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Including: Yearly Income Numbers – Never Shared Before
It’s funny now – when I think about this question… How Much Money Can I Make Online? It makes me think about the people who are asking this question. Maybe you are one of them! People who are just curious or people who are just getting started with trying to make money online. You want to know the realistic possibilities of how much money can actually be earned online.
All of us who make money online wondered the exact same thing at some point. We all had to start somewhere. We were all beginners or newbies – whatever you want to call it. But for those of us who have been making money online for awhile – it’s sometimes hard to relate to newbies. It’s not easy to recall how little we knew back when we, ourselves, were newbies.
I try my best to remain conscious of this and I try to keep it real here on this blog. There are lots of people who work full-time online and claim to make insanely unbelievable amounts of money. There are even more who work really hard (part-time) and earn next to nothing. That was me for the longest time! I currently fall somewhere in between and I’m about to share some annual numbers that I’ve never really shared before.
Working Online on a Very Part-Time Basis
First – I need to share a little bit of perspective. This whole ‘working on the internet’ thing is very much just a part-time side hustle for me. My internet endeavors are almost always at the top of my mind. But realistically – they are #3 on my list of day-to-day priorities. Family is #1 and day job is #2.
I’m just a regular guy. I don’t have a college degree. I work a blue-collar job as a truck driver. I have a beautiful wife and 3 amazing kids and I work hard every single day to carve out our slice of the American dream.
I get up (almost always) at 5am to work on my internet stuff. I sacrifice sleep in order to create the time necessary to grow my internet income. For me – 5am to about 7am is the ONLY uninterrupted time that I can find. The rest of my household is asleep at this time and my mind is fresh and sharp at that early hour – especially with my favorite stimulant. Coffee!!
For several years now – I’ve remained dedicated to this schedule. Persistence and commitment have been huge factors that have led to my ability to create income. And perseverance when things weren’t going right has also been key.Persistence, dedication, perseverance and commitment - keys to successfully making money online.Click To Tweet
How Much Money Can I Make Online?
I’ve come to realize, after several years of moderate success, that the sky truly is the limit. My internet income is only limited by how hard I am willing to work, how much I am willing to learn, how much time I am willing to spend and maybe luck plays a small role.
Instead of trying to speculate – why don’t I just show you exactly how much I’ve actually made over the last few years…
Note: In the past, I regularly published detailed monthly income reports. I decided to discontinue those. I’ve never shown my overall yearly income numbers and I think those would be relevant and interesting to show as part of this post. So here they are!
My 2015 Overall Income and Expenses
Total Income: $31,446.38
Net Income: $14,492.03
My 2014 Overall Income and Expenses
Total Income: $34,597.78
Net Income: $12,308.18
My 2013 Overall Income and Expenses
Total Income: $4,758.52
Net Income: $2,335.12
My Total Income amounts listed above represent ALL internet related income that I was able to generate throughout that entire year. The Expenses are ALL expenses associated with any of the internet related ‘business’ stuff. And of course, the Net Income is simply the Total Income minus the Expenses.
The money I earned in the few years previous isn’t even worth mentioning. It was very minimal and I didn’t even keep careful records of it. So basically, I made next to nothing my entire first 3 years of trying. It wasn’t until mid 2012 when I started to kind of figure out what I was doing. 2013 was okay. 2014 was pretty good… I thought. And I’ll admit – 2015 was a big disappointment. I truly thought my income would explode in 2015. But I barely earned more than I did the previous year.
Is My Passive Income Obsession Holding Me Back?
Getting back to the original question – How Much Money Can I Make Online? – I often wonder if I would or could be making a lot more if I weren’t so focused on creating passive income streams. I’m fairly certain that I could be earning much more if I did things like freelancing or offering services. But those types of income are suspiciously similar to trading time for money – just like I do at my day job. It is SO much more fun to create websites and/or systems that keep generating future income for me.
I literally make money while I sleep almost every single day now! Some days I make quite a bit and some days I make very little. But the passive income is flowing and nothing beats the feeling of watching it roll in day after day – whether I work on my websites or not.
Want to Start Your Own Website or Blog?
Does this passive income thing with a website (or sites) look like it might be something that you want to try? The best piece of advice that I can give happens to be the same piece of advice you will read or hear over and over again as you explore your options – Just get started! Don’t over-analyze or over-think everything. Just jump in and get started. Make mistakes (they are inevitable) and learn from them. Everything can be fixed or changed later. Just jump in and start doing something!
The best place I can lead you to get started is my Start Here page on this blog. If you’re brand new to this whole website thing and don’t have a clue where to start – that page has some pretty good information. Included on that page are 2 very detailed videos that show you exactly how to get your first web hosting account (free domain name included) and also how to load WordPress onto your site (easiest way to get content published on your site). Click here to get started or click on the image below…
I hope this post has answered one or more of your questions and maybe even provided a little bit of motivation for you. It IS possible to make decent money online – on the side – on a very part-time basis. I know! If a dumb ole truck driver can do it – you can too!
If you have any questions at all – feel free to ask them in the comments section below and I will try to respond as soon as I can.
Matthew Allen is a full-time trucker, part-time blogger, and imaginary entrepreneur. He is the only known trucker who is blogging about creating passive income online. He is also the co-founder and co-creator of the most popular WordPress plugin for Amazon affiliates – AmaLinks Pro.