Thursday , 13 May 2021
How I Make Money Online with My Creative Business

How I Make Money Online with My Creative Business

It’s full-disclosure 2014 for me and my creative business. I decided going into the year that I would not only share how I spend my working hours each month, I’m also going to publish my income for all the world to see.

Why? Because the best article I’ve written this year was the first in a series for the Creative Mama blog titled, How to Turn Your Hobby into a Side Business. It brought me back to WHY I started the Energy Shop four years ago: I wanted to live an inspired life and contribute to my family’s income, but I also wanted to maintain my presence at home and continue to be there for them.

Before I opened the Energy Shop on Etsy, it never occurred to me that I could build my own work-at-home business with as little as $100 worth of supplies. But, that’s exactly what happened. And each month, I supplement the family’s income with my creative business earnings. That’s pretty amazing.

Therefore, and as we launch into the next running of the Build a Better Creative Business course, I’m talking real numbers. In 2010, my biggest goal was to be a work-at-home Mom. I’ve absolutely achieved that goal, and I want to be completely transparent about the details and my experience in this industry.

If you’re wondering if the Build a Better Creative Business course is for you, I’m sharing today to show you exactly what I bring to the table. This is what I know how to build, and I’m standing by to coach you on how to do the same. Here’s what I made and the ways in which I made it:

In January 2014, I earned a net income of: $2,141.11

I start almost every discussion on money or building a rewarding creative business with full disclosure that I believe a multi-faceted business is a must. Therefore, I’m going to list the source of my income from highest- to lowest-paying for this period. January’s sources of income were:

  1. Energy Shop Jewelry (screen-clipping above)
  2. My part-time work as Create Hype‘s editor
  3. Marketing Creativity’s Etsy shopbooks and programs
  4. Build a Better Creative Business course + workshops

I feel very vulnerable sharing my income. I don’t know what you’ll think of my numbers, and that scares me. But, it also feels very freeing. I feel validated.

After I carefully calculated my working hours this month, I did some math. First off, minimum wage in my state is $7.25 per hour. Let’s say I went out looking and landed a really good job (after a decade of being a stay-at-home Mom), doubling minimum wage at $14.50 per hour. Let’s even say that this job offered me flexible hours so that I was only ever working while my children were in school (35 hours per week).

Here’s what I make now … 

$2,141.11 (January earnings after expenses and taxes) / 76 hours = $28.17 per hour

That’s roughly $563.45 per 20-hour, work-at-home week (after taxes)

Vs. what I might make in the traditional workplace …

$14.50 x 35 hours = $507.50 per 35-hour week at a traditional job (before taxes)

For an estimated total of $1872 per month (after taxes)

Bear in mind, that’s just a wage calculation. In my county, we had several days of canceled school in January alone. What would I have done had I had a traditional job? Hired a babysitter? Called off work? I can’t know how any of that would affect my salary. How would I handle the children’s two-week spring break, let alone summer vacation? I have no idea!

Thanks to the Energy Shop and Marketing Creativity (and to you for sharing these endeavors with me!), I’ve been a work-at-home Mom for nearly four years. If this sounds good to you, then consider investing in the Build a Better Creative Business course so we can help you shape your hobby business into a handmade success.

The Build a Better Creative Business course opens on March 3, 2014.

This is a semester that you don’t want to miss! We know we have a spectacular course for you, and we want this to be the biggest running yet. The 2014 spring session includes more lessons, more bonus materials, more workshops and worksheets and more personalized attention than ever before.

On Thursday, February 27, we are going to announce an early-bird special that is so amazing and valuable, you simply won’t be able to pass it up. We’ll be sharing all of the details very soon, but sign up here to be the first to know.


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  1. I’m so glad you posted this. I’ve set a 30 day goal to wake up an hour early before heading to my day job to boost my etsy shop sales n marketing. I too am sharing my progress n methods. I love your transparency. This is so timely n I will definitely be spreading your info on my blog.

  2. Please email me with further info on your course. It seems interesting. I reopened my shop on Etsy about 2 1/2 weeks ago. Giving it another try.

    Rosemary, Garden Gate Designs

  3. Tim, I think it is wonderful that you have decided to be transparent with your income. Sure if may upset and offend some people, but at least you have given every professional crafter the hope and incentive to see that they too can make money with their crafts.

    I will look forward to the follow up newsletters on the topic.

    Sandy Dell

    • Hi Sandy,
      This is my income – not Tim’s :) I’m so curious: why would it upset or offend anyone? I’ve never had that reaction before! Most people welcome and appreciate transparency, but I’d love to hear more of your perspective. Thanks for adding!

      • Whoops! No name on the article and I made a bad assumption that it was Tim writing!!

        Some people look at someone who is making a good income and become jealous or frustrated that they can not make the same. I meant nothing negative — I just know how some people think!

        Great article and thanks for posting — transparency is good. A good example for me!

        Sandy Dell

  4. I was just umming and aahing about whether or not to retake the class, as I enrolled at the end of last year. I already learned a lot, but I feel I can still learn more from both Tim and Lisa. So I just signed up again :) Looking forward to this years lessons and masterminds!

  5. Thank you for sharing. You know what I like about this? The income earned during January is realistic. It is a solid amount of money but not some over-the-moon amount like 10 grand that might have me thinking, “Well that will never happen to me selling handmade goods on Etsy or elsewhere.” Your January earnings represent what I probably made selling handmade all year combined during 2013, but with more dedication I know I can eventually earn a steady income with it. This article gives me hope because what you have shared is achievable. Thank you! :)

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