September 2018 Income Report – How I Made $950 Traveling Full-Time

September 2018 Income Report – How I Made $950 Traveling Full-Time

Blogger Income ReportThe last several months I've had a steady increase in my passive income each month; however this month it has declined, but I knew it probably would. There's a couple of reasons that factored into why both total income and passive income decreased, but I was aware active income would decline and was relatively certain passive income would fall.

Sometimes there are ebbs and flows of a business and it's important to understand why and to plan accordingly.

My goal in revealing my income each month through income reports is to show you the progression and hopefully provide some inspiration or little nuggets of information that helps you in your journey.

In my post on How to Make Money Online Traveling in an RV and the video on YouTube, I announced a huge change that I made in my life.

After traveling for a year, full-time, I wanted more freedom, and I was working 60-80 hours a week. I was considerably stressed even though I love this company that I worked for – but the pace was starting to get to me, and I just felt like I needed a change. I was documenting my travels on the blog and YouTube and was able to tap into my creative side again – something I hadn't used in a while – and it felt great and nourishing to my soul.

I took the BIG LEAP and quit so I can focus my attention on my endeavors in business – like building my online business and coaching/consulting practice. Even though I was working remotely this whole time – I still felt that I needed a change.

Now I'm even more location independent because I don't always have to stress about making sure there is an Internet connection – even though I depend on it for my own business – at least for a couple of days. I can relax more and take in the landscape in places that are more remote and not feel like I need to rush through it to make sure I'm available for my job.

It's exciting, thrilling, and a little nerve-wracking, but I feel thrilled with my decision and am pushing forward!

Why Am I Sharing My September 2018 Income Report?

Sharing what I earn each month and from what sources will not only allow me to document my income but also to see the growth or where I need to make adjustments. It's motivating for me to see how far I can push myself each month to be creative and reach my goals.

I have a vision in my head of what I want to create, but that also means listening to you, the Story Chasing viewers, to get your feedback and understand more of what you desire in order fulfill your dream journey.

I want to be the example, the experiment, to you all so you can see that you can also accomplish your desires. Who knows how long it will take me to reach my overall goal of replacing my former income, but as long as I don't quit, I don't see how I can't win at this little experiment.

Each month I'll post in the income report:

  • Monthly earnings for the month
  • Percentage of increase/decrease month-over-month
  • Sources of income (when I'm able to be transparent)
  • Monthly and annual goals
  • Growth opportunities
  • Successes

I hope by posting my income report that it provides you with some inspiration as to what's possible for you and your journey. My biggest hope is that I can share with you all a different lifestyle that's not necessarily the “social norm,” but that is entirely enriching and makes me feel more alive than I've ever felt. This is why I named my blog and YouTube channel Story Chasing.

It makes me pretty happy to create new stories and moments in my life and fill my brain with these special memories of my travels and the people who I've met along the way.

September 2018 Income Report – Working Remotely While Traveling Full Time

July was my first month after quitting my job so the September 2018 income report will be my third income report since starting to work full-time in my own business while also traveling full-time.

I have the StoryChasing.com blog and also the YouTube channel – which by the way, if you like what you see on my YouTube channel, please hit that subscribe button and click on the notification bell so you’ll know when I upload a video each week.

My Goals and Business Insights for the September 2018 Income Report

After taking some rest time in July, the month after I quit my job, I got busy in August accomplishing more and understanding more of what I wanted to communicate through my channels while still traveling and editing videos. In September, it was more about organization and prepping for efficiencies and work ahead.

September 2018 Income Report Editorial Calendar Goal

I set a goal to fill in an editorial calendar through the end of the year and accomplished this goal. I took some time to determine what content I knew needed producing with quest videos, everyday travel videos, income report videos, and then in between would be how-to videos.

It makes the process easier of knowing what content I'll be producing in the future so I can stay on track, make sure I get the shots that I need during filming and specific areas of my travels and prepare me for my next goal of learning batch process workflow.

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Batch Process Workflow Goal

I seriously needed to figure out a way to create more efficiencies with the process of editing videos, blog posts, SEO research, and all the steps in between to provide the finished product of a video and blog post. Doing one video/post at a time is not efficient and takes up a considerable amount of time each week.

In my endeavor to create more efficiencies, I started to look at how to batch process the workflow so I am spending less time with work and more time traveling and diving into the Story Chasing community.

It was an exciting process to determine the best course of action, but I think I've come up with a good game plan and feel that it's already starting to help me.

YouTube Subscriber Goal

My goal for September was to continue working towards increasing to 5,000 subscribers on YouTube.

I'm slowly getting there. We gained 384 subscribers to the community for an ending total of 4,715 subscribers on YouTube.

It's climbing steadily!

I'm so happy with that number. Again, I'm going to keep on pushing through, producing content that you all can connect with, I hope, and numbers will continue to grow.

Slowing Down Goal

I must have mastered the art of slowing down because I was just recently called “pokey” by a fellow nomad, uh um, Joe.

Well, I can't help myself when I'm enjoying these lovely views of the Pacific ocean and incredible sunsets. So, Pokey it is!

It was tough slowing down after leaving the rat race – I guess because I've been doing it so long, but I'm finally taking better care of myself, enjoying the journey more, and I'm so much happier for it. I wouldn't change a thing about my pokiness. lol

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If you're new to my blog, here's a little bit about me and what I do.

I'm Amber, and I started StoryChasing.com and my YouTube channel last year in the second quarter of 2017 after selling my home and everything I own to travel full-time in an RV. When I first started out traveling, I had no idea where I was going, and then I came across a book called National Geographic 300 Scenic Highways & Byways. What a great way to see the country and learn about the areas around, so I started a quest to accomplish all 300 highways and byways – with no end date by the way.

From the beginning, I documented my travels across the United States and Canada, through photos and video, so I could show that I've completed all 300 highways and byways. I'm the sole traveler, writer and videographer, marketer, editor, administrator, accountant, driver and whatever other hat is thrown my way in this adventure.

I travel with my fur baby, Lily, who is a 10 lb Whippet, Chi, Rat Terrier mix and a fantastic traveler with her car seat so she can see outside and be safe in her harness that clips into the seat.

Over the course of my travels, I get asked quite a bit if I'm fearful to travel solo. I even made a video about it and how I overcome fear. It's been one of my more popular videos because I believe it addresses a fear that we all have – whether you're a man or a woman – about being by yourself and living in this world without subjecting ourselves to the constant fear of others and media. I've discovered that the world out there is kinder and more beautiful than I anticipated and that I'm also much stronger than I ever imagined. I've conquered plenty of fears this year, but I believe those fears are just opportunities to overcome and the greatest success and reward are on the other side of that fear.

I have worked in some capacity in Accounting since I was 17 years old and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accountancy and am a Certified Financial Crimes Investigator. Most of my career I was working in property management, construction, and real estate with the last company being a Private Equity Firm specializing in acquisitions and development of multi-family housing where I was the Director of Asset Management Accounting. Though I loved my job, the company, and the people I worked with, I knew it was time for a change and to see what I could do with my own company.

I've been blogging on and off for over eight years and have created many websites and blogs and learned quite a bit about making money online. I just needed to figure out what I wanted to do to make money online.

As my viewers started asking me questions, a natural business started to form where I could teach others the knowledge I have on various subjects. I'm so thrilled to be working in this capacity and to help others. I've been coaching women for several years as well, and it's an immensely fulfilling joy to help these woman overcome experiences in their life.

I'm also business consulting for acquisitions/dispositions of real estate and multi-family housing.

Lastly, some of my income – that you'll see below in the September 2018 income report – also comes from an e-book I wrote about five years ago that helps people overcome rosacea naturally. It's not generating much income right now since I haven't been focusing on marketing very much in the last couple of years. When I first wrote the book, it was generating about $200-$400 per month.

September 2018 Income Report

I've completed a breakdown by passive income and active income with totals for each. I knew my income would decrease this month with viewers vacations ending and kids back in school. September always seems to be one of those transition months for blogs, at least mine, where it slips a bit and then regains traction in the upcoming months.

Passive Income September 2018 Income Report

  Affiliate Income:

  Advertising:

  • Ad Revenue $185.83

  My Products:

Passive Income Total of $347.60

This is a decrease over August at 10.82%.

Active Income September 2018 Income Report

  • Consulting/Coaching – $600 which I knew would decrease since the bulk of the work related to contracting for my previous employer is coming to an end.

Total September 2018 Income Report $947.60

September 2018 Income Report

My bottom line goal is to increase my passive income, month-over-month by approximately 16.25% and I did not meet that goal with an 11% decrease.

All of the income above is before expenses and taxes and represents my gross revenues.

Top Goals for October 2018

I'll also make sure to follow-up in the October income report with how I met my goals below:

  • Continue to reach viewers looking for an alternative lifestyle in minimalist living, traveling full-time, learning how to earn income on the road, and growing YouTube subscribers to 5,000+.
  • Begin the process of outlining a new product for sale to diversify my income.
  • Complete at least two extra videos to put in the queue for scheduling. I'm going to be busy in January and part of February with Xscapers convergences, meet-ups at RTR, and other meet-ups and need to have at least six videos ready to go. I don't think I'll be able to concentrate on editing and publishing during that time but will get quite a bit of footage.

Please leave me a comment below on how you liked this September 2018 income report. Was something missing or something you'd like to see?

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Video/Audio/Gear Used

Panasonic Lumix G85 Camera – For most still images and vlogging

Sony Action Cam FDRX3000 – For dash cam and walking/talking video

Joby Gorillapod – Used for holding the cameras as a tripod or mounting to just about anything to capture a shot.

Xenvo Iphone Wide Angle (and Macro) Lens – Clips onto your iPhone did give you a wide angle view of your surroundings.

Ulanzi Metal Smart Phone Cold Shoe Mount – Attaches to a selfie stick, but allows you angle the camera and it has a mount for an external microphone.

AllStays app – Use on phone or desktop for finding gas stations, RV parks, campgrounds, propane, and more on your travel route.

Verizon Data Plan – Best nationwide coverage as of this post while traveling.

weBoost Cell Booster – A must have when traveling full-time especially if you work and are staying in areas outside of cities.

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August 2018 Income Report – How I Made $4,200 Traveling Full-Time

August 2018 Income Report – How I Made $4,200 Traveling Full-Time

Last month, July 2018, was my first monthly income report and I was so nervous to publish it, but you all were amazing and so encouraging and seemed to garner some value out of it, so I'm now posting my August 2018 income report that shows some incredible growth.

Last month I decided to start teaching what you all are asking me to video. My background is in Accounting and Finance and what better way to use it then to teach on financing a full-time travel lifestyle. I figured the best way to show you all how to have this kind of life is to be the story. I'm the experiment, and you can learn from my mistakes and my successes.

In my post on How to Make Money Online Traveling in an RV and the video on YouTube, I announced a huge change that I made in my life.

After traveling for a year, full-time, I wanted more freedom, and I was working 60-80 hours a week. I was considerably stressed even though I love this company that I worked for – but the pace was starting to get to me, and I just felt like I needed a change. I was documenting my travels on the blog and YouTube and was able to tap into my creative side again – something I hadn't used in a while – and it felt great and nourishing to my soul.

I took the BIG LEAP and quit so I can focus my attention on my endeavors in business – like building my online business and coaching/consulting practice. Even though I was working remotely this whole time – I still felt that I needed a change.

Now I'm even more location independent because I don't always have to stress about making sure there is an Internet connection – even though I depend on it for my own business – at least for a couple of days. I can relax more and take in the landscape in places that are more remote and not feel like I need to rush through it to make sure I'm available for my job.

It's exciting, thrilling, and a little nerve-wracking, but I feel thrilled with my decision and am pushing forward!

Why Am I Sharing My August 2018 Income Report?

Sharing what I earn each month and from what sources will not only allow me to document my income but also to see the growth or where I need to make adjustments. It's challenging to me to see how far I can push myself each month to be creative and reach my goals.

I have a vision in my head of what I want to create, but that also means listening to you, the Story Chasing viewers, to get your feedback and understand more of what you desire in order fulfill your dream experience.

I want to be the example, the experiment, to you all so you can see that you can also accomplish your desires. Who knows how long it will take me to reach my overall goal of replacing my former income, but as long as I don't quit, I don't see how I can't win at this little experiment.

Each month I'll post in the income report:

  • Monthly earnings for the month
  • Percentage of increase/decrease month-over-month
  • Sources of income (when I'm able to be transparent)
  • Monthly and annual goals
  • Growth opportunities
  • Successes

I hope by posting my income report that it provides you with some inspiration as to what's possible for you and your journey. My biggest hope is that I can share with you all a different lifestyle that's not necessarily the “social norm,” but that is entirely enriching and makes me feel more alive than I've ever felt. This is why I named my blog and YouTube channel Story Chasing.

It makes me pretty happy to create new stories and moments in my life and fill my brain with these special memories of my travels and the people who I've met along the way.

August 2018 Income Report – Working Remotely While Traveling Full Time

July was my first month after quitting my job so the August 2018 income report will be my second income report since starting to work full-time in my own business while also traveling full-time.

I have the StoryChasing.com blog and also the YouTube channel – which by the way, if you like what you see on my YouTube channel, please hit that subscribe button and click on the notification bell so you’ll know when I upload a video each week.

My Goals and Business Insights for the August 2018 Income Report

After taking some rest time in July, the month after I quit my job, I decided I should probably get busy and start accomplishing more in August. I mean, I can't be a slacker when I just quit my job!

Well, I guess I could be a slacker, but then I wouldn't fulfill my goals, my dreams, my desires – so – time to get moving lady!

August 2018 Income Report Video Goal

In July I was producing one video a week and a blog post which can be extremely time-consuming in the learning phase. It still takes me about 16 hours sometimes to finish a video and blog post from beginning to end. However, I had this goal for August that I would start creating two videos a week where Sunday will be all RV and travel related while Workshop Wednesdays will be about answering those questions on how to fund a full-time travel lifestyle or just generally how to make money online.

I was nervous to take this leap, because of the time factor of producing one video and blog post, but I was up for the challenge. Except I didn't do so well at it.

I think I had two weeks where I produced two videos, but dang it's exhausting, and I don't want to do it. I felt too much pressure by it and felt like I was going right back into working that 60-80 hour work week that I just got rid of in June. My whole goal for quitting is enjoying life more, and I wasn't enjoying it with producing that many videos along with all the other aspects of the business.

So, I've relinquished this goal and gave it a send-off into the ethers. I feel much better now. I still want to produce more content for you all, but it will be sporadic rather than planned, except for the once a week video that comes out every Wednesday or Thursday. I'm still playing with these two days to see which is better to publish content for you all.

YouTube Subscriber Goal

My goal for August was to have over 5,000 subscribers on YouTube.

For the 5,000 subscriber goal, I didn't succeed at this goal as a final number; however, you all came through, and I gained 566 viewers for an ending total of 4,331 subscribers on YouTube.

So not a loss.

I'm so happy with that number. Again, I'm going to keep on pushing through, producing content that you all can connect with, I hope, and numbers will continue to grow.

Free Mini-Course Goal

My goal for August was to put together a free mini-course for the blog. At the time, I wasn't sure what the free mini-course topic would be, but now I've nailed it down to one of the biggest questions I get surrounding RV expenses, budgeting, and how to live cheaply without blowing your budget.

I launched the Free 4-Day Mini-Course Budgeting for Full-Time Travel which includes 4 modules + a bonus module on my expenses for RVing, includes my budget for you to download, a budget template for you to work on your budget, ways to save money and slash your budget so you can travel more freely. First, I walk you through developing your travel style, so you'll know what expenses to budget and then show you how to apply that style to your budget.

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This was a labor of love and a massive project I got to check off my task list. Not only did I accomplish this goal, you all signed up quickly, over 100 of you, and devoured the information. Look at these comments from the students:

I'm full of joy over your participation and how much you all like the course!

Story Chasing Insider Crew on Patreon Goal

Lastly, my goal was to hard launch the Story Chasing Crew site with Patreon as a way for loyal readers and subscribers to gain more access to all that's happening at Story Chasing like:

  • Monthly live streams
  • Patron only videos and clips from outtakes to deleted scenes and raw footage of what it's like to live in 100 square feet.
  • Exclusive access feed
  • Priority comments to Patrons
  • Invitations to group meet-ups
  • Your name in credits on each video
  • Voting on Polls to shape the story on the blog and channel
  • Monthly postcards from travels around North America
  • One-on-One chat sessions

With not a moment to spare, I announced the Story Chasing Insider Crew page at the end of my Northern Oregon Pacific Coast Highway video with a bonus to join the live stream call the following Saturday to discuss the reward levels and get your feedback. Once again you guys blew me away! I had so much feedback during the live stream and afterward.

If you haven't signed up, it's not too late. I'll be holding a Story Chasing Insider Crew live stream only on Patreon for all who have signed up towards the end of September.

If you're new to my blog, here's a little bit about me and what I do.

I'm Amber, and I started StoryChasing.com and my YouTube channel last year in the second quarter of 2017 after selling my home and everything I own to travel full-time in an RV. When I first started out traveling, I had no idea where I was going, and then I came across a book called National Geographic 300 Scenic Highways & Byways. What a great way to see the country and learn about the areas around, so I started a quest to accomplish all 300 highways and byways – with no end date by the way.

From the beginning, I documented my travels across the United States and Canada, through photos and video, so I could show that I've completed all 300 highways and byways. I'm the sole traveler, writer and videographer, marketer, editor, administrator, accountant, driver and whatever other hat is thrown my way in this adventure.

I travel with my fur baby, Lily, who is a 10 lb Whippet, Chi, Rat Terrier mix and a fantastic traveler with her own car seat so she can see outside and be safe in her harness that clips into the seat.

Over the course of my travels, I get asked quite a bit if I'm fearful to travel solo. I even made a video about it and how I overcome fear. It's been one of my more popular videos because I believe it addresses a fear that we all have – whether you're a man or a woman – about being by yourself and living in this world without subjecting ourselves to the constant fear of others and media. I've discovered that the world out there is kinder and more beautiful than I anticipated and that I'm also much stronger than I ever imagined. I've conquered plenty of fears this year, but I believe those fears are just opportunities to overcome and the greatest success and reward are on the other side of that fear.

I have worked in some capacity in Accounting since I was 17 years old and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accountancy and am a Certified Financial Crimes Investigator. Most of my career I was working in property management, construction, and real estate with the last company being a Private Equity Firm specializing in acquisitions and development of multi-family housing where I was the Director of Asset Management Accounting. Though I loved my job, the company, and the people I worked with, I knew it was time for a change and to see what I could do with my own company.

I've been blogging on and off for over eight years and have created many websites and blogs and learned quite a bit about making money online. I just needed to figure out what I wanted to do to make money online.

As my viewers started asking me questions, a natural business started to form where I could teach others the knowledge I have on various subjects. I'm so thrilled to be working in this capacity and to help others. I've been coaching women for several years as well, and it's an immensely fulfilling joy to help these woman overcome experiences in their life.

I'm also business consulting for acquisitions/dispositions of real estate and multi-family housing.

Lastly, some of my income – that you'll see below in the August 2018 income report – also comes from an e-book I wrote about five years ago that helps people overcome rosacea naturally. It's not generating much income right now since I haven't been focusing on the marketing very much in the last couple of years. When I first wrote the book, it was generating about $200-$400 per month.

August 2018 Income Report

I've completed a breakdown by passive income and active income with totals for each.

Passive Income August 2018 Income Report

  Affiliate Income:

  Advertising:

  • Ad Revenue $245.43

  My Products:

Passive Income Total of $389.79

This is an increase over July by 17.78%.

Active Income August 2018 Income Report

  • Consulting/Coaching – $3,810 which most likely will go down in the future since some of this is coming from contracting for my previous employer.

Total August 2018 Income Report $4,199.79

August 2018 Income Report QB

My bottom line goal is to increase my passive income, month-over-month by approximately 16.25% and I definitely hit that goal this month at 17.78%.

All of the income above is before expenses and taxes and represents my gross revenues.

Top Goals for September 2018

I'll also make sure to follow-up in the September income report with how I met my goals below:

  • Continue to reach viewers looking for an alternative lifestyle in minimalist living, traveling full-time, learning how to earn income on the road, and growing YouTube subscribers to 5,000+.
  • Learn how to batch produce my videos and blog posts to decrease time in the workflow, but still, maintain the quality of content and videos.
  • Fill in editorial calendar through the end of the year and review new series on nomadic life.
  • Begin the process of outlining a new product for sale to diversify my income.
  • Enjoy the journey, slow down more, and read more. Even with quitting my job I'm still going too fast sometimes, and after over a year of traveling, I'm still learning how to slow down more. I even work on my own business at a frantic pace. I know it's because I have so much I want to do, but I want to learn the art of slowing down more and enjoying the moment in its entirety. Why do we always need to be “accomplishing” something to feel good? What about just sitting down and reading a book? I used to be an avid reader at several books a week. Now I'm lucky to finish one in a month. Yes, even with traveling and quitting my job. I want to start reading each day again. Take my time to get up in the morning, get my coffee and some breakfast, and sit and read for even 30 minutes each morning.

Please leave me a comment below on how you liked this August 2018 income report. Was something missing or something you'd like to see?

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Video/Audio/Gear Used for August 2018 Income Report

Panasonic Lumix G85 Camera – For most still images and vlogging

Sony Action Cam FDRX3000 – For dash cam and walking/talking video

Joby Gorillapod – Used for holding the cameras as a tripod or mounting to just about anything to capture a shot.

Xenvo Iphone Wide Angle (and Macro) Lens – Clips onto your iPhone did give you a wide angle view of your surroundings.

Ulanzi Metal Smart Phone Cold Shoe Mount – Attaches to a selfie stick, but allows you angle the camera and it has a mount for an external microphone.

AllStays app – Use on phone or desktop for finding gas stations, RV parks, campgrounds, propane, and more on your travel route.

Verizon Data Plan – Best nationwide coverage as of this post while traveling.

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July 2018 Income Report – How I Made $4,036 Traveling Full-Time

July 2018 Income Report – How I Made $4,036 Traveling Full-Time

July 2018 Income Report Traveling Full TimeThis is my first income report ever and let me tell you, it makes me nervous! I don't typically share anything about my income to friends or family and here I am sharing it on the Internet. I do have a reason for sharing my income report though.

Ever since I started traveling full-time in my RV and documenting my travels on the blog and my YouTube channel – I've seen a huge increase in questions from viewers:

  • How I make money while traveling full-time?
  • What do I do for a living?
  • How can I afford this life?
  • Am I independently wealthy?
  • How do you film the videos and what gear do you use?
  • …and even more “how – to” questions.

So I've decided to start teaching what you all are asking about. My background is in Accounting and Finance and what better way to use it then to teach on financing a full-time travel lifestyle. I figured the best way to show you all how to have this kind of a life is to literally be the example and the story.

In my last post on How to Make Money Online Traveling in an RV and the video on YouTube, I announced a huge change that happened in my life. Well I made it happen.

After traveling for a year, full-time, I wanted more freedom and I was working 60-80 hours a week. I was considerably stressed even though I really love this company that I worked for – but the pace was starting to get to me and I just felt like I needed a change. I was documenting my travels on the blog and YouTube and was able to tap into my creative side again – something I hadn't used in a while – and it felt really great and nourishing to my soul.

I took the BIG LEAP and quit so I can focus my attention on my own endeavors in business – like building my online business and coaching/consulting practice. Even though I was working remotely this whole time – I still felt that I needed a change.

Now I'm even more location independent, because I don't always have to stress about making sure there is an Internet connection – even though I depend on it for my own business – at least for a couple of days. I can relax more and take in the landscape in places that are more remote and not feel like I need to rush through it to make sure I'm available for my job.

It's exciting, thrilling, and a little nerve-wracking, but I feel completely happy with my decision and am pushing forward!

Why am I Sharing My Income Report?

Sharing what I earn each month and from what sources will not only allow me to document my income, but to also see the growth or where I need to make adjustments. I also am posting my income so you can follow along and see how to build this business and what areas of income I'm generating so you can also do this for yourself.

Each month I'll post in the income report:

  • What my earnings were for the month.
  • The percentage of increase/decrease month-over-month
  • Sources of income (when I'm able to be transparent)
  • Goals
  • Growth opportunities
  • Successes

I hope by posting my income report that it provides you with some inspiration as to what's possible for you and your journey. My biggest hope is that I can share with you all a different lifestyle that's not considered the “social norm”, but that is completely enriching and makes me feel more alive than I've ever felt. This is why I named my blog and YouTube channel Story Chasing.

I'm literally creating new stories and moments in my life and filling my brain with these special memories of my travels and the people that I've met along the way. I'm pretty darn happy!

July 2018 Income Report – How I Make Money Online Traveling Full-Time

July was my first month after quitting my job so this will be my first income report even though I've been making a little bit of money over the last year on my blog.

I have the StoryChasing.com blog and also the Youtube channel – which by the way, if you like what you’re seeing on my YouTube channel, please hit that subscribe button and click on the notification bell so you’ll know when I upload a video each week.

My Goals and Business Insights for July 2018

Since this was my first month of full-time entrepreneurship after quitting my job, I wanted to take a little time off the first of the month to just rest before I jumped into things too much with the business. It was the high season of summer which is a great time for RVing all over the country – except for some of those states down south with temperatures soaring over 100 degrees.

I didn't work as much as I wanted to and ended up relaxing more than I anticipated, but there were nights where I stayed up until all hours working on a backlog of projects for the business that I was able to complete. That felt really great. I like checking those tasks off my list, but I seem to keep adding more and more each week so I have a feeling I'll never be done with that list.

The one thing I've learned in my life is to really pay attention to what my body and soul are telling me. I needed rest. So I gave in and rested, but I still got a lot accomplished.

In July I was producing one video a week and a blog post which can be extremely time consuming in the learning phase. I still feel like I'm learning so much so sometimes editing the video, writing the blog post, editing the photos, and scheduling social media can take upwards of 16 hours. I'm getting in a rhythm though now that I can focus all of my efforts on creating.

My goal for stst is to start creating 2 videos a week where Sunday will be all RV and travel related while Workshop Wednesdays will be about answering those questions on how to fund a full-time travel lifestyle or just generally how to make money online. Though it may sound like 2 videos a week isn't such a big deal, I'm a little nervous about doing it, because of the time it takes to complete, but I'm up for the challenge.

I think as I learn more and find short cuts for editing and filming, which happen daily, I'll reduce the amount of time it takes for me to complete the process from start to finish.

At the end of June, YouTube approved my application for monetization after 2 months of meeting the requirements to be a YouTube Partner. In order to qualify for monetization you need 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours. I started my YouTube channel in July of 2017 so it took from then until beginning of May 2018 to qualify. That said, I was so back logged with video footage that I hadn't published on YouTube last year, that I didn't really get most of those videos edited and officially published until 2018.

Since YouTube monetized my videos, I started receiving ad revenue which really helped my July income increase over last month.

I've received a few product sponsor deals that I'll be working on in the next couple of months which is another huge learning curve.

My goal for August is to have over 5,000 subscribers on YouTube and to put together a free mini course for the blog. I haven't fully decided on the topic yet, but will be nailing that down soon. I'll also make sure to follow-up in the August income report with how I met my goals.

Lastly, I'll be launching my Story Chasing Crew site with Patreon as a way for loyal readers and subscribers to gain more access to all that's happening at Story Chasing like:

  • Monthly live streams
  • Patron only videos and clips from outtakes to deleted scenes and raw footage of what it's like to live in 100 square feet.
  • Exclusive access feed
  • Priority comments to Patrons
  • Invitations to group meet-ups
  • Your name in credits on each video
  • Voting on Polls to shape the story on the blog and channel
  • Monthly postcards from travels around North America
  • One-on-One chat sessions

I've technically finished the Story Chasing Crew site, but I haven't formally announced it yet – so if you're reading this, you're getting early access!

If you're new to my blog, here's a little bit about me and what I do.

I'm Amber and I started StoryChasing.com and my YouTube channel last year in the second quarter of 2017 after selling my home and everything I own to travel full-time in an RV. When I first started out traveling I had no idea where I was going and then I came across a book called National Geographic 300 Scenic Highways & Byways. What a great way to see the country and learn about the areas around so I started a quest to accomplish all 300 highways and byways – with no end date by the way.

From the beginning I documented my travels across the United States and Canada, through photos and video, so I could show that I've completed all 300 highways and byways. I'm the sole traveler, writer and videographer, marketer, editor, administrator, accountant, driver and whatever other hat is thrown my way in this adventure.

I travel with my fur baby, Lily, who is a 10 lb Whippet, Chi, Rat Terrier mix and an amazing traveler with her own car seat so she can see outside and be safely harnessed into the seat.

Over the course of my travels I get asked quite a bit if I'm fearful to travel solo. I even made a video about it and how I overcome fear. It's been one of my more popular videos, because I believe it addresses a fear that we all have – whether you're a man or a woman – about being by yourself and living in this world without subjecting ourselves to the constant fear of others and media. I've discovered that the world out there is actually kinder and more beautiful then I anticipated and that I'm also much stronger than I ever imagined. I've conquered plenty of fears this year, but I believe those fears are just opportunities to overcome and the great success and reward is on the other side of that fear.

I have worked in some capacity in Accounting since I was 17 years old and earned a Bachelors Degree in Accountancy and am a Certified Financial Crimes Investigator. Most of my career was spent in property management, construction, and real estate with the last company being a Private Equity Firm specializing in acquisitions and development of multi-family housing where I was the Director of Asset Management Accounting. Though I really loved my job, the company, and the people I worked with, I knew it was time for a change and to see what I could do with my own company.

I've been blogging on and off for over 8 years and have created many websites and blogs and learned quite a bit about making money online. I just needed to figure out what I wanted to do in order to make money online.

As my viewers started asking me questions, a natural business started to form where I could teach others the knowledge I have on various subjects. I'm so thrilled to be working in this capacity and help others. I've been coaching women for several years as well and it's a huge, huge, hugely fulfilling joy to help these woman overcome experiences in their life.

I'm also business consulting for acquisitions/dispositions of real estate and multi-family housing.

Lastly, some of my income – that you'll see below in the July 2018 income report – also comes from an ebook I wrote about 5 years ago that helps people overcome rosacea naturally. It's not generating much income right now since I haven't really been focusing on the marketing very much in the last couple of years. When I first wrote the book it was generating about $200-$400 per month.

July 2018 Income Report

I've completed a breakdown by passive income and active income with totals for each.

Passive Income

  Affiliate Income:

  Advertising:

  • Ad Revenue $212.11

  My Products:

Passive Income Total of $330.96

This is an increase over June by approximately 112% which was due to YouTube monetizing my videos.

Active Income

  • Consulting/Coaching – $3,705 which most likely will go down in the future since some of this is derived from contracting for my previous employer.

Total of All Income $4,035.96

My bottom line goal is to increase my passive income, month-over-month by approximately 16.5% and I definitely hit that goal this month.

All of the income above is before expenses and taxes and represents my gross revenues.

Top Goals for August 2018

I'll also make sure to follow-up in the August income report with how I met my goals below:

  • Continue to reach viewers looking for an alternative lifestyle in minimalist living, traveling full-time, learning how to earn income on the road, and growing YouTube subscribers to 5,000+.
  • Formally launch the Story Chasing Crew Patreon site.
  • Increase videos/blog posts from 1 video per week to 2 videos per week with the introduction of Workshop Wednesdays.
  • Finalize topic and create free mini course on blog.

Please leave me a comment below on how you liked this new addition of the income report. What do you want to see? Was something missing? Did something not make sense?

Video/Audio/Gear Used

Panasonic Lumix G85 Camera – For most still images and vlogging

Sony Action Cam FDRX3000 – For dash cam and walking/talking video

Joby Gorillapod – Used for holding the cameras as a tripod or mounting to just about anything to capture a shot.

Xenvo Iphone Wide Angle (and Macro) Lens – Clips onto your iPhone did give you a wide angle view of your surroundings.

Ulanzi Metal Smart Phone Cold Shoe Mount – Attaches to a selfie stick, but allows you angle the camera and it has a mount for an external microphone.

AllStays app – Use on phone or desktop for finding gas stations, RV parks, campgrounds, propane, and more on your travel route.

Verizon Data Plan – Best nationwide coverage as of this post while traveling.

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