I know I mention my work a bit here and there, and I do think that stay at home partners should try and boost their incomes. So to give a clearer picture of how I make my money, where it all comes from and how little you need to get started on most of it, here’s September’s breakdown:
1: I wrote four ebooks on demand.
The task: 4x 5-20k ebooks for different clients.
Time involved: around four hours average per book, not counting uninvolved time.
Payment: $50 per book, total $200.
The ease: I find writing comes easily to me and most books are simple to write.
The difficulties: Dealing with new buyers and weird specifications, on top of deadlines, can be too much.
2: I tutored ten students.
The task: 10 students needing on average 5h of tuition over the month plus homework.
Time involved: fifty hours active tutoring, around five planning and working on homework.
Payment: £10-25 per hour, total £700.
The ease: For me tutoring is entirely easy now I have the luxury of declining student’s I’m not perfectly suited for.
The difficulties: You need a skill to start with, and from there you need to cope with many awkward students before you can afford to focus on the good ones.
3: I reviewed fifty products, services and ebooks.
The task: 50 genuine reviews of real products.
Time involved: 8min trial time, 1min review time average. Total 7.5 hours.
Payment: $4 per review, total $200, plus freebies.
The ease: Very easy and most of the things I review (pet products, books, medical supplies) are things I want anyway.
The difficulties: You need to find people willing to pay for a review and know on which sites it’s legal and on which it isn’t.
4: I proofread five books and various documents.
The task: proofread various texts and documents for clients.
Time involved: about ten hours total.
Payment: $200 total.
The ease: Anyone could do it as long as you speak the language and aren’t dyslexic.
The difficulties: Reasonably hard, actually. You need to be fully focused in order to alter spelling, grammar and reading ease of the text.
5: I recorded ten video reviews and messages.
The task: 10 videos for various clients showing off their products or delivering a message.
Time involved: around 5min prep time plus the video length, totaling around 2h total.
Payment: £10 per video, total £100, plus, freebies again.
The ease: The easy part is doing the actual video.
The difficulties: The hard part is getting the work and getting it ready. 10 videos a month isn’t exactly an income on its own.
Total hours invested: 90h 30min.
Hours per week: 22h 30min. (56% of full time hours.)
Total earnings: £1100. (100% of minimum wage, 50% of national average.)
Earnings per week: £275.
Earnings per hour: £12.15.
So basically by being smart with what I do, investing more hours in my high-payers and cash-in-hand money and working entirely from home, I can bring in a full-time minimum wage salary and still have 17.5 standard working hours left to keep the house in order, blog, train our puppy, write my own books and unwind.