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When I started my blog it was to ensure that I could share my information with people about how you can make and save money by using the internet. I have wrote about my favourite survey websites, listed my cashouts, ways to save for Christmas and even how I made £15,000 in just 4 months from matched betting. These are all popular posts that have helped people, and I don’t intend on stopping posting such posts. However, I’ve recently stopped declaring my income, in specific terms at least. Today I want to share with you why.
A couple of months ago I was talking to somebody online about money making. She told me that she was making £500 a month. I told her that I thought this was fantastic news, as I did, and she responded to say that it was ‘nothing in the scheme of things’. When I asked her to elaborate on this she advised that it was nothing compared to the sort of money that I am making. Now yes, I am making good money, from a huge variety of income streams, however, I still think £500 is a huge sum of money. This is pretty much when I stopped declaring my income online.
I work HARD for the money that I am making. I have some money that is passive income, such as income from blog posts, affiliate income etc. This is great, obviously, and I’m very grateful for this. However, I’m not the sort of person who is ever going to put all of my eggs in one basket. I like to diversify and I think this is the key to ensuring that there is always spare money for fun times with my family and for ensuring that we are financially secure. I am proud to make money online, and help others, but I’m no longer declaring my income.
When I started my website, back in 2014, I was making £100s per month, sometimes in the low £100s. I have always been honest, from day one, about whether or not a website can allow me to earn £20 a month or £20 a day. I’ve spoken about the low paying surveys on websites such as Viewsbank, Onepoll and Valued Opinions and I’ve spoken about the higher paying surveys on websites such as Prolific Academic.
Honesty is something that has always been what I’m about. This is true whether I’m talking about what I’ve been up to recently, if I’ve achieved a goal I set myself or what I’m making from a particular website. That is why when I declared my BIG WIN of £7,906.12 I included a screenshot. I even went as far as to tweet the company who confirmed when my winnings would be hitting my bank account. By not declaring my income it isn’t about not doing those things, it is about not making people feel inadequate who aren’t as fortunate as I am.
Going forward I will still be declaring things related to my life, and setting goals for myself. I may even still have finance related goals, such as to earn £500 from surveys one month. What I won’t be doing now is specifically listing the amounts that I am earning in my monthly aims/aims results. I’m still happy, as always, to share details of earnings with people who contact me via the multiple websites that I am a member of. I just don’t really feel that my earnings, which are boosted by the fact that I am a blogger, are relevant to the everyday person who is visiting my website for tips on making and saving money. I won’t be keeping my income anonymous but I won’t also be crowing about it from the rooftops.
Whether you make £50 a month or £500 a week you are still enriching the lives of those around you and helping to give your family a better life. That is something that should be applauded. I don’t want to be someone making people feel inadequate.
I don’t want anybody visiting my website to feel that their online earnings are insignificant compared to mine. Sometimes in life you get a little lucky. I’ve done that, in part, and part of it is down to hard work. The amount of effort you put in online doesn’t always equal the amount of money that it should do. While I will still talk about some of the ways to earn money online, as well as larger ones, I won’t be specifically detailing all of my income.
Also, lets be honest, anyone could be declaring a large amount that they are earning online. It doesn’t mean anything really. Nobody knows if 1. the amount declared is true 2. the amount of hours that were put in to achieve such figures or 3. exactly what the person is doing online for money. Not all people declaring their income are declaring exactly what they have to do, and how low they have to sink to earn their money.
The reason for me no longer declaring my income isn’t because I hate people who do it is just because for me it isn’t what I am about anymore. I am not selling blogging courses, so don’t need to declare my income to show people what is possible. I’ve nothing against people that do declare. Each to their own. I write about such a varied mixture of topics here on Katykicker that I just don’t feel they are needed. For me personally, on my website. In general I think they can be a fantastic way to show others what you can achieve. Although at the same time perhaps they make someone else feel inadequate, or just a bit rubbish about their own income.
*Don’t worry – I’m still declaring to the taxman and you should be too! (Yes, even if you ‘just’ complete surveys).
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