Can you believe the year is almost over? I mean, 4 months. Whammo. Next thing we know, we’re staring down the business end of 2014.
I set a lot of goals at the start of the year. Some of them were goals that I really didn’t have much control over. But I did as much as I could, said a prayer, and the Lord took care of the rest.
I’m a big fan of Providence. But by the same token, I’ve noticed that, as Thoreau (or Jefferson, or Ford or whoever really said it first) says, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”
Two take-aways from August.
- Using Politics To Circumvent Bureaucracy
- Affiliate + Adsense
- Breaking The Salary Barrier
You might recall from last month how I had purchased a couple of vehicles with the intent to resell them. The Cadillac I sold to a family member, and my wife decided that she wanted to keep the minivan.
Which was great, except that when I went to get it titled, I was informed that the van was worth $3,000, according to Kelly Blue Book. I had only paid $700. So they wanted me to fill out a lot of paperwork. Basically, I would have to get the previous owner, and have them meet with me at a notary to sign a bunch of paperwork. Bleh.
So I left that office and drove to another license station, where they promptly processed the title without a second glance.
However, a month later the title still had not been sent back to me.
I finally called up to Jeff City. Turns out that the first license office had flagged my title, so when I filed it, the title was rerouted to some sort of review queue.
The ensuing conversation was ultimately frustrating:
Me: ” So, any idea when the title might get reviewed?”
Officer: ” No idea, it gets reviewed when it gets reviewed.”
Me: “Ok, so is there some additional paperwork I should submit to make the review process easier?”
Officer: “No, We won’t know until we look at your title.”
Me: “Ok, so can I talk to the reviewer to see if there is something I can submit to make it easier.”
Officer: “I am the reviewer, but I won’t know anything until your title comes up in the queue. We have a lot of other titles in front of it still”
I got off the phone and promptly called my state representative. Talked to one of his staff. “Listen, I’m not trying to skirt the law, but I’d love to figure out what I can submit or how I can get this title unstuck from the wheels of bureacracy”
The staff member was optimistic. “No problem. Email me the VIN number and I’ll walk down to the license office and get it going for you.”
An hour later the original officer called me back “so, I’m looking at your title now and I think we can make this happen…”
Within 72 hours he called back “Ok, so I just stuck your title in the mail…”
We overpay our representatives, anyhow. Learn who they are, and use them the way they were intended to be used.
Adsense + Affiliate
Sudarshan keeps telling me I should get into Adsense. So I stuck a 300×250 adsense block in the sidebar of my affiliate site, and some of those related text ad links. I figure that people who want to buy my product will click on the product no matter what. But maybe an ad or two will let me make some side dough.
Besides, I only make about 20-cents per click on Amazon Associates, anyhow. So a few $1 and $2 clicks on adsense can’t hurt anything.
I’m almost two days into September and already my Adsense account is 1/7 of last month’s figures. It’s worth a try, imo.
Making a Full-Time Living Online
When money comes in, I take 30% and stick it back for taxes. I’m hoping taxes will be less than that, but I want to be sure I have enough come April.
So, everything beyond that, is my take home salary.
Now, granted, I currently don’t have health benefits or disability benefits or measly 3% pension plan or a matching 5% 401k plan.
So, not counting those benefits, and only looking at take-home salary, my take home this month was pretty much on par with what I made working at the call center.
Which means… we made it! All I have to do is maintain this and I should never have to get a real job again.
Squidoo Payout: $504.77
Ecommerce Site: $169.16 (profit)
Commision Junction: $73.32
3rd Party Affiliates: $200
Total: $3070. 45
A Note About Ecommerce — I moved the site away from Shopify to a new host mid-month. Webmaster tools is now showing one hundred and one “404 Not Found” errors. Traffic went from 120 a day to 9 a day. And I’m so tired of dealing with 301 redirects that it is not even remotely funny. We’ll have to see what happens.
Postscript 9/12/2013: Even though I followed my own suggestions for how to be an amazon associate in Missouri after the Nexus bill passed, my account was briefly closed on August 27th. Amazon reimbursed my earnings for August 28-31 for an additional amount of $188.31. After this correction, my earnings for August are $3258.76
Here’s to you creating your own income report!