[Dumb] Passive Income Report for November 2014

Passive Income Report - November 2014Welcome to my [Dumb] Passive Income Report! This blog is all about what I am doing to create several different passive income streams. This monthly income report details my results. I work very hard and dedicate many hours each week to working on my different online endeavors in an attempt to create passive income. So why do I consider it passive income then? Because I am not trading specified amounts of time for a predetermined amount of money like I do at my day job. Most of the income you will see in this report results from work I have done in the past.

Why am I sharing my income publicly? Hopefully to gain credibility with you (the readers) and to maintain a certain degree of accountability for myself. I could blog all day long about what I am doing to create passive income online, including some of my unique strategies. But why would anybody trust me and believe that what I am doing works if I don’t prove it by sharing my results? This is what I mean by gaining credibility and this is one of the main purposes for sharing my income. I also share my failures on the blog, which holds me accountable. Knowing that I will be publishing a monthly income report will keep me motivated to keep pushing forward and plugging away on the things I need to do to create future passive income.

Happenings in November

Niche Sites

Just like October, I did very little with internet marketing or niche sites during the month of November. I continue to pay my writer to produce articles for my existing niche sites and I still have a VA who works a few hours per week to maintain those sites and post the new articles. But other than that – I’ve put very little effort into growing my current niche sites or even thinking about building any new ones.

Day Job

Things are going extremely well at my day job. I’m making more money than I’ve ever made as a trucker. And my family and I are enjoying the excellent benefits of working for one of the best companies on the planet. But, part of the reason that I am making so much money is because I am working a few more hours. I’ve had an earlier start time for the past several months, which means less time for internet marketing each morning before I head to work.

Spending Money to Make Money on Amazon

In case you hadn’t already scrolled down and noticed – my income numbers kind of shot through the roof for last month! But so did my expenses. This is due to the nature of the selling physical products on Amazon business. You have to buy the products first. Then send them to Amazon. Then wait for them to sell for profit.

So, yes – I am spending a ton of money up front – but I am making pretty decent profits and most of the stuff is actually selling quite quickly. But not all of it sells right away, meaning some of the money spent during the month represents unsold inventory that is still sitting in Amazon’s warehouses. For this reason, my income reports might seem a little bit skewed going forward. In other words, my expenses each month don’t necessarily correlate directly with my income for that month.

Income and Expenses – November 2014

Passive Income

Selling on Amazon

  • $5507.01 – Amazon Seller monthly sales (this is NOT net profit – see Amazon Seller Inventory Expenses and Seller Fees in expense section below)

Affiliate Income from Dumb Passive Income

Other Passive Income from Niche Sites, etc…

Non-Passive Income

Website Services by Matthew Allen

  • $0 – Website services – build simple websites for private businesses (like this one grmobilewelding.com)


Selling on Amazon

  • $3816.85 – Inventory Purchases (buying stuff for cheap to send to Amazon and sell for more – (how we got started detailed here)
  • $1928.92 – Amazon Seller Fees/Expenses (these include FBA selling fees, transaction fees, inventory & storage fees and service fees)

Hosting and Domains

Tools, Plugins and Themes


  • $120 – to my private writer for article writing for niche sites
  • $38.29 – to oDesk for virtual assistant(s)
  • $0 – to The HOTH for a link building package (comprehensive and completely done-for-you link building)


  • $0- Paypal fees
  • $5.00 – Google Apps for domain email

Totals and Thoughts

Total income $6307.89 minus total expenses $5993.91 equals a net profit of $313.98 for November 2014!

Passive Income and Expenses - November 2014

$6,000 – wow!! Kind of makes my Last 12 Months chart look a little bit ridiculous, doesn’t it? As of the time I am creating this report, I’ve still been trying to decide exactly how to report my Amazon Seller income. Should I call it passive income or non-passive? I decided to leave it under passive income because I am still not directly trading time for a specified amount of money (like a salary or an hourly wage). Instead, my wife and I are putting in work up front then watching the money roll in later.

How much time are we putting in? I estimate that we are spending about 10 hours per week on the Amazon stuff. This includes hunting for products at stores, peeling labels off of products, applying new labels to products, preparing shipments to send to Amazon, and maintaining listings and inventory throughout the week.

How much are we profiting from the Amazon Seller stuff? I’m planning a separate post real soon that will go into much more detail about our numbers and exactly how the retail arbitrage FBA business is going for us. But after Amazon fees and cost of purchasing goods to sell, I estimate that we are profiting somewhere between $400 and $500 per week. Not bad for only about 10 hours worked per week, right!?

Thank You!

Thank You for taking the time to read through my latest income report and Thank You for contributing  if you have previously purchased something through one of my affiliate links! Many of the links within this income report are indeed affiliate links. I will receive a commission if you choose to purchase after clicking through via any of these links. Thank You if you do!

To your success and mine – may we all be profitable online. -Good Day!

Remember that there are several dumb ways to create passive income online, but only one site that is blogging about it! Dumb Passive Income… dot com.


Photo Credits:

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Matthew Allen
Matthew Allen
Matthew Allen is a full-time trucker, part-time blogger, and imaginary entrepreneur. He's probably not the only trucker who calls himself a dumbass. But, he is the only known trucker who is blogging about passive income."Might be crazy, but I ain't dumb!" ~ Crazy Cooter (also Matt's CB handle) 
Matthew Allen
Matthew Allen
Matthew Allen is a full-time trucker, part-time blogger, and imaginary entrepreneur. He's probably not the only trucker who calls himself a dumbass. But, he is the only known trucker who is blogging about passive income."Might be crazy, but I ain't dumb!" ~ Crazy Cooter (also Matt's CB handle) 

16 thoughts on “[Dumb] Passive Income Report for November 2014”

  1. Hi Matt,

    Great stuff as always. I must admit though, my main focus in your income reports is your results from FBA; since this is an income method that I too want to start. I know you’re still new to it yourself, but what you’ve been doing with it is impressive nonetheless. I think you and I know though that your ROI will be better through trial and error — but this is exactly what’s keeping me from starting — low ROI and the risk of not making a profit as well. Anyway keep it up and I do hope you find even more success with FBA!

    Keep inspiring,

  2. Hey Warren – I’m actually not afraid of any risk at all when it comes to ROI and profit with FBA. The reason being, we know exactly how profitable an item is going to be before we even buy it. The free app tells us all of that information. I’m currently working on a simple “getting started guide” and resources page that I plan to give away to my blog readers and subscribers that shows exactly how we buy and sell.

    Also hoping to publish a post real soon that goes into much better detail with our numbers and shows exactly how profitable this venture has been for us. I know it doesn’t look like it with the numbers in this income report – but we have a ton of unsold inventory at or on its way to Amazon that is unaccounted for in these numbers.

  3. Thanks Raweewan. I know it’s a big jump in my income – but also big expenses to go with. A little different than the traditional internet marketing stuff I’ve been trying for the last couple of years. Spending money to make money is the new game. 🙂

  4. i think people like me who lives in Philippines will make it hard to become one of the amazon sellers since there are no Amazon warehouses / franchise (whatever its called) .. but i could be wrong..

  5. You might be right John, if you’re talking about selling existing products purchased from stores like my wife and I are doing right now. But if you get into creating your own private label products, buying in bulk and shipping to Amazon warehouses like we are planning on getting into – then that can be done from anywhere in the world. Admittedly, it will be quite the extensive learning process…

  6. Great report but i think you have to use another tool to create the photo of Income / Expenses, it looks bad and not clean.

  7. Hi Matt.

    Great report.

    I’m all for spending serious money to make serious money back. And I don’t think your expenditure is over. With Amazon, it will be a case of reinvesting and reinvesting any profits into more stock. It was certainly the case with eBay when i started years and years ago.

    I totally understand you not doing so much on the IM scene. Trucking gives you a consistent income, whereas internet marketing doesn’t. It’s still something you can still build on in your spare time, but for now that job is the most important thing for you and your family.

    Good luck for 2015.

  8. I agree Richard. I’m completely okay with spending money to make money. My wife was a little apprehensive at first. But after she saw how well it worked, she jumped right on board and we spend now like it’s going out of style!

    I’ve still got some of the IM stuff going. And I’m hoping to focus more on this blog in the near future. But you’re right. I put my family and my day job first and build this side hustle stuff to the best of my ability in the time that I have left.

    Hope all goes well for you too in 2015!

  9. My plans? I don’t know. Keep up with this blog as best as I can. Keep my current niche sites up to date (the ones that are still ranking and earning). Try to improve a few of my niche sites that are close to hitting page one of Google and get them earning. Continue selling stuff on Amazon and hopefully create and source my own product to sell.

    Basically, just keep on keeping on…. Do as much as I possibly can with the spare time that I have to try and grow my side hustle income.

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