In December of 2014 I was facing a potential layoff (oil and gas sector) and looking for ways to build a business online. I have gotten burned by affiliate marketing duds in the past and was pretty skeptical about how much money is really being generated by bloggers and entrepreneurs. That’s when my friend introduced me to Pat Flynn’s website over at Smart Passive Income. In the top-right corner of his page, an image said “Last Month’s Earnings: $79,098.95” and my internal B.S. meter went to red. I clicked his Income Reports link and started researching further to discover that he was the real-deal; Pat had been sharing his online income reports regularly since October 2008.
Not only did Pat Flynn publicly share his earnings (and expenses!), he also documented an insane amount of detail, showing what he was working on, which tools he used, all his little successes that added up to big financial wins and even the mistakes along the way.
Fast forward to a year later and I got to thinking about how much a person could learn by studying Pat’s journey from Day 1 to today, simply by analyzing his online income reports. I knew John Lee Dumas at EOFire was inspired to share and I wondered how many other bloggers were publishing income reports and what we all could learn by studying their journeys as well.
Thus, Online Income Report was born.
My goal is to aggregate all the income report highlights into a tool so that we can analyze and learn from those who have gone before us. Whether they are making $10k a month or $0.10 a month, their experience is valuable, if you know what to look for.
To all the entrepreneurs who have shared their income and traffic reports publicly: THANK YOU!
You are an inspiration to me and a beacon of hope in a world that is in desperate need of more transparency.
To those of you who, like me, want to learn more about online business by studying the income reports of over a hundred entrepreneurs, join my email list to get regular updates and case studies.