It’s time for my crochet blog income report for February 2019!
Ok, I admit it…it takes me a while to recover from the crazy Christmas rush and I slacked HARD in February. Am I disappointed, embarrassed, or hesitant to admit that? Maybe a little.
Honestly, I tried to refocus my time by intentionally taking care of my health and spending time with the people I love…you know, live life…and that got in the way of business a little, but it was worth it!
But trade-offs have consequences and my February income was down.
So, I’m a little nervous to see what March brings because, until I hire someone to take on my marketing tasks, I’m pretty sure March is going to be slow, too.
Either way, I’m plugging along, writing lessons and making tutorials for the academy, and planning some more free content to keep you (and I) on track during the warmer weather.
Let’s get to the income and traffic report for my crochet business, shall we?
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Quick Links to Post Contents (click to jump to section)
- 0.1 The Stuff I Say Every Month About Income Reports
- 0.2 INCOME AND EXPENSES REPORT FOR MY CROCHET BIZ
- 0.3 INCOME
- 0.4 EXPENSES
- 0.5 NET PROFIT:
- 0.6 CHARITABLE DONATIONS:
- 0.7 CROCHETPRENEUR TRAFFIC REPORT
- 0.8 TRAFFIC
- 1 WHAT’S NEXT
- 2 GROW YOUR BIZ
The Stuff I Say Every Month About Income Reports
You may be asking why I’m sharing such intimate detail so of my business with you. Well, first, I’ve found that when others have shared their income reports, I’ve been so encouraged to believe that it IS possible for this regular, work-at-home grandma to enjoy the personal and financial freedom that comes from having a successful crochet business.
And I hope to inspire you in the same way.
Granted, over the past 5 years of my crochet business and the year and a half that I’ve had this blog, the income has proven to be pretty sporadic – with most of it coming in the winter months. But over the coming year, we’ll brainstorm some ideas together for how to sustain an income during the lean months.
If you’ve been reading for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m a passionate advocate for multiple streams of income – the cornerstone of which is starting a blog. From that, all the rest of the income opportunities flow.
Secondly, the reason I share these details is you. I feel like I need to be accountable to you and show you that I’m not just telling you what I think will work, but what does work for me and, sometimes, what doesn’t.
That’s right, when I hit the inevitable struggles, I’ll share those with you, too.
I think it’s important that, as someone sharing business tips with you, I’m open with the numbers. Really, anyone can share their ideas on how to grow a business, whether they’ve actually done it or not, and I want you to make wise decisions about who you’re following.
Am I the most successful blogger/designer/maker out there? Nope. But I’m growing my business right alongside you and I want to be as transparent about that as possible.
Ultimately, on those days (weeks and months) when this blogging thing, this crochet thing, this maker thing feels HARD (and sometimes it IS hard – please don’t set yourself up for disappointment by believing otherwise), I hope you can come here and find some inspiration to know that you can push through the hard days and build a business you love.
Ready to make the wisest decision you’ll make this year by adding a maker blog to your crochet business income stream? Read my simple START A PROFITABLE CROCHET BLOG, to get your website up and running on the #1 rated hosting site, today!
INCOME AND EXPENSES REPORT FOR MY CROCHET BIZ
- Mediavine Ads: $312.07
- Affiliate Sales: $111.76
- Pattern Sales: $449.39 (on Etsy, Ravelry, and my Shopify Sites)
- Other Digital Product Sales: $1091.98
- Online Product Sales: $113.58 (Etsy physical products)
- Shipping Fees Collected: $8.97
- Merchant Fees: $140.14 (for Etsy, PayPal, Stripe, Square, and Ravelry)
- Siteground: $4.95
- Shopify: $29.00
- Shipping Fees: $12.97
- Send Owl: $15.00
- Tailwind: $30.56
- Mailerlite: $50.40
- Adobe: $9.99
- Zoom: $14.99
- Canva Business: $12.95
- Ads: $113.02
Together, we gave $240.00 to charitable organizations whose goal it is to rescue the hearts and lives of hurting people.
Cumulative donations in 2019: $540.00
CROCHETPRENEUR TRAFFIC REPORT
So, here are the numbers:
- Monthly Visitors: 18,143
- Unique Visitors: 14,350
- Page Views: 36,346
Well, as I write this, April is on the horizon! The weather is getting so warm, this week at least, and I’m spending some time on the back deck preparing for the launch of the Crochetpreneur Business Academy. That will probably take up most of my time in the early weeks of April.
After that, I’m headed to Salt Lake City for the SNAP! Conference for Craft Bloggers and I can’t wait to learn, learn, learn and make some new friends. I’ll be sure to tell you all about it!
Ultimately, while the decline in traffic and income are kind of tough to take, I’m feeling so hopeful about the direction of the blog and the number of people joining us in the Crochet Collective Facebook group. I’m getting feedback every day that lives are being changed, businesses are growing and others are catching hope, too….nothing could make me happier.
If you have a success story to share, I’d love to hear it! You can share below, in the comments, or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. <3
GROW YOUR BIZ
If you’re one of those go-getter crocheters who knows that you want to be more than a hobby seller, I’d love to invite you to join us in the Crochetpreneur MasterClass. While the class isn’t enrolling right now, doors open on April 15th and you can be sure to get in on the action by signing up for the waitlist.
Are you ready to grow your income with a maker blog of your own? Check out my START A PROFITABLE BLOG guide and get yours up and running today!
Find all my favorite blogging tools on my Resources page.
If you want to learn more about why starting a blog is a great choice for makers, how they can use it to build a variety of income streams, how to start gathering emails and driving traffic to the blog, check out my introductory mini-course, Blogging for Makers 101.
Already have a blog, but looking to increase your income, check out these free resource from Elite Blog Academy,
- 7 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight.
- The New Blogger’s Guide to Guest Posting
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- The Beginner’s Guide to Branding Your Blog
NOT INTERESTED IN BLOGGING?
That’s OK! There are plenty of other ways to make money with your crochet skills. Here are some articles you might enjoy:
Other ideas? Take my free ROCK YOUR CRAFT FAIR Training Series or, for aspiring designers, sign up for the GET IT DONE Concept-to-Launch Crochet Pattern Writing Email Challenge!
I can’t wait to help you build and grow your business into the business of your dreams!