Why I stopped declaring my income *

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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.

Why I stopped declaring my income

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 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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27 Responses

  1. Victoria - Lylia Rose June 28, 2017 / 8:27 am

    I share mine and I love reading others, no matter whether they are small, huge or roughly the same as mine. I find it inspirational that we can make money from home and online, no matter what the figure. I admire those who make hundreds of thousands, but I don’t compare myself to them. I think any amount of money that is achieved through hard work and dedication should be celebrated and we should be proud of ourselves. I think people should learn to be inspired rather than jealous, and admire others rather than compare themselves to them. Sharing an income is a very personal choice though and it’s up to the individual whether they feel comfortable to do so 🙂

    • katykicker June 28, 2017 / 9:20 am

      I think it is great to celebrate your own achievements, and be proud. I’m still happy to read other people’s reports, but they aren’t for me anymore and don’t really have no place here.

  2. Chiino June 28, 2017 / 8:27 am

    I thoroughly respect this. The public doesn’t need to know every detail about your earnings to take what they’ve learned, get inspired and try it out for themselves. Awareness of online income streams is the most important thing. How much they make is completely on them. As you say, it takes serious effort to make proper money from online income streams and blogs, and they’ll soon find that out for themselves

    • katykicker June 28, 2017 / 9:20 am

      Yeah that is so true. Thanks for your nice comment.

  3. Lee June 28, 2017 / 8:39 am

    Excellent post! I totally understand your decision and respect it. I do publish my “extra” earnings but really, they are very low, so they won’t really make anyone envious… although I do wonder if my non-money blogger friends would get what my intentions are.

    My point is to show what a lazy person like me can accomplish by doing a few surveys here and there, or using high-interest current accounts. I might knock it on the head if I start earning serious money though, for the same reasons as you.

    Anyway, you’ve already helped lots of people who actually need to earn an income from home, so you can feel fantastic about that 🙂

    • katykicker June 28, 2017 / 9:21 am

      Thanks so much Lee. I personally don’t have a problem with anyone else writing reports, or declaring income, and I’m always happy for others when their work is paying off. It just isn’t for me anymore.

  4. Laura June 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    I completely understand where you are coming from. I am not an envious person, but I do admit that sometimes seeing the huge amounts people claim to be earning does get me down if I am already not feeling that great. It tends to occur when I know I simply cannot make that amount (because of health issues or because I am not in a popular demographic re: surveys etc). I read/watch people online who are really inspiring without revealing financial info so it can certainly be done. I do think readers should always take any numbers with a pinch of salt anyway. I am an experienced ebay seller and some of the numbers the ebay resellers on social media boast about just don’t add up at all. I don’t think they are necessarily lying. I think sometimes they are just not that great at taking fees and costs into account.

    • katykicker June 28, 2017 / 9:22 am

      Thanks for your comment Laura. This is exactly the main reason I don’t want to declare publicly anymore. I want to inspire people, and give figures about specific websites, but not be bragging about my fortunate position all the time either and making someone else feel bad.

  5. Amy | All Things Amy June 28, 2017 / 10:23 am

    I love the honesty of this post, it’s your blog and what you share is entirely upto you. I can’t say I’ve ever read posts about someone else’s earnings as I can get a little ‘ah, I’m rubbish in comparison’ but that’s down to my insecurities. You work hard, don’t feel bad about your success!

    • katykicker June 28, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Thank you for this lovely comment, really made my day! Take care x

  6. Amy @ The Smallest Of Things June 28, 2017 / 10:56 am

    I love reading about what others are earning but totally get your reasonings. You should be proud of how well you do but I see how some people can a bit competitive.

    • katykicker June 28, 2017 / 5:13 pm

      I don’t mind if others choose to share, I won’t judge, and I’ll probably still enjoy them, I just don’t think they have a place here really for me anymore.

  7. Angela Fenton June 28, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    Katy, I cannot tell you how much you have helped me, not just make a little extra from surveys etc but helped me enjoy the internet. I actually enjoy the surveys from Prolific, I am retired so it keeps my mind alert. I love reading your blogs and take as much help and support I can from them, I hope you do make money from what you do, who knows, this time next year you could be a millionaire! lol

    • katykicker June 28, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Hi Angela, thanks so much for your lovely comment. I love to hear from the people that I can help in some way. Well done you for keeping active in your retirement and making yourself some extra money too. I love hearing from my visitors so do drop me a comment again any time you have a question or something that you want to add yourself to a post of mine. I wish I was a millionaire, but I’ll settle for being able to stay home and make nice money, which I am doing. Thank you again!

  8. katykicker June 28, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    That is a great quote Phil and very true. I’ll still enjoy seeing how others are doing and won’t be looking down on anyone else who chooses to disclose!

  9. Mums Space June 28, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    I think you’ve done the right thing. Ive personally never had interest in reading them, I think your income is something private

    • katykicker June 28, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      I think this is a post that is really dividing people. I’m not someone to tell others what they should be doing but I feel that this is the right decision for me. Thanks for your comment!

  10. Lauren - Dilan and Me June 28, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    This is a really interesting take on it and something I hadn’t really thought about before. Perosnally for me hearing how much you’ve earned just makes me see how much potential there is! Totally in awe of you!

    • katykicker June 28, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      Thanks so much for your nice comments. I’ll still be sharing some financial snippets of my income, savings goals etc of course but I just won’t have an open income report etc.

  11. Pauline June 28, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    Hi Katy, at the end of the day you do what’s best for you and what you feel comfortable with and one thing I’ve learnt in life you can’t please everybody, there is always some one you are going to upset or make them feel bad. For me you do a fantastic job and you are really inspiring. I love to read your post’s both here and on TMS. You help so many people and give nothing but encouragement.

    • katykicker June 29, 2017 / 8:34 am

      Thanks so much Pauline, that is so nice of you to say. I’m so glad that I can help people!

  12. Jeannette @autismmumma June 29, 2017 / 9:37 am

    I’m totally with you on this, it is up to each individual whether they share their earnings or not but it must seem daunting for new bloggers.
    Keep writing and keep inspiring people.

    • katykicker June 29, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks so much Jeannette, thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice comment! I’m really grateful. Have a nice weekend.

  13. Heidi brown June 29, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    Katy your website has helped me so much. I now know what’s possible in terms of earning from home and it’s a journey I’m just starting, little by little I’m earning more and more. I don’t need you to declare your income to prove that what you earn is what you earn and how that can help me etc. I think it comes across in your blog how genuine and honest you are, so if you say it works, I’ll give it a go to see if it works for me too. At the end of the day, I’m more likely to follow an Honest blog than one that bombards me with figures! So I say as long as you don’t change, figures or no figures, it doesn’t really matter!

    • katykicker June 29, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment Heidi. I’m so glad that I can help you too! Well done for working on making money and boosting things for yourself.

  14. Lyndsay-Rose June 30, 2017 / 9:01 am

    I’ve never really talked about money with anyone apart from my partner. I wouldn’t make a post about it, I find it too personal.

    My financials are between me, my partner and the taxman

    • katykicker June 30, 2017 / 9:02 am

      Yeah I find it quite personal too. I do see it can have a place, to encourage people and be motivational, but at the same time I don’t want to make people feel bad either.

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