Each month I publish a fully transparent income report which documents my online earnings. These income reports exist to demonstrate my progress, share my experiences, and motivate others who want to make money online.
Check out my online income report for September 2013.
What I Did In September
Apologies for this very late income report, I have been extremely busy and distracted. September was a really significant month for me, though it wasn’t as financially rewarding as recent months. But I’ll get to that in a minute…
During September I actually managed to find time to work on what I wanted to. My upcoming game, Aeon Chapters, was my primary focus, while my other work took a backseat. Limiting my focus to just Aeon Chapters did cost me money, but I consider it to be a very important project worth making time for.
Aeon Chapter’s development log discusses my progress in more detail, but notably I worked on redesigning the entire project, launching an official website for the game, and porting the prototype to iPad. So far, I’m really enjoying working on Aeon Chapters, and while it will be quite an investment over the coming months, I’m looking forward to spending more time on it.
On the topic of spending, September brought about a shift in my approach to money. Last month I briefly discussed my intention to be less reckless with my highly expendable income, and to start cutting down on my living expenses. It turns out it was a good month to start. Even though I purchased a new iPhone 5S for work, I did manage to spend much less than usual. I’m currently in the process of saving for the 30 day holiday to Hong Kong that I have planned for January 2014.
This month I began looking into passport registration, which is a tedious process, and setting up travel arrangements. The biggest obstacle at this point is simply saving up the money to go. Unfortunately, September through to January were some of the lowest-earning months for me last year, so I’m going to have to work really hard to save the amount I need.
September wasn’t that great, financially. I must have jinxed myself in my previous income report when I said: “While my plan each month is to make at least $2000 online, I have been consistently overshooting that mark for quite a while now.”
Compared to recent months, September was a below-average month. But, my online income has proven time and time again that it is far from consistent.
During September 2013 I earned a total of $2035 (–$3069) online!
It’s interesting to see how the past 3 months – July, August, September – compared to the same time period last year in 2012. Revisiting my income reports from that time: July 2012 was a very strong month, August 2012 was a very strong month, and then September 2012 crashed to around $2000. This year, it’s happened again! I believe it’s a pattern influenced by the HTML5 market, and not so much a coincidence since many months this year have been reflecting the past.
Earning $2000 online in a month is still enough to pay my bills and living expenses. It’s certainly not a bad month, it’s just not as good as recent ones. Anything over $2000 is a bonus as far as I’m concerned.
I have very specific goals for October. Moving focus away from Aeon Chapters is going to be a necessity, but in general I just need to work harder than I have been lately. Recently I’ve been working less hours per day than I really should be. I seem to be getting a bit complacent when I should really be trying to push my boundaries further.
My primary goal for October is to work on four new HTML5 mobile games, and finish them within 48 hours each (taking a break between each game, of course). This should give me enough new content to finish the year on a high note. Creating four highly polished and refined games in a short period is going to be difficult and draining, but I’ll do my best and see what the result is. On top of that, I also plan to complete my passport application, and finalize my taxes for the past financial year. The latter is actually going to be very tedious and time-consuming, so I’m not looking forward to that at all…
October is set to be a very challenging and exhausting month. I just hope it’s a bit more profitable than September!