Job #5: SEO writing
This month there wasn’t much work coming my way SEO wise, but I wasn’t actually too sad about it as I’m trying to score more high paying writing gigs, they are just more fun and more sustainable (financially and mentally). SEO articles written: 8 Total Pay: $58 After Paypal fees: $56 Hours it took: approximately 4 Average hourly pay: $14
Total Digital Nomad Income for October: $933
After Paypal/Upwork fees: $906
And how much did I spend last month?
Living costs on Koh Phangan: $260 1 week trip to TBEX Asia in Bangkok: $252 1 week in Penang for a border run: $264 Total money spent: $776 % of spending covered: 116% Yay! For the first time, I broke even, and even better, I managed to even make more money that I spent, even during an expensive month. I’m very proud and happy about my progress, but obviously now the pressure is ON for next month! I hope you liked my October Income Report for my Digital Nomad Job Challenge and maybe it inspired you to give this whole nomad thing a try, too!
How did you do this month? Do you have any tips of making money online?
Congrats! That’s awesome to be making a profit after living expenses. What affiliate program are you with that earns you $50 per sale, if you don’t mind me asking. That’s pretty good! Keep up the good work!
Hi Christine! Thank you, yes it is awesome to finally make a profit 🙂 Hopefully I can do it again, haha! It’s a hosting provider, Siteground. They’re good and have great support so I’ve been recommending them to clients.
Hi Christine! Sorry it took so long to reply, I’m terrible! It’s Siteground Hosting. They’ve got great customer support so I recommend them and use them myself too 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing this! It’s so great to see the breakdown (and to remember how awesome Thailand is)! I definitely need to work on my affiliate posts and SEO writing. Good stuff!
Thanks Liz! I’m so glad it’s helpful to others! There’s always so much to do it’s hard to keep up. But enjoy the Philippines! Loving the pics 🙂
Thanks Liz! And sorry for the laaaate reply! I’m so bad at this blogging thing 🙂