The Income Streams I’m Working on Right Now

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Did you know that a side hustle is more than just another stream of income? It’s also the new job security!

If you are new here, hi I’m Julia. I’m a freelance designer + developer, side hustler, and blogger behind Happier Freelancing.

I’ve been freelancing for a few years now. I work on a project-by-project basis like work for 3-6 months and then take a vacation for 3-6 months before return to work for another 3-6 months.

This freelance lifestyle has a flexible work schedule, but no stable monthly income. Therefore, I need to make supplemental income to maintain a reasonable living.

In this post, I’ll share my side hustle income and how it grew from time to time. I hope this report helps you to get some ideas about your side hustle or online business.

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First, what is supplemental income?

Supplemental income is money you earn in addition to your regular paycheck.

Whether you are rich or poor, an employee or self-employed, a college graduate or not, supplemental income could be your first step to financial freedom.

Why is that?

Millions of Americans lost their job with employer health coverage during a pandemic and no one can have too much income diversity. With the economy shaky, a side business can be a great source of extra income to pay down debt, save money and invest.

My goal is to make an extra $1000 a month from side hustles

I started my side hustle journey back in 2015 to cover college expenses. At the time, I worked as a full-time software developer and had no time for another part-time job. I wanted to make extra money from home.

I spent an average of 10 hours a week on my side hustle project and made $635.84 a year at first. It’s $1.30 an hour and way below the minimum wage. But I didn’t quit. I kept doing what I can do. After 3 years of side hustling, I started to make $12-$19 an hour from home. It’s slow progress but still not so bad outcome. I believe any kind of progress is better than no progress at all. The important thing is to keep moving forward.

As of 2020, my goal is to make an extra $1000 a month from side hustles. I feel like I need another 5 years to achieve my goal. lol

Here is my overall progress

I have already subtracted all the business expenses. These are net income.

Total Net Income: $26,424.95 as of 2020

Yearly progress and monthly breakdown.

YearYearly Net IncomeMonthly Net Income
2015$635.84$52.99
2016$1,292.60$107.72
2017$1,519.60$126.63
2018$7,709.52$642.46
2019$9,384.75$782.06
2020$5,882.64$490.22
2021

How it all got started and grew

2015

I started to sell pre-owned clothes and handbags on eBay. It was also a part of my spring cleaning.

  • eBay $623.29
  • Rakuten $12.55

Total net income: $635.84

2016

In 2016, I tried Tradesy. It is an online peer-to-peer resale marketplace for buying and selling women’s luxury and designer contemporary fashion. I liked the platform a lot but didn’t like their customer service. Tradesy, pass.

I started to use Mr.Rebates for my online shopping. It’s a cashback app like Rakuten. I usually compare the cashback rate between Rakuten and Mr.Rebates and use a better cashback rate.

  • eBay $886.27
  • Tradesy $354.14
  • Rakuten $38.21
  • Mr.Rebates $13.98

Total net income: $1,292.60

2017

I started Dropshipping in 2017 but it was in the red first year. Dropshipping was a little tricky at first, but I learned a lot of things from my mistake.

I also tried Fiverr, and affiliate marketing through social media. I quit them after a couple of months because they didn’t fit in with my lifestyle at the time. I had to prioritize my college and a full-time job instead of working for $5 gigs.

  • Dropshipping -$398.13
  • eBay $1,349.62
  • Poshmark $91.82
  • Affiliate $304.50
  • Fiverr $120
  • Rakuten $19.77
  • Mr.Rebates $32.20

Total net income: $1,519.60

2018

Dropshipping business started to work well in 2018. I’ve researched and tested how to build a successful online dropshipping business A LOT. If you are interested to run Dropshipping business, check this post.

  • Dropshipping $5,773.29
  • eBay $1,457.53
  • Poshmark $280.64
  • Rakuten $152.19
  • Mr.Rebates $45.87

Total net income: $7,709.52

2019

I worked so hard on Dropshipping to cover ridiculously expensive study guides and software at college in 2019. Some of you may know, I did pay all the college expenses out of my pocket. No student loans. I already had a mortgage at the time and no extra money for another debt. I’m so glad that Dropshipping worked well.

I didn’t expect it at all, but I started to earn dividend income in 2019. I felt pretty good about this little surprise!

  • Dropshipping $6,993.40
  • eBay $1,214.73
  • Poshmark $583
  • Dividend $240.78
  • Rakuten $352.84

Total net income: $9,384.75

2020

My Dropshipping has been seriously damaged by the pandemic. Most of my Dropshipping customers live overseas. Worldwide shipping delays dropped sales drastically.

However, I started blogging and make money from sponsored posts and affiliate marketing. Getting other streams of Income is always good! I hope my blogging business will grow.

  • Dropshipping $2,378.14
  • eBay $1,108.12
  • Poshmark $1,212.92
  • Sponsred Posts $328.48
  • Affiliate $173.08
  • Rakuten $413.94
  • Mr.Rebates $200.18
  • Ibotta $67.79

Total net income: $5,882.64

Wrapping Up

Extra $500 or $1000 per month can change someone’s life.

Earning a little extra might not seem like much, but a few hundred bucks a month for a decade may lead you to financial freedom.

What is your side hustle and how do you do it?

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